I am a 'Trail Jeeper', and I have several Jeeps, including pick-up trucks, wagons and early CJ Jeeps, so I pretty much know what works both on and off road. What I was wondering is what the rest of you may have or may want for a 'Get Away' vehicle? I like weekend 'Get Aways' where we trail ride, practice trail craft and camp craft. I believe it's all in good fun, and is good training in the event I ever have to run for my life. Some other considerations are things like, Fuel Efficiency. A big, wicked 'Carry Everything' APC might be nice for the first 30 miles or so, but what are you going to do for fuel? Fuel Type. Some vehicles are VERY picky about what fuel they will and won't accept! The big supercharged/turbocharged/high output engines may look good now, but what will you do if premium fuels are not available? Something to think about is a diesel will run on about any kind of diesel, and it will run on vegetable oil in a pinch. Diesels are easily modified to run on propane or diesel also, so you can use either/both. With a little more work, gasoline engine vehicles can be readied to run propane also. Propane stores very well, will be available in remote areas (everyone out in the 'boonies' has a propane tank) and is cost effective. EMP/EMI/RFI hardened. Lots of the newer computer controlled vehicles are very easily knocked out of service by projected electrical discharge energy. Older vehicles with 'Primitive' electrical systems and 'Hardened' vehicles won't have that problem. Size Vs. Storage. Very large vehicles are great for storage, but they are cumbersome on back roads and trails, and usually turn out to be top heavy... Tires & Running Gear. Some guys have vehicles that will go nearly anywhere. These are usually hand built hybrids that take some very specialized parts, like monster tires that won't be available, odd application or special built drive shafts, U joints and things... A set of 15" rims and you will always be able to find tires of some kind for them, A set of 'Normal' size truck tires and you will normally be able to find a replacement tire that is at least close! Engines and Drive Train Parts. Some of us have older engines that parts no longer grow on trees. Some guys swap in very common Chevy or Ford engines, and they will be able to find parts anywhere/everywhere for years to come. Any farmer's back lot or junk yard will be a treasure trove of spares! Simple Is Always Better. A simple vehicle will always be a better choice in the 'SHTF' events. A vehicle with carb instead of fuel injection, A vehicle with distributor over computer controlled ignition, A vehicle with stand alone charging & starting systems will be easier to work on in the event of failures. An enclosed vehicle will always be more comfortable than a open vehicle... IE, Hard top wagon vs. open jeep or quad, even though the quad or small jeep may get better fuel mileage and be more off road capable. (Nothing like having a warm, dry place when there is freezing drizzle!) Having a pretty common vehicle (Jeep, 4x4 half size truck, 4x4 wagon, ect.) you will be able to get parts for it now, and you will be able to afford extra parts for your 'Trail Fix' box! ------------- Anyway, I've written enough, let's hear your thoughts on the situation, and maybe even some pictures!