You know I'm curious with the diversity of nationalities here what diffrent countries see as the best BOV (bug out vehicle) now honestly here before long I'm gonna build a new one on a more stable base than my old chevy pickup, I actually bought a surplus 1986 M998 HMMWV (Humvee) non armored one. It has the soft removable top and doors and a cargo tent as well also picked up one of the offroad utility trailers. My uncle in texas nabbed it for me so I haven't seen it yet. But honestly while it is a extreme duty reliable vehicle I am concerned about a few things like parts and such. But to the topic at hand from a geographic stand point what is the vehicle of choice for any apocalypse, or even natural disaster situation and why you would use it.
In america I still stand by my old 1982 chevy pickup 4x4. Reasons being simple, durable, cheap, easy parts. The standard chevy 5.7 V8 is extremely popular engine, also it life span started in the 1950s and is still in 2015 chevys . Minor changes over the years but II can still gut a 2007 5.7 and put them in a 1960 5.7 and it will run perfectly. The block has not changed since 1962 and any chevy with a SBC (small block chevy) can bolt in any SBC configuration from a 5.0 305 to a 5.7 350 even the rare SBC 400 ci engine. They all have 100% identical bolt patterns so I can pull any engine or transmission out of any chevy and it will bolt into my pick up as if it were designed for the truck. Also I run two Dana 60 axles my axle setup is very simple it is an standard open diff with Minor mig TAC welds to lock it. They strong enough to lock the axles and pull me out but weak enough the break loose and go back to standard Open Diff before destroying the rest of the axle. As for transmission. It has a "rock crusher" 4 speed manual rated at 800hp and over 1000 ft lbs torque with no syncros. It's been stripped down to bare basics if a syncros goes out the trans is almost useless removing allowed me to not have to worry about them but it also takes a special driving skill to use properly but allows the ability to float gears both up and down saving the clutch from wear and risk of "drop shatter" on the clutch plates. All these parts are easy to find and real popular. I've done minor things like onboard air compressor and electric generator run off a PTO on the trans. And also over years I've put in a mig welder and capped the bed then installed canopy on either side and waterproofed the engine with a snorkle and a secondary intake I rigged myself (my PTO will pump air from the filtered exaust into a tank then back into the engine the truck will run for 30 minutes 100% submerged off just the air compressor air tank and recycled exaust untill the air quality chokes out the combustion) But that's the basis.
What in yall areas are considered the vehicles of choice vs terain and avalibility of parts.
As I read over this I realised while explaining the meat and bones of the truck I left out a few main Important items that I will not go in the woods without. The truck has a tripple winch setup on it. It's got a 18,000 lb cable winch up front, and a 12,000 lb cable in the rear bumper, also a 6,000 lb winch bolted in the front of the bed up by the cab to haul in heavy cargo without extra work or to use as a secondary if the main bumper line is in use. also I have a heavily suped up Galaxy DX959B peaked and tuned also a legit "Flamethrower" mod (basicly flamethrower mod for this radio is replacing a few components with higher quality components that also clean up the audio and boost the base swing) . I have it plugged into a linier amp running a variable output from base of 125 watts to excess of 1100 watts (normally illegal by fcc regs but through the search and rescue programs I contract the truck to in severe weather situations the linier was approved and installed for emergency situations to boost my swing to around the 65-85 mile range in heavy wooded valley.) I'm looking to obtain a amatur radio licence so I can ditch the linier and just run a Ham radio with more legal range.