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Old 05-28-2016, 3:37 PM
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Default What's in your roadside kit?

I have lurked this section of the forums for awhile but rarely post.....so I thought I ought to contribute.

So......are you prepared for a roadside emergency? What's in your kit?

Here is mine:




I picked up this Greenlee box, near-new off Craigslist last year. Had to haunt Craigslist for months to find a good deal.
This box weighs 80 lbs empty, has two locking points.
Retails at Home Depot for $580. I got it for $80.
It is bit big for my truck, but with the bars, a normal truck box won't work.


Here is what's inside:



List:

Jumper cables
Old pair of coveralls
Mechanics gloves
Tire plug kit
Mini compressor
Small jump pack
Road flare
4 ratcheting tie downs
Four way lug wrench
3 ton floor jack
Various pieces of 2x4
Towing chain
Tire chains (1 set)
5 gal can of gas
Cheap Harbor Freight tool kit

Things I plan to add:

5 gal can of water
Radiator stop-leak
Quart of oil
Flashlight/headlamp

Any other ideas?
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Old 05-28-2016, 4:24 PM
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You should have more than one flare. I go through a dozen flares pretty easily.
You should add some way for people to see you at night when you're working around the vehicle.
Something reflectorized
That stuff looks pretty clean. Have you a ctually used any of it under less than optimal conditions
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Old 05-28-2016, 5:01 PM
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Holy mini dumpster Batman! That thing is huge!
Looks like a good kit. I'm sure it'll evolve over time.

$80.00?
Well played.
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Old 05-28-2016, 5:06 PM
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You should have more than one flare. I go through a dozen flares pretty easily.
You should add some way for people to see you at night when you're working around the vehicle.
Something reflectorized
That stuff looks pretty clean. Have you a ctually used any of it under less than optimal conditions
The coveralls were extensively used by myself while in the military, and a couple of times on the roadside. Once, when I was single, I was driving from Marysville to Sac to take a girl out. I was dressed pretty nice.
I got a flat tire.
I busted out my coveralls and gloves, plugged the tire, aired it up, and made it on time to pick up the girl.
I was still clean and pretty

This stuff looks clean, because I dedicated most of my old gear to the kit in my wife's car. Her car is very rarely out of a civilized area.
I started fresh with gear when I got the box.

Please don't mistake the new gear for inexperience. I have been a grease monkey for 15 yrs now.....I come home with grease under my fingernails. I know gear, my truck just never breaks down LOL.
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Old 05-28-2016, 5:08 PM
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You might consider making a wood box to put that gas can in. Protect it from something poking a hole in it.
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Old 05-28-2016, 5:13 PM
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small sledge hammer like 5lb

coupla crescent wrenches

valve core tool and new cores

can of fix a flat

small tarp to lay on while under vehicle
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Old 05-28-2016, 5:14 PM
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You might consider making a wood box to put that gas can in. Protect it from something poking a hole in it.
Good idea. And more road flares would be an easy addition.

I have considered changing out the plastic can for one of the legit metal Jerry cans, but those cans get pricey and I LOVE that EZ Pour spout on my can. I can empty that gas into my truck in under a minute flat.

Wonder if that EZ pour spout will fit on a metal Jerry can?

I could just put a couple of 2x4s around the base of that can.
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Old 05-28-2016, 5:17 PM
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I have been pondering using one of those cheap LED strips to create a lit interior for the box.
I could put a car battery on the inside and wire it to a switch, which would close when the box was opened.
I have a small "maintainer" solar panel that I could attach to the top of the box to keep the battery topped up.

The battery could even double as an emergency replacement.

Hmmm.......
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Old 05-28-2016, 5:18 PM
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I would throw in a
first aid kit,
latex gloves,
haligan / pry bar,
axe,
shovel,
various nuts and bolts in a can.
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Old 05-28-2016, 5:20 PM
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test light

spare headlight and taillight bulbs

rope

trash bags
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Old 05-28-2016, 5:30 PM
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I would throw in a
first aid kit,
latex gloves,
haligan / pry bar,
axe,
shovel,
various nuts and bolts in a can.
Thank you! I keep a shovel in the bed of the truck. Axe not a bad idea, or the rest it. Already have a first aid kit in the cab of the truck.





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test light

spare headlight and taillight bulbs

rope

trash bags
I will skip the bulbs......but the rope suggestion makes me facepalm....shoulda thought of that. I have a ton of rope. Trash bags easy to throw in there too.

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Old 05-28-2016, 5:32 PM
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Thank you! Keep a shovel in the bed of the truck. Axe not a bad idea, or the rest it.







I will skip the bulbs......but the rope suggestion makes me facepalm....shoulda thought of that. I have a ton of rope. Trash bags easy to throw in their too.
a burnt out headlight or tail light is a quick and easy reason to get pulled over
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a burnt out headlight or tail light is a quick and easy reason to get pulled over
True, true.

Getting pulled over is not an emergency though.....just an inconvenience.
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My road side kit has a lot of stuff in it due to middle of no where camping fishing
U joints a quick fix that can ruin a trip
Full size spare
Jumperbox
One of Home depot larger tool kits 300 piece or more . I use the same one for work so I just move it from work truck to truck .
Any special tools you need for your truck or car . Or weird parts that go out Cps
Dana 60 hub socket but I carry spare shafts front and rear full set of u Joints and Drive flanges incase I lose a hub .
I'd recommend a Halon Fire extinguisher if you can get your hands on . ABC fire extinguishers are highly corrosive and can damage everything from paint to.electronics. Not that a fire won't but why cause more damage .
Map gas torch .

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Mercedes roadside assistance & AAA
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Rope is a must. A good first aid kit. Heck, since it looks like you have the room, why not a shotgun or maybe a small carbine?
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Rope is a must. A good first aid kit. Heck, since it looks like you have the room, why not a shotgun or maybe a small carbine?
I keep a rifle locked up in the cab, plus always a pistol (I have a CCW). Gotta grab that rope.......
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Mercedes roadside assistance & AAA
I have full roadside assistance with USAA. I can't fix every problem
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Fire extinguisher
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Fire extinguisher
Good call. Have one in my work truck.
That would be better kept in the cab.
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In truck, the list is to long for here.

In car much less
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After all that you need to upgrade to a 3/4 ton, lol
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After all that you need to upgrade to a 3/4 ton, lol
Hahaha!

That's what my dad says, but I don't want to take the gas mileage hit. His truck (a Chevy 3/4 ton) sits in the garage until he needs to tow something.

He can't afford the gas either!
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Roll of toilet paper! Seriously!!
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Roll of toilet paper! Seriously!!
Hehe.......got it covered, under the seat in the cab. I have some serious digestion issues, my issues are mild, both my sisters have Chrons and one of them had her colon removed. So far I have been lucky.
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Jump starter with air compressor. WATER.
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Roll of toilet paper! Seriously!!
Inside a zip lock freezer bag!
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Duct tape may use it to make temp repairs to radiator hoses leave the cap loose to prevent cooling system from building pressure, spare serpentine belt, maybe a couple barbed fittings in the sizes needed to make an emergency repair of your heater hoses
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I would add a inline fuel pump or siphon kit to pull gas for another car in a SHTF.

antifreeze - soap - snack bars - duck tape - firearm - extra go bag
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Ya know, you don't have to fill it all the way up with stuff. Though it is tempting.
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