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Different Types of Bug-Out Vehicles (BOVs) Have Different Advantages

There are many other preparedness items that you should look at before changing your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV), but if you are going to anyways, let’s discuss the different types of vehicles that are great Bug-Out capable machines.  There are always options, such as Four-Wheel Drive, that makes a vehicle better, but I am leaving the options out of this.

  • Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs)
  • Trucks
  • RVs
  • Vans
  • Motorcycles
  • Boats
  • Other Vehicle Types

Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) Provide All-Terrain Comfort

  • Provide good all-terrain platform.  
  • The suspension: designed for and keeps passengers comfortable.
  • The approach, break over, and departure angles are decent.
  • Many times, trucks and SUVs share the same frame, therefor have similar frame strengths.

Trucks are Rugged All-Terrain Haulers

  • Provide decent approach and departure angles, but not as well as many off road designed SUVs.
  • Biggest Benefit: ability to provide torque for hauling large loads without expensive options.
    • Designed to put a bunch of weight in the bed on the back of the truck.
    • The drive train is usually a little stronger than most vehicles.
  • Even though the suspension is many times stiffer than other vehicles, it is designed for all-terrain hazards.

Vans are Powerful, Comfortable, Weight Haulers

  • Many vans are sitting on modified truck chassis.
  • They are designed for a large family and all their gear.
  • Meant for heavy weight and comfort
    • People, Groceries, Sports Gear
    • Family comfort for long trips with children
    • All that weight plus an additional stack of luggage on the roof rack.
    • Easily hauls 1500 pounds of people and gear.
    • Work Vans Carry more, for heavy tools.

Recreation Vehicles (RVs) and Campers Carry Everything!

  • Take everything I said about vans, and scale it way up.
    • Powerful engines
    • Designed to haul tons of weight.
    • Have to carry everything, including the kitchen sink!
  • Designed for a family to LIVE in it for short amount of time.
    • This design makes a very attractive Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV).
  • Both RVs and Campers provide you with an insane amount of space for storage.
    • You would be able to store much of your bug-in food in them, meaning less time to pack and leave!
    • It also means that you will have much more gear and comforts on the go.

Motorcycles are Nimble and Fast Personal Bug-Out Vehicles (BOVs)

  • Motorcycles are extremely nimble.
  • If you are bugging out alone, this is a great option
    • It is much more difficult to get stuck in traffic, which is super important!
  • They also can generally travel faster, with higher acceleration capabilities than most vehicles.
  • Road Bikes are more comfortable and carry more gear.
  • Dirt Bikes or off-road bikes have the ability to go places that almost nothing else can go.
    • They carry less weight though.

Boats Take You Off-Land, Where Few People Can Go

  • This category is huge.  What do you want to do?  Just get across the river or live for weeks?  There is a different boat for everything that you want to do.
  • Just for travel use a simple john boat or bass boat.
    • They can hold a lot of gear and can quickly get you to your Bug-Out Location (BOL).
  • For living for a while on a boat, there are house boats, ocean-going vessels, and even tug boats.
    • You can get to deeper water for fishing, get way out of dodge, and live away from most people.
    • Just be aware that pirates DO exist.

Other Creative Vehicles You Probably Didn’t Think About

I could call anything a vehicle.  I would never finish the list if I kept adding to it.

Here are a few creative items that you may not have thought of… within reason.

  • Bicycle, Road Bike, Mountain Bike
  • All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Four-Wheelers, Three-Wheelers
  • Road Trikes
  • Superlight Aircraft
  • Manual Powered Boats, Kayaks, Canoes

Get a Vehicle that Will Support Your Needs

Every type of automobile will have advantages and disadvantages for use as a Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV).  Determine which ones are most important to you, and you will easily be able to sift through all of the choices.



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