Good SHTF Vehicles

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  1. thefrontsight

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    What are your thoughts on a good vehicle? Im new to thinking about this so this is what seems like the priorities would be: (not necessarily in the order of priority)

    1. Reliability
    2. Inconspicuous
    3. Fuel Efficient
    4. Storage (first aid, chain saw, tools etc)
    5. Ability to move all members of the family

    Not a priority
    1. Camo paint
    2. Winch
    3. 4x4 (how often are you in 4x4 really?)
    4. AC
    5. Zombie response stickers

    Given this premise, it seems like a good inexpensive vehicle for SHTF would be a common minivan.

    Thoughts??
     
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    Other than the fuel efficient thing, I’d suggest an older Toyota Sequoia.
    And I think 4wd IS a priority.
     
  3. MilitantBEEMER

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    Absolutely agree! The Older Sequoia is a GREAT rig for the money!
     
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  4. thefrontsight

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    My parents have a newer one and it rides like a basketball balanced on top of a thimble. Did the older ones handle ok?
     
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  5. Reno911

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    Get a subaru and throw a "I'm with her" sticker on it.
     
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  6. Meridian7750

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    5,000 lbs
    4 wheel drive
    Torque-rich V-8
    Top heavy
    Loaded with your family and gear (“chain saw and tools”)
    Posted in the “prep and survival” section.


    And you’re concerned about how it handles?
     
  7. thefrontsight

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    Yes! My parents handles so poorly you would expect it on its side. Its gotta be stable.
     
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  8. ItsLunchBOX

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    Maybe a 4runner?
     
  9. Joe13

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    4x4 is gonna come in handy when the roads are in grid lock and the soft grass on the sides is the only way your going anywhere...

    I got nowhere better then home to be so it's not a worry for me.
     
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    I would say 4 runner with roof rack depending on family size.

    A white utility van that had 4x4 could check all the boxes....
     
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  11. Joe13

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    Almost bought one.... but they aren't made for large people - my shoulders are wider then the seats and the headrest only goes to the middle of my neck
     
  12. thefrontsight

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    Thats true.
     
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  13. ItsLunchBOX

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    Haven't been in a newer one but one of my dad's friends has an '84 he bought brand new and has been using it as a daily driver since then. Like a half million miles on the thing, no major issues and still rolling.
     
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  14. thefrontsight

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    Thats a win! Its not something that you can dig out of the barn and expect it to work.
     
  15. Joe13

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    I won't argue they are great vehicles, just not ergonomicly suited for larger people.
     
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    A Toyota Prius
     
  17. ItsLunchBOX

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    :s0051:
     
  18. ItsLunchBOX

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    the ergonomics must have changed since '84. My Dad's friend isn't a small fella.
     
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  19. thefrontsight

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    I owned a Toyota Tacoma 4x2 with a canopy. It was great. I wish I still had it. The only draw back from it was that I couldnt fit everyone if I had to. Though I could have stacked them in the bed I suppose :)
    The canopy had a locking cabnet in the roof above the windows so it couldnt be seen.
    Alas, It wont fit 5 though.
     
  20. Argonaut

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    I have 1/2 a dozen real 4X4 vehicles. Nothing tickey tacky Oriental stuff except my quads. I am curious where people think they are going to go..........we are very prepared here st the ranch and have no reason to go anywhere. Why would you live in a place that you don’t feel secure. When I lived in an urban area these were my houses AE2A1DC8-FEB4-4E20-9EA7-2905ED385C7B.jpeg 1375DBC3-9B23-4C9E-803E-BF97DA62BAA3.jpeg . I went through 4 major earthquakes and didn’t even wake up. It isn’t like you are trying to accomplish some sort of military objective. Why wouldn’t you prepare to shelter in place? People trying to invade my rural neighborhood are likely to get shot.
     

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