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#183506 - 09/29/09 02:44 PM Survival Trailer
Divebomb Offline
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I'm new here so this is my introduction post. I've been interested in survival techniques, tactics, and gear, etc... since I was in my early teens; 40 now so I guess I could say all my life. Served in the Army in an Infantry/LRS Unit for 8 years, and deployed to Iraq so I'm well educated when it comes to being outdoors for extended periods of time and being uncomfortable.
With current events unfolding around the world and in the US almost on a daily basis I find myself thinking about all the "what if's?" a lot. I'm considering now buying a 6'x10' enclosed trailer and basically outfitting it as "hook-up and go" mobile survival unit. Solar panals on the roof as well as a gas run generator, scanner, radio, food, clothing, first-aid, Atmospheric Water Generator, etc...
Does anyone have a setup like this? Or has anyone considered this? Basically I'd like to be ready to grab the family and go ANYWHERE at the drop of a hat.

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#183508 - 09/29/09 03:01 PM Re: Survival Trailer [Re: Divebomb]
dweste Offline
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Atmospheric Water Generator??

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An Atmospheric water generator (AWG), is a device that extracts water from humid ambient air. An AWG operates in a manner very similar to that of a dehumidifier: air is passed over a cooled coil, causing water to condense. The rate of water production depends on the ambient temperature, humidity, the volume of air passing over the coil, and the machine's capacity to cool the coil. An AWG is very useful for locations where pure drinking water is difficult to obtain or impossible to have, as there is almost always a small amount of water in the air. It is estimated that 12,900 cubic kilometers (or 0.04%) of the earth's total supply of fresh water is contained in the atmosphere, mostly as water vapor


Edited by dweste (09/29/09 03:04 PM)

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#183510 - 09/29/09 03:06 PM Re: Survival Trailer [Re: dweste]
Divebomb Offline
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It's basically a dehumidifier with a tank to catch water. Makes water from the air and filters it. Standard 110 so I could run it from the solar setup or the gas powered generator if I had no other source for water.

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#183511 - 09/29/09 03:10 PM Re: Survival Trailer [Re: Divebomb]
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Wonder if there are combo units out there because refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners also use compressor / coolant technology. Nice if your AC or frig could also generate pure drinking water!

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#183512 - 09/29/09 03:15 PM Re: Survival Trailer [Re: dweste]
Divebomb Offline
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Anything that produces condensation could in effect be used to make water. All you would need is something to catch it. They probably wouldn't produce the amount that the dedicated units do, but I guess in some situations "any" would be a plus.


Edited by Divebomb (09/29/09 03:17 PM)

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#183513 - 09/29/09 03:17 PM Re: Survival Trailer [Re: Divebomb]
dweste Offline
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Sorry for thread hijack, got excited. If you search you will find past survival trailer threads.


Edited by dweste (09/29/09 03:17 PM)

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#183514 - 09/29/09 03:18 PM Re: Survival Trailer [Re: dweste]
Divebomb Offline
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No problem! Good discussion is good discussion.

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#183516 - 09/29/09 03:27 PM Re: Survival Trailer [Re: Divebomb]
MDinana Offline
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Sounds like the "moisture farm" that Uncle Owen had in Star Wars! LOL

I think most of the past trailer-related threads had to do more with storing supplies (water, food, ammo, whatnot), than something to live out of (water maker, generator) that you're talking about. Seems to me you're talking about being able to "move" and stay somewhere for long term... which I think hasn't been spoken of as much.

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#183525 - 09/29/09 03:53 PM Re: Survival Trailer [Re: Divebomb]
GarlyDog Offline
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Registered: 04/05/07
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Loc: The People's Republic of IL
Yes. I have considered and acted on this idea. It's called an RV fifth wheel. I have one fully stocked and ready to go at a moments notice.
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#183536 - 09/29/09 04:22 PM Re: Survival Trailer [Re: NightHiker]
Divebomb Offline
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I'm south of Houston on the Gulf Coast. Today we're at 50% humidity. I can make a lot of water if I'm in this area. I'm sure if I headed north (can't really go south without swimming) I would be dealing with lower humidity, but the AWG's can produce water anywhere but the production time will be affected by the humidity of course. Enough to survive day to day is really the goal so you could do that pretty much anywhere.

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