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


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?

Image: OddStuffMagazine


    1. 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.

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

    1. "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.

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

        1. 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.

    1. 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. 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

    1. 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. 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. 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.

  2. 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"/>

  3. [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.

    1. 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 .

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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>

  7. 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]

  8. <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. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

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