I was asked online (on Facebook, if you must know) whether I put the mods onto the Gunship because I actually use the mods, or because I just like how they look.
I get it. There are people out there who build up these huge rigs, spending tens of thousands of dollars, only to drive it to the mall or to the soccer games on the weekends. There are people whose idea of wheeling/off-roading is a gravel road on their way to grandma’s house. I can certainly say that I’m not one of those people.
I love to go wheeling, I love going off-road, I love overlanding, and I love camping. I also love mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking. The Gunship has been purpose-built for all the things my wife and I like to do. Everything has a function, and in some cases, when we’ve found something was superfluous or unneccessary, we’ve gotten rid of it.
Do I go mudding? No. I’m not into mudding. My preference with wheeling/off-roading is sand, rock, dirt, and trails. That’s about it. If I have to do a stream crossing or go through mud, I’ll do it, but I don’t go looking for mud holes to go through. It’s just not my thing (and I have nothing against anyone who loves mudding).
So, everything on my list of mods and supplies are things we actively use and have tested extensively. If we don’t use it, or find it’s no longer something we need or we find a better alternative, it comes off the list.