Loved following this and that it’s come back up. Maybe one day if and when the kiddos are gone (we are called to be foster parents so we may well always have kids around) I can talk the misses into doing this.
So I'm drifting back through this thread, thinking I need to meetup with Rospaw and his Pinzgauer truck, at the first decent snowfall, and take my Montero and rigging and go help him recover 4WD trucks out of ditches in North Georgia! What a cool truck!
But I digress...I've become a fan of the Mitsubishi Montero for overall utility, and reasonable cost, so much so, that I nominated it to be my tow rig for my Cargo Conversion Camper/Hauler, instead of my trusty 2WD E-150 Club Wagon Chateau. The Montero has AWD, 4WD, locking center differential, Hybrid (clutch and inertia) limited slip rear differential, 5-speed tiptronic shifter, 4.30 gears, independent suspension. Often an unsung hero in 4WD capability.
We like to bring the trailer for gear, then use it as a base camp to jump off to more adventures. The link below, connects to the cargo trailer website as well, caution folks, it may make too much sense, and take you down a path you weren't prepared to go.
After spending a lot of time in my Jeep, literally living out of it for weeks at a time, I have a few observations. One, while I would love the extra space a larger vehicle would give me, I have been places that I saw mid-sized vehicles have to turn back. I have spent a lot of time camping at 10K or higher out of my Jeep and in places only razors, bikes, four wheelers and other Jeeps could get to. Second, driving from GA to the Rocky Mountains is not fun in a Jeep...I am dang near 60 and without the various cushions and padded arm rests I found in Truck Stops, I do know know if I could have made the distance per day that I did. Third, and I know this is going to rattle some cages, IFS is not the way to go on really technical trails. I saw two 4-Runners and a Taco on their side on what were to me, not so complicated trails in Colorado this past summer, from what I have heard, Black Bear Pass was rather rough on the Toyota clan this summer too, the day they finally opened the trail (a couple of weeks after I made my way back to GA), two toyotas ended up either flipped or on their sides. I run a Rubicon and the solid front axle is a must, with a sway bar disconnect on "stepped" trails, they are what did the IFS vehicles in that I saw on their side, yes 3 different ones in one week that I personally saw. Fourth, some game changers, I added a 50qt fridge/freezer to my Jeep, a tailgater tailgate fold down table, and an interior cargo basket for the back of my Jeep. After my last trip out west, I wonder how I made it before hand without these items. These photos are from two different trips out to Colorado. Both in July, a year apart. One during a drought, the other record snow cover. The couldn't get up to Tincup pass this past summer, was 20 foot of snow on the trail and it was closed.