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DIY "Must Haves" for extended road trips?

emergency repairs replace belts tools

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#1 Daydreamin520

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 02:17 PM

Was told I should have a socket set, w driver, including correct size for the spark plugs. 

What size would that be?  What would be a good basic set?  Specifics welcome!

In fact, other than what I have listed below, any other must-haves suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

- spare belts (sizes?)

- vise grips

- duct tape

- hose clamps

- extra oil and various fluids

 

Other than the jack stuff that came with, so far I have flares, folding "cones", fix a flat, and a AAA membership card!


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#2 wollip

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 03:14 PM

I'd keep the AAA membership card (and my cell phone) and jettison the rest. Don't you have three dogs on board already? Space is limited - save it for their stuff.
Besides, are you seriously going to be changing spark plugs on the side of the road? Or even fixing a flat tire when you have a membership?
I carry an assortment of compatible fuses and a very good tire gauge. Past that and it's hard to find a stopping point.
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#3 Daydreamin520

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 03:13 PM

Thanks, wollip.  I need a thunk on the head, every once in awhile.  Two dogs... but I don't take them on long trips, only weekend jaunts.  All I can say, if I don't ask, I don't know.  And it's always the thing I don't KNOW to ask, that gets me into trouble!  So... I am doin' good, huh?  Appreciate the reply.



#4 wollip

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 03:33 PM

Hey, wasn't passing out thunks intentionally - appreciate your good humor.

Look to see if the "helpful" advise being offered is coming from the driver of a Class A with abundent storage space. That said - same person will usually loan you any tool you need as long as you let him/her talk the entire time you are using it. 😂
If you're out there having fun, you're doing right.

#5 rolliew

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 09:10 PM

51 years old and have never needed a tool on a road trip. I did just make my second 3500 mile round trip to Phoenix and  threw in my tool box and tire chains.


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#6 rolliew

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 07:36 PM

Correction, I have needed a flat screwdriver (three times) to bleed the air out of my duramax after running it out of fuel.

Ya, I'm an idiot.



#7 mariajohn

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 05:43 AM

I also want the answer to this question. I hope this would be very useful for me



#8 KDS

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 07:41 AM

I have had to change an alternator twice in my F-250, oddly both times in Tennessee.  It's right up on top which makes it take less than 30 minutes.  Sadly it doesn't look as easy on the NV.  But with 99,233 miles left on my warranty, I don't plan to change an alternator for a long time.


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#9 radin2son

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Posted 27 April 2017 - 10:05 AM

And don't forget, you will be towed to the nearest commercial dealer.

The longest tow ($1500) that I'm aware of is Moab to Salt Lake City, UT. It may have been an alternator, but I think it was a sensor.
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#10 Glidedon

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 09:28 PM

If I'm going on a long trip and I've got 40 to 50 thousand miles on my belts and hoses I change them. I keep the old belt and hoses in the vehicle in case I end up somewhere where they are not available, could save a lot of time waiting.

#11 Mark Rogers

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 02:21 PM

I keep some items under the driver's seat, including a flashlight, a tire pressure gauge, a screwdriver with changeable bits, a couple of crescent wrenches, scissors, tape, flares, ratcheting tie downs, bandaids, and a few trash bags.  I also keep paper towels, tissues, and baby wipes in the center console.  I put folding reflector triangles, an old blue Ikea bag, a 12V compressor, and a blanket under the rear seat.  I put some tire chains under the front passenger seat.  And I fit a small folding shovel in the jack compartment, in case I get stuck in snow.

 

I don't plan on doing any roadside repairs on the van beyond changing or inflating a tire.  But, I like to be prepared for minor bicycle repairs, disassembling/reassembling furniture or other cargo, cleaning up messes, and handling other passenger needs.


Edited by Mark Rogers, 03 August 2017 - 02:23 PM.


#12 Bamps

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 07:22 AM

I carry a bottle jack, a batt operated impact, sockets, ratchet set, a set of combo wrenches and a flat/philips screwdrivers. I also carry drinking water for humans and dogs.
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Posted 11 August 2017 - 01:26 PM

Hey Bamps,
What kind of bottle jack do you have and where did you buy it? Somehow, the stock jack that came with my van is gone. I don't know enough to make an educated decision.
Thanks,
Ted
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:05 AM

Hey Bamps,
What kind of bottle jack do you have and where did you buy it? Somehow, the stock jack that came with my van is gone. I don't know enough to make an educated decision.
Thanks,
Ted

Its an ac delco 12ton I believe i picked it up at O'Reily (my van didnt come with one, I think the stealership jacked it). I forgot to mention that i also carry a shovel and traction mats (i live way out and this van is 2wd)

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