Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bugging out by Vehicle Part 1

Dual Battery Systems
When operating in the outback each battery should be used individually on a daily basis.
When making camp for the night the appropriate drill should be used to ensure that the
alternate battery is fully charged and will start the vehicle in the morning. The battery used for
overnight use [refrigerator, etc.] may go flat.

Long-range fuel tanks are an excellent idea but make sure yours is fitted in the approximate
centre of the vehicle between the chassis rails. Use the rear tank first to equalise load. If you
do not have a long-range tank then 20 litre jerry cans are an excellent method of carrying fuel.
If you carry jerry cans make sure they are metal or designed to carry fuel and use tie wire on
all caps to prevent spillage.

Allow 4 to 5 litres of drinking water for each person per day while travelling. If you have a
built in water tank fitted with an external tap it should be fitted with a tap guard and the tap
itself lock-wired when moving.

Emergency PackEnough spare food, water and blankets should be included to allow for any unforeseen delays.
Emergency rations should last at least three days on top of your planned trip. A three-day
emergency pack for each person should consist of –
• 6 ready to eat meals
• 4 litres of water
• Emergency blanket

Vehicle Loading
The loading of the vehicle is critical and the vehicle's centre of gravity kept as low as possible
always. Get in the habit of checking levels whenever you are in the vehicle.