Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) Chronicles: The Final Post : Series Post #6

It’s been a few months since my last post about the progress of my new Bug Out Vehicle.  Well… I’m happy to announce that it’s finished and I’m really loving it.  So let’s see a before picture to remind you what it looked like when I first got it. IMG_2423

And now….after my modifications.

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Pictures speak louder than words so below are a few close up shots. creek-stewart-truck-load-out creek-stewart-truck-winch

I’d also like to point out a couple of cool features I added: creek-stewart-truck-camo-tarp

I picked up a camo net from www.camonettingstore.com and it hooks perfectly on the roof rack of the truck cap.  I can rig it up in a variety of ways for shade or for camouflage.

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Using PVC piping I also attached a camo tarp that I can roll out and rig up in just a few minutes. creek-stewart-tarp

I know… I know… this BOV doesn’t blend in with the crowd.

I’ll be the first to admit that I broke the #1 rule of a BOV – BLEND IN WITH THE CROWD.  What I haven’t told you yet, though, is that I outfitted this BOV while writing my new book, BUILD THE PERFECT BUG OUT VEHICLE.

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I couldn’t in good conscious write a book about BOVs and not give you some good eye candy.  So, I made a judgement call and tricked it out a bit more than necessary because everyone likes looking at cool pictures, including me.

Like my Mom used to say – it doesn’t matter what she looks like on the outside.  It’s the inside that counts.

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This is REALLY true with a BOV.  The outside can look like crap – it’s what’s inside that is important.  It’s critical that the engine and other mechanical parts are reliable and trustworthy.  The survival supplies you pack inside are quantum leaps more important that the paint job or bumpers.  How you outfit your BOV on the inside is what matters most.  Here’s a sneak peak into the back of my BOV.  There way more to discuss about outfitting BOVs than I could ever do in an on-line post.

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Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle

For those of you who read my first book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag, this book is in that same vein.  It is an A-Z manual about choosing and outfitting the perfect BOV.  I leave no stone unturned.  Not only do I discuss different categories and types of BOVs but I walk through everything that you should and shouldn’t consider when outfitting it with maintenance supplies, survival tools, weapons, water, food, etc.  I cover storage ideas and creative ways to work with ‘the vehicle you have right now’.

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If you like reading about survival, bugging out and vehicles…

Then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book.  It’s been many months in the making and took a ton of effort as you can imagine.  I learned a lot along the way as well and share many of those ups and downs.  It seems learning is more about trial and error than anything.

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A short run of Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle is now available on Amazon and I have limited signed copies available at our NOT IF BUT WHEN store.  Below are the links if you’re interested in ordering it.

AMAZON: BUILD THE PERFECT BUG OUT VEHICLE

NOT IF BUT WHEN SURVIVAL STORE (Autographed copy): BUILD THE PERFECT BUG OUT VEHICLE

As always – thanks so much for all of your support.

YOUR AMAZON BOOK REVIEW COULD WIN YOU THIS BUG OUT BAG PACKED WITH SURVIVAL SUPPLIES

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That’s right, just by sharing your AMAZON book review of BUILD THE PERFECT BUG OUT VEHICLE you could win this pack!  Below are the details – GOOD LUCK!

  • Prize is shown above
  • To enter, you must copy and paste your amazon book review to one of the following outlets:
  1. THIS BLOG POST – see the comments section below (be sure to follow the comments so you can see who wins)
  2. INSTAGRAM using the hastag #buildtheperfectbugoutvehiclereview
  • All of the comments will be gathered and one random winner will be chosen and contacted via private message to get their mailing address.
  • Winner will be chosen on July 28th, 2014 – CREEK’S BIRTHDAY!

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,

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Comments

  1. Jeremey Wireman says:

    sweet truck great ideas for a BOV

  2. Been following the progress and I must say the final product looks awesome ! Well done Creek

  3. Ty Gladden says:

    Looks great! I can’t wait to read this book! Love the pictures Creek 🙂

  4. WhiskeyAlphaSixNiner says:

    An excellent book that is full of well thought out advice about how to select, build and equip your own “Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle”. Even if you’re not an “All Out Prepper/Survivalist” you’ll find plenty of useful information on the most important gear to store in your everyday car or truck that just might save your life & your loved ones in a crisis.

    Posted to Amazon.com Book Review 07-01-14

    • Creek says:

      Thanks so much for posting your review of my book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle. Sorry, you weren’t the winner of the survival pack filled with supplies. HOWEVER – I still have a consolation prize for you. Send me your mailing address to creek@willowhavenoutdoor.com and I will get it shipped!

  5. Doc says:

    Have the Perfect Bug Out Bag in the Kindle Format so was wondering when the Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle would also be in the Kindle Format.
    Cheers,
    Doc

  6. Ranchman says:

    Hey Creek, awesome M1008. I have an ’85 model myself. I swapped out the NP208 for a 205 gear drive, had Blumenthal’s in Oklahoma City redo the T400, lengthened the drive shafts for the 205 w/adapter, and a bunch of other mods. I’m running 12.5×36 IROK Super Swampers w/16.5″ American Racing rims and the stock 4.56:1 gears w/rear locker. I would LOVE to get a bed lid like the one on yours. Where did you find it, how much, etc, etc? Again, bro, absolutely awesome example of what can be done with an old Army truck. I love those old CUCVs!

    Thanks for any info you might be able to share. If you’ve covered the camper top in a different issue, my apologies. I’m going to start searching your website. I just found it and you’ve got me hooked already!

  7. Neubert500 says:

    This is my review on Amazon.com

    Get this book now BEFORE you need it.

    You need this book! it doesn’t matter if you plan to bug out or not! What if you are fine after an event (storm etc) but you have family members (small children, parents, etc) in an affected area? Is what you are driving now sufficient to get them to safety? This book presents MANY areas to think about and I believe that is it’s greatest value, to get YOU thinking about YOUR needs “when not if” you are in a less than optimal event. Don’t wait and order after you need it!

    • Creek says:

      Thanks so much for posting your review of my book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle. Sorry, you weren’t the winner of the survival pack filled with supplies. HOWEVER – I still have a consolation prize for you. Send me your mailing address to creek@willowhavenoutdoor.com and I will get it shipped!

  8. RGrinnen says:

    Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle is an extremely comprehensive, and in-depth overview of bug out vehicle options! I really like Creek’s down-to-earth style in his books.
    It was an informational read that I am confident even someone who is new to the concepts of self-reliance and preparedness could understand.
    I’m no professional in this department, and I’ve got to say there were so many excellent ideas I plan on taking from what Creek teaches in this book.
    I thoroughly enjoyed what I learned from this.
    Now I’ve got to revamp the load out I keep in the truck!
    Thank you, Creek, for an excellent book!

  9. Sharon-Scott Hitzeroth-Eggers says:

    My Amazon Review:

    Great Tool for Preparedness! Buy this book!
    July 22, 2014
    Outstanding book. Creek expands on the Bug out Bag concept to include how to set up your vehicle for bugging out and this is a home run!

  10. Chris Woods says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, July 23, 2014
    Verified Purchase
    This review is from: Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle: The Disaster Survival Vehicle Guide (Paperback)
    1st I have 3 of Creek Stewart and I am very very happy with all of them. This one here is a good book very well written and laid out. There is none of the BS stuff I have found in other books. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Thanks

  11. Matthew Gamble says:

    Want to build the right conveyance for your bug out situation? This may be the right book your looking for. Creek breaks down the details for every type of transport needed from foot power to animal to land sea and air. He also details the pros and cons for each conveyance method. While remaining focused on how to equip your situation.
    This book will appeal to fans of prepping and survival. I like how Creek keeps things simple and gives examples to readers. He keeps you thinking about your unique situation even if the whole book doesn’t apply to your ‘bug out plan.’ It has a lot of interesting examples that will challenge you to think outside the box. My only complaint is, as a fan of this genre I felt like craved more information. I bet Creek could easily write one hundred pages more about building the perfect bug out vehicle.

    • Creek says:

      Thanks so much for posting your review of my book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle. Sorry, you weren’t the winner of the survival pack filled with supplies. HOWEVER – I still have a consolation prize for you. Send me your mailing address to creek@willowhavenoutdoor.com and I will get it shipped!

  12. Thanks so much for posting your review of my book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle. Sorry, you weren't the winner of the survival pack filled with supplies. HOWEVER – I still have a consolation prize for you. Send me your mailing address to creek@willowhavenoutdoor.com and I will get it shipped!

  13. Thanks so much for posting your review of my book, Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle. Sorry, you weren't the winner of the survival pack filled with supplies. HOWEVER – I still have a consolation prize for you. Send me your mailing address to creek@willowhavenoutdoor.com and I will get it shipped!

  14. steve says:

    just read the book, and have made a large amount of modifications to my vehicle…also inspired to make an expedition trailer to be tested out at the end of august for a hunting trip. Very informative, and well laid out, another great book from creek!!! there are many of us in the great white north that are now huge followers!!

  15. RGR says:

    Creek Stewart is a cool dood!
    Showing them that an Indiana boy can survive… 😀

    I intend to buy the BOV book and outfit my Tahoe!

  16. Nice write up, really liked what you’ve done with the truck. For 1/2 ton trucks I really prefer a good ole chevy as well. But for a bug out vehicle especially with some of the best stock capability I’m a big fan of the Toyota Tacoma. Notice how guerrilla war fighters around the seem prefer these trucks.

    Another vehicle that quickly comes to mind with a great deal of stock off roading capability is the Jeep Wrangler and in a lot of ways it especially due to it’s short wheel base stock vs. stock out performs the Tacoma. But I think anybody who has driven both will agree the Tacoma has smoother ride on the road especially at highway speeds.

  17. Aaron K says:

    Hey Creek, I loved seeing the BOV on Fat Guys in the Woods! Awesome show! I’ve always loved the outdoors, and your show is one that inspires people to get out there and be outside, because anybody can do it. That’s different from some of the other survival shows where the expert is out there and doing things that the average guy wouldn’t typically do. I love it! Keep up the good work!

  18. Terlingua Kidd says:

    I looked at this type of former military truck but was turned off by the 55 MPH speed limit. I would not dare get on a freeway where the speed limit is 70 mph and I could only go 55mph. Otherwise they are a good platform for a BOV or a back roads knock-about. Even with a "plain Jane" paint job these trucks stand out on the road.