Re: Back country vehicles

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Posted by Gene on October 09, 2003 at 19:59:47:

In Reply to: Re: Back country vehicles posted by Zardoz on October 09, 2003 at 18:11:28:

Well, I have hads lots of 4wd trucks. A few Toyotas which were fine, a few of Isuzus which were almost as good. A 2000 Crew cab Nissan which was the most reliable of all, but the transfer case ratios were too high. In the African Sahara I had a Land Cruiser for awhile but it used so much gas that I couldn't carry enough Gerry Cans to take me the 800 miles between villages. I had to switch it for a Mitsubishi L300 4x4 van (unknown in the USA) along with 12 x 5 gallon cans. The family got larger but I always go for the most basic which is why I now have a 2003 Ford Superduty 4x4 crewcab. I bought the basic "work truck"(gray wheels, rubber floors, manual hubs, vinyl seats, crank windows). With manual trans the mileage is excellent for such comfort and brute strength. I get 14 to 16 mpg. Best so far has been 17 mpg. Even in slow off road conditions, my worst has been 13. My V6 Rice Burners didn't do any better than that! The Superduty is leaf sprung front and rear, solid axles, manual hubs (the only on the market) , the gas V8 is laid out simply. It does not get any more basic than that. Crawl ratio is 75 to one! The lowest you can get by far. Twice as low as any of the others I have had and let me tell you, for crawling through and over rocks and boulders it is a dream! 13,000 miles and no problems so far. It is my first USA truck, I am hoping for a long life. My other everyday car gets 45 mpg. By the way, I have been a professional mechanic for many years of my life. The gas engine should never leave you stranded. The diesel gets better mileage but there is a whole bunch of sensors and other items that one needs to carry along with them. Not to mention the noise and stink. If you do have a diesel, run biodiesel. Check out

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