I've always wanted to go "real" off-roading, but the closest I've got is putting my truck into 4wd for a slightly muddy trip through some back roads trying to get to my hunting spot. As my 2007 pickup is my daily driver, I just never dove into any real mudding or off road adventures.
My wife has a new Jeep... but you all would probably scoff at it. It's a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. It's more of a soccer mom Jeep than what you all drive... but man... it sure is a sweet ride! Hers is 2wd with the new V6 engine. I've been considering trading in my Dodge Ram 4x4 for a 4x4 / Hemi version of the Overland. But even then, I don't think I'd have what it really takes to go "real" off roading. It sure would tow my boat in style though!
All the best,