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Perfect bugout shelter?

bug out shelter, Range Camp, TSHTF, bugging out, TSHTF

I was recently contacted  by Expedition Range Camps as they thought the readers of might be interested in their products.

I think you might.

Visiting their website I found that what they carry a portable shelter that can be transported from one site to another. Similar to an RV/camper  – I found these things pretty cool.

Here is a description from one user of their Range Camp:

After learning of the use of a Range Camp (a modern version of the old sheep herder wagon) as a mobile retreat I was intrigued about the possibilities for my family and began to look into these old time ranch made campers.

My search led quickly to Expedition Range Camps LLC and their ruggedly built masterpieces of craftsmanship. Other than the price, the ability to house a family of four in a wilderness setting for extended periods of time fit my basic criteria of an urban dwellers emergency “house in the hills”.

Swallowing hard, dipping into my savings and selling my bass boat I came up with the price and placed my order for an 18 Foot Range Camp. It was the first of December of last year when we placed our order.

Delivery of the Range Camp was in early April of this year, just in time for our long planned summer trip to Alaska. The kids are home schooled and my job as a recruiter of medical personnel and my wife’s teaching of On-line classes allows my family to travel as the mood and funds become available. We wanted to let the kids see life outside of our large city setting and give them a sense of America’s greatness.

Our trip would be over ten thousand miles round trip and would extend from April to September so we could take in all of the major and many minor historical sites along the way. These kids just had to see the America of my patents and grandparents and learn the “old” ways of self-sufficiency. Lewis and Clarke’s route, sod houses, hand hewn log cabins, forts, water wheels, buffalo jumps, black smith shops, we wanted them to see how real people lived before this electronic age.

I was amazed at the storage capacity of the Range Camp as we began to load food, tools, clothing, bedding, books, laptops and other supplies. You could appreciate the sailing ship genealogy of this ranch camp wagon, every inch is utilized as if in a sailing ships cabin. Drawers, tables, berths, rod and gun storage, radios, dishes, all pull out from the clipper ship grade cabinetry; once used or loaded they slide back into place and are fastened with high grade stainless latches.

We wanted to check out several routes that would avoid as much of the turmoil as possible should our family would have to flee from Big Eastern City so crossings points of major rivers become the first point of study. These choke points need to be known and alternatives should be mapped.

We soon found ourselves in the Rocky Mountains and the High Desert parts of the American West. The Range Camp had continued to amaze us with its sturdy versatility. The solar panel and battery bank provided continues power for our lights, satellite phone and lap tops. We were firing up the wood stove in the evenings as we increased in elevation and the temperatures dropped.

We cooked either on the three burner range or on the external Camp Chef but the huge propane bottles on the Range Camp lasted most of the summer before having to be refilled.

The queen size bed and two pull-out twin beds were comfortable and practical. The bookshelf over the bed kept books, personal items and firearms in easy reach. The pull-out beds slid back into bench sitting for the table that emerged from its hiding place below the bed. The thought that goes into a Range Camp is amazing.

There are gravel roads that run hundreds of miles in Canada and all along the way these roads cross stream after stream. It is enough to put a fly fisherman into convulsions. The Range Camp provided safe housing in Grizzly bear country while we spent days in the Canadian wilderness.

We eventually fished, photographed, and wound our way to Alaska.

Everywhere we went people would want to know about our Range Camp and we would open the door and watch their look of amazement when they saw the craftsmanship and versatility of the interior.

If you are looking for a way to house you family in the event of an emergency, or want a off-road camper that will go any where a 4-wheel vehicle will go providing warm, safe comfort have a look at

For a bugout situation – these could work very nicely. A lot of possibilities.


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4 comments to Perfect bugout shelter?

  • Ken

    Just purchased a 2010 Timberline XL Range Camp, I think it is the best thing ever built. I looked at Expeditions camps but Timberline had a lot more features and their build time wasn’t nearly as long. My camp has an indoor and out door shower, will carry 50gal of fresh water and has gray and black water holding tanks which are a necessity for anyone who will spend anytime in a National Park. The staff a Timberline were very accommodating and they offer the best warranty. These are great camps!

  • Rourke

    Hi Ken –

    How about some pictures? Would love to post some.


  • Ken

    Hi Rourke,

    I’m not sure how to post picture here, if someone can tell me how I would be happy to post them. We went up and did some winter camping a couple of weeks ago. Had a great time, snowmobiling, and sitting around the wood-burner it was nice to come back to a warm camp. My wife took a lot of pictures of the camp, so I will post them as soon as I find out how.


  • Jake

    I saw these camps at the Sportsman’s Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah last year, the wood stove is tight. There was one that could haul an ATV on the front porch, and they did look like they could go about anywhere. High ground clearance and not much underneath to hang up. I have one on my wish list.