off road: truck v. jeep?

i want to get a vehicle that i can drive off road – in sand, dirt, gravel, mud, forestry,water (well in a practical way :-)) etc. basically i want an off road vehicle that can handle anything. im leaning towards jeeps, but am kind of turned off by the fact that id have to tow a trailer to transport anything …like a quad or bike. but im thinking a truck would be too big and bulky for extreme offroading. opinions on makes and models????

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3 Responses to off road: truck v. jeep?

  1. Michael V September 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Ive had about five lifted jeeps and now have a Chevy avalanche with a six inch lift. if i had the choice again for off roading i would definitely go with a jeep. they are nimble and light and can go anywhere. I ran into the same dilemma of being able to haul stuff so i got the truck. i can still play with the jeeps but i sink a lot more and can definitely not go everywhere they can go. If i where you i would go the jeep wrangler unlimited with the six cylinder. the six cylinder can still pull a load i had a double axle trailer behind mine with 2 four wheelers, it was a little sluggish uphill, but it pulled it. i would also go with the limited because it is longer and has a lot extra cargo room then a regular jeep.

  2. George S September 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    toyota fj cruiser meets those requirements, fully loaded under $30,000..i almost bought one after learning how capable they are

  3. curmudgeon1955 September 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    If you’re not hauling big loads- Jeep. If you’re going to haul offroad- a 4×4 pickup like chev C20 or Ford f250. Around farms the 3/4 ton 4×4 pickup is a standard. The light jeeps can get in and out of muck and tight places easier, my old Kaiser DJ5 hauled tools and generator to various places easier than brothers F150 4×4. You say extreme offroading- try a 5 year old jeep with fat tires and have fun. Susuki Samurai is about like a old CJ3, lot of them seen in winter in Wisconsin working small plow or just getting people to work in snow, summer is seen in campgrounds, sometimes pulling small tent camper for base while woods running later. Take it easy on highway.