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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,047 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    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
    .
    Yeah, side of the road is rarely a level spot to change a tire, we were driving trucks when I was younger that you could about stick a high lift lack any where with out a problem, I have almost brained my self a couple times with a high lift letting stuff down off them, if you are off the road, you gotta have one.
    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: 13,047 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #33
    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.

    Jayhawker said:
    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
    Yeah, that is SOP in MN.
    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: 13,047 Senior Member
    Tugar said:
    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



    That looks good, do you have one?
    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: 13,047 Senior Member
    edited September 2020 #35
    orchidman said:
    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'............ ;)
    Spk said:
    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 
    I asked what color he wanted when were shopping for his dormroom, his mother was not amused.  
    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: 13,047 Senior Member
    Barryd said:
    A good cold weather sleeping bag.
    Thought about that, if it will fit under the seat.
    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: 13,047 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    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.

    That is a great idea, I have seen that brand before. You have any experience with an air compressor except the cheapy ones?
    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: 13,047 Senior Member
    Rafterman said:
    I don't think TP has been mentioned, paper towels/shop towels, baby wipes, insulated?coveralls.
    I got distracted, that was supposed to be on my original 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
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,222 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Barryd said:
    A good cold weather sleeping bag.
    Thought about that, if it will fit under the seat.
    Vacuum pack it...a down bag shrinks down to almost nothing...and it stays clean while its in storage....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,047 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Barryd said:
    A good cold weather sleeping bag.
    Thought about that, if it will fit under the seat.
    Vacuum pack it...a down bag shrinks down to almost nothing...and it stays clean while its in storage....
    Yes, but, then I have a kid with a knife and or scissors trying to open a shrink wrapped down bag, what could possibly go wrong...... :#
    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: 7,498 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Jayhawker said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Barryd said:
    A good cold weather sleeping bag.
    Thought about that, if it will fit under the seat.
    Vacuum pack it...a down bag shrinks down to almost nothing...and it stays clean while its in storage....
    Yes, but, then I have a kid with a knife and or scissors trying to open a shrink wrapped down bag, what could possibly go wrong...... :#

    feathers, condoms and pantyhose....... A lot is already going wrong in this thread...

    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,222 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Jayhawker said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Barryd said:
    A good cold weather sleeping bag.
    Thought about that, if it will fit under the seat.
    Vacuum pack it...a down bag shrinks down to almost nothing...and it stays clean while its in storage....
    Yes, but, then I have a kid with a knife and or scissors trying to open a shrink wrapped down bag, what could possibly go wrong...... :#
    Use a big Sharpie..
    Write instructions on the bag....Dad...you can only do so much...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,498 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    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.

    So how long has that been closed at one sitting? 12h, 24H, 48H? If that is the concern, the sleeping bag is a real good idea. 12h, food is just for comfort. 24-48, you will burn calories.
    The tire plug kit is a good idea. Get the right one. I have plugged a few. Normally I hear the hole and plug it before the tire is flat on one side, so compressor, yes, but dont get excited about it. Thats why you have a spare.
    The screw type jack that comes in that F150 is more than enough to change a tire. If you are thinking snow drifts, throw a flat shovel or one of those 12 inch snow scoops in the bed. Not a Etool.
    The best thing you can do is convince him that anything less than a half tank of gas is way to little.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,047 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    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.

    So how long has that been closed at one sitting? 12h, 24H, 48H? If that is the concern, the sleeping bag is a real good idea. 12h, food is just for comfort. 24-48, you will burn calories.
    The tire plug kit is a good idea. Get the right one. I have plugged a few. Normally I hear the hole and plug it before the tire is flat on one side, so compressor, yes, but dont get excited about it. Thats why you have a spare.
    The screw type jack that comes in that F150 is more than enough to change a tire. If you are thinking snow drifts, throw a flat shovel or one of those 12 inch snow scoops in the bed. Not a Etool.
    The best thing you can do is convince him that anything less than a half tank of gas is way to little.
    Rarely more than 12hr's, MN DOT or the state patrol will go get him, they just get off the road if the conditions are to poor for THEM to drive, it has to be pretty bad, the compressor is more if he is flat in a parking lot and can get enough air in to limp into a service station, I have not found a compressor I liked. "Normal" shovels are the rule, I have been centered on a snow bank/drift before. I preach the 1/2 tank all the time, might have to leave the wife stew on the side of the road to get her to listen though :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
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,047 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Jayhawker said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Barryd said:
    A good cold weather sleeping bag.
    Thought about that, if it will fit under the seat.
    Vacuum pack it...a down bag shrinks down to almost nothing...and it stays clean while its in storage....
    Yes, but, then I have a kid with a knife and or scissors trying to open a shrink wrapped down bag, what could possibly go wrong...... :#
    Use a big Sharpie..
    Write instructions on the bag....Dad...you can only do so much...
    Kids that listen to their dad and read instructions? There is such a thing? :p
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,222 Senior Member
    Rather than a compressor, I carry a portable air tank which is more than enough to inflate a tire after I plug it...

    All my self-rescue stuff fits in a bin in the bed of the truck
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,047 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    Rather than a compressor, I carry a portable air tank which is more than enough to inflate a tire after I plug it...

    All my self-rescue stuff fits in a bin in the bed of the truck
    I keep mine in an Otter Sled.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,164 Senior Member
    One of those little toysRus compressors got me home from work one night. Woulda been another hour or two waiting for road service. Couldn't change the tire. Rim was rusted on. Wrong kind of hammer in hand. Would've damaged it. 


  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    I have been eyeballing this one:


    I already have the 20V drill and impact driver so I already have batteries.


  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,299 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Tugar said:
    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



    That looks good, do you have one?
    Mine is an older model with 15k mah and one solar panel, but it comes in handy often. Can charge two devices, waterproof, and  dual leds. No compass or carbiner though. LoL. 


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  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 628 Senior Member
    I have nothing to add since everything under the sun has been recommended, but a bit of advice:

    A manual tire pump (good one) will always do its job and it doesn't have batteries to die or a motor to burn up.
    Fix a flat brand has never fixed a flat in my experience. I think its tire slime that works but im not sure on that. The youtuber ProjectFarm did a review on different tire seal products and he had amazing results with a particular brand.
    Only other recommendation would be anything to add traction or help get pulled out of a roadside ditch.
  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 90 Member
    Dont know what part of the country you are in but having been stuck in N.Central Washington once in the winter I would recommend 1 spare pair of boots, 2 spare pair of wool socks.... sounds mundane until you need them.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,047 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    Rather than a compressor, I carry a portable air tank which is more than enough to inflate a tire after I plug it...

    All my self-rescue stuff fits in a bin in the bed of the truck
    I keep mine in an Otter Sled.
    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: 13,047 Senior Member
    I have been eyeballing this one:


    I already have the 20V drill and impact driver so I already have batteries.


    Airing up a tire in 2 minutes sounds way better than the compressors I have had in the past, mine were more like turn it on and have a cup of coffee or 2
    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: 13,047 Senior Member
    Tugar said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Tugar said:
    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



    That looks good, do you have one?
    Mine is an older model with 15k mah and one solar panel, but it comes in handy often. Can charge two devices, waterproof, and  dual leds. No compass or carbiner though. LoL. 


    I have something similar in my truck, never used it yet though.
    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: 13,047 Senior Member
    Japhy said:
    Dont know what part of the country you are in but having been stuck in N.Central Washington once in the winter I would recommend 1 spare pair of boots, 2 spare pair of wool socks.... sounds mundane until you need them.
    That is SOP in Minnesota, thanks though. 
    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
    edited September 2020 #57
    Try calling around local salvage yards and see if they have any wrecked 2012 or newer FIATs or 2017 or newer Chrysler Pacificas that are being parted out.  If you find one, ask the cost for the factory equipped air compressor.  They are actually pretty nice items and have a canister of sealant attached.  The sealant is kind of pricy if you had to get a new cannister, but the compressor is one of the nicer ones and Might Be pretty fairly inexpensive from a boneyard.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,114 Senior Member
    Some_Mook said:
    Try calling around local salvage yards and see if they have any wrecked 2012 or newer FIATs or 2017 or newer Chrysler Pacificas that are being parted out.  If you find one, ask the cost for the factory equipped air compressor.  They are actually pretty nice items and have a canister of sealant attached.  The sealant is kind of pricey if you had to get a new canister, but the compressor is one of the nicer ones and Might Be pretty fairly inexpensive from a boneyard.
    It *is* a nice little compressor, my wife's FIAT has one. I've never used it, but it looks great!

    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,299 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Tugar said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Tugar said:
    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



    That looks good, do you have one?
    Mine is an older model with 15k mah and one solar panel, but it comes in handy often. Can charge two devices, waterproof, and  dual leds. No compass or carbiner though. LoL. 

    've
    I have something similar in my truck, never used it yet though.
    It comes in handy for normal stuff as well. If I want to go outside and chill in the backyard or picnic. No more worries about battery life. It can even power a tablet without breaking a sweat. I won't say I've used it every week but it does come in handy and I have had to use it during the rare power outage. 
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  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 7,498 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    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.

    So how long has that been closed at one sitting? 12h, 24H, 48H? If that is the concern, the sleeping bag is a real good idea. 12h, food is just for comfort. 24-48, you will burn calories.
    The tire plug kit is a good idea. Get the right one. I have plugged a few. Normally I hear the hole and plug it before the tire is flat on one side, so compressor, yes, but dont get excited about it. Thats why you have a spare.
    The screw type jack that comes in that F150 is more than enough to change a tire. If you are thinking snow drifts, throw a flat shovel or one of those 12 inch snow scoops in the bed. Not a Etool.
    The best thing you can do is convince him that anything less than a half tank of gas is way to little.
    Rarely more than 12hr's, MN DOT or the state patrol will go get him, they just get off the road if the conditions are to poor for THEM to drive, it has to be pretty bad, the compressor is more if he is flat in a parking lot and can get enough air in to limp into a service station, I have not found a compressor I liked. "Normal" shovels are the rule, I have been centered on a snow bank/drift before. I preach the 1/2 tank all the time, might have to leave the wife stew on the side of the road to get her to listen though :D   


    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,215 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Jayhawker said:
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Barryd said:
    A good cold weather sleeping bag.
    Thought about that, if it will fit under the seat.
    Vacuum pack it...a down bag shrinks down to almost nothing...and it stays clean while its in storage....
    Yes, but, then I have a kid with a knife and or scissors trying to open a shrink wrapped down bag, what could possibly go wrong...... :#

    feathers, condoms and pantyhose....... A lot is already going wrong in this thread...


    It's a therapy Chicken, I swear!
    :D
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