Greetings. Not exactly the right place to post but it will have to do.
I'm finishing a book on overlanding in Asia, Africa and Latin America where such travel is less straightforward than back home
It includes a big section on vehicle choice but I'm no so clued up on the US/CAN scene so need some help. I've scanned the Portal but if it's been covered, I've missed it so please point me.
Domestic or import, what would be the pick of the crop for a North American twosome or family planning extended travels across the above continents where you can't always just call or pay your way out of vehicle trouble? It does not have to be 4x4 and with a preference to older, less complicated/sensitive/expensive vehicles which are common in those places.
In no order, from what I've read so far I would guess the list would include:
- Anything Toyota (up to a couple of weeks ago!): LC 60 or 80, Tacoma, even this Tundra with a cabin on the back.
- Mitsubishi Fuso/Canter or similar Isuzu FSR/NPS 4x4 diesels - with a cabin
- Whatever 2WD station wagon/van you can get for $2000. Import or domestic?
- Some sort of domestic 4x4 pickup + cabin from Ford Navistar/Powerstroke diesel?, mid-90s Dodge Cummins or newer Isuzu Duramax? These engines are found RTW, I imagine.
- Jeep - the newish Wrangler Unimited Rubicon. Is that the closest thing you have to a Land Rover Defender which the Brits go for? Don't know about the many older Jeeps.
- Mercedes trucks, including Unimog. Found RTW.
thanks for helping me out.