i live most of the year while on the road in a 79 shasta c-class rv. it's a short one, about 20 feet and i've set it up with solar panels and x-tra
batts. have a small honda generator mostly just to run power tools.
it's a basic carburated 350 chevy, which is not good for milage, but is great if parts are needed, available everywhere.
i also own a 78 international scout2, 4+4, winch, bullet proof 345 motor.
parts can be tough, but many don't realize int. used parts from other manufactures, so many are interchangable.
the rv is very comfortable, but if i need to get deeper in the woods the scout will go just about anywhere.
one thing i always point out is availability of parts and the knowledge of being able to fix your own rig.
i can fix anything on either of these, but if i get into a newer, computerized vehicle, a break down could leave me struggling to diagnose, along with
serious difficulty finding parts.
edit to add, once it gets too rough for the rv, the scout is good to go, but if it gets to rough for that then i have an older yamaha 400 enduro
strapped to the back of the rv..
if it gets too rough for that then the rubber on the soles of my boots is the next vehicle.
i also warn people about size, i can get my rv about anywhere the van in the op can go, and then some, i have airbags on the back differential that
give me about double to triple the clearence of a regular van.
length can also be a big problem if driving on rough roads in the woods.
try and get a bigger vehicle up some of the roads i travel and you'll realize overhanging trees, tight turns and rough roads will stop you far quicker
than you'd hope for.
edit on 27-11-2011 by rubbertramp because: (no reason given)
edit on 27-11-2011 by rubbertramp because:
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