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Bug Out Vehicle Article PICTURE HEAVY

Post by skyreep » Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:14 am

This is an article I found on the Willow Haven Outdoor Website showing his BOV, so all credit goes to Creek over there, the only I would do to this bad boy is throw in a 4bt diesel cummings. Enjoy =)
1968 Ford Bronco. I went for a more earth-tone color with this truck – Matte Brown.
The custom roof cage allowed me to pack tons of gear on top and the custom swing-away rear cage allowed me to store over 20 gallons of extra fuel – in addition to the Bronco’s stock DUAL fuel tanks. That was plenty to get me to my BOL. I could have used a couple of those rear containers as water storage if needed as well.


I cleared the back of the Bronco to allow for gear storage. It was plenty of space for supplies and even an extra person or 2 if necessary. I mounted a Hi-Jack just behind the rear seats. Because of the lift on the truck a normal jack wouldn’t work even on flat ground.

The custom brush guard would have served it’s purpose well. I mounted off-road lights on this guard for added visibility.
My favorite thing about this truck (and all older trucks for that matter) is that I am comfortable working on the engine. It had a no frills carbeurated 289 engine with a manual 3 speed. I don’t claim to be a mechanic, but I could get my way around this engine pretty well and I liked that. I could fix about anything with a pair of plyers and a screwdriver.
My thoughts:
- Excellent off road vehicle
- Enough storage for me
- Easy to work on
- Maybe not enough storage for a family
- Low MPG
- Older truck so more problems

The 5 BOV Essentials!

If the study of survival (whether it be primitive, urban or disaster) is your thing, then you’ve probably at least thought about a BOV. For guys especially, it’s fun to dream about these vehicles and how to outfit them with mods that up your buggin’ out chances. I’m asked quite frequently if I own a BOV and the answer is YES. In the past few years, I’ve owned a few actually. As my needs and thoughts change, I update and change my Bug Out Vehicle. I enjoy working with vehicles and I enjoy survival – so the marriage of the 2 is a very fun and rewarding hobby for me. You can see some pics of my current and past Bug Out Vehicles here. But first, I’d like to briefly cover what I consider the 5 Essential Elements of a BOV.

This is pretty much common sense. Your BOV must be reliable and it must be equipped with the proper tools and parts for emergency maintenance. Below is a basic check-list of items you need to have in your BOV:
- SPARE TIRE (or 2)
- Nice solid Jack & Lug Wrench
- Extra fluids (oil, transmission, power steering fluid, brake, coolant, etc)
- Oil Filter
- New Replacement Serpentine Belt
- Spare Hoses
- New Battery
- Maintenance tools to replace the above mentioned parts
- Trickle Charger
- Work Gloves
If you know your BOV is in good working order you really shouldn’t need a whole trunk full of spare auto parts to get you to your destination. On a side note to this 1st Element – you should know how to work on your BOV. That may mean that you have to practice. My personal BOV is a 1972 Bronco. A big reason for this is that I can pretty much fix anything that goes wrong with the engine. Modern vehicles equipped with computers and 1000′s of parts can be very difficult to work on. This is definitely something to consider.

Your BOV must be able to go off road. 4-wheel drive is a must. Most SUVs are probably sufficient enough to do the trick. If you are ever in a situation when you actually need to use your BOV, my guess is that it’s not a far stretch to imagine that you might have to take it off road. Having a wench (or 2) would be nice, but those can be pricey. You might be able to find a good used one on EBAY or CRAIGSLIST. At the very minimum, store a COME-A-LONG and 50 feet of chain. Nice solid tready tires are a good idea for snow & mud. Keeping a set of traction devices in your vehicle is a good idea too.

Tire Traction Device
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A friend of mine told me that you can use scrap carpet pieces in the same way. The bottom rough side gives excellent traction.

What’s the point of having a BOV unless it has the fuel range to get you to your destination. Your BOV should have a full tank of gas at all times. More than likely, your Bug Out Trip is not going to be a straight and easy uninterupted path to your destination. You might have detours, traffic jams and possibly off road situations. It’s a good idea to know exactly how much fuel you will need to get you to your BOL. After you know that, you need 4X this much stocked on your BOV – either in an aftermarket large capacity fuel tank or seperate 5 gallon fuel cans. No fuel means no driving. You would be naive to think that pulling over for a fill-up is going to be an option.

Clearly, you need cargo space to transport you and your loved ones. But you also need to calculate in enough space for Bug Out Bags and other essential items that should be in your BOV including shelter, food, weapons, water, maintenance tools and gas, etc… Roof racks and add-on cargo baskets are great solutions to storage problems. I’m not a big fan of towing a trailer with your BOV but if you have to you will need to make sure you have a heavy duty hitch that will take some off road beatings. Below is a picture of one of my previous BOVs. The custom roof cage provided plenty of overhead cargo storage space.

This topic is not just 1 item. It is a category that encompasses a variety of items that I dubb as SUPPLIES. The whole point of a BOV is to get you from A to B. In my opinion your BOL should be no farther than an 8 hour drive (preferably less) from your home. Theoretically, it should only be a 2-3 hour drive. I say this because just in case your BOV can’t get you there, you are going to be walking and any walk more than a 2-3 day hike is really pushing it – especially if you have a family. Your Bug Out Bag should already contain most of your 72 Hour Survival needs. The supplies in this category are in addition to the supplies already in your BOB. This is not necessarily a complete list. I am always changing and adapting my kits – it’s what I call a ‘live’ list. In no particular order your Point A to Point B vehicle kit should include:
- Full sized axe or full sized saw for clearing brush/cutting wood
- Flares / Signaling Devices
- Shovel
- Fire Extinguisher
- More extensive First Aid Kit than what is in your BOB
- Bolt Cutters
- Heavy Duty Crowbar
- Working CB Radio
- Basic Tool Kit (self explanatory)
- Vehicle Manual
- Clean drinking water – as much as you can store
- Local paper maps
- Shotgun & 100 shells (70 pcs. 00 Buck, 20 pcs. Bird Shot, 10 pcs. Slug)
- Extra batteries for any battery powered tools
- 2 Flashlights – MAG
- Binoculars
- Fishing Gear (just because it packs tight and weighs almost nothing)
- 2 sets of clothing per person (should already be in Bug Out Bag)
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Post by fungusmunkey » Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:40 am

Needs A/T tires. Those look like crap traction anywhere but the road.

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Post by Heimdall » Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:42 pm

I know guys that drive there mudders on road tires, and keep mud tires for playing on separate rims to keep from eating them up on the road. Looking at his spare I'm thinking that might be the case.
I might be in the basement. I'll go upstairs and check.

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Post by Gingerbread Man » Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:47 pm

That's a cool rig there. Do like, do want. :D

Better? :oops:
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Post by cowboyfromhel86 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:11 pm

lol its not his read bro :lol:

I dont think the rear tire looks anybetter for offroading lol that being said this thing is AWESOME :twisted:
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Post by WESBC » Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:07 pm

damn, im loving those slats in the rear cargo area.

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Post by jandderson89 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:42 am

wow, looks great

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Post by yadayada » Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:18 pm

Very nice!

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Post by grumpyviking » Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:04 am

any larger vehicle wont make it around here, we have narrow, deep, rural roads, in many places 1 vehicle wide, I have seen larger vehicle stuck on the first bend or corner they come to, we also have 6 ft deep ditches and granite walls.
what is needed here is a smaller, faster vehicle that can get around obstacles without stopping or reversing.
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