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BOVs, Logistic Movment, & Setting Up


wquon

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Even though I'm using the term BOV (bug out vehicle), I'm not going to be referencing a BOL (bug out location). This is more for mid-long term mobilization & deployment for a group.

Militia's are generally lacking after the 72 hour mark, & my input has been that the individual needs a 1 year supply of food/water & a way to move it. It may be up to the leaders to dictate how much to take & what items to bring in the initial phase of deployment (like helping out in a natural disaster 3+ hours away). This is just some concepts to look at and consider.

 

"Bug Out ___" has become a bit overused in the last decade, so when looking for ideas I tend to search niche markets. For vehicles & trailers "overland" seems to be the best options I've found. The jist is; going to a secluded place with friends & family, & staying there for days, weeks, & sometimes a month+.

There's many things one can do to their vehicles, a good place that I've recently found for input is; https://www.youtube.com/user/ExpeditionOverland/videos

 

If one has the means to tow, trailers are a great investment. One can just hook up & go! Some may op to build their own, like this; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmR9BMtzMtk&t=109s Others may choose to buy a trailer already built, like this one; https://www.patriotcampers.com.au/camper-trailers/x1-h/

(look at USD & not AUD price)

 

Be sure to consider setup speed. Overlanders strive for setup/breakdown time to be under 30 minutes, most can do it in under 15, which is great for militia purposes when mobility is key.

Another concept to be looked at by leaders is specialty trailers, trailers that have a designated purpose like power, housing, waste, HQ, toy haulers (for scouting, medivac, & more), etc. here's an example of temporary shelter; https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=6Wv2-fYmBvE&feature=emb_logo

 

When choosing a vehicle make sure to balance the cost, mpg, & towing capacity. Definitely look at reliability as well, this channel may be helpful to weed out the crap brands & individual model issues; https://www.youtube.com/user/scottykilmer

Hope this help in concepts for you and yours.

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Highlander 401

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Sweet post. Just got an F150 yesterday for bug out. In process of looking for some add-on ideas and quick projects to get it ready to roll.

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On 10/20/2020 at 11:21 AM, Highlander 401 said:

Sweet post. Just got an F150 yesterday for bug out. In process of looking for some add-on ideas and quick projects to get it ready to roll.

while not knowing particulars, these channels offer some more solid recommends;

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkyky5zC8R1Gi6YeeCR6BDg

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/concealedcarrytips

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Hog Jowl Homestead

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My rig is a 02 Suburban, i machined a 2" lift for next to nothing and put 33" BFG Ko2 on it. It has been able to make it through Hailys trail at prentice cooper state park up in TN (check it out if you can). It required a significant amount of work, i enjoy these vehicles and the LS line of engines but to date i had to rebuild and upgrade the transmission around 600 in parts and two long weekends. Rear main seal and plate, valve covers, exhaust, radiator, both front bearings and oil pan gasket. All to say there cheap about 3000 bucks on craigslist, prepare for some tlc but at least there easy to work on and no crazy overhead cam timing like the fords and dodge motors from the same era, im running out of room in the shop thanks to specialty tools 🤑🤕    

 

Overlanding is definitely the new hot word, and also make you look less crazy when hunting gear. On the down side this has driven the price of accessories way up. Fab what you can at home with a buzz box. Overlanders are nice people and have assisted me in getting out of hairy situations, no kidding a 60yr old couple guided me out of a rough sport in there Lexus GX. had a hidden winch, lockers and adjustable shock height. I was very impressed and grateful, at least i had food and gear for the kids because without them we were spending the night.

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