Are You a Good Enough BOV Driver?

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.

I

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Jerry Cans = FUEL

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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Bug Out - Trailer Surprise

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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Bug Out Test

Been thin on posts because we are on a bug out trip /test. We hooked up the trailer, loaded some supplies (and a pair of cats) and hit the road. More information when it is available, but we have been experimenting with different camp setups, testing our rig on grades, and getting to know some territory on the way to the “Far End”, our most extreme BOL.

One big surprise was the lack of fuel efficiency of our diesel rig.

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Stocking Items for your BOV

You stock items for yourself, your family and pets. Food, water, medical, clothing, shelter, etc… What about your bug out vehicle?

I follow a simple philosophy. Stock for routine maintenance program first, and then your favorite scenarios. Here’s a list to help you get started.

Fluids – (check for proper type /application)

Engine oil Antifreeze /coolant (in the proper premixed ratio) Transmission fluid Differential oil (if so equipped) Power steering fluid Windshield washer fluid Brake fluid Wipers

Parts

Oil filter

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A Few Odds and Ends

Back from a practice run with the mobile retreat, our BORV. All went well, considering my huge lack of sleep and an unusually high intolerance for warmer temperatures. Once again, for those interested, I must stress that a properly suited BORV needs to have storage, storage and STORAGE. If you plan on being self-sufficient while mobile, you have to accept that all needed supplies must be part of your load. Maximizing the possibilities is impossible without storage. It’s even more

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Planning for Broadcasted Radiological Contamination

Radiological Effects from Fukushima – DEFENSE, Part I

Scenario – Fukushima 3 and 4 both experience catastrophic failures of their spent fuel rod storage pools, resulting in complete loss of cooling. All fuel rods ignite and, through a series of events, release massive amounts of radioactive material into the jet stream patterns of the northern hemisphere. Private radiation monitoring stations confirm the spread in advance of official warnings and eventual official notification to the public.

Much of this material is

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Periodic Reminder to Check your Preps

This is a reminder for those of you that manage your preps by the season changes. Over at FaceBook I wrote this tonight, and thought I’d re-post here in case some of you don’t use FB.

I’d like to remind everyone that with the oncoming heat in the US, it is important to take stock of your vulnerable preps and where they are stored. Please check that items kept in garages, sheds and storage units are of the type not

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How We Leave for, and Return from, Vacation

When we take off for a trip, long or short, we do so with an eye on who might be watching. Our methodology includes a few key actions that we believe add to our security, and to that of the home we leave behind.

If we are taking our RV, we don’t bring it home and leave with it on go-day. It might come home a week early, or not at all. If early, it is for a clean up,

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Actually Building Your Plan - V

J&J Rules for Prepping #3 Make Lists for Everything

J&J set out to make their additional Lists. To keep things orderly, their initial thought was to build lists based on Threats. But that changed when they started making sub lists. “Messy” wasn’t the problem, it was just the wrong kind of messy. J&J wanted something they felt good about, so they tossed it all out and started again. still, at the restart, Jack was showing some signs of frustration. “I’m

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