We all know that the TC is a great RV, of course. What I love about the TC is that it is so versatile. You can do so much with one that you can't with other classes of RV. I wish I wouldn't have taken so long to find this out.
You probably already know that the TC, makes a great Family Emergency Vehicle (as TC Magazine likes to call it) or Bug Out Vehicle. I've written another article that addresses this fact and about being prepared.
This is a very intersting topic. I've considered or wondered maybe even planned what I'd do in the event I needed to pack up the fam and go. We all know where we'd gather/meet in order to be safe and well away from anyone or any threat to a place where one could relaiably live off the land and not near large masses of people. The destination for us is a rather long ways away.
This being said, the most valuable things in the world in the event of a MAJOR dissaster (lets think as in movie alien attack proportions) that results in a mass evacuation or an every man for themselves scenario would be Food/Water, Bullets and Fuel. The problem I always face is.. Fuel.. In my scenario with my safe place I'd need more than a tank of fuel.. 4 times the fuel pulling an RV if not.. So.. You then need to ask yourself.. Do you leave the RV or take it and hopes you get the gas on the road?
Hey Mello Mike - I wrote a fairly long response to you on your other thread about best boondocking RV, but then ended up not posting it. It was a bit too long and rambling (like my normal posts.) But that is what the gist of it was....basically linking boondocking with the requirements for flexibility/versatility. To me, that is why it is the best for boondocking because of all the different ways you can set it up for any given trip to BFE/"the boondocks".
I concluded it with that comment from somewhere:
TCs: The Swiss Army knife of the RV world.
What more do you need in the boondocks, than a Swiss Army Knife?
We bug out of the Detroit area as often as possible because it's a perpetual disaster. Yes, we have zombies roaming the streets and far too often they try to get into your home or accost you on the street, the supermarket, Taco Bell, wherever.
We have lots of practice at bugging out and having the TC instead of our old TT made life soooooo much more enjoyable. Easier to maneuver through the daily carnage that's unleashed upon folks like us who are unfortunate enough to live in a traffic snarled, crime infested metropolis. I couldn't imagine trying to get outta Dodge in a TRUE emergency pulling that TT, OY!
To me, the TC is the most versatile travel vehicle there is. We've had and loved one for about 20 years but no more. DW had serious issues with the cabover bed, has been diagnosed with early Parkinson's, and we're both geezers and find more comfort with TTs. Still doesn't change what I said in the first sentence. As for an emergency: we live on acreage outside a small west Michigan tow. No possibility of a flood. We could hitch up one of our trailers but have no clue where we could go that would be safer than where we are.
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Can you imagine what gas prices would be like if everyone was "prepared" with a big honkin' 4x4, though?
Not sure if that was directed at me or not....but I don't know, I drive a diesel I do wish everyone else would prepare with a little 2WD with street tires so BFE would be empty for me to go explore by ourselves. And I also know I've spent entire half days helping other people field-repairing their vehicles to get out of BFE because they saw us and figured we had a lot of stuff to help them out with - they are usually surprised to find us with air tools, power tools etc.
If you always camp on pavement and in the summer, all you need is AAA. But go into the boondocks and you can be taking your life (or those of your rescuers/searchers) into your own hands.
I even learned a couple things all ready. Didn't even think of dust masks in the Bug Out Bag. An Israeli military gas mask is probably over kill for a volcano!! And I had not realized that unopened bottled water would last up to 1 year!!!
One thing your link to 72 hours did not mention for water storage is the water heater. Holds quite a few gallons of potable water. Not going to taste good but will keep you alive.
Owning both a TC and a TT, if at all possible and feasible depending on the disaster and my intended location, I would take my off road TT first. 60 gallons of water and much more room for supplies. Of course my TC is very tiny but better than an empty pickup bed if it came to that.
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Nah, not directed at you. I own an 8.1L gasoline-powered big honkin' 4x4 and I depend on the great unprepared masses who drive little compact cars to keep gas prices from going completely off the deep end (i.e. $10+/gal).