Guest Post: A differant take on a G.O.O.D vehicle

[NOTE from Rourke: If you do not know – G.O.O.D. stands for Get Out of Dodge]

Most people that read this blog are of the prepping mindset . We want to be able to take care of ourselves in the event the SHTF. A lot of us have spouses that may think we worry needlessly. I stumbled onto something that brought my wife on board for a lot of my prepping. It was a G.O.O.D. vehicle in the form of a camper.

In the last 20 years I’ve had 2 travel trailers, 1 C class motor home and a pop up. All worked well for camping but I would not like to use any of them for an escape vehicle. They all have one thing in common – POOR mileage and limited maneuverability. We wanted something light that was easy to pull so I went online and I found the world of Teardrops. I fell in love with this website and read and read http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/index.php . I found this build site and used a modified version of his http://www.teartime.com/. I needed 2 doors and smaller windows so I made them myself to save cost. The attached photo is of Teartimes build. Mine is close but red. My survival pod is 4×8 x4 wide and I am no beanpole. I am 6ft – 265 lbs and wife is 5ft 5 in about 145 {don’t want to get cut off so you fellows know that math}. Plenty of room for us in the pod. Lots of storage in the rear hatch.

I put in a 12 volt system with fans, DVD/CD player, a charging station for batteries, cellphone and computer. I have 2 – 20 watt solar panels I put outside in the sun . We keep 10 gallons of water in it as well as 10 days worth of can food and a 12 volt cooler for food is in back. I could keep listing but its as complete a small package as you can want.

A teardrop is light. Mine is only 400 lbs empty about 550lbs fully loaded for a weeks camping. I pull it with an eclipse convertible (wife likes styling when we are away) or a 4cyl. ford ranger . Both get over 24 mpg with it on road. When the SHTF the inside will hold our guns, ammo, and 20 5 gallon buckets with room to spare. Our G.O.O.D. bags are already in it. Most our other stuff is used on trips and I keep the extra stored in it also. Ours is fitted with a tongue box that is just a 36 gallon tote bolted to the frame which holds our food and water for 10 to 14 day trips.

My wife has never been a prepper but she is a avid camper. In the teardrop she has a new stove, a LED lantern, and starter logs for a fire. She keeps extra clothes and blankets in it. Now when I see a piece of neat gear its for the teardrop 🙂 . Our G.O.O.D teardrop sits packed and ready to go at any time it takes 10 minutes to add the guns/ammo and food buckets and we are on the road. Since I finished it in May we have taken 5 week long trips and 5 weekend trips.

I spent $600 on it and think its been worth every penny. I prep for life after a collapse but have found the prepped-out teardrop has been fun for our family .

P.S. Kids go in the tent if they want to go.

Give it some thought.

Gary in Bama


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4 Comments

  1. Hey, I just started working on something similar. I am stuck in a situation where I would need to bug-out, and I have a cargo trailer sitting around that I don’t use much. I’m thinking of turning it into a survival base on wheels. It would add a lot of weight behind my pickup but it would get us out the door much faster.

    I want to outfit mine with solar panels, a gasifier, and a communications suite (besides things like, you know, food and water). I also hope to make my a bit hardened, so its at least as hard as a normal house, maybe harder.

    I think a BOT (bug-out-trailer) may be a really useful thing for those who would need to bug-out, and would make camping trips more interesting.

  2. I just hit on the same idea myself a few days ago. I have an old travel trailer I was planning on striping to a flatbed. I decided instead to gut it, line the inside with R-Max insulation, purpose-designed shelving, and some amenities. I have a very small house and wifey hates the lack of room for stocking up. We can use the trailer for storage if nothing else. We plan on hunkering in but if we need to leave it would only take a few minutes to throw most non-stored items, BOBs, hook up and go.
    We have an emergency BOL available. The trailer will hold most of what we would need for long term, and provide shelter while building a permanent structure.
    I need to put plans to paper. Your post just made me feel better about my idea. Thanks.

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