6 Ways to Build a Covert Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) or Gray Car
6 Ways to Build a Covert
Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) or Gray Car
“Draw attention to yourself. No matter
what capabilities your vehicle has, people
are smart, and can find a way to
overcome it, if they really want to. Your
best chance is not to draw their attention. “
Don’t Draw Attention Unless
You Want to Pay Dearly
Choose a Color That Doesn’t Stand Out
Use Neutral Colors: Simply going down to a dark blue or gray
would make a vehicle less visible, but a better option would be to
paint your vehicle something earthy like black, brown, or green.
Use Dull Finishes: Want to take it even further? Try primer
colors for their dull appearance to reduce the amount of
reflection off the body.
2. Vehicle Type
Don’t Off-Road in a Prius, and
Don’t Race in a Leaf
In the middle of a packed city, it would be a poor
choice to have a huge jacked up off-roading rig. It
gets poor mileage and is likely to attract attention. If
you have an amazing tactical vehicle, it could be
mistaken for an unmarked police, or federal agency,
and would attract rioters in an uprising.
Sometimes, just an old pickup is the best option. You
don’t attract the attention that you are “wealthy” but
you have some basic all-terrain capability with the
ability to tow as well.
Your Lights are Easily Seen
Wire up a Blackout Switch: Wire up a switch that will
remove all lights, including your brake and reverse lights,
as well as cab l
ights to ensure that nothing is lit up in the dark. This takes
a little modification to your Bug-Out Vehicle’s wiring.
Use Duct Tape: Not as absolute of a solution, but SOOOO
much easier. Just cover your lights with black duct tape or
chafers tape to keep them from being seen. You could just
keep the tape off until you need to use it, but you will have
to stop, pull off the road, and tape your lights when you are
probably in a rush.
4. Vehicle Size
Vehicle Size is Almost as Obvious as Color
If you are driving around in a tank or Humvee, it is
pretty obvious that you stand out from the
crowd. A huge F350 that is lifted and has huge
mud tires also stands out.
If you choose something that is designed
for utility, not looks, but is also not huge in
size, then people won’t notice you as
much. If you have a ten year old, basic
4x4 truck, you probably won’t be too
5. Vehicle Noise
Sound is Critical for Covert
Ops• Mufflers: If you own a nice 4x4 pickup, but it
has a loud glass-pack or doesn’t even have a
muffler, it makes for a poor Bug-Out Vehicle
• Noise Makers: Keep your vehicle quiet. Reduce any
rattling of license plates, and be ready to remove them if
required. Don’t blast loud music. Keep a good, efficient
muffler on your exhaust.
• Tire Alignment: Your tire alignment and balance is also
critical. Unbalanced or misaligned wheels not only reduce
your tire life, but also generates noise when you drive that
others can hear.
• Worn Parts: Wipers, brakes, and belts all make noise
when they get worn. Keep your vehicle running quiet with a
good maintenance schedule on these items. Keep yourwww.CleverSurvivalist.com/buildcover
Hide-Able Bulletproofing: Provided yourself with more strength or
bullet resistance. You could also get bullet-proof glass if you had a
bunch of money for that type of thing.
Hidden Horsepower: Turbo and Super-chargers can also help with
Winch: Having a winch on your truck isn’t a concealed item, but not
only will it help you for getting stuck, but it does help with the public
opinion of you.
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Hide your Stuff and Your
• Use basic concealment methods to hide
everything in your vehicle.
• Make your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV) less
desirable to people that want to take them and if
you have any upgrades to it, keep them hidden.
• Keep older, smaller, and narrower vehicles with
good ground clearance that will help you on
narrow roads, and make your vehicle less
• Use vehicles that “fit in” to their intended
purposes and locations, so you can be a “gray
man” even when in your Bug-Out Vehicle (BOV).
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