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bwestand7 --- 10 years ago -

I have read a lot on this topic and everything points to an old diesel truck my question is in most disaster type situation would diesel be the first fuel to run out? My thought are that our government would keep the deliveries moving for as long as possible and I don't have an exact figure but I think like 90% of our frieght relies on diesel so I am leaning toward an 80s model 4wd suburban for storage space and my large family .... I have read on the fact that diesel trucks will run on untreated wvo for about 50 miles but I want a vehicle that can be used if necessary to get me anywhere .... In my mind there will be more gasoline to scavenger during the first few months of a disaster than diesel what are your thoughts.... 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 10 years ago -

In my mind there will be more gasoline to scavenger during the first few months of a disaster than diesel what are your thoughts....

Well my thoughts are that I will not be doing much driving in the WROL situation.
Other than bugging out to a predetermined safe location, of which I always keep enough fuel on hand, I do not forsee or prep for a journey of 200 miles or more.

If I am bugging in, I can self sustain for many months without going anywhere. 

bwestand7 --- 10 years ago -

I as well am set up to stay in place for upwards of 6 months but depending on the situation I feel I should be prepared to move my family to a better location I feel no matter how well set up you are to stay in place you have to be prepared to leave some as myself more than others I am only 20 miles from a million possibly hungry possibly dangerous people I have a large lake within a half mile food for 10 for 6 months a rain collion system while only cable of holding 400 gallons now its capable of producing 3000 gallons per month on average rainfall I am well armed have medical supplies and have a good source of food to hunt ..... For a time ..... But in a national or possibly global event the local food source would diminish quickly and we would have no other option but to head to more fertile less populated areas my choice is the rockies with a well mapped out low profile route following large lakes .... I believe not even fort knox will be safe in some instances and therefore I have planned my entire situation to be mobile if neccessary from making sure that the food is compact to keeping 100 gal of water in jugs to keeping my ammo in large flat vaccum bags .... So in that situation where you have no viable option but to head to the mountains as they say what would you rely on gas or diesel ? I know Its become a popular term recently but I'm planning for the zombie apocalypse lol that should cover all the bases for my family in any event localized national or global 

oneyedman (Mod) --- 10 years ago -

So in that situation where you have no viable option but to head to the mountains as they say what would you rely on gas or diesel ?

Well, If I had to choose to leave, I would pick gas. Diesel, although used by trucks, would simply not be as plentiful as gas.

Trucks would be abundant around major lanes of transport, but in a such a situation described above, we would be sticking to backroads, going through small towns. There will always be an abandoned(or not) car to suck some gas out of.

The further problem arises with the nature of diesel and if for some reason you run it dry, it is not as easy to get it going again. 

bwestand7 --- 10 years ago -

Thanks for your input that the same thoughts I have honestly I'm just wondering the reasoning behind "experts" both on tv and around the web say diesel is the way to go ..... I guess it just depends on the outcome you hope for if your only going a short distance I'm sure it doesn't matter ... But I am curious if anyone has any direct insight into why diesel is so highly reccomended ie does it store better or if its just in the case of all fuel being gone it will run short distances on pure wvo ... I'm pretty sure a carbed gas 4 we suburban is my choice 

LiveFreeOrDie (Admin) --- 10 years ago -

The further problem arises with the nature of diesel and if for some reason you run it dry, it is not as easy to get it going again.

That's a very good point I had not really considered. 

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