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I have found an H3 and maybe an H1, at the local car lot today. While I do have the F350, I'll trade for an H1, H3 or Jeep. The Dually is just not nearly as practical for us.
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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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We had those at our unit. If they'd had a turbo, they would have been great. We pulled up to a curb, let the thing idle against it, dropped the hammer, it sat still and made noise. The lack of boost was crappy. Once moving, they were great. I also had the civilian version, same problem, no Turbo. I wish I had one now, add a Banks or something similar, holy crap!
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3 pages and no mention of my beloved Unimog.. For me that's only answer. I love my u1300 but my classic 404 has my heart. It's on road manners are a little rough around the edges but it makes up for it elsewhere. And nothing makes me chuckle more than telling a valet its the green Mercedes and seeing the confused look.
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I wish I had one, I told you that once before! Those are amazing, hard to find used here in SC! Beats what I have 1000000 times over!
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I went for small but that's what's needed in the area I will be staying. Most of all find a rig you like and fits your personal needs. I went for a Sidekick because its cheap, small, easy to find parts for and easy to work on. There are tons of mods for the older Suzuki's. One other thing to think about, how many of the same type of rigs are in the area you are bugging out to? This makes parts easier to get.

If you like to do your own work, small means lighter parts so you can finish most things by yourself. Changing say a transmission in a full size pickup requires two people, jacks or?

You can make the rig haul more with a small trailer or rack.

Most of all find something you like, its much easier to find time for things you like.
I remember, as a kid, reading an article on a then recent import known as a Suzuki Brute.
That is a direct ancestor to your Sidekick.
The story goes that it was actually designed an all-purpose vehicle for use by the Japanese Forestry Department.
Thus, the extent of its off-road abilities aren't all that surprising.
A friend had a Samurai in the 80's. That was a cool little car and he was highly impressed with its ability off-road, but felt the tires needed a little "improving" to really make it work and the 1.3L engine left a little to be desired for highway use.
His brother, who also had a Sammy, found the 1.6L engine from the early Sidekicks were a drop in fit and really improved the vehicle's performance.



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We had those at our unit. If they'd had a turbo, they would have been great. We pulled up to a curb, let the thing idle against it, dropped the hammer, it sat still and made noise. The lack of boost was crappy. Once moving, they were great. I also had the civilian version, same problem, no Turbo. I wish I had one now, add a Banks or something similar, holy crap!
If you had one now, the engine would already be turbocharged.
I don't mind a non-turbo diesel. I used to be a truck mechanic and I'm also a former owner of a VW diesel Rabbit.
The little VeeWee taught me how to be a patient driver.
I'd love to have either the Blazer or the pick-up version (1008?).



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Class B RV - basically a full loaded small motorhome.

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I have seen people getting around in these things. Not the worst idea.
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UniMoG 416 DoKa with crawler gears and a PTO winch.

That would be mine...


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What the 25th and 101st (and the entire USMC) knew/know about vehicle maint wouldn't fill a small postcard.

TWENTY THOUSANDS HMMWV mile in HI?? That is going to truly be some rode hard and put up wet time. That is YEARS of use in the US ARMY and a high mile HMMWV.

After the initial problems of breaking alternator shafts in the 1985-87 the HMMWV has been fairly trouble free. If the operator is ACTUALLY pulling his PMCS. Deadline for THREE years? Is this in the Obumer days/gut the military????
1993-1996

Bill Clinton probably came over and broke it personally or sent Hillary to do it, right?

Or Lewinski did it and still has a dress with an oil stain on it.

Or maybe Obama went around breaking hummers as a hobby for practice back then.
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I don't know...... something a little less obvious maybe. Something the road bandits, and "gubermint" pollywogs wouldn't at all be sure they wanted so bad they'd be willing to kill you, and your family for it. Something like a ratty "looking" big ol' station wagon, or Suburban with some dents, rust, and primer, and a strong overbuilt drive train, and suspension, maybe some ballistic protection, a switch so you could make it have rough running motor, and a little pump you could squirt a little oil into the exhaust so it would blow a little smoke.

Just a thought. Gray man you know.
Put a V6 in a Volkswagon Beetle and replace all the body panels with armor plating made to look like the stock body.

Replace all the glass with bullet-proof glass, beef up the suspension and chassis, give the whole deal a fake rust paint job and do a "rolling coal" number on it to make it run sickly-like.

Actually, do that to an AMC Pacer and the bad guys will just feel sorry for you.
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I enjoy looking at all of the photos in threads like this but feel that there can't be an Ultimate SHTF vehicle due to the numerous obstructions likely to be around after a true SHTF situation. For example, here in the Gulf South we have to deal with frequent storms toppling our trees and power lines across roads. So any vehicle chosen better include a decent wench and be able to carry numerous tools such as chainsaws and pry bars.
So if you manage to chainsaw your way through the roads you may find bridges out or flooded. Your fully stocked and loaded down Jeep or Hummer will have a hard time getting very far in some parts of my area.
I believe that, other than a mountain bike with baggage mounts, the best SHTF vehicle will be the one you use right now to drive to a shoe store to buy a quality set of hiking boots.
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You need an engine waterproofing kit installed so you can run submerged.
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You need an engine waterproofing kit installed so you can run submerged.
What like this?

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I have seen people getting around in these things. Not the worst idea.
Lol That's funny
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I have seen people getting around in these things. Not the worst idea.
Well, heck, to that end, it looks like our friends down under have the ultimate solution....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgTSEhYn14w
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...although, I hqve to say, something about this is rather appealing...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWnsu4dfNGs
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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.
A hummer is built more for open areas
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Once we get our homestead site I'm getting a used surplus military hummer.
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i would prefer this :
http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.Mb...0&pid=3.1&rm=2
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