Originally Posted by John H.
My first question is what are some of the more difficult 4x4 trails you guys have taken your SMB's thru?
I've got a 4x4 w/modest 4" lift and 33" tires, extended length, high roof. I've gotten back into some remote desert locations, over some 10" rocks and 15" deep crevices. I've also had to give up on a pretty gnarly trail in Mojave and turn around. I keep thinking I'll get down Lippencott Mine Rd with my van one day, just to say I did it. I don't see any reason why I couldn't do it, with the right spotter and some patience.
I've been out on Pismo Beach, south past the 3 mile mark on the beach road and inland to camp thru some soft stuff.
In my mind, the biggest considerations for moderate off roading these vans, is the weight, the width, and what happens if I pinstrip the side of my van with sagebrush, or push in a lower rocker panel on a boulder that I just can't drive around? Would that bother me? Something to consider. Also, what happens if I get stuck, am i prepared to jack, dig, winch, get a tow and consider it "all part of the adventure"?
My impression is most guys with a newer SMB wouldn't tolerate abusing their investment like I might. Forget Lippencott Mine Rd. But my '95 is older, I'm only into is like $20G's.
Unlike when I was a younger man (and cared about aesthetics of my, ahem, investment
) , I'm frankly not so worried about how The Beast's
exterior looks. A little battle worn is ok for me. As a result, I'll be more adventurous than some I suppose. But maybe that's just me.