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Friday, January 14, 2011

Wilderness and Travel Medicine, Eric A. Weiss, MD

I have found a pdf copy of this book which I use in my field First Aid Kit. I believe it to be one of the best ones out there. The actual book is small, 4 1/4" x 6", 198 pages. It fits nicely in most small kits.

I thought I would pass it along to you.


Merry Christmas,

The Personal RV Bug out Bus

By Joseph Parish

First off, it is common knowledge that school buses are built extremely tough and will take a beating if need be. In general, most are powered by diesel engines so that offers some economy in the way of fuel considerations. Buses usually present a much higher ground clearance than you would find on a normal factory built RV. One of the major advantages of the bus is that it is large enough to accommodate a complete living quarters after the conversion is complete. Best of all is that they are extremely common in just about every town in America; in fact usually even the small towns will have at least 15 to 20 school buses in operation.

Due to their large size they can haul a considerable amount of weight while using nothing more then standard size truck tires. Granted major repairs could be costly however if you happen to be handy with a screwdriver and a wrench you can likely handle most repairs yourself.

If something like this sounds interesting you may also cherish the idea that these used buses are available very inexpensively and can often be purchased for anywhere from five thousand dollars or less. Generally, they are well maintained and most communities require the owners to replace their buses on a regular schedule so the ones you purchase would not necessarily be excessively old.

Since most bug out situations will involve some form of natural disaster the mere fact of having a fully stocked and ready to go RV would be a great asset. You would only have to jump in and drive your family out of harm's way. Bus tend to serve this function well.

Naturally you would want to paint the bus a color other than the usual school bus yellow. Personally I would choose a dark olive green to match the surroundings of the wooded areas where I would bug out too.
On the down side of all of this is that the conversion process can be a long drawn out course of action. But in the end you will have some piece of mind knowing your family will be safe in an emergency.

Copyright © 2010 Joseph Parish


© 2011Northern Raider

Yes I know  the ideal vehicle is an expedition rated and converted Land Rover , or Jeep but in the real world most of us can only dream of owning such vehicles, and yet we still need to put some effort into adapting our vehicles  to better support us WTSHTF.

So let us just think about what steps we can take to improve our vehicles usefulness and reliability.

Spot Lights and Bull bar, fitting those on the front of our vehicle gives us better illumination away from lit streets and the bull bar gives you that extra level of impact protection whilst protecting your radiator if you have to use the vehicle to push obstacles out of the way.

Tow bar bracket with either 50mm tow ball fitted or Cycle Rack or Jerry Can Carrier.
Rear lights, fit a switch in the cab to turn off rear lights in case you fear being followed
(AFTER TSHTF not before).

An Engine sump guard and perhaps fuel tank guard?
For economy purposes many vehicle manufacturers design multi point mountings for vehicle exhausts, but only fit half of them. You can improve the reliability and security of your exhaust system by identifying the missing rubber mountings and having them fitted.

TOP Fit a full width heavy duty roof rack system, it can be used to carry extra kit OR be used to carry a roof tent.

If possible change your tyres to the more useful but less suited for speed Mud and Snow tyres, they will give you more grip than ordinary high speed road tyres.

If the budget will allow carry out a full engine service, OIL,FILTERS, LEADS, PLUGS etc, change all the DRIVE, FAN, PS and AIRCON belts for new ones but keep the old ones as spares.
Change the headlight bulbs and wiper blades for new ones as both slowly deteriate with age, but again keep the old ones as spares.

Your life can depend on your transport working when you need it, its important to keep spares such as Coolant hose tape, Cable Ties, Fuses, Hose Clips, Duct Tape, Light Sticks, Electrical connectors etc.
Coolant, Screenwash, PS fluid, Gearbox oil, Engine oil, Brake Fluid are also essentials.

You really want a comprehensive list of decent quality tools to go with your vehicle, Spanners and wrenches, torx, allen and other  drivers, philips, posi and flat drivers, torque wrench, pliers and grips, hammer and of course the workshop manual.

These speak for themselves
Jump Leads, Tow Rope, High Lift Jack (and board for it to stand on), Shovel, Prybar, Axe, Sand Mats, Bungy Elastics, Paracord, Nylon tie down rope or straps.

Drink Water Containers (minimum 20 litres)
Fuel Jerry Cans   (Minimum 2 x 20 litres)
Funnel or spout for each of the containers
Portable Camp Cooker plus gas canisters
Sleeping Bags
Prepacked Food Supplies
Medical kit
Maps and Driving Glasses
Porta-potti plus chemicals if space allows (mainly panel van drivers only have enough room)
Hygiene kit
Cooking utensils
Up to date road Atlas and Maps
Flashlights and Spare Batteries

This is NOT a definitive list, not is it an ideal list, but it is a list of jobs you can tackle or have done, coupled to items you can obtain to greatly improve the odds of your reaching your destination in one piece.