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Old 08-17-2019, 04:15 PM
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I have seen traffic move surprisingly fast in nyc. Saw a taxi with all four tires off the ground. Because of poor streets i would not add any type of fairing.
Gas cans in trunk are very bad idea. With just a fabric back seat between trunk and passenger compartment there's a good chance of burning in an accident. Besides fumes anytime.
At 10 years old I'd save my money for major maintenance or a new vehicle.
If theft and car prowls are an issue then an ordinary looking non special car might be an advantage.
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If you leave early you don't need anything special, its just a drive in the country.
If you wait till the SHTF, everybody in NCY is trying to get out, which bridge or tunnel would you be using?
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A second hardwired battery in your trunk with an inverter.

If your spare tire is a donut,get a cheap rim and mount a used tire on it.
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Having ANYthing of value visible on or in your vehicle wll likely be stolen from you, especially after a calamity. What doesn't fit clandestinely in the vehicle, I would store in a cache outside of the NYC zombie zone.

The morally enlightened ones in areas like NYC, Philly etc will ripoff anything of perceived value.

I used to be amazed that people would actually put a sign on their cars that read, "no radio in car".













I would think they should print them in several languages, but that's just me.
Hey wait a minute. Did I see one with diapers? Where is it parked? Those are not cheap!

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I'd definitely go with a dual battery system. There might even be room under the hood to install another one. Instead of trying to cram a ton of stuff into the vehicle, maybe get a light trailer hitch and buy a small 4'X8' trailer like the foldable ones that Harbor Freight sells. When it comes time to bug out, you can load up the trailer and take off. If you have a garage, you can keep the trailer loaded and ready to go. If not you can load it with extra gas cans, small generator, tent, stove, survival food, clothing, etc. when the time comes.
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Reversing lights are pretty important.

Blackout place goes dark and you are not sure what is behind your car at any given point.
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I'd definitely go with a dual battery system. There might even be room under the hood to install another one. Instead of trying to cram a ton of stuff into the vehicle, maybe get a light trailer hitch and buy a small 4'X8' trailer like the foldable ones that Harbor Freight sells. When it comes time to bug out, you can load up the trailer and take off. If you have a garage, you can keep the trailer loaded and ready to go. If not you can load it with extra gas cans, small generator, tent, stove, survival food, clothing, etc. when the time comes.
I've been assuming since he is in NYC that there is no room for a trailer, but perhaps there is.
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Hi everyone,

My name is Mike and I'm from NYC. I am thinking about putting together a list of DIY modifications I can use to make my commuter more bug out ready. Keep in mind that U have a 2006 Camry so some things aren't going to work. Oh, and I live in Manhattan so there are some definite constraint there too.

One thing that comes immediately to mind are front splitters and side skirts for increasing MPG. Anyone have any experience with these? I will keep adding to the list as it goes but I appreciate your thoughts and experiences.

Be well!

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To modify your vehicle, you could add some 5/16 eye bolts, to make attachment points, so you can tie things onto the outside of your vehicle.
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Mike...you are in a tough spot....because if you are bugging out by car so is half the island. I dont think I need to explain the traffic situation where you are and what happened after 9-11 when you could not drive off the island.

If you are really serious about being prepared in this way....you should consider a small storage unit as far outside of the city as you can reasonably get to. This would have your preps and in a pinch might provide you shelter for a few days.

There are tons of videos on youtube on how to extend gas mileage putting air dams on your car isn't one of them.

All vehicles have an optimum driving speed where you get the best gas mileage in fact older Mercedes vehicles used to have lines painted on the speedometer that would show you that.

Here are some better suggestions for you.
1. Ethanol Free Gasoline will give you a significant boost in fuel economy. If you can....store at least one fill up if that gas (properly)/
2. Vehicle weight......impact from 100 lbs increase / decrease in weight is huge. Think about how to best load a vehicle.
3. May sure you vehicle is tuned up and running 100%. You would be shock at how many cars will break down while idling 6 hours in traffic.
4. Don't run your A/c
5. DOnt run your 6000 watt stereo
6. Keep the windows cracked not rolled down at high speeds.
7. Dont drive over 50 MPH.

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Mike...you are in a tough spot....because if you are bugging out by car so is half the island. I dont think I need to explain the traffic situation where you are and what happened after 9-11 when you could not drive off the island.

If you are really serious about being prepared in this way....you should consider a small storage unit as far outside of the city as you can reasonably get to. This would have your preps and in a pinch might provide you shelter for a few days.

There are tons of videos on youtube on how to extend gas mileage putting air dams on your car isn't one of them.

All vehicles have an optimum driving speed where you get the best gas mileage in fact older Mercedes vehicles used to have lines painted on the speedometer that would show you that.

Here are some better suggestions for you.
1. Ethanol Free Gasoline will give you a significant boost in fuel economy. If you can....store at least one fill up if that gas (properly)/
2. Vehicle weight......impact from 100 lbs increase / decrease in weight is huge. Think about how to best load a vehicle.
3. May sure you vehicle is tuned up and running 100%. You would be shock at how many cars will break down while idling 6 hours in traffic.
4. Don't run your A/c
5. DOnt run your 6000 watt stereo
6. Keep the windows cracked not rolled down at high speeds.
7. Dont drive over 50 MPH.

HK
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Keep your tires inflated properly.
Use pure synthetic oil.
Keep your MAF sensor clean.
Maintain the vehicle in tip top shape.
You might get a tuner chip for the car that has an economy mode.
Make sure the thermostat is not overcooling the engine.
Some people might advocate shutting the engine down when stopped for more than a minute.
Drive gently.
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I’d put a bicycle in the trunk because in a survival situation, you won’t be driving anywhere. Roads will likely be blocked by bumper to bumper traffic, broken down vehicles, or water.
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What is your planned exit route? How many bridges, and tunnels do you have to cross to get out?

Are you actually in New York? If so there are only a dozen or so bridges that will allow you to get inland, or go 100+ miles north to get to hopefully less crowded bridges.

Although if a couple million people all try to leave at once on those few bridges every single road will become a parking lot. I went to see the solar eclipse and within 50 miles of the line of totality every single back road was a traffic jam anywhere it crossed any sort of highway. The highways were a traffic jam for about 100 miles then extremely heavy bumper to bumper slow traffic that became an hours long traffic jam anywhere something disrupted the flow of traffic for 380 miles.

I don't know that there is a reasonable way to plan to get out of a city like yours. Other than to have lots of money to have a hardened place in the city, have a private helicopter, or to move out of the city.

How prepped are you? Do you have any amount of food and water and a way to cook stored? That may be more likely to help you than your car if the entire city is total gridlock.
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Consider a trailer and a boat to get across the Hudson river, a boat big enough to carry you and a motorbike of some kind. Once in New Jersey, the bike will be able to weave through gridlock and be fast enough to outrun desperate people wanting to bring you down.
Mods can include pannier for carrying BOB and switching the throttle to the left side so you can use your weapon with your right.
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Consider a trailer and a boat to get across the Hudson river, a boat big enough to carry you and a motorbike of some kind. Once in New Jersey, the bike will be able to weave through gridlock and be fast enough to outrun desperate people wanting to bring you down.
Mods can include pannier for carrying BOB and switching the throttle to the left side so you can use your weapon with your right.
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I think he has a couple kids and a wife unit.
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No, I don't sell any of those things. I am asking for things I can do to my 10 year old car. I've lurked here for awhile but the more I think about it, the more I want to be sure I can make it off the island and get far enough Upstate before she dies. I assume there won't be access to gas so I could probably make it to Binghamton before she dies. I have family with land about an hour and a half south of Buffalo. SO, maybe the first thing to do would be to carry a full gas can although I'm not sure how good of an idea that is when I park on the street here.
Best thing you can do is keep that vehicle in good repair, stock it with whatever you will need , and find someone trustworthy well outside the city to store and look after it (drive monthly, keep topped off) and either take an Uber/Lyft, or hoof it out on foot depending on the traffic. If you get stuck in traffic, you will be burning fuel and waiting in lines at gas pumps.

You might be better off joining an equestrian club in the city and "reserving" a horse for your getaway.
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I think he has a couple kids and a wife unit.
If he were Vietnamese he could get the entire family and belongings on a Honda 90.
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Even better! make that a BOB and 4 shotguns
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Oh, and I live in Manhattan so there are some definite constraint there too.

One thing that comes immediately to mind are front splitters and side skirts for increasing MPG. Anyone have any experience with these? I will keep adding to the list as it goes but I appreciate your thoughts and experiences.

Be well!

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