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FrankR 04-17-2002 01:41 AM

Survival supplies On the Road
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Looking for info on tools, parts and pieces to prevent any unscheduled road stops. We don't carry liquids as oil and water as most cross roads have same. We also have lots of gages for early warning of a failure. My sweetheart suggested not bringing all the tools. I post my list after a few others contribute. Our puller is an old Fold diesel with auto trans. Frank

Edie 04-17-2002 09:43 AM

This question came up just before the April Motorhome rally. There are several replies midway through the Generators thread. That thread is in the AS Knowledgebase forum, AS Motorhomes sub-forum.

You may wish to take a look as those responses. :)

Jim W 04-17-2002 06:31 PM

Hi Frank. That picture you posted looks like you have two times more tools than I do. I just take a small tool box with me that weighs in at about 15/20 lbs. It has most of the hand tools that I ever need with alot that I never have needed. I have a couple of shoe boxes that one has my rivet stuff & a few odd tools, the other box is full of odds & ends parts for the Airstream TT. Its just full of fuses, door hinghes & about 100 other pieces. I do need stuff out of that box once in a while. This last trip one of the hall closet doors came open I must have hit a rough road with it open, cause the hinghes bent & some of the screws pulled out. I did have a set of spare hinghes & longer screws & was able to fix it. I now put a short piece of 4x4 under the door that holds it closed & supports the weight of the door while under weigh. I always carry a spare fuel filter for the truck.

FrankR 04-17-2002 07:43 PM

I am toolaholic in treatment
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The tools I carry for the RVs are not pictured. These tools are in a few Sears 4 drawer top boxes.
In my earlier post, I was seeking the most common, but hard to easily get repair parts. Most of todays RV and cars require very specialized radiator hoses. As such, we fabricated fittings for top and bottom hoses that merely require some short lengths of a hose size. This "idea" was borrowed from the HD trucking world. The big rigs most only use straight lengths of hose. The hose is sold by the inch, about $1.25. Enough for now.. After some other posts, I'll post my list of "keep on goin'" stuff.....Frank

Below is a picture of our other RV

Inland RV Center, In 04-18-2002 09:32 AM

When traveling Southern California highways, it is wise to carry "K" rations. I won't say that the traffic moves slow, but many drivers talk about fuel economy by refering to "gallons per mile." Even the "Queen Mary" got "13 feet per gallon of fuel." Talk about progress????Andy

davidz71 04-18-2002 01:33 PM

Extra tools/supplies
I carry an upper radiator hose (can be shortened to fit lower if need be), a serpentine belt (can be one you replaced earlier because it started squealing), full set of Craftsman screwdrivers, 5 different types of pliers (diagonals, linesman, slipjoint, needlenose, regular), rivetgun w/5 sizes of rivets, all kinds of fuses for trailer and truck, extra Quest/Pex water tubing/fittings, folding shovel, tow strap, 200 psi air pump (12 v.), bungie cords, rope, 3 sizes of electrical wire in 25 ft. lengths, extra battery charger/maintainer and a compass (military/tritium). I leave the house with two-four 2 litre soft drink bottles that have been filled with water and frozen. By the time I get to my first destination, the frig and contents are cool and I can fire up the propane frig. I then move the frozen bottles into the freezer if I'll be on the road the next day (110 v./propane frig). This gives me a source of cold water to drink or for the radiator if I need it in addition to the 5 gal. and 2 gal. fresh water containers I also carry. I also have a couple full MRE's, at least 10 brownies/snackcakes and 20 packets of Koolaid from MRE's. I've probably forgotten something. I use to carry an extra qt. of oil but quit that years ago. I do run synthetics but if a synthetic oil is not available I can use a compatible dino oil if need be.

PeterH-350LE 04-18-2002 09:03 PM

Like I said before, I never travel without
1. A tested alternator
2. A tested starter

way too much trouble to get them fixed on the road and expensive...
Just ask eraffety, why the 89 345 is not in California.

Jim W 04-19-2002 02:54 PM

Peter, the starter is probably a good idea. When I was sitting in a gas station in Bakersfield Ca this last Feb, I saw a older Ford pick up come around a corner & his starter was hanging by the cable. Something I'd not seen before. I was wondering how he had got it started the last time with it that loose. He must have pushed it. Then it might have been that way for a while & he hadn't looked under the truck, just kept pushing it.

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