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Old 10-26-2015, 08:09 PM   #1
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Most useful tools and "spare parts" list!~

Now here's a topic that should garner varied opinions and suggestions. The question:

What would be the minimum "ideal" list of tools and "spare parts" that "prepared" Escapees should have/carry on their travels?

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Old 10-26-2015, 08:20 PM   #2
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I agree: Donna's credit card!
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Since you say "minimum," then I would suggest, in addition to Donna's credit card, a magnetic screwdriver with various bits including Robertson 1 thru 4, and hose washers. If you want to exceed the minimum, a Leatherman tool and a bicycle pump.
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I had a spare cork screw that we gave to a romantic young couple visiting from Europe. I need to replace it.
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Always have some beer or a jug along. Most of the time people willing to help you would rather have a cold one than money. Unless of course they are some kind of mercenary repair outfit, then they want money. Seriously, we have two small plastic boxes a little bigger than a shoe box packed with some elementary tools, spare fuses, some tape, electric adapters, and an assortment of screws. After you are out a few times you'll be able to put a kit together that will take care of most things you might need. I personally do not carry spare pumps, switches etc. because I can either do without whatever broke or make a trip to the nearest source to buy what I need. We are not deep woods boondockers but do live the Scout Motto. Make sure you have a good first aid kit with specialty meds you might need ( Epi pen, benedryl). There's no right or wrong here, just personal preference.
And keep the code dated stuff fresh. Just my $.02
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I've found that I carry all sorts of spares and tools, and that I can't find them until I've replaced them. Then they show up in the most unusual places.
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I have found a tubless tire repair kit for the tow vehicle has come into play, a lot.
So a 12volt air pump as well, tire pressure gauge.
An assortment of crimp on connectors and the crimping tool and wire stripper and some heat shrink.
Multi bit screwdriver
small socket set and ratchet handle.
medium and small size adjustable wrench.
scissors.
Velcro.
flashlights and replacement batteries.
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Cheap multi tool,
Right socket to change a tire
Tube of sealer
Hank of cord or rope
Matches and or fire starter (butane)
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