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#198329 - 03/18/10 05:56 PM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: Wesley]
BrianEagle Offline
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Registered: 02/27/10
Posts: 27
Loc: Northern Texas
Awesome link! It's great that we still have a lot of down-to-earth R&D being done in local garages, schools, and backyards.

Throwing lots of dollars/pounds/euros/yen at problems isn't always the answer.
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#198339 - 03/18/10 07:50 PM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: BrianEagle]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Yesterday, I found myself following a Dodge Sprinter down the freeway. I would dearly have loved to see how they had the inside set up, as the OUTSIDE was quite an eyeful!

Canoe and one of those pod things on top, some pole things (awning, tent?) strapped to one side (fasteners installed), and something in a longish, narrowish canvas wrap on the opposite side, two bicycles on the back. Everything but potted plants and a lawn.

I've always thought those Sprinters looked like they had more head room than most (good for bunks or storage), and I know many of the dog show people use them because they can stack crates in them, but they look kind of susceptible to wind.

Thoughts? Not that I could afford one... Just a mental exercise.

Sue

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#198342 - 03/18/10 08:24 PM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: Susan]
LED Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
I agree, the Sprinter is a really nice van and comes in lots of different configurations. Its actually a 100% Mercedes van with a Dodge emblem.

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#198377 - 03/19/10 01:52 AM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: LED]
MoBOB Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 1219
Loc: here
Susan, I think they would be useful. The wind will cause some problems. But it should be manageable. If you wanted to stay in the same vein, but smaller, check out the Ford Transit Connect.

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#198430 - 03/19/10 12:19 PM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: MoBOB]
oldsoldier Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 742
Loc: MA
I have an 06 jeep wrangler, which I have outfitted for short term survival, just in case. Essentially, it is a bug out vehicle for me. I bought a seat cover, that has MOLLE straps & pouches on the back, which I have stuffed with all kinds of gear. I have a Swedish army stove, a sleeping bag, an E-tool, a saw, knife, emergency blankets, extensive FAK, fishing gear, and a bunch of energy bars & ramen packages, as well as instant coffee, stuffed in there. When I add my hking kit, which is always packed (unless I am drying it out), I pretty much have everything I need in the event I need to get out quick. I dont ever really foresee a need to do that, but I HAVE spent a night or two out when out four wheeling, just for fun.
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#198440 - 03/19/10 01:51 PM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: Susan]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2847
Originally Posted By: Susan
Everything but potted plants and a lawn.
Sue


They usually carry those inside. smile

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#198442 - 03/19/10 02:15 PM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: Eugene]
Compugeek Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 08/09/09
Posts: 392
Loc: San Diego, CA
Originally Posted By: Eugene
Originally Posted By: Susan
Everything but potted plants and a lawn.
Sue


They usually carry those inside. smile


Huh. And I always thought lawn chairs were for PEOPLE.
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#198455 - 03/19/10 03:48 PM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: Compugeek]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2847
No, they carry the lawn. You can buy these big rolls of green plastic "carpet" and then roll it out once your rv is parked and put your plants and chairs on top.

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#198458 - 03/19/10 04:13 PM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: MostlyHarmless]
RobertRogers Offline
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Registered: 12/12/06
Posts: 198
My feeling is that basic survival gear will fit into the saddle bags of a motorcycle. With a motorcycle you can more easily cut across lots, weave around clogged traffic, and get out of Dodge while the car and truck drivers are honking horns in gridlock.
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#198464 - 03/19/10 06:59 PM Re: Survival in vehicles [Re: RobertRogers]
oldsoldier Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 742
Loc: MA
Motorcycles dont work well in 2' of snow-which is something I may have to contend with. OTherwise, I agree with you smile
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