So I have been contemplating a dedicated hunting rig for a bit and keep coming back to this topic, though I do not think I've seen it asked directly here on the site. For those that have had all 3, or even just two, how was your progression through each type, and what are/were the pros and cons of your decision? What were the limiting factors that played a role and how satisfied have you been with your decision(s)?
My logical brain lays things out as so, assuming buying used but in decent shape:
Pros- Cheapest route, small footprint, easy to transport, maneuver and maintain.
Cons- No separation from the elements, not the safest mode of transportation, typically only single rider, eat dust.
Pros- Smoothest ride, multiple passengers, much safer, cheaper to maintain than the SUV, partial separation from elements, fun to ride even when not hunting
Cons- Most expensive initial cost, partial separation from elements, eat dust.
Pros- Street legal, no need to trailer, multiple passengers, full protection from elements inc, heat and AC, no dust, street legal.
Cons- Will not fit in toy-hauler (must tow or drive separately), highest cost of maintenance.