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Freeway Farm Equipment

The next generation of stupendously large vehicles for the highway
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I see this as the logical end to the inappropriate use of off-road vehicles debate. Soup up a suitably enormous piece of farm equipment --one of those chew-stuff-up-and-spit-it-out combine thingies, f'rinstance-- so it can cruise at highway speeds. Add a bit of chrome and voila! The next multi-purpose vehicle for people with lots of disposable income who need something really big to get from Point A to Point B.

Even more so than with the current generation of SUV's, anything smaller than an FFE beware! If I get sufficiently road-enraged, you may end up in the ditch (in managable, bite-sized pieces, no less).

MrWrong, May 06 2002

Great for harvesting … you guessed it … http://www.halfbake.../idea/Highway_20Hay
Highway Hay. [reensure, May 06 2002]

(?) Kenworth SUV http://poseur.4x4.org/futuresuv.html
Baked - if in jest [PiledHigherandDeeper, Oct 04 2004]

JCB Fastrac http://www.jcb.co.u...t.asp?id=152&ind=ag
Model 3220 with a top speed of 70.8 km/hr [chimpoid, Oct 04 2004]

(?) The Biggest Land Vehicle http://www.guinness.../index.asp?id=43500
you will just end up with these as the new suv [engineer1, Oct 04 2004]

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       Better still, skip the souping up part: more people will notice you at the leisurely pace.   

       I love the idea of SUTs and SUCHs.
yamahito, May 06 2002
  

       I was thinking more along the lines of "valid yet wildly impractical highway transportation". But I agree, being three lanes wide *and* moving at a walking pace might grab the attention of passers-by. Well, of those by whom I pass, anyway.
MrWrong, May 06 2002
  

       Perhaps that should be "over whom I pass.."   

       Still can't decide whether I should give it a fishbone for promoting annoying SU* types, or a croissant for fun..
yamahito, May 06 2002
  

       Yes! Humvee's beware!
RayfordSteele, May 06 2002
  

       [yamahito] Or, better yet, "those who pass through me..." (Only brutes in SUV's drive *over* their obstacles!)   

       Ook! Ook! Should see if it could be rigged to "digest" the stuff it chews through for fuel -- like the Doomsday Machine from Star Trek! ("She don't get all that good mileage, but so long as there's traffic on the road I ain't payin' much for gas...")
MrWrong, May 06 2002
  

       I don't know, tractors are awfully Hooterville. Something more urban like a construction backhoe or excavator would be better for cruising the sophisticated chicks. "+".
spartanica, May 06 2002
  

       "I see this as the logical end to the inappropriate use of off-road vehicles debate."
Sounds like a rant to me.
phoenix, May 06 2002
  

       Oh, I thought these were going to cut the grass and saplings on the freeway medians at 120 km/h.
FarmerJohn, May 07 2002
  

       Agree with phoe. Rantish.
waugsqueke, May 07 2002
  

       It's vaguely ranty, but it's still a neat idea. What boy hasn't dreamt of owning a tractor? And who wouldn't like to use a tractor as a mode of transport, if only it was fast enough? Actually, I think many modern tractors have a level of driver comfort that would put an SUV to shame.
pottedstu, May 07 2002
  

       Yam, Mr. W, the slow version is baked in my rural corner of the world.   

       reensure, you have an impressive mind to have remembered "Highway Hay."
beauxeault, May 07 2002
  

       Farm living is the life for me … :-) !
reensure, May 07 2002
  

       I don't think we've scaled this up enough.   

       Can we put an aircraft carrier on wheels?
rapid transit, May 18 2003
  

       Sure we can, parallel parking is a swine though :)
chimpoid, May 18 2003
  

       No, I'm pro SUV as long as their smaller than the one I'm driving. Kind of surprising it hasn't been done yet, only with leather seats, electric everything, and about a hundred other gimmics
kcarsrule, Jan 06 2004
  

       Oh the gimmicks are already baked, GPS navigation, heated seats and all we just need a cuple extra gears to speed these Combines up a bit. Though I'm leaning more toward souped up Off Road Dump Truck my kids picture book tells me there big enough to carry seventeen elphants.
tedhaubrich, Jun 01 2004
  

       ted, that's the solution to all your elephant related transport needs, now thge problem is finding and feeding 17 elephants. Or explaining to the kid why it can't now have elephants as pets.
engineer1, Jun 02 2004
  

       a WW2 US Navy DUKW fills the bill nicely, there are still a few around, and they're street-legal.
whlanteigne, Feb 29 2008
  
      
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