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4x4van

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Posted: 12/10/19 02:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I carry a reasonably equipped toolbox since I usually have toys (ATVs, dirt bikes, PWC), and that includes both standard & metric as well as basic electrical.

As for spare parts; serpentine belt, radiator hoses/clamps, fuel filter, radiator cap, gas cap, a piece of PEX tubing and a few Flair (pex) fittings, replacement bulbs,

Fluids: coolant, oil, trans fluid, brake fluid, steering fluid, WD40 & spray silicone.


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gbopp wrote:

If you're not going to carry the tools and equipment necessary to rebuild a nuclear submarine or aircraft carrier, there's no point leaving your driveway. [emoticon]


But, what if you have to rebuild a rocket ? Better bring those tools along too.

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I've learned from years of snowmobiling, maintenance at home goes a long way. id rather fix it in my garage or driveway than on the road. fixing stuff at -10 in the dark snowy wilderness makes you rethink life choices lol.

Most of the issues i've ever run into with any sort of toy stem from neglecting to inspect or maintain it before hand.

Tire blow out? due to the 15yr old dry rotted tires i didn't bother to replace.

Wheel bearing blow out? well.... maybe i should have greased the bearing once or twice in the last 10yrs.

most of the common failures are due to laziness before the trip. sure something uncontrollable pops up sometime but chances are you could have done something ahead of time.

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I don't have a sticks & bricks. Not in the US. There is no option to leave anything behind unless it goes into a dumpster.
The advisability of carrying depends on you style of travel. A weekend warrior does not need much when home is not far away. The vacationer, away from home for only a few weeks & never far from a source for parts or a tool, does not need much either.

The land version of the bluewater sailor needs to be prepared. There are plenty places where there is no cell services if you avoid the interstates & even avoid secondary roads out west or in the mountains. Do a trip to Alaska & there are hundreds of miles with no cell service. Next day delivery does not exist.

The savvy traveller carries things like brake pads, filters, belts, extra fluids, stuff that can be used later if not required when you are 47 miles SSE of Nowhere.


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pitch wrote:

Just got back from a 15 thousand mile trip from NY to Oregon South to California, Yellowstone Utah and Rt.66,ETC
Not a hint of mechanical trouble either truck or trailer.
I carried with me enough stuff to rebuild both. Didn't touch any of it.
I did pull out the compressor to air up a neighbors tire.

Before leaving I put a new serpentine belt on the Ram 1500
4 new 13" d rated tires and 4 new brake and a new house battery.

We didn't need half the dishes the missus figured,

I learned to love the sound of the truck running 3800 rpm pullin like a freight train. Tow Haul did an admirable job in controlling down hill speeds,used the service brakes very little.

Didn't make a single reservation and never had a problem finding a place. Combination of Commercial RV parks State Parks forest and blm land.

This ain't rocket science. Quit overthinking it, prepare your equipment and have a good time!


I'm curious ... do you carry along such items as:

1. The special tool for easily changing the serpentine belt, in addition to a new spare belt?
2. A remote inspection scope so as to see in behind things?
3. A spare generator in addition to the main one?
4. A tire puncture repair kit?
5. A couple of tire inflation/sealer cans?
6. An extra refrigerator control board and igniter?
7. An extra water heater igniter?
8. A full power air compressor?
9. A full size shovel?
10. A 12-ton high reach hydraulic jack?
11. A spare water pump?
12. A spare toilet valve?
13. A heavy duty extension cord to extend the main RV power cable?
14. A complete spare sewage hose kit?
15. Three fresh water hoses?
16. A water hookup adjustable pressure regulator?
17. A bunch of interior fresh water system repair valves and tubing?
18. A satellite based rescue and communication device?

The above is some of the just-in-case stuff we pack along in our 24 foot Class C motorhome ... mostly because we sometimes take our motorhome off highway into the boondocks.

* This post was edited 12/18/19 02:17pm by pnichols *


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3800 rpm on your truck? I am not very knowledgeable about this stuff but that seems very hi. My truck runs slightly below 2000 rpm when towing our rig.

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Pnichols I score 10/18 on your list. Stuff that is onboard all the time.

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smarty wrote:

3800 rpm on your truck? I am not very knowledgeable about this stuff but that seems very hi. My truck runs slightly below 2000 rpm when towing our rig.


Must be a 2 cylinder 2 stroke engined truck.

1800 RPM gives me about 64mph in top gear. Nice loafing along speed getting best possible mileage.

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pnichols wrote:

pitch wrote:

Just got back from a 15 thousand mile trip from NY to Oregon South to California, Yellowstone Utah and Rt.66,ETC
Not a hint of mechanical trouble either truck or trailer.
I carried with me enough stuff to rebuild both. Didn't touch any of it.
I did pull out the compressor to air up a neighbors tire.

Before leaving I put a new serpentine belt on the Ram 1500
4 new 13" d rated tires and 4 new brake and a new house battery.

We didn't need half the dishes the missus figured,

I learned to love the sound of the truck running 3800 rpm pullin like a freight train. Tow Haul did an admirable job in controlling down hill speeds,used the service brakes very little.

Didn't make a single reservation and never had a problem finding a place. Combination of Commercial RV parks State Parks forest and blm land.

This ain't rocket science. Quit overthinking it, prepare your equipment and have a good time!


I'm curious ... do you carry along such items as:

1. The special tool for easily changing the serpentine belt, in addition to a new spare belt?
2. A remote inspection scope so as to see in behind things?
3. A spare generator in addition to the main one?
4. A tire puncture repair kit?
5. A couple of tire inflation/sealer cans?
6. An extra refrigerator control board and igniter?
7. An extra water heater igniter?
8. A full power air compressor?
9. A full size shovel?
10. A 12-ton high reach hydraulic jack?
11. A spare water pump?
12. A spare toilet valve?
13. A heavy duty extension cord to extend the main RV power cable?
14. A complete spare sewage hose kit?
15. Three fresh water hoses?
16. A water hookup adjustable pressure regulator?
17. A bunch of interior fresh water system repair valves and tubing?
18. A satellite based rescue and communication device?

The above is some of the just-in-case stuff we pack along in our 24 foot Class C motorhome ... mostly because we sometimes take our motorhome off highway into the boondocks.

Only item 13. Never needed any of those other tings in 125,000 miles of travel.


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Posted: 12/19/19 03:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We traveled across America two times and up to and back from Alaska.
Basic tool kit was all that I found necessary, plus torque ratchet to check pin box bolts that I found loose and wheel lug torque on truck and 5er wheels.

I faithfully change my engine oil every 5000 miles, so I did carry tools and 5 gallon bucket for that task. I had changed it just before I left for AK, two times on the road, and shortly after I returned home.

Also I rotated tires one time, so carry two 10 ton bottle jacks for that purpose and removing flat tires, which I had none.

Less tools in the storage area is best as others have mentioned.

Lakeside

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