Holy Hell! The Last couple of months have been so busy. Never mind that, how is everyone doing? And, how do you like the site and blogs? If you have a moment let me know what you think in the comments. (I know, shut up).
Okay, let’s talk for a minute about a topic that presents itself often – My Overland Xterra . You can see that it is a budget friendly overland / Off-road vehicle. One question I get frequently asked is, “doesn’t it suck driving this with the low gas mileage and all the equipment in back?”
I will be the first to admit that driving this vehicle has its quirks, but to me they are vastly outweighed by the freedom it provides me. For example, the rack in the back has my tools, flashlight, axe and other miscellaneous things attached and makes a fair amount of noise. And yes because of the gear in the back it sounds like there is a small monkey smashing on a drum set when you hit the bumps. The Bumper rattles because its missing a bolt and the winch support rubs against it. The CB Microphone swings around like a pendulum waiting to smash you in the head. I could continue but I think I have made my point. However, the simple fact is no matter what little things rattle, squeak or smack you it doesn’t matter. The fact is that I have everything I need in and on the vehicle to say, “Screw it” and disappear into the mountains for a couple days without any prep. Or, at any time I can pull up and help just about any stranded motorist with their problems. Whether it be a flat tire or smaller mechanical issue, I have it Covered.
Not to mention that I can walk out from my job on lunch, hang my hammock and kick back to watch whatever crazy adventure Casey Neistat is up to. (The man is awesome to watch, just saying). I can do it all, while my lunch cooks on the stove and my drinks chill in the 12v cooler. Let’s also completely look past the benefits it offers me in the winter here in Utah.
Yes, it does suck as far as gas mileage goes, but that crappy gas mileage is miles into the wilderness. That’s mileage towards a new adventure. Sure, sometimes that adventure will be coasting down the hills of some canyon to get gas, but hey it’s still an adventure. Now everything stated above is obviously just my opinion but I truly can say that I wouldn’t change a single thing about my Xterra. I drive my dream vehicle every day and am damn proud of that. Maybe that’s because it is something that I built and is something that I can continue to mold into whatever my little redkneck heart desires or maybe I am just crazy.
To sum this up daily driving an overland vehicle may not be for everyone. If you are easily annoyed with rattles and squeaks, or if gas mileage and speed are the things you from your vehicle than NO it’s not for you. But regardless of the opinions of others if your vehicle gets you to the places and adventures you want, Whether that be the mall of the hustle and bustle of the big city. Then to hell with what anyone thinks that’s what makes life an adventure.