B.O.B. + Wheel = 500 Miles Radius With a Heavy Load Over Any Terrain

C. Davis
By C. Davis July 15, 2015 20:56

B.O.B. + Wheel = 500 Miles Radius With a Heavy Load Over Any Terrain

On one hand, your Bug Out Bag needs to be lightweight enough so that you can move quickly and on the other hand you need to have as many supplies as possible. Keeping a good balance between those two is the key to a “smart” B.O.B.

But what if you could carry twice the weight of your B.O.B. with the same effort?

This is how the M.U.L.E was born (The Multipurpose Uniaxial Litter Enginery).

According to the company, you can “hold up to twice the weight that an average backpacker would be able to carry”.

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To further demonstrate the capabilities of the MULE, McCoy is walking 600+ miles from Knoxville, Tenn., to Washington D.C., carrying everything he needs for the journey and posts updates along the way. He walks with limited external support along secondary roads and hiking trails.

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Melvin McCoy started his 600-mile journey on July 3, at the World War I monument in downtown Knoxville.

McCoy has teamed up with Alpha Omega Veterans Services, which is a charitable organization headquartered in Memphis. Alpha Omega helps veterans reintegrate into society and has helped nearly 10,000 vets since 1987.

“Since I’ve been walking, a lot of vets have come up to express their support,” he said. “I’ve heard lots of stories from them.”

Here’s McCoy’s objective and what a 500 miles radius looks like:

500 miles radius

McCoy is accepting donations for assisting veterans through a Kickstarter campaign to promote a device known as the M.U.L.E or Multi-purpose Uniaxial Litter Enginery.

Here is the Kickstarter Project.

My Opinion

Although I like the idea and the project, I think $600 is a lot to pay on the MULE. I mean only a few of us can afford it.

Maybe if they come up with a cheaper version, or a $40 DIY video guide… and materials that can be easily bought on the internet… I would surely do it!

For those of you, who can afford it, check out their project on Kickstarter.

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10 Comments

  1. Iceman007 July 15, 22:27

    If you have seen a older person with those little carts in the grocery store pulling behind them. It could be modified to do the same as the mule?

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  2. Wryter July 21, 13:27

    Aside from the expense, the problem I see with “The Mule” is that you’ll be confined to roads or at least fairly smooth surfaces. This wouldn’t have worked on most of the hiking trails I’ve been on.

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    • Rain July 21, 14:05

      Did you watch the video? Far from being confined to smooth surfaces, this thing goes through vegetation, snow, desert terrain, rocks, and woods.

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  3. boxbbcar July 21, 15:53

    This is actually a variation of a product that has been out there for several years, from aq european company, the name of which I cannot find at the moment, With theirs, it is supported at the waist, and the surface of the cart can be used as a table in the evening.

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  4. left coast chuck August 4, 03:58

    For $30 each,I bought two-wheeled, light-weight folding luggage carts, one each for myself and for my wife. They are in the car all the time. If we have to abandon the car for any reason, we can haul a lot more on the luggage cart than we can possibly carry, including water. I wouldn’t want something that I had to step into unless it was very easy to get out of very quickly. With the luggage cart I can drop it and lumber off into cover instantly. I can handle it with one hand which allows me one hand to do whatever is necessary. With two wheels it is relatively stable and can be dragged over fairly significant obstacles, yet it is narrow enough that it can be dragged down a dirt path if necessary.

    If you ever read anything about the plains indians who lived a nomadic lifestyle even before they had horses, they used travois to move their shelters and all their gear when they followed the buffalo. Before they had horses, the women, children and the dogs pulled the travois. No road, no nicely groomed trails, it was over the unimproved prairie.

    One section of an aluminum extension ladder would make a nice light weight travois. If one wanted to add wheels so that it pulled on paved surfaces easier, it would be simple to add an axle and wheels to it. It could be dragged behind a bicycle or pulled by a person or even a large animal.

    Don’t overlook bicycles as an excellent way to move lots of gear. For those of you not old enough to remember the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the North Vietnamese gave our troops fits with the vast amount of supplies they moved down that trail during our Viet Nam follies. Thank you DDE, JFK, LBJ and RMN.

    One can load panniers both front and rear on a bike and also pull a trailer. Many folks ride across the U.S. every summer with bicycles loaded with panniers and some pull trailers. If you drive down Highway 1 on the West Coast during the summer you will see many many bicyclists riding bicycles loaded fore and aft with panniers and, perhaps a back pack too. A bicyclist in good condition can easily cover 100 miles a day with a loaded bike and do it several days in a row.

    In my opinion, $600 for a travois is a solution in search of a problem. There are cheaper ways to go and I certainly wouldn’t want to be strapped into something where I had to struggle to get out.

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  5. paul January 10, 16:28

    Have you been able to get the costs down, if so what would be the price now.

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  6. Ochie July 17, 02:32

    I recently read that there is controversy regarding the use of wheeled vehicles in national parks and some state forests. This product has come under scrutiny of the respective gov. Agencies.

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  7. Romeo6 September 20, 23:34

    Well, the Moonwalker will cost whatever the exchange rate is from 1000 Euro to US Dollars, As of 09-20-2019 that is 1,101.50. E’ll I’ll just find some old bikes somewhere and cut them up and use pipe clamps to join them together. Oh and lots of Gorilla tape- Better than Duct/duck tape. Would prefer to use Space Tape but at $200 a yard I cannot afford it.

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  8. joe September 8, 03:17

    Just use a bicycle, almost as good and you don’t need to carry anything on your back

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