Travelling off-road is tricky business. It’s a pretty extreme adventure that not too many people appreciate, but for those who do, there is no equal. Off-roading is a mix of enjoying nature and jumping into the unknown – traveling the back roads where no one would tread, driving on rocky terrain and steep hills that would intimidate the most experienced of explorers. It’s like rock climbing, except you’re wearing really, really big motorized shoes. It’s a pretty big job, so a big job requires a pretty big car to take on the job. This is where you should consider getting a pickup truck – the biggest car out there on the market.
Why a pickup truck, you ask? Well, a pickup truck brings several cards to the table as it joins the table. Pickup trucks are powerful to begin with. Pickup trucks are designed to do some serious lifting and pulling, so all that raw power can be tapped on when needed. Most trucks have at the very least a 6-cylinder engine attached to it, with some even being fitted with 8-cylinder (V8) engines to support and drive its heavy body. Pickup trucks are also normally already configured to be 4-wheel drive vehicles to add to the punch that they provide, so there’s no modification that needs to be done in terms of transmission parts.
A pickup truck also allows you to bring more stuff with you. When travelling outdoors, you should always make sure to stock up on supplies because out there, you’re at the mercy of the elements. The flat bed of a pickup truck really lets you store a lot of cargo without any problems to your car, especially essential stuff such as gallons of water, food, spare tires, extra car batteries or fuel. This also lets you stack up on lots of emergency supplies that you’ll need incase something were to go wrong, such as medical supplies and basic tools.
Bigger bodies also mean that you have a bigger base to work with. This extra space allows you to load your truck up with off-road accessories that you can use to further enhance your truck’s performance, or make it easier for you to travel off-road. 4×4 pickups can really be customized with a lot of things, such as power winches, fog lamps, or whatever accessories catch your fancy from the multitude of choices available to you in the market.
Going off-road need not be an expensive venture. A lot of the accessories available today are usually sold on sale, or have special offers of mail-in rebates after your purchases are made. Picking up a 2nd hand pickup is your best bet if you know how to choose wisely. A pickup truck is inexpensive to convert into a fully off-road vehicle since most of your basic components are already there. The only downside of owning a big car like this is that you should expect your maintenance costs to be considerably more than the amount you paid to get started in the first place. Don’t let that get you down however; you’re not just paying for a new car, you’re paying for a ticket to probably one of the best experiences you can ever have in your life.