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Old 03-20-2015, 07:19 AM   #29
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Today the average response time nationwide of a LEO coming to your aide after you call 911 is about 20 minutes, therefore, if a crisis happens, some form of personal protection is just as important as food, water etc. as it will most likely take much longer for help to arrive. Ones personal protections does not have to be an actual weapon if one is not comfortable with such. A can of wasp spray will immobilize any person for up to several minutes if sprayed in the face and eyes. Does no permanent damage, but will stop them.
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Old 03-24-2015, 01:36 AM   #31
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I recently bought a months supply of long term storage food from Wise for the trailer. Living in a storm area we can never tell when either food or cash might be in short supply. The Airstream is my escape capsule if it is necessary to leave town in a hurry. What are others thoughts on this?

Great idea!
We keep our shiny aluminum escape pod fully stocked.
We have been buying and using, Mountain House and Backpackers Pantry freeze dried meals for years.
We put up our own stuff as well. I hunt and fish, I also grow fruit and vegi's every year. We have a large dehydrator, pressure cooker, water bath canner and a vacuum sealer.
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My Dad always kept a supply of honey, dry salami and hard toasted bread.
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My Dad always kept a supply of honey, dry salami and hard toasted bread.

We keep a few gallons of raw honey in reserve. The one food that never spoils.
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:40 PM   #34
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My Dad always kept a supply of honey, dry salami and hard toasted bread.

My Dad would add cans of sardines, cheese and crackers to that list.
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I like my sardines fresh off the grill with a ice cold beer.
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When I lived in Venezuela we would hit the market every morning. Pick up a dozen or so fresh sardines for the day. People that have only eaten the processed canned ones do not know what they are missing.
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I've seriously considered buying a week or two of this stuff. Seems like a prudent thing to have.
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When I lived in Venezuela we would hit the market every morning. Pick up a dozen or so fresh sardines for the day. People that have only eaten the processed canned ones do not know what they are missing.
Absolutely no comparison. This was at the La Noche de San Juan in La Coruna Spain.
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I recently bought a months supply of long term storage food from Wise for the trailer. Living in a storm area we can never tell when either food or cash might be in short supply. The Airstream is my escape capsule if it is necessary to leave town in a hurry. What are others thoughts on this?

Part of owning a trailer is, IMO, to logically extend its capacities to their full extent, in concert with the TV. This is a function of weight capacity, partly, but more wise planning against water capacity which is the real limiting factor.

Propane is the reason camping RVs are possible. Cooking and refrigeration have priority over internal air temps. But some trade off will have to be done to keep fresh water from freezing.

The other system, electricity, isn't important at all past the furnace fan. (More below). Same for clothing. Cold and wet gear, not just shirt sleeve weather clothing. Always aboard, in my case.

That said, what is the maximum number of people to sleep aboard? Not just beds, but floor? Or the trailer as center to a group of those in tents. What then is the best use of that trailer? Etc. Plenty of scenarios depending on family. Radio transceivers, WiFi, a trailer can be useful as an electrical source to some extent.

So, much depends as well on those it would conceivably serve. And how.

Living in hurricane country brings more of this into focus. I look at two weeks without re-supply for two as being a reasonable, easy, goal for my rig. And could carry a good deal more food than two weeks worth.

So at some point a water bladder to carry in the bed, or a big tote carried empty on the trailer exterior (pump and filters and connections) would be the easiest way for me to re-fill the fresh water tanks.

Some ice chests that can carry food frozen the full 8-10 hours which hurricane victims tell me are necessary to use as a round trip. Better to stock up on No. 10 cans as I see it. (I have unused CCC). Make that an optional trip, IOW.

That, and extra propane tanks covers most everything past a decent solar system. If all I had to do was get water and propane, the trailer could conceivably set a very long time against what constitutes an emergency.

The need for air-conditioning is the real bug-a bear. Wet bulb temps of 85F are classified as unendurable in very short order. This isn't a matter of personal comfort, it is deeper. And dead serious. Oldest and youngest suffer the most. Lack of sleep makes everything else worse and the likelihood of accidental injury higher.

What passes for RV gensets are a short term bridge. A few days. A joke, compared to the other systems. One that is costly as it needs almost daily oil changes and constant fuel re-supply.

In the oilfield, gate guards are supplied 15-25 KWH trailer-mounted diesel gensets as these are the only long term solution.

Moving along to a place with full hookups is a short matter of time in hottest weather.

Extra battery capacity makes sense, but not so it upsets the TT weight and balance. Quality (battery design) seems most important as a path to follow.

A trailer beats no shelter, and it seems prudent to me to get the most from a given rig. To do some testing to plug any leaks in the dam before the real thing.

I'd much rather be in my TT than a motel in the event of leaving home in a disaster. This makes my concept of RV more inclusive than "travel " or "recreational " suggest.

So I think it a matter a working with what one has to make the most of it. To know the limits.
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Not sure why you quoted me, but good post from you.
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About 30 years ago we were in a serious earthquake...a good part of the little town we lived in (which was pretty much in the middle of nowhere) literally went down. All the water mains were damaged, no water, bridges weren't safe to drive over, natural gas lines were shut off.... and all stores were closed. You can't imagine the pickle and ketchup isle when the glass (then) bottles all fell to the floor.... However, at the time we had a motorhome (not an AS) and it was full of water and supplies , even cold beer! While we weren't able to leave town, we had propane to cook with, water to drink, etc. The townspeople rallied, however. All the grocery stores that had meat (power was off too...) donated it to a huge barbeque that was arranged to have it cooked and folks ate well. It was free. The National Guard came and set up a tent and cooked 3 square meals a day to the entire town. They were fabulous, the food was good and really helped the community. Budweiser Beer donated truckloads of canned water to the city... this went on for over 2 weeks until the power and water could be used.

We were glad, however, we could take care of ourselves with our little motor home, and ever since that time we have had some sort of trailer or "escape pod" just in case...

So, all in all I think having a trailer is a good thing for emergencies... and for fun!
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