New (ultimate) Survey Chariot
The final details are to be revealed this Wednesday. This may become a standard vehicle for us surveyors...
Jeep has had the Gladiator on the burner for a couple of years. Being a long term Jeep owner I've waited patiently for them to bring this to production...but I guess they waited too long; I'm probably gonna pass for now.
IMHO Jeeps are wonderful vehicles that aren't in their environment UNTIL you get them off road. My main complaint is lack of space. Surveying out of a 2 door Wrangler requires "job specific" logistics and some gear gets left in the garage depending on the job. You would need a trailer to haul all the "usual" survey gear found in most other survey chariots. And don't let the extra doors fool you, I don't think the rear seats of "4 door" Jeep Wranglers are really built for normal sized adults, they seem cramped to me. But hopefully the bed of the Gladiator is long enough to wedge a tripod in there.
I have loved all the CJs, Cherokees and Wranglers I've owned over the years but working out of them requires an acquired taste due to the minimal storage room. Maybe the Gladiator will be different.
Too small for a survey rig, but I might get one as a trade-in for my Wrangler.
Well then there is this too......
Unbreakable. Seems to be especially across all of Africa, and Most of Asia. I want one of these.