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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.

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EndPrepper

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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Reset America

Restricted Freedom

As I got older, I discovered that some of the things I learned growing up was worth while and other things were a waste of time. Things like reading, writing and arithmetic are good foundation skills. I also realized how restricted freedom had become.

History was good but only if what you learned was honest and not full of propaganda. It seems to me we are breeding the ability to survive out of the American. America is a great country compared to others but we are becoming softer everyday. Our restricted freedom due to frivolous lawsuits and fear of offending someone has set Americas latest course.

In the news I read of people in survival situations spending their last moments using their phones to call and say goodbye to love ones instead of using their strengths to fight. They’re life to be taken away by someone who may or may not be a citizen of the U.S. The killer who deep inside they’re heart truly hates America.

Survival is fight or flight, kick the bastards ass or put distance between you and the bad guy. It’s not curling up in some damn restroom calling mom and dad to say good bye. I personally plan to die with my pants pulled up.

Our schools are teaching art, music, science, math and an untruthful variation of history. I doubt George Washington crossed the Delaware standing up in a boat in blizzard conditions. I would like to see other skills taught that are more adapted to life.

Focus on dealing with current situations for life training

More physical fitness, health education, home economics and work experience. Baseball, football, basketball are all great sports but cross country running is what got me prepared for military basic training. Boxing or Aikido would go a long way in putting bullies and school shooters in their place. You would sleep a lot better at night knowing your son or daughter was able to put “Charlie” the child molester or “Stevie” the shooter in his place.

Being shot in the back while running away with my ballistic backpack just doesn’t do it for me. I would rather make you die for your country and beliefs before I have to die for mine. Recruiters today will tell you our children are not fit , strong fingers but that is about it.

Making America Great Again should be more than a political saying it should be real goal. How about teaching our children first aid, healthy diet and cooking skills home economics, basic auto mechanics , home building and repair skills so they have an understanding of whats involved in doing these tasks.

Emphasis on ethics and morals

Several years ago, I went into a tire dealership in Denver Colorado to get a tire replaced and immediately caught the service manager in a lie. He told me I could not replace just one tire on my vehicle that I would have to do all four because of some non existing air pressure sensor that would trip a check engine warning light. I politely walked out, won’t do business with liars. If I had not learned basic vehicle maintenance I would not have know better.

The same goes for all these magic warranties they push, miss one service period or go over the mileage and boom the warranty is void. I owned a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee drove it 324,000 miles did my own minor maintenance before giving it to my neighbor who needed a second car but could not afford it. His skills are actually better than mine so I expect he will get another 300.000 miles out of it.

Basic first aid importance

When I was a teenager, I watched a guy fly a hundred feet through the air after being ejected off his motorcycle. He had struck a car that turned in front of him. I knew enough to have a receptionist call 911 from a nearby business but that was it. I couldn’t medically help him and could have easily made matters worse had I removed his helmet or moved him.

Knowing what to do goes along way learning First Responder first aid helped resolve those issues. Scene safety, CPR and mouth to mouth was hammered into me for years. I took EMT training after leaving law enforcement just to enhance my skills. Learn , practice, do it.

Basic care of self

I learned sewing skills later on serving in the infantry. I learned to sew, attaching patches and field repairing my uniforms to survive the Field Training Exercise’s but did not start cooking until my mid thirties. You won’t be shopping for new clothes after the Apocalypse so you had better learn how to mend them.
While living in Denver I took interest in clay pot cooking picking up my first covered clay pot.

Clay pot cooking is a variation of a native American cooking tool which uses lower heat, long cook time makes a mean meat loaf. The three kitchen items I wouldn’t live with out, A clay pot, lasagna pan and a percolating coffee pot.

Basic mechanical skills

I learned practical mechanical skills while doing improvised jeep and HMMV repairs. This was so we would not have to walk back to the barracks. My skills were honed while doing hitch wiring, installation and maintenance upkeep on rental equipment while working for UHaul. Learning how to safely raise up a vehicle to do an oil change or change a flat tire. This could prevent many accidents.

I’m not saying we all need to be Navy Seals or Delta operators. Education, physical fitness, team work and tolerance will go along way toward surviving a bad situation.

That is what it will take to Make America Great Again. If we as a country don’t move to get America back on track, our country will be no better than any other third world country. Its time to Reset America and Restricted Freedom. To be the Proud, Free and Brave people that we once were. To give Honor to all those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy our Freedom!

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Ralph Tcat and EndPrepper