When living out of my car for two weeks, after I converted my Subaru wagon into a camper, I realized that having a vehicle that was built to suit my adventurous lifestyle was absolutely ideal. I also realized that converting a vehicle that spent the majority of its life as a racecar left a lot to be desired as far as amenities go.
This left me on the lookout for a vehicle that was stock, had a full interior, functional cruise control, and preferably air conditioning – simple enough. One brisk morning in Missoula, Montana I came across an ad for a 2004 Honda CR-V EX 5-Speed 4WD for sale. Long story short, it was in my driveway by early afternoon.
Priority number one was maintenance: spark plugs, oil, upstream oxygen sensor, and replacing the knock sensor were all taken care of. The tires were also shot, so I opted for Mastercraft Wildcat A/T3 tires in a 215/70/16 to aid in traction and durability while taking on mountain passes. They were mounted on DRIFZ 308GG SPEC-R 16×8 +25 wheels that previously lived on my Subaru wagon camper.
The wheels and tires completely transformed the look of the Honda CR-V, and that’s when the modding bug bit me. Along with everything mentioned above, these also found their way onto the vehicle within the first week:
- LED Light Bar / Mount
- Rally Armor Mudflaps
- Spare Tire Cover
- Key Fob
- Scangauge II
- Floor Mats
- Roof Cargo Carrier
- Buffed / Cleared Headlights
While this is where the list ends as of now, it will be growing over the next few months. The ultimate plan for this vehicle is to purchase a rooftop tent and then create functional storage in the rear.
This CR-V even has a folding table made by Honda that secures under the floor in the rear. *Bonus*
After a week of driving, I am hooked on the Honda CR-V – even after I considered picking up a Subaru Outback. So far this has provided me everything that I have desired in a mountain rig – capable enough with 4WD/AWD, spacious, decent fuel efficiency.
The real test will start in a couple months when my aggressive spring travels start up!