Bug-Out-Vehicle – Mobile Shelter Truck Camper

The previous post discussed possible one of the best emergency shelter you could wish for, however, it was only an option if you opt for bugging-in.  If you feel like this would lead to problems, or if you don’t have access to a secure facility, you are most likely thinking about bugging-out.

You may have some retreat mapped out, and that’s excellent, but you’re unsure whether or not to hike it out with your bug-out-bag as a more low-key option, or to rig your personal vehicle as emergency transportation.

If you decide on going with the latter, this interesting article and video below can give you some good ideas on an ideal, economical option for your bug-out-vehicle.

The picture above is that of a slide-in truck camper and it may be your best bet for a mobile survival shelter.

The reality is that Mother Nature is unforgiving and often causes the least-preferred situation to come to pass, such as severe weather (either blistering hot or miserably wet) or dangerous, predatory wild animals.  If you are bugging-out on foot, both of these scenarios are potentially lethal.

With a vehicle, however, the biggest danger (apart from bandits) would be extremely sever weather, like hurricanes/tornados, and ultimately running out of fuel.  Now as a hiker you will also run out of “fuel” as you progressively get fatigued, but you won’t have to scavenge for gas like a vehicle would need.  Just rest up and you’ll be on your way.  There are pros and cons to bugging-out on foot or by vehicle, so write them down and see what your best option is for your area.

This slide-in truck camper makes a great survival shelter and has many benefits that outweigh other traditional mobile shelters like RVs or tow-behind campers.

  • you don’t have to worry about the slide-in truck camper breaking down, like you would with an RV
  • motor homes are heavy and require a lot of gas
  • motor homes require extra registration, insurance, and plates
  • tow-behind campers also require extra registration and plates
  • all of these other vehicles need extra tires and parts

The slide-in truck camper has many benefits, including:

  • permanent hard walls and insulation means warmer winters
  • smaller size also helps it to keep warmer
  • needs no extra registration, plates, or insurance
  • no tires or spare parts that will need repair or replacements
  • enough room for 4-6 people
  • has no dedicated engine (which would ultimately need repairs)
  • essentially an off-road vehicle

With a slide-in truck camper sitting on top of a 4 wheel drive pickup truck, you will be able to go anywhere, including off-road.  Tow behind campers and RVs cannot go off-road, but your slide-in truck camper can go anywhere your truck goes.

Also, if you need to, you can drop the camper’s jacks and raise it off of the truck.  So if you’re bugging-out and your truck breaks down, slide the camper off and slide a new truck in underneath.  If you had a motorhome that broke down, you’d be in a much more serious situation.

There are always pros and cons to any and every bug-in and bug-out option, so the end decision is ultimately yours to make depending on what you think is best according to your situation.

This video shows a slide-in truck camper inside and out.

For some of you, however, bugging-out may just not be an option for whatever reason.

You probably don’t own a $3 million Silohome, so an advanced bug-in shelter is probably not within reach.  There are many alternatives that cost a much more reasonable amount, for example – these insulated, metal tiny homes.

These metal shelters are available here, by Petzold Buildings, L.L.C., and come in these different sizes:

  • 8×10
  • 8×12
  • 8×16
  • 10×16
  • 12×20 (pictured above)
  • well house

They also have options for the buildings including:

  • shelves
  • loft
  • ramps
  • windows (can be seen on website’s home page)
  • house doors (can bee seen on website’s home page)

All of these building have these specifications:

  • double walled
  • 24 gauge steel
  • 1 3/4″ polystyrene insulation (walls, door, and roof) R-rated at 18
  • 3/4″ B-B treated plywood floor with 16″ center treated 2×4 frame plus skids
  • double (wide) doors for easy entry

In this video by douglasfi2re, you can see one of the buildings inside and out.