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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.

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Everstryke Match

Emergency Firestarter

The Everstryke Match is a waterproof emergency fire starter that can be carried on you’re key chain. It can be added to a bug out bag, kept inside a vehicle or in the junk drawer at home.

I like the Everstryke Match because of it’s compact size and the best part of all was the fact that it was Free! I only had to pay for shipping and handling.

Keep extras on hand

I have several of the Everstryke Match Fire starters and keep them in different locations. Besides having clean drinkable water being our first priority, we also need food and shelter. By having the ability to create fire, we will be able to purify water by boiling. Fire will also be handy for cooking our food and providing warmth.

They make Great Christmas Gifts

These are perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays or even just little thank you gifts for you’re prepper friends! I guarantee that they will love having one of these little gems around. Its a way to show them how much you care for their safety and providing a useful tool at the same time.

I give two thumbs up

This one gets the preppers seal of approval and two thumbs up! Getting something for free is always great but usually its junk. This freebee however is practical and can be a life saver! I can’t say enough positive things about the Everstryke Match. Get yours here today!

The Everstryke Match is a compact and waterproof handy gadget. It is small enough to fit on you're key chain.
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Chickens in Prepping

Chickens as a part of prepping is a smart option

Many preppers will laugh at the idea of having chickens as part of they’re survival plan. In all reality though, having chickens can be a very beneficial addition to a preppers survival plan.

I am no authority on raising chickens by any means but one advantage that I do have is an eighty five year old mother who is still alive. She has all of the experience from living during the end of the Great Depression as did my father. Her stories of how rough it was to live during those days are enough to really make one appreciate how good life is today

Chickens were a staple food

In those days during the Great Depression, People ate chickens and products of chickens every day. Chickens next to Cows were the most prevalent food source. If you had chickens around in those days, you were never hungry.

Chickens required very little maintenance to keep alive. They literally eat and peck at almost everything they see on the ground. Corn is the main source provided to them by their owners.

Eggs in a chicken nest.
Eggs laying in a nest

Eggs from chickens offer a very good source of protein. More than half of the protein inside of an egg comes from the white. Other valuable vitamins and minerals come from them also.

Back in the day when they wanted a chicken to eat for dinner, Mother said they just walked behind the house and caught one. They grabbed the chicken by the head / neck and slung it around and around until it’s neck was broken.

Next they boiled a pot of water and then dunked the chicken into the hot water to soften the skin. They then plucked all of the feathers out before removing the entrails.

Chicken coop with several white chickens.
Chicken Coop

The Chicken Coop

It was important back then to keep the chickens pinned up and safe. If you didn’t have a coop and fencing for them then they were hard to catch. A properly built Chicken Coop was very important as it protected them from predators. It also gives the chickens a place to roost and lay eggs.

Chicken Coops are built in many different ways. Some people use old dilapidated structures. Several different and inexpensive designs of Chicken Coops can be found here by Clicking On This Link.

A pile of tasty fried chicken.
Fried Chicken

Keeping it Simple

Chickens in prepping is indeed a simplistic source of nutritional food. If you have a piece of ground in mind to build you’re bug out shelter, chickens can be a great addition. They are inexpensive in both upkeep and initial purchase. The value as a trading asset is high in the event of a WSHTF situation

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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.

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Shipping Containers stacked to make living quarters.

Urban Survival after SHTF

Urban Survival

Urban survival in city areas after a catastrophic event will be virtually impossible unless you have made extensive preparation to wait it out.

Though there are endless possibilities of situations that could occur, Lets just take a look at only one crippling event such as an extensive power outage across the country that will make urban survival almost impossible.

Surviving without Electricity

I can recall a time back in 2003 when Hurricane Isabel trekked its way up through North Carolina. I owned a cabin on the side of a mountain there in the western side of the state. Isabel completely washed out my access road and culvert leaving me unable to drive to my house. Isabel also left me without power for about 4 days.

Fortunately, the night that it came through; I was at a friends house and was not trapped. Over the course of the following days, I had lost food that was stored in a deep freezer. The road had to be rebuilt along with the downed power lines repaired before I could return.

Now look at the Big Picture

Let’s look at this from an expanded view such as affecting the entire United States. Not possible you say? I disagree. No matter what angle you look at the possibility from, Catastrophic events have occurred all throughout history and the timer is counting down Now!

If you are now currently living in urban areas, you’re odds are very slim of survival. With power out, there will be no city water supplied to you’re home. With no power and water, there will be chaos if it lasts for an extended period of time. People will go into survival mode. Disease will be on the rise. Pests will run rampant and further distribute the spread of plagues and viruses. Being unable to just run down to the local market or Walmart will not be an option because the shelves will be barren. No fuel for vehicles and highway gridlock.

Friend or Foe

Your neighbors who always use to throw up they’re hand to wave at you, could now become you’re most feared enemy because they are running out of supplies and will be looking for a source to keep themselves alive. With phones down, don’t count on 911 to send the cavalry to you’re rescue. They’ll be staying clear of the mass hysteria in fear of trying to save they’re own lives.

If you are not prepared Now with supplies and a plan to get out quickly in the event of a significant situation, You Will Not Survive!

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Bug Out Vehicles

Bug out vehicle

When the time comes for you to Bug Out, hopefully you will have already selected a decent bug out vehicle. Something dependable and capable to get you where you’re going. Unlike Henry Ford’s Model T era cars, today’s cars are built to be replaced. If it ran forever, the Dealership would go out of business. Some vehicles will last longer just by doing preventive maintenance.

Older vehicles were better

The old Vietnam era military jeep M151A was a go anywhere, vehicle with solid dependable construction. The only problem was when the military phased them out, they cut the frames on many thus making them no longer road worthy. The small, 4-cylinder inline motor was very dependable. Change the oil, clean the air filter and run them into the ground. I blew out a rear axle once in one. I just put it into four-wheel drive and drove it back to the company area as a front wheel drive vehicle. Good for the upper bodywork out as it did not have power steering. Good for three adults and their Alice packs. The biggest issue is careless operations will cause them to roll over.

Wider isn’t always better

AM General HMMV 998 troop carrier has a dependable Cummins Diesel engine. The right front passenger side gets a little hot sitting over the Battery box. The hard tops generally leaked when it rained. They can roll over if the operator gets careless and there no fun to dig out if you get them high centered. Been there done both. I find them a little too wide for my taste as a bug out vehicle. The Kevlar body does not stand up to tree abuse making it a little expensive to fix. Will carry ten adults and gear.

Military vehicles work well

The Stewart Stevenson m1079 and Swiss Army Pinzgauer 710m troop carriers are the latest fad in off road bug out camper conversions. They can be found on Ebay Motors for under $20,000. I have not had the pleasure of driving either one. They appear to be a little big and wide. When going far off road, they will leave a defined path. A creative mind can do wonders with both vehicles by putting most of your class B recreational vehicles to shame.

Jeeps rank high but are expensive

My choice of JEEP brand vehicles would be a Wagoneer 4.0 inline 6 cylinder made of steel. It should secure a good amount of equipment and hold up too a lot of abuse. The older Wranglers are nice but have limited room to carry stuff. My second JEEP pick would be the Cherokee model. I’ve scene a lot of interesting off-road modifications. I previously owned a 1999 Grand Cherokee and put 324,000 miles on it before giving it to a neighbor. All I ever did was routine brake maintenance and fluid changes. I only have good things to say about the Inline 6 engines.They are good bug out vehicles disguised as daily drivers in my opinion.

Toyota trucks take abuse well

I also like the older 1980 Toyota SR 5 xtra cab pickup trucks. They have a smaller foot print and are very dependable. When you’re going further into the back country, the SR5 and its brother the Four Runner (one of each) would be my choice. Like the Jeep, it will blaze trails, fit under branches and conceal nicely with minimum effort.  Full size pickups and SUV’s will work but length, weight and height will matter when you are traveling through uncharted terrain.

Got room for a Deuce and a half?

I will give the Kaiser Deuce and a half and 5 ton a honorable mention. In stock form they are large and bulky. They are dependable and capable. I have seen them knock down man size trees though I do not find them much fun when having to change a tire. I also witnessed a young specialist rotating the vehicle tires in the field in Panama as punishment. He must have really pissed his commander off.

The Kaisers troop transports that I would use sometimes, have been modified or “Bobbed” to 2 axles instead of 3 axles making for a shorter wheel base and better off road maneuverability. Kenosha Country Custom 4u had one for sale on Ebay motors.

Whatever it takes to get out quickly

I have seen some nicely modified Chevrolet and Ford 4×4 vans. But they will be more expensive to purchase and leave you in tears when you damage them. I am partial to the old Ford Bronco 2 and International Scouts because they did not have computers running them but as they continue to age, the repair parts get harder to find.  If your modifying any older vehicles, make sure you choose an engine, transmissions, differentials and axles that are plentiful to find repair parts for.

The use and conversation of old box trucks and school buses I will leave for another day.

Everything breaks, and nothing lasts forever, just ask my ex.

As always be safe and healthy my friends. Be sure to follow our blog for more informational articles.

Ralph Tcat