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Old 07-04-2005, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default Roadtrip planning: what to bring (tools and parts)

I am planing a X-Country trip from NY to CA and after reading a few break down stories on roadtripamerica.com I got to thinking what I should bring for parts just in case I get stuck in the middle of Kansas or something.

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edit: forgot to mention the trip will be just about 16 days so it will be a rough trip for the car.

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Old 07-04-2005, 09:12 PM   #2
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A telephone would be your best bet first.
Flashlight, pliers, some strong tape, blanket, extra clothes, screwdrivers, jumper cables.
Food and water, you'll break down before the car will.

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Old 07-04-2005, 09:42 PM   #3
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Mmmmm Jumper cables, I haden't even thought of that.

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Old 07-04-2005, 10:16 PM   #4
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I like my AAA+ membership.

In addition to the usual fluids, in the trunk I keep some spare plugs and wires, a real tool set (breaker bar makes changing tires a lot easier), mini floor jack, cig lighter plug-in air pump, and a blanket. I used to keep a tire plug kit, but I haven't lately.

Something to read/do wouldn't be a bad idea in case you break down, but since you're on a long trip, I imagine you'll have books or whatever.

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Old 07-04-2005, 10:24 PM   #5
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Duct tape & wD-40. If it moves & not suppose to, tape it. If it's suppose to move & doesn't, WD-40.
Really, paper & pen/pencil, for trip notes (phone numbers if you get lucky) & a camera, so you can prove it.

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Old 07-04-2005, 10:42 PM   #6
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Make sure belt and hoses are in good shape, those are the things that tend to break on long trips. Bring a spare belt with you. Check the air in the spare.

Cooling system in good shape? I70 takes you thru the Rockies, I 40 thru the middle of the Mojave Desert.

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Old 07-04-2005, 11:28 PM   #7
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72k miles? Still a new car! Drove my '94 SL2 (with 187,000 miles) to Spring Hill and back last week.

Pack these in a milk crate. A can of Fix-A-Flat. Even with AAA, no lines, no waiting. A bottle or two of bugwash for the windshield - t'is the season for suicidal bugs splatting themselves on your windshield. Replace your wiper blades. Pack some quarts of 5w30. Top off your A/C refrigerant. Give the front of your car a couple extra coats of wax - it'll make scrubbing bugs off the front much easier. Check your tires' inflation - an underinflated tire can cost you some highway mileage. Pack a roll of paper towels and some Windex for your other windows & mirrors. Get an extra key cut and keep it in your wallet! Just in case.

For you: drink a lot of stuff like Propel water and ween yourself off caffeinated drinks. You'll feel better and more energetic. Bring a camera, digital preferably so you can instantly show us where you've been. Burn a pile of CDs so you have music to listen to when the local selection isn't up to par.

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Great ideas, I am also wondering if I should change out the fule filter, the recomended is at 100,000 miles and I have a bit to go but I am just wondering. Not that it would fail but cost in fuel or something. And yes, there will be a few rolls of duct tape. The last time I went on a trip and forgot it I had to use band-aids to hotwire the fan into the headlights to keep from overheating. and here will be a fresh coat of Collinite http://www.collinite.com/auto.htm insulator wax for the bugs.

Edit: The caffine thing will be interesting since I work at Starbucks the place with no holdback on caffine.

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If you have the room, a real hydraulic jack. A large crescent wrench, socket set, Visegrips, Volt/ohm meter, crimpers, spare wire, electrical tape. A spare accessory belt doesn't cost hardly anything and is a good thing to throw in. Also, leather work gloves and a small tarp to keep you off the dirt.

I had the experiance of driving an old '78 motorhome across the United States. Pretty much everything I mentioned was a good thing to have during various problems.

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NY to CA? Are you taking 80? That is the route I took, and there are some pretty desolate parts....as in one stretch of western Utah where it is 121 miles between exits.

If anything above what has been recommended, I would suggest taking like 4-6 20 ounce water bottles. They are useful if you need them for coolant, or if your car breaks down and you have to walk a distance, you have drinking water, but don't have to carry a gallon jug or whatever.

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