Are there other ways to enjoy off-roading in a van?
Yes there are! For that lifted look and off-road clearance without the expense of adding a transfer case and front axle, you can build what is know as a “Pre-Runner” van. This type of van has the look and clearance of a 4×4 van, but less expensive. One important area to consider when building a pre-runner is to install a locker at the rear axle. Vans with a positrac/locker rear end can navigate most off-road conditions very easily. Here is a good article on lockers: Installing Your Own Locker. Having an on board winch or high lift jack is almost a must worth installing if your gonna do a pre-runner van build. I use a portable Warn winch which is mounted on a steel plate that has a 2″ receiver connection. When not in use, it sits in my garage. When I go off-roadn’, I just load it into my van along with a spare charged 12-V battery for rear snatchin’ and if needed, I can install the winch to the front or rear of my van. A nice option to have depending on your location when you get stuck.