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Old 03-11-2015, 10:56 PM   #15
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BillyBoy: Slo-blo tubular fuses are available but I don't know if they come in the new plastic format.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:22 AM   #16
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At least 2 credit cards and a paid up Emergency Road Side Assistance program like CoachNet. Also at least 2 $100 bills. I have found that a $100 bills talks loud and clear when you need help. Whats in your wallet.
amen on the 100dollar bills! know from experience driving an 18 wheeler ! 5-20 dollar bills don't impress anybody but hundred dollar bills do! especially sheriff deputies in Nevada!
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:25 AM   #17
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I'm a newbie, but right from the start found my rubber mallet to be invaluable. It's great for a hard or soft whack whether it's a sticky door or a trailer hitch. I call it "The Adjuster".
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:30 AM   #18
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I'm a newbie, but right from the start found my rubber mallet to be invaluable. It's great for a hard or soft whack whether it's a sticky door or a trailer hitch. I call it "The Adjuster".
My late father-in-law, a mild-mannered gentleman who wouldn't hurt a flea, used to leave a long-handled hammer on the floor of his truck, which he called "The Adjuster." When I asked him why it wasn't in the tool box, he said, "It's just in case I have car trouble late at night in Newark."
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:33 AM   #19
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I'm a newbie, but right from the start found my rubber mallet to be invaluable. It's great for a hard or soft whack whether it's a sticky door or a trailer hitch. I call it "The Adjuster".
Ditto on the rubber mallet. I still have mine left over from the tent camping days prior to the purchase of a trailer in 2010.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:36 AM   #20
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I'm a newbie, but right from the start found my rubber mallet to be invaluable. It's great for a hard or soft whack whether it's a sticky door or a trailer hitch. I call it "The Adjuster".
Ah, yes. "Percussive Maintenance" it's called, and it's a basic premise in a lot of professions, as evidenced by the sayings: "If all else fails, hit it with a bigger hammer;" or the ever-popular "If violence isn't solving your problem, you're not using enough if it!"
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:43 PM   #21
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I can remember when I could fix any road side emergency with a spare tire and jack set, screwdriver and a pair of pliers, maybe an adjustable wrench. cars ended that sometime around 1965. I found a small length of copper wire was crucial to fixing a failed point-set in a VW we came across, broke down half way to anyplace, Canada Route 1. Another time a length of good rope replaced a fan belt to get another 20 miles to safety. Try that with the serpentine style.
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:36 PM   #22
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All excellent suggestions. After towing silver trailers since 1970, I am in the reverse mode.
If it has not been needed for two years, I eliminate the item. The two exceptions are tire changing and common tools. Of course, if it is used on a regular basis it stays. I will admit once in a while I have to buy a tool or hardware I have consumed or not envisioned its need.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:27 PM   #23
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spare Interstate/Sprinter ignition key ?

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- A spare key that is not necessarily electronically fobbed (the cheap one, not the expensive one). Protag talked about this a few months back... for if you get towed, you need to leave one in the ignition but the doors might auto-lock and if it's your only key you left in the ignition, you're screwed. Did I say that correctly? Because I've slept since I read that. Also guilty of not having procured an extra key yet.

please remind us again how to get a good value on a spare Sprinter (Interstate) ignition key?
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:28 PM   #25
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The tools I use most often are these:

I got mine through Sears, but I think you can find them at Home Depot as well. They can replace a whole box full of wrenches, and the best part is, just like pliers, the tighter you grip, the tighter they grip. Can't say that about regular open-end wrenches!
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Old 03-17-2015, 06:50 PM   #27
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I have channel lock pliers in the water compartment to help the tired old arthritic hands get the water connections secure so they won't leak.
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Old 03-17-2015, 07:50 PM   #28
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Two of my favorite tools is the Klein Tool 11 in 1 screwdriver in regular and heavy duty versions:

11-in-1 with Combo Screw Tips - 32505 | Klein Tools - For Professionals since 1857
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