Imagine waking up to the news that there is an impending nuclear bomb threat right in your area, or turning on the radio to an extreme weather warning urging everyone to evacuate the city. How prepared are you? If you have a bug out bag for yourself or your whole family, you probably feel prepared, but there is still the question of finding shelter from the elements and wondering how long you’ll be gone. If you own an RV, many of these worries are immediately reduced.
Not only can an RV help you get out of town quickly, but there are many benefits that come with owning one when preparing for unknown survival situations. Additionally, it can help you cut down on costs as well as help you live a self-sufficient life that leads you to practice your survival skills before you need to rely on them.
Buying an RV
If you are thinking about buying an RV for survivalist purposes, there are a few choices you will have to make. First of all, are you buying an RV to live in it full-time, or will you be living in your house and going on trips in your RV and preparing it for emergency situations?
The benefits of the first option include being able to sell your house and buying a mobile home for a fraction of the cost. This will allow you to have a larger economic cushion for when you need emergency money, and it will allow you to put more money into survival gear and preparation. You will basically be living in your bug out bag, and when all things go wrong, you will likely have to do less prep because everything will already be inside your house on wheels.
The benefits of the second option are that you will still get to live in your house if that is important to you. You won’t be living in your Bug out bag, but you will have a much more prepared plan. You can keep food, water, a thorough first aid kit, and even weapons for hunting and protection inside the RV. You can get a small trailer and hitch it to a truck or SUV, which will allow you to have a more discreet vehicle that fits into smaller spaces and is easier to drive through windy roads.
What to consider
While shopping for an RV, you need to seriously consider your needs and look for the most versatile vehicle. You will want to avoid RV’s that are excessive in weight and size, as they won’t be able to take you through as many places. RV’s that are too big won’t be able to handle small, dirt roads, steep hills, and could draw unnecessary attention to you if you are trying to remain incognito.
Some of the most versatile RV styles that can be good for going off-roading are expedition RV’s. They are typically less heavy and are designed to go on smaller roads that large RV’s can’t handle. You can get them in different styles to fit your needs, with differing levels of comfort available.
Depending on how much money you have available to spend on an RV, you can buy one specialized to your needs. Certain retailers make specialized RV’s for survival purposes, with details such as military tires, massive battery banks, and heavy-duty radios and communication equipment. You can also buy a regular RV and deck it out yourself for your own specific survival needs — especially if you sell your house and start living full time your motorhome.
You’re Always Ready
Having your getaway vehicle and bug out bag all in one gives you more than one advantage. In the event of an emergency, you can be ready and out in just minutes. If a disaster happens and injures people, you can use your RV as a makeshift medical shelter. You will be protected from rain, snow, and other elements, and you will have space to store blankets and food that you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Benefits that come with an RV:
- You have more space to bring along necessities
- You can live in them indefinitely
- You can move around and live off the grid
Even if you buy an RV, you should keep a secondary bug out bag inside it in case something happens to your vehicle. Have a backpack ready with camping gear, knives, first aid, water filters and other necessities you’ll need in case you need to travel some distance on foot.
One great thing about an RV is that in a survival situation, even if the engine breaks down in the middle of nowhere, you can park the RV and still have a decent place to live. It will still provide you with better shelter and storage supplies than just having a regular car and bug out bag.
Living in an RV
Depending on the RV you get, you can potentially live full time in it. This would give you the added benefit of having everything you have already in your mobile vehicle. This cuts down your prep-time and stress, even more, when you need to bug out. This is a big decision that involves time, planning, and a lot of thought. Depending on the size and needs of you and your family, living in an RV may not be practical. If you decide you want to do it, however, you need to plan it outright.
The first step, even before buying an RV, is to declutter your house. This can be an extensive process that takes a few weeks. You need to get rid of anything you don’t need, either by selling your items or giving them away. This might take a few different rounds of decluttering, but in order to be able to live in an RV, you will need to live with the bare essentials.
Once you buy your RV, you’ll want to put your house on the market and sell it. If you have land, you may want to keep some of it to park your RV and live on the land. If not, consider buying some land for this purpose. Of course, you can also use your RV to travel and live off the grid.
Surviving Any Situation in Your RV
In the event of an Armageddon, having a motorhome can make the difference between life and death. Here are a few scenarios to keep in mind when fortifying your survivalist preparation.
Stock the Kitchen
One more advantage of having an RV is the potential for owning a survival kitchen. Here, you can keep non-perishable foods such as cans that you otherwise wouldn’t have the room for. Plus, you will have a freezer, where you can freeze meat that you hunt and make it last longer without having to turn it all into jerky. You can also store herbs and natural healing concoctions in the kitchen. You can keep an extra bottle of alcohol for sterilization if you need to treat someone with an injury.
Owning land to park your RV
If you live in an RV and you buy land for yourself, not only can you park it there, but you can use the land for practical matters. Learning to live off the land you have is a practical skill that takes years to master. If you wait until an emergency situation arises before you learn how hunt for or grow your own food, you won’t survive very long. Here are some things you can do on your land to strengthen your survival skills:
Plant a garden for food. Having your own land will enable you to plant and harvest your own food. Not only will this save you money and help you live self-sustainably, but it will also help you practice if a time comes when you need to survive off the food you can get for yourself. Planting and harvesting crops is not easy, and you won’t want to be trying it for the first time when it’s your only option for food, as this can lead you to starvation.
Hunt on your land. Odds are you probably already have hunting weapons, like guns, traps, and maybe even bows and arrows. If your land is located in an area where you can hunt, you can work on strengthening and diversifying your hunting skills. Being good with a gun might not be enough in a survival situation where you need to stay hidden and a gun may blow your cover.
You can Invest in an aquaponics system. An aquaponics system is an ecosystem that maintains itself, usually consisting of plants and fish. It is a combination of hydroponics, growing plants without soil, and aquaculture, growing edible fish. Common fish for aquaponics systems include tilapia, carp, catfish, and trout. By investing in an aquaponics system, you can have food to feed yourself and your family when you can’t get food anywhere else.
Build a more permanent land shelter. You can live anywhere in an RV, but as mentioned before, it’s not always a practical emergency shelter. However, building an emergency shelter (preferably underground) on your land can be the perfect combination for optimal survival chances. You never know when, where, or how the disaster will strike, and having various options will only give you advantages.
Surviving Natural Disasters
While a motorhome has numerous advantages that you can fortify and shape to your own needs, every one of them will have its limits. This specifically applies to natural disasters. Some intense weather can be damaging enough to destroy and uproot houses, and RV’s are considerably smaller. If you know there is an impending weather disaster, you will want to get into a safer shelter or get in your RV and head out in the opposite direction as fast as you can. It’s important that you understand the advantages as well as the limits of your RV so you don’t get caught off-guard.
Winter in an RV
Surviving winter in an RV may be easier than surviving winter in a tent, but there are still extensive measures you need to take care for your RV in the winter. The biggest concern for your RV in the winter is freezing pipes. To avoid this, you will need to insulate your water hoses using aluminum foil, secure it with insulated heat wrap tape, and cover it with foam tubing. Likewise, you will want to insulate any hoses or tubing that may freeze. Taking care of your RV in the winter is important, as it can be hard to make repairs during emergency events.
While buying an RV is not a simple matter, it can help simplify your life and fortify your survival skills. Think about the kind of life you want to live and the lifestyle you can handle. Whether you choose to live in your RV full-time or make it your emergency evacuation, owning an RV can save your life.
You can also set up a cheap homestead on a few acres and live in a travel trailer – MD Creekmore did it and saved money to later buy a traditional home he even wrote a book about it – Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat One Man’s Solution.