During the depression, a lot of people lost their free and clear homes and farms to taxes. This time around, it could be even worse. At this very moment, the .gov is working out the kinks in a plan to allow every state to go bankrupt. This is a massive default on state debt and retirement benefits. Counties and municipalities are just downstream dominoes, and their defaults will start up in earnest as well. This will crush thousands upon thousands of retirees, and thousands upon thousands of bondholders, which will ripple throughout the economy in ways few understand. For example, insurance companies park a lot of their reserves in bonds and commercial real estate, and the insurance industry will be terribly hurt by these defaults. (Remember, too, that Obammy wants to destroy the insurance industry.) And, trust me - even though you haven't heard this publicly yet, the .gov covets the trillions of insurance company reserves just as they covet the money in our 401k's. Bottom line is the government is playing for keeps, and you and I are expendable. We just ain't seen nothin yet! That's why I'm very comforted when I look out at my old school bus. I own it free and clear. I stripped the seats out, installed a wood stove and built in beds with futon mattresses. I reinstalled a right side seat on the left wall, facing rearward toward a left hand seat. I built a "dining table" in between them. Next project is a propane stove and a sink - I have all the parts, just haven't finished that work yet. An RV will work for this, although I think school buses are better for a several reasons. First, school buses are all built on medium duty truck chassis. You can get RV's built on a truck chassis too, but those baby's are expensive and they're loaded down with luxury features that eat up a lot of cargo capacity, not to mention your budget. My bus weighs 18,000 lbs. empty, and gross weight is 33,000. That means I can carry 7 1/2 tons of cargo and fuel (and there's almost room to haul that much!) I've never seen an RV that can haul that kind of weight, although you can really load them up. Anyway, I can haul all my preps and still be well under gross weight. With the hitch I added, I can also tow a 15,000 pound trailer. They're also fairly cheap to work on, and extremely durable. (Medium duty trucks share a lot of driveline parts with semi trucks, so they're seriously overbuilt.) The 12-valve 5.9 Cummins in mine has been tweaked for an extra 100 horsepower and over 300 ft. lbs. additional torque, and it's a pleasure to drive. (I recommend that engine over all others. Parts and engines are everywhere, and mods are cheap.) Next, the fire hazard in RV's is high, and you'd be astonished how fiercely a fiberglass RV burns. Most school bus bodies are all steel (some have fiberglass roofs, which I'd avoid) and it's a lot harder to catch one on fire. It is possible to get the insulation in-between the steel walls of a bus burning, it's not easy. You and your preps are just a lot safer in a steel bus than in an RV. It's also a rolling storage locker, and a lot of my stuff is permanently stored in there and ready to go. (If you need to park it in a lot, the rent for that is comparable to a small storage locker.) And here's another bonus: We all know bugging out will be pretty dangerous unless you do it well before things get crunchy, and obviously, if I'm still in a situation where I need to bug out it's my plan to try and get out early. But you never know how things will go, so it's comforting that my BOV is a 30,000 pound battering ram. On top of that, I've rigged up anchors for a safety harness so one passenger can hang out the side door, hands free, with a battle rifle if need be! (Harness anchors are in the plans for the back door too. And yes, a stout front bumper is in the works!) So, that's the basic idea. At this time, I'm the only one I know who can bug out without leaving a lot of their preps behind. I'm also the only one I know who can carry passengers (and their gear, on the trailer) with room left for them to effectively defend us if need be. With the extra fuel tank I installed, I can drive it anywhere in in the 48 states nonstop, with fuel to spare. I think a portable house like this should be part of most survivalist's plans, unless they have very few preps to worry about or they're able to live permanently at their BOL. (Just my opinion, obviously.) If you want to add a trailer hitch, I recommend a front engine bus. That way, you have frame rails running all the way back to the rear bumper. Rear engined buses don't have that, which makes building a stout hitch a real PITA. Pushers seem to cost more anyway. If this interests anyone, you'd better jump on it. Federal grant money for school districts has dried up, so they can't afford new buses. That means used buses in good shape are becoming rare. (And that's the crux of survivalism today: We're in transition, from a period of incredible abundance to a period of severe scarcity. Everything is becoming rare, in ways we're only beginning to understand.) As I keep sayin, it's later than you think!