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Old 09-02-2008, 12:15 AM
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What is the best kind of vehicle for urban survival? Rural? All-around best?
Old 09-02-2008, 12:35 AM
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i'm a die hard ford man. i was raised on them. i'm in love with the 73-79 f series pick-up truck. i have two of them and i think they would work just fine for a bov. easy to work on, solid, well built truck. my 76 f-350 has a 390 that has over 200,000 miles and i could pull just about any type of camper or whatever i need. my 79 f-150 has a 351 mod and it dos'nt lack for power either. i also have an 80 e-150 cargo van with 275,000 miles that i drive almost daily. it has a 300 straight 6 motor in it. for some reason ford really had there stuff together back then. just my opinion.
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Urban survival vehicles should blend in well. I wouldn't recommend anything that would look out of place parked on the side of the street. Silver is the most produced color for all cars/trucks. If I remember right, the Ford Explorer was the the most produced 4x4.

I opted for a 2000 Ford Explorer but in the Eddie Bauer green and tan scheme. Figured it would still blend in around town but also gave some degree of camo if I had to hit the woods with it. I went with a 2000 for two reasons. First, I could pay all cash for it. Second, I used to be a Ford technician and became super familiar with this truck.
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There really is no best of anything as every situation adds qualifiers as to what is needed at that time. But there are general rules. First off it has to run dependably, secondly see the first rule. Everything else depends on rule two and what is going on at the time you need it. If you live in the snow belt 4wd is a good bet. Fuel economy is a consideration but you may nee horsepower and torque... how many people are going to use it? Where do you plan to bug out to? Vehicles are the least universal item on the survival list... your choice needs to be made based on your initial plans and the practicality of executing those plans. Next you need to consider how to outfit your choice of vehicle and how to keep it in absolutely dependable condition... this will reflect back to your choice of vehicle... anything exotic and after the fall are you going to be able to scavange parts? Questions like this are very important to what you decide on, and finally you need to make sure you have the skill set to keep it running or your planning can end up a waste of time.
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I would say an suv 4x4. Can carry alot of gear and people, keeps everything out of the weather. Offers better security for gear than the back of a pick up. Sleepes better than cars and trucks. Many get decent gas milage. Bikes or other gear can mount on top with ease. Can pull a trailers,boats, ect.
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i pick a 05 civic reason cheap on gas plain and simple goes further with less fuel.. now if the shtf chances are gas runs out.. or roads cramed with other cars ive driven my car up acess roads that what most people say you need a 4x4 to go up ive been off road with my car i know what it can do and how to avoid geting stuck like staying on solid ground once you off solid ground 4x4 or not you can get stuck easy

way i look at it if its long term problems might not be able to get gas at all then what good is a 4x4 with no gas to run it
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The best survival vehicle? The one that doesnt look like one.
With that said, I have a Jeep Cherokee. I am also looking at buying a Toyota Tundra CrewCab with a camper shell on the back.
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if I had the funds this would be my idea of the ultimate survival vehicle
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Mine is a 2005 4X4 Durmax. I figure if gas becomes a problem I could use bio fuels
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where i am there is one road in, so an evacuation would be through some seriously rough and heavily wooded terrain ---- so--- 4 legged
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This company makes some really neat stuff designed for wilderness treking. They will custom build what you want. It's called Earth Roamer. They're not far from where I live.


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If I had a 100 grand it would be A Hummer H1
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An up-armored M998 HMMWV would be ideal. You could have a guy up in the hatch working the M2 or Mk19 (if only!).
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i build sportsmobile vans i like these http://www.sportsmobile.com/
we just sent 17 to iraq they say for seach and rescue but the stuff we put inside them is not for that
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I guess I just have to be different. I think it's a pretty safe assumption that if things get bad enough that you're using a "survival vehicle", then you probably won't be able to pull into your neighborhood gas station and fill up the tank. You will also probably want to save the fuel that you have stored (you do have fuel stored, don't you?) for only the most urgent transportation or for running your generator.

I'll cast my vote for this:

This is my "get around the area when there is no fuel available" vehicle.

Bicycle - Montague folding Paratrooper
Trailer - Beast of Burden Ibix

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Colonel, what is the capacity on that trailer and how easy is it to balance a load? It looks pretty functional?


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