posted on Nov, 8 2012 @ 08:12 AM
Pros and Cons either way. And not all survival situations are SHTF situations where you have to make it in a post-apocalyptic Mad Max world. That said
let's look at some things.
With a Truck/Jeep trailer combo you have the freedom to park the home and drive the puller. With the Class B or Class C (which is what we are talking
about even if it is a conversion van) you have to either drive that everywhere or have an escort vehicle driven by someone else. If you are downsizing
from an apt or small 1 BR house that you rented or possibly owned, then the van looks suspicious when you drive it to work everyday. You may have to
answer questions that you would rather now answer. Also consider that your puller vehicle will have better fuel efficiency than your van for everyday
driving. So if your situation is economic in today's world, and you have a good and proper place to park the trailer, it is your better bet. If you
don't have a good parking spot, the van is less conspicuous. Another thing to consider is that if you have a Class B or even Class A RV, you can pull
a trailer that has a traditional car, motorcycle or scooter making some of my above points moot.
For a SHTF/Bug Out situation. The smaller van has several advantages. Less chance of a flat tire since less tires are on the road. Far more
maneuverable for smaller roads or sudden detours. The trailer can be prestocked and prepped for immediate hook up and go. But so can the van if it is
not your only vehicle and you are willing to abandon your main car.
In both cases, either one can hold a considerable amount of items and heavy items versus a BOB and bicycle/horse/foot traveling. However in a SHTF,
fuel and mechanical difficulties will be your worst enemy. Hurricane Sandy has shown this with gas going for a reported $25/gal on Craigslist.
All and all, I am starting to lean towards a motorcycle with a trailer as my personal option for Bug Out or general camping. Which means a 500cc motor
minimum (750cc and up recommended) in order to have a decent towing power. That option is an expense that I am unwilling to make right now. Personally
I am pretty happy with the Mustang. 15 gallon tank, 28 MPG on the highway at 67 MPH last summer. Trunk was large enough for a huge tent, chair, cot,
two rifles, ammo, backpack, box of goodies/gifts, bag of cordless tools and circular saw in a case (forgot to unpack them ahead of time and didn't
want to walk back upstairs)...and I still had the back seat area and the passenger seat open for more items. The trunk on a 2004 Mustang isn't very
big but I was a master at Tetris.
Ultimately, a vehicle of any sort in a SHTF situation is a luxury item. Anything you have is a luxury item when it comes down to it except a good
knife. And that is carried in a sheath on your side. And when it comes down to a good knife, the old rule is that two is one and one is none. It
really is that important. You can make serviceable shoes if you have a knife. Any and everything else that you carry or own is just something to make