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    Default What do you bring with you on the trail?

    I'd like to get some input on what you guys take with you on the trail as far as tools, parts, supplies, recovery gear, survival gear, navigation.

    I think I have a lot of my bases covered tool, supply, and navigation wise, but there is always something that you don’t know you’ll need until you need it. I know I’m lacking in parts, recovery gear, and survival gear.

    Also, how do you store all of your stuff? Rubbermaid box? Tool bag or tool box? Custom storage box?

    Here’s what I carry:
    • Metric/SAE sockets and wrenches, Torx sockets, screw drivers, hack saw, pry bar, hammer, 32mm socket (front axle nut)
    • Cordless drill and drill bits
    • Factory service manual
    • DRB II
    • Electrical repair supplies
    • Fuses
    • Zip ties
    • Duct tape
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Gear lube, motor oil, ATF+4, pre-mixed coolant, WD-40, brake fluid, drain pan, empty waste jug, funnel
    • Paper towels
    • Leather gloves
    • 12 volt air compressor
    • power inverter
    • Jump start box
    • 4"x30' recovery strap, 3 10,000 LB clevises, 15' 3/8" chain
    • Hi Lift jack
    • Ratchet strap
    • 4 way lug wrench
    • GPS, compass, Michigan county map book
    • CB
    • 2 flash lights
    • Lighter
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    tire repair kit
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    I bring just about everything on your list and then some.

    My favorite new item to bring is my 12volt oven, bake cookies right on the trail. Except Motrctyman knows nothing about my cookies
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironman View Post
    I bring just about everything on your list and then some.

    My favorite new item to bring is my 12volt oven, bake cookies right on the trail. Except Motrctyman knows nothing about my cookies
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    I've carried less and less as the years go by. As far as repairs go, if its major, I'm not doing it on the trail. Anything computer related stays at camp. I'm slowly gathering more spare "parts", problem with newer vehicles is like a $230 starter, I'm not carrying a spare! But recently prices have come down and you can get junk cores rebuild to carry as spares.

    When you buy stuff at the parts store, nuts bolts, new u-joint straps, clips, etc... if you can swing it, buy two of everything.

    You should add a saw on your list. A folding hacksaw is nice, an ax works but is more work, but can cut through the big stuff.

    I stopped carrying chain and instead bought a nonstretching 20' strap, wrote all over it "DOES NOT STRETCH DO NOT USE" in case someone borrows it for recovery. I use it to drag trees and stuff out of the way. Much lighter than chain.

    A couple chunks of dowel for joining straps together instead of d-rings.

    I've got it down to 4 bags. One with heavy tools, sockets, hammers, prybars. The other with fluids, spare parts, and misc. Third is all recovery stuff. Fourth is a small electrical bag I stuff waaay out of the way. But I'm not happy with my setup, I need a better system.
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    Depends on where I am going - I always have my tool bag, air tank and recovery bag if I am heading off the pavement, even if just for a trip to the Mounds. If I remember correctly, when Keith submarined his truck at the Mounds a while back we got a lot of mileage out of that bag of tools .

    Spare parts, most fluids, bigger tools I usually leave at home unless we are going someplace farther from home or someplace where we might break something. But since we have more room in the LJ vs YJ, I tend to take more just because I have a place to put it "just in case".
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    Dont forget your cell phone and extra batteries

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    food, water, first aid kit, full tank of fuel, toilet paper, bribe money, ect..
    friends that actually know how to fix stuff is helpful too?

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    Misc sockets, wrenches, hammers,
    rags,
    bags
    spare driveshaft/axleshaft etc.
    fluids
    first aid kit
    clevis's
    dowel
    strap
    hi-lift
    Cordless Saw Zall
    Air Impact
    Air Chisel
    Air ratchet
    Butterfly impact
    Air hose

    I know I am forgetting stuff.

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    And of course I have to remember my welding hood and dry rod for my premier underhood welder. I only use it on Whiterhino's Junk though.
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