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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

BUGGING OUT FOR HARD TIMES

Off-road tireImage via Wikipedia
I have been plagued as of late of the thought of bugging out for economic reason's and have come up with the idea that its not just a good idea its a great idea. As the economic woes pile up as preppers we need a plan . And leaving you money sucking mchome behind makes sence. If i was unable to work i have aflack ( money well spent i have used it before and what they pay is no great sum 1400 a month we made due. now if for some reason i cant work i;e illness they pay me but this time I'm bugging out. I have done the figures and me my wife and our son . my daughters are over 18 and gone off on there own. we could travel the us with one truck and our trailer and live well on about 900 a month 7 if we live cheap that means i would be able to save between 500-700 a month. travel with the seasons to different parts of america and lead a pretty normal life . there would be some changes . we are in the process of turning all our media on to terabite potable drives i;e music and movies . i have a small wasted space in the trailer i;v designed and will install an onboard computer system . the case your computer comes in is for there ease of manufacturer not use so the metal case is not needed and we would still have our laptops but the on board system would be 110 ac or 12 vt dc through a 300 watt inverter all hard mounted in the wasted space and shielded. I'm installing an extra water tank and have 5 propane bottles around xmas i will replace the old stove with a new one (289) and have plans for 2 solar panels on the roof under 1/2 in lexan for protection. we bought a h&h 12 ga and have shortened the barrel to 20 inches . it has a hard mount in the trailer i have added a corbra 25 cb with weather channels and hope to add a shortwave just after xmas . we have a 1800 watt geni with 12 volt for power and a 12 volt fridge i use in my truck it only holds 48 qts.
Some key points i need to point out are
  • keep your tow rig clean as well as your trailer . this might require monthly washes in town.
  • maintance is top priority if it can run its no use to you .
  • personal hygene is just as important as a clean ride . dont look like a bumm clean clothes at all times your best on when driving down the hwy. i have a friend who's a hwy patrolman and they look for dirty cars and dirty people ether one shows them you are not taking care of your car
  • nothing just thrown in the bed of your truck ( i'm building custom boxes for mine ) every thing secure on the trailer
  • good tires and a good spare
  • floor jack and 4 way
  • xtra belts and hoses
  • repair manual
  • tools
  • xtra water and oil
  • replace your belts and hoses now and keep the old ones if there still good( doing so now will teach you how to do the job when and if the time comes) and will give you a good xtra set for later
  • xtra starter and altanator from a junk yard ( have them tested at you local auto parts store) you dont want to be stranded in the middle of nowere and helpless ( belts hoses and xtra starter and alt will fit in a milk create as will you xtra oil and antifreeze...
  • tools to have --craftsman 99 dollar set plus screwdrivers, vice grips x2, channel locks. wire cutters and crimpers . dont skimp on cheap tools .50 cal ammo can for tools not included in 99 dollar set both will fit behind the seat of o pickup ..
  • cleaning supply's in a bucket of some kind
  • rags
  • xtra plugs and wires
  • 2 cans fix a flat, a 12 volt compressor . i carry a small 110 one that can be run off geni. tire plug kit plus i have green slime in my trlr tires .
  • check tires every day and every 2 hrs while moving fro leaks nails . never lower the tire pres on a hot tire . when it cools it will be flat
  • 2 rolls duct tape and black tape
  • 30ft tow strap or log chain in 50 cal ammo can ( i sprayed wd-40 on my chain so grim wont stick
  • leather gloves ( a blown tire is like a razor)
  • sewer drain hose and xtra cap
  • wd-40=== always spray the tire studs before you put the tire back on and ck that the lug nuts are tight after 50 miles
  • tarp to lay on ( i cut up an old boat cover) i also carry hand cleaner (waterless) and coveralls 3 sizes to big ( keeps clothes clean) and take off you shirt first so if oil spills on you it wont soak into your good clothes
  • safety equipment should include-- flares x4 reflector triangles (use them ) fire extenuwer x3 one in trlr ,one in cab and i have one bolted to the fire wall under the hood and of course a firstaid kit in the cab. i also have a tire knocker from a truck stop it has never touched a tire ( wink wink) led light in tool box and a mag light both in the trlr and bolted in the cab (drivers side behind the seat in a piece of pvc w/ a cap on one end.
  • good cb for talking with the truckers
  • personal items
  • this is just the basics i carry much more but is a good starting point for any one be safe---maddog==
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Staying warm in an emergency – Insulation

In a survival situation knowing how to properly insulate yourself and your cold weather shelter can mean the difference between life and death.
Similar to how double pane glass insulates your home by trapping air between its layers, to properly insulate yourself from the elements you need to trap air between your body and whats outside.
Whether you are in an urban or wilderness setting there are a number of things that you can use to stay warm.
Insulating a shelter with leavesWilderness Situation:
Fibrous plants, grasses, layers of bark, pine needles, leaves, wood, and even snow are all types of materials that you can use to insulate yourself and your shelter.
To insulate your shelter use the materials to build a thick layer over and inside your shelter. Layering the materials will help trap air, and more efficiently keep the heat inside your shelter. Make sure you also use a thick layer of insulating materials inside your makeshift mattress. Doing so will insulate yourself from the cold ground.
Don’t forget to insulate yourself.
One of the most effective ways of staying warm is to insulate yourself from the elements. To do this you need to create layers of material that will trap air between your body and the elements.
The best way to insulate your body is to shove fibrous materials, grass, cattail, or dried leaves between the layers of your clothing. If possible, try to put the insulating materials between a couple different layers of clothing.
Urban Insulation:
Urban environments have numerous types of materials that you can use to keep warm. Cardboard, foam, cloths, plastic, and bedding materials are just a few of the things that you will be able to find in an urban setting.
During an emergency a small room or closet could easily be turned into an insulted fortress. Couch cushions, blankets, towels and mattresses can all be used to add extra insulation to your little area.  You should also line your clothing with crumbled up newspapers, paper towels or any other insulating materials that you can find.

Review : Paracord survival bracelet


I’m always looking out for new gear to carry.  I don’t have a lot of  requirements – my EDC (every day carry) gear has to be reliable, good quality, and easy to carry. I’ve never found a really good way to carry a length of rope or paracord, except in my weekend EDC.

A good length of paracord (4 feet or more) can be very useful in an emergency situation. One convenient and unobtrusive way to carry paracord is actually to have in it bracelet form.

I recently received mine and immediately tried it out. I chose to have a bracelet in black paracord. Black is a good colour — it matches with everything. You really want to have good quality paracord. 550 paracord is the military grade version, which has several inner nylon strands. The “550″ in the name refers to its strength, which can hold up to 550lb in weight.
Overall, I’m quite happy with my paracord. Sure, it’s weird to wear a bracelet (I don’t wear jewelry) but I think of it as a watch strap without a watch on it. The braiding is done really well, and it’s easy enough to unravel even if I’m in a hurry. My only complaint is that the buckle I have is rather flimsy and difficult to open and close one-handed.
I bought my paracord bracelet from theadmiralandrew over at eBay. You can find plenty of options on eBay. Andrew also makes a variation of the paracord bracelet with a built-in liquid filled compass.

You could also buy paracord bracelets from Amazon.
Alternatively, if you have the time, you can also make your own paracord survival bracelet.