For the purposes of a civilian prepper group, a convoy can be defined as a group of two or more vehicles (of any type) traveling together under common control from one point to another. There may be multiple way points. Not all vehicles may remain within the convoy. Some might leave at a predetermined point, and others may join. But all will be subject to a common plan of operation in order to maintain orderly and safe transit. Without the
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For previous parts of this series, see:
EMP Methods and Preps – Part I
EMP Methods and Preps – Part II
In the first two parts of this series, I laid out why I believe the threat of an EMP attack on the United States is both possible, and feasible. The returns to the attacker far outweigh his investment in time, technology and the sacrifices among his personnel. I described how certain advances in technology and materials allow attackers to
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An article from Popular Mechanics, dated back to 2009. If you are new to home-grown diesel production, know first that the quality of the fuel depends largely on you – are your research beforehand. Not all systems are the same. Some require additives that others don’t. All require that you follow the designer’s procedures. There are also the dnagers associated with storing and processing flammables in the presence of electrical equipment.
One other thing. You might end up violating the
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As an RV kinda guy, I watch what’s rolling down the highways. I travel each week at least 600 miles, so the opportunities for RV watching are many. Since about late Summer last year, I’ve seen more of them out there on the roads. Most of them are newer models, no more than 5 years old. They appear to be either family bunkhouse models or mid-sized 5th wheelers. The motor coaches seem to be high end. It was only a
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While researching some info on private drones, I came across an article that describes using a flare gun to launch a camera into the air. The idea is to launch a small wireless camera and review the imagery for important info. Applications? Search and rescue. small area recon. Bug out recon. But this method fails to take cost into account.
I would consider launching a gliding drone instead. With rudder and elevator, a glider can return to the operator for
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Pulled from a post on a forum, and cleaned up for usage here.
Your generator can give away your state of preparedness to lots of people at just the wrong time. When they want power, and you announce that you have it, there can be conflict. To keep it and your other supplies from being “borrowed”, you need to keep it quiet enough so that only the closest people can hear it. If you can do better than that, great!
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Each bug out plan needs to be run on occasion. For the RVer, this is little more than doing what you do for a snap shot trip, with some modifications. Going over RV BOVs, we can quickly see that they take the form of:
Motor Homes of all classes Truck /camper rigs Travel and Fifth Wheel trailers Tent trailers and small tear-drop type trailers
Each of these has its own pre-trip readiness requirements. I believe that most owners have their
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No. You are not.
Does that hit hard enough? I setup this post that way to get you in the mood to read the following.
I was leaving a work site today. At one end of the parking lot I happened across a Prius at a stop sign. I expected the driver to make the required left turn onto the exit road leading to the boulevard. I thought there really was no other way for the car to go.
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NATO fuel cans, or as some call them, Jerry cans, carry just about 5 gallons each. There are not the easiest things to handle when refueling, but their uniform shape makes them easy to store and move about in preparation for refueling. Our recent trip with The Rig was made without the use of our stored fuel. I’d like to say that doing it that way was part of the plan, but I’d be lying. I forgot to load them.
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Our trailer weighs around 7,000lbs loaded. With the F-250 and trailer combined we’re pushing 14,000lbs. After putting the rig through its paces for about 1,100 miles, we experienced a near total disintegration of one of the trailer’s tires. The left rear lost 70% of its tread, 60% of it sidewalls and 100% of its usefulness.
The surprise occurred on a downhill turn where the tire was on the outside of the curve. As I was looking in the rear view
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