For a few years now, I have been scheming a plan to drive a lightweight AWD across a classic domestic expedition route like the White Rim Trail or the Mojave Road, etc. to prove that it can be done successfully.
During my recent trip to Baja, my interest was piqued again when we came across a Honda Element at Mission San Borja.
Properly outfitted, I believe these vehicles can make expedition travel more accessible to the average driver, and greatly reduce the "cost of admission".
Several on this forum have well over $50,000 invested in their vehicles, which now get less than 15mpg (sometimes much less) when fully loaded.
I am certainly not proposing that a RAV4 is intended for extreme terrain or overly remote and unpredictable routes (especially with the potential for deep water crossings), but the concept is fun to consider and discuss.
And for those of you who are already skeptical, how many times have you been in a really remote place, feeling all proud and hard core, only to have a VW van putter by...
So for the next few posts I am going to list the lightweight expedition options that are most appealing to me. Lets hear what you have to say...