This is a post I wrote last summer (in May 2015) but never got a chance to publish to the blog. So rather than let it go to waste, I thought I’d let you see it now. It’s the the second part of a series of posts on the rigs of Moab. (see it here https://www.cheaprvliving.com/blog/rigs-of-moab-part-1-live-aboard-adventure-vehicles/).
Moab is one of the adventure capitals of the world because of the great things it has to offer. It has world-class climbing, mountain biking, white-water rafting and Jeeping/ATVing (among other things) all in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet. Because of that, it attracts adventurous, free-spirited people (like the ones who read this blog) from across the globe; therefore, there is a constant flow of vehicles that people are living, traveling and having adventures in. Adventure vehicles are so common that I decided to do a post just to show you some prime examples of them. All these photos were taken on one busy afternoon in town except for the shot below of the Astro based Tiger. I was very lucky and he came in on my last day in Moab. I took this shot as I was driving away for the last time that summer.
This is the second post on adventure rigs of Moab; the first one was mostly cheap vans and RVs, but in today’s post we’ll be looking at some pretty expensive and exotic rigs. They are probably out of most of our price range, but no harm in looking and lusting, right?
The first category is 4×4 vans, and as you can imagine there were quite a few of them ranging from VW AWD vans all the way up to $150,000 Sportsmobiles. Enjoy the eye-candy!
This next vehicle is not so common, in fact it is the only one like it I think I’ve ever seen. It is a Class C with a Quigly 4×4 conversion–they are a company that takes a factory vehicle and adds 4×4 components to it. If you look under the front end you can see the front differential and there is a Quigly emblem on the side.
This next photo is also of a European caravan and I think it has a Sprinter nose, but I don’t know who makes the body.
There were many Sprinter based Class Bs in town but they are so common I’ll just include a couple shots of them.
If I were going to buy an RV, it would be a small Class C or a big Class B+ like this one. I think it’s a Born Free.
There was a very beautiful home-built 5th-Wheel around town that I greatly admired.
There were a couple of the new Dodge ProMaster and the full-size Ford Transits in town.
But with all these exotic and great rigs, the adventure rig that works by far the best for the most people is a simple conversion van with a mild high-top. It does everything well and at a reasonable price.
If you asked me “What is the ultimate affordable adventure rig?” without any hesitation I’d tell you it’s a newer Chevy Express with All-Wheel-Drive, a small lift kit and a little bigger tires. And of course a pop-top on the roof. The AWD was a factory option for a few years so it’s fully covered by it’s factory warranty and getting parts and service won’t be any problem. With the 5.3 liter V8 you can get 18-20 MPG; but not only does it get great MPG, it’s also a very strong and very reliable motor. I’d go so far to say I think it’s the best American motor on the market today. The AWD will take it everywhere I would want to go and it has very good ground clearance. It’s my ultimate adventure rig that I could actually afford, and not just dream about. At some point I’d have to add my own high-top. The only problem with them is they are a little hard to find, but well worth the effort!
I hope you liked this trip down memory lane. What’s your ideal adventure rig?