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General BOV Discussion / Re: New BOT (Bug Out Trailer)
« on: August 25, 2018, 10:07:23 PM »
LOL. It isn't done yet. 99.5%, but not 100%. I moved the cot to go on the same shelf as the memory foam mattress I have for it. I have things all over the place.

I have several braces (different sizes, types, uses) and lots of bits in my shop, some of the bits probably need some TLC, but I've been thinking of putting them in the trailer since a lot of my hand powered tools are for a long term no power situation.

General BOV Discussion / Re: New BOT (Bug Out Trailer)
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:42:19 PM »
The second round of pictures.

General BOV Discussion / Re: New BOT (Bug Out Trailer)
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:40:51 PM »
I've more or less finished packing the BOT / camping trailer. There are still a few things like camping chairs that need to go in. And probably a few other things as I find them in other places.

Pictures are attached in this and the next post.PICTURE   DESCRIPTION

In the description below I mention Coleman stoves, all of them use Coleman fuel / white gas / naptha as the fuel source. I have two propane adapters that use one pound propane cylinders (or the propane hoses and trees to use 20 pound propane tanks). I have several 20 pound propane tanks full at any given time and several more empty. I also have 100 pound tanks that could be used for longer term. The propane trees allow the use of three propane appliances at one time - such as a heater, propane lantern and stove or any combination. My setup is based on on single mantle propane lantern (with mesh globe) on top of the tree and one or two propane stoves.

First the description of the pictures:
bot_001   Completed shelves 1

bot_002   completed shelves 2

bot_003   packed 1

bot_004   packed 2

bot_005   Left rear, bottom shelf
   Bottom: water boiler and nalgene type water bottles
      mandolin chopper, other choppers
      20 pound propane tank
   Top:   main kitchen box, manual meat grinders

bot_006   Left rear, middle shelf
   Bottom:   Coleman lanterns (propane, single mantle, in buckets)
      main camping tent & tarps (8 man)
   Top:   camping plates & bowls, paper plates
      screen tent

bot_007   Left rear, top shelf
   Bottom:   2 empty totes
      2 propane hoses & 2 propane trees
   Top:   wooden table shield for Coleman stove, 2 burner Coleman stove (behind wood), Oven for Coleman stove (behind wood)
      Tool box with tent stakes

bot_008   Right rear, top shelf
   Bottom:   20 quart pot with 8 quart pot inside
      fishing tackle box
      paper towels, aluminum foil, ziplock bags
   Top:   Revereware stainless steel, copper bottom pots and pans
      More pots and pans
      24 cup coffee percolator, coffee filters, coffee can and scoop

bot_009   Right rear, middle shelf
   Single 4 inch memory foam mattress for cot

bot_010   Right rear, bottom shelf
   Water containers (1 five gallon, 2 seven gallon)
   Insulater water coolers
   5 pound propane tank

bot_011   Center front
   Tote with 20 quart and five cast iron dutch ovens, most used large cast iron frying pans
   Small wood ladder for getting things off the trailer roof racks
   Spare tire
   Jansport 120 liter BOB
   Eddie Bauer backpack (behind Jansport BOB)
   Empty Coleman lantern case (behind Eddie Bauer backpack)
   2 plastic outdoor tables (behind Eddie Bauer backpack)
   Upright on left - Brown case has several fishing poles and reels
   Upright on right - 6 foot metal tripod and chains
   Upright on right - 5 foot rebar, 4 pieces (tripod)
   Upright on right - - Adjustable steel tent poles
   One of two 6 foot folding tables (the other is holding the door open for the pictures)

bot_012   Left front, top shelf
   Bottom:   empty totes (3)
   Top:   25 CO2 cartriges for Coleman liquid fuel stove or lantern pressurizer
      3 Coleman lanterns, liquid fuel, 2 mantle (red cases)
      2 Coleman lanterns, propane, 2 mantle (black and maroon cases)
      lots of lantern mantles
      Generic multi-fuel lantern
      Small back pack propane lantern
      Spare globes for lanterns

bot_013   Left front, middle shelf
   Bottom:   5 man canvas US military Arctic tent, liner, pole, stakes
      2 canvas US military shelter halves (for use as patches for Arctic tent)
   Top:   Cot
      large roll of heavy duty aluminum foil

bot_014   Left front, bottom shelf
   Bottom:   3 Wagner and Griswold 5 quart cast iron dutch ovens (red cooler)
      3 cast iron pots, 5 quart (red cooler)
      Chickne fryer, cast iron (red cooler)
      lids for pots and dutch ovens (red cooler)
      Empty tote
      Bucket (contains 13 gallon garbage bags & toilet paper for bucket toilet)
   Top:   Additional kitchen box
      Empty tote

bot_015   Right front, top shelf
   Bottom: 2 burner Coleman stove in case
      Empty Coleman lantern case
      two 3 burner Coleman stoves
      2 burner Coleman stove (above 3 burner stove)
      2 burner Coleman stove in case (above 2 burner stove)
   Top:   Coleman liquid fuel heater

bot_016   Right front, middle shelf
   Bottom:   8 man canvas tent (blue duffel)
      propane turnky fryer burner
      8 man Coleman tent (green duffle)
   Top:   Cards, card game rule books, poker chips (black bag)
      2 fleece sleeping bags
      Italian military wool blanket

bot_017   Right front, bottom shelf
   Bottom: kitty litter (green bucket)
      7 gallon bucket with bucket toilet lid
      Blue cooler with small cast iron fry pans, etc
   Top:   empty totes
                Coleman liquid fuel heater

General BOV Discussion / Re: New BOT (Bug Out Trailer)
« on: August 03, 2018, 10:07:40 PM »
The last few days I've been spending some time building the shelves and loading things into the trailer. I've used a lot of bungee cords to keep things on the shelves, and have been by the hardware store to pick up more. Another run for more bungees is in the cards.

As I've been putting things on the shelves I've also been changing where things were put initially, that's where the extra bungees have come in. I picked up a couple of small totes that fit on the shelves well and stack two high. Stacking totes two high requires more bungees.

Most of my camping (aka bug out) gear is in the trailer. There are still a few things I need to put in, which may result in a bit more reorganizing. I picked up 6 more small totes tonight to see if I can repack a couple of larger totes for a more efficient use of space. So far I still have shelve room left, but there are a few items that I still need to put in the trailer.

With the decision to use one foot deep shelves I found that the two of the totes I use for my long term storage food will fit side by side between the shelves. This will mean easy transport of my long term storage food if needed.

I did take some pictures of the trailer with the shelves in before I packed them. I'll take more and upload them later once I'm finished packing everything in the trailer.

General BOV Discussion / Re: New BOT (Bug Out Trailer)
« on: July 26, 2018, 12:24:31 AM »
Removing a tire is one idea. I've thought about that or a boot. I've also thought about a steel bar through both wheels, kind of can't steal it when the tires won't make a full rotation. I do use two locks on the, a ball lock and a hitch lock. In all honesty, locks are for honest people because few take more than a few seconds to remove (even the good ones).

Today I ripped the plywood for the shelves. I forgot that two pieces have to be ripped are 9 inches instead of 12, so will have to finish them later with a circular saw. Hopefully I can start working on the shelves soon and can move things over. I've made a couple of other minor changes to the shelf design.

General BOV Discussion / Re: New BOT (Bug Out Trailer)
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:00:17 PM »
I'll have to look at e track, thanks.

General BOV Discussion / New BOT (Bug Out Trailer)
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:45:16 PM »
A while back I got a line on a very well maintained 5x8 V nose trailer, the V adds two feet to the length. It has only the one door on the rear, which I prefer to having one on the side. Inside width is a bit less than 5 feet but it is 6 feet at the walls and two inches higher down the center.

It was a construction trailer with roof racks, so I have a place to put canoes or what not. It did have shelves on one side, but I didn't like them so I took them out (they were too wide and wouldn't allow for a balanced load). I still have to put new shelves in, 12 inches wide on each side so I will still have nearly 3 feet between them. Originally I was going to space the shelves at 18 inches, but I've decided to put them at 2 feet. That will give me 3 shelves on each side. That will give me plenty of room to keep all of my camping (aka bug out) gear and still have room for other items should I have to bug out.

The old bug out trailer will have the enclosure removed so it won't be so top heavy and will just be a mini pickup box trailer, maybe I'll put on a cover of some sort... or maybe not.

Hit up the flea market a couple of weekends ago, was looking for axes again :) I found a no name 3 pound 9.5 oz axe and a Plumb Hudson Bay style axe (or hatchet) coming in at 1 pound 11.7 oz. I've been wanting a Hudson Bay pattern around 2 pounds and found one. I got both for $15, far less than the Plumb is worth on it's own. I ordered two 19 inch handles and a 24 inch handle. The Plumb will get a 19 inch handle, the other will either go on the Collins I picked up earlier or the Mann. The 3 pound 9.5 oz one will get either a 24 or 28 inch handle, but the place I get my handles was out of 28 inch handles. I may try another manufacturer.

Initially I couldn't tell what brand the Plumb was, but I figured for $7.50 it was worth picking up since I could tell it had good steel. After some wire wheel time I could make out the Plumb logo and was VERY happy.

I normally use Beaver-Tooth Handle, but I may try House Handle since they have 28 inch handles in stock... but House doesn't publish their shipping rates, but do say they only charge what they are charged. Maybe I'll call of email House to get a ball park shipping cost.

I still want some axes in the 4 to 6 pound range to complete my collection of sizes. Maybe I'll even find a double bit I like.

I can see a battery powered grinder working. I have friends that have a lot of battery powered tools, 20V Dewalt. I did notice that the circular saw had only a couple of minutes per battery. I suppose that would work fine for many things, and would be great to have.

Good info on the rust remover.

I like linseed oil for wood handles. I use it for axe handles and other wood handles.

Most of my tools are ready for the worst. There are a few things that aren't in top shape, like my Stihl cut off saw that was bought as a project to get into top shape - it works, just not top shape.

I pick up a lot of my US made tools second hand from garage and estate sales as well as thrift stores, etc. A lot of times those tools have some rust on them, so I'm looking at chemical ways to remove the rust. There are a few such as naval jelly, vinegar and some other rust remover solutions. I'm going to try one of the rust remover solutions to see how it works. Having some solution of one type or another to remove rust is a good idea for long term life.

If you have multiples of tools, perhaps some grease or vacuum sealing some of those multiples would be a good idea.

Yeah, it is a good score.

I've played with the carb some more, it needs to be rebuilt or replaced.

It's also good for salvage and scrounging after everything goes to hell. I will give it a workout getting rid of stumps once it's working.

Other Items / Re: Wiggy's sleeping bag
« on: June 12, 2018, 10:26:44 PM » They are made in Grand Junction, Colorado.

I heard about them in the mid to late 80s. The US Navy SEALs were buying them with their own money because they worked as advertised and when wet, there was a write up in a magazine I was reading (don't remember which one). Over the years I've heard from a few people who had them and really liked them. They are also standard equipment in all US Airforce planes as survival equipment. They have a NSN and can be requested by any US service member.

He's sold quite a few to Canadian military as well, personal purchase again because they work. I think there may even be a Canadian stock number for them, but I'm not sure.

Several of his products are in wide use, including his hypothermia bags which are used in Canadian SAR operations and others.

I also have one of his "jacket liners" which was my first purchase to test the insulation, the same insulation is used in all Wiggy's products. Late last fall I bought a parka since my old Canadian military parka and my Cabela's down parka were getting on in years and needing replacing. I did a test of all three parkas and the Wiggy's won, I took into account the cold spot in the Cabela's. The Canadian military parka's issue is the shell - seams are starting to fray but the liner still works as well as it ever did (says made in 1979, I bought it about 30 years ago), for a nearly 40 year old parka I'm impressed with how well it's survived.

Other Items / Wiggy's sleeping bag
« on: June 09, 2018, 12:19:38 AM »
The other weekend some friends and I had our annual camping trip, a bit shorter than usual. but still some time away. I bought a Wiggy's "Slumber Bag" rated for 50F since I wanted a summer bag. I slept in my tent as usual, on a cot with a thin foam mat instead of my usual memory foam pad. It rained for much of the weekend and it was damp at night when it wasn't raining. The temps were a little under 50F.

The first night I climbed in with a T-shirt and was a bit chilled, not cold but not toasty warm. Sleeping on my side it was my upper back, shoulder, chest area that was chilled while the rest was warm. I figure it was partially the open top since the bag doesn't have a hood and partially being a bit under the rating.

The next day it was rainy and a bit below the previous night's temp. Late in the afternoon I decided to take a nap and skipped the T-shirt. Not having the T shirt made an improvement, if the temp had been a degree higher I would have been toasty.

That night it was at best 45F when I crawled into bed (way past midnight) and I decided to grab a light fleece blanket I had and keep it over the sleeping bag. I made sure to really tuck it in around my shoulders. The fleece was a bit much, I was a bit past toasty, but I slept well anyway.

The sleeping bag is thin and light. In the compression sack it will be about the size of a basket ball. A thin twin sized fleece blanket is about the same weight and the same size in the compression sack. The sleeping bag is 36x84 with a listed weight of 2.75 pounds. My Coleman that has a similar rating and is 40x84 weighs quite a bit more and is much thicker.

All-in-all the temp claims were accurate. The insulation in all Wiggy's products will keep you warm even when wet, in fact the insulation will dry with your body heat. With everything else damp around me the sleeping bag was nice and dry when I woke up. I washed the sleeping bag when it got here, and I washed it after my camping trip, the insulation stayed right were it is suppose to unlike every other sleeping bag I've washed and I don't buy cheap sleeping bags.

I can say that I'm happy with the Wiggy's summer sleeping bag (Slumber Bag) and I will be buying one of his FTRSS systems for colder temps. The price is good for the quality and the lifetime warranty. Being able to wash the sleeping bags as often as I want and not have the insulation move is a major bonus.

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