This is episode 53, and today I am answering all of your questions for the second week in a row. Everything from batteries to vehicles. I also have a news segment and product review.
Show Notes: theprepperpodcast.com/053
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- Genetic factors behind surviving or dying from Ebola shown in mouse study
- Rapid Geomagnetic Reversal Possibility: Confirmed
- Two lost elk hunters rescued SE of Prineville
I have been asked for product reviews…
- Highly durable and versatile tactical CQB rigger belt.
- Suitable for law enforcement and military use.
- Durable metal buckle and hook Adjustable size
- Sturdily constructed and built to last .
- Offers an incredible 7,000 lb. tensile strength .
- Features parachute grade buckles and adapters.
- OD Green
- Desert Sand Brown
I read good and bad reviews of this belt and decided that it was worth trying.
didn’t seem really thick.
It was, however, exactly what was on the photos.
wanting a good tactical belt for a holster.
The 1 1/2″ Nylon webbing did the job.
You do have to have it snug on your waste if you own a crappy holster that is top heavy and bulky, but with a proper holster, this belt works perfectly.
I put it on and it seemed to retain position extremely well.
For pants that have adjustable bands, this is a great belt to make a comfortable, yet firm fit.
The CQB rigger is just a metal triangular piece that you can tie to or hook a carabineer to for all kinds of tasks. It also has a Velcro latch to make sure the rigger device stays out of your way for every day movement.
If I had one complaint, it would be the width of the buckle.
This belt can also be used for a makeshift tourniquet if needed.
The next is that I think the hook and latch (Velcro) will give up after quite some time.
I think this is a great belt for the cost.
Shawn from Massachusetts 2nd question
- My ideal bug out vehicle? Gas or diesel? Standard or automatic? 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive? He thinks gas, standard, 4 wheel drive. Diesel is hard to crank in north and 4 wheel drive for snow.
- Answer: This is a “it depends” type of answer.
- First choice in bug out vehicle is the vehicle you currently have. I have done a podcast on bug out vehicles and what should be in them. No excuses not to use your current vehicle.
- If I had money to purchase an automobile for my BOV, I would probably go with a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.
- Jeeps give lots of performance for the money.
- Hummers and XTERRAs are fine, but they cost a lot of money.
- Some of the best off-road vehicles are old jeeps.
- Jeeps are highly customizable as well due to their basic design.
- I would almost always go for a 4×4 vehicle, but I would get a nice set of 60k all terrain tires (road trip more likely than driving through wilderness)
- I would normally go for diesel, because they generally last longer. Not much the case anymore.
- Diesel used to be cheaper, but not so much anymore.
- You can create your own diesel, like bio-diesel, but gas engines can be converted to natural gas.
- Diesels have issues cranking when cold, but most of them have heating elements in them to help with that.
- At this point I wouldn’t fault anyone that goes either way.
- Now back to the purchase of a BOV…
- Another decent purchase is an RV.
- Don’t expect to get to a crazy remote location with this, and don’t expect to live for long periods of time (cramped)
- They CAN hold more stuff, hold more people, and can sustain you as an emergency shelter
- The best part of an RV is the fact that it will make very enjoyable camping trips. Easier to just get up and go as well as comfort.
- 018 Bug Out Vehicle (BOV), Truck, Van Equipment Packing List
- Emergency Vehicle Preparations: Bug Out Vehicle Equipment
- Using a Family RV as the Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle?
Nick from NY
- Best survival vehicle to survive, for bug out, and for getting to family. What should you have in the vehicle?
- I already gave my answer for the bugout vehicle, so I will focus on the contents.
- First, have a plan with 3 destinations, each in a different direction, 3 routes for those and three rest stops on each route.
- Keep water, 2-3 Liters per person.
- Keep minimum of 72 hours of food in the vehicle
- Keep vehicle items such as
- jumper cables,
- tool kits,
- tow straps, etc.
- Keep navigational items like
- Maps with routes marked,
- Keep basic utility items like
- a winch,
- CB or HAMM radio,
- and power inverter
- Clothing, both winter and summer items and a jacket
- Hiking boots or shoes
- Blankets and a tent
- Protective items such as pepper spray, taser guns
Brett from GA Email question
Can I charge that puppy with my Schumacher XC103W if I need to?
If so, where do I connect the inverter leads?
Thanks for any info you can provide. Again, I really enjoy your podcast and am starting to make headway browsing your website as well.
Have a good one.
- Check out my suite of information on this for help:
- 033 Going Off-The-Grid: Energy Conversion and Power Efficiency
- 034 Going Off The Grid: What is AGM, Battery Types, Sizes, and MUCH MORE
- 035 Charging a Lead Acid Car, Marine, or Deep-Cycle Battery Bank
- 036 Going Off Grid, Home and Mobile Battery Banks, Inverters
- 038 Examples of Renewable Resources and Different Types of Energy
- 039 Advantages of Alternative, like Solar, Energy and How to Use It
- First, Golf Carts are generally 36volts (my assumption being drawn by the power wise charger you were talking about)
- They have 6 GC-2 batteries in series. 6×6=36
- Next, the Schumacher is XC103W is a good charger, but it only operates at 6 or 12 volts. This means that it would be difficult… not impossible to hook up.
- If you don’t know what you are doing you can create a small fireball. I would stay away from that idea.
- Now, can you hook an inverter up to it?!?!?!?! Of course.
- It is easier to do an inverter than a charger on this system.
- You can have many separate inverters on this battery bank with possibly over 700 AH of Capacity! Explain the AH.
- This can be over 8000 hours of light with a 2watt LED bulb, that is 7 hours of running a basic coffee pot, that over 4000-8000 cell phone charges
- This is all without a single charge on the bank
- Let’s discuss HOW we will do this (there are other ways, but this is simplified):
- We will break the 6 batteries into 3 PAIR of batteries
- each PAIR of batteries can power an inverter
- you will place the inverter negative on the negative terminal of the first battery
- the pos terminal of first battery will be wired to the neg terminal of the 2nd Battery
- the positive of the inverter will be wired to the positive terminal of the 2nd battery
- Benefit of this: the golf cart wiring may remain, and your inverters can still be hooked up all the time.
- Check out my suite of information on this for help: