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CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior MemberPosts: 13,046 Senior Member
edited September 2020 in Clubhouse #1
Son # 2 is off to college with an extended cab 4X4 F150, we got it just before he left so I did not get it loaded with the stuff you should have in a truck, no tonneau cover or topper, yet. Anything besides this list that you think would be good kit?

1. Jumper Cables
2. Tow strap
3. Flashlight
4. Gloves and hat(winter) 
5. Hand warmers
6. Water
7. Knife
8. Compass
9. Matches/Lighter/firestarting material
10. Some food of some variety
11. Air Compressor
12. Basic tool kit
13. Tarp
14. Braided rope 
15. Insulated Boots
 16. Water filtration device(Lifestraw)
 17. Back-up phone battery power
 18. $200 cash? $300?
 19. Emergency blanket
 20. Change of clothes?

He is too paranoid about having a firearm and ammo in his truck, does not want to get kicked out of school for violating policy, it would have been a stainless 10-22 or a Ruger MK of some variety if I had my way. I keep an Otter Sled with tire chains, a 1 gallon ice cream pail for the occasional puking kid, and some wet wipes and paper towel for messes or when nature calls, in my truck.
I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
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  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 380 Member
    Motor oil, funnel, rags, engine coolant.  Roll of gorilla tape, assortment of spare fuses, assortment of plastic zip ties, a couple of heavy duty garbage bags,  candles for heat if truck breaks down or gets stuck in cold weather.  I keep compact fishing gear, shovel and axe in my truck.


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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    That helps, thanks.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Some_MookSome_Mook Posts: 380 Member
    If you are going to store food, keep it in a metal container or ammo can - you do not want to attract rodents.  They love to chew on wiring once they decide a vehicle is a comfortable place to set up residence.
    "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." - Thomas Paine
    "I know my place in the world and it ain’t standing next to Jerry Miculek" - Zee
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,155 Senior Member
    Got road service? I use triple A., but there's others.

    I keep an ice scraper and a broom in mine.

    I also have a dead blow hammer in the car since I found out steel rims can rust in place.

    Whenever I replace a bulb, I buy an extra for the glove box.
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 6,723 Senior Member
    A small inverter, I’d skip the rope and put a few hundred feet of parachord.  A first aid and trauma kit, a small fleece blanket, a waterproof poncho.
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,210 Senior Member
    A tire plug kit or some kind of Fix-A-Flat could be useful. Sometimes, tire changing isn't convenient or safe (really bad weather or fires)
    Most folks don't think deeply enough about roadside repairs, good on you.👍
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,106 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #8
    Forget "extra battery power for phone", get a cigarette lighter adapter for that. I'd add a CB radio as well, but that's just me.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,218 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #9
    A proper jack...either a roll around or bottle jack (or both)...because the jacks that come with vehicles suck.
    A couple of jack stands and a couple of wheel chocks.
    A couple of good tow straps or chains...Or both...
    A four-way tire iron or a big ass breaker barwith a proper socket for the lug nuts.

    A come-along is never a bad thing to have

    Also...tow hooks welded to the frame...front and back are pretty darned handy...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    Thanks folks, I knew I was forgetting a few things.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #11
    Got road service? I use triple A., but there's others.

    I keep an ice scraper and a broom in mine.

    I also have a dead blow hammer in the car since I found out steel rims can rust in place.

    Whenever I replace a bulb, I buy an extra for the glove box.
    Ice scraper goes without saying in MN, hammer will be in the tool kit, roadside service is included with the insurance, bulbs is good idea.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    A small inverter, I’d skip the rope and put a few hundred feet of parachord.  A first aid and trauma kit, a small fleece blanket, a waterproof poncho.
    The inverter is a good thought, the braided rope I use is comparable to para-cord, first aid kit is SOP too, forgot to add it to the list
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Forget "extra battery power for phone", get a cigarette lighter adapter for that. I'd add a CB radio to that, but that's just me.
    I want to have extra juice for the phone if he gets on foot or has to leave the truck, cell service is fine between the house and school unless we get nailed with an EMP.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    A tire plug kit or some kind of Fix-A-Flat could be useful. Sometimes, tire changing isn't convenient or safe (really bad weather or fires)
    Most folks don't think deeply enough about roadside repairs, good on you.👍
    That stuff does not like subzero temps in MN, the plugs are not in my kids wheelhouse, that is my bad.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,844 Senior Member
    Up there I'd put a sand bag of sand in the bed-----some times even a 4x4 can't get moving if parked on an icy up grade.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    A proper jack...either a roll around or bottle jack (or both)...because the jacks that come with vehicles suck.
    A couple of jack stands and a couple of wheel chocks.
    A couple of good tow straps or chains...Or both...
    A four-way tire iron or a big ass breaker barwith a proper socket for the lug nuts.

    A come-along is never a bad thing to have

    Also...tow hooks welded to the frame...front and back are pretty darned handy...
    I need to pull his jack out and look at it, that is a thought, jack stands might be a bit much with roadside assitance, but wheel chocks are a thought, can be firestarter too. The tow hooks and hitches on my other Fords have been solid, never needed to upgrade. Comealongs and high lift jacks are not in his wheelhouse either, his dad learned from his mis-spent youth and has not buried a truck in a long time :D
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,106 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    zorba said:
    Forget "extra battery power for phone", get a cigarette lighter adapter for that. I'd add a CB radio to that, but that's just me.
    I want to have extra juice for the phone if he gets on foot or has to leave the truck, cell service is fine between the house and school unless we get nailed with an EMP.
    In that case, make sure it stays charged up - preferably by a dedicated connection to the vehicle. But make sure you don't burn it up overcharging it (read: dedicated smart charger).
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    Some_Mook said:
    If you are going to store food, keep it in a metal container or ammo can - you do not want to attract rodents.  They love to chew on wiring once they decide a vehicle is a comfortable place to set up residence.
    Knock on wood, we have never had that problem, my children need to be reminded EVERY time they exit our vehicles to take their trash with you, to no avail, McDonalds fries look surprisingly good after being under a truck seat for a month. :#  
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,497 Senior Member
    Isnt "tonneau" Algonquin for "my wife wont let me use her truck"?

    Since I work on the road in all weather, I keep 1MRE, a change of socks, drawers, and t shirt. I have tools and chains, flashlight, and I keep a bin in the truck with cold weather gear. You never know what the temp is going to be. I also have a sleeping bag buried in there. The truck has an inverter and I have been know to plug in a single serve Keurig.

    However, I know there is a good chance that I will be living there for a day or two in bad weather.
    A flashlight, cables, small tool box, live in my POV.

    Unless he is going to school where he has to drive un traveled roads knows how to drive, has the sense to say when its not worth it, dont overkill it.

    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,218 Senior Member
    NN said:
    Up there I'd put a sand bag of sand in the bed-----some times even a 4x4 can't get moving if parked on an icy up grade.
    A bag of sand? During the winter there are 6 70 pound bags of sand sitting just inside the tail gate....does wonders to weigh the ass end down
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,218 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Jayhawker said:
    A proper jack...either a roll around or bottle jack (or both)...because the jacks that come with vehicles suck.
    A couple of jack stands and a couple of wheel chocks.
    A couple of good tow straps or chains...Or both...
    A four-way tire iron or a big ass breaker barwith a proper socket for the lug nuts.

    A come-along is never a bad thing to have

    Also...tow hooks welded to the frame...front and back are pretty darned handy...
    I need to pull his jack out and look at it, that is a thought, jack stands might be a bit much with roadside assitance, but wheel chocks are a thought, can be firestarter too. The tow hooks and hitches on my other Fords have been solid, never needed to upgrade. Comealongs and high lift jacks are not in his wheelhouse either, his dad learned from his mis-spent youth and has not buried a truck in a long time :D
    My friend..if your vehicle is up on a jack...you need to have the jack backed up with a jack stand
    I have seen far too many people injured because they ignored that advice...

    I use the plastic wheel chocks you get from RV stores...they're light, cheap and don't take up much room

    A word about high lift jacks...they are great around the farm, ranch (like pulling fence posts) or back country chores..but for changing tires...they suck...unless you have a stabilizing foot for the thing they are notoriously unstable
    .
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,293 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #22
    You can get battery packs now locally or through Amazon. Waterproof, with a solar panel on the back and two USB ports with LED for light. Mine was $25 I think and I can charge my phone several times. I top it off every few months just in case. Has come in handy. This is the deluxe model. Has both micro-usb and type C. Sorry Apple. Get the one that fits the phone or get adapters 


    https://www.amazon.com/solar-powered-battery-pack/s?k=solar+powered+battery+pack



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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,171 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #23
    A box of disposable gloves can be handy along with a roll of plastic rubbish bags.
    Throw a spare pack or 2 of condoms in the first aid kit for 'emergencies'............ ;)
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    If the list gets any longer you will be shopping for a trailer.....
  • BarrydBarryd Member Posts: 197 Member
    A good cold weather sleeping bag.
    Barry
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,046 Senior Member
    Isnt "tonneau" Algonquin for "my wife wont let me use her truck"?

    Since I work on the road in all weather, I keep 1MRE, a change of socks, drawers, and t shirt. I have tools and chains, flashlight, and I keep a bin in the truck with cold weather gear. You never know what the temp is going to be. I also have a sleeping bag buried in there. The truck has an inverter and I have been know to plug in a single serve Keurig.

    However, I know there is a good chance that I will be living there for a day or two in bad weather.
    A flashlight, cables, small tool box, live in my POV.

    Unless he is going to school where he has to drive un traveled roads knows how to drive, has the sense to say when its not worth it, dont overkill it.

    He has a bad stretch of 2 hours of I94, this stretch gets closed several times per year, so there is always a chance to catch transitioning weather.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • RaftermanRafterman New Member Posts: 261 Member
    I don't think TP has been mentioned, paper towels/shop towels, baby wipes, insulated?coveralls.
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,106 Senior Member
    If the list gets any longer you will be shopping for a trailer.....
    Its only a half ton truck! The springs are already sagging...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,155 Senior Member
    Kitchen sinks come in handy for many different things.......
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,210 Senior Member
    orchidman said:
    ...
    Throw a spare pack or 2 of condoms in the first aid kit for 'emergencies'............ ;)
    Already there, right next to the candy bars and pantyhose.
     :D 
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,210 Senior Member
    Seriously, get a tire plug kit. You can plug 10 holes with one kit. If you do any kind of off road, you know what a pain in the butt a tire change can be on a rainy muddy incline and uneven soft surface. It downright dangerous. A plug kit will have you on your way in about 10 minutes despite the bad conditions and it's a lot safer.

    https://www.jbtools.com/blackjack-kt-340-t-bone-tire-repair-tool-kit/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI78fbuoja6wIVsiCtBh0PsAYSEAQYByABEgKbi_D_BwE

    Like I said before, bad weather, forest fires or just the wrong side of town, you'll want to just plug it and go. Fix it professionally later at your convenience. Don't use some cheapy air compressor that takes 20 minutes to air up a tire either.

    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience -- Mark Twain
    How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and [how] hard it is to undo that work again! -- Mark Twain

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