The post says survival . . . not what I would need to be able to boondock in the style that would make me want to do it more.
I divide survival into two different types -- survival from the wilderness, and bugging out to the wilderness to survive. I will only address the former.
There are two areas I boondock in. At the bare minimum, I want to be able to go for help. In one area it is 1 mile to a farmhouse. In the other it is 6 miles. So I want good waterproof boots and breathable raingear. In case I am injured, it might take a while to get that far so I want my fanny pack (which has a small survival kit in it), GI canteen with cup, stove, and trioxane, along with my Hiker Pro filter and some instant rice. I would also take a tarp and a GI sleeping pad for shelter. I would also take two Glocks -- models 81 and 20, the latter so if I am injured I don't become prey. A small folding saw would round out my ability to have heat and shelter.
If I think I can get out in the truck, I might need my 4' crosscut saw, my bypass loppers (makes clearing a tree from the road easier and faster), leather work gloves, safety glasses, chisel, hatchet, granddaddy's fence stretcher, and the third Glock (entrenching tool). If I think I might try to get the trailer out, I would also add a pole saw to this ensemble.
After reading all the post in this thread got to thinking, I grew up in the mountains of N. Georgia and S. Tennessee at my grandfathers place. Ater what most folks are taking boondocking, I must have boondocked until I was about 18 years of age with alot less.
Same here but now that I'm older and wiser I want the bells & whistles. My toyhauler has everything I need for a week in the woods. If I had to use a campground I would sell the toyhauler and rent a hotel rm, drive an F150 with small trlr for the buggie.
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We boondock for four months every Winter in AZ on BLM ground. We haul extra water in a 45 gal. Water bladder (from Camping World) using a shurflo 12V pump. We added 405 Watts Solar and two very large (430 AH) 6 volt batts. (Fall River). We run every thing in the MH from a 2500 W Inverter. Good luck.
I'm a newbie here and just to keep this thread active....
Most of my boondocking/dry camping is 7-15 days of fishing in the early spring or hunting in the late fall. It is usually 40-60 miles to the nearest town, temps to 15*F at night and there is always the threat of snow. Therefore, I would never, ever think of using sets of 2 volt or 6 volt batteries in my TT because of 1 simple fact. Batteries die.
If 1 of a set of 2 volters dies, I can not sustain the TT. If 1 of a pair of 6 volters dies, I can not sustain the TT. If the truck battery dies, I can start it but it will not get me to town unless I take 12 volts worth of TT batteries with it. So, I match the size of my TT batteries to the size in the TV and mix/match if needed. Of course, your mileage may very.