Category Archives: Bug Out Shelters

RV Bugout Part 1

Choosing the right RV bugout

Choosing the right bugout location can be as inexpensive or as extravagant of a decision that a prepper can make. As a prepper, giving consideration to this topic is of the highest priorities. Decisions on bugout equipment, shelter and most importantly nourishment can mean life or death in the event of a catastrophe. RV bugout vehicles should also be considered in planning.

Bugging in versus bugging out

If you are like me, you’ve considered the option of hoarding food items and other emergency supplies for bugging in at you’re home. I myself decided that preparing storage of some necessities at home was indeed a vital part in preparing. I made this decision because we just never know what exactly will happen or how bad we will be effected by it.

I stocked some items in my home in hope that such an event will not last beyond six months. I also considered other options like storage container shelters and live aboard vessels. I have not ruled these ideas out but have prioritized my options. As for me and my current living situation, I decided to purchase an RV bugout vehicle.

Choosing the right RV

After searching for about a year and watching endless Youtube videos on the topic, I finally made a decision on the type of RV for my needs. Some things that I needed to consider was options for being able to live off grid and comfort for my family. I also wanted to have the ability to be able to leave my bugout RV just in case conditions became too dangerous to drive it or if it became inoperable due to mechanical failure.

I finally decided that a fifth wheel was my best option as it had everything that I needed and was ready to transport in a moments notice. Having options like batteries that recharge from solar and being able to run necessary appliances on minimal power was included. I also liked the idea of having the ability to run off of generator power for the higher power consuming appliances like air conditioning.

Buying you’re RV

To my surprise, I quickly learned how popular RV’s have become. Long gone are the days of the twenty or thirty foot rectangle shaped travel trailers. Nowadays we have very well constructed luxury units. I chose a model that was built by Grand Design and has five slide out rooms which expand the eight foot center into fourteen feet wide openings in several locations. I chose the Grand Design because of their high quality in manufacturing. Having all of the luxuries inside to boot is a plus.

I located the model that I wanted in Wildwood Florida at Lazydays RV on their website. I requested information on the RV that I liked and a salesman out of the Tampa location contacted me the next morning. We quickly came to an agreed sale price and next the 1,271 mile drive to their location was on.

What they didn’t tell me

After driving the whole way straight through with the exception of a quick nap at a couple rest stops, I finally arrived. I was eagerly waiting in the parking lot when the lights turned on and at 7am sharp made contact with the receptionist. I was then sent to a manager in the service building and it was explained to me that there was a inspection and repair list that needed to be completed. I was a little concerned at that point because this was the first time that anyone had mentioned anything about it. I asked if I could see the RV and did so at that time with his approval.

The fifth wheel was being cleaned at that time by a very hard working young lady. The overall appearance was even better that the web photos displayed. Being satisfied with what I had seen, I returned to the Manager and advised him that I would like to move forward with the purchase. He then escorted me to the waiting room while the work began on the RV.

To sum up this lengthy story, I wasn’t prepared for what turned out to be an eight day stay at the Lazy Days service location. I hadn’t packed for an extended stay and this could have been avoided had they just explained that the work needed to be done. The odd thing is that I was told by multiple people that this is a common procedure in this business! To end on a positive note, Lazy Days RV was kind enough to let me stay in the RV on property all week during the night.

The learning begins

I quickly learned how to use all of the gadgets and appliances on the RV while at the service location but it didn’t end there. The trip home was even more educational. Learning how to negotiate driving conditions and getting the feel of a 16000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rv was very enlightening. Having prior trailer pulling experience was useful for sure. Everything was good until the final leg of my return home.

About three hours away, I experienced what it was like to have one of the Chinese bomb tires explode on the RV. I watched in the door mirror as the tire tread flew from the tire and immediately pulled to the shoulder of the road. After stopping, I inspected the tire and noticed how the flying tread had destroyed the fender skirt on my new to me RV.

I quickly learned that having the bare essential tools that I had to change the tire would not make the job easy. Fortunately I did bring along a couple blocks of wood and bought a new four way lug wrench before leaving. The bottle jack that came with my truck proved to be useful too. With a little help from a nice young fella and a State Trooper who who both stopped to assist me, I was quickly on my way again.

Prepping doesn’t just begin or end at home

With all of the newly learned information which I had gained at no additional charge, I quickly realized that prepping skills would come in handy with my new RV. Having a plan for every possible life threatening situation is near impossible. What we can do is try and prepare as best as we can for the most likely catastrophic situations and wing the rest while using common sense. We don’t always know what questions to ask and never rely on someone to inform you ahead of time.

This article will be an ongoing upgrade RV bugout article. Be sure to follow for future posts on this topic and as always feel free to comment with any suggestions.

EndPrepper

Off Grid Batteries

Off Grid Batteries for prepping

I for one have considered many times about adding solar panels and wind generator power to my bug out shelter. I’ve even given a considerable amount of thought into using it at home just to cut down on the expense of electricity. I’m defiantly a do it yourself Macgyver type and take pride in boasting how I saved money by doing it myself. One major component however is often times not taken into consideration. Off grid batteries should be at the top of the planning.

With so many products in use today with solar, wind and water, what off grid batteries are considered the best choice for the application? If I were to ask ten different battery manufacturers, I would have ten saying there’s were.

Maintenance and Longevity

The reality is that batteries are expensive. Deep cycle batteries can cost anywhere from your weeks paycheck to good bye Ferrari. I want the most for my money. I reached out to a friend for info on The 3 Best Batteries For An Off-Grid Energy System. My highest priority being longevity and serviceability. WTSHTF, battery stores or delivery probably won’t be an option.

I also learned How To Pick Out The Best Battery For a Solar Panel System, Battery Bank, or Off-Grid System. Having the ability to service off grid batteries will be a fantastic bartering skill to possess. Being able to service my own off grid batteries is priceless.

The bottom line

Understanding serviceable batteries and how to bring them back to life is knowledge that can be applied to automobile batteries also. Most Motorcycles, ATV, Airplane, Boat, or anything else with an engine requires a battery to run. Servicing batteries is an easy skill. It can be conducted by any male or female of adult age. I recommend that juveniles be supervised while being taught due to corrosive chemicals. Proper clothing, gloves and eye protection should be worn.

Never having to buy batteries again especially following a Doomsday Scenario should be a Top Priority on Everyone’s List. Think about it. How will you power necessary appliances or medical equipment. What about a Ham or CB radio for communications? Depending on the severity of the scenario, cell phones may still work or at least text. Making preparations now for these possibilities could be the difference between life and death.

Always plan for the unknown

Any steps that we take now to prepare for possible catastrophic events is what separates us from the majority. I did say the majority because it is a fact that many will perish. Taking little things into consideration which are so life sustaining. Things like having purified water to drink. Having the proper clothing to dress for the seasons should you be outside in the elements. Even to be able to make a fire to boil water and cook on. Having these basic preparations and more is what will increase your survival odds.

Please be sure to follow my blog for more informational articles on prepping. You are always welcome to leave a comment. We are a family and I am always willing to help our readers. Until next time fellow preppers. Stay safe and vigilant in these unsure times.

EndPrepper

Shipping Container Homes

Info on Shipping Container Homes

As part of my prepping venture, lately I have been researching a great deal about Shipping Container Homes. With a great deal of information to be found on the Web, it’s important to choose a reliable source. One of my top choices is through Adam Ketcher who provided me with an abundance of information on the topic. You can learn more by clicking Here On This Link

Shipping Container House on water.

Shipping Containers Are Everywhere

Almost everywhere you look, shipping containers are in use. They are widely used in transporting cargo from other countries by ship. Due to their rugged and weatherproof construction, they are ideal for transport.

Once reaching land, shipping containers are unloaded from ships and placed on either trains or trucks. The precious cargo inside of the containers is then transported to either a transport hub or a final destination.

Stacked shipping containers are made into a unique house.

Shipping Container Homes are cheap to build

On average, shipping containers can be purchased for approximately fifteen hundred dollars each. I have found some for as little as five hundred. The versatility of the containers make them easy to arrange in either vertical or horizontal positions. Containers can also be buried underground for stealth and only require a minimal amount of land.

Transporting the containers to you’re property can be provided by many transport companies who are for hire in your area. Moving the containers on your property location will need to be done with heavy equipment. Usage of Crane, Front End Loader and Backhoe’s are commonly used for positioning. These types of equipment can be rented or services provided by earth moving contractors.

Designing a shipping container home

The first step in planning for building a shipping container home should be it’s location. If you plan on burying the containers under ground, you want to have a location that is not going to be affected by water seepage. While many containers may weatherproof, they are not water tight. Having good ventilation will be very important as well as proper septic drainage. Stacking containers will not be a problem as they are designed to do so.

Many times the containers are joined together by cutting holes and welding sections together. They can be placed on end standing up but will need supporting if above ground. Stairs and windows can be added easily to the containers.

Material costs are whats appealing

When you factor in the costs of wood or concrete and labor, The shipping containers can be very appealing for construction. Homes are basically boxes. Getting a good deal on already made steel boxes verses building out of wood or concrete can be a much cheaper but stronger choice than wood. Spray foam insulation works well in coating the inside of containers. Drywalll or paneling can be used for finishing.

Bugout shelter or Full time home

Whatever you’re reasoning is for considering shipping containers for home building, you will not be disappointed. I will be building a shipping container home in the near future. Having a separate bugout location is a part of my planning for my family’s survival in a catastrophic event. As preppers, we can never be too prepared for the unknown. Having piece of mind that we have options available to help aid in our survival is priceless.

As mentioned in the beginning article, Adam Ketcher is the authority on all of the tips and tricks in building Shipping Container Homes. Please visit him here at this link – For accurate information on building you’re shipping container homes. Be sure to follow my blog for more information on you’re favorite topics.

EndPrepper

Shipping Containers stacked to make living quarters.