Road Trippin' Rigs



  • Pretty sure a new 4x4 sprinter base is under 50k??



  • So I just found it. Brand new 4x4 144inches wheel base 62k 0.0 60month financing. Your build with solar installation windows etc. Should not be more than 4k materials..



  • @NickG Diesel or gasoline? It's the former that really adds the hefty premium to "base". I eschew all that luxury stuff, as it is just one more thing to break but Genifer is really loving stuff like lane control, nearness warnings, and rear backup camera.



  • 6 cyl diesel.



  • Don't know if it's base or not? The local dealership has four 144in high top 4x4 2019 cargo vans. 61.9k to62.9k



  • @NickG If you are ever out this way (Seattle), we will have to do some jammin'.



  • @Moose Stanley Lake is near Stanley. 😆



  • @toby I'm pretty sure it was Stanley lake that lost its beach in the first earthquake? Part of the ground subsided there.



  • @Moose love for this stupid pandemic to go away so we could get on the road and do some jamming!



  • @NickG I'm having the best luck on Cargurus. Carfax has fair results too, but tend to be higher in price, generally, for similar vehicles.



  • Best "investment" I ever made 😉

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    Complimented with a shell back in the day but that day is long past, as I don't groove on the condensation from the fiberglass rigs and went old school aluminum skin on wood frame. Insulated and interior paneling. Drapes and such. I had extra insulation added for Team Husky. Just a bit taller - enough that I could sit in a low slung beach chair and have sufficient head room to be comfy. The "bench" Ace is sitting on was my poor weather and early morning coffee cooking area. Else otherwise just used the tailgate. Alas, the shell was vandalized by an emotionally/behaviorally disturbed student during my teaching days.

    Edit: This pic was taken upon exit from a twelve day backpacking trip into the Sawtooths. Hence the triumphant fist pump. Next stop: Pizza (and a beer for dad)! 🍕 🍺



  • Genifer is becoming increasingly keen on the Ford Explorer. In no small part because our '07 Ford Fusion has "been so good to us". Approaching 200K miles of predominantly city driving with naught else other than routine maintenance, I concur. That was back shortly after Ford had bought out Mazda, however, so our Fusion is essentially a Mazda chassis and power train sporting a Ford body and interior compliments. Guess what has been the weakest link in that chain? Yep, interior and exterior accoutrements. Hence, I am not so eager to automatically grace Explorers w/the same vote of confidence (nor the newer Fusions for that matter).

    So I suggested Toyota 4Runner. Quick price check by her points to adding about $10K for the 4Runner. Kind of like Ford being the king of trucks. Only add $20K if it is also a Ford Diesel rig. Anywho.... not done any research on either as of yet but am interested in reports by owners of either. Did you simply take the "safe bet" and go with the herd, buy based on "brand loyalty" or did you evaluate alternatives? If the latter, what was the logic behind your decision. Both pros and cons cuz no matter how great there are always also a few warts.

    Thanks in advance. 🍺


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