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Hunting rigs!!

I am in the process of looking for a hunting rig and would like thoughts and pics on trucks and good to have add ons.  I am currently going after late 70's early 80's 3/4 and 1 tons with solid axles and long beds.  Would like to put AT LEAST 33s on it due to the terrain we put camp at. 

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I had a 84 Ford F250 that

I had a 84 Ford F250 that would go just about anywhere I pointed it at as long as there was a gas station nearby.  That thing loved it.  It didn't have a solid front end but did have the Dana 44 and I never did have any problems with it but then I do maintain my vehicles the way that they should be maintained.  I ran a set of Q78 x 16 Ground Hawgs which equated out to around 34" tires and the only problem that I had with them was on a tight turn hitting the lugs on the front springs.  But they were some serious mud tires and you could hear it driving down the road.  I also built a 6" channel iron bumper to put a 8,000lb Warn winch on and in the 12 years that I had it I only used that winch once for myself to get unstucked but it payed for itself right then. 

Now days if I were to do it over I think that I would do the same things.  I loved those tires when I was off road, but driving down the freeway left a lot to be desired.  The winch would be a no brainer.  If you only use it onece for yourself it will pay for itself.  That truck had the dual tanks but I would of liked another 20 or so gallons in either saddle tanks or a inbed tank/tool box combination or even one of those tanks that you can put right in the front of the bed and it only takes up around 6 or 8 inches but gives you those extra gallons.  I would also never own another standard cab truck.  That extra room that whatever you want to call them such as a club or extended cab gives you is worth its weight in gear.  

 What ever way you decide to go if you would like a good deal on a 8,000 Warn winch and bumper let me know and I'll give you a great deal on it if you are in a area that I could get it to you.  It is old and a little bit beaten up but it does the job. 

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I love my fj80. Solid axles,

I love my fj80. Solid axles, 4.88 gears, 35s air compressor and air locker. Plenty of room. Also it will never leave you stranded. Even the alternator has a secondary belt in case one breaks!

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I looked a a 79 W200 the

I looked at a 79 W200 the other day...just too ragged out.  Tonight I am off to look at a F350 crew cab.  Wish me luck!! 

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Got it :)

OK, so I got my rig. 91 F350, 4x4, Crew Cab, 7.5 gasser. This is one BIG truck and should get me where I need to go.

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One big requirement with that

One big requirement with that truck and engine is to not to forget to stop at every gas station.  When I had my 84 the best that it got was a little over 8mpg.  It didn't care if it was loaded or unloaded.  One time when I was hauling my camper on I-70 headed west through Utah it took both tanks to go from Grand Junction to Green River, Utah just a little over 90 miles with a top speed of 50 mph.  If I would of been smart I would of just pulled over.

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I know it is gonna hurt :) 

I know it is gonna hurt :)  The previous owner says he was around 12 on the highway.  Since it will be a very limited use vehicle I am not too worried about it.  Kinda have to bite the bullet to get all of my stuff where I want to go.  It will be nice not to have to pull a trailerup that jeep trail, I can tell you that for SURE

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Rigs

Been happy with my 2010 F-150 SuperCrew cab 5.4L Triton. Goes where I need it to and hauls plenty.  Only upgrade I added were some BFG All Terrain TA/KO tires to it a couple years ago. As much as I'd like to have a new F-250 Super Duty I really don't think you need a truck that size for going big game hunting.  I know plenty of guys who get along plenty well with their Toyota Tacoma mid sized trucks or even Jeep Cherokee Sport models, or something equally sized.  However most guys I know who hunt elk yearly do tend to own and drive various makes of full sized pick-up trucks. 

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I've got an older Jeep

I've got an older Jeep Cherokee, 1996, waiting on a new engine right now. 288,000 miles on it and heat up! Probably one of the best hunting rigs I've ever had. 6 cyl engine get's 17 crawling around the hills. Big plus to that vehicle and other's like it is they manover in tight spots really well. In Montana I had a 1960 Ford 3/4 ton that could get me into trouble in the bat of an eye, just to big!

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Had to go big in order to fit

Had to go big in order to fit the entire camp for at least 4 of us.  Also needed something capable of big tires without much mod due to rut depth and mud.  I tried taking my Taco up there last summer for scouthing and it just couldn't get through the deep stuff.  The cost of mods to get it up to snuff would have been more than this truck cost me plus I still would have had just the 5' bed.

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I hunt the unit I live in, so

I hunt the unit I live in, so I don't need to camp. That makes picking a hunting vehicle much easier. I use a Jeep Wrangler that I originally setup to be a serious rock crawler. I don't do that anymore, but it makes a great hunting/fly fishing vehicle. I always bone out my game, so I have plenty of room in the back for my gear and the meat.

I can generally get much deeper in the mountains than a full size pickup, and that makes for less hiking.

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