You’re an adventurer. An outdoorsman. You work hard and you play hard. You should ride in style too. These are some of the most functional vehicles for weekend warrior activities. Also they’re pretty bad ass too.

Winnebago – The outdoors are great. Fishing. Hunting. Campfires. Sometimes it rains though. Or, you know, BEARS! Recreational vehicles can provide a brief respite from nature. Especially when you are ready to go to sleep.

Ford F150 – Got to have a real pick-up truck on the list. This has been America’s best selling truck for 34 years. It’s a classic. The bed of a pick-up is the most visible and the most important part. Motorbikes or surfboards it doesn’t matter. Without having to worry about a roof it’s the easiest vehicle to load gear in to. Or you can keep a mattress in the bed. Sleep on your back looking at the stars.


Jeep Wrangler – Mudding is actually a sport. It is governed by the American Mud Racing Association and the National Mud Racing Organization. We don’t need some suit to tell us how to run over baby trees and get dirty though. The Jeep Wrangler is the ultimate off roading vehicle. It’s got four-wheel drive, good ground clearance and is very customizable.

Hummer H1 – Did we say the Jeep Wrangler was the ultimate off roading vehicle? The Jeep Wrangler is a junior cheeseburger. The Hummer though? It’s a Big Mac baby. It can climb a 22-inch step. Perfect for gunning it over fallen logs. The air intake is mounted high allowing it to drive through 30-inches of water. They even have their own run flat tires. Using magnesium-aluminum alloy or rubber inserts. These things are indestructible.


Honda Element – Originally called the Model X it was designed by a young group of engineers looking to design a vehicle for their activities.  They did their research at campsites, colleges, beaches and in the mountains. It was created specifically for road trips and weekend adventures. All the surfaces are easy to clean. You can just hose the inside down. The seats all fold and the doors open from the center of the car making it easier to load stuff into it. They even offer four-wheel drive. Very little ground clearance so we wouldn’t try off-roading in one of these though. Unless you want to call your mom to come pick you up.

Dodge Magnum – They only made them from 2005 to 2008. It’s a station wagon. Which is perfect for loading your gear into. Tents, bikes, skis. Whatever you got. Just like any other station wagon, jam it in. Just like any other station wagon… except they make a model with 425 horsepower. Did the front of your pants just tighten as much as mine did? You’re a weekend warrior. This is your mighty steed. Tear into battle with this station wagon from hell.


El Camino – Going to have to go classic on you here man. They stopped making these in 1987. So it might take some digging on Craigslist to find one. When we hang out in the woods, enjoying our weekend, sometimes drinking Budweisers and listening to classic rock is part of the equation. Doing that while sitting in the bed of an El Camino is downright American. Case in point: Randall Pink Floyd drives one in Dazed and Confused.

-Jim Brennan