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Tournament traveling vehicle

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Nuts, Feb 7, 2010.

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  1. Nuts

    Nuts TS Member

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    Guys\Gals share what vehicle you use to travel to the club, tournaments etc. What have you done to customize them for holding shooting gear, to make them comfortable while at a shoot. What are the must have options etc. Pictures would be great.

    I put on about 30,000 miles per year, between work, going to the club, and traveling to shoots. I'll be replacing mine this year, and am looking for advice, must haves are 4x4, and large enought to carry 2 or 3 shooters, SUV or Truck.
     
  2. Old Cowboy

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    Cessna 170
     
  3. Setterman

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    Unless I get a 5th wheel, it will be a Suburban with a custom gunbox in the rear. It's got to have a lot of room, seat 4 shooters, and have enough engine and suspension to pull a camper.
     
  4. trim tab

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    Subruban, Yukon XL or Denali XL
     
  5. W.R.Buchanan

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    Ditto old cowboy except I would go Cessna 180for the extra speed and power.

    The new Tahoe/Yukons are over 21MPG and look good.

    Randy
     
  6. chipking

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    I have used a Suburban in the past and it worked very well except there was always something that I ended up tying to the roof (tent, extra chairs, etc) If I had put a suv vault in it it would have been perfect for up to 4 shooters. I now use a Silverado extra cab 4 door truck with a tonneau covered bed. This will also work with up to 4 shooters but would be much better with a truck vault in the bed. I think the Suburban was better and I may be going back to one of those or a Ford Excursion which is a little bigger yet.

    --- Chip King ---
     
  7. short shucker

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    On the few occasions when I can get away for a larger shoot. My buddy has a Suburban that carries 4 of us with all our gear/guns very comfortably. The last trip he got 19.5 mpg with 4 people and gear and it's a 4x4.

    ss
     
  8. CalvinMD

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    F-350 SuperDuty crew cab 4x4...with a cap on the back has had more room than ever needed..very comfy for long hauls...tows like a dream V10 4.10s 5 spd auto OD Captain chairs interior
     
  9. Conn. Man

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    Nuts,


    Theres no doubt about it.A full size SUV is the way to go!!!!!!
    Room for five pasengers and all your gear.Iv been using one for
    thirty years shooting and wouldn't know what to do without it!!!!!!! A Tahoe.
    Sandy
     
  10. phirel

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    I use a Ford Explorer. I have had 4 of them and all have served me well.

    Pat Ireland
     
  11. perga1

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    Chevy Avalanche with a gunbox in the bed. It has built-in storage in both rear quarter panels and the rear seat folds down if you ever need to carry 4x8 sheets of plywood or whatever, Rides better than most cars I have owned and gets 20+ MPG when loaded. JRM
     
  12. blkcloud

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    I saw a guy open the back of his Sub and he had a big steel gun case similar to a toolbox in the back with a huge log chain and giant pad lock on it to keep anyone out..
     
  13. Bisi

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    Hey guys he said 4x4 is a must have. The airplanes you guys mentioned only have 3 wheels. LOL
     
  14. DecalDude

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    We the Mrs and I take her Caliber seats fold down sleeps us 2 on air matress gets 30mpg on the highway, guns in cases are locked and covered up when not in use and locked in car. Night comes guns are up front and towels over windows, doors locked and its a lil RV.

    Jerry
     
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    Also depends if you have to haul dog Kennels in the off season, then a crew cab pick up with a lockable cap is preferred.
     
  16. short shucker

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    Jim,

    I never cared for the flying characteristics of a 310 especially the older ones. They can be kind of a handful at times.

    Single engine taildragger, it has to be a 195. I know they are a little heavy on the controls at slow speeds, but are a delight once trimmed in. Oh and did I mention it's a radial. As I was once told by an old Navy pilot, he carrier qualified on the Kitty Hawk in a T-6 in 1946, "A round motor will always get you home"!

    Single engine tricycle, a 206. That baby is the winged version of a 'burb. The good ole saying with these is if you can get it through the doors it'll take off. That ought to be good enough for 4 trapshooters:)

    ss
     
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    GMC Envoy Denali....sweet ride..lots of power...
     
  18. spitter

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    I drive an enclosed SUV.

    Mine was built with a dedicated cargo area, so I spent less than $50 and built a custom carpeted (but removable) equipment organizer to hold my shooting equipment for the range. Going to a shoot I can load into it and on top of it.

    For that kind of yearly mileage, I can't see buying anything less than an "8" and more likely a diesel. With all that amount of time in a vehicle and in close company with other folks - for your comfort and conveniece you're talking full size "something"... get a full towing package for the trans cooler whether or not you'll tow...

    I imagine the truck would have to be a "Club Cab" or one of the full size or extended SUVs so everyone can get in and out... depending upon what your trade is should also impact type of vehicle purchase.

    respectfully offered,

    Jay
     
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    2005 chev tahoe carries 5 and shooting stuff. 20mpg w/5shooters
     
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    4 Door full size pickup with a shell. Necessary accesories include a folding gun rack, folding chairs, a roll of astro-turf and a cooler big enough to hold a case of beer and a case of bottled water.
     
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