Good SHTF Vehicles

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  1. Mister Bisley

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    Another great point @Argonaut. It’s moments like that, that make it apparent that the fabric of our country is strong. In a SHTF scenario, a strong community makes us much less vulnerable than going at it alone. Strength in numbers
     
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  2. DuneHopper

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    I would say that a good 90% of people are good, of that 90% maybe 60 would lend a brother a hand.
    I will and still help people, but I am pretty jaded as well where I once was not. Not sure why I help people been screwed allot by people mostly because they were in a place one should assume trust can be found such as Church, Clubs and Family all who have screwed me for thousands yet I think that has helped me Identify the Bullbubblegumzers with out tilting my own hand. To digress there may come a time you will have to ask or give help it can be touchy especially being the fact in SHTF situation many will be armed but that help you give may solidify a needed bond for survival. Society doesn't help either women look at men crosseyes now days due to the media projecting every man is a pedophile or rapist, so if SHTF it would be hard for some to get the help they need due to how society has framed many people. That said use caution and carry a big stick, air on the side of caution not paranoia.
     
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  3. Taco_lean

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    Yeah this is less gross.
     
  4. The Heretic

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    There are a number of variations on this.

    A folding bicycle, a folding electric bicycle, a bicycle with a trailer, a bicycle with a pusher trailer (the trailer is powered and pushes the bicycle) - all are good ideas. Always good to have a backup. When I was younger I often had my MTB in the back of my Scout Traveler as a backup and used it as such more than once. When I was going to college I either walked or rode to school more than I drove. I was in pretty good shape back then - it was 30 years ago and I have gone downhill since - figuratively. :-(
     
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  5. The Heretic

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    I am 6'6" tall and 260# and I fit into my Toyota pickup ok - but just ok. It is a supercab so the seat is all the way back. My Dodge is more comfortable. My Scout had horrible semi-bench seats. My Datsun:

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    Had a horrible bench seat.

    My Bronco II had decent seats, but it was unreliable; every year something electronic went wrong with it and cost me $500 to $1000. Then the transmission went out, got a rebuilt and that went out 40K miles later. When it worked it was fine, but I eventually got to where I did not trust it.
     
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  6. The Heretic

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    Unless a 2WD had chains or at least studs, traction control of some sort, when it snows (or there is black ice) it would not be able to get out of my driveway, much less up the hill to the public road.

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    I have driven all kinds of vehicles in all kinds of conditions for over 50 years, and having that extra traction up front makes a lot of difference when the traction is low, especially up an incline. How many times those rear wheels would start to spin and the vehicle just sat there going nowhere, then I put it in 4WD and move right out, I can't count.

    It is still easy to get stuck with 4WD, but it makes a big difference. No more 2WD only for me.
     
  7. Mainsail

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  8. The Heretic

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    Like this guy?

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    Oh - wait, you mean their speedometers?

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  9. bobdog308

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    there would be no vehicular travel of any significant distance. stay at home, hope you picked a good home. like argonaut said.
     
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  10. 41mag

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    I grew up in SW Idaho Outback learning how far/where/when 2WD could be counted on. Too poor then to afford 4x4....until my high school buddy came up with the first 45 Willys surplus rig...then the job was learning how far to be willing to walk back because the dern thing really DID break down beyond mere vice grips & hammer repairs...

    I can't recall even once we got stuck BECAUSE of 4x4 traction.
     
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  11. badbob85037

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    Back in the mid 80's my wife brought me home a 74 Chevy truck with the option of point ignition. Since that time I have replaced every thing except the power brake booster and the running gears with the 205 rock crusher transfer case. The last emission test it passed with the best readings, near zero, of anything I have ever put through their. It has been in two wreaks that sent a Ford Truck and a Trans Am to the graveyard, it's been rolled, and on every 4 wheel trail in the state. It's never left me stranded and never been in a shop. I take it out every other week shooting and lately it takes me a half hour on a freeway to get close to where I'm going. For 10 years I worked out of the truck. It's pulled a stuck semi with a 40 foot trailer out of the mud and throw a tree while it's driver applied the brake.

    Back when I was thinking about selling it I was setting in the passenger seat and read the option list on the glove box door.That's when I decided to rebuild the engine instead. Best move I ever made. I'll always own the truck and 20171101_132312.jpg I still have the wife. That's a 68 Chevy Impale setting next to it.
     
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  12. partsed

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    We can the Dodge Sphincters and the Ford Transit Vans-Transients
     
  13. badbob85037

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    That would be the best way to ride out anything except a flood.
     
  14. thefrontsight

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    Natural disaster is clearly a greater threat than nuclear war. Having said that ... im reconsidering the need for 4x4
     
  15. thefrontsight

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    The natural disaster threats in the PAC NW is clearly #1 Earthquake followed by #2 Volcano and then #3 unhappy hippys who throw bottles when they dont get free stuff.
     
  16. SKrueger

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    Good Call, you may never need it but if you do and don't have it you will be pissed at yourself. Mine has bailed me out many a time!;)
     
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    Wildfire?
     
  18. Ura-Ki

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    I had a Mercedes Sprinter as part of my fire company, we beat the living snot out of the thing, and it held up better then we thought it would, got damn good milege too! If it wasn' so beat, and worn out, I would have kept it and used it as my daily driver! It was very comfortable to drive long distances, nice and quiet, and would pull a large heavy trailer at above the speed limit during emergency response! That type of work is very hard on any equipment and is a testament to how well built these are! I think @Stomper has one as well, I'm sure he can tell you how he likes it! :)
     
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  19. thefrontsight

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    Its RARELY used (4x4) but with the #1 natural disaster threat being the kind of threat that rips up the roads....its what has made me reconsider.
     
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  20. 3MTA3

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    Our greatest threats are in Salem and Olympia.
     

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