is a story I read once about a family that survived a plane crash
in the Western American desert. The plane was in a small canyon
out of sight. The family of three moved out of the canyon to a site
that was easily visible and waited for rescue. They were experienced
campers and survived for over 50 days before running completely
out of supplies and dying. Other people were aware that the survivors
were there but thought that they were just campers. No one knew
that they were crash survivors waiting to be rescued. The point
of the story was that if you need help make sure that potential
rescuers know that you need help.
The Green Rover carries a complete signal kit that includes 12
gauge aerial signal flares, hand held signal flares for night use
and orange smoke flares for day time use. I have a battery operated
strobe that is kept in the car or with me when I am away from the
If I need help I want to make sure that people know that I need
I also consider the CB to be an effective signal device in many
The Green Rover caries a large quantity of equipment for survival
as well as my normal camping gear which also serves as survival
gear. Having a fully equipped RV makes being stuck or broken down
for multiple days comfortable and reasonably safe unless I'm low
on supplies when trouble leaves me stranded.
Normal camping supplies includes a full refrigerator and lots of
packaged and canned foods. The refrigerator will operate for three
days on the deep cycle battery in 90 plus degree weather without
starting the car.
The car has a built in 15 gallon water tank plus a 3 gallon reserve
water bottle on the roof rack. My personal emergency kit that goes
on trips contains a half gallon of drinking water and I keep a 1-1/2
quart bottle of water alongside the driver's seat to keep me hydrated
The propane stove is supplied by a 5 gallon tank. A full tank can
provide cooking heat for over three weeks. I have a 3 gallon spare
propane tank on the roof rack that can be quickly piped into the
system. The stove heats up the interior of the car within a few
minutes and keeps it toasty warm in just about any weather.
I carry a good sleeping bag and a 12V electric blanket that fits
inside the bag. This combination can be used to revive someone who
has chilled to the point of not being able to maintain body temperature.
Whenever the Green Rover goes out on a trip I make sure that she
carries her full set of tools
For recovery, The Green Rover is fitted with a Vancouver winch
with 150 feet of 3/8ths dia. cable. There is a shovel and removable
handle pick axe on the front wings and a high lift jack on the rear.
I usually carry a heavy duty come-along on the roof rack.
Behind the driver's seat is a 5 foot by 7 foot plastic tarp, gloves,
a length of hardened chain with 5000 pound rated hooks, a six inch
wide recovery strap, hammer, roll of bailing wire, folding saw and
There is a large refillable fire extinguisher that sits behind
the centre cubby box easily accessible from both the front or rear
of the car. I'm one of those people who believe that the small extinguishers
sold for cars do not carry enough extinguisher material to be of
There is a first aid kit in the rear of the car that has been custom
assembled to meet my needs.
There is a maglite mounted in brackets at the top centre of the
instrument panel and a second one mounted in brackets just above
the first aid kit in the rear.
In one of the cabinets I carry spare batteries, light bulbs and
In the front of the car I keep sun block, a moisturizer and chap
When I'm on trips I carry my personal
safety kit with me. This adds an additional half gallon of water,
additional first aid kit, water proof matches, protective clothing,
alternative methods of creating heat, signaling distress and more.
I believe in taking survival seriously and making sure that others
know when I need help.
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