In a recent article I recommended that you get either a Chevy or Toyota Landcruiser as your Bug-out truck for evacuation to your safe house in the days before December 21, 2012. But the following modifications will make it a much more capable companion in the rough:
Suspension lift kit
Secure storage locker
Extra spot lights
Hand held floodlight and spotlight
Extra fuel tanks
Backup heavy duty battery
Aluminium roof platform with a ladder up
A complete set a hand-tools and sockets
Factory and Haynes service manuals
Waterproof heavy duty flashlights
Regular coveralls, insulated coveralls, cold weather gear
Propane torch, solder and flux
Spare heater, fuel, radiator, and vacuum hoses
Electrical wire in a selection of gauges
Selection of electrical connectors and cable-ties
Electrical tape, duct tape
Hand-type wood saw, axe, compact and full size shovel
Spare fuel pump, water pump, and thermostat
Complete set of belts
Spare rear drive shaft
Spare front driveshaft
Short side drive axle
Differential cover for front axle
Gaskets for both differential covers
Full-time hub gears and covers for front axles
Spare spark plugs, cap and rotor on spare distributor
Spare spindle for front axle, complete with bearings and seals
Spare bulbs (stop, turn, and interior)
Spare universal joints
High lift jack
Air hose for compressor
Impact wrench for lug nuts
Air chuck for filling tires
Tire repair kit
Factory jack and crank rod
Portable trolley jack
Winch attachments (land anchor, tree saver)
Shovels and spades
Large heavy-duty tarpaulins
Backup First Aid Kit
Heavy duty ratchet tie-down straps
General purpose rope
You also need to modify yourself a little too before you can confidently head off into the wilderness.
Taking your vehicle into the wilderness requires a different set of skills to burning down the highway. They aren’t difficult to master, but you do need instruction on how to wade through rivers and mud holes, safely negotiate steep climbs and descents, traverse steep slopes and use your winch effectively. The good news it’s hell of a lot of fun learning all this stuff. In fact for hundreds of thousands of people it’s their favourite weekend sport.
Bush Mechanic skills.
In 2012 you will be your own mechanic – so you need to be able to perform basic field maintenance on your vehicle including knowing how to replace vulnerable parts like drive shafts, hoses and electrical parts. Haynes workshop manuals are great, but experience working on your vehicle now will make you a much more competent and confident survival mechanic. I also wouldn’t hurt to go to night classes too. You’ll learn how to use tools properly and how the bits and pieces of an engine and drive train all go together.
Your mobile workshop.
You’ll also need to carry a hefty list of spares about your Bug-out vehicle. With these on board you’ll be prepared to overcome most of the likely mechanical problems – short of blown motors and transmissions. There is a lot there, but if you want to be confident of getting to where you’re heading you can’t afford to skimp on spares and tools.
With this fully stocked mobile workshop and the modifications you’ve made to your vehicle and to your driving and mechanical skills you’ll be practically unstoppable when it comes time to evacuate your family before 21 December 2012.