Vehicle Ready Options: Trick Your Truck

We’re coming up on a time of year that sees a pretty significant increase in road traffic. People seeking holiday destinations, Fall break from school, Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas and Hanukkah, American Beer Day, and of course the International Day of the Ninja (see links below). None of these should require a bug out vehicle or upgunned technical, but they will likely put you on the road for many miles and many hours.

So is your vehicle prepped and ready?

If not, there are a number of good articles out there to help you get that way. Some are basic, common sense preparatory measures for the everyman. Some are a little more detailed. One of the latter is a recent article from OFFGRID called  Trick your truck: 5 easy survival vehicle mods.

In it, they discuss vehicle mods with universality of equipment, portability, cost, and implementation.

Surefire rifle mags in a door carrier by DSG Arms. Image by Niccole Elizabeth from an article by Tom Marshall on 

As OFFGRID explains,

“According to AAA, the average American spends hundreds, even thousands of hours behind the wheel each year. With this in mind, it’d behoove us all to treat our vehicle as not just a mode of transportation, but a valuable tool that can provide all kinds of support in case of a crisis. Simply pulling out of your driveway in the morning gives you a rolling fallback point that includes climate-controlled shelter, signaling, power, navigation, fire-starting ability, and storage capacity for emergency equipment. So how do we optimize this incredible resource without spending the cost of a second home?”

Now, the article doesn’t address recommendations for a truck gun, or advice on building the perfect tactical pickup truck mind, but rather storage and organizational solutions for such things as your spare magazines, vehicle safety kit, and of course your Devtac Ronin.

Lord Humungus Mad Max gif

Because while you can have a survival vehicle kitted out without a helmet like that, do you really want to?


Bug out vehicle?

Not necessarily.

Don’t be fooled by the imagery. You don’t have to be planning a contested evacuation from a post-apocalyptic war zone to use the ideas they propose. It’s a good article and worth checking out.

Of particular interest to some of us who may have more than one vehicle at home (or an often-used work vehicle) is the way they keep portability in context, i.e.

“All of the items you see here can be easily removed from the vehicle. This is particularly important if you’re forced to leave your vehicle in case of an emergency, or if you must switch vehicles for any reason without losing capability. This could be as benign as renting a car for a business trip or as desperate as commandeering a vehicle on the fly in a high-threat scenario, requiring immediate transportation. Or if you must ditch wheels altogether and go on foot, all of this stuff can be hand-carried with a minimum of weight and bulk.”

That’s important in a number of ways.

David Reeder's Wu Tang name is Lucky Prophet. He is a retired AF veteran, former Peace Officer, and current Tier 2.5 writer-operator. Over the course of his career, he has worked a variety of military and lE billets, served as an Observer-Controller at the National Homeland Security Training Center, a MOUT instructor, and an MTT tracking instructor - all of which sounds much cooler than it really was. Although he only updates his website once in a very great while, he can absolutely be relied upon to post to social media (@reederwrites) at least once a month. -Ish.

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