121: Making the Most of What You Have in a Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV)

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No vehicle is perfect for everything. This doesn’t mean it isn’t good enough.

Your vehicle can be good enough, but you need to consider:

  • Your Vehicles Capabilities
  • Where you are, where you are going, and everything between

Vehicle Capabilities to consider

  • Terrain during transit
  • Terrain at your Bug-Out Location (BOL).
  • Storage Room
  • How far you can go on stored fuel

How much storage room does your vehicle have?

  • Your vehicle needs to hold your family
  • Your vehicle needs to hold your gear

Your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV) needs to hold your family.

  • Each adult takes a seat.
  • Each child could take up more with a carseat.
  • Each child not in a carseat could take half a seat.
  • Car, SUV, Minivan, Van, ETC?
  • Another Variable: Will you take one vehicle or two?

Your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV) needs to hold your gear.


You have a Bug-Out Bag (BOB)

A pre-stocked Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV)

When SHTF, you will grab as much stuff from your home as possible.

Your vehicle must be able to hold all of your gear.

  • You will pack the back full
  • Everyone will stuff items under their seats
  • Can your suspension system handle this weight?
  • You may add a car-top carrier
  • You could add a trailer

How far can your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV) go on stored fuel?

(I plan to go more in depth on the next podcast, but I will quickly cover a few points)

  • Most vehicles can go around 350 miles on a tank of fuel… 180 miles on half a tank.
  • Keep your tank full.
  • Get a larger tank
  • Carry extra fuel with you (safely)

You should make sure your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV) works:

  • Where you are at
  • Where you are going
  • And any terrain that could be on your route

You need to choose a vehicle that can carry everyone and everything you need:

  • Don’t leave behind vital gear
  • Worse… don’t leave behind a family member or pet because you didn’t have room.

Be responsible… choose a vehicle for travel capabilities, storage room, and fuel consumption.  

Don’t become the guy with a supped-up Jeep that overheated or ran out of gas and broke down in stopped traffic.  That amazing off-road vehicle isn’t so amazing anymore… is it?

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Ken is addicted to fitness and mountain biking. He is such a thrill seeker, people are starting to be concerned!He enjoys MTBing, Hiking, Climbing, Geocaching, Orienteering, Weight Lifting, and Wilderness Survival.

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