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Old 04-19-2011, 05:26 PM   #11
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Umm, 1-800-com-&getme?

Seriously. What can you fix on the side of the road these days? Few things break and when they do it's usually more than a pair of pliers can deal with.

If you do your maintenance and keep an eye on things nothing should fail. In the past 300k mile of driving between my wife and I we 'broke down' 3 times.

Once the starter went in my old jeep (it gave me warnings, I ignored them). I was 7 miles from home and called the wife to run me home for tools and to the autoparts store for a starter and fixed it in the Walmart lot.

The transmission let go at a stop sign a block from home on my wife's car after 40 miles of around town driving. No warning and not something you'd fix with all the tools in a Snap-On truck.

Had an alignment done at sears and the next day the car was making noises, drove to sears and they tightened the bolts they forget to tighten the previous day.

I carry jumper cables, a 4 way lug wrench and a cell phone. I might get a can of fix-a-flat. No point in a jack as we've no spare for our trailer anyway - but our Progressive policy provides for road side assistance and i believe you get a year of some kind of coverage with the purchase of a new trailer.

I've got 15 years as a mechanic so it's not a tool thing or a know-how thing, it's a 'why bother' thing.

Now the first trip out with the new trailer I'll have some big nasty wrenches to check/retighten the hitch bolts, but I don't expect them to come loose (gotta love loctite!)
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:46 PM   #12
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yeah .. i am thinking one of those muti-screw drivers , channel locks , hammer, duct tape and socket set
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:13 PM   #13
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I am in a huge re-think of what I carry in the front tool bay.

I think the pop rivet set stays. I have used it more than any other tool except the 1/2 inch Dewalt Variable speed drill with titanium bits from 1/16th to 1/2 inch.

Oh yea, the network, Antenna F connector and RCA plug tool set stays.

Oh wait! The soldering gun and solder. Can't forget that!

Then there is the whole 300 pound torque wrench and sockets.
1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 inch drives... (metric and Inch)
Not to forget the swivels and extensions.

Deadblow hammer. Claw hammer. Ball peen hammer.

Hand Saw, Hack saw, hole saws.

Pliers, Needle Nose and regular.

Side cutters. BOLT Cutters! Almost forgot that!

File set. Sand paper!

Sigh. I still have room! Table Saw? Nah, I can leave that...
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:36 PM   #14
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Herk, with all that hardware, I'm surprised you didn't mention a bottle opener. I keep one on my key ring (in fact, all my key rings) so maybe that is one of those "it's always around so why mention it" sort of thing.
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:50 PM   #15
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BOLT Cutters! Almost forgot that!
OK, I'll bite. What do you need the bolt cutters for?
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:53 PM   #16
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OK, I'll bite. What do you need the bolt cutters for?
Oh, and I suppose YOU have never lost the key to your bike lock!

And as to the "Church Key" that is not a tool. It is a necessity, like a fork and cork screw. Wait! Did I mention cork screw?
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:09 PM   #17
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See, here in Canada we don't use bike locks. We just put a sign on our valuables saying "please don't steal this", and nobody does.
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