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Aboiss


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Hello, I'm currently in the market looking for a cheap used car, and with my recent climbing obsession I'm interested in finding out what kind of cars people might recommend for bumming around from crag to crag. I was looking at Subaru Outbacks and possibly Honda CR-Vs in the hopes that after the seats are folded down a mattress could be thrown for sleeping. Has anyone else had experience sleeping out of their cars as they drive around?


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Honda Element.


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trapdoor wrote:
Honda Element.

Toyota tacoma or nissan frontier w camper shell and homemade bed- storage space under the bed.


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old 4 cylinder Rwd toyota pickup

the money saved buying one gives you 6 more months of climbing


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There is no such thing as a "climbing vehicle". If you choose a car based upon a "recent climbing obsession", then you are a poser and a fool.


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My 96 Ford Explorer is awesome, but a big minus is its a bit of a pig on gas. I put down the rear seats and throw in a single bed matress, screens on the rear seat windows for sleeping at night with ventilation, and pee bottle....just like home and takes care of two people with lots of comfort. Its a 4x4 and have yet to have been stuck even on some of the more than off the beaten track ice trips. Some times I throw in a portable dvd player for those rain days.


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a mudder truckin SHORT BUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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If the short bus is diesel it might get better fmiles per gallon. Something with a diesel engine would be my recomendation


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Feet.


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Outback is a good choice. I'm 6'2" and can comfortably sleep in mine with 2 bouldering pads and other gear inside, plus an Organic Full Pad fits perfectly as a mattress. Tough as bricks too, it'll go through pretty much anything.


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Dodge sprinter, get an old cheap one! Great for the crags!


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Toyota Tacoma with a camper shell or Subaru Outback for a good combination of space and the potential to pass as a non-dirtbag to the rangers.

A windowless perv van would be ideal for living out of and certainly more comfortable, but at the big climbing destinations rangers will be onto you like white on rice.

I recently rigged my tacoma with an inverter, isolator, and auxiliary batter (pretty cheap to do) and I can safely run a small heater and various electronic devices without draining the main battery. The aux battery charges back up from the alternator when I get on the road. Pretty sweet setup.


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Aboiss wrote:
... what kind of cars people might recommend for bumming around from crag to crag.
A reliable one that doesn't need constant repair.
A lot of good suggestions so far, but that one should definitely be at the top of your list.


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Reliable,

Toyota, Honda, Subaru. indeed all reliable.

Honda & Toyota will be cheaper & easier to fix.


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I'll second the dodge sprinter. Diesel engine. 5' or 7' head room. 30 MPG. Lots of room. Looks like it belongs in Europe, or somewhere outside the USA, aka an intelligent design. I believe it is used by the USPS or Fed Ex. I'm not sure if they've been around long enough though to find a older cheap one.


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Toyota Previa.
All Wheel Drive and room for a bed with storage underneath... and its a Toyota so it runs forever.


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reno wrote:

Hell yeah. Those unimogs are unreal.

I'll settle for my Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carrier. Fits 11 and sleeps 3 comfortably. Diesel economy too. I call it my big white metal tent.




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raerae wrote:
. . .and its a Toyota so it runs forever.

This is just too easy.


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Isuzu pickup




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http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/nvn/cto/1780116273.html

If you have a way to get this across the border (ie, a canadian friend that has a greencard) these are probably the most awesome climber cars ever.


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Three choices here.

Get a small rice burner pack it full of shit and sleep on the ground. You'll save lots of cash on gas and be able to climb longer.

I own a previa. 250,000 miles and running strong. Took out all the seats accept the front two and you can damn near fit a queen size mattress in there.

Three. Move to a sick climbing area and buy a bike. Climb there till you have climbed everything than kitch to your next destination. That would be the true dirt bag way. Poach, hitch, and dumpster dive. (no car needed) Just need weed as a hitch hiker gift


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I have a 1991 Mercedes E-Class wagon. With the seats folded down it is hugh, and they fold completely flat. Drives great. Will run at 110 mph all day long... Only down side is is drinks gas like there is no tomorrow. Maintenance is not too bad (at least not in Germany).

Looking at a VW Caddy (I don't think you can get this in the US) to replace to benz....

scoTt


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rhythm164 wrote:
Outback is a good choice. I'm 6'2" and can comfortably sleep in mine with 2 bouldering pads and other gear inside, plus an Organic Full Pad fits perfectly as a mattress. Tough as bricks too, it'll go through pretty much anything.

I have a subaru forrester, I know it's not as long as the outback, but not by much. I'm 5'4 and I can't sleep in the back with the seats down unless I crunch into a ball and then it's just uncomfortable. I can sleep with the front seat reclined and a pillow much better than in the back.

It does pack a lot though... and the forrester has a higher wheel base than the outback... I can attest that it does surprisingly well on 4 wheel roads in utah.




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