Boy, it is amazing how many uses you can get out of an SUV or pickup truck.
Tailgating, camping and off-roading are only three of an endless amount of things you can do. It's like someone could buy a cargo van, have windows installed and carpets put in, and poof; a passenger van is born. I've read in the Truck Trend magazine about a group of people that take Ford Econoline cargo vans with 4-wheel drive conversions on them; and they go out on the trails of Moab, Utah and camp in these vans for several days at once. The freedom of the outdoors is awesome.
I wonder how hard it would be for the first vehicles back in the 20th century to be able to back up to a small creek bank; you could fish off the back of the vehicle, and then you could pull forward without getting stuck on the bank or in the water.
Now you can get big turbochargers in most pickup trucks, and outfit your truck with a big bumper and a winch in the front; put a tonneau cover over the bed or buy a tent that you can mount in your truck bed, and use the best tools on the market. I don't know how many automobile parts are made in the United States, I hope a good number. Man, it's really too bad the Ford Ranger is not sold in the United States anymore, that blows.
No matter how far technological advances take us, I just hope there will always be outdoor space that people can just pick up a handful of sand, look at a tree leaf or see if Orion's Belt is in the sky at night. Nature is wonderful.