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What's the best overlanding vehicle?

Ever since we launched our first issue back in January 2014 we've had countless numbers of inquiries from folks wondering which vehicle is the BEST overlanding vehicle.

Our Overland Columnist, Jonathan Hanson, has answered this question and we think you'll find the answer to be as real as it gets. Check it out here:

https://outdoorx4.com/stories/best-o...vehicle-world/

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But the answer is still Unimog, right??
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Ain't that the truth, eh?
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But the answer is still Unimog, right??
Ha! Unimogs are sweet no doubt.
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I think I would rather have one of these Sherp than a Unimog:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=IRdOIS2EuFk
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Sherp looks fun "literally no obstacle" ;-)
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I think I would rather have one of these Sherp than a Unimog:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=IRdOIS2EuFk
It's top speed is 45 km/h. It's cool as hell as the ultimate ATV, but not something you could do a road trip in.

I hear you though. Clearly the solution is a Unimog with a trailer hauling the Sherp.
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Can't read the article, link won't work.

However, the problem with the Wrangler being an good overland vehicle is the limitation of it's range. Even with a diesel engine to improve its mileage, the Wrangler is still about a 500 mile vehicle for all highway miles, and to be a good overlander, it needs about a 100+L tank to extend that range by a few more 100 miles/KMs so that a trek both into and out of nowhere is possible without adding jerry cans hanging all over.

BTW, That Sherp has a tough time going up-hill, and even over some small obstacles in snow it struggles where other vehicles would just go right over no problem.
Watch other videos and beyond the amphibious party trick it's not as impressive as you thought.
A lot of it is those tyres, which might even make a JK float and seem more impressive, but even aired down that Sherpa struggles in some rather easy scenarios which shows it's overall weakness in general IMO.
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Might have something to do with the whopping 44.3 hp it has.
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I hear you though. Clearly the solution is a Unimog with a trailer hauling the Sherp.
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Ever since we launched our first issue back in January 2014 we've had countless numbers of inquiries from folks wondering which vehicle is the BEST overlanding vehicle.

Our Overland Columnist, Jonathan Hanson, has answered this question and we think you'll find the answer to be as real as it gets. Check it out here:

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this is my dream:


but I really like this DIY build on a Dodge 5500 chassis as well:

Build thread: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...amper-Build-Up
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Try the link again as it should be working. We just tested it and it seems fine.

And we agree about the Wrangler though if the JL Diesel gets anything like the WK2 Diesel gets (approx. 720 miles per tank), then that could be a huge gamechanger. We had the WK2 Diesel out two years ago on a trip from Houston to the Smoky Mountains. We got all the way there on one tank of gas.

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Can't read the article, link won't work.

However, the problem with the Wrangler being an good overland vehicle is the limitation of it's range. Even with a diesel engine to improve its mileage, the Wrangler is still about a 500 mile vehicle for all highway miles, and to be a good overlander, it needs about a 100+L tank to extend that range by a few more 100 miles/KMs so that a trek both into and out of nowhere is possible without adding jerry cans hanging all over.

BTW, That Sherp has a tough time going up-hill, and even over some small obstacles in snow it struggles where other vehicles would just go right over no problem.
Watch other videos and beyond the amphibious party trick it's not as impressive as you thought.
A lot of it is those tyres, which might even make a JK float and seem more impressive, but even aired down that Sherpa struggles in some rather easy scenarios which shows it's overall weakness in general IMO.
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The Earthroamer is sweet but at $250k+...

That Dodge setup is super cool!

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but I really like this DIY build on a Dodge 5500 chassis as well:

Build thread: Alaskan Camper Build Up - Expedition Portal
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Unimogs are amazing, but are they really comfortable enough to ride in for days on end?

The Dodge looks boss, but that wheelbase would make even the mildest turns in the forest a nightmare.

I really think a properly (mildly) built JKUR has to be in the mix. Small lift. Roof tent. Jerry cans. Dual batteries.
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If I could build something like this it would be a fun overland vehicle


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