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Prepping out a Forester?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by emt1581, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Last week my previous car did a 2 ton somersault. I ended up suspended upside down but was able to lower my window and crawl out. I can only describe it as a miracle that I was not seriously injured or killed.

    Yesterday we bought an 02 Subaru Forester with the money the insurance gave us.

    I love the car!! Small enough that it is good on gas and functions as a good family car yet big enough to travel on some rougher terrain and load it up if need be.

    Here are my plans. Let me know what other ideas you have in regard to it being a BOV or just things that would be useful to keep in it.

    I am ordering a divider/cargo mat/cargo net for the back part so my dog can come along whenever. I am also going to have a tow hitch installed. I do have a roof rack but I'm not sure if anyone uses these for anything on a daily basis.

    I will have my BOB/GHB on board. But there are also some smaller cargo pockets in the rear floor as well as the rear sides.

    There is also a DC outlet in the back but I'm not sure what the use would be aside from maybe an air pump for the tires.

    What are your thoughts in regard to supplies to consider?

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  2. boone10

    boone10 Glockeologist

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    Glad you made it through basically unscathed. As far as supplies, I would have to assume load it with whatever you would load in any vehicle of similar size and ability.

    Slightly off topic, but the Subaru Forester is known as the "official vehicle of the American lesbian". Go ahead--look it up. Not downing your ride--I'd own and drive one without hesitation. Good luck.
     

  3. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Oh I've read all about the sexual connotations given to this vehicle. Doesn't really phase me.

    As far as the load and how you suggest doing it...this vehicle has more capability than our others since it is larger. It's certainly not a unimog or even a work horse truck but it still has it's advantages. I figure the suggestions others may have would let me take full advantage of them.

    What about a winch for example? I never installed one on my pickup because I didn't think to. What about installing on on this? Make sense or is it silly?

    Thanks

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  4. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

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    Will it tow a hotdog cart?
     
  5. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Not anymore.

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  6. Keep snows on in the winter if you live in Upstate NY, otherwise you might get it stuck in your driveway and have to plow an escape path out with your tractor :)

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  7. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Hmm, that's not a bad idea. I live in PA but we haven't had a bad winter in a few years and we're due. A set of snow tires on rims is not a bad idea at all!!

    Thanks!

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  8. DaveG

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    Most Subaru's I see are driven by flaming liberals. Not sure why they flock to these cars... anyone know? No way I'd own one.

    IF you're going to keep it, put some good tires on it and keep the tank full at all times. With your BOB in there, I imagine you'll have everything you need.
     
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  10. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    Must be where you live. I have seen conservatives drive them.
     
  11. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    Load up your car like you have to bug out. How long did it take? Is there a way of doing it quicker?

    Sit in your car on a cold day. What do you have in your car? What do you need in your car? Same for a hot day.

    As far as a winch....How many times have you needed a winch? I have never needed a winch for my self. And the time I could have used it, it probably would not have been enough.
     
  12. ClydeG19

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    I have an '05 Forester. I'm not a liberal or a lesbian.

    Get an inverter for the dc outlet and it can be used for all kinds of things. As for the bob, just pack whatever stuff you would in your normal bob and toss it in the back.
     
  13. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

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    I assume it AWD correct? That gives you a big advantage in snow or wet ground, but it doesn't have the ground clearance of a truck so you'd have to keep that in mind.
     
  14. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    As for the winch here is what I go back to...Sandy. Now there was no need to get out of Dodge or force ourselves through any rough terrain. We just waited it out. No big deal.

    But in seeing how obstructed the roads became, there were plenty of routes that were somewhat clear but then ran the risk of getting caught in a ditch. I figure with a winch I'd be able to pull us out with a winch. Maybe I'm overestimating the capabilities of a winch.

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  15. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Good call on the inverter. I actually already have one, just not in the vehicle yet.

    I'm not sure what I'd use it for though. I don't carry any AC tools with me in the vehicle. Are there any I should?

    Thanks

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  16. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Yep AWD. Believe it or not my first Subaru (94 Loyale) was not.

    Thanks

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  17. Subarus are great all around cars and I considered one but didn't want people in Priuses and other eco-mobiles to think I was one of them.

    In any event, load it up with preps, some energy bars, canned water, space blanket, fire source, guns, ammo, armor, run flats, and you are good to go.
     
  18. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    Run flats?

    I'm pretty sure that is just a thick piece that goes around the rims. But where do you find them?

    Thanks

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  19. Run flat tires? You can order them anywhere tires are sold.

    Those are great because the sidewall is strong enough to keep the car going when other tires would just deflate and blow off the rim under normal conditions.

    I blew the tire out hard on my BMW with run flats when I hit a huge pothole on the freeway. Kept going until I got to where I needed to go. Inspected the rim and found a huge dent and the tire was missing a chunk out of the sidewall but the tire held together and got me where I needed to go and then to the dealer to get it replaced.

    Imagine in an emergency situation, you might need to keep going to get yourself out of a situation before you can stop for repairs. It can mean the difference between life and death.
     
  20. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I looked up the term on youtube and got some british guy talking about good year runflats. But they stressed that you need some sort of pressure sensor in the car in order to use them.

    Are these good years what you are talking about? Cost-wise what is the difference in price between them and normal tires.

    I think what would be optimal is to have run flat snow tires. That way if the SHTF I can swap them out and be ready for pretty much anything road-wise. But I'm guessing such a thing doesn't exist.

    Thanks

    -Emt1581