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Re: BEST FISHING VEHICLE?

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You can sleep in a Honda Element? I didn't think they were long enough.

Is there any vehicle big enough to sleep in that gets 30 mpg or better?


For the second, a classic VW Type 2 of any vintage up to and including the diesel powered T4 Eurovan. Good luck finding an affordable model, though..


That sounds like the perfect trout fishing vehicle. Me want. I hate to think what they might cost.

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Re: BEST FISHING VEHICLE?

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You need to get a real rugged outdoors type of vehicle. Like my Honda Civic. Driving forest roads in a 4wd truck or jeep is boring. Driving those same roads in an econobox makes life interesting. Seriously though, with high gas prices, I think econoboxes are a good choice for trout fishing in PA. My Civic gets 36 mpg on average, and 40 mpg on long highway trips. The more recent Civics are larger and don't get quite that good gas mileage. But my brother has a Honda Fit and it gets similar mileage to my Civic, and has lots of room for gear. Gas is rising over $3 a gallon again. So good gas mileage is important. Those little cars do fine on most forest roads in PA.


I agree with Dwight.
Ive done most my exploring in a Kia Spectra and Chevy Cavaliers. The Kia got 30 some miles to the gallon. I had it back in the woods a few miles near rattling run once. Took awhile before the road just got too bad to continue. The 400 point turn to get out was funny too.

MPG trump 4wheel drive IMO.

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but I could never go on a fishing trip in a station wagon.... Screw the gas mileage...:)


You might be surprised at how many SUVs were considered wagons if you looked at Pennsylvania registration cards.

A CUV is nothing more than a poorly laid out station wagon, at least "real" SUVs were body-on-frame trucks, although with worse space utilization that a wagon.

But, if you wanna be all European, just call your wagon a "variant" or "estate."

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Yeah, for most forest roads in typical conditions, small sedans do just fine. Sure there may be certain times where you have to avoid em (snow, etc.), but thats a small price for the extra gas mileage. I bopped around in a Ford Escort for years. The problem I couldn't get around is the gear and people. I often make extended fishing trips, not just driving to go fishing. So I often have camping gear, clothes bags and such, fishing gear, and 2 or 3 people.

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Re: BEST FISHING VEHICLE?

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That sounds like the perfect trout fishing vehicle. Me want. I hate to think what they might cost.


You wanna buy a refurb'd version?
http://www.gowesty.com/vehicle_sales.php
...You're gonna need to write a few more books, first.

A little more DIY:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/cat.php?id=55

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I hate to admit to owning a non-American made car, but it is what it is, I LOVE my Subaru Forrester AWD. It goes everywhere my Wife's Grand Cherokee goes and just as much interior room, maybe more.

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For me, like always, I'm in between. Right now I have a Corolla, and I never know if I'm going to make it back home alive sometimes. But the MPG is pretty awesome.

My next car(which will also be my fishing car) will be a Subaru Impreza. AWD, more room than my Corolla, and somewhat decent MPG. This doesn't have to do with fishing, but it also has to be a stick (I feel like more of a man that way LOL).

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SandFly...I LOVE IT! is that one AWD? it looks it. what a great Idear!

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My "06" Ford f150 , extended cab, tauno cover and black. What else could you ask for in a all weather run up to erie in Dec. get down fly fishing vechile. I'll eat the gas knowing that it wouln't end up stuck in the snow, some pull off out in the middle of no mans land.

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Re: BEST FISHING VEHICLE?

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Anyone of the vehicles I've used to go fishing that get's me there and back safely and get me into remote areas without mishap.

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Anyone have any experience with the Ford Transit Connect?

Would that fit the bill of a good mileage vehicle you could sleep in?

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I just bought a Honda Fit for my wife. Although it doesn't have enought room to sleep in, it is the roomiest small car I've ever seen.
And very efficient on gas.

For fishing and camping in, I think it's hard to beat a pickup with a cap/camper. But none of them get very good mileage.
I have a 2000 Ranger 4WD with a 7 foot bed, and it serves me well. Gets maybe 20 mpg on the highway at best, though

I looked at the Honda Element a little while ago, and it would be pretty tight for me to sleep in. I'm 6 feet tall, and just don't think I would be very comfortable in it.

The Ford Transit Connect is a little roomier, and gets decent mileage. But it doesn't come in 4WD.

There is an Indian company called Mahindra that is set to launch a small pickup in America soon. It looks very interesting. It has a 4 cylinder diesel engine that they claim gets 30 mpg. And you can get it with a 7.5 foot bed and 4wd. I want to take a look at this when it finally starts being sold here

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Re: BEST FISHING VEHICLE?

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Anyone have any experience with the Ford Transit Connect?
Would that fit the bill of a good mileage vehicle you could sleep in?


Looking at fueleconomy.gov, the TC is 22/25, for a 2WD no interior cargo van config. The Element is 19/24 for a AWD with a proper interior. Estimated difference in a year of driving, +$192 for the Element.

If you're serious, look at minivans to be the best competitor to the Element, although it still won't be as nice because there's something to be said for getting out of the stream, getting in and driving to the next point without worrying about wet waders, gunk on the boots, or anything else. The rubbermaid interior is awesome.

Edit: The only "minivan" that does better than the average is the Mazda5, which I also own. Its a pretty rad little car, but its not a minivan in the modern sense, and I wouldn't want to sleep in it even if I constructed a platform to take advantage of the interior length.

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Re: BEST FISHING VEHICLE?

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I'd say go with another volvo. You know how well they run and how long they last. I had 3 volvos when I was young, then got into fords and chevys for a number of unhappy and expensive years. I am now happily back to a volvo and doubt I will ever leave!

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Re: BEST FISHING VEHICLE?

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RyanR,

My buddys dad has a colo and that thing is awesome for fishing. we took trails around the south side of rt6 near the lumber museum that i thought were pretty rough and that thing handled them like nothing.

I slept the night in my toyo last year up at that campground near poe paddy during the GD hatch at colburn and thatll be the last time i sleep in the back of that thing with the tailgate up! there were some bears snooping around i didnt want my piggies getting bit!


The size of the bed (5ft) is definitely the drawback (at least for truck camping.) I'm 6'2" and could never do it, however I have slept OK in the front passenger seat up at the Beaverkill.

I'm a truck guy, they fit my lifestyle and come in handy more often than not. I do keep wishing they come out with more hybrids trucks though. A biology and envioronmental science teacher running one of our TIC programs has a GMC Sierra full size truck that is a hybrid. He said they were hard to find. I tried to find one before I bought my Colorado. Found only 2 or 3 many states away and they were selling for about $25,000 used. I couldn't afford it.

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