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7/10/13

Bug Out Trailers



James Yaeger posted up an overview of his bug out trailer, with some shots of the inside. Lots of water, ammo and other gear, ready to roll out in an emergency.

One of these days, I will put together some variety of bug out trailer. It may be a plain-jane camper trailer with some modifications and gear stored in it, something along the lines of a modded out storage trailer or something more purpose built for traveling off the beaten path. It's a project that is still years away, so I don't have any firm plans yet, but am always interested in how other people have done their trailers.

A limitation of a setup like Yaeger's is that it relies on a generator and fuel for power, so you'll be out of luck after a week or two off-grid. I also did not see any kind of large volume water filter, though I'm pretty sure Yaeger stocks Katadyn pump filters in his bug out bags. Water purification would probably be a major task.

Adding solar panels, a 12v battery bank and a Berkey or a gravity fed Sawyer filter would allow for a nearly indefinite supply of electricity and water. Edit: In a follow-up video, Yaeger showed a Berkey filter that goes with the trailer.

This sneak peak shows a look at a more comprehensive mobile set up for long term, off-the-grid living. I haven't purchased the full DVD, but you can see bits and pieces of what they've put together inside their cargo trailer...basically a mobile, off-grid workshop/mancave.

10 comments :

  1. I think that something like this is a good idea, sort of. It could be a huge advantage with carrying more gear, but, if the was heavy traffic or a pileup or something like that, it could be a hindrance, and could even cost you your life. Any way, If I were to make one, I would first paint it camo. Then I would put a cot (or 2) in the trailer then a potbelly stove in the middle and cut a chimney in the roof(you would of course make sure it is sealed around the edges). Next, maybe some solar panels on the roof like you said. Next would be some shelves and storage space. Stock the trailer with food and water, a water filter, and then tools. For tools you would want a couple axes, a few machetes, and some shovels. Just basic stuff. What you would run with the solar panels is stuff like simple tools, lights, or whatever else you want to run. I guess if you wanted to you could, you could install a window unite AC.

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  2. Getting ready for not Guilty? In the Zimmerman Case!

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  3. AnonymousJuly 11, 2013

    I have thought about doing this especially since I already have the exact same trailer he used, however the biggest problem I am concerned about is having the trailer stolen. They are big theft item around here and it is hard to secure them properly and nearly impossible to secure the contents. A thief just has to take a circular saw and cut right through the exterior and they are in. That combined with the fact that I actually use the trailer a lot has me not getting it loaded yet. I have everything ready to load but it is kept in my house and garage where it is more secure and can also be temperature controlled.

    NUTZ - I agree completely and I am making preparations for the rioting that will surely follow the not guilty verdict I expect to come as soon as tomorrow. It may be bad of me but I am somewhat hoping for a guilty verdict even though I don't think he is as it will cause a lot of lives and damage not to occur and Zimmerman will likely be killed at some point anyway (the new black panthers already have a bounty out for his death).

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    1. jeepboy1991July 11, 2013

      Heck, they put out a $10,000 "reward" poster for him dead or alive before he was arrested. You or I would have been charged with solicitation of murder. (I know it's mispelled)
      May God have mercy on George Zimmerman, the thugocracy running this once fair land surely will not.

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  4. Zimmerman is in serious danger if there is a not guilty verdict. Based on what I've seen, he will walk.

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    1. jeepboy1991July 11, 2013

      I hope and pray you are right JB,
      I too think he should walk, the persecution has failed utterly to make their case. And that is how it should be spelled.

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  5. riverriderJuly 11, 2013

    zim? nah the fix is in. the all woman jury will convict on the lesser charges that the judge illegally allowed in at the last minute. she did everything she could to ensure conviction so she can run for office soon. she set up lengthy appeals in the process and legally should be disbarred but they will make a hero of her instead.....trailer? right on. i'd drop the gen and about half the gas. well actually i'd take that out entirely n put it on racks outside. i'd stack superpails to the roof tho. i'd use solar but keep it mobile on a hand cart to put it in the sun while parking the trailer in the deep cover. half a dozen spare tires bolted on the side as well. i have a toyhauler rv i'm setting up similar but right now the goods are hidden in compartments that i built and the stock cabinets. the bugout food etc is stacked by the basement door. pull it around, hook up the fresh water, while its filling i can load the goods, grab the wonderdog n go.

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  7. AnonymousJuly 13, 2013

    while its a nice setup,there are a few issues.With it sealed up,assuming out in the heat,the gas can's will expand and vent,as will propane bottles.Need to keep a roof vent cracked open,or a small spark can blow it up.And all that fuel in a minor accident?A better idea would be a race car fuel cell.Having all your preps ready to roll is a good idea,but changing out the fuel is a hassle,and the theft factor,tires dry rotting.....

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  8. AnonymousJuly 14, 2013

    Here is a B/O trailer video. The "prototype" has many of the mods people are recommending e.g. solar, wind turbine, tools, wood stove etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecyOzH25i9s

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