I too have been doing extensive research into the ultimate LF vehicle. I like the H1 Hummer. Not the new H2 that is all fancy, but the military H1. Not too many creature comforts but will get you there and has a bed in the back to photograph from.
Retails for around $100,000. Anyone want to pool their money?
I drive a Chevy Blazer (the small one) runs perfect after 165,000 miles.
I used to have one myself; I got over 252,000 miles on it before someone decided to re-arrange my front end. Too bad; it had the original engine/transmission - great running car. Now, I just drive a Honda. But, living on a small island, I don't need much more. I just keep the tripod in the back and walk where I need to.
I do a lot of road trips with my LF gear, even driving from Connecticut to North Dakota, then north wi Winnipeg andthe back east thru Niagra Falls to Connecticut camping along the way. I did all this in a Jeep Wrangler. I have owned several models and now I have a Rubicon. This has proven to be a great vehicle for these types of trips, but I've always been on my own. Now, I bought a used Jeep Cherokee 4.0L and this is really working out well. I can carry all my gear, golf clubs and other stuff for 2 two. If I need to, I can sleep over night in the back.
My dream is that when I retire I will buy a 29 foot Class C motorhome and tour the U.S. I will get a model that I can darken a room for developing and contact printing.
I will tow a Jeep behind for local transportation.
... and a Defender will return 29 miles per gallon (average urban/extra-urban) from its 122bhp 2.5L diesel. A diesel won't let you down in any weather... a petrol engine (thats gas to you US-ians!) will die in floods etc. unless it is specially equipped. Also it doesn't matter where you are in the world you will find someone who can repair it.
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