In the mountains and higher hills, not in my yard.
Driving to work was a real challenge this last week with the snow coming down heavily. I couldn't hardly see the road in the dark, just driving by braille. Fortunately, traffic was real light. I don't think I got over 35 the whole drive. The Seattle area was hit with an Ice Storm, but we just got snow! And wind to go with it!
Luckily, my BOV had no problems other than the doors being frozen shut along with the locks and the ice that had formed under the layer of snow. I got in thru the passenger door and was able to progress from there.
I bought my BOV on the last Saturday of 2011.It's an 1988 XJ Limited (Cherokee)
4.0 L inline 6
AW4 Trans with NP-231 transfercase
Dana 30 front, Dana 35 rear
I have wanted a Cherokee for the longest time and I am damn glad I bought it when I did! Otherwise I might have been snowbound again. It also fits my vision of a BOV for several reasons. Parts are everywhere, online technical help is just keystrokes away (Jeep and 4x4 Forums), Dependable long life engine, and aftermarket parts galore.
I looked at everything available and saw some pretty good deals, but they were more than I could spend or were unfamiliar tech (Diesels). I am happy with my choice. It needs a little TLC here and there, but nothing that overwhelms me technically. All in all, its in pretty good shape for it's age.
I envision a 3 vehicle convoy in my situation: Point/Scout, Command/Cargo/Recovery, Rear Guard. The Point/Scout could be filled by the Cherokee as it is nimble enough to range out ahead of the other two vehicles while carrying a fair amount of cargo. Or as the Command/Cargo/Recovery rig with a bumper mounted winch, with various comm gear (CB/Ham), towing a cargo trailor, or as the Rear Guard, with the ability to take essential supplies and personel from the first two vehicles and escape a bad situation. Since there are 3 of us, why not?
Now if I could keep my Nissan D21 running, I would be well on the way to my goal. The Samurai is still available, but it would be a money pit at this point. Still, it is an option. I hate sinking money into vehicles but it is a prep that is needed anyway, as there needs to be 3 drivers with reliable vehicles in my family.