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When I was a kid my parents always just had jumper cables and the obligatory spare tire/jack in their vehicles (this was back before manufacturers stopped putting spares in their vehicles and replaced them with patch kits for cost and fuel savings, and upcharging for a donut). Since I got my truck however, I have slowly been expanding my standard equipment list of items that I keep on hand in each of my vehicles. It does get a little expensive, but if you get another vehicle you can just move it all into it, so its sort of a one time investment other than replacing things due to age. Both Thunderhorse and Colt have:

-Air Compressor
-Chemlights (I prefer them to road flares since they are not flammable)
-Jumper cables
-First aid kid with bandages, gauze, shears, butterfly closures, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, etc...
-Flashlight-a good one, they both have Surefires (G2X Pro LED in the truck, and 6P with 120 lumen head in the Durango).
-Digital tire pressure gauge (the Craftsman ones from Sears are pretty good)

I have compiled these items with input from this site as well as what friends have in their vehicles and what I can imagine would ever be necessary in case of emergency. What I have not had until recently though, is a fire extinguisher. So I got on Amazon recently and ordered a couple of 2.5lb Purple Ks; both ABCs and Purple Ks are appropriate for on vehicle use, but Purple Ks are what we use at work when hauling fuel, ammo, explosives, etc... and I believe are less corrosive to what they are sprayed on.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F5CKC38/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They come with a mounting bracket, but since I did not want to drill anything to mount them I placed the one in the truck under the front passenger's seat between the jack and the little hump between the underseat area and the footwell:



With the side trim piece removed that the jack resides behind:



Another potential location I thought of would be in the back corner of the cab that becomes accessible when the rear seat is folded up, however if/when there is a car seat back there it would prohibit access to it-and also it may roll around more.

I have a bag of recovery gear with snatch straps, shackles and hitch mounts, a joiner to link the 2 straps, a shovel/e-tool, and some hitch pins. Its not in the truck all the time, I usually just take it if I am going off road or to a very secluded area. I also have a set of spare 20" take off wheels so when I get new tires I will get new TPMS installed in them and new tires mounted on them, and keep all 4 of my current wheels/tires as full size spares. That way I will not be speed limited in the event of a flat, and since the spare is a 31.4" tire and the others are all 33s I cannot put the spare on the rear axle without overheating/killing the LSD. So if I get a flat in the rear now I have to pull a good tire off the front to mount on the back and put the spare up front. Plus if I have multiple flats I won't be stranded.

In the Durango, there is an empty compartment under the front driver's seat floor where the battery is on the passenger's side, where the air suspension control box would be if we had it. There is also space under both front seats, but there was not enough room in any of these places for an extinguisher. Fortunately there is a trunk like area accessible under the rear storage area by lifting up a lid. Behind it are the jack and fuel funnel to get past the capless fuel filling system if you ever need to fill it with a jerry can. It fits all of these items perfectly:



What do y'all have in your trucks and other vehicles? I know they are really expensive, but does anyone have a halon system in maybe a drag car or something? Striker?
 

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Very nice, I freaking KNEW you would call me out though lol! No halon in my truck.......for now.

I have everything you do plus 4 2000 calorie food packets, two gallons of water in small bottles, physical maps of my state and surrounding ones, several knifes, para cord, iodine tablets, winter coat and pants plus other cold weather stuff (truck only), fix a flat, basic tools, (truck only), same extinguisher as you (truck only), spare batteries, one box of strike anywhere matches, one QT of all fluids. 3 flares and 1 chemstick. The truck also has one recovery strap but that gets moved to whatever I am driving. OH! I also have this awesome jump pack thing that is about the size of a TI-83 calculator that can provide 550 CA to start something. Very nice and it come with me in whatever I am driving at the time.

My daily has about 1/2 quantity of each supply that I keep in the trucks.

Both have a Sub2000 and the truck has 6 spare 30 round mags. It also recently got a Gen2 G19 as my console handgun since I really have a thing for gen 2 glocks. 176 (100 fmj and the rest are Barnes rounds loaded in Wilson 47D mags) of spare ammo for my carry handgun plus two spares for all the springs and a spare slide stop, and the holster I am not wearing at the time are also with me at all times in the guns case/bag/kit thing.

Good thinking with the E-tool, I may add one to each car. I had a full size spare from the factory so I'm good on LSD damage there, it's still okay shockingly and apparently my truck did not come with SRAs lol!



What I really need to figure out is a way to secure my firearms better, it's not that much of an issue in the truck but I would still like it to have harder security.
 

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Btw, those are some pricey lights. I just carry a fenix PD35 Tactical on my person, the jump pack has an integrated light that is quite good. Add my phones light and I think I am okay.
 

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I have a trippleA card! For your first aid kit, I would add a few assorted dizes of ace wrap and a bottle of betadine solution. A working cell phone is a help. If on a long road trip, a few bottles of water are nice to have in the summer and other warm months.
 

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I have a trippleA card! For your first aid kit, I would add a few assorted dizes of ace wrap and a bottle of betadine solution. A working cell phone is a help. If on a long road trip, a few bottles of water are nice to have in the summer and other warm months.
Yeah I have that too, never used it to date though. I would honestly probably just call my boss if I needed something recovered.
 

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Well you do have all the cool stuff Striker. I guess I could throw a few spare MRE items in there just in case. Water makes sense, if I move out to the desert I'll probably have a jerrycan of water and one of fuel, at least for trips.

AAA is not a bad idea but I don't like relying on other people

This is why I kind of want to get a toolbox, because then I could always keep all the recovery gear in it as well as a chopping axe, floor and bottle jacks, and spare POLs. Only thing is I consider a 6.5 bed the standard and don't want to cut into that. If I had an 8' bed then a toolbox would leave 6.5' of usable bed, but I don't. I think if I got an HD itd be a crew 8' bed for that reason.

I have a console vault for weapons but don't leave them in the truck. Usually its a P229 or P239; if they'd de list SBRs from the NFA then I'd chop the 16" bbl on my SLR 104 UR to the 8.3" it should be and keep it in the truck. I pretty much always have a knife on my person and can adjust clothing based on seasonal conditions so I don't leave those in there. Same goes for a cell phone; the 1st aid kits have betadine wipes and elastic bandages.

Great replies!
 

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You wouldn't believe the stuff I carry. And at one point or another, I have needed all of it. I have:

-Stanley Rolling Footlocker filled with:
-8 5,000lb ratchet straps.
-4 10,000 lb ratchet straps.
-6 500lb ratchet straps (harbor freight specials LOL).
-a 3/8" x 20ft Logging chain with hooks.
-2 snatch blocks.
-a come-along.
-bag of hand tools.
-electrical wire, crimpers, heat shrink, butt splices and zip ties.
-butane lighter (windproof).
-1/2 drive breaker bar .
-Standard and Metric socket set .
-Standard and Metric wrenches up to 7/8" and 24mm.
-30,000lb rated 2 5/16" ball and ball mount.
-10,000lb rated 2" ball and ball mount.
-6,000lb rated 1 7/8" ball and ball mount.
-work gloves.
-bungee cords.
-spare wheel spacer (just in case).
-20 ft snatch strap.
-4 shackles and 2 hooks for rigging chains.
-Portable Air compressor for filling tires.
-Tire patch and plug kit.
-various spare fuses.


I carry that in the truck bed (I am sure there is other stuff I am missing but you know its hard to keep track LOL) along with:

-6 ton bottle jack (factory jack wont work on a lifted truck ;) )
-Jackstand
-12,000lb winch with hitch mount setup, wiring, remote and 100ft of cable.
-step stool (so I can get in the truck bed. Go ahead, laugh it up, but I am 5'8" with a shattered spine...I ALMOST bought a ford because of the tailgate step that stows away into the tailgate)
-LED Flashlight

Inside the cab, I keep:
-chemlights
-first aid kit
-thermal blanket
-fire extinguisher
-jump leads
-battery booster (will jump your truck 1-2 times and then you recharge).

In the summer I also keep a 52 quart Yeti with water bottles in it. Just add ice and boom...cold water.
 

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I have the required equipment to function as a Certified Oversize Load Escort
I have at least 2 First Aid Kits, Safety Triangles, burning & non flammable flares
way to may many things to list that is on safety list
I also carry a Craftsman Dolly Jack, its a bit smaller than a 3 ton floor jack
Jump Starter & Jumper Cables, spools of wire & crimp on connectors , basic SAE & Metric tools

Cooler with Ice & Water is a must at this time of year
 

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Thunderehorse - Have you considered this for your fire extinguisher?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015G3QXMY/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=IUV3DNPQY1AB5&colid=1M0403F6EGUZX

My kit is not extensive as all of y'alls, but in addition to the jumper cables, jack, extinguisher,... I move a bug out bag from vehicle to vehicle, which includes an IFAK, either a S&W M&P 9mm or a Colt 1911 Officer, each with 6 mags, and my CCW S&W M&P Shield with 3 additional mags - oh and AAA
 

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Well you do have all the cool stuff Striker. I guess I could throw a few spare MRE items in there just in case. Water makes sense, if I move out to the desert I'll probably have a jerrycan of water and one of fuel, at least for trips.

AAA is not a bad idea but I don't like relying on other people

This is why I kind of want to get a toolbox, because then I could always keep all the recovery gear in it as well as a chopping axe, floor and bottle jacks, and spare POLs. Only thing is I consider a 6.5 bed the standard and don't want to cut into that. If I had an 8' bed then a toolbox would leave 6.5' of usable bed, but I don't. I think if I got an HD itd be a crew 8' bed for that reason.

I have a console vault for weapons but don't leave them in the truck. Usually its a P229 or P239; if they'd de list SBRs from the NFA then I'd chop the 16" bbl on my SLR 104 UR to the 8.3" it should be and keep it in the truck. I pretty much always have a knife on my person and can adjust clothing based on seasonal conditions so I don't leave those in there. Same goes for a cell phone; the 1st aid kits have betadine wipes and elastic bandages.

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back in the seventies when i was driving cross-country from pendelton or the 29 palms, i always had plenty of water. on more recent trips to florida, i have seen some broken cars during some extreme heat, water seemed pretty important. as for some MRE, more of a luxury but nice to have. i don't carry any food with me.
 

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Thunderehorse - Have you considered this for your fire extinguisher?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015G3QXMY/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=IUV3DNPQY1AB5&colid=1M0403F6EGUZX

My kit is not extensive as all of y'alls, but in addition to the jumper cables, jack, extinguisher,... I move a bug out bag from vehicle to vehicle, which includes an IFAK, either a S&W M&P 9mm or a Colt 1911 Officer, each with 6 mags, and my CCW S&W M&P Shield with 3 additional mags - oh and AAA
I did look at those, but TBH I am not sure its worth the cost. It wouldn't really keep it from rolling around anymore and I eel like people may kick it with their feet.


IMHO this is like an EDC where different people carry different amounts of stuff. I dated a girl whose dad would carry a handgun, spare mags, handcuffs, pepper spray, a taser, knife, flashlight, and a few other things. IMHO that sort of defeats the point of carrying concealed which is supposed to be non obtrusive. I don't really think I need a taser if I have pepper spray and a handgun, but YMMV.

Its a little different with a truck since you have the ability to mount a toolbox, but if I did, in addition to the bed space I'd lose, I'd also probably be cutting 500 or so lbs from my payload, which is about a third
 

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back in the seventies when i was driving cross-country from pendelton or the 29 palms, i always had plenty of water. on more recent trips to florida, i have seen some broken cars during some extreme heat, water seemed pretty important. as for some MRE, more of a luxury but nice to have. i don't carry any food with me.
Yeah...if I have prospects of getting picked up I'd rather wait than eat MRE stuff. I did notice in the last couple months they started rolling out trans fat free MRE items though, which is exciting since some of those things like the fudge brownie had like 6 grams
 

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I have a cheapo ratchet set in a box for emergency repairs, a hydraulic jack, a torque wrench, rags, files, rope, tow rope, tire cross and 4ft pipe for extension, air compressor, flashlight, spare fuses, spare light bulbs, a 15inch hunting knife in my door pocket, a blade sharpener, 1qt 5/20, 1gal bottle water, jumper cables, 10ft electrical wire and a set of screwdrivers, hose clamps in different sizes, zip ties, duct tape, tire repair kit for punctures, flex-seal bandage (for hoses), tons of paper napkins and electrical tape.


somewhat unnecessary is a fire extinguisher. My truck has full coverage and when it burns, it burns. in 99% of the cases most people have no idea, how to extinct a fire anyway and if it burs so hard, that you need a extinguisher, it's too late anyway- that thing ain't helping at all. As I was a teenager, I was voluntary in the red cross and that was one of the trainings, they gave us. At the end- that extinguisher is empty in less than 30 seconds- if you don't want to kill flames under the hood (if you know how), it's basically worthless. And it's absolutely worthless, when you put it, where you can't reach it right as you get out of your vehicle- means- the only right place for the bottle is in front of your driver seat. next thing: it needs regular maintenance and check up, if you take it serious and don't want to have a dummy in your hand which does not spray, if you really need it one day.
I thankfully was never in need of one.
Does not mean it belongs into the corner: "unnecessary". I just hope, you get to it fast enough, if you need it.
 

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I don't travel in remote areas so all I carry is a first aid kit and a Harbor Freight free led light. I have road assist for life with my max care warranty. I also have AAA for any other vehicle I'm in.
 

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I did look at those, but TBH I am not sure its worth the cost. It wouldn't really keep it from rolling around anymore and I eel like people may kick it with their feet.


IMHO this is like an EDC where different people carry different amounts of stuff. I dated a girl whose dad would carry a handgun, spare mags, handcuffs, pepper spray, a taser, knife, flashlight, and a few other things. IMHO that sort of defeats the point of carrying concealed which is supposed to be non obtrusive. I don't really think I need a taser if I have pepper spray and a handgun, but YMMV.

Its a little different with a truck since you have the ability to mount a toolbox, but if I did, in addition to the bed space I'd lose, I'd also probably be cutting 500 or so lbs from my payload, which is about a third
Tazer, OC spray, HANDCUFFS? Really? Is this guy officer or something? I just fail to see the point of that gear for a normal civilian.

I mean to be fair I'm not all that light on gear (4 inch WILSON CQB 1911, spare mag, ZT, folder, Emerson kerambit, Fenix PD35, a zippo, plus my wallet and phone.) but those items just strike me as truely overkill unless he is cop. It's not my job nor my desire to get in the way of someone who is committing a non-lethal crime.
 

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Tazer, OC spray, HANDCUFFS? Really? Is this guy officer or something? I just fail to see the point of that gear for a normal civilian.

I mean to be fair I'm not all that light on gear (4 inch WILSON CQB 1911, spare mag, ZT, folder, Emerson kerambit, Fenix PD35, a zippo, plus my wallet and phone.) but those items just strike me as truely overkill unless he is cop. It's not my job nor my desire to get in the way of someone who is committing a non-lethal crime.
No hes not, see what I mean? He needed a fanny pack for it all, not like thats weird at all. Why a karambit and a ZT? FWIW I want a karambit and Emerson is at the top of the list
 

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No hes not, see what I mean? He needed a fanny pack for it all, not like thats weird at all. Why a karambit and a ZT? FWIW I want a karambit and Emerson is at the top of the list
Karambit is mounted high in my left pocket to act as a retention aid if someone tries to go for my gun plus it deploys incredibly quickly if I simply need a blade "right now". The karambit is actually very compatible with my hand to hand system and is literally designed for my dad's system. My light is below it so I can draw light and gun at the same time in low light (that one took lots of practice).

The ZT in mounted low in my right pocket as a simple utility/multi use knife. Realistically since a knife is still a lethal option I would be drawing my gun if at all possible buy if they are too close I'll use the karambit to buy enough space to pull of some close retention shots.
 

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Vehicle Disaster Preparedness?

Thunderhorse has that military thing going on, so I’d expect nothing less. :smiley_thumbs_up:
And I figure Striker is Zombie Apocalypse certified so hes certainly “good-to-go”.

1.) My truck is registered commercial at 12,300# so per DOT regulations I have to carry flares, extinguisher, triangles, first-aid kit, reflective safety vest, 90 day inspection logs, etc…
I also carry jumpers, a couple flashlights, & basic hand-tools, (common sense).
A long handle shovel is a life saver too but where to stow it on such a little truck stuffed with 3700 pounds of camper? :4-dontknow:

2.) I would have a nice 12k# WARN winch on the nose of my 3500 but since it a Diesel… No Can Do. :mad:
So I begrudgingly carry a second tool-bag (heavy as all hell) with a couple of shackles, 30k# straps, a snatch-block, and a 6000 pound hand-pump winch.
Yeah... Heavy, clumsy, and crude but what choice do I have.







Cool thread BTW! :beerchug:
-Ej-
 
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