There are a lot of individuals who make the RV life a better experience but none like BOB. You see, BOB isn’t a someone, BOB is a someTHING. BOB is actually an acronym for Bug Out Bucket and BOB should be a constant traveling companion on everybody’s RV journey.
BOB isn’t our idea but came to us through Todd Mullane, Fire Chief (ret.) from the United States Air Force. Todd speaks at a lot of RV events through our friends at ProTeng, which is literally one of the most incredible fire prevention and RV safety inventions that we’ve ever seen. Period.
The idea of BOB is that it’s a bucket or container that you have immediate access to should fire break out in your RV. The contents of BOB are critical things you would want after a fire.
RV fires are a unique thing because RVs have to be designed to be light weight. This means that many of the items in an RV do not do well in fire whatsoever so, once a fire starts in an RV, you literally only have seconds before the vehicle is completely engulfed in flame and is a total loss.
There are approximately 4,000 RV fires a year and while many of them start in the engine compartment of motorized RVs, refrigerators and many other appliances contribute as well. As Todd Mullane said in our podcast interview, you only have seconds to get out if there’s a fire.
So if you are the survivor of an RV fire you’re going to find yourself with not much left unless you have BOB and have taken BOB out of the RV with you. BOB is all the things you’ll need to start getting to a familiar place once again. Whether you’re full- or part-time these items can help you in the moments after the fire and to get things back to normal thereafter.
Here are the contents of BOB:
- A USB drive with all your important documents including
- Copy of your passport
- Copy of your driver’s license
- Copy of prescriptions for all occupants including pets
- Copies of bills or other proof of residence
- Copy of your birth certificate
- Hand towels/wet wipes
- Pocket knife/multi tool
- Old/retired or burner cell phone
- Hand warmers
- Duct tape
- First aid kit
- Feminine products
- MYID information (www.getmyid.com)
- Pet Meds
- Pet food
- Prepaid debit card with $100 at least
- Chemiluminescence/glow sticks
- MRE/C-rats/H20 pouches
- Zip Ties
- Fire extinguisher
- Spare clothing
- Spare eyewear
- Spare vehicle keys
- Medications in original bottles
- Personal care kits (male/female)
- LED flashlights
- Batteries in a Ziploc bag
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