Combustibles

Watching the recent, several local conflagrations, I’m glad that my field of pastureland and its combustibles has been cut, and fire danger substantially reduced. However as some survivors have noted, “We only had minutes to grab some clothes,” and so I’m taking a second look at our bug-out bags with an eye towards clothing over gear… The 9mm Shield will have to do as a sidearm, and maybe the 10/22 also because its light weight and versatility are easier to manage than a heavy M1 Garand and its weighty feeding requirements.  

Musings: Fire is different than Civil Unrest, it’s a force of Nature, not a force of Man – and since we moved up to Flyover Country more likely.  Whereas in our former life where any upset to the Main Order that might result in the rapid breakdown of Civility, fire is quickly bottled-up and compartmentalized as a packet.  Buildings are surrounded by fire-hoses and heavy equipment pumps water to prevent the spread. Insurance companies spring into action and lawsuits are filed – but where are they when rioters set fire to dumpsters at the so-called University?

Up here where the infrastructure is less dense and fire less easily contained, somehow the likelihood of social collapse seems also more remote than in the congested asphalt lands of Suburban Elite Utopia. People work together despite the greater distances between homesteads, and rather than being insulated and cocooned from our neighbors, we wave hello and speak the same language. In case of wildfire animals and livestock are herded together and transported to safe venues, like the County Fairgrounds. Trucks are as common as cars, ranchers often have heavy equipment like backhoes and tractors, and the vehicles of Flyover still mainly have combustion chambers instead of toxic batteries…

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The semi-sprawling adventures of a culturally hegemonic former flat-lander and anti-idiotarian individualist, fleeing the toxic cultural smug emitted by self-satisfied lotus-eating low-land Tesla-driving floppy-hat wearing lizadroid-Leftbat Califorganic eco-tofuistas ~

9 thoughts on “Combustibles

  1. You haz a pickemup truck.
    Prep some plastic storage bins, preferably ones that are weather resistant, with spare clothes, bath gear, etc.
    There are lock boxes for firearms made for trucks. Consider installing one or more, sufficient to transport all you own. Some go under/behind the seats, some mount in the bed, some mount inside the body, or under it. The alternate would be something like a Jobox that can be slid into the bed, that has a quick release/latch mounting system in the bottom.
    Consider setting up a sheet of plywood that would cover the contents of the bed, with mounts or straps to secure it. This is to protect the items during the actual bug-out, and to make theft less likely when you stop somewhere.
    Got a small trailer to carry your bike? How long would it take to hook it up, and load the bike? Consider a storage box on the trailer for all your riding gear.
    No matter what you decide is appropriate for bug-out, do a timed practice, to find out if you can do it in a reasonable time. A check list of the process involved might be appropriate, to avoid wasting time, and overlooking things in the rush. Also consider setting up the process in stages, in blocks of time, so you can prioritize. Perhaps 5 minute blocks.

    It might be wise to consider what can be loaded with just one person available, and set up checklists for each of you if that happens. One of you may be out of the area, or injured or ill. Even being down in the flatland could be a problem, as the authorities may not allow anyone to travel into an imminent evac area if things get dicey.
    If you expect the wife to take her vehicle out with you, a set of walkie-talkies could be very useful. Make sure they are charged up at all times, and maybe spare batteries available.

    A loading ramp, that you can roll items into the bed with, would greatly speed up things, and possibly allow your wife to load items she can’t lift. You might consider hanging some of these bins from the rafters on pulley setups, to keep them out of your way, yet allow quick loading.

    Another option might be a motorhome. Store most of your gear in it. No need to find accommodations after the bug-out. A motorhome, if big enough, can tow a pickup. Load the bike in the truck, hook up a towbar, and away you go. A few thousand can get you an old, but decent one, for this sort of problem.

    • I didn’t suggest a trailer or 5th wheel, because I didn’t think your F150? was worth dealing with. I have seen tiny 5th wheel trailers (16-21 ft), and some of them have showers, but you need to do some work to handle a bumper towed trailer comfortably. They’re more trouble, and you still have weight issues if you try to load in the bed at the same time.
      Trailers get expensive. I think, dollar wise, an old motorhome makes more sense. No need to get a F250/350 with big engine and stiff suspension to drag a trailer. Those trucks are a pain to drive unloaded, and still suck gas. Maybe if you were camping every week, it would make more sense. Toyota or Nissan mini-motorhomes might get 15mpg, but you can’t tow much of anything with the 4 or (rare) 6 cyl engine. Maybe a motorcycle or jet ski, if you’re lucky.

    • The F-150 has the tow package and is a 4×4 so it would do a pop-up trailer ok, but those often have such small wheels. The U-Haul trailer we towed to Oregon was pretty loaded but it did ok. Seems like everyone up here has a 5th wheel!

    • I’ve just discovered that there are companies that sell/auction damaged RV’s, which would explain why I don’t see much of that type in CL. I’m thinking that you are handy, and retired, so you might consider looking for a trailer or motorhome that has damage that you can deal with. You have space to park one, which vastly simplifies the process, and keeps the project costs down. Could be a huge cost savings over buying new/used.

      I”m a little surprised to find that even high dollar units still have a large amount of wood structure in the bodies. It’s wood, along with aluminum panels and molded fibreglass, for the most part. Most come with a salvage title, and are being sold by insurance companies and banks, it appears.

      Do a search for “damaged RV’s for sale”. LOTS trailers.
      http://www.salvagebid.com/ seems like it might be the easiest to use, but I’ve just started looking around.

      Don’t make any hasty moves, until you have looked at lots of them, and get a feel for the types of damage that occurs. Some of the yards are in Sacatomato and Reno. Water/flooding damage can be some of the easiest to deal with, but it can also get extensive, and remember, these have been sitting for months, most likely. Small fires (heaters, ‘fridges, engines, etc) can be easy fixes, but one of the possible side effects is the smell can get embedded in various materiels, and linger forever, nearly. And, it seems water damage from fire suppression or water system involvement can often be encountered.

      Some units are intended to be re-builders, and some are clearly just for parts. Some states won’t issue a title if the damage is severe, just a bill of sale, as they expect it to be parted out, or be shipped outside the US.

  2. Interesting thought. Might be worth looking at caching some gear away from the house, if you can secure it. Probably something I should look at too.

    Though I’m not in country prone to fires (a flash flood alert is currently in place until sometime tonight). One of the reasons I live on top of the hill!

    Lots of reasons you might not be able to get the stored supplies.

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