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FJ40 long range use?

Discussion in 'Expedition Builds' started by hairy_apple, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. White Stripe

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    I think I would want air conditioning in my 40 before I take it on any real long trips. Which really isn't a big obstacle to overcome.
     
  2. hairy_apple

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    Awesome! I had taken a few longer trips with it when it was stock, and I was younger and dumber... but the last few years had really stuck closer to home... 200 miles or so being the farthest we had ventured away from home. I don't know what we were thinking! The 40 is the most fun vehicle I've ever taken a long trip in. You just have to reset your ideas about what a road trip is going to be. Slow down and enjoy the DRIVE as much as the destination. The drive to and from Flagstaff last year was amazing, and we've done a few longer trips this year as well.

    As a matter of fact, this morning I'm sitting here looking at maps and ideas for an Oregon trip at the end of the Summer.... plotting routes and looking for cool things to do along the way.
     
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  3. 70 FJ40

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    Great article @Jonathan Hanson. It inspires me to take my 40 and go a little slower more often. Especially because it's got a/c and it's so reliable and capable.

    Now the hard part. Convincing the wife and kids it's a good idea. :meh:
     
  4. Jonathan Hanson

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    You're on your own there . . .
     
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    Lol. Come on. The reality is my wife probably wouldn't mind taking the 40 on more trips. But the kids do make it difficult that just don't understand the romance and cool factor of the thing. :(
     
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  6. Jonathan Hanson

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    You can make a 40 reasonably comfortable for two. Much harder with four!
     
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  7. hairy_apple

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    I am lucky, the car my wife learned to drive on... a FJ40. She actually just bought her dad's cruiser when they moved to Portland and didn't want to take it with them. She grew up wheeling in a cruiser, so she is just as excited to take it on trips as I am.

    AC would be nice this time of year though...
     
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  8. hairy_apple

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    My wife's parents. My wife is the baby being held behind the cruiser. :) She was born in 87, so I guess this picture is 87. She has been camping and wheeling in cruisers longer them me. 13438945_10208066876204626_231682735581694764_n.jpg

    And.. the same cruiser a few months ago when we bought it from them.....
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  9. 70 FJ40

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    @hairy_apple if you're trip into Oregon takes you to central or eastern Oregon let me know. Maybe we can connect and do a little wheeling together.
     
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    My wife's parents also had an FJ40 when she was young. A '79. Unfortunately they sold it years ago.
     
  11. hairy_apple

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    My dad took his cruiser from Northern CA to Alaska and Canada in 1980 (5 years before I was born), I would very, very much love to retrace his trip in the next few years with mine.

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    Also, I just found the tent in that picture today... might have to camp in the same tent on the same trip some day. :)

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