CY 2013 Road Trip Repair Items/Tools (RIT)
I have compiled 2 lists in two threads One is an SMB Road Trip Repair Items/Tools (RIT) list and the other is a Disaster/Emergency Vehicle Kit / Bug Out Bag list (DEVKit / BOB).
The lists reflect my attempt to plan for an event of unknown severity and duration, an event which may never happen. However, assumptions must be made and a budget established.
The DEVKit, or BOB is based on the premise that I spend most of my time near my home and work. See the 2013 Disaster/Emergency Vehicle Kit / Bug Out Bag thread for more info and greater background detail.
This Road Trip Repair Items/Tools (RIT) list details the items/tools I carry in the SMB for a road trip. It is meant for emergency, breakdown, repair or maintenance while on and off road. The SMB RIT is based on the premise that they stay in the SMB.
I looked at previous threads for SMB Road Trip Repair Tools and used them as a baseline for my CY 2013 RIT list. Thanks to all the previous posters who provided their information. The Bug Out Bag I came up with after similar research on the Internet. In both cases, I added my own life experience and judgment to come up with the current lists. I wont explain in much, if any, detail why I chose most items. If items are foreign to you and you investigate them for yourself on the internet, the descriptions will help you understand and decide for yourself to either use the same or similar thing, or modify it as you see fit.
As far as storing the Repair Items/Tools, my SMB is a 2009 E350 V10 regular van with the R50 package. Some additional SMB features add/subtract from storage (eg, propane heater). Hence, most of the items are in the under floor compartment, under the hanging closet cabinet and some in the front doors.
As far as the Bug Out Bag goes, besides the SMB I have 4 other vehicles (2 for my kids) and all 5 have identical BOBs. However, bec the SMB also has Repair Items/Tools, some items in the RIT appear to be duplicated in the BOB (eg, duct tape, utility knife, gloves, etc). However, the lists are separate and should stand alone. In other words, if you also have a BOB in your SMB, then you can decide where to keep your duct tape, gloves, etc, or to have duplicates. You may decide to duplicate such items as tape, gloves, knife, flashlight, batteries. Again, the premise is if I had to abandon the SMB immediately, Im grabbing the BOB and Im gone. So, I would like it complete. Or, if Im at home and its necessary to evacuate, I grab the BOBs from all other vehicles, put them into whatever Im driving and leave.
Road Trip Repair Items/Tools
Note: Most of the tools are Craftsmen - if they fail, any Sears or Orchard Supply will replace free lifetime.
1 medium and 2 small canvass tool bags to separate and hold most the items
(go to Army/Navy Surplus stores to find)
1 Bear Spray, Frontiersman 7.9 oz can, model FBAD-04 inc nylon holster,
(this is good for a lot of situations)
First Aid Kit (see DEVKit / BOB thread for details)
2 flashlights and extra batteries (LED and CR123 are my choice)
1 slip joint pliers, 1 long nose pliers, 4 channel lock pliers (4 sizes),
2 vise grips (5 and 10), 1 wire cutter, 1 wire stripper
4 crescent wrenches [6, 8, 10, 12]
assorted combination wrenches - standard and metric
1 50 piece 3/8 inch ratchet set - standard and metric sizes with standard and deep sockets, and an universal joint ,
screw drivers phillips and blade, from 1 ½ to 12
assorted allen wrenches 18 piece standard and 9 piece metric
assorted torx wrenches 7 piece
1 ball peen hammer - 32 oz
1 2 lb demolition hand sledge hammer (had this at home if new might be different choice)
1 utility knife w/ sheath (non-serrated blade, SS)
1 Leatherman Multitool
2 pairs leather work gloves, deerskin
1 wire brush - 4 stainless steel, wood handle
1 each nylon and stainless steel miniature wire brush 1
Files 5 assorted inc flat, round, triangle
1 sheet sandpaper - #36 grit (you may need to roughen or smooth a surface)
3 cold chisels 5/16, 5/8, Ύ cut
Pry bar goose neck 22 (had extra one around house)
Pry bar straight w/ handle 30
Klein Bolt Cutters 30 (fiberglass handles prevent electrocution)
1 military entrenching tool (or some kind of shovel)
Small hand digger
1 hand axe 4 blade, 1 Sven-Saw 20, 1 Corona 14 folding saw
1 Corona lopping shears - 26 (if buying new get compound action)
1 WISS 10 straight tin snips (had around the house)
bungee cords/rubber straps of various sizes
baling wire 20 ga by Ό lb
JB weld glue (2 piece), JB Weld Steel Stik metals putty
DevCon Marine & Plastic putty for everything, applicator sticks
WD-40, 3 in 1 oil, electrical tape, duct tape, 4 new shop rags, 1 tape measure
Krud Kutter, 4 oz squeeze bottle, to clean grime
Duck Wrap-Fit 1 x 10 self-fusing silicone repair tape
2 Bars Leaks radiator stop leak 0.75 oz each
circle clamps - assorted
1 safety goggles
I pair overalls
1 small plastic bucket with handle
shore power cable, 1 extension cord 30A, heavy duty jumper cables, spare fuses
1 Hi-Lift Jack and base plate 4 ft minimum
ViAir 400P-A tire inflator kit
3 x 30 recovery strap, 2 D rings Ύ Smittybuilt, 3 x 16 Tree Saver
3 highway flares, 1 foldable Emergency Triangle
1 Safety Seal Tire Repair Kit, 2 cans 20 oz Fix a Flat Sealant, tire gauge, set of tire deflators, star lug wrench
1 gal red plastic gas can
2 funnels 1 for water tank, one for gas tank
1 tarp, reinforced grommets, 10 x 18, waterproof
1 tarp, grommets, 4 x 6, waterproof
3 light sticks, 6 inch, 30 minutes, green (yellow 2nd choice), CYALUME Technology
2 light sticks, 6 inch, 12 hours, green (yellow 2nd choice), CYALUME Technology
I got the sticks online the 30 min sticks from Extreme Glow. These are commercial grade and they also sell military issue.
I got the 12 hour sticks from QuakeKare bec they had green, which is the best light. Extreme Glow is best website.
items to consider: extra valve stems, valve covers, spare lug nuts, 2x4 boards for tire jack, 1 large 10"x12" block of wood
AND A KITCHEN SINK