Re: Back country vehicles

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Posted by Last Chance Rand on October 09, 2003 at 19:39:46:

In Reply to: Back country vehicles posted by possum on October 09, 2003 at 17:50:56:

I believe it is not the make or model of vehicle that one drives in DV, but more the complexity vs. simplicity of its engineering. No question in my mind that having fewer fancy hi-tec things on your truck will greatly improve reliability.

Things like electric windows and locks won't fail on a softtop Wrangler with sliding windows, so you are never trapped inside or outside your vehicle. If your starter fails and you have automatic transmission, you are in for trouble; if this happens to your stick shift Toyota, you can still drive for days if you are careful where you park!

Sensors, ECU's, traction control, electric switches rather than manual devices, air suspensions -- all of these complexities mean potential failures.

All you really need for a great DV cruiser are:
simple engine & electrical system
two diff & axle assemblies
springs & shocks
manual transmission
manual transfer case
two drive shafts
good offroad tires
steering wheel, brakes, & pedals
a driver's seat
gas tank
storage for beer, water & supplies

Everything else is a luxury and a source of a backcountry failure. Military spec is the way to go. KISS.

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