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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Combat After the SHTF

A Marine posted a video on his YouTube channel, and I had opportunity to watch it today. I don’t spend much time with videos by people with a know-it-all message because, after all, I’m the true know-it-all, right? I have a web site that says so, so it must be true. Hehe, NOT.

I watched the video because some people I know also watched it, and gave it good reviews. So, a Marine wants to share a few things, say

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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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D.C. Getting Nuked by the History Channel

Here is History Channel’s show on D.C. getting nuked, and the following 24 hours. I’m not so sure they have it right, but it does make for decent study material, or thought-food at the least.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCme_K6MYLY&feature=related

Kaiser Building Collapse, Northridge Earthquake 1994

I was there. I was awakened by the floor beneath me smashing up into the back of my head repeatedly, like Lucifer’s Jackhammer under the house. I was the tenant of a second floor duplex, and having recently moved in, I had no bed yet. My bed was a pile of blankets next to the wall. The noise of the double-hung sash windows opening and slamming shut was one of the loudest I’d ever heard. It was like a Ma

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Profiling

It was just a short time after the September 11 attacks. I was flying out to see my dad. My flight was due to come in and pick us up at the end of this particular terminal. I arrived early. At the end of the walkway was a payphone. I called my wife to let her know I was at the gate, and to chit chat a short bit before the boarding.

As I looked over to my left, at

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Adaptability

JJ over at http://www.realitysurvival.com recently posted an article on adaptability. He asked a question at the end. “What things can you suggest for helping people to remain adaptable in their Bug Out Plans?”

I answered with (spelling errors and all….)

“Mobility and Communication are important in ground ops for the soldier, and also for the Prepper. The Prepper needs flexibility in hid bug-out transportation options, including a way to stay put if mobility somehow is denied him. ON FOOT might

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BOL (Bug Out Locations) - How Far Away?

As with just about any question an inquisitive prepper poses, the answer often begins with yet another question. “How far away from what, exactly?” The underlying expectation of most asking this question is an answer that will help them decide how far away from everything, everyone, is safe. Grid down, TEOTWAWKI, ______ collapse, you name it…. the disaster of each person’s dreams is the foundation for their preparations.

“….from what?” Answer that first. In general, a BOL is positioned such

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"Special Operations" - the Show

Yes….. “Spec Ops”. I followed a link to a you tube video that promised some fun and a measure of education. After watching a few episodes (4 parts each), I can to accept that yes, there are some things to be learned from the show, “Special Ops Mission”.

Do a search once at Youtube. “special ops mission” episode <===<<< just like that, with quotes and all. As you type it out, you’ll see links to individual episodes before hitting enter.

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Training While Laid-up

So, you were just starting into a new program, something designed to keep you on track with a REAL PLAN. You intended to get squared away in one of the few skill sets you put on your list.

Then you wound up injured. The initial blow to your resolve was made worse by the news that you will be laid up for two months. Sheesh. What now?? How do you make any kind of forward progress with such a momentous

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