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    Quote Originally Posted by 91CavGT View Post
    There was one guy in a lifted 80s model Chevy 4x4 truck that was flying down the grass median going way too fast and making a lot of noise. I witnessed people honking at this guy, and it looked like at one point someone threw something at the guy. Sometimes it is advantageous to get away from the crowd while there are times when it is better to lower your hat and blend in while always having an evacuation route.

    Everyone was on edge. I had several friends that evacuated together with their RVs and they had to pull rifles out in order to protect each other when they stopped to refill their tanks from gas cans they brought. And they stayed off of the main highways. Except for living through hurricane Alicia in the early 80s, this was the closest thing to a true SHTF event that I had ever been in, and I voluntarily but myself in that situation. It was a good learning experience.
    These two points right here are why I like my 4x4 fullsize truck and want multiple interior fuel tanks. 4x4 means I can get damn near anywhere even if that means going around people, fullsize gives me room for storage and spreading out a little, and interior tanks will give me over 1k in range without even indicating to others that anything is out of the ordinary (anything beyond the stock 25 gallon tank).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daelith View Post
    These two points right here are why I like my 4x4 fullsize truck and want multiple interior fuel tanks. 4x4 means I can get damn near anywhere even if that means going around people, fullsize gives me room for storage and spreading out a little, and interior tanks will give me over 1k in range without even indicating to others that anything is out of the ordinary (anything beyond the stock 25 gallon tank).
    My point was the way the guy did it made him a huge target. He made a lot of people mad, but not because he was driving in the median as a lot of people were. People were getting mad at him for blasting by everyone at a high rate of speed and since his truck was very loud, everyone could hear him coming. If this was in fact a major SHTF event, he would have been shot at. If you have the ability to fly by everyone, you need to try to keep as low of a profile as possible. Don't let it be known what your capability is (OPSEC) and don't announce your presence.
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    Yes, silence is golden......
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    My family and I took a trip out of town today in her 2016 Honda Pilot. It is rated for 27 mpg on the highway and that is what it typically gets with the cruise control running things. So today I employed some of the techniques I pointed out in the first post. After 27 miles, this SUV was averaging 40.2 mpg! With a 19 gallon fuel tank this would give roughly a 760 mile range.
    Prepare for the worst, hope for the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winni View Post
    Kind of a fun project in vehicles with serpentine belts !
    Ain't it though. But it can be done. Had to find an AC delete pulley kit that replaced the compressor for the on the 6.5 diesel race engine project.
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