Let’s play a little game here. Let’s suppose we’re 200 years in the past, but we’ve got today’s technology. The western part of what is now the United States has yet to be surveyed and unsettled. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design the modern day equivalent of a covered wagon, to help you explore and settle the unknown.

What design considerations do you take into account? What fuel source do you use? What suspension setup do yo go for? What do you do for sleeping arrangements? Do you start off with an existing vehicle and modify it from there, or do you do something custom from the ground up?

I’m curious to hear your thoughts. I’ll post mine in a comment.

EDIT: Feel free to post your own idea before reading any of the other comments. I’m curious to see what everyone comes up with.