The 9 Most Awesome MOVIE Bug Out Vehicles of All Time

There’s nothing I love more than a good BUG OUT movie truck.  Below is a collection of some of my favorite movie vehicles that I’d take on a BUG OUT any day of the week.  I’m sure I missed some, so please add your own favorites in the comments section below!

Here they are in no particular order:

MOVIE: Red Dawn (the original)

VEHICLE: 1978 Chevrolet K10 Cheyenne

WOLVERINES!!!!  Need I say more.  I still vow to buy a 78 Cheyenne one of these days.  Nothing says BUG OUT like Swayze tearing through the mountains of Colorado in this awesome K10.  I loved this truck when I first saw Red Dawn in the 80’s and I love it now.


MOVIE: Dante’s Peak

VEHICLE: 1987 Chevrolet Suburban

I’d say an erupting Volcano is a pretty solid reason to BUG OUT, wouldn’t you?  I love the snorkel on this red beast.  I vowed during the Big Auto Bail Outs to only ever buy Ford vehicles, but this truck would almost convince me to go back on my word.  Maybe I can buy pre-2008 Chevys.  I’ll have to think about that one.  This truck is the only reason to ever watch Dante’s Peak!


MOVIE: Tremors

VEHICLE: 1963 Jeep Gladiator J20

Hunting and killing large man-eating grub worms was my 2nd pick only to SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR when it came to my choice of careers.  And, there’s nothing I’d rather do it in than this sweet piece of BOV.  I just love that side mount fire extinguisher and you can’t even buy that cool of a paint job.  I freakin’ love this truck.


MOVIE: First Blood

VEHICLE: 1982 Yamaha XT 250

I wanted a dirt bike for years after watching Rambo tear through creeks and fields running from the law on this 250.  It wasn’t until later in life that I really began to appreciate the BUG OUT properties of a dirt bike: gas mileage, maneuverability, off-road capability, price and the list goes on and on.


MOVIE: Transformers

VEHICLE: 2007 GMC Topkick C4500

A picture speaks 1000 words.  Ironhide’s massive weapons arsenal aside, this truck is still a beast!  Originally designed as a platform for dump trucks and buses, power isn’t an issue with this truck.  You can probably pull your house OUT OF DODGE as well with this monster.  And, you can see over the miles of backed up traffic in front of you with how high this thing sits off the ground.  This way you can judge how many cars you have to drive over to get to your destination.  ROLL ON!


MOVIE: Batman Begins

VEHICLE: The Tumbler

As far as desired BUG OUT features go, I don’t think you can beat Batman’s Tumbler.  It climbs walls and shoot missiles for peat’s sake.  And, it has a built in motorcycle.  There’s hardly a Bug Out Scenario to compete with the havoc that Gotham has experienced so this vehicle is a proven winner.  I need to go to my local Tumbler dealer and see how much these cost.  I wonder if it comes in Woodland Camo?


MOVIE: Walking Tall

VEHICLE: 1987 Ford F-150

I’m a FORD guy and this truck speaks to my soul.  It says “Come on, hop in.  I’ll gladly take you to your BOL.”  Lifted just enough to be completely cool and rolling on 35 inch tires this truck means business.  It’s not flashy, but it sure would be functional when it comes to getting you through a hell-storm on the way outta dodge.  I will own this truck before I die.



VEHICLE: Bay Thoroughbred Horse

Don’t laugh just yet.  Though only 1 horse power, this vehicle can probably out perform all of the others listed.  It can go almost anywhere – on or off road.  It runs on renewable energy – grass.  You can burn it’s poop for fuel.  This horse is a survivor and certainly has the strength to haul you and your measly 45 pound Bug Out Bag for many many miles.  HOOAH!


MOVIE: Back To The Future

VEHICLE: 1985 Toyota Pickup SR5

Off-road lights.  Sweet brush guard. Lifted.  Pretty good gas mileage.  What more can you ask for in a BOV? Though the DeLorean Time Travel car in the movie might get you out of dodge quicker, it needs a long straight path and you may not get that in the midst of a disaster Bug Out.  This little SR5 doesn’t care if the path is straight, or smooth.  It can probably handle about anything you throw at it.  Sign me up – I’m a believer.


Well, that’s the list.  Is your favorite MOVIE BUG OUT VEHICLE in this list?  What did I miss?

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,




MOVIE: Dawn of the Dead

VEHICLE: 2002 Ford E-350 Modified Mall Bus

James (from the comments below) is right!  No MOVIE BUG OUT vehicle list would be complete without the mention of a ZOMBIE FLICK.  The modified Ford E-350 Zombie Killing Buses in Dawn of the Dead definitely make the list!  If the Zombie Apocalypse hits, I want one of these suckers.  I’ll take the one with the Zombie Plow, please.




  1. This wasn’t a movie, but a short lived TV show – The Highwayman.

    His 18 wheeler turned into a helicopter! 😉


  2. John M Huebner says:

    Sorry…these are all lame compared to the Landmaster from Damnation Alley…

    • I’m so glad somebody mentioned the Landmaster. Personally I would’ve called it an Armadillo.

  3. Love the bike from First Blood.

    Don't forget the EM-50 Urban Assault RV from Stripes.

  4. Bowler Wildcat. Absolutely Unstoppable and it sounds incredible. Or maybe a Supacat Jackle. A .50 Browning machine gun could come in handy if the SHTF.

  5. The Family Truckster from "Vacation" sure took a beating.

  6. I would say the scene leaving the mall in the remake of Dawn Of The Dead a classic,two buses wrapped in barbed wire with plows and extra lighting,chainsaws and loaded to the teeth from Andy’s gun shop(poor Andy didn’t make it!).Mowing through thousands of zombies,if that isn’t bugging out don’t know what is!

  7. Gotta go with John H on this one. The Land master is IT!

  8. Yes, the EM-50 Urban Assault RV from the Movie STRIPES with Bill Murray was always one of my favorites!

  9. What about the attack truck in the end of Tango and Cash? Hardcore Chevy!

  10. The Herkimer Battle Jitney from Mystery Men…except it’s non-lethal.

  11. Creek, I am watching Batman Begins, and the prototype Tumbler comes in desert camouflage, so I don’t see why you couldn’t get it in woodland. Bruce Wayne had to ask if it came in black. Good luck finding one.

  12. Armenda S Barnes says:

    Nice to see I'm not the only one who appreciates a 1 HP bug out vehicle! 🙂

  13. Don’t forget Sarah Connor’s Jeep.

  14. I still think my VW Westphalia makes the best BOV.

  15. how about the vehicle from the movie Damnation alley (1977).

  16. I agree with your list and thought of just a few more (movie & tv). Listed in order of my favorites.
    1. The General Lee – 69 Dodge Charger.
    2. Condorman's Vehicles

    3. 1967 Pontiac GTO XXX Movie Car.
    4. The Dreadnaught
    5. Mad Max 1973 Ford XB Falcon.
    6. Goldfinger 1963 Aston Martin DB5.
    7. The A-Team 1983 GMC Van.
    8. Simon & Simon 1979 Dodge Power Wagon.
    9. The Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT).
    10. The Wraith Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor.
    11. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1910.

  17. Surfette says:

    Personally and speaking from the ‘present’, I would either want the ‘1 horse’ or a Rokon Trailbreaker. They are quiet and rugged and can climb a steep incline without flipping over. Disappear anywhere on one.

  18. First off, I owned a video store for 22 years and have always loved movies, but this is one of the most fun and innovative articles related to movies I have read in a while. Now, I don’t think anyone mentioned this I hope, but I wanted to mention Sylvester Stallones’s vehicle in Expendables. His character had lovingly restored and tricked out a black F-100 that was absolutely beautiful and then messed it up trying to escape an ambush from his former team member. Love the looks for those old classic trucks!

  19. Mint Creek!Just saw this on Lew Rockewell,one of my favorite sites,will be seeing him speak at Freedom Fest in N.H. next month.Congrats on another article on Lew and thanks for getting my name on the site!

  20. As a Ford employee I am admittedly biased, but if I had to pick a BOV (though not in any movie yet), I'd go with a fully loaded Ford F-150 Raptor.

  21. Glad to see the chevy from Red Dawn on here. Was the movie that basically started my interest in “prepping” and survival.

  22. Why has everyone forgot the mid 90's Blazer from Tango and Cash……

  23. When I saw the title of this article, the first two things I thought of where:

    1) the modified shuttle buses in the Dawn of the Dead remake, and

    2) the Batmobile.

    Great to see that they both made the list.

  24. Onward Thruthe Fog says:

    I always wanted the van from "The A Team."

  25. “Red Dawn” was awesome!! I remember playing at recess in 4th grade, running around shouting, “Wolverines!!” and pretending to shoot the bad guys. (That was before bringing a plastic water pistol to school was a felony.)

    Happy Prepping!

  26. Big Ken says:

    Has no one here seen Eye of the Tiger, starring Gary Busey?

  27. Depends on the situation. If its the end of the world (the Plague, the Bomb, Aliens, Ect) then make it an older diesel 4 WD pickup, the older non electronic engines will run on heating oil spihoned out of any exterior abandoned home tank, and you can blend in pretty much any thing that will burn, (motor oil, ATF, cooking oil). When it comes to siphoning, you can pump diesel from abandoned big rigs, or just hit the local trailer park, there's a heating oil tank behind each trailer.When all the gas out there goes stale after a year, you'll still be scrounging and rolling.They are good for about 300,000 miles between rebuilds. Now, for a Zombie plague, just grab an ordinary, average bucket loader.Newer ones take a key but they are usually left in them when parked outside the cities.Older ones, just find the big electrical cutoff switch in the cab, turn it on, push the fuel pedal down to turn on the fuel, and crank it up. Runs on diesel (see above), the seat is ten feet off the ground (zombies aren't good with ladders, especially when the ladder is between two 6 foot tall rolling tires), its all wheel drive with planetary hubs so it can drive thru and over a herd of 1,000s without bogging down or getting stuck (just like crunchy mud), the average bucket is 8 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 4 feet deep, hold it level and it will hold alot of scrounged gear, just toss it in as you run by, then once its raised up about 4 1/2 feet or so it perfect for popping skulls as you go slowly rolling along.Not quick, but they can shove cars and barricades out of the way.

    • The last three fixers I hauled were push start, the keys are only for the locking glovebox.

    • *dozers, not fixers.

    • A dozer would work in a pinch, though not as much space to haul scrounge goods and not as easy for non operators to figure out how to use. Another nice vehicle would be an armored car. Dump the money cages and put in an air mattress, chemical toilet, and camping gear. Sleep like a baby in the middle of a herd once the doors are locked.

  28. George Jones says:

    Tango and Cash

  29. That was an awesome Blazer!

  30. U.S.M.C. Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle! An Army Stryker would work too!

  31. Three Days of the Condor. Redford, Dunaway, Ford Bronco.

  32. Gotta add Mel Gibson’s Interceptor from the Mad Max series. Has to be one of the pioneers for the bug out vehicle list.

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  34. Land of the dead, dead reckening i think it was called.

  35. Land of the dead, dead reckening i think it was called.

  36. One word: Sorcerer.

  37. Scott Haney says:

    The Land Master from Damnation Alley

  38. Chuck Norris McQuaid Dodge ram SUV. Loved the supercharger part.

  39. I agree Scott, the landmaster trumps just about everything on that list

  40. Richard Jackson says:


  41. George Dart says:

    Stripes – The Urban Assault Vehicle

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  45. Thebook Canbyteme says:

    Nothing from the Mad Max films????

  46. One of the Jeeps from Rat Patrol!!!

  47. That awesome black truck from Tango and Cash.

  48. Mike Taylor says:

    yep, Dead Reckoning…awesome BOV

  49. Herkimer Battle Jitney from Mystery Men

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