Five things to consider for surviving a bug out situation.
I believe our bug out bus named “The ARK " is the best insurance available, for you and your family, against natural disasters, economic and governmental collapse, loss of home, or a medical pandemic. It gives you the ability to flee to safety from harm’s way. It could be used for a 72 hr. escape or could even become a permanent year round home, even being able to ride out the hardest winters. Like the saying “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.". The greatest peace of all comes from being prepared. The best money was spent on the best design, for the safest bus ever made, for our greatest resource, our children. Have you ever seen an R.V. in an accident? It looks like a pile of wood and insulation sitting on the side of the road. Have you ever seen a school bus in an accident; it looks like, well, a school bus. There is no comparison between the too. Having the ability to support you and your loved ones at all times is important. And it is also prudent. In today’s uncertain times the best place to place your money is in the ability to always be able to provide shelter and food for your loved ones, thus the need for the bug out bus.
This brings us to the topic of shelter during a bug out event. No one knows. What time of year such a thing will happen, nor do they know how long it will last. It seems reasonable that you should be prepared for anything, whether it is a warm summer day or a below zero night in the dead of winter. Which proves to be a challenge for the best bug out shelters let alone a bug out vehicle, to add to this challenge is the ability to be able to stay out indefinitely. This may all sound over whelming, but I believed our bus meets this challenge. With its cast iron wood stove and its soon to be solar and wind power, its large battery bank and its large multi fuel supply, it is capable of providing you shelter in any climate. With it being just less than 40 feet long it has ample room for you and your family and all of your supplies.
This brings us to #3 mobility.
Another problem with bugging out is having your supplies with you when you need them. With the bus parked next to your house it will always be ready to go and you are able to keep a close eye on it. Unlike your house far away in the woods, where it is vulnerable to theft and vandalism. Since it is a supper R.V., you take it with you when you travel. So if disaster strikes while you’re at Disney land with your wife and kids, you’re ready to go. And your stuff is not buried in some hill a thousand miles away. Being able to adapt and overcome is priceless in an emergency situation. Not being bound to one location or limiting yourself to one chance of survival, truly gives you freedom and independence. Being able to move do a safe location, dependent upon the situation, instead of a permanent guess is key. We all know there is strength in numbers and you cannot be a one man army (unless you are John Rambo). Being mobile allows you to travel in groups of people of one heart and one mind, while being able to be flexible in your destinations with each other. If one area becomes hostile you could go to another, or even move with the seasons, or move to advance your positions of offense or defense against your enemy. You could take your bus to go and rescue grandma while on your way. With a 1400 mile range between fill ups you could cover a lot of ground without stopping. It’s really hard to do all those things with a bunker buried in a hill some place you figured would be safe only to find out it wasn't.
That takes us to #4 Multipurpose.
It really is a great R.V. My family spent 5 months on the road living in it traveling up and down the east coast then out to the west coast while on a U.S. history tour for my home schooled children. Now that was a field trip! The bus was very comfortable and very capable. We averaged 12miles per gallon! That's as good as our suburban. If your wife or significant other is not into prepping, build her an awesome "R.V.", like I did. Then take her and the kids and go travel and camp and spend time with each other, without fear, knowing you’re prepared for just about anything. Our bus is also a fueling station, with a 50 gallon tank just for chainsaws and motorcycles. Or filling up the Honda civic. The bus can also be a great place to have the in-laws stay when they come to visit, or you could stay in the bus when they come to visit. It could be your new full time home, being capable of living totally of grid using only the sun, wind, wood and veggie oil to power, drive and heat the bus. Wait, all those things are free! The point is you can enjoy your bus now. If you have to move to a new location, say for work, you can take all your preps with you. You don't have to leave them behind buried in the dirt. Some of you may be saying that bus is too big it cannot maneuver well enough to travel down the mountain road or down the long dirt roads in the desert. That's what they were designed for. (That reminds me of an adventure my wife had in the bus being lost in the backwoods of west vergina at 4 am, but that's another story). Anyways, anybody that has lived in rural America has seen the routes these busses have made every day come rain or shine. Not everybody cancels school when it snows. As you can see its one heck of a machine.
The last thing I want to talk about is comfort. There is nothing more soothing to a person than being warm, comfortable and full of food during a “disaster”. When it seems the world is collapsing all around you and your family, your wife and children won’t be soaking wet from a leaking and flooded tent, they won’t be shivering uncontrollably with the wind howling and the temperature well below zero, making it hard for your furnace in your motor home to keep up or perhaps the propane just ran out, nor will there tummies be growling for some hot and tasty home cooked foods. They also will not be sick because of exhaustion, because of lack of sleep, because of the cold hard ground and wet and dirty sleeping bags, but they will be warm, dry, comfortable and safe, eating a hot cooked meal, enjoying the flicker of the flames coming from the wood stove and their own soft dry and comfortable beds. These things will become priceless to you, if and when your world collapses. Having your bug out bus will prove to be one of the wisest decisions you have ever made. Remember, food, warmth, comfort, and mobility will soothe the troubled soul like nothing else will, except, of course, your spirituality, but even then you will be cold wet and hungry. Be prepared!
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