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Bug Out Trailer?

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Witch Doctor 01, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    BUg out trailers?

    I saw a friends teardrop trailer the other day and it started me thinking... would a teardrop trailer make a good bug out option if you needed to leave a bug-in location?

    they can be custom made fairly inexpensively using marine grade plywood and trailer frames from harbor freight with free pland from the internet...

    It could with some modification provide a means of support for 2 adults for 90 days or more and be pulled by most full size vehicles...

    Any thoughts or links to folks who have tried this?

    What do you think...
  2. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Portable Hunting Camp:


    The best concept I have found...working on one with the family as a "just in case" we have to bug out to a safer spot.
  3. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    What sort of costs would be required to build one of these and what size vehicle?
  4. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    7 foot wide by 21 foot "low boy" stake bed. 3/4" Ply, 2x4 studs, hardware etc. Pricing would vary according to what materials you have on hand, if you had a trailer, etc. Time is the biggest investment for this project IMO.
  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Get a proper false identity set up. Obtain a cheap credit card. Rent a Uhaul. Spray paint it and outfit it properly, because it's now your baby.

    Don't try this. I am just saying it is possible.

    Making your own requires it to be inspected, registered, and licensed in some states...this makes the job harder.
  6. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Or, if you have an LLC, buy all the equipment/materials through the LLC, and denote it as being used for the business. Then dissolve the LLC, "sell" the assets to a "individual" (Some farmer wanted a trailer for use on his farm...said his name was Jack Robinson) who paid cash (create a receipt), and stash the trailer elsewhere (like at your B.O.L.). When TSHTF, police officers will NOT be looking for a trailer with an expired tag/registration.

    I am feeling properly paranoid.
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Your choice of tow vehicle depends on the trailer weight loaded out. It is entirely possible to build a tail that your dog can't wag. Decide on that before you go vehicle shopping.

    FWIW, rear wheel drive is a whole lot easier to tow with than front. YMMV.
  8. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    For info on Teardrops and other small trailers, check out the "Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers" forum site - I get lots of good ideas there, for my eventual conversion of my 5X10 open utility trailer into a "Jumbo Teardrop Toyhauler".......

    Teardrops & Tiny Travel Trailers :: Index
  9. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Teardrops are nice for 1 or 2 people (3 if you are REAL friendly). For a family of 5+, not so good.
  10. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    WD did say two people..... they'd best be real 'close' though. [winkthumb]
  11. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    well if she's put up with me for 30 some years i don't thinkshe'll mind...:D
  12. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    I have a friend in Florida trying to start a business selling them. He wants me to come out and help.
    You want to use 2-3 " square tubing, and big wheels go over obstacles better. Pull up survival trailers on You Tube. there is one that has a pull out tent system on it.
  13. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    solar panels on the top... Would make a great thing for urbanites who are currently stuck in the city but know someone with some land they could get to.
  14. Disciple

    Disciple Monkey+

    Doc most of the teardrop trailers could be pulled by a small truck or suv. something like a ford ranger or s-10. they are very minimalist types of trailers. a bed and kitchen thats it but if you can handle that type of roughing it they are ok. price wise i think I saw one for about 6 grand.
  15. Maxflax

    Maxflax Lightning in a bottle

    You can't carry much supplies in a small trailer. You will probably not last long

    Where will you go? Have a logical plan. Private property owners are not going to be very friendly to squatters. Squatting on public land near private property won't do you much better. I have thought this out because I own such land

    Now if you have a buddy/group you can retreat to join, and if you can stow supplies there in advance, why not leave the trailer there (if that's OK) as a place to sleep when you get there? Also remember to store propane for it
  16. Maxflax

    Maxflax Lightning in a bottle

    With the economy on the verge of total collapse and massive unemployment they are going a lot cheaper in some areas. Many "toys" are in the "buyers market" zone right now

    My favorite medium trailers are Warrior Trailers. Ramp that allows you to move a vehicle in and out easily, plus full living quarters. Put your small 4 x 4 and or enduros in there for the trip, then when you get there move them outside
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