Project Humvee Battlewagon: Surplus HMMWV from the US Army
How we rationalized buying a HMMWV
We review a LOT of outdoor gear… which means we often spend time in places with gravel or dirt roads… if they have roads at all. Here is our current primary vehicle:
The “Luxury Battlewagon” Ford E150 conversion van is fantastic for road trips, but isn’t holding up well to all of the off road driving it has been subjected to. We considered a Jeep Cherokee to use as the official Gear Report range ride and hunting vehicle, as well as serving as a bug out vehicle since I have some prepper tendencies. Then Jason from AP Arms told me that a friend had some Humvees for sale. Real Humvees that were retired from US Army service.
Note I didn’t say “Hummer”. The H1 Hummer did share many parts and design features with the official military vehicle, but the HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) is a distinctly more raw beast. And don’t even get me started on the Hummer H2 or H3. Lets just say that it offends me that they wear the “Hummer” name badge. But I digress…
Turns out Jason’s friend didn’t have them, but knows a guy near Ft Bragg that has lots of surplus HMMWVs. However, the guy never put me in touch with his friend… but he did get me thinking about how useful a Humvee would be for Gear Report.
Sure, a HMMWV costs WAY more than a comparable year Jeep Cherokee, and HMMWV parts are both more expensive and harder to find. So, how did I talk myself into this? Simple… HMMWVs are COOL!
Wait a sec… you bought what?
Hear me out. I think I have a valid reason, the aforementioned “COOL!”
The significant level of coolness combined with the relative rarity of a genuine military surplus HMMWV combine to make this the ultimate corporate marketing vehicle. That’s right Gear Report isn’t a hobby, it is a division of a corporation. As such, we are interested in attracting more eyeballs to the website. A head-turning ride like an ex-Army Humvee is the perfect vehicle to wear some “Gear-Report.com” stickers and represent our brand.
We are even working on a sponsorship program so other brands can be a part of the Project Humvee Battlewagon. If you are with a brand that might be interested, let me know.
Plus, the utility of the heavy duty HMMWV will be a big benefit for our outdoor review and hunting activities.
Since our focus at Gear Report is on reviewing outdoor gear, and the HMMWV is a big piece of outdoor gear, we will do a series of Humvee reviews:
- The process of buying a HMMWV
- Basic maintenance that a new HMMWV owner should complete
- Upgrades required to make the “off road use only” Humvee street legal
Leave a comment with your ideas for additional Humvee reviews.
Our big list of HMMWV DIY upgrades has been moved to it’s own article. Check it out here (link)
Other Humvee articles on Gear Report:
- What Does A Surplus Humvee Cost? What Does A Surplus HMMWV Cost?
- HMMWV Upgrades: Oregon Aero HMMWV Seat Upgrade Preview