posted on Sep, 21 2009 @ 12:11 AM
My BOV is a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. 4.5" lift, 33x12.50 tires, 5.2L V8. Not the greatest choice but I needed a new car, and just kept this one
around as a "spare" for when we have one in the shop. Now it's just my off-road toy and BOV.
If you're looking to buy something specifically as your BOV, here's some things I would consider:
How many people are you taking with you? (BIGGEST question!)
IMO, you want something that can carry 4-5 people PLUS all your gear. It may start out as just you & your wife, or just you, but there may be friends
or family members at your house when SHTF, or nearby begging for help, you may feel obligated to help them. If not, then you've got room for more
gear. If you get a pickup make sure it has a bed cover, topper, something to keep the weather & thieves out.
You want something that can carry all your people plus all your gear, without a trailer. Trailer is a bad idea. Ditch the trailer. It cuts down on
your maneuverability big-time in navigating the obviously congested roadways during SHTF. Cuts down on your fuel economy and leaves lots of gear open
to theft just sitting there on the trailer. Personally, if it were me, I plan on sticking to the back roads, and when I encounter traffic I'm just
driving through the grass/ditch/mud/field and going around. Can't drive through a mud bog with a trailer.
Diesel is better on longevity, dependability and mileage. Once you've made it to your hidey-hole you can make your own diesel with vegetable oil, or
maybe convert to WVO (waste vegetable oil). That being said tho I think diesel will be one of the first things to disappear during SHTF. Gasoline is
far, far more prevalent and available in America. YMMV. Around here at least, if I randomly selected 10 gas stations around town only one or two of
them would even carry diesel.
Alot of people are bagging on Jeeps here but I think they're great. Short wheelbase provides great maneuverability, there are LOTS of them on the
road to scavenge for parts, and pretty easy to fix yourself. 70's model CJ's are the best. My 1995 Grand Cherokee has been through hell and back,
twice, and hasn't broken or got stuck yet with over 160k on the clock.