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Old 05-26-2014, 01:52 PM   #1
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What kind of spares do you carry in your Escape? A list maybe helpful, here are some of mine:
fuses
license plate bulb
awning strap
butyl tape
coaxial connection
power cord
aa and aaa batteries
12v compressor and tire plugs
water hose
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Old 05-26-2014, 02:13 PM   #2
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I've got one for you: a spare cellphone. For my current trip, still ongoing, I brought an old Motorola Razr flip-phone that is SIM card compatible with my smartphone. Sure enough, the smartphone died last week and I moved the SIM card to the Razr. So I have phone service (well, given the network) but don't have the apps. At least I have something.

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Old 05-26-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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I'm hoping that I'll be out of network most of the time, that way no interruptions….good idea though if you have to be in touch
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Old 05-26-2014, 03:11 PM   #4
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We carry spare cellphones too, and a Tracphone we bought new for $5 at a grocery store. That way if an emergency arises and we have no AT&T signal, but Verizon does we can activate the Tracphone over the air. You can call 911 with an unactivated phone too. Tracphones use different carriers depending on zip, so find one that only has Verizon and AT&T so they can't pawn you off on Sprint-the other CDMA carrier. We also have spare batteries. If no signal but want your phone on for nite lite/clock, put on airplane mode to save battery.

Mike- If your Razr is an original Gen 1, I would get a new pre-paid that uses your carrier's SIM ($30 or less) as reception for that model was never the best. Razr V3xx a different story.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:48 PM   #5
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We carry the commom fuses, bulbs etc. I like to have a spare wheel bearing kit that has enough to do two hubs and grease etc. two water hoses, A long one and a short one. As for communication I carry my inreach two way satelite communicator for when out of cell service.
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:09 PM   #6
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An spare case of beer, bottle of red wine, bottle of Scotch, and bottle of dark rum have proven there worthiness, time and time again.
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Old 05-26-2014, 08:35 PM   #7
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I'm with Jim. Oh and a zero balance AMEX card
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A roll of duct tape!
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A roll of duct tape!
Never, ever.
I don't use it at home or the trailer. Leaves a gummy residue and falls apart with exposure to sun and rain.
I do carry a roll of gaffer tape. Costs four or five times as much, but it's easier to handle, since it doesn't stick to itself. It's easy to remove without doing damage or leaving residue. Which is why it is used in the movie industry, television and photo studios.
BTW, duct tape is actually a thin aluminum tape used to seal ducts. Duck tape is the stuff that is commonly called duct tape, but is not.
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Never, ever.
I don't use it at home or the trailer. Leaves a gummy residue and falls apart with exposure to sun and rain.
I do carry a roll of gaffer tape. Costs four or five times as much, but it's easier to handle, since it doesn't stick to itself. It's easy to remove without doing damage or leaving residue. Which is why it is used in the movie industry, television and photo studios.
BTW, duct tape is actually a thin aluminum tape used to seal ducts. Duck tape is the stuff that is commonly called duct tape, but is not.
I only use duct tape for temporary repairs. Here's the interesting history: Duct tape - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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