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Old 10-28-2009, 04:55 PM
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I have a Grand Vitara which is real close to the Liberty. I admit I can get to remote places but the packing room is limited.
Okay for rivers, but for three people only. With waders, boots, and gear. Then you better hope it is a four piece rod LOL.

It is mine and I like it, but not the best for my clients.
The windshield wipers hold the rods well though....
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Old 10-28-2009, 05:37 PM
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I use a Astro Van set up for off road, you can put a 9' rod in a rack inside no problem, place for sleeping,heat,stove,frig, tying area, even had a shower when i ran the beach alot. 4 rods inside fully assembeled. plus 8 rods on top incuding some big Alvey reels on rods. oh yeah, 4 batterys, 2 solar panels, went any where with the lift kit..
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The machines that got me to the most far flung places have all had two wheels. From Newfoundland to B.C. and too many states to mention. Having a good tent and the right bag have mattered a lot too. One year I took a fishing trip and came home 10,770 miles and six weeks later. I could not afford to do that in my Chevy Silverado now or then. I always carried two rod tubes and all the gear I needed.

Yeah I know, what about rain? I had more fun on the two wheelers because of the 'I can park anywhere' aspect, the views, the ability to ride a path or rail line along a river, and the worst one I ever had gave me 48 mpg. What's not to love about that?

I have used every vehicle I ever owned for fishing including my bicycle when I was a kid. I don't know that there was a 'best' one, they all got me there and that's what mattered. I still like to use my two wheeler but I don't leave the state. This past season even though I took my truck over to Kodiak instead of the two wheeler I was still sleeping in a tent and playing it close to the vest cash wise.
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:07 PM
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I use a Astro Van set up for off road, you can put a 9' rod in a rack inside no problem, place for sleeping,heat,stove,frig, tying area, even had a shower when i ran the beach alot. 4 rods inside fully assembeled. plus 8 rods on top incuding some big Alvey reels on rods. oh yeah, 4 batterys, 2 solar panels, went any where with the lift kit..
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I take it the rods on the roof are longer than 9'.
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My best vehicle for fishing so far is my current Frontier 4x4 p.u. truck w/ a canopy and a wide roof rack that will take two 17' canoes. It will hold all of my camping and fishing gear for extended trips with the wife or a buddy. If I'm camping/fishing by myself, I can throw a bedroll in the back and not have to pitch a tent. The 4x4 with good tires lets me get into some lakes w/unplowed roads for ice fishing. I DO carry chains "just in case". Also, I'm only 5'9" when I stand up real tall, so the small P.U. lets me reach my canoe without needing a step ladder. (us short people have limitations)

It also has a v6 engine so I can haul my little 14' boat in and out of the water on some of the steeper ramps or sometimes where there isn't a ramp.

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Old 10-28-2009, 06:27 PM
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I take it the rods on the roof are longer than 9'.

all over 10' on the roof. casting, and special rods..
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The best fishing vehicle I've ever owned was a 1992 longe wheel base Dodge Caravan. I removed both rows of rear seats and it was cavernous. There was enough room for a month's worth of camping supplies and enough fishing gear to make any gear-head drool. It had a V6 which provided plenty of power and got good mileage as well. The motor blew at 219,000 miles and, if I could find another one just like it, I would buy it in a minute.
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:04 PM
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Vans are soooooo great. I still ask my Hubby why the Silverado.
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For long distance, my motor home with a car on the trailer. I can carry a 40 ft rod put together. Better than any hotel or tent.

Close by, just the car. Audi S4. The Quatro drive is great on loose roads.......or any road. Clearance is good........as long as I'm not stupid. Gas mileage is really good. I can leave 9 ft rods strung with the pass-through trunk. Just wish it was an Avant (wagon).

My wife's van is also a good travel vehicle. Tons of room. I just hate driving it.
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I am 40 and have owned 4 vehicles since I got my driver's license at 16. The best fly fishing vehicle that I have owned is my current 2005 Subaru Outback Wagon. Its all wheel drive allows me to safely drive on some dirt roads. It also has enough ground clearance for those dirt roads. There is plenty of space with the seats folded down to fit two 10 foot pontoon boats (broken down of course) plus gear. With the addition of specially made foam pads that fit on my stock roof rack, I can carry my kayak or my friend's canoe. It is smooth driving on the highways.

One of these days, I will invest in a truck or a SUV, so I can fish other places. Luckily, my girlfriend has a 4wd GMC Jimmy for that. But for now, I'm happy with my wagon.

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I drive a Forester. Sounds like that should be your next one. The fact that they're cheaper and get better mileage than Outbacks is nice too. Good clearance, AWD, short overhangs, avgs 27mpg, super nimble, and very smooth for such a short wheelbase. Roof rack will hold a kayak and bike for self shuttles too.

A buddy of mine pulls his Maverick HPX with his Outback and it does just fine. (helps that the boat weighs like 800#)
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