With the weather heating up fast, many people are planning summer road trips. Before hitting the road, you should consider making your current vehicle more adventure ready.
Why make an adventuremobile?
There are two main reasons to make an adventuremobile, the first being that you will be better prepared to face any challenges that may present themselves during your trip. The second is that a well equipped adventure vehicle will make you look awesome.
To illustrate this point, consider the automobiles pictured below. Both are set against equally epic scenery so as not to sway the reader's opinion.
The PT cruiser above scores a 2 out of 10 on the awesome-o-meter. This is due to the complete lack of adventure accessories, such as fog lamps or a roof rack, as well as overall cheesiness of the vehicle's design.
This Mitsubishi Delica, on the other hand, is a solid 9 on the awesome-o-meter. It would have been a perfect 10 had it been slightly dirtier.
Choosing the right vehicle:
The ideal adventuremobile is either 4- or all-wheel drive, although this it is not a necessity. In addition, you should select a vehicle with enough ground clearance to easily go over any obstacles that you might expect to encounter on your trip. A mid-size pickup or SUV will meet these requirements, although they may present problems with fuel economy on longer trips.
That being the case, a front-wheel drive sedan will work fine if you will be staying on well maintained roads.
In other words, your selection will ultimately depend on where you intend to go.
Assembling your adventuremobile:
- Attach fog lamps to illuminate even the darkest back-roads. A couple of high-quality halogen lamps will increase visibility in fog or snow and reduce eye fatigue at night.
- Get a roof rack to stow your gear. This will free up space and keep your filthy equipment from reeking up the cab.
- Represent with stickers. Lots of them.
- Waterproof everything. Depending on the reason for your trip, you may end up muddy or wet at the end of the day. Protect the inside of your vehicle with neoprene seat covers and rubber floor mats.
- Get a GPS to find your way, but stash some back-up maps in your glove box just in case.
- Plan for the worst and keep emergency supplies in your adventuremobile. The exact contents of your kit will vary depending on your trip, but it should include a basic first-aid kit, extra food and water, warm clothes, and car repair supplies. Consult a survival manual for more information.
- Compile an epic playlist.
- Have some emergency cash, in case you need to stop at a repair shop that does not take credit or if you run out of money for tolls.
- Invest in high-quality tires. Good tires will improve gas mileage and keep you on the road when the weather takes a turn for the worst.
- Give it a name like "Extreme Machine" or "Muddy Marauder."
Now you are ready to hit the road!