While I think most of us can agree that the zombie apocalypse isn’t going to happen next week, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to dream about building up or buying a vehicle as the ultimate bug-out, go-anywhere-and-survive type of transportation. So, without further ado, here is a list of the top vehicles that will keep you out of harm’s way in the most extreme (if not altogether unlikely) of scenarios.
1) Avtoros Shaman: You probably haven’t heard about this low-volume, Russian-made beast but that doesn’t mean it won’t put most anything to shame off the pavement. 8 wheel drive, 8 wheel steering, amphibious capabilities, and seating for 7 of your closest friends/family, what’s not to like? Throw a mattress and a few packets of Quaker oatmeal in the back and you’re good to go.
2) Hagglund BV206: Ever wanted to own a mini-tank but just didn’t pull the trigger because, well, it didn’t have a trailer? Your search has ended. The Hagglund was built for the sole purpose of going absolutely anywhere on the planet with all of the necessities to survive the harshest environs, including Antarctica.
3) M35 2.5 ton cargo truck: Affectionately called the “deuce and a half” this military grade truck is a go-anywhere 6X6 that is fairly readily available. Though its top speed is nothing spectacular, it will run on pretty much anything and laugh in the face of small road obstacles. Throw a camper on the back and you’ve got yourself a pretty bulletproof truck.
4) Earth Roamer XV-LT: If the zombie apocalypse forces you into the great outdoors, the Earth Romer is the vehicle to have. Based on the Ford F550 platform, these cab-over expedition duty campers are designed to keep you comfortable wherever the path may lead you.
5) The “Kira” Expedition RV: Brian Ferren of Applied Minds has built the ultimate go anywhere vehicle. Designed to tackle terrain with the most powerful technology this planet has to offer, (not to mention a turbo-diesel motorcycle for light reconnaissance) you’d be able to head to the most remote reaches of the planet with ease (and a hot shower).
6) The “Burlak”: Once again, the Russians deliver a monster of a truck capable of toppling mountains with a punch of the skinny pedal. From the guys who brought you the Sherp (a smaller version of this, essentially) this vehicle has the space to take you and your family of 4 anywhere in relative comfort.
7) Russian “Vityaz” or DT-30PM: This is a just a fancy way of saying a tank with another tank as a trailer. This “articulating tracked vehicle” or ATV is basically two tanks strapped together with a payload of 10 tons. Popular in the then USSR, these vehicles saw military and civilian action all over the world gaining access to remote areas where nothing else could dream of going.
8) Arctic Trucks Toyota Hilux AT44 6X6: One of the slightly more civilized and attainable vehicles of this bunch, the transformed Hilux has already performed admirably on Top Gear’s Arctic special (albeit in a slightly different form). Toyota build quality with Icelandic arctic ingenuity and know-how, doubtful there’s a better cold weather combo out there.
So when you’re preparing for the end of days, be sure to save up for some suitable transportation because these aren’t going to be cheap (or easy to find). Drool away preppers, your vehicle has arrived!