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THEBuzz
10-24-2012, 04:50 AM
Three and a half for gas, Diesel at or above four and I doubt we'll ever see $2.50 a gallon for fuel again, I was wondering what vehicles is everyone using, adapting, for travels to and from your elk states of choice. Or maybe a better question would be what would you like to own and why? Or better yet, "What is the best all around vehicle choice, economy, size, price, hunting rig out there?

hardstalk
10-24-2012, 05:24 AM
Ive recently sold my blazer. 4386
When i wanted to use it i would typically trailer it. And tow it with a 05 dodge cummins. Scouting trips and checking trail cams got a bit out of hand on fuel costs. Ive given this same idea alot of thought as to the favored all around hunting vehicle. Granted during hunts i typically use my boots as my vehicle. But i do enjoy seeing new areas and some rockcrawling thrown into the mix. My dodge is a 4 door long bed with a leveling kit and 33s. It works great for what it is. A big tow vehicle. The wheelbase is too long and paint is too nice to get me into hairy situations. I have been looking for something 4 cylinder based. Toyota, nissan, or even a samurai. But toyota and samurai seem to hold there value. Not that i care about resale of a hunt vehicle. But there pricey. I have come to the conclusion that a 4 banger standard cab short bed would be ideal for what i typically get into. Doesnt have to have the insane axles like my blazer did or lifted too high for the 4 banger to be over worked. Id say 3" lift,31s,short wheelbase,winches. Good wheel travel. Even the 2 door jeep cherokees have been getting my attention lately. I hate the cold so a rhino or quad is out of the question for me.

THEBuzz
10-24-2012, 05:30 AM
Great thoughts...

THEBuzz
10-24-2012, 05:31 AM
Great thoughts...keep the idea's coming....

Colorado Cowboy
10-24-2012, 07:43 AM
I have a 99 Ford Powerstroke F350. Xtra cab, short bed & 4WHD. It now has 230,000 miles on it. Absolutely the best truck I have ever owned. Never done anything to it except normal maint. It is great towing anything. I now have a 29' bumper pull trailer. Used to tow a 28' boat (13,000#). Hauled it to Cabo, Florida and Canada. I have used it off road too, but it is just too big and heavy to be really good for that. Used to have a 85 Toyota short bed 4x4 PU that would go anywhere. My son talked me out of it and it is still going strong with almost 300k miles on it.

I do take a quad in the bed of my truck when I hunt. Also have a flat bed quad trailer that I haul with my wife and my quads for local day rides. This year we took it to Wyoming and hauled all the camping stuff and camped when we were antelope hunting.

Vanish
10-24-2012, 07:53 AM
A double reversal on your fat trucks! :D

30 MPGs even with the cartop carrier. Can fit more crud than I can use, but we don't use quads either.

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Manualman
10-24-2012, 08:34 AM
I like my 2010 H3 with the adventure package. It's stock with 33in tires and electric lockers front & rear. It gets me anywhere I want to go. I also get 16 MPG on the highway

Timberstalker
10-24-2012, 08:46 AM
I use our '01 F350 4 door when I take the family, when solo I take the 'OL '98 chevy 6.5 diesel 3/4 ton standard cab. I just bought a 28' travel trailer that either truck pulls to camp. My dream hunting rig would be a 4 door toyota pick up with a 4cyl turbo diesel that had enough tourque to pull a trailer. I once had the idea to build a Toyota straight axle 4 runner with a 6.5 chevy deisel with an overdrive transmission, but I never did it, I'm sure it would have been a fairly fuel efficiant hunitng rig and have plenty of power to pull a trailer. The same engine as my '98 but about 2000 lbs lighter. Its too bad that fuel is such a big deal these days, its the highest cost for me when I look at my hunting expense.

Drhorsepower
10-24-2012, 11:01 AM
I think the best all around hunting vehicle is a Toyota 4x4. With that said, I have a duramax diesel and a Polaris ranger. My truck gets me In the area, my ranger makes things comfortable off road.

My wife drives a Subaru outback, it is very tempting to take that to trailheads that it can make it to.

My chevrolegs gets the most use though;)

Edelweiss
10-24-2012, 03:24 PM
When I moved from Spain to Italy and gas in Italy was $11 per gallon, I sold my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

When I moved down here to Australia from Florida, I couldn't bring my Hummer H3 because the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car so we sold it. It was a great off-road car, though storage is lacking.

Right now in Australia we have a Jeep Cherokee 95. Works pretty well, gas here is about $6 per gallon.

My dream vehicle is a Mercedes Benz Galendawagon in the military model. Like this one.

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And this one:
http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2009/10/30/483090.1-lg.jpg

And more than anything else the Unimog for a base camp.

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We are going to shoot for a F250 Crew cab for the primary vehicle, a Jeep Unlimited for the family troop carrier, and a Mercedez Benz conversion van for the family truxter.

ando_31
10-24-2012, 03:39 PM
Interesting thread. I recently purchased a Geo tracker for hunting only. A few weeks after I purchased the tracker my jeep grand cherokee's tranny went out. So now I'm driving the tracker full time till I find another vehicle to get me to my hunting grounds (where I will leave my tracker). I had the tracker out a couple weeks ago hunting and got between 20-27 mpg. Surprising enough the tracker gets better mpg off road than on the interstate. It has a short wheel base which is nice and it does good on gas, but it isn't meant to drive 70+ mph or drive at highway speeds on a windy day.

HuntWYODon
10-24-2012, 04:10 PM
I never really thought about a dream machine but have 2004 Ford F250 Crew Cab short bed 4WD diesel to get me there and back.
Have a Polaris Razor that I use sometimes and either trailor it or put in in truck depending on how much room I need for gear.
I had a 1999 Ford F150 extended cab short bed 4WD before that. It was a great truck but before that I had a 1982 Ford F150 short bed 4WD that had 305,000 mi. on it. It had been everywhere and would go most anywhere. It wasn't a truck you worried about getting scratched if you know what I mean.

xtreme
10-24-2012, 04:23 PM
I purpose bought a 99 Grand Cherokee v-8. I installed a 242 transfer case and a 4 inch lift kit, tires are Cooper Discover ST and tow bar is Blue Ox. A Dodge with Cummins or a Tiffin Allegro bus with Cummings get the job of towing the Jeep. Winch is by manual comealong and anchor is screw in earth, kinda primitive. I do have chains. If the Jeep is already in Colorado, I sometimes drive the GTO out there, problem with that is red color. Cops have just got to stop it, they usually write a warning, as a matter of fact I have never been written a ticket with a fine while driving it. Jeep gets 20mpg and GTO gets 26 mpg and dodge gets 20-22 until it gets to mountians, then it gets 25mpg.

THEBuzz
10-24-2012, 06:13 PM
...vanish...the pic of your vehicles....their Make and Model?


...and thanks too everyone so far that has responded to the thread...

mthuntress
10-24-2012, 11:54 PM
2009 Subaru Forester 28 MPG.Love getting the mean looks when I go where the big rigs cant go.

Murdy
10-25-2012, 06:10 AM
Currently own an 01 Cherokee Sport (last year they made the Sport). It's my third Cherokee -- second one was a Sport, first one was a 1979 AMC made Cherokee (which was probably the best designed/worst built vehicle I ever owned). Added some suspension in the rear but not much else -- also use a manual come along. If I can't find another servicable Sport, next vehicle will probably be one of the newer F-150s (looks like they are making them a little smaller than they used to, to my eye).

jenbickel
10-25-2012, 10:13 AM
I have a 2000 or maybe 2001 Chevy silverado and a 2001 jeep grand Cherokee v8. I usually try to use the jeep for my hunting adventures.. Although my friends have a bet as to how long it will take before I roll it. I'm kind of an adrenaline junky which can get me into trouble....

HuntWYODon
10-25-2012, 10:56 AM
I have a 2000 or maybe 2001 Chevy silverado and a 2001 jeep grand Cherokee v8. I usually try to use the jeep for my hunting adventures.. Although my friends have a bet as to how long it will take before I roll it. I'm kind of an adrenaline junky which can get me into trouble....

I used to have an 1989 Grand Cherokee. I loved that vehicle. It would go anywhere.

xtreme
10-25-2012, 11:07 AM
Murdy the f-150 works really well, but the gas mileage is not good. I f you go that route, the fx4 has advantages, check the difference between fx-4 and 4x4.
Gen, the jeep handles pretty well unless you have to correct two times, then body roll can be a problem.

Murdy
10-25-2012, 12:14 PM
Murdy the f-150 works really well, but the gas mileage is not good. I f you go that route, the fx4 has advantages, check the difference between fx-4 and 4x4.
Thanks for pointing out the Fx4. In the past, I've been a Jeep guy, with one old C20 thrown in there, so not super familiar with Fords, but I like what I've read about the newer F-150s. Not really giving up that much milage from an older Cherokee to a newer F-150, but these days, I guess I should be trying to get better, not worse, lol.

Vanish
10-25-2012, 12:29 PM
...vanish...the pic of your vehicles....their Make and Model?

They are both Toyota RAV4s, 2006+ model (big difference from older versions).

I certainly can't get into many of the places you guys are driving, I use my feet for rough road. :D

In God We Trust
10-25-2012, 01:07 PM
I have a stock paid off 2004 Ford ranger. It is the one with the 4.0 liter which makes for crappy mpg but it helps driving the passes in Colorado. It is going into the shop next week to get a leveling kit as well as new tires and other stuff done. Not the best truck but I like it because it is narrow and does well on the narrower Colorado back roads. It has 160,000 miles on it and other than routine maint. no problems whatsoever.

HuntWYODon
10-25-2012, 03:27 PM
I have a 2000 or maybe 2001 Chevy silverado and a 2001 jeep grand Cherokee v8. I usually try to use the jeep for my hunting adventures.. Although my friends have a bet as to how long it will take before I roll it. I'm kind of an adrenaline junky which can get me into trouble....

Well Jen which is it , 2000 or 2001 ? We all need to know... LOL !

ssliger
10-25-2012, 05:50 PM
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Gets me where I want to go

hardstalk
10-25-2012, 06:05 PM
Is that a pennelton tire cover??

ssliger
10-25-2012, 07:04 PM
It was custom made by a guy from Rock Springs WY. Don't know his name, my parents had it made for a b-day present.

THEBuzz
10-28-2012, 08:40 AM
Well, I am downsizing, just got rid of a 95 F250 4x4 PSD, and it just was too much to operate with Diesel in/around $4. Just going to have to minimalize my thinking towards a "all around" hunting, commuting, etc, vehicle...have had the CJ, 4x4 S10, etc in the past,they all had their Pro's and Con's.....

Timberstalker
10-28-2012, 09:13 AM
Well, I am downsizing, just got rid of a 95 F250 4x4 PSD, and it just was too much to operate with Diesel in/around $4. Just going to have to minimalize my thinking towards a "all around" hunting, commuting, etc, vehicle...have had the CJ, 4x4 S10, etc in the past,they all had their Pro's and Con's.....

I have use both CJ and S10 in years past. The S-10 was a '85 2wd with an Isuzu diesel engine, I was amazed the places it would go, and it got 25-30 mpg! It finally died on me with unknown miles in it so I junked it. The 'OL CJ5 sits in the garage now mostly, I've had it for 25 years. It has a big cammed, high compression, NOS injected small block chevy in it now. It doesn't go hunting anymore, it never had alot of room anyways. The dead critters always had to go in the back seat. If I did that now I would get blood on th NOS bottle.

Edelweiss
10-28-2012, 02:45 PM
I need to figure it out, as I am going to be without a vehicle when we move back to the states next year.

We will need 2, I am thinking I want the wife to have a Wrangler Unlimited.

I wish the bastards still made a Ford Excursion.

I am going to look for a Ford F250 SWB crew cab in gas.

How do the Ford gas motors stack up in the F250?

ivorytip
10-28-2012, 06:14 PM
89 gmc 2500 is my hunting truck. have had it for a very long time and has been my baby. well over 200k. enough balls and guts to get done what needs done. and enough room to climb under hood and work on things without ripping everything out. its been retired this fall though and now looking for another hunting rig. im looking at ford rangers, 4x ofcourse. toyota tundras are cathing my eye. older ones that i wont care get scratched up a bit in the hills. a good hunting truck will have scratches up and down the sides, top and everywhere inbetween:cool:

Ikeepitcold
10-28-2012, 07:48 PM
http://i1189.photobucket.com/albums/z437/ikeepitcold/F8513470-13BB-4906-B8C1-71B7652A4E0B-9970-00000B236A15C7AC.jpg

My duel purpose service rig and hunting rig. Jk but I wish

hvfd21walker
10-28-2012, 08:33 PM
I have a 2003 gmc crewcab shortbox duramax. But last month I bought me a 1991 toyota xtracab 4x4 that I drive mostly now. Long trips I take the duramax.

Drhorsepower
10-28-2012, 09:18 PM
Why are you showing everybody my ranger ikic, I sent you that picture in confidence :D just kidding! I wish i wasn't, That one is way nicer than mine!

ivorytip
10-28-2012, 09:39 PM
hvfd21walker, how do you like the 91?

AKaviator
10-28-2012, 11:15 PM
A Piper Supercub! 4412

sjsmallfield
10-29-2012, 01:39 PM
I think you got everyone beat on that one AK!

Drhorsepower
10-29-2012, 01:51 PM
A Piper Supercub! 4412

Show off ;)

Doe Nob
10-29-2012, 02:35 PM
Truck wise I have been a big believer in Toyotas for a long time. I drove an 2003 access cab v8 4x4 from 24k-176k miles, then had to upgrade to my current 2006 double cab to be able to put a baby seat in back. I got it in April with 96k mi and am already up to 111k mi. I do not care for the bigger newer body style on the tundras, that's why I bought the 2006, the last year before they redesigned them.

Gas is a killer, I need to have a buddy for an out of state road trip, coming from the south its about $1000 to get out there and go anywhere. Very manageable for a week if split 2-3 ways, but solo its a nut kick.

I am contemplating on my next move downsized to the newer body style Toyota Tacoma. Only a V6, but I never tow anything other than an atv on a trailer and that's plenty. The newer Toyota Tacomas are about the same body size as the old Tundras, still plenty of room in a double cab. And narrower than most big trucks, so they are more trail capable.

I should have taken a 2 bike trailer on the last trip - we had nowhere to put the elk and looked like a buncha dumb ass red necks from texas on the way back!

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/229846_10151282002202718_923037709_n.jpg

sjsmallfield
10-29-2012, 05:37 PM
Show off ;)

That's called bringing a gun to a knife fight!

AKaviator
10-29-2012, 09:13 PM
Show off ;)
Believe me, it's not that special. You can't swing a dead cat around by its tail up here without hitting some guy with a supercub!

hvfd21walker
10-30-2012, 01:42 PM
Ivorytip I love my toyota. It gets around so good. It cut my fuel bill into half. I put 33" tires on it for a little more clearance and it does good.

bern0134
10-31-2012, 08:55 PM
Here's my 2008 Tundra. This is an older picture Has a leveling kit w 20" in. rims and Nitto Terra tires. That put my MPG down a bit but then I added an air in take after and its right about 17-18 which was the original MPG. So far its made 2 trips to Wyoming for Mule deer, and a few elk hunting trips in my home state of New Mexico. It rides well, my little girl loves riding in it compared to her mother's vehicle. Hauls a 2 horse trailer just fine as well as an occasional trailer full of hay. But sad to say it sat idle this hunting season.
We also have an old 76 chevy pickup that needs some major work. Hopefully some day I'll get a chance to work on that as well as find my dream car to restore and customize.

THEBuzz
11-11-2012, 07:18 AM
I have decided and "on-a-mission" to find a 1991 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ, and build it from there.....this I feel will meet my needs for a not-so daily driver, 4 wheel, low cost, plenty of parts and aftermarket support and that extra covered storage space, strong and 50 year old I6 engine and stout driveline........15-20 MPG, I can live with that.

hardstalk
12-22-2012, 01:45 PM
Just picked up the next hunting project truck. 900 bucks couldnt say no. 4x4 v8 standard cab short bed. Thinking about going flatbed with it and shortening up the back a bit. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/23/4ydyzuta.jpg

nvarcher
12-22-2012, 07:51 PM
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'94 Wrangler does the job!

THEBuzz
12-24-2012, 04:48 PM
I have decided and "on-a-mission" to find a 1991 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ, and build it from there.....this I feel will meet my needs for a not-so daily driver, 4 wheel, low cost, plenty of parts and aftermarket support and that extra covered storage space, strong and 50 year old I6 engine and stout driveline........15-20 MPG, I can live with that.
...1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport , 195xxx, nice and clean, and so far - stock that is - 18 MPG. is what I ended up with...and the Jeep Build begins...

xtreme
12-24-2012, 09:06 PM
49424943 1999 Grand Cherokee 4.7 242 transfer 4 in lift with oversized Cooper tires. Earth tone in color more than 20mpg

JMSZ
01-22-2013, 11:44 AM
I need to figure it out, as I am going to be without a vehicle when we move back to the states next year.

We will need 2, I am thinking I want the wife to have a Wrangler Unlimited.

I wish the bastards still made a Ford Excursion.

I am going to look for a Ford F250 SWB crew cab in gas.

How do the Ford gas motors stack up in the F250?


If you're still looking, I've got an '08 F250 w/ the V10. Stick with the '07s and later, the earlier versions were 2-valve engines, less power, worse mileage and had a nasty penchant for blowing sparkplugs out (literally ripping the plug along with the threads around it out of the head).

Personally, I wouldn't recommend the V8, when I was researching it, it didn't get any better gas mileage, but definitely has less power. When I driving my truck home the day I bought it, I passed an E350 van with the V8 going up a grade. That thing was screaming while my truck wasn't working hard at all.

The down side to a gas truck is that the best mileage is 13-14mpg on the freeway with the wind at your back and it quickly worsens when you start hauling a load.

My reserve unit has Diesel F350s and I had to make several trips from Riverside to San Diego and back, a couple of times in the government trucks and once in my truck.

The Diesel trucks used 1/2 tank of gas going to San Diego and back, my truck used 1/2 tank just going from Riverside to San Diego.

So, the extra $.20 to $.50 a gallon for diesel pays for itself when gas is almost $4 a gallon. So, at that point, the question is whether you can afford the extra $8000 up front for the diesel.


As far as hunting, I love my truck, but it's big, so it's limited in where it can go, plus I don't want to beat it up (too much).

My ideal hunting truck would be a Toyota Hilux w/ the crew cab and diesel (the ones that you see from North Africa to Afghanistan), but we can't get them here in the U.S.

Next from there would be a Jeep of some sort.

Grizz
01-22-2013, 03:31 PM
2007 Chevy 2500 HD Crew Cab, 6.0 ltr Vortec, 33" Toyo MT's, cranked up the torsion bars to level and still get 13mpg. Tows anything, hauls enough gear and guys to mount an expedition and bring home cooler full of meat. Adding a topper and Truck Vault soon. I love this rig!

xtreme
01-22-2013, 06:41 PM
5110 Clean for a change