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Old 04-15-2018, 08:03 PM   #1
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I've got some things in the truck for just in case. Since it was winter I don't carry carry water with me. But I have the inverter on the truck so I have power with me. I carry moving blankets with me, so in the winter if I break down I can keep warm(er).

And I've kept a change of clothes in my truck, but just thrown in the back. I recently got some of those vacuum bags you store clothes in. I got them so I could put my moving blankets in them because they take up a lot of room. But the bags I first bought were to small. So I used those smaller bags to put some spare clothes in. No pants or shirts, but essentials like underwears...

Here's the first try.


After that I decided to label the bag and fold it before vacuuming it smaller.


So I'll just chuck this under the seat and have it just in case.

Plus I have the inverter and a vacuum on the truck at all times so if I open the bag I can close it up and vacuum it smaller again.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:09 PM   #2
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Cool idea. I usually have shirts kicking around for the sweaty days but no essentials like that. I like to keep some power bars or similar for days I forget lunch and some forks and spoons for the days I forget those.

I think I'll find a spot for some more essentials like you've got.

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When going snowboarding we always made sure we had enough clothing for inclement weather. When traveling in the snow country I always have enough to walk out, which means boots, hat, gloves, etc. There were times we kinda knew our chances of getting stuck on a mountain pass were about 60% we threw sleeping bags in too. Always keeping the fuel tank topped up too.

More importantly is to make sure the spare tire has air, the vehicle has tools to change the tire, and I carry an air compressor and a plug kit. A shovel is a good thing to have too. Even with an Audi Quattro shod with snow tires I still carry tire chains.
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My "essential" to have in my truck is a roll of toilet paper.
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Normally during winter make sure have extra coats , blankets, some snacks , water and carry cables chains for car especially if going over mountain passes. In 67 years think only have got stuck where had to walk somewhere, half dozen times during the winter. I do like your ideal though.

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My "essential" to have in my truck is a roll of toilet paper.
Ya, that's there. Just not in the clothing bag.
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Couple bottles of water and bowl for hunter and roll of bags to pick up his crap.


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Oh yeah, one of the most important items that is small...A 3" TOW STRAP! Plus a shackle or preferably two.

Jumper cables can come in handy too. Most often my gear is used to help others.
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I have a battery box in the engine compartment that I keep a truckers strap. I think it's 23' long, 1/8" nylon (or better) and probably 2 1/2"-3" wide. Keep some detailing spray and microfiber cloths in there too.
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my jumpers are 20' long #4 welder cable with red/black commercial grade clamps. my wire is not only clamped to clamps, it's also soldered.
only prob is if clamp goes bad, you cut off and throw away/buy new.

20' long 3" wide tow strap/ 20' long 3/8" grade 70 chain.

guessing 1' x 1' x 2' tool box with open/box combos, small socket set, channel locks, vice grips, screwdrivers, hacksaw, wire brush, spray lubricant.

took a 20' long trouble light, cut male plug in off, put on alligator clamps, put in 50 watt 12 volt bulb. i love it, i can lay it, hang it, place it wherever i need, and it's very bright.

under rear seat, my insulated coveralls, heavy gloves, boots

no food though, i'll starve to death.
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Crew trucks have first aid kit, reflective triangles, fire extinguisher, heavy duty jumper cables, spare tire, jack, and tools to change a flat are the bare minimum. If its winter, tire chains are mandatory. Typically have a case or 2 of water. Plenty of misc tools and rigging to get something done.

My truck has a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, spare tire/jack/tools/jumper cables. Small propane tank and torch tip. Insulated bibs, coat, multiple gloves, a couple hats, a neck gaitor. A case of water. A couple flash lights. A little handheld radio. Spare batteries. A couple different phone chargers. Lighter. Electrical tape. Fuses. A pile of napkins. Other than water, all this stuff is hidden away under seats, in the console/glovebox/door.

I have some shackles, straps, and a pile of tools but i dont typically bother to load it up anymore since im usually truckassin'.





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I once was stuck for 3 or 4 hours in a snow storm when a piston went through the block on a truck I was driving. Ever since then I have extra jackets, sweatshirts, emergency blanket, peanut butter crackers and water in the truck. I will never be cold or hungry again.
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Peanut butter crackers wouldn't last a day in my truck.
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While caving we carry a lighter, candle, and a space blanket. The candle will not only provide light, even after being wet, it will also provide enough heat when burning inside the space blanket to keep you warm for many hours.
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My oldest left town in his company mini van to do a service call in Yuma, CO last Friday. Weather here was not great but nothing to worry about.

He made it to a town called Akron, where he found the east bound highway was closed due to blizzard conditions. By the time he got back to the west side of the town, he found that the highway back home had also been closed.

He had nothing but a t-shirt, no food, no blankie, nada. No hotel rooms to be found. Stayed the night in an emergency shelter loaded with other stranded travelers.

This is the same kid that always made fun of my emergency kit that I keep in the truck.

Some folks gotta learn the hard way.
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My oldest left town in his company mini van to do a service call in Yuma, CO last Friday. Weather here was not great but nothing to worry about.

He made it to a town called Akron, where he found the east bound highway was closed due to blizzard conditions. By the time he got back to the west side of the town, he found that the highway back home had also been closed.

He had nothing but a t-shirt, no food, no blankie, nada. No hotel rooms to be found. Stayed the night in an emergency shelter loaded with other stranded travelers.

This is the same kid that always made fun of my emergency kit that I keep in the truck.

Some folks gotta learn the hard way.
My niece will be moving to Ft Collins this summer. A few weeks ago she was driving up from Denver (at night) to scope shared rentals when they closed the interstate in a snowstorm while she was on it. Nice. It was a good opportunity to discuss emergency preparedness.
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So besides all the construction and electrical tools that are always in the truck, damn near enough to build a house with, I also keep.....

Shovels
Hi-Lift w/offroad base
2 20' binder chains
Extra-large fire extinguisher
15K LBS tow rope
Flares
Triangles
Trauma Bag with complete BLS supplies
Rags
Blankets
Jackets
Gloves (several)
Safety vest
Hard hat
Rope
Shackles
Pulleys
2000 lumen handheld searchlight
12 gauge shotgun
.45 auto
Blankets
Waterproof matches
GPS
Paper maps
CB radio
VHF/UHF radio
Scanner
Off-road lights
Front and rear foglights
UHF and VHF Handheld radios
Jumper cables
4' prybar
LED warning light bar


There's more, but I can't remember it right now.

When I bought the truck, I got a lightweight. It was about 8500. Now, when I go over the scales empty, I'm between 9700 and 9800 lbs.


I've run BLS rescues with the trauma gear on the truck. Tell that story later.



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Old 04-19-2018, 12:27 AM   #19
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Guessing you’re a volunteer firefighter delta?
Anyway, year round I keep gloves, toilet paper, Kleenex, a small back pack with a full change of clothes, a first aid kit, spare contacts, contact solution, Advil, a couple water bottles, hand sanitizer, a pair of tennis shoes, a rain jacket, a extra pair of sunglasses or 2, and I’m sure something else that I’m drawing a blank on.
During the winter I’ll add a pair of insulated bib overalls, and a ice scraper. Being in the Midwest and living in a major city I don’t have to worry about snow chains.
I also have box wrenches, electrical tape, jumper cables, a 1/4 in socket set, plus all my standard hand tools for work in the truck box.

Oh and a ton of dust masks and nitile gloves that work supplies but I keep on hand.
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So besides all the construction and electrical tools that are always in the truck, damn near enough to build a house with, I also keep.....

Shovels
Hi-Lift w/offroad base
2 20' binder chains
Extra-large fire extinguisher
15K LBS tow rope
Flares
Triangles
Trauma Bag with complete BLS supplies
Rags
Blankets
Jackets
Gloves (several)
Safety vest
Hard hat
Rope
Shackles
Pulleys
2000 lumen handheld searchlight
12 gauge shotgun
.45 auto
Blankets
Waterproof matches
GPS
Paper maps
CB radio
VHF/UHF radio
Scanner
Off-road lights
Front and rear foglights
UHF and VHF Handheld radios
Jumper cables
4' prybar
LED warning light bar


There's more, but I can't remember it right now.

When I bought the truck, I got a lightweight. It was about 8500. Now, when I go over the scales empty, I'm between 9700 and 9800 lbs.


I've run BLS rescues with the trauma gear on the truck. Tell that story later.



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