Should You Bug Out In An RV?

When most people think about bugging out, they tend to think in terms of simply getting to a safer location, ideally a location where they can live for an extended period of time before returning to the place that they consider home.

But what if that isn’t an option? What if you don’t have a place that will be safe long-term? Or what if you haven’t had the time or resources to make your bug out location workable yet? Or what if you simply want other options for other reasons?

Well, if that is the case, then you may want to consider bugging out in a recreational vehicle (RV). Now, ideally, this would probably be a self-contained RV (as in the living quarters built onto a truck chassis as opposed to a trailer with living quarters pulled behind a truck). Quite simply, the less extra pieces hooked onto your truck, the less pieces that can be easily stolen or that you might be forced to leave behind if, say, your trailer hitch gets damaged.

The upside to bugging out in an RV is that it is built self-contained. You have cooking facilities, bed(s), a bathroom. You can conceivably live there long-term (even if not comfortably).

Of course, like anything else, there are trade-offs. A writer who chooses to be anonymous made some valid points about these drawbacks. Here they are with commentary:

  • ¬†Water filtration and usage. An RV typically has a rather limited water supply. It is made for recreational travel, after all, not necessarily long-term living. Thus, you’ll likely want to find ways to filter water which you find or collect (rain water) so that it’s safe to drink, and you may want to put find a way to recapture sink water or other water for toilet flushing.
  • Power sources. Keep in mind that your RV likely will have more than one voltage power sources in it for different uses. You may want to consider adding renewable power sources to allow you to use things that require electricity when you’ve been parked for a while and conserving gasoline (or diesel, depending on your RV) for the engine. One choice worth considering is solar power.
  • Propane. Depending on where you live, this may be more of an issue than for other people, but you’ll want to plan on having access to propane and learn how to conserve your use of propane for heat, cooking, and (maybe) your refrigerator.
  • Storage. RV’s have limited space. That’s just a fact, and, even if you can afford a larger RV, it’s unlikely that you’ll have enough space to put both your family and your wood shop into it. So, if you’re thinking about bugging out in an RV, you’ll want to plan on minimizing what you are taking with you (though, to be fair, that is probably a smart move anyway).

Having pointed out these drawbacks, the advantages make it worth seriously considering using an RV for your bug out vehicle and home.

So, you decide, bug out location on the go (RV) or a fixed location? Tell us below.