I am in the process of looking for another vehicle after selling my previous “bug out” vehicle – a Chevy Blazer ZR2. My thoughts on what to get and what might be the best bug-out vehicle is beginning to change.
Previously – I had based my needs something that could haul my family of 4 as well as a trailer. Off road capabilities were always considered a must.
Why off-road? I just envisioned blocked roads requiring the ability to take alternate routes as well as the ever possibility of severe winter weather (snow).
Generally – the off-road 4×4 SUV’s do not get the nest gas mileage. My previous vehicle only would get about 16 miles per gallon at best.
With the thought that limited fuel supply will be available – and the distance to my bug-out location is approx 3.5 hours away – fuel efficiency is something to consider.
With the pre-stocking of my bug-out location to be the plan – the need to carry large amounts of supplies is not totally necessary.
Although there is no way to predict any TSHTF event – economic collapse is what is truly on my mind and in my plans.
I suspect that as collapse become imminent – the signs will be there and relocation will take lace without the need for concern for 4 wheel drive off-road travel.
I know – too many assumptions I believe.
Well – what other options are there to a medium to large size SUV? First – a pickup truck can make a lot of sense.
A smaller truck – like the Ford Ranger – is capable of getting 20 miles to the gallon or more on the highway and can even be had with 4 wheel drive.
Cargo space is good. Drawbacks are limited space for a family of 4 people.
Another thought is to buy an economy car. Yes…..that is correct – an economy car. Something like a Ford Focus or Chevy Cavalier. Why? Gas mileage.
Being able to drive farther on limited supplies has definite benefits. Carrying the entire family is not an issue. Cargo space is very minimal. Subaru’s come with all-wheel drive.
Honestly – I can’t see myself standing in my driveway and called a Ford Escort my “bug-out vehicle”.
Important factor that I have failed to mention up to this point – my budget. I am looking to spend less than $6000. Another important factor – I am not very mechanically skilled. It is what it is.
Alright – I have considered 4×4 SUV’s, pickup trucks, and the economy car.
I know right now I am going to get a bunch of emails and comments telling me that I should look at old and big ex-military vehicles as well as early model of the Bronco (or something close).
Possibly. I also know that I will get emails and comments telling me that it is not a serious survival vehicle unless it it diesel. That is one school of thought.
This article is not for me to state what I recommend – circumstances are so different for each situation – not an easy task. For my situation – I am evaluating, considering, and determining.
I think one key factor – versatility – is critically important. I am leaning back towards something similar to what I had before – maybe something like a Jeep Cherokee. Depends on what kind of deal I find.
Your opinions are welcome –