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Posted: 06/07/19 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The most important tool is the one you don't have with you. You know the old mechanics saying "Use the right tool for the job" Well, Vise Grips are the wrong tool for every job. Wouldn't be without em.


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Star and square bits for all those stupid speciality fasteners.

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I also carry a small compressor. Not for airing up tires, but we had the air compressor on the chassis go out and a friend says you can plug the compressor in and viola power the air brakes! Would have saved us 3 days at the freightliner dealership on a trip.


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as a full timer i carry almost everything that used to be in the work shed
saws, hand tools, electrical tools, meters, wire, all that stuff
except all the lawn and garden stuff, and no drill press

i still have my small flux core wire welder from Lincoln

have repaired a few small jobs with it


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Tow strap, shovel, axe, jumper cables, electrical tools and a voltmeter.
You can use an open car door to open beer bottles. I have worked with several guys that could open any beer bottle made with their fingers.

A corkscrew is optional. YOu can always push the cork in the bottle.

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JB weld. Fixes anything.

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Star and square bits for all those stupid speciality fasteners.


I'm saving a can full of "dope slaps" for the people who specify/install specialty fasteners when simple standard threaded fasteners will do just fine.

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Really, how much you carry depends on how far or how long you intend on traveling. Also, it depends on where you're going. Crossing the country? Better bring an extra spare tire and shed full of tools. Going an hour up the road and there's a wal-mart or hardware store 10 minutes away, then not so much.

We keep a staple of things in the trailer and then add/subtract based on the above.

One thing not mentioned is a roll of Eterna-Bond tape. I once scraped the corner of my roof high point on a low-hanging limb while pulling to our campsite. Being able to fix that tear was the difference between a happy trip and nervous trip.


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yes eterna-bond, i have a roll in a box, under this table-desk
its perpetual resting place, so i always know where it is

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