Best Zombie Vehicle? What would you drive in a zombie Apocalypse? The Walking Dead

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  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    I'm all caught up on the walking dead, but i find it curious to see the different vehicles they're driving on the show.

    got me thinking, what type of vehicle would i want in a zombie apocalypse? Big lifted 4wd truck, fuel efficient and quiet car? Maybe it depends if I've got a base or if was still on the run.

    What would you want as your zombie vehicle of choice?

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  2. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    400-500CC 4x4 EFI ATV w/ mud tires, rigid dually d2 offroad lights, rifle/shotgun scabbard, and a winch...


    • It can go places a car/truck can't.
    • It can do it day or night due to aftermarket lighting.
    • It can be put in the back of a truck and be transported across large distances at higher speeds (assuming fuel is plentiful) with relative ease
    • It's easier to store and/or conceal than a car/truck.
    • It's fuel efficient by nature of its small engine size.
    • It's not as fast as a bigger ATV but has a better turn radius and consumes less fuel than a bigger ATV.
    • It can carry one person and all essential survival gear ... or two people and a little bit of gear.
    • It's relatively easy to work on.
    • If you're prepared for the zombie apocalypse then you have appropriate gear for being in the rain, cold, etc., so exposure to the elements should be a non-issue.
    • It's not intended to be a home or place of refuge; it's pure transportation. Again, if you're prepared for the zombie apocalypse you've already figured out your approach to shelter and it likely does NOT involve camping in a car.
    • Open riding allows a shotgun or other firearm to be easily used from the riding platform, without obstruction due to windshields, A/B pillars, etc.
    • Rifle/shotgun scabbard protects the firearm from the elements while keeping it ready for immediate use.
    • It can be as quiet or loud as you want it to be -- just mod the exhaust system to taste.
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  3. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

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  4. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    Bigfoot Monster truck, with 2 50 caliber machine guns in the bed on turrets.

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  5. a.graham52

    a.graham52 New Member

    id want an early 80s pickup for the bigginning. fuel will be plentiful for a little while so it shouldn't be too bad. upfit it with a rugged brushgard on front, modified steel tube rear bumper. id want some 17" wheels so replacement tires are easy to come by from almost any abandoned vehicle. probably a manual trans would be the best, one less fluid that could be lost when a thin pan gets punctured or cooler lines get ripped. probably would reinforce the windows with wiring fencing. add a cap and bust out the rear window in the cab to have access to rear bed.

    why not a suburban? well because those things are boats. good offroad tires wont be a dime a dozen so i could see a 4x4 burb getting stuck more then a 4x4 truck. plus most burbs are autos that i know of. keeping with the light mods keeps it mobile, and still fuel efficient for what it is.

    the goal would be to find a place to fortify soon because fuel is going to be used up/spoiled in probably a year unless you have the resorces IMO. my goal would be to live on the coast and then most traveling oculd be done by boat (sail or paddle).
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  6. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    I'm thinking that in the beginning of such an outbreak, I would hope that I could have the presence of mind to get some survivalist type supplies and stuff together that would allow us to get through the first days of confusion. After that, this is what I think I could get through it and be an long-term survivor.

    First Wave (Days into Weeks) - Traverse should be just fine
    My traverse should be fine to go out and get weapons & ammo, gather up and store MREs and a lot of jugs of water. That would be the number one issue, I could envision needing upwards of 200+ gallons of water just to get through the first wave. During this time we would have to figure out if this thing would blow over and if the government (which we all know the answer) could get it's act together and provide some answers.


    Second Wave (Weeks into Months) - 4WD Suburban with tow package and 4WD Subaru Wagon
    Once reality sets in that this is going to be a long-term deal, I figured that I would need a couple of different things. While looking for that farm or prison that would provide a lot more security, there would have to be a minimal amount of driving to keep noise levels down and keep fuel reserves in supply. I figure that if the weather was good (no mud, no snow) then a larger 4WD truck or suburban would give me the ability to have a lot of storage and towing capacity, I would probably want a trailer once I found a bunch of supplies that I wanted to bring back.


    However, before that I assume there would have to be scouting missions that would have to be quieter, that's where the Subaru would come in handy. I know from my days up in the mountains that those things run like crazy, they sometimes lack power, but they have excellent light off-road abilities and should the roads prove to be littered with debris, then a small excursion into a muddy trail would be best traveled over with one of these vehicles first.


    Third Wave (Months into Years) - Diesel full-sized Trucks, Armored Transport Vehicle Diesel Supply Tanker Semi Truck
    So, should this thing be the real deal for years, then at some point I would want to move somewhere with the best combination of weather, topography, farming, ranching, etc. For me, that might be somewhere out west a bit more, where the population is already a bit on the light-side, but with good infrastructure, defensive land positions, etc. I'd have to figure out where the oil refineries are, I'd want to be within a short drive from at least one of them and especially if some diesel tanks could found as I think that diesel would be the best long-term solution. I could see a small group driving across the country in a couple of full-size Duramax diesel trucks with at least one armored truck and a diesel tanker truck in there as well.



  7. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    That's everyone's plan. As a result, the time to gather such things is BEFORE such an event. The zombie apocalypse is a euphemism for things like Hurricane Katrina, typhoons that wreck entire cities (think Japan), massive power outages (think solar flares that have downed the grid in New England), earthquakes (think the 1906 quake that leveled San Francisco), etc.

    During such events unprepared survivors ALL scramble for resources to get through the confusion ... which means a run on pharmacies, sporting good stores, grocery stores, etc -- assuming they're even standing. Chance favors the prepared mind ... and people with a plan to react to the event rather than prepare in advance for it are at a disadvantage.

    I'm no nutter end of the world type events of destruction, but I lived in Austin, TX when Katrina hit ... and 400+ miles from where Katrina made landfall I noticed that there were no batteries, bread, or water on the shelves of the grocery stores local to me. Who bought them all? People who came inland to get out of Katrina's path.

    I learned a valuable lesson from that and, afterward, did my own prep. Also consider that if everyone had 5 days of food and water (per person) on hand where Katrina made landfall ... FEMA's sluggishness would have been irrelevant.

    A little bit of prep goes a long, long way...
  8. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Personally my family is fairly prepared in both houses we own. We have much more supplies in Vermont because the house is isolated. Our goal would to be get to the Vermont house and stay there where we are far from urban areas and have some locals near us that own farms. Out VT house also has a generator that with a full tank of 200lbs of propane can last weeks maybe even a month running hot water, well and fridge. we then would need to find 20 lb tanks to keep it going. Most likely my Tahoe and my moms Subaru would being our vehicle with the small forester eventually becoming useless and the more easy to fix and find parts for Tahoe being the main vehicle for travel. Until all reg gas becomes bad Tahoe will be very useful.(1-2 years)

    Long term would be neighbors diesel truck.
  9. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 New Member

    me? id find a old multifuel 6x6 army truck. mpg might be crap, but they go most anyplace, burn almost anything, and are super tough. that would be the long term plan for when fuel is a pain to find.

    immediate? get some extra fuel and bug out to my parents place in minnesota.

  10. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    Gotta say I'll stick with the 8x8 Argo.. Anywhere Land or Water....:great:
  11. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Yah I guess @Sierraowner5.3 is right a Deuce and a half, GMC CCKW, or a modern 6x6 military truck would be winners, all three as almost indestructible in terms of the power-train, they run on almost anything that burns, and they can carry lots of supplies. Also their low tech electrical system and non existent engine computer and ignitions systems make them immune to EMPs. As long as you can get it to crank it will go.

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  12. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Keeping it going due to craptastic fuel econ is the problem. It might burn almost anything ... but you need a LOT of whatever you burn ... and you'll ALWAYS need a lot of it with such a vehicle. That's more stops. More chances for the zombies to get you.
  13. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    In my case if I'm in VT the area I'm in will be minimally effected with the small population. In CT it would be useless because of size and population affected. But as a once in a while use vehicle after you have scouted out the area it would be useful to bring large quantities of supplies places.

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    It all matters what your survival plan is. If its stay in one fortified place and bring in supplies then a larger vehicle works if its keep moving then small and efficient because you wont need to move as much stuff and youll be able to look for resources In a hunker down method you have as many essentials as possible and if you need more you need a way to move a lot of them quickly and easily. Which a 6x6 can do as can a large pick-up or flat bed, but the 6x6 also has the ability to go anywhere it need with its high ground clearance and big tires.
  14. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    My zombie bugout machine choice would be a crew cab Unimog long wheel base u2450 turbo multi fuel engine with rear commo/camper box. While Im dreaming I may as well ask for the optional portable machine shop trailer designed for the Australian army and an optional loader bucket on the front.

    The trucks designed for the UAE Royal guards were fully self contained with 3 on board water tanks grey black and fresh full cooking facilities showers toilets and bunks to sleep upto six at a time. Long range fuel tanks for 1400 miles of driving.

    I figure with one of those as the center of my merry band and some more flexible scout vehicles I would have a vehicle that could not only be used for transport but also for construction of fortifications and also a temporary portable home.
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  15. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    All you army guys with the long range transport vehicle hook-ups' don't forget about your buddy down in mansfield.

    I've got a good amount of survival gear, just light on water mostly ... and a map of the various national guard depots.
  16. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    I am curious how many people are answering with vehicles they either own or currently have the personal means to purchase, tomorrow ... at a location neaby that stocks whatever's being suggested?

    I'm asking because it's unclear to me if people have been giving realistic or pie-in-the-sky answers.

    For clarification on my own answer, it was realistic and easily within my means. How about the rest of you?
  17. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    My original answer is realistic because its the real family play if anything major happens. The CCKW or Deuce is very unrealistic for me, but I would love to have one they are great vehicles. Best would be a CCKW with a GM crate engine because of its under powered 6cyl.
  18. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    I know where 5 retired UAE Royal guard U2450 machines are parked 3 are ready to go and one of the two non runners has a loader bucket on the front. Since this is a Mog option it can be swapped to a working trucks PTO in less than 30 mins. As luck would have it they also have all 6 of the portable machine shop trailers built for the Aussies. I drive a few blocks out of my way about once a week to check them out. A Mog camper is my dream vehicle. It just happens that this group of Mogs is to high priced and out of my range. BTW the place I would borrow them from is a Mog resale and parts shop. So I might do a little parts shopping on my way out the door.
  19. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Don't forget, this is a theoretical ZOMBIE apocalypse event, so according to all of the documentaries that I've seen on the subject (Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Zombieland, The Walking Dead, etc) ... we're talking about mass chaos with large portions of the population being wiped out in just a few weeks time, so in many cases we're talking about just being able to take pick of your vehicle of choice just as long as you can find the keys and it's all fueled up (and zombie free - always check the back seat!).

    That's where my thinking that being able to find a smaller diesel tanker truck would be a major win. From what I understand from chemical engineers that I've talked with, gasoline that's on the market today doesn't last more than about six months before it starts to "get fouled" and breaks down into phases, where Diesel fuel will last a little bit longer when it's untreated, but it can last for decades if it is treated properly and provided that it gets stirred on a regular basis and there may need to be some chemical treatment done from time to time. Just have to keep it warm, and in a big tanker that might be a problem, but I suppose that it could be kept inside of a heated garage or something like that.

    Plus, if there were a 90+% wipeout of the population, I assume there could be some type of regression to things like solar power for heating water, wind power, animal power, and of course human power like hand saws, hammers instead of pneumatic guns, etc.

    However, this thread is about the perfect vehicle (as we are on an automotive website afterall).
  20. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Yup, I know the intent of the thread ... but I was trying to get a feel for how people were actually answering, as some people do have 6x6's. :)

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