Concepts abound for how to provide shelter in the wilds after a bug out escape has been executed. The sheltering ideas are as diverse as there are preppers and the personalities of people wanting get out of Dodge when things go south. The options vary from the totally austere use of a mere tarp thrown over a clothes line between a couple trees, to investing in an outbound parcel of land with a house, barn, or other conventional fixed prep shelter.
By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author
In between the ends of this spectrum are all kinds of options. Some prefer simple camping Boy Scout type tents, others opting for sturdier outfitter walled tents. Beyond tents are fixed campers on wheels of all designs. Some are lightweight pop-up types with a tent type fold out top, but a solid floor with living conveniences built in. Others are just tiny, enclosed, walled, towable trailers.
Naturally, there are full bore travel trailers of every description on the market from basic units on one axle to huge outfits on dual axles with an extra slide out room or more, and nearly all the amenities of a regular house, only it’s portable. These are self-contained living quarters than can be towed to any outlying camping area, to secured and hidden locations.
Then, there is another category of camping trailers that are just a bit more out of the normal mainstream of camping units. One such outfit named the Timberline Range Camps is located in Mount Pleasant, Utah. A fitting location to headquarter a specialty camping trailer company.
The Timberline Outfit
This team of outdoors minded people have created a line of camping trailers including 11 different models currently available with all kinds of differences in sizes, options, amenities, and equipped to provide about any kind of an outdoor escape shelter. When making an investment like this, there is certainly a lot to consider. While this report is suggesting their use as a potential SHTF Bug Out shelter, naturally they have suitable applications to any outdoors recreational activity from camping in the great outdoors, fishing, hunting, cycle or ATV riding to just relaxing in the woods or by the stream or lake. Such would make great dry runs for a real SHTF event.
Just by appearance one gets the impression of the quality of these units; they definitely have an air of ruggedness about them. They certainly are not cheaply made simple camping trailers with weak frames or construction. These units are intended for extended outdoor living if necessary.
The Timberline Escape Model
For this report, we selected one of the eleven models to concentrate on, so readers would have an idea of the features of one unit. The Escape being appropriately named for prepping and survival, is a unit that is 21-feet long, nearly 8 foot wide inside with an interior length of 16 feet. The height of the unit is 11 feet. Ground clearance on these trailers is of particular interest being 24-inches which is a very high clearance for a unit of this type.
Contained within is a long list of standard features with other options that can be custom ordered. First, at the rear of the unit is a full main bed, a pull out table, twin trundle bed with under bed storage. The Escape is set up to sleep four. Forward is a kitchen, living area with seating benches, a wood stove, a 3-burner cooktop, a 2.7 cu. ft. refrigerator, and a sink. There is a shower and a toilet. You have to realize these campers are designed to maximize minimal space if that makes sense. They are compact for sure, but laid out to be comfortable and utilitarian. Amazingly, there are plenty of cabinets and storage space, too.
These campers have a stronger frame than most and more insulation to withstand colder or hotter weather. These units include a solar panel, 2 30-pound propane tanks, a 20,000 BTU forced air furnace and a water package including a 42-gallon fresh water tank. The units have gray and black water holding capabilities as well.
The electric package includes outlets, lighting and other features to enhance the use of the units. There is a full complement of inside and outside lights, running lights and tail lights. There are two 6-vdc deep cycle batteries for the camper. Full camper hook ups are included in the event you have access to external utilities, water hookups, and gray/black water release hook ups. Options are many including built in entertainment packages, satellite ready, a toy hauler deck for an ATV or motorcycle(s) that then becomes an exterior porch for relaxing.
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You just have to review their web site to get a full appreciation of the design and function of these camper units. These would be ideal for a Bug Out escape, and or a ready set up alternative shelter in place, ready to use. Add an outside supply and equipment shed, and any prepper would be comfortable for an extended stay.
How much? Have you shopped the cost of a new car or pickup truck lately? I have. The new Toyota Tundra I would love to have tops $50,000. I will probably settle for a Chevrolet Silverado like I have had since 2008 for around $40,000. The base model Timberline Escape camper goes for around $42,000.
If you think that is expensive then price other camping trailers, a few acres of isolated farmland, or woodland property, and add the cost of building a small camp house. The Timberline’s are well within the reasonable costs for a SHTF Bug Out shelter. And you can move it around as necessary for additional recreational options.