Bug Out Trailer???

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Am i overthinking

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  1. survivalgames121

    survivalgames121 Well-Known Member
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    Now as many of us preppers, survivalist know that if your place of residence isnt safe and secure you got to bug out. We all love the bug out bag as it is a compact way of carrying all out essental gear. But i stepped it up to a trailer for a good old fashioned pedal bike n (not electronic bells and whistles). I got a gut feeling I am going to get some criticism for the idea as it means I am carrying to much stuff but that is only because I would pack extra supplies (food, water, tarps, spare parts for my bike, and micro solar system just in case I need that stretch of electricity). Yes a bug out bag is usually supposed to last 3 to 5 days but what if i could last someone a week or more at a time?

    What I really want to know from my brothers and sisters here is am I overthinking or is this a reasonable alternative for someone who doesn't have a car or is this a reasonable work around and maybe it might be worth the time and effort.


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  2. blade_foxhollow

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    I think this would be worth looking into personally. It would be better to be able carry more things to last longer than to last 3 to 5 days and then be up the creek with no paddle so to say. But then you also run into is all of that super important. It is a balancing act that you have to be able to focus on. A worthy idea for sure to see if it works, and to do some R&D on if it is worth the time and effort put into it. Please keep me updated.
     
  3. survivalgames121

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    Would I be able to message you I might need some advice
     
  4. Kootenay prepper

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    I think it’s something looking into. I’ve gone hunting in one area a few times and seen a guy transporting his elk out on a small trailer behind his bike so why wouldn’t it work for your gear. He did tell me he had to do a bit of work with rigging up brakes for the trailer as he almost got run over his first time using it he said. I can see it being near impossible going up and down on rough terrain loaded as he would be going mainly downhill loaded on a gravel road.
    If I see him out again this year I’ll try to remember to take some photos to post.
     
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  5. arctic bill

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    i voted no, and i will tell you why, i expect a huge traffic problem, you will be able to get out of the city, also gas and other communities will runout you will be mobile, i would try to make every effort to have the lightest stuff available so tht you can take more, think about dried goods . also you might try going on a camping trip with the bike and supplies to get a real feel for what you need and what is dead weight .
     
  6. TexDanm

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    When my Granddaughter was still a little baby her mother used to load her into a bicycle trailer and go riding. This thing was actually pretty big and there was actually room for two kiddos and the various things you have to carry to deal with their needs. It pulled with very little extra effort. I'm not a cyclist but that little trailer was impressive easy to use.
     
  7. Travis.s

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    There is no such thing ask over thinking.
    I've seen small hitch trailers that are just big enough for a couple with a bit of storage. Could probably be modified for a bike or even have bars added so it could be pulled like a cart.
    Here's an image of something like what I mean.
    ef070f4102d7ff90dbb0d6ca7d4bd40f.jpg I saw a smaller one but it might have been custom built.
     
  8. TexDanm

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  9. Travis.s

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    Is that what there called? I didn't know the actual name.
    But they do seem like a realistic option.
    The guy who I spoke to about his said it was around 300$ him and his wife slept in it and it had one medium storage space and two small ones. It had power from the car but I bet you could put a solar panel on top of it and wire it to work off of that.
     
  10. TexDanm

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    There is tons of stuff out there for making your own Teardrop trailer. My wife and I are thinking about making one if we don't buy an Aliner or rebuild our popup.
     
  11. Old Geezer

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    Think motorcycle instead of pedicycle. The trailer would also carry spare fuel for the motor. One could put secondary / non-critical items on the trailer, so that if you had to lose the trailer to become more maneuverable, the loss would be bearable. As Kootenay said above, rigging brakes is critical for keeping the trailer from getting you killed. If the trailer is unstable, then you are as good as dead.

    If you try getting out of town on a bicycle, someone is going to take a baseball bat or a crowbar and tear you off that bike to steal the bike. Count on it.

    For the bike, I'd suggest off-road motorbike. Get into dead traffic or have to go off-road, ditch any trailer and cut through the fields or forest. If using a motorbike, you MUST spend a lot of time scouting off-road trails, fields, paths through forested areas, ... . Such routes are NOT just going to appear when you need them.

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    1. blade_foxhollow
      Rigging Brakes is rather easy. as it moves forward as you are stopping (the whole inch) it applies a manual brake system that runs to both tires on the axle. I have seen it used with boats quite a bit.
       
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  12. Travis.s

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    Tho I like the idea of the tear drop trailer I dont think personally I would use a bike motor or other wise. If I was to use a vehicle I would have a truck with a canopy. But that's just my view
     
  13. Kootenay prepper

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    I have both a mountain bike and a off road motor bike and they both have there ups and downs I guess it really comes down to distance needing to travel, weight of what your carrying, if speed is needed and if you are looking to be stealthy. Once there aren’t others driving that motors noise is going to travel a long distance.
     
  14. blade_foxhollow

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    If I could see some pictures I could give you a better idea of how to set it up so that safety is at the top of the list and everything is with in acceptable limits should something happen that would require the safety.
     
  15. survivalgames121

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    This is my trailer so far. Water tight and floats with myself in it. ( diy fishing boat I guess) its a 2×3 foot bin used for transporting goods to conscience stores. Or something of the sort. It is attached to steel tube about 1 inch in diameter and wheel size is 16×1.26 inches. Depth of the bin is 2 feet. Hope this helps some with ideas
     

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  16. Travis.s

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    Does it have a sealable/ lockable lid or just open?
     
  17. survivalgames121

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    It's open but i can keep rain out with a tap and bungie cords
     
  18. Travis.s

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    I'd suggest a means to seal it to keep out animals and thieves depending on what you would plan to keep in it.
     
  19. blade_foxhollow

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    I agree with travis. A couple of side views rear view and attachment method would be great as well. A sealed lid can be easily created with 1x4 and some water proofing. Add a couple of lockable latches to it and it is secured. You may want to add some "weather-proofing" strips to the inside of the lid. And remember this as well. with a flat front you are having to basically drag that thing through the air. You want to invest in a sheet of Luon and use it to create a cone on the front for a bit more ease when pulling it. Not only will this help you save energy when going places it will also give you a small amount of room at the font to add a couple of more important items.
     
  20. Pigpen

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    On roads youd make an easy target. through the woods and most trails itd be close to impossible without a motorized bike

    id go with saddle bags or some similar set up.
     
  21. lonewolf

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    just how feasible is a trailer off road?? uneven ground, bushes and overgrowth in the way etc.
     
  22. survivalgames121

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    Uneven ground sucks but you gotta do what you gotta do to get the job done
     
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