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Old 11-22-2015, 03:16 PM   #715
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Maggie, be sure to grab Doug's multimeter (I'm sure he had one) and add it to your bag. It is good for testing battery charge, if fuses are good (you can't always tell by looking) and to help figure out if there a wiring problem. They can do a lot more but you don't need to be an electrician.
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Old 11-22-2015, 03:23 PM   #716
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Hmmm....a multimeter.

I'll have to look for that one.

I am going to put all these suggestions into a small space tool bag list after a bit.


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While it may not be part of a tool kit, I like to have a good pocket knife like the Swiss Army Work Champ or Leatherman. I have used mine for 25 years and traveled extensively with it. It is very handy to have around. Also, you can never have too many flashlights.

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Old 11-22-2015, 05:15 PM   #718
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Also, you can never have too many flashlights.
Flashlights are just expensive tubes for conveniently carrying dead batteries. At least mine are! So packs of new, unused batteries need to be part of the kit as well.
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Old 11-22-2015, 05:22 PM   #719
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Agreed on both counts.

There are small flashlights these days that are incredibly powerful.....you could land a plane with them or send morse code over many miles. I have one in the Interstate, a couple in the house.


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Multimeter
Tire pressure gauge
Small flashlight


I store Electrical adapters in the rear of the Interstate, which is where the power cord is. They would take up a lot of space in my small tool bag.

That little square ended, funny looking wrench thingy used to tighten the tv antennae....what is that called? Should have one of those, as well.


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Old 11-22-2015, 07:54 PM   #720
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There's flashlite apps for cell phones.
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There's flashlite apps for cell phones.
Yeah, but there's still no substitute for a hefty 4-cell Maglite.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:04 PM   #722
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There's flashlite apps for cell phones.
Hmmm...there's a thought.

But the little, powerful ones are so handy and manageable and can be held in your teeth if you need both hands free.

Ask me how I know this.


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Yeah, but there's still no substitute for a hefty 4-cell Maglite.
It is when the hefty dead battery storage is full.

Personally I like those 9 LED, triple AAA battery jobs that Harbor Freight gives away free.
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True, you can't really have too many flashlights. I have an eye-searing bright adjustable focus LED one that uses 6 AAA batteries for distance work. It also flashes SOS when selected.

The hefty, 4 D cell LED mag light has many uses besides light. It's a decent defensive tool as well. I keep one in all our cars with fresh batteries at all times.

A smaller mag light AA battery penlight is in the glove box right next to the tire pressure gauge.


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Old 11-23-2015, 04:54 AM   #725
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Small Space Tool Bag

Screwdrivers
Hammer (I like the multi tool one, with pliers, wire cutter, etc.)
Needle nosed pliers
Duct tape
Zip ties of various sizes
Sturdy rope (do we need 100 feet?)
Collapsible shovel
Leatherman or good pocketknife
Multimeter
Tire pressure gauge
Small flashlight
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A flashlite that's rattled around in a glove box for many miles may appear dim or dead when all it needs is to have the batteries removed and have the ends wiped clean. Same holds true for just about any battery powered device such as TV remotes, toys, etc.
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Add an adjustable wrench or two and a pair of water pump pliers


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Ooooh.....adjustable wrench!

What are water pump pliers, and does one need that if there are regular pliers?


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Needle nosed pliers
Adjustable wrench
Duct tape
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Sturdy rope (do we need 100 feet?)
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Tire pressure gauge
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