If you are not going anywhere why invest in a truck and trailer? You have to make up your mind what you are going to do and then get busy trying to make it a reality. You have three young girls and that may be a heavy burden on you in the future. Either start getting ready to bug out or get busy bugging in. ~Michael
First, thanks for the comment. This is a good question, one I asked myself in the original post. Why should I buy a trailer if I don't have a place to go? Well, at this point in my prepping, it seems like the next logical step in getting prepared. I have prepared to "bug in" about as much as I can (food, clothing, fuel, water, medical/dental, entertainment...) though we're never done preparing- now I am preparing for another contigency- the one where I cannot stay "bugged in." My girls are part of the equation, I don't consider them a burden, they are the reason I am doing this.
As much as I want to stay in my home with all the luxuries and ammenities of suburbia, there may come a time when I need to bug out, despite all my preparations to bug in. The time may come when I am forced to abandon my property in order to preserve my life and the lives of my family. That may be due to riots, gangs, fires, floods, marshall law, looters, etc....
I am well into my preparation for bugging in. So, now that I've crossed off much of those items off my list, I'm working toward preparing to bug out. How do you bug out?
I believe Michael said it best: You have to make up your mind what you are going to do and then get busy trying to make it a reality. The only thing is, I have to make up my mind what I'm going to do in each circumstance and then make it a reality.
That means having multiple contingency plans for multiple scenarios. Plan A, B, C...
I believe that an economic diaster that devolves into complete chaos is the most likely scenario (Patriots-type scenario). That will be the first scenario I plan for. Other scenarios may include pandemics, nuclear attack, terrorism, political changes...
Plan A for economic disaster for me is bugging in.
- Stay in my home as long as possible. Group together with my friends and church members and try to weather the storm. I have food, water and fuel for heat and cooking for a good while- with adequte defense agaist small armed non-military groups.
- If there is time, try to get to a rural community where I have friends or family (I have a few prospects here).
- If there is not time, try to get to a forested area (one that I've pre-scouted and left caches)
- Bury all my guns and ammo, stand in the FEMA lines and beg for mercy.
For my bug out trailer set up, I'm considering using a double trailer, one to haul the supplies and the other to live in.
I will use a travel trailer instead of the range camp (there's is very well built with thick insulation and a wood burning stove inside)- very nice, but not exactly what I'm looking for. The trailer behind it will be inclosed and hold my food supply, tools...
Or like the second photo- minus the boat :)
This way I can put a lot more stuff in my second trailer. If need be I can disconnect or reload as necessary. I think a setup like either of these will work fine for me- though there are definate draw backs. Manueverablity being one of the greatest.