Ok, so I went back to the tents, I didn't find what we needed in Balota.
I've been catching up on the game mechanics and it seems tents/barrels despawn at 7 days and buried gear@48 hrs if left untouched We'll need to stay on top of that.
I'm going to keep searching the coast closest to us for the vehicle parts needed, and hope to find a couple of barrels to use.
A barrel can be crafted (poke holes in it) to use as a fireplace that works in the rain and you can cook with them.
DayZ Standalone - Community Server
This server type is a local-hive server, this means it will not share characters with any other servers. This server type comes with full FTP access and an automatic Steam workshop mod installer. It is not bound by any hosting rules, you can put a password on it or whitelist it as you see fit. This is the server type you need if you want to mod your server!
I believe it's the one we should use. Having FTP access is a must, you can review all server .rpt files if a player is in question.
It's not a private hive, but blocked from server switching for gear dup. (if the devs would hurry and fix the issue, it wouldn't matter.
I'm on discord currently.
I'm looking through 833 available mods, not seeing helo's (probly since it's not in game yet) but I do see some you may like "auto transmission", a large truck and another with Humvee.
Base raid protection, the GAZ_Tigr vehicle looks good.
Be careful choosing mods, a lot of them are only on the workshop so players can join a particular server.
Hmm, maybe helo is available: Sadly it seems to be an Expansion Pack in the works.