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Old 09-08-2017, 07:46 AM   #1
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Are there a lot of SMB's in the Houston area?

If the vans got flooded, will there be any opportunities to salvage parts (bumpers, racks, pop-tops, wheels, tires, etc.)?

It is a horrible situation but I would be even worse if a few dozen vehicles ended up rotting in the Texas sun for years when there were good parts to recycle.

http://jalopnik.com/heres-what-happe...hur-1800783080
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Old 09-08-2017, 07:55 AM   #2
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That's an interesting article. It definitely gets my attention since I'm looking for a gently used Subaru for my wife. I'll make sure it doesn't have any history in near the coast!
I don't think Houston is much of a hotbed for SMB's but one or two might turn up if you knew how to find them. I would think most owners would choose that as their apocalypse escape vehicle and load up and leave town in it.
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:17 AM   #3
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I've been wondering the same thing about Florida, with Irma approaching. (Ok, I haven't been wondering about salvage opportunities --- but I have been wondering how many people would indeed choose their SMB to leave town with.)

Sportsmobiles are the ideal "bug out of town" vehicle on almost every count --- except gas mileage. We keep seeing the news reports about Florida gas stations going dry....it could prove to be a serious challenge to keep a 10-12 mpg SMB fueled up as you tried to flee the peninsula in those monster traffic jams on I-95 and I-75.

(*And Florida is almost 450 miles long, North-South....I know my 5.8L Sporty wouldn't even come close to making that on one 35-gallon tank, definitely not if it involved a lot of creeping along in bumper-to-bumper traffic.....a Prius would be the ideal "bug out of town" vehicle under those conditions.)

On that note --- hope everyone finds safe harbor from whatever Irma may/may not bring.
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Old 09-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #4
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I've been wondering the same thing about Florida, with Irma approaching. (Ok, I haven't been wondering about salvage opportunities --- but I have been wondering how many people would indeed choose their SMB to leave town with.)

Sportsmobiles are the ideal "bug out of town" vehicle on almost every count --- except gas mileage. We keep seeing the news reports about Florida gas stations going dry....it could prove to be a serious challenge to keep a 10-12 mpg SMB fueled up as you tried to flee the peninsula in those monster traffic jams on I-95 and I-75.

(*And Florida is almost 450 miles long, North-South....I know my 5.8L Sporty wouldn't even come close to making that on one 35-gallon tank, definitely not if it involved a lot of creeping along in bumper-to-bumper traffic.....a Prius would be the ideal "bug out of town" vehicle under those conditions.)

On that note --- hope everyone finds safe harbor from whatever Irma may/may not bring.
one reason my new build is getting a 55 gallon rear tank. I may keep the cut down stock one also to carry about 80 gallons of diesel in total. that's enough to cover around 1k miles.
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