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Old 12-25-2008, 04:51 PM
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Being Prepared

Ok, I would like to think that I'm one to be prepared if I come into anything that might happen to me...

In the past, I've carried a CLS (Military First Responders Bag (Not Medics Bag)) Tow Chains, Tools, and Jumper Cables as well as at least 1 spare tire (full size)

I've also carried a single spare for the trailer I was towing (1 axle)

however....

I've never done as much weight in a trailer, nor as far at one time as I am going to be doing when I get back. I was wondering if there's any type of "emergency" kit i should carry with me?

I already have 2 spares for a 2 axle trailer. the trailer is a 8.5'x21' trailer (18+3 vnose...) with 12000lbs gvwr. Anything I should carry specifically or go out and get? Road cones?

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This might seem like overkill but here are some of the things I like to have on board just in case:

1) Fire Extinguisher
2) Safety Triangles
3) Road Flares
4) I don't particularly like it but I carry at least one large container of some type of tire sealant like Slime or something like it.
5) A 12 volt air compressor
6) Extra tie downs such as nylon ratchet straps (bunjy cords will work in a pinch)
7) Depending on whether you're towing a flatbed or enclosed, extra tarps, etc.
8) Some dielectric type grease for the wiring connectors

These are just some that I use in addition to your list and I'm sure others will chime in here as well. After reading your previous posts when you were getting ready to order your truck, I was just wondering what it is you're going to be towing that's this heavy and how far you have to tow it, if you don't mind me asking.
 
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Old 12-26-2008, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by powerstroke72 View Post
This might seem like overkill but here are some of the things I like to have on board just in case:

1) Fire Extinguisher
2) Safety Triangles
3) Road Flares
4) I don't particularly like it but I carry at least one large container of some type of tire sealant like Slime or something like it.
5) A 12 volt air compressor
6) Extra tie downs such as nylon ratchet straps (bunjy cords will work in a pinch)
7) Depending on whether you're towing a flatbed or enclosed, extra tarps, etc.
8) Some dielectric type grease for the wiring connectors

These are just some that I use in addition to your list and I'm sure others will chime in here as well. After reading your previous posts when you were getting ready to order your truck, I was just wondering what it is you're going to be towing that's this heavy and how far you have to tow it, if you don't mind me asking.
9) Extra set of Traier wheel bearings
10) Mini Grease gun.
11) Wheel chocks
12) Extra light bulbs
 
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Thanks for the information guys.

As for what I'm towing.... (the big items at least... AKA Everything I own)

24 Gun Gun Safe
2 ATV's
Riding Lawn Mower
Small Lawn Trailer
More Weapons than some small police Departments
Furniture
Tools

I think that about covers everything thats big that I am towing

As for distance... I'd say.... 4-5k miles total
 
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Glad to help. Good luck with your trip and stay safe. Also, is your trailer enclosed, flatbed, etc.? Was just thinking also, if you're traveling that far, you'll likely be traveling across some real climate changes. You might also want to think about the basics for yourself if you haven't already like some extra warm clothes, sleeping bags, extra food, water. One biggie I forgot that you may already have in your gear is a good first aid kit. A good GPS never hurt either.
 
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Old 12-26-2008, 04:32 PM
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The trailer is enclosed, so thats one good thing for me, I just have to make sure that the ramp is good and locked.

As for the climate changes I am prepared for that, and interestingly enough, I normally wear jeans and a t-shirt in colder weather. So there isn't much on the side for the clothing. Thanks for the thought of the sleeping bag. I normally forget about that part of the trip. The food I normally pick up when I fuel up (if i'm hungry)

Thanks for the GPS, I thought about just using my phone (Verizon Navigator ability) but then I remembered that it doesn't always get reception.

As for the first aid, I got that one more than covered (and if you want to see someone give themselves an IV it's a funny site)

Glad to know that everyone here is very friendly and helpful. Don't worry, I'll be taking lots of pictures, and I'll make sure to post what the vehicle looks like before driving so you all can honk and wave as you pass me.

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Don't forget a good jack and a 4 way wheel wrench sized for the trailer nuts.

Looking at the national weather lately, a good set of Army cold weather gear would be in order. Nothing worse than working on the side of the road in jeans and a tee-shirt in minus 10 degrees.

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Don't forget flashlight or LED light. Tie wire, duct tape.
 
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By good jack, I would recommend replacing the stock jack with a 6ton bottle jack. Essentially the same size, but a whole lot easier to use.
 
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I don't know exactly what weather conditions you are expecting to experience, but I don't think anyone mentioned tire chains. I carry a set for the truck, and a set for the trailer. Many states require you to carry them, and many states will require you to use them, so if you don't have them you're stuck buying them at a usually highly inflated rate.

Here in the Pacific NW, we have a tire company called Les Schwab tires. They will let you purchase the chains, then if you don't use them, they will let you return them and will refund you the full purchase price. This is good if you're making a one time trip. I don't know if any of the national type stores have that policy but you could check.
 
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Thanks for the help, things have been most helpful and informative

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