Hooniverse Asks- What’s Your Dream Off-Off-Road Vehicle?

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Sometimes you just want to get away from it all, off the beaten path, back to nature. Of course your shiny new BRZ, ancient Dodge Shadow, or whatever you happen to call your pride and joy won’t really let you go far from where the pavement ends, and we all believe in using the right tool to get the job done. Some of you do happen to own the odd off-road-mobile, and those will get your pretty deep in the bush, but what if your goal is to traverse the rough and rugged parts of the planet in something that’s neigh-on unstoppable?

If that’s the case, the  you’re going to need a machine that will do dirt, snow, mud, hell, even water, without breaking a sweat. What kind of can-do machine would that most likely be? There are lots of multi-axle off-off-off roaders that will fit much of the bill, and those have such a generous contact patch that they can run over your legs and all you’d feel is a slight tickle.

Getting even more adventurous, there are weird and wonderful machines like the above twin screw drive beast from Russia that looks like something you’d burrow to the center of the Earth in to cart back giant diamonds and fight off missing links. That’s a little too far off the beaten path for our purposes here, but considering going farther in the back country than even trail rated allows, what would be your weapon of choice?

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111 responses to “Hooniverse Asks- What’s Your Dream Off-Off-Road Vehicle?”

  1. Vavon Avatar
    Vavon

    That would definitely be the Lada Niva!
    <img src="http://www.parts-specs.nl/photos/0313063-Lada-Niva-1.7i-1995.jpg&quot; width=650>
    And this is a close second…
    <img src="http://images.forum-auto.com/mesimages/210199/high205.jpg&quot; width=650>

    1. Devin Avatar
      Devin

      It needs to be the right Lada Niva.
      <img src="http://blegs.free.fr/nouveau%20site/bronto.jpg"&gt;

        1. BobAsh Avatar
          BobAsh

          Until it breaks down. Which will be very soon.

          1. Devin Avatar
            Devin

            Luckily it can be repaired with a hammer.

          2. citroen67 Avatar
            citroen67

            and sickle…

          3. Vavon Avatar
            Vavon

            Hahaha!!!

    2. citroen67 Avatar
      citroen67

      I guess I am already living the dream!
      <img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5094/5483036452_91babf6b1f_z.jpg"&gt;

      1. Vavon Avatar
        Vavon

        YAY!!! I bet it gets a Lada love… I just had to!

  2. muthalovin Avatar

    Obviously.
    <img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u9Rou2QuwwU/UNtQg8lVqiI/AAAAAAAAgGw/KSrJ6NSZBbA/s1600/Ford+Raptor.jpg&quot; width=550>
    Get off the truck! You're blocking my view!

    1. $kaycog Avatar
      $kaycog

      Oh heck, you beat me.

    2. engineerd Avatar

      Raptor is, again, the answer.

      1. muthalovin Avatar

        I dunno, a Ford GT with snowtraxx $skaycog posted below is a pretty great answer.
        And a NSX on mud tires.

    3. Sjalabais Avatar
      Sjalabais

      Is that the the post-apocalypse-DIY-restart-civilisation-package? I have a hard time seeing those girls chopping down trees, but that is probably not their #1 priority either.

  3. OA5599 Avatar
    OA5599

    Since $kaycog is undoubtedly going to post something Ford GT/40, I guess this one is fair game for me.
    <img src="http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/article/111/1112871/Vanishing_Point1_1282340809.jpg"&gt;

    1. $kaycog Avatar
      $kaycog

      You thought I was going to choose something like this? Haha! I fooled you.
      <img src="http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17g4vrd1f9y65jpg/cmt-medium.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

      1. Wolfie Avatar
        Wolfie

        You are on the right track!

        1. danleym Avatar
          danleym

          Yep, sure will be doing more than just treading water with those!

    1. Wolfie Avatar
      Wolfie

      Now that my kind of rock climbing.
      That angle makes it seem to be walking up a wall.

      1. $kaycog Avatar
        $kaycog

        No kidding………I think it's a great photo.

  4. Jay_Ramey Avatar
    Jay_Ramey

    Somebody needs to buy out and restore that ZiL 4904 screwdrive already. I dunno why they havent made a remote controlled toy of that by now (dibs on that idea, by the way)

    1. OA5599 Avatar
      OA5599

      Not that particular vehicle, but if you want to homebrew something, here is an off-the-shelf toy with similar propulsion.
      http://www.amazon.com/Tyco-Radio-Control-Terrain-
      <img src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41N1NW7ER5L._SL500_AA300_.jpg"&gt;

  5. Kogashiwa Avatar
    Kogashiwa

    Always wanted an Argo.
    <img src="http://www.argo8x8.jp/DSCN4289_2.jpg"&gt;
    If you can't get there in an Argo it's time to start walking.

    1. Irishzombieman Avatar
      Irishzombieman

      Still blown away by the concept of 2WD motorcycles.

      1. LEROOOY Avatar
        LEROOOY

        I believe they float, too, thanks to the huge tires. You can just paddle it across the Amazon and continue on your way!

    2. RobbyDeGraff Avatar
      RobbyDeGraff

      That looks awesome

    3. Felis_Concolor Avatar
      Felis_Concolor

      "When getting stuck is not an option: Rokon."
      I still intend to obtain one of those, as they are the perfect 2-wheeled complement to my street legal tractor, aka Haflinger. We may be the last ones to cross the start line, but we'll almost certainly be the only ones to make it to the finish. And while additional fuel is nice to have, in emergencies I'll be much happier when those tank wheels are filled with potable water.
      And size does matter, especially considering most modern rock crawlers can't legally fit on a city street, much less the overgrown goat paths you may well encounter in the backcountry.

  6. pj134 Avatar
    pj134

    HEMTT
    <img src="http://data.primeportal.net/hemtt2/rich_sahli/hemtt_ft/hemtt_ft_1_of_7.jpg&quot; width="500/">
    I will always regret not having somewhere to put this Tatra 813… It was 30 minutes away from me…
    http://bringatrailer.com/2011/03/16/8-x-8-x-excel
    Someday, little Tatra, someday.

    1. zaddikim Avatar
      zaddikim

      It is a damn shame about that Tatra getting away…

  7. Wolfie Avatar
    Wolfie

    The Haaglunds Beltevogen BV206 that Antti posted over the weekend would be the one for me.

  8. Sp33dwagon Avatar
    Sp33dwagon

    probably a 2-wheel drive bike with sidecar/floatation device. <img src="http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2011models/2011-Ural-SnowLeopard-LimitedEditionh.jpg"&gt;

  9. OA5599 Avatar
    OA5599

    Had you asked this question when I was still watching Saturday morning cartoons:
    [youtube hA2mrugzhwg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA2mrugzhwg youtube]

  10. calzonegolem Avatar
    calzonegolem

    It's kinda like having a wrangler and a vega at the same time
    <img src="http://gomotors.net/pics/AMC/amc-eagle-02.jpg"&gt;

    1. don fehlio Avatar
      don fehlio

      I prefer the second-gen.
      <img src="http://www.rocky-road.com/media/sx4-4_small.jpg"&gt;

      1. calzonegolem Avatar
        calzonegolem

        Needs more louvers

        1. Spencer Avatar
          Spencer

          aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand im in love

        2. vroomsocko Avatar
          vroomsocko

          Louvers need to make a comeback.

    2. vroomsocko Avatar
      vroomsocko

      Needs more longroof… and woodgrain.
      <img src="http://casualist.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/amc_eagle_wagons_19871.jpg&quot; width="500">

  11. FrankTheCat Avatar
    FrankTheCat

    M35A2
    with locking diffs of course

  12. buzzboy7 Avatar
    buzzboy7

    I can only pick one! Nah, how about one for each set of conditions
    Snow
    <img src="http://www.autopictu.com/images/tucker-sno-cat-2000-09.jpg&quot; width="600">
    Sand
    <img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6032/6317584142_5fa7374ac0.jpg"&gt;
    Everywhere Else
    <img src="http://das-blaue-ding.de/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/unimog-406-3.jpg&quot; width="600">>

    1. zaddikim Avatar
      zaddikim

      Unimog will AWLAYS be the answer.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar
        Sjalabais

        Have you seen the latest "Die hard"? Probably sponsored by MB, involves an Unimog and a G doing improbable things.

        1. zaddikim Avatar
          zaddikim

          Not yet, but it's on the list – Die Hard movies are officially on my Guilty Pleasures list – I can feel my brain cells dying, but it is so fun.

  13. njhoon Avatar
    njhoon

    This would work for me
    <img src="http://www.texaspinzgauer.com/images/PinzgauerTrax.jpg&quot; width="600">

    1. Felis_Concolor Avatar
      Felis_Concolor

      I am very, very, VERY glad I don't have the money to burn on my 710K right now, but once I get the other projects out of the way, it's time to fix up the radio wagon as a camper.

      1. njhoon Avatar
        njhoon

        Check out pirate bay. There is a guy who has an old deuce radio truck that he converted to an RV. It is pretty amazing.Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

  14. vroomsocko Avatar
    vroomsocko

    Rambo Lambo! I have lusted after this ever since it appeared in Motor Trend when I was a kid. I've only seen one in the wild, and it was glorious.
    <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Mmk8iIFWjn0/TfdixSpnDlI/AAAAAAAAAiw/4GEsXdKEaEE/s1600/lm002.jpg&quot; width="500">

    1. danleym Avatar
      danleym

      I saw one driving the other way on the interstate once. I almost got in a wreck as I tried to make sure I had really seen what I thought I had.

      1. pj134 Avatar
        pj134

        There was one at a local Jag/Rover dealership when I was about 12 or 13. I was bewildered as my brother-in-law who worked there explained that it was actually a Lamborghini.
        Now I'm just bewildered that someone traded it in.

      2. vroomsocko Avatar
        vroomsocko

        Sounds like my one sighting in the wild. It was sitting at a red light and I nearly stopped mid-left turn to gawk at it.

  15. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    I expect awesomeness to occur in this comment thread… and so far, so good.
    I'll go with this one for now:
    <img src="http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/article/121/1219875/gigahorsephoto_1330716076.jpg"&gt;

    1. zaddikim Avatar
      zaddikim

      Looks like two Cadillacs gang-banging a dragster at a tractor pull.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar
      Sjalabais

      What?

    3. nutzforautos Avatar
      nutzforautos

      My God…..this is….beautiful…

    1. OA5599 Avatar
      OA5599

      That first one is clearly not off-road. I can tell from the background.

  16. wisc47 Avatar
    wisc47

    Why the Bowler Nemesis, of course!
    <img src="http://blog.landrover.com/wp-content/uploads/Bowler-Nemesis.jpg"&gt;

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      OOoooooh! Good one!

  17. HSA Avatar
    HSA

    Can't decide between wheels, skis or a boat hull? Take them all.
    <img src="http://image.nettix.fi/extra/boatimg/453901_454000/hydrokopteri-muu-merkki-453997_l_e122acaf2abaeb7b.jpg&quot; width="600">
    Vavon was again on the right tracks with the Lada Niva.

    1. Wolfie Avatar
      Wolfie

      Put a small pair of wings on that and you have Ekronoplan.
      Surface effect flying .

      1. HSA Avatar
        HSA

        Thanks, Wolfie. I was trying to remember the name.

  18. RobbyDeGraff Avatar
    RobbyDeGraff

    I'd love that rediculous cork screw thingy in the top photo, other nominations are:
    A PistenBully snow groomer <img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7009/6544274849_b2c43a0f10.jpg&quot; width="500" height="301" alt="Pisten Bully snow-groomer – SKI area Nove Mesto na Morave">
    and I have to nominate the Ram Powerwagon, which is sooo much fun. Here's a photo of me off-roading one in one of our recent Pickuptrucks.com/FourWheeler Magazine shootouts
    <img src="http://i387.photobucket.com/albums/oo314/RPDRed6/3d7816f4-32fb-4880-b50a-399893151a31.jpg&quot; border="0" alt=" photo 3d7816f4-32fb-4880-b50a-399893151a31.jpg"/>

  19. Alcology Avatar
    Alcology

    Back to the Beaver!
    [youtube XcilWhg6zPI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcilWhg6zPI youtube]

    1. Wolfie Avatar
      Wolfie

      Where would we all be without the Beaver?

  20. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Old school Funco SS1, without a doubt.
    <img src="http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr127/fairoakskid/FuncoSSIIFrontShot.jpg&quot; width="512">

    1. Marto Avatar
      Marto

      Also the happiest off-road vehicle.

  21. POLAЯ Avatar
    POLAЯ

    One JESUS approved Hilux.
    <img src="http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1050/938704186_c8a083d4d5.jpg"&gt;

    1. nutzforautos Avatar
      nutzforautos

      My favorite episode…

  22. engineerd Avatar

    I want the Antarctic Snow Cruiser. Sure, it was a miserable failure, but it has a plane!
    <img width=500 src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/48/Antarctic_snow_cruiser_cutaway.jpg"&gt;
    Read more here: <a href="http://atomictoasters.com/2011/02/the-ultimate-snow-vehicle/” target=”_blank”>http://atomictoasters.com/2011/02/the-ultimate-snow-vehicle/

    1. Wolfie Avatar
      Wolfie

      404

  23. Dan Avatar
    Dan

    [youtube 35iBy09CPBM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35iBy09CPBM youtube]
    My buddy showed me this the other day. I was rather impressed. Then that turned into watching video of turbocharged Can-Ams with continuously variable transmissions, which turned into watching videos of turbocharged cars with CVTs. Watching something rev up and just stay on boost is pretty cool.

  24. danleym Avatar
    danleym

    Maybe I'm biased because I own one (not the pictured one), but I'd take a properly set up K5 anyday.
    <img src="http://i709.photobucket.com/albums/ww96/64zim/HPIM3861800x600.jpg&quot; width=500>

  25. OA5599 Avatar
    OA5599

    Where we're going, we don't need any roads…or bridges.
    <img src="http://cache.gizmodo.com/assets/images/4/2011/04/bridgetop.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. Wolfie Avatar
      Wolfie

      I was with a Bridge Engineer unit in Germany, We had 17 square miles of storage at GDK . Vessels and trucks of every description,but we did not have one of those.That is some kind of bridge .

  26. CherokeeOwner Avatar
    CherokeeOwner

    My pick would be a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon two-door, equipped with Mattracks, a winch, and a Rokon Trailblazer on a bumper rack.

    1. nutzforautos Avatar
      nutzforautos

      How does this not disintegrate upon landing??

      1. quijoteMike Avatar
        quijoteMike

        Its made in the Czech Republic, they don't do breakage. Hans Ledwinka's legacy lives on.

  27. I_Borgward Avatar
    I_Borgward

    I give you the Sno-Motor:[youtube R-t0V-p90nM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-t0V-p90nM youtube]

  28. jeepjeff Avatar
    jeepjeff

    This is another post where I've already got both. The places I like going that I can't get to with my Jeep, I walk the last bit. And if walking won't do it, I can bring climbing gear.

  29. Tomsk Avatar

    A nicely-restored one of these with, at most, a 2" lift and a modern four-cylinder turbodiesel and manual tranny out of a Class 4 or 5 truck.
    <img src="http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2011/06/09/00/01/1966_international_travelall-pic-4964950773513022691.jpeg&quot; width="500" />

  30. CABEZAGRANDE Avatar
    CABEZAGRANDE

    I want a Rooikat.
    <img src="http://www.defenceweb.co.za/images/stories/LAND/LAND_new/Rooikat-Mk1D-ArmouredCar.JPG&quot; width="600">
    Or if I can't have that, the M1128 Stryker Mobile Gun System
    <img src="http://www.op-for.com/picture_of_the_day/Stryker155.jpg&quot; width="600">

  31. mallthus Avatar
    mallthus

    I really love both the journey and the destination. I also really hate tent camping.
    This really hits the spot for me.
    <img src="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/3/web/279000-279999/279576_173_full.jpg&quot; width=600>
    <img src="http://memimage.cardomain.com/member_images/3/web/279000-279999/279576_172_full.jpg&quot; width=600>
    But this one is a lot more likely to see my butt inside, given that it's got room for my family and they're built about 10 miles from my house.
    <img src="http://www.earthroamer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/FINAL-complete-650-master-with-kelci-b.jpg&quot; width=600>

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Not sure I need or want all that. I'd be happy with a Tiger CX.
      <img src="http://i25.tinypic.com/2cdg19h.jpg"&gt;

  32. wisc47 Avatar
    wisc47

    Okay, I think I might have changed my mind. I forgot about this…
    <img src="http://www.boston.com/cars/newsandreviews/overdrive/Local-Motors-Rally-Fighter.jpg"&gt;

    1. Will Avatar
      Will

      Wear a kidney belt for countryside drives in the UAZ 469.

  33. Feds_II Avatar
    Feds_II

    With the snorkel all the way in, the Delica is becoming a pretty good choice, and once I add an air locker out of a Montero, I'll be pretty happy with it:
    <img src="http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/rr161/DrKool/Delica/3_zps95de3474.jpg&quot; width=500>
    If it was just me, I'd think about a Pajero Evo:
    <img src="http://www.lancerregister.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=222018&stc=1&d=1359821742&quot; width=500>
    Of course, it is difficult to go wrong with a Landy (caution, 1.5 hours, hard not to watch the whole thing)
    [youtube UGWp8R-IqoE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGWp8R-IqoE youtube]

  34. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

    A lot of good ones are taken but how about a little vintage Type 82?
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/32/K%C3%BCbelwagen.jpg&quot; width="400">

    1. Marto Avatar
      Marto

      D'oh!

      1. Marto Avatar
        Marto

        Cheers Vairship. 🙂

  35. Maymar Avatar
    Maymar

    <img src="http://cdn.inthralld.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Tiny-UNICAT-Truck-Home-on-The-Road-2.jpeg&quot; width=500 /img>
    I don't really get along with nature. Or rather, nature doesn't get along with me. I mean, I appreciate it, it looks nice, we should take care of it, and I should never, ever be there. I'm inevitably a sneezing, bug-bitten mess, and don't cope well with temperatures other than room. If I'm going off-off road, I'm taking a facsimile of home with me in a Unicat.
    <img src="http://cdn.inthralld.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Tiny-UNICAT-Truck-Home-on-The-Road-3.jpeg&quot; width=500 /img>

    1. Felis_Concolor Avatar
      Felis_Concolor

      I enjoy camping outdoors at park campgrounds or in the wilderness precisely because it underscores how wonderful it is to have a tech-filled house to shield me from the outside world and its hardships.

  36. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    My Wagoneer, once it's done crapping all over itself I'd like it to look about like this:
    <img src="http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f143/MadMaxima/Wagoneer/Ely%20Trip/IMG_4679.jpg&quot; width=500>
    For now, I'm dealing with this
    But as long as we're dreaming, how about a 4 wheel steering bobbed M35A2?
    <img src="http://ccsurplus.com/sites/ccsurplus.com/files/crew%20cab%202%20nail%202%20truck%20046.JPG&quot; width="550/">
    Via: http://ccsurplus.com/custom-truck/315

  37. sohc Avatar
    sohc

    <img src="http://www.miracleofamericamuseum.org/exhibits/thinksnow/full%20images/DSC03030.JPG width="600">
    Miracle of America Museum Polson, Mt This place has tonnage!

  38. dr zero Avatar
    dr zero

    There aren't any roads on the moon are there?
    <img src="http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/image/as15_88_11901.jpg"&gt;

  39. Slow_Joe_Crow Avatar
    Slow_Joe_Crow

    I'm a sucker for crew cabs so vehicle list includes Land Rover Defender 130 crew cab (300TDI or TGV) Unimog Doka, or for really big jobs a Tatra 815

  40. Andy Avatar
    Andy

    This robotic ostrich:
    [youtube TZ3rAxSiiO4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ3rAxSiiO4 youtube]

  41. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    I want a 4×4 SX4 right now. I bet they are getting cheaper by the minute.

  42. vroomsocko Avatar
    vroomsocko

    Isuzu Vehicross is boss.
    <img src="http://www.wildtoys.com/vehicross/VX_MyPics/VX3quarter2007_600.jpg&quot; width="500">

  43. Will Avatar
    Will

    Since the Snow Cruiser was already cited, I'd take a Fiat Panda Tanker <img src=http://img2.fotoalbum.virgilio.it/v/www1-3/146/146664/268468/061205_F_PandaTanker_02_1024-vi.jpg" width="600"> http://www.dainese.com/us_en/news/PANDA_TANKER
    Of course, a Skoda Yeti would be just fine, too.

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