I'm one of the few people who enjoys getting far out into the wilderness. Sure, 5+ day hikes with a 60lb Bergen are great and I'll keep doing those till my knees wear out, but there's a lot to be said for taking everything I need for comfort (tent, larger stove, more food and LOTS more water) in a solid 4x4, establishing basecamp way out in the wilderness, and then enjoying lots of arduous day hikes. The Bronco looks ideal: better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk I previously had and better than the much-modified Expedition I kept for 20 years. Furthermore, Ford's magic parts apparently work, unlike Jeep's not-so-clever stuff. The Wrangler's disconnect on the front sway-bar is hilariously useless, and the "engage low by moving forward at precisely 3mph on a flat surface" routine tells you how ancient Jeep systems are. If the Bronco has room for an additional deep cycle battery, I'll be thrilled when mine finally turns up. All it will need is a 9,500lb winch, a catch-can, and maybe a snorkel.

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