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Title: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: SHANEA on June 27, 2006, 12:03:41 PM
As a follow-on to "What's in your pack?", what's in your vehicle to support your West Texas Trans Pecos Big Bend adventures?  I'll start.  Now, mind you the Avalanche has TONS of storage space - under the seats in the passanger compartment module and in the side saddles (the side saddle compartments in the Avalanche are just awesome for storing stuff - one of the best features, next to the midgate and folding rear seats, on the Avalanche)

tire plug kit, two cans of fix-a-flat, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, heavy duty SUV jack, heavy duty truck lug wrench, wheel chocks, work gloves, blanket, universal master key, duct tape, a multitude of flashlights and small lanterns and a spotlight, soft sided coolers, flares, 12volt heavy duty SUV air pump, spare fuses mini and major, phone number of the wrecker in Marathon (Sixto's - 432-386-4551 / 386-4532 / 386-4225), paper towel, TP, funnel, bottle of motor oil, spare fuel filter (had a buddy that got "bad" gas in West Texas one time and it was a pain for him to find a new fuel filter - ended up having to spend the night in Alpine and wait for a parts store to open the next day - I bet there are some old rusty in ground gas storage tanks out there), rain poncho, CB radio, dog leash, dog toys,  binoculars, sun dope, meat tenderizer - used for insect stings, chapstick, spare walking stick, snatch-em strap, pocket tool, flare gun (left over from my boating days - you know, the two happiest days in a boat owners life, also applies to PWC's - Personnal Water Craft - the day you buy it and the day you sell it), jumper cables, epoxy glues - hopefully to fix a punctured gas tank or something like that, maps, maps, and more maps - maps of maps, etc.  

In addition to everything else listed, I add my full tool box, extra petro, water, and a cordless drill.  Plus, if the R2D2 trailer is along for the ride then there are a host of support items and repair items - all containerized in Action Packers

AR-Anal Retentive, yea, probably.  I have no intentions of "getting stuck" out somewhere w/o being able to take care of myself and my buddies.  I want to be self sufficent.  My worst case situation is to have a "fixable" break down along the river at BGWMA - 20 plus odd miles from the rangers house - especially when you might not see anyone else or another vehicle for three or more days - the rangers probably won't come looking for you until you are past due and BGWMA is a huge area to go looking for someone in.  I'd hate to have to walk all that way for a screwdriver to fix a loose electrical connection.  Granted, if I blow a rear main seal or something like that, I'm hosed, but short of that or a transmission or throwing a rod, I might be able to get it fixed and limp back into civilization.  I've seen a Ford 1 ton pickup truck with a blown seal that was @ BGWMA totally blocking the road down by the river.
Title: Lest We Not Forget...
Post by: SHANEA on June 27, 2006, 12:50:00 PM
Lest we not forget, digital camera always at the ready and Texas Atlas & Gazetteer from Delorme. 8)

You never know when you will  have that Kodak Moment - example - someone did an "oops" while hauling a mfg. home.






Title: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: BigBendHiker on June 27, 2006, 01:12:47 PM
Shanea...actually, that is a great list of supplies.  Darn comprehensive.  I printed out a copy for reference and will likely add some of these items to my toolbox...

Title: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: bdann on June 27, 2006, 01:23:54 PM
My little truck doesn't have a lot of storage space, in fact, the cab has just a tiny little space behind the back seat, just enough room to store the jack/tire tool, fix-a-flat, and a flashlight.  So for normal everyday driving I don't really carry anything.

If I'm planning on driving into the backcountry at BIBE, then I do take a toolbox w/ various hand tools, insulated wire, duct tape, puncture repair kit.  Last trip due to paranoia I took a spare battery. Always have a 12 volt air pump, that's one thing I do carry around all the time.  Along with a heavy duty breaker bar with the correct size socket for my lug nuts.  If I had room, I'd feel much better if I could carry a second spare tire and a full size jack.  Also usually carry some oil, although to be honest, if you were going to develop an oil leak miles from civilization, it would probably be the catastrophic type and one quart would do you little good.

I had a puncture once out in the backcountry, it was pretty bad, too bad to repair.  I was a nervous wreck after that, knowing I had many more miles to drive on the River Road, with no spare tire.

A clothes hanger came in handy when my back license plate managed to vibrate completely off....(we noticed it was missing while changing the flat tire referenced above, we backtracked for hours looking for it).

and of course a small first aid kit is always present while camping along with plenty of drinking water.
Title: 10-4
Post by: SHANEA on June 27, 2006, 02:07:41 PM
Quote from: "bdann"
I was a nervous wreck after that, knowing I had many more miles to drive on the River Road, with no spare tire.

10-4 to that.  It's like jumping out of an airplane w/o a reserve chute.
Title: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: Casa Grande on June 27, 2006, 02:54:27 PM
well, as I have mentioned in the past, I (used to) travel to BIBE in my jeep.  Being the notoriously limiting cargo room, and without an expedition rack, I had to consolidate all my gear to fit my receiver rack.  So, I have had to narrow my supplies down to the minimum.  I purchased a black plastic storage box with a hinged lid.  It's about 3' long, 2' deep, and 2' wide.

In this box contains the following items: (by memory)

2- Thinsulate Sleeping Bags
2- Self Inflating Camp Pads
1- Tadpole Northface "2-man" tent
1- Ceiling Fan/light
1- Multitool with hammer, knife, can opener
1- Backpacking stove
1- Coleman Single Burner
2- "Large" Propane Tanks
2- "Small" Butane Tanks
1- Gas Lantern
3- LED Headlamps
1- Maglite
1- Columbia Spoon/Fork/Knife multitool
1- Stainless Steel 1.5 cup cup/bowl with wire handle
1- Teflon Cooking Pan
1- Frisbee
1- Bocce Ball Set
2- Panchos
1- First Aid Kit
2- Down Camp pillows
1- Set of Plasticware
1- Roll of TP
1- Set of Napkins
1- Dinnerware Cleaning Kit (includes dish liquid, scouring pad, sponge)
1- Mess Kit
1- Coffee Perc Kettle
And other misc odds and ends

Then, I'll carry my Coleman Extreme cooler filled with Fat Tire, Diet DP, ICE, Cheese, Tortillas, sour cream, and whatever else for dinner/lunch.
Several gallons of water, depending on the amt of time spent.

Then, I'll carry my camp table and 3 or 4 camp chairs.

My Jeep always has a set of tire plugs and plug tools, air compressor.  I'm sure I've missed something, but that is generally it when camping in the desert backcountry.
Title: Clothing
Post by: Al on June 27, 2006, 04:19:29 PM
Other than the obvious omission of Duct Tape which could only be a brief mental lapse,  do you bring clothing or do you hang with Buck Neked (sp)?


Title: Re: Clothing
Post by: Casa Grande on June 27, 2006, 04:27:02 PM
Quote from: "Al"
Other than the obvious omission of Duct Tape which could only be a brief mental lapse,  do you bring clothing or do you hang with Buck Neked (sp)?



actually, i usually where the same shorts for 2 or 3 days plus more than enough clean unmentionables and socks and a tshirt a day is good too. Plus I forgot the trashbags and ziplocks...;)
Title: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: Ray52 on June 27, 2006, 07:28:15 PM
being able to take care of myself and my buddies

lots and lots of Oreos
Title: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: Joe on June 27, 2006, 07:37:15 PM
Quote from: "Ray52"
lots and lots of Oreos

And milk   8)
Title: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: Doc Savage on June 27, 2006, 09:43:40 PM
Well lets see if we can get this list in just one post :D

For everyday driving, I have:

My CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Bag, In it you will find:
Hard Hat
Work Gloves
Safety Glasses (sunglasses and clear)
Latex Gloves
Basic First Aid kit
Sterile Gauze Pads 4x4
Unsterile Gauze pads 4x4
Ace Bandages
Gauze rolls
Triangle Bandages
50' Rope
Emergency Flasher/ traffic safety light
Emergency space Blanket (cheap foldable type)
Space Blanket/Tarp (3ply tarp style)
Army Poncho liner
hand sanitizer
Baby wipes
3 flashlights
2 FRS Radios
2 LED headlights
3 granola bars
2 bottles water
Personal LED flasher light
Contact solution
Multi tool
note pad
Pen and pencil
spare batteries, and probably more that I can't remember

Basic tool Kit (mechanics style in case from Sears)
Tow strap
D ring Shackles
Another Basic first aid kit
Channel lock pliers
Mag lite
HAM radio
CB radio
FRS Radio
LED headlight
Receiver recovery shackle
400W inverter
Cell phone charger
Couple of water bottles
Safety glasses (sunglasses and clear)
Electric tape
Duct tape
Spare Fuses
#16 wire (about 2')
hose clamps
bungee (rubber) straps
ratchet straps

That's just the everyday stuff. When I go offroad (or in Big Bend) I add the "jeep Box" which contains:

Folding Shovel
Survival Knife
Bow Saw
Additional tools (mainly specific ones for Control arm bolts, differential work, Hub removal, etc.)
5qt. Oil
1qt. Gear oil
JB weld
Tire Patch Kit
Truck Air Compressor
Tire valve tool
Valve Stems
Box of Misc. Bolts
Ratchet straps
Snatch block
Tree saver strap
Winch Gloves
Spare D ring shackles
Duct tape
lithium grease
3 lb sledge
solid metal shaft from lamp (used to drive broken axle parts out of spider gears to allow differential removal, learned that lesson the hard way)
quadra-flate (allows for airing all 4 tires at once)
Hand held CB with DC adapter

And 7 gallon air tank

And then Just for Big Bend I've learned to carry one of my brokes axles to use as an anchor for the winch if needed. Couldn't find anywhere to hook the winch the one time I needed it.

Probably forgetting some stuff. Most times offroad we also have our camel backs/cooler with drinks and snacks. Camera, Binoculars, and GPS.

Title: car tool kits
Post by: Big Bender on July 05, 2006, 12:51:30 PM
Car breakdowns are a pain in the rear, especially if you're miles from anywhere.  I lost my fuel pump on my Tahoe once in Marathon.  Had to get towed to Fort Stockten.  This wasn't fun but thankfully, I had AAA.  Anyway, they wanted to argue with me that they had to tow the car to an authorized AAA service center.  The closest was in San Antonio.  I think I was dealing with the Bangladash call center.  Anyway, after I told them how far it was, they thought the dealership in Ft. Stockten was fine.  If you every need some car work done, the GM Dealership treated me very well.

Here is a very nice little artile on car repair that was written by a caver friend of mine for those traveling off the beaten path in Mexico.  It also has lots of applications in Big Bend.  It's also funny and well written.  Feel free to check out some of the other information on the web page.

Title: Re: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: Al on August 03, 2010, 12:45:04 AM
Just bought one of these. It has a 100 hour battery life.  Unlike the little triple A battery 3 and 4 watt flashlights, it just works even after heavy use.  Won't fit in your pocket very well, but as a truck flashlight is close to ideal. (

Nice at $27.

Title: Re: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: dkerr24 on August 03, 2010, 06:05:42 AM
Flashlights are great, but nothing beats a headlamp for hands free lighting.  Sure beats trying to position a flashlight to see while changing a flat.  I usually keep a Rayovac 1AA headlamp in my console for just such emergencies.
Title: Re: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: Undertaker on August 03, 2010, 08:17:51 AM
Cant add to much to list with F-350 carry more stuff than I usually need, but never ever leave home without duct tape, with these days of single drive belt autos do carry a second drive belt. Extra oil even with leak a little duct tape and small wood wedges  and surgical gloves also carried on boat, you can plug most any hole with them and a little thought and get out of trouble. Getting older but try to remember brain it is the most important tool you can carry.
Title: Re: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: Terlingua50337 on August 03, 2010, 11:23:56 AM
Pretty much everything listed plus Zip ties, from the little 2 and 3 inch ones up to the biggest I can get my hands on.
Title: Re: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: dkerr24 on August 03, 2010, 11:30:05 AM
Oh yeah... zipties have taken the place of a roll of bailing wire in my toolkit!  :)
Title: Re: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: badknees on August 03, 2010, 11:32:34 AM
As others have listed + window cleaner and a .45 ACP
Title: Re: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: perterra on August 03, 2010, 01:36:25 PM
Good reminders here.

I bought a Malkoff LED conversion for a 3D maglight incandescent a couple years back. Best investment in my opinion for a real bright flashlight for the truck. You still need a head light for up close as the malkoff is too bright but for getting attention the Malkoff is the ticket. (

This was the old 3D shining on the up stars of the house next door (vacant) and you cant really tell it

After the conversion.

It has a 6 plus hour run time at rated capacity.
Title: Re: What's in your vehicle?
Post by: SA Bill on August 03, 2010, 06:40:55 PM
Quote from: Ray52
lots and lots of Oreos

And milk   8)

+1 for both of the above!! :eusa_clap: