For whatever reason and out of nowhere, there’s always a possibility of SHTF. And while you may be thinking of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tornadoes, and tsunamis, there are other possibilities out there that could be disastrous. One very big and real threat is an EMP, which would cause almost all electronics to shut down, or a war of some kind.
In many of these disasters, the best idea is to get out of dodge as fast as you can. And what’s a better way to escape than a vehicle? They’re faster, stronger, and sturdier than your body; it’s the perfect option.
However, when SHTF, you can’t just stride out on the street, pick your nearest sedan or the nicest sports car, and then drive on out of there. Many vehicles will outright fail in these emergencies, and others will greatly struggle.
Not all, though.
There are a few champions out there, which will be almost certain to not fail you when things go south. With one of these vehicles, you’ll be well on your way, without even a scratch. Whether they’re tough, fast, stealthy, or just downright smart, they won’t let you down. Better get your hands on one of these before SHTF.
Here are 5 vehicles that won’t let you down when SHTF, thanks to the folks from Survivopedia.
1. Pre-1985 Toyota Hilux 4×4
These are tough little trucks. If you can find a 4×4 with the solid front axle and a carbureted 22R motor, you have a good starting point.
I have run one of these since the 1980’s and the worse I treat it, the better it runs. They are tough little trucks.
CUCV (Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle) on the surplus market. They are basically a military diesel pickup or Blazer.
They started being manufactured in the 1970’s and are not armored, but some models do have some BOV-friendly features like a diesel power plant, blackout switch (to kill all lights), 4 wheel drive, dual 12v/24v voltage, Detroit lockers, dual alternators, Dana axles, brush bars, tow hooks and pintle hitches. And some are topped with shelters or ambulance beds.
You have to research each model though. Not all are 4×4’s and so on.
3. Deuce and a Half Variants
There are many variants of these iconic 6×6 vehicles. Some are even bobbed to 4×4’s. They are not so great for keeping a low profile, but they are the go to choice for many preppers looking for a vehicle with plenty of cargo space and can be had starting at under $10K.
There are even some shops that will fix them up for you if you are not particularly mechanically inclined. Plan B Supply can hook you up with a Deuce and a half that is all decked out for the apocalypse for less than $40K, which is a tenth the price of a Knight, UniCat or the like, a whole lot less than an Earth Roamer and way more likely to still run after a HEMP.
4. Canoes, Kayaks, Sailboats, Pack Rafts and Other Small Watercraft
Maybe your bugout plan does not involve a blue water voyage, but it does involve running a stretch of river, lake or crossing a body of water. Man has used boats to solve these types of problems since prehistoric times.
A couple recently rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, but I would not recommend it and I am sure they would not either.
But if your route involves crossing a smaller body of water, a small watercraft may be an important arte of your plan.
5. Motoped or Bicycle with Trailer
Motoped is on my shopping list. You do not have to be a prepper to appreciate not having to deal with the Department of Motor Vehicles and being able to park in the bike rack.
Motopeds and bicycles are quiet and can be carried on the outside or on top of your rig as backup transport. If the motor is small enough or it doesn’t go faster than a certain speed motopeds are not classified as motorcycles in many states, but this varies by jurisdiction so check your local laws.
With this list, you’ll definitely be able to come out of a disaster with some kind of useful vehicle, and you’re ready for when SHTF.
For more survival tips, and more vehicles useful when SHTF, check out Survivopedia.
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