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Old 01-24-2013, 6:36 PM
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Sell the RV and get a trailer. Trailers, due to not having the power train of the RV make better use of their space. Also should things get dicey you can ditch the trailer and keep going in the RV. Taking both the RV and the Tahoe would be a huge waste of gas. Taking just the RV limits you when you stop. No making short runs without having to take the whole house with you.

I've been looking at the same issues myself and I'm going with an early 80's full size ford bronco and a 24" trailer. I'd like to get a toy hauler. Not that I have any toys but I like the loading ramp and full storage area of a toy hauler. If we can't shelter in place I can take all my supplies, wheel them right up the ramp, shut the door and go!
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Old 01-29-2013, 8:55 PM
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Both is the best answer but I think the Tahoe because it is a common vehicle which means you would be able to salvage parts from other abandoned tahoes if repairs were needed. Tires would probably be easier to find also.
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I'd pick a good high clearance 4x4, it'll enable you to take fireroads, trails, railway tracks, etc out of a disaster area.

Learn how to drive it off road in dynamic terrain, keep good AT or MT tires on it, ideally look for a vehicle with a rear locking differential and know how to operate it and the transfercase in the appropriate terrain.

I recommend these books for 4 wheelers:

http://www.amazon.com/4-Wheel-Freedo...=off+road+book

http://www.amazon.com/Four-Wheelers-...d_bxgy_b_img_y

One of the authors commented how his toyota 4wd saved his family during a tornado, as he was able to transverse a ditch and go across a farmers field to escape a Tornado while people in cars were stuck on the pavement unable to escape.

An RV would be ok if you were in Hurricane country and have advanced warning, but for places where a disaster can strike at random, a few bug out bags and a good 4x4 that is always kept topped up on fuel will be your best bet.

If you are single, and don't have a family unit to transport a dirt bike would even be a better bet as a backup.

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Old 01-30-2013, 2:02 PM
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If speed is not an issue.. perhaps you should look into what I have.

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Old 01-30-2013, 6:29 PM
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Why are people so worried about having extra parts for their bug vehicle? Chances are you will be out of gas for some time before u need a new alternator.

But to the OP, I know you said you didnt want to get another vehiclem. But maybe consider a suzuki samurai or something simular. They tow easy, great offroad and are little 4 cylinders.

Or just stock up on gas cans and take both vehicles
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Why are people so worried about having extra parts for their bug vehicle? Chances are you will be out of gas for some time before u need a new alternator.
If you do a lot of off road driving, parts break, and its routine for a dedicated off roader to carry a bin of parts with them for field fixes. I've ratchet strapped together cracked control arms in the middle of Utah in order to get back to civilization.

Even in my sedans trunk, I keep a selection of fluids, 2 fan belts, and a few misc odds and ends to fix crap on the freeway. Just small stuff.

On my Hummer, I have two hardigg cases, one of tools and fluids, and the other one of spare parts up to and including a spare transfer case. Unless the transmission or engine block cracks, I can fix everything else on the trail.

Knock on wood the worst I ever had to fix on my rig was a blown power steering hose. In my case I spend days out in the desert with 1-2 other trucks so if I break down there's no AAA tow home or NAPA to get parts from.

Some form of common parts and fluids would be good to have in any vehicle especially in a disaster evacuation.

And as Lex noted, a M35 is a great bug out truck if you got the space to park it, especially if you live semi rural.

I'd like to get a M35A3 down the road.

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Old 02-05-2013, 1:12 PM
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Thanks for all the input. Once again though, I'm not interested in getting another vehicle. I want to work with what I have.. I not really worried about road warrior type Apocalypse. Just get out of town into the mountains, and survive for a while. If the RV offers me some comfort and convenience with 2 little girls and a wife, then that seems like a good choice. I have plenty of ability to protect whats mine. I do feel though that I might either take the tahoe with a second driver, or tow my motorcycle for resource runs..
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