Finding a Vehicle
Things are changing, I need a different vehicle. I have a couple months to do this and quite a bit of time, now, so I can afford to be a little more discerning than the excited puppy I usually am.
I’ve got a Subaru Forester currently, and it’s great, but I can’t sit and work in it in cold climates. I have to have the back-hatch open to really do anything. This works great when it’s pretty mild outside, and I can get away with hooking up a tarp and hiding behind it when it’s rainy, but having a place that I can sit up straight and heat would be ideal. I don’t want to wear fingerless gloves or anything like that. I mean, I will if I have to.
I want to ski, ice climb and fat bike this winter, and probably do some frigid boating, too. Being able to have a good spot to come back to thats more or less warm sounds like a good idea. I can’t have all my stuff frozen all the time.
- Enough clearance/capability to get around on messed up forest roads, climbing trails, mud or snow.
- Rally lighting so I can see wtf I’m doing in a blizzard
- At least 20 MPG
- Small enough to fit in a normal parking space (No extended wheelbase or anything like that) and daily drive if I need to
- A place I can sit up straight and work from
- A place to sleep (doesn’t need to be much)
- Long enough to fit a kayak and/or a bike inside
- 2" Trailer Hitch ability
- Good roofrack potential
Nice to haves
- Semi-discrete: No pop-top campers.
- Ability to cook inside
- Enough power to get up steep stuff
- Rotors on all wheels, not just the front
- Ability to mount a pull-up bar.
- Sprinter (lol)
- Dodge promaster
- That hilariously tiny NV minivan from Nissan
- Toyota Sienna (dat momlook)
- You can get these in AWD and some can be lifted.
- Toyota Previa (smooth alien lozenge)
- Hard to work on and usually beaten to death.
- An old ambulance
- Big, slow, conspicuous
- A hotshot buggy or something
- Hard to find
- Mitsubishi Delica
- Toyota Hiace 4x4
- Some kind of truck with a camper in the bed
- Random american van from the last 20 years
- GMC Sierra/Astrovan
- Some quigley-converted 4x4 Econoline.