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    The assault wheelbarrow is looking better and better. Maybe a mule, or a donkey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonGuy View Post
    Im not particularly expecting an EMP but I want to be prepared just in case. Also, I've always wanted an ATV, for other reasons. As for having fuel for the ATV, I would store up gasoline.
    That's a lot of gasoline to store up, not to mention that gasoline does not have a very long shelf life before it degrades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneGunTX View Post
    That's a lot of gasoline to store up, not to mention that gasoline does not have a very long shelf life before it degrades.
    Right now I have the capability of storing up about twenty gallons although I could invest in bigger containers. When you do store up gasoline its good for six months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonGuy View Post
    Right now I have the capability of storing up about twenty gallons although I could invest in bigger containers. When you do store up gasoline its good for six months.
    Yes it is, but 20 gallons in an ATV won't last long. How long do you think this apocalypse will last?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneGunTX View Post
    Yes it is, but 20 gallons in an ATV won't last long. How long do you think this apocalypse will last?
    I could upgrade to a 300 gallon gas container.

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    How handy are you with a wrench? If you're a proficient enough mechanic you may want to just start a project and rebuild a used bike, ATV or Chenowth style buggy from the ground up, eliminating dependencies on electronic systems, and have it set up to run off of alternative forms of fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snub44 View Post
    Having just moved 10 yards of dirt into a garden from a driveway...the wheelbarrow is the weak part of that plan.
    JMO, but I don't think the wheelbarrow is the weak link. >;~}
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    The loading, guidance, and propulsion systems on that wheelbarrow all were overly worn and required frequent cool-down periods and lubrication...and even a nap...but I got it DONE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonGuy View Post
    I could upgrade to a 300 gallon gas container.
    How do you keep that much fresh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonGuy View Post
    I could upgrade to a 300 gallon gas container.
    We keep a 500 gallon gas tank for the farm. I rarely keep it full because we don't use enough gas before it gets old. There is also the problem with winter and summer blends of both gas and diesel. The wrong blend in the wrong season will not run as efficiently. While there are additives that will extend the storage life, it does not store indefinitely.

    When the power was out for 2 1/2 days I went through 46 gallons running two generators.

    My Honda 4-wheeler averages 42mpg just riding. If I start really working it, that can drop below 30mpg quickly. Pulling the mower I can mow our 10 acres on about 1.5 gallons.
    I've used the Polaris Ranger to pull the mower, but not often because it will burn through 5+ gallons covering the same area as the 4-wheeler.

    On the idea of an EMP event?
    There will be bigger problems than whether my ATV's still run, although I've read that equipment stored in aluminum or steel buildings have a better chance of surviving. Not sure how true that is, but both of my shops have steel roof and siding.
    If it ever happens I'll let you know. Or not... >;~}
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    Iíll be on one of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    How do you keep that much fresh?
    You could have two 300 gallon containers and keep one full for six months, then use up the gas and fill the other one and repeat the process every six months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSKnight View Post
    We keep a 500 gallon gas tank for the farm. I rarely keep it full because we don't use enough gas before it gets old. There is also the problem with winter and summer blends of both gas and diesel. The wrong blend in the wrong season will not run as efficiently. While there are additives that will extend the storage life, it does not store indefinitely.

    When the power was out for 2 1/2 days I went through 46 gallons running two generators.

    My Honda 4-wheeler averages 42mpg just riding. If I start really working it, that can drop below 30mpg quickly. Pulling the mower I can mow our 10 acres on about 1.5 gallons.
    I've used the Polaris Ranger to pull the mower, but not often because it will burn through 5+ gallons covering the same area as the 4-wheeler.
    Looks like you've got it made. If you have a farming background then not only do you have gas stored up and generators but you've also got crops and livestock. Also, if you've got an equestrian background as is common if you live on a farm that can be very useful too.

    Quote Originally Posted by TSKnight View Post
    On the idea of an EMP event?
    There will be bigger problems than whether my ATV's still run, although I've read that equipment stored in aluminum or steel buildings have a better chance of surviving. Not sure how true that is, but both of my shops have steel roof and siding.
    If it ever happens I'll let you know. Or not... >;~}
    Something to do with faraday cages, apparently an aluminum or steel building would function like such a cage although I do not have in depth detailed knowledge on that, just a very basic understanding.
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