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Old 04-15-2018, 11:29 AM   #1
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Spare parts for a looooong trip

If you knew you were going to be largely away from any resources/repair shops/etc during a long tow, what would be a good idea to bring along parts-wise?
After you've had your rig on the road for a good shakedown, you can probably narrow the list of potential failures significantly, but if your shakedown is boondocking several hundred miles away from civilization, what would you put on the list?

Apart from duct tape & beer
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:46 AM   #2
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When I prepare, I think about the most likely major thing to happen that I can fix.

Fuses
Spare wire
Spare bulbs
Tubeless tire repair kit with fresh sealed tube of adhesive
Tire inflator
Roof repair tape
Rescue tape for plumbing
Make sure my Garmin InReach subscription and device is working

And that's really about it.
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You did say apart from duct tape so parts wise nothing other than a couple light bulbs to keep me road legal. My ability to look into the future to know what parts are going to fail is non-existent and space is too limited to carry one of everything that could go wrong. Tools on the other hand a few of the basics.
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I carry enough tools to do pretty much everything but an engine overhaul. Spare parts are duct tape, gorilla tape, rescue tape, fuses, interior LED light bulbs, engine fuel filters for main engine and generator, engine oil for main and gen, grease gun and grease, torque wrenches (5 of them) and what ever else I throw in.
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Adding tubeless tire repair kit! Why didn't I think of that!

I do keep and use white and black Gorilla Tape, I've found it to be superior to just duct tape.
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In my travels cross-country, by far the most frequent offender is tire punctures. Only one, so far, that I couldn't mend (tore the belt).
Had a widow get broken from a stray rock, of course it immediately started to rain...
Tow vehicle tailpipe near disaster, ended up tieing it back in place with speaker wire.
Quite a few nuts have vibrated loose, hard to plan to have spares of everything, as has been said.
I could go on.
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Spent 7 yrs FT traveling weekly...........

Basic tools
Jack/jack stands
Torque Wrench/Sockets
Baling wire
Gorilla Tape
Wire Ties
Electrical Tape/connectors/wire nuts/roll of electrical wire
Etc

NO SPARE PARTS....how would you know and if you did----fix/repair it vs lug part around

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- Functional spare tire (inspect tire before you leave on your trip)
- Tire plugging kit.
- Compressor (I take my Sears 3 gallon and use my Honda Generator to run it).
- Good quality tire pressure gauge.
- Appropriately sized bottle jack (with jack pads).
- Appropriate lug wrench (make sure it works for road tire and spare tire rack).
- Torque wrench (know your wheel nut torque requirements).
- Flares or reflector triangles.

And while this isn't a "spare", I won't leave home without a good TPMS on the trailer.
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Lug torque is one of those things I haven't been able to master. Is the torque a "dry" number? What about when you have some light rusting involved? I just swapped my truck's studded tires for my summers last week, found that not even my TiMax impact wrench could loosen them. I had had the ebrake done earlier this winter and the "mechanic" seriously over-torqued the nuts. I had to put all my weight on a breaker bar to get them loose. I do most my auto repair, but when I do get lazy and visit a shop, I am *always* disappointed...
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Lug torque is one of those things I haven't been able to master. Is the torque a "dry" number?
Dry, unless stated other wise.

Try to brush the loose rust off. If there is a lot of rust, there is a problem.

People that can be very obsessive can experience a lot of anxiety about tires, but they are relatively simple: No cracks, proper inflation, proper torque on the lugs, protect them from the sun when parked.
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Like others I carry a wide variety of tools, anything I think I would need to fix something. These are separate from my sticks and bricks tool set and if I borrow something I make sure to put it back.

One important tool is a multimeter since electrical problems can be gremlins and hard to track down.
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A good first aid kit...when your fixing things you could get hurt.
A cell phone or mobile phone...or a sat phone.
A travel partner...like canoeing or hunting in the remote back country never do it alone.
Tell someone where your going and when you be returning.

Tools and parts are pretty much useless if your hurt and you donít have a way to communicate.

Just my thought after traveling in the Northern BC for 10yrs.

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1. Chalking gun, Dicor and sidewall geocel sealant.
2. Pipe hanger strapping, had broken muffler hanger and tied up muffler.
3. Fuel filter, have a DP.
4. Hose clamps.
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