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I haven't seen many discussions as of late on vehicles for shtf, but I was doing a little looking around on youtube and came across some interesting videos. I saw these vehicles and just had to share them with everyone. These are definitely what I would love to have if shtf. Yes, I do mean all of them but I'm partial to the HMMWV and Jeep in particular. Enjoy guys and if anyone curses in the video's forgive me, I didn't watch them all the way through.

Custom HMMWV

Plan B Supply HMMWV

Plan B Supply survival/prepper HMMWV

Road Armor twin 50 cal Jeep

The Hellhog by Wild Boar Offroad

Though I am not a huge fan of Fords, this is a pretty nice truck.
"Operator" Ford F150 tribute truck

And last but not least, much respect for:
Chris Kyle tribute jeep

Which one do you like better? I like the street legal Custom HMMWV and Road Armor twin 50 cal Jeep personally, as well as the Chris Kyle tribute Jeep.
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Maybe you would see more in the 'vehicle' section. Moving this thread there as we speak.
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Plan B Supply - 6 wheel drive expedition RV
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HMMWVs aren't actually all that good off-road. They have limited articulation and that wide flat belly is great for getting high centered. I watched a Samurai have to yank an H1 off a pile of rocks. Their width also limits where they can fit on a trail.
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HMMWVs aren't actually all that good off-road. They have limited articulation and that wide flat belly is great for getting high centered. I watched a Samurai have to yank an H1 off a pile of rocks. Their width also limits where they can fit on a trail.
I totally agree.

Here is my current favorite from the last SEMA show in the Ramsey Winch Booth.


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It looks like we are talking more rural type settings. Being in the Northwest a more nimble vehicle with a small wheel base would be more appropriate. All mountains, muddy creeks (you can't go a mile without having to cross one in some places around here) and trees.

With that in mind:







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You might want to keep in mind that when you have a gas hog you'll need to also have a gas tanker to go with it...

I'd stick with something small...
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A former co-worker of mine had a modified Samurai. He lifted it, did some suspension work, different tires and minor engine mods. You would be very surprised how that light weight vehicle did off road and he did not have a lot invested like in it.
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check out a toyota TRD sport 4x4 or the full sized Tundra ... tacomaworld.com -when it came time for me to replace my last car, I got a taco quadcab...it was either that or a jeep. no regrets on my part, I just want to find a place to get a backrack/bar set that I can carry 2 steel jerry cans now and maybe a few other things like a light bar.

10 gallons of gas is about 75-80miles. I get the idea of carry some extra gas, when you get 20 highway/18 city it's probably a good idea to have extra. depends on where you are planning on going as a bug out, or get home truck.

growing up a buddy of mine had a J10 Suzuki and would off road all the time with it, small wheel base on that thing, he could go where the quaddies go. We traveled across the firebreak trails in the moosic mountains of PA with it in the 90s, going from town to town across the mountains rocked, and we always found cool places to camp as kids.
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Wow! One horse power!
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HMMWVs aren't actually all that good off-road. They have limited articulation and that wide flat belly is great for getting high centered. I watched a Samurai have to yank an H1 off a pile of rocks. Their width also limits where they can fit on a trail.
Though that is true, the fact that they have a low center of gravity and are wider than the average vehicle helps prevent them from flipping. I've seen an HMMWV go up an incline that a Jeep flipped on. They can also be modified (from what I saw on some website a while back) to be more fuel efficient and have more horse power. As to how accurate that is, I'm not sure. But I've always loved the HMMWV and would love to own one just for the heck of it. Either way, I'd have other vehicles to bug out in as well.
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Those lil Samuri's will go anywhere, a simple lift, a set of 33's or 35's & a VW Rabbit desiel will fit right in em. But everyone I've been in rides like a rock.
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Hmmm. I would think the "ultimate" bug out vehicle is whatever 4x4 you are comfortable with driving that can carry lots of stuff. My Xterra can carry crazy amounts of luggage in the back, on the roof, via the tow hitch, etc and it's practically a mountain goat that routinely laughs at snow, mud, and gravel driveways that bog down the more civilized vehicles.

I would much rather drive it than my friend's pickup truck, even though his it ruck is more powerful. Mine is more nimble and has a tighter turn radius so driving his truck feels like I'm trying to coax an elephant around. Plus it has better gas mileage and after hearing about his last pickup truck, way more reliable.

Your thoughts may vary.
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I'll take the HMMWV. More armor and weapon options. 😄

Yes the HMMWV is not the best rock crawler but it does climb well. It excells on open rocky rolling terrain with no roads and is very stable at high speeds. Undercarriage very robust. And this is standard equipment. No additional mods needed.

If you have the hatchback version it sleeps two comfortably and you stay dry and out of the elements.

Unknowsld, If you want the fuel efficient one you need the duramax engine with the Allison transmission. You go from about 11 mpg to 20+mpg
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Always been a Jeep fan. Had a Land Rover once, never again.
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I spent 10 years in the Army and always assigned a Hummer. Nothing but problems. Always nearly deadlined or deadlined.

They look robust but something was always breaking on them. I'm not a mechanic and only did the driver/operator maintenance. The motor pool folks did the rest but our entire company had vehicles with problems and that was in the 25th and again in the 101st.

I'd never want to own one of those things based on my experience with them.

I might think differently if I were a mechanic and wanted a tinker toy and actually enjoyed working on them.

But I want something that just works which those didn't. One of the vehicles in my unit only had 20+k miles on it and it was deadlined the entire three years I was in Hawaii. It was practically new and they never did get it working.
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It looks like we are talking more rural type settings. Being in the Northwest a more nimble vehicle with a small wheel base would be more appropriate. All mountains, muddy creeks (you can't go a mile without having to cross one in some places around here) and trees.

With that in mind:







Orange Land Rover...Hip & Chic for the Mercer Island crowd.....Dam Eastside.
...however, I feel you're on the right track. Make sure those axle have lockers and/or LSD's or its really just two wheel drive.



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Orange Land Rover...Hip & Chic for the Mercer Island crowd.....Dam Eastside.
...however, I feel you're on the right track. Make sure those axle have lockers and/or LSD's or its really just two wheel drive.



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I've owned and destroyed or near destroyed everything in that list apart from the Toyota. Never owned one of those. The Land Rover was definitely capable off road. Expensive to replace parts though.
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...btw, one more to add to that group...



...M1009. All the good parts in one vehicle, but still cheap and easy to fix and will take you anywhere you wanna go.



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