Originally posted by KellyR:
Originally posted by Crater Creator: Technically you have a third option: you can scrap old vehicles. But they all scrap to iron, so the rate of return is terrible.But why would you use those instead of your newest, best vehicle?
I do like to use my old vehicles to shuttle myself around my day-to-day base, horde base, mine(s), garden, and the nearest trader. I try to have these all close to each other, but something’s always a little farther away.
I think it’s the gyrocopter that makes the biggest difference. I still need a good long runway to take off with that thing, and I settle for landing within the general vicinity of where I wanted to land. And “landing” frequently means bailing out when it’s still five feet above ground so that it’ll stop more quickly.
Hence the gyrocopter is great for traveling over a mountain range to get to the next town over, but it’s not worth the effort when I just want to go two blocks to the local trader (it’s two blocks away so that I could build my base on a better plot of land, closer to a confluence of mineable resources and biomes). So I take the motorcycle for that, which is as fast or even faster if I have the misfortune of clipping something with the gyrocopter’s wheel.
Also, like Teresa says, it’s nice to have another vehicle on standby, so that if your character dies far from base, you can spawn back at your bedroll and immediately drive over to your backpack - and your abandoned primary vehicle - before you lose anything.