A while back I blogged a bit about our reason for picking a light SUV for a homestead car. We chose not one but two Toyota RAV4 suv’s. One of the reasons I decided on a 2012 Rav that is identical to the one we’ve had in the family for four years was that the original Rav has been absolutely bullet-proof. No problems whatsoever, Ive changed oil religiously, swapped the battery and changed the brake pads (and one caliper).
We bought Rav1 as a Toyota Certified used car with 34k miles and are now at 87K+ and it still runs and drives like new! We are just approaching the need to replace the FACTORY tires!.
Then there is RAV2, my Rav, it’s been shall we say, interesting. I traded off my sporty hatchback (that was killing my back) on Rav2 which even though being 5 years old had only 24k miles on the odometer. I’ve driven Rav2 for twenty thousand miles in the past 8 months, and I’ve nearly traded it off a dozen times.
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I tried this shit and trust me, if my ass had fallen face first into a mud puddle I would have had to try to use one of my three fire starting methods to light my shitty chap-stick and signal for help before not only my two phones were water-logged , or I in fact drowned because all the “survival” shit I was carrying made it impossible to get up! Continue reading →
Hunting, trapping and fishing can legally fill a good portion your families protein needs every year, and watching Craigslist can net all sorts of free materials that can be used around the homestead for projects. Continue reading →
If you have ever wanted to automate any mechanical or electrical device, you can probably do it with Arduino. IF you have a desire to learn electronics and programming. If these subjects are not for you then find a friend that can help you. Continue reading →
As with the real world the digital world is an ever changing and evolving environment. Here at Open Source Survival we embrace the idea that information should be easily and openly available. There is another side of survival that we have not touched on too much and that is surviving in the digital world. If […] Continue reading →
I will be posting some of our past and current adventures as we strive to balance practicality and paranoia! Continue reading →
In the fast paced and sometimes dangerous world we find ourselves in, wouldn’t it be nice to get intelligence briefings and early warnings like the president and other world leaders? Continue reading →
So perhaps you are a dissident in Hong Kong, a Kurdish fighter in Iraq, or maybe just a freedom loving, constitutionally minded American, but what you know is you want some privacy in your web surfing and email communications. Continue reading →
Here is a link to a recent article, describing via Snowden leaks what the NSA has trouble snooping on. Be aware that the FBI amongst others has seized control of some TOR based servers and proxies during the Silkroad investigations. So take all of this with a grain of salt. IMHO if you want to […] Continue reading →
Before you run out and buy a hi capacity 9mm or a custom 1911, you need to evaluate your situation and some factors that you should consider are: Continue reading →