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Old 12-15-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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My DH and I live on the road in a semi ( has basically a RV attached with kitchen and bathroom/shower ) until we buy a new place it's home. Have some things in storage but won't help if SHTF while we are on the road. We have regular kitchen items and truck tools but....thinking maybe a hatchet, fire starter, water filter tablets and crank radio maybe good ideas? Any other suggestions? Weight and space are still issues...food we can only do about a weeks worth of regular food so maybe a bucket of a months freeze dried food? What is a good general website for those types of things we could order and have delivered to our kids apartment before we go for holidays?



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Old 12-15-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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Your situation is not unlike most "snow birds" You travel with the seasons and have no real permanent home. Your transportation is your bug out location so to speak. Freeze Dried Food is about your only option if weight becomes a big issue. You might also want to look into rice and dried beans in Mylar bags and buckets. A really good water filter system is a must for you. Extra fuel is a big concern if it were me. Most Semi Trucks are not the most fuel efficient vehicles on the road and with road delays your range may be dramatically cut short.

Do you tow a smaller get around town car or pickup behind your rig? If so is that your get away option? Best wishes to you and safe travels. GB



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GB,

Thanks for ideas. No other vehicle being towed. We are already 74ft long and weight is huge issue...due to such a big sleeper behind us. Any suggestions on best website to get crank radio, water tablets, fire starters...some of the basics ? So many different sites....are they all pretty much the same?

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Old 12-15-2012, 05:25 PM   #4
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amazon is best to find the best deals. I put together so's bob that way. Now to get it to him.....hasnt been through in over 4 months LOL and dont look like will be through till after the first of the year. Oh well I got it if I need LOLOLOLOL

A good bag to carry the stuff..I love the miltec bags they have places to clip all kinds of stuff and are tough. d clips and make sure to get a couple s clips...helps items lay flat/ flush truckers friend with sheath. stormproof matches as a last resort in fire starting.

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amazon is fine or Ebay. Many things can just be picked up at a Walmart(including some FD food).

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see if you have covert storage areas in the sleeper that accessible .... for example, does the headliner remove eazly? .... the mattress takes up a broad area, can you make a false bottom under it? .... packs of dehydrated food and emergency bars store fairly flat ....

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I have spent some time in a truck away from home too, Things that i can think of : some kind of stove, maybe gelled fuel, wind up led lights , Do you have an APU, that would be handy for keeping the batteries charged etc. Simple things like a tire plug kit, air hose and a can of either (to reseat beads) A bit expensive but a spare ECM and a crank sensor. If you had to go somewhere bobtail, the fuel range should get you anywhere you need to go.
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When you have a few minutes check out that episode of Doomsday preppers. It has a prepper trucking couple and they may give you a few good ideas.

Like them I"d suggest a few caches along your usual routes. Either with friends or family or even a couple rented storage units. Make sure to stop and fill up a little more often than most truckers just to keep yourself with more fuel in an emergency. And I"d conentrate heavily on BOB's as I suspect in a real crisis you are going to need to abandon the truck and head on foot to somewhere hopefully you have a cache and reasonable well preppared location. There are several good threads on here already about making bobs. you will need to keep in mind you don't know what geographic region you'll be in so you'll have to cover cold to hot wet to dry, etc. Anyway check out the show then see how many more questions you have as they will give you alot to chew on.
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Is there space under the trailer to mount a storage box? This could be accessed through a hatch in the floor or from underneath.


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Thanks for all the ideas...ordered some items today. Hopefully we will have a place to head to before SHTF. Working on that. Hopefully in the next 9 months...hoping the economy lasts long enough for us to buy a new place. Looking the whole time we are on the road....have found some great places but want to pay all other debts first so can pay cash (mostly) for new place. I can't wait. Definitely will be ditching the trailer if things get bad....we are flatbed drivers so at least we aren't in fear of the truck being a target! In the beginning anyway..... :eek




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