I have been thinking it would be nice to get an on road/off road RV/Trailer/TruckCamper. It would be something I could use when hunting, travel, and a little easier to introduce my niece and nephew to camping.
When I say off road, I am not thinking about climbing rock faces or seeing just how much mud I can cross. I am thinking crossing fields and pastures, driving along logging trails… I have a Ford Explorer and it has gotten me everywhere I have ever wanted to go.
I want to take it places that are very cold and very hot and be comfortable. I want to be able to be able to go places and take my own water supply for several days.
I may be moving to a hurricane zone. I would like this vehicle to be my BugOutVehicle. So I would like to be able to pile a whole lot of stuff in there quickly and get on the road out of there.
I am an experienced tent camper. I have limited experience going off road experience. I am not a mechanic. I don't want to spend time under the hood of the vehicle. I would prefer as little maintanence as possible. I have zero experience with campers. So start me off with the basics.
Where to start looking? How do I figure out what is good, bad....? What is good about this idea? What is bad about this idea?
Really it depends on preference, more than any thing else. There are as many different types of campers, as there are members here on ORCC. ;D
I can tell you about our camper and why we purchased the one we have. Chris and I tent camped quite a bit, using our backpacking gear. Backpacking tents/gear are very versatile in the fact that you can use it for many types of camping. (Backpacking, Canoe Camping, etc.) We like that type of camping the best, camping in more primitive areas. We did not want to get away from that type of camping, so we searched for a camper that could get us off the ground and still be able to get back to our favorite places to camp. We to are not into the hardcore rock climbing either. There is nothing wrong with that type of activity, but our definition of off road is being self contained, getting off the beaten path, camping in the National Forests, Conservation Areas, NSR River Area, Etc.. We looked at a lot of campers, before deciding on the camper we now have. Your best bet, do the research and find the unit that will best meet your needs.
Most Important, get out there and go camping, no matter how you camp. Its all good.
The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.
Post by mountainborn on Feb 26, 2009 10:15:53 GMT -6
rwblue said: I may be moving to a hurricane zone. I would like this vehicle to be my BugOutVehicle. So I would like to be able to pile a whole lot of stuff in there quickly and get on the road out of there. > Good observation. We pull a 17' fiberglass Oliver travel trailer with a Jeep Wrangler and view that setup as our "BUGOUT/ESCAPE" machine. Though hurricanes get much attention because of their violence, there are many other reasons to bug out. Here in America's heartland, some that come to mind are floods, ice storms and tornados. In other areas of America, Fire, mudslides and earthquake may well cause RV owners to bugout. Yet to be mentioned is civil unrest, which occours mainly in, but not limited to, densely populated areas. Once any of the above mentioned disasters happen, the utilities are usually disrupted, imposing at the very least, discomfort, and in many cases can be life threatening. By the time most folks figgure out that is time to bugout, utilities are nonexistent, food stocks are depleted and the roads are clogged with refugees and evacuees. Refueling your vehicle may not be possible, filling your RV's water tank may not be possible. To maintain a sustainable comfort level for yourself and family usually means relocation. Should you choose to remain in place, any resources that you have, will attract to you, those that want them. For example, the smell of cooking, the sound of a generator, showing a light after dark, ect.. In other words, staying may mean more than not having Natural gas, water, electricity, ect.. So, the roads are clogged and you need out. How are you going to do that ? Conventional transport modes, you know, Trains, planes and automobiles just ain't gona' cut it in later stages of a disaster evacuation. Should your tow vehicle be a high ground clearance four wheel drive and your RV a small manuverable travel trailer with high ground clearance, other bugout options are there. The first one that comes to mind are the massive urban drainage controll ditches that are concrete. For example, the LA River. Then there are those right of ways for high tension powerlines, natural gas and other utilities. When a US highway is rerouted, the pavement usually remains but the bridges, the high cost to maintain item, are removed. Many times leaving a dry wash or shallow creek that a 4x4 can cross readily. For us it is about planning ahead and leaving early in a high ground clearance bugout setup. Many electronic navagation systems have the option to show rivers, powerlines and other infrastructure rights of ways. They could be your quickest way out of a life threatening situation. Think ahead, plan ahead, and, drive the alternate route if possible. [a href=""][/a][/url]
Great comments, and I know it's an old thread. A bug out vehicle? I'm rather new (again) to all this, but seems to me that the first consideration is the budget. What someone wants to spend for the vehicle is my first thought. Land Rover, maybe a G Wagon or you might want to go with the Unimog or a customized rig. But for myself, I'm pretty cheap and can't see putting a "nice" rig at risk sliding into a river or rolling off a hill side....or even getting pinstripes running by a gotcha branch.
Years ago I went out off roading and racing in a Baja VW. Removed the seats and had a platform inside for the bed, cooler, pottie, water and all my stuff. Worked well in the 60s! LOL