I’m not sure what started it, but we’re giving serious consideration to selling the LJ in favor of, well, something else. Quite possibly a Jeep Commander, which would promptly get a 4″ lift and bigger tires. One can get a great deal on a Commander right now, and it would (with modifications) be suitable to both the hardcore off-road capabilities I demand and the gentle on-road luxuries we’d like. It could be a great long-term solution for the growing family.
Nothing is for certain yet, since leaving behind my “real” Jeep — a soft-top utilitarian rig — is a leap that’s tough for me to take. We’ll see. I did test-drive a Commander yesterday, and I found it far less “boat-y” than I expected such a big rig to be.
The Wife rolls her eyes at me, but it also has not gone unnoticed by me that the Commander is near to the same scale as the Land Rover Series 109″ vehicles, which were modified into awesome things like the Dormobile back in the dim days before my birth. It’s probable that there are steel crossbeams in the roof to prevent me from doing it, but I’m not just a little tempted to get a Commander and start planning to cut most of the roof out. Add in some fiberglass molding, some canvas making, a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and foul words … and one might have the modern equivalent of the beauty picture here. Sweet, eh?