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Old 06-24-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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emergency kit

Just got home from the first trip of the season. We like to get out for a couple of days to a local campground to check out the TT's systems and set up/take down procedures before heading further afield during the summer. This year it was a particularly good idea that we were close to home, so to speak... I'll explain.

The morning after our arrival at the campground we were not so pleasantly surprised to find a puddle of water in front of the frig or really on the floor between the frig and the dinnet. It seemed to be coming from the shower area by the hinge side of the bathroom door. Anyway, we wiped up the water, put the coffee on and sat down to discuss where the water could have come from. It hadn't rained and we hadn't used the shower and the water was coming back!!!!! So ...... called the dealer to get some ideas as to what to do.

During the phone call, the service manager suggested I check the washers in the shower tap set. They sometimes leak after sitting for an extended period of time, ie winter storage.

After the call I checked the tap set and behold he was right. The short answer was the cone washers in the tap set of the shower were leaking and the water had filled the plastic tap set mounting assembly and the water was running down the inside of the 45 degree panel molding of the shower wall along the top of the shower base pan and onto the floor by the bathroom door. Since our dealer was an hour away they suggested I go to the local folks and get the necessary parts and the installation was straight forward. I have also checked the Lav and kitchen sinks and they were dry. Luckily there was no damage and all is well again.

Our question to you all is: do you carry an emergency kit and if so what do you consider important to carry? Obviously you can't take everything.

I do carry a fairly well thought-out tool kit but no spare parts per-say other than some duct tape and tie-wraps.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:51 AM   #2
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Whoo boy; wrong guy to ask.
Off the top of my head:

1) Spare toilet valve
2) Spare Shower handset and hose (with washers)
3) Cone washers for faucets
4) Spare heater outlet filters
5) 5 feet of PEX tubing
6) 2 each of PEX fittings (90, T, union, valves) (with shear tool)
7) Zip Ties
8) Gorilla Tape
9) RTV Silicone II - Fresh tubes - never opened
10) Dicor - 1 tube
11) EB Tape (4 inch wide roll) with EB primer spray.
12) Wire 10 feet or so of (14/2 w/G, Bell wire, Red/Black)
12) Various size Screws, Nails, Double Sided Foam Tape, Fuses (15 - 20 - 30 - 40, bulbs, Pop Rivet Set, Crimp Type wire connector and terminal set.
13) Tin Snips (for cutting away metal if you have a blowout and need to clear away fender damage.
14) Window Shade Repair Kit (correct color string, eyelets, springs, needle and instructions)
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:26 AM   #3
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Whoo boy; wrong guy to ask.
Off the top of my head:

1) Spare toilet valve
2) Spare Shower handset and hose (with washers)
3) Cone washers for faucets
4) Spare heater outlet filters
5) 5 feet of PEX tubing
6) 2 each of PEX fittings (90, T, union, valves) (with shear tool)
7) Zip Ties
8) Gorilla Tape
9) RTV Silicone II - Fresh tubes - never opened
10) Dicor - 1 tube
11) EB Tape (4 inch wide roll) with EB primer spray.
12) Wire 10 feet or so of (14/2 w/G, Bell wire, Red/Black)
12) Various size Screws, Nails, Double Sided Foam Tape, Fuses (15 - 20 - 30 - 40, bulbs, Pop Rivet Set, Crimp Type wire connector and terminal set.
13) Tin Snips (for cutting away metal if you have a blowout and need to clear away fender damage.
14) Window Shade Repair Kit (correct color string, eyelets, springs, needle and instructions)
Very insightful list! I'm still a noobie, but mine consists of fuses and duct tape so far.

I have a lot of the items on your list, but hadn't actually considered packing them.... (I'm more of a "learn by painful trial" kind of guy. "Dang, it would have been nice to have my ____ here with me.") I think I'll follow your lead though and try to get a little more prepared to handle things onsite.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:01 AM   #4
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Whoo boy; wrong guy to ask.
Off the top of my head:

1) Spare toilet valve
2) Spare Shower handset and hose (with washers)
3) Cone washers for faucets
4) Spare heater outlet filters
5) 5 feet of PEX tubing
6) 2 each of PEX fittings (90, T, union, valves) (with shear tool)
7) Zip Ties
8) Gorilla Tape
9) RTV Silicone II - Fresh tubes - never opened
10) Dicor - 1 tube
11) EB Tape (4 inch wide roll) with EB primer spray.
12) Wire 10 feet or so of (14/2 w/G, Bell wire, Red/Black)
12) Various size Screws, Nails, Double Sided Foam Tape, Fuses (15 - 20 - 30 - 40, bulbs, Pop Rivet Set, Crimp Type wire connector and terminal set.
13) Tin Snips (for cutting away metal if you have a blowout and need to clear away fender damage.
14) Window Shade Repair Kit (correct color string, eyelets, springs, needle and instructions)

Or just find out where Herk will be camping and stay there....

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Old 06-25-2012, 11:45 AM   #5
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I have 3 cases that travel in the excursion with me no matter where I go. Case #1 is a Stanley 120 piece tool set, with a couple extra items (like ratchet extensions) thrown in. Case #2 is a plastic "ammo can" style that holds 2 pair of jumper cables (more on why two sets in a minute), and #3 I got from an EMT friend.

Its a soft duffel with all kinds of compartments. In it, I carry a multi-tool, pliers, chanellocks, a 10 in one screwdriver, 2 flashlights, a good tire plug kit, an assortment of ratchet straps and bungee cords, a small but complete first aid kit, 30 feet of 12 gauge wire, fuses, a large aspirin bottle filled with electrical connectors, and a crimping took for them, Electrical tape, Duct tape (of course) and a selection of zip-ties. A digital volt meter, a 20 foot length of Poly rope and a tow strap. Finally a small squeeze-tube of silicone caulk , some JB weld, and some orange GOOP hand cleaner with a few rags.

On longer trip I have a milk crate with bottles of all the fluids my Excursion takes. If it all seems excessive to you, I suggest you try to mend a split radiator hose at night in the middle of nowhere with nothing more than a sharp rock and a quarter. I vowed never to be that helpless again. I would have paid $100 for just a sharp steak knife at that point. Funny thing is, I wind up using my kits more to help out other people than myself.

Which brings me to why I carry 2 sets of jumper cables. See.. my wife is a collector for a sub-prime auto loan company, and they always have cars in for repo. They have to clean out the personal items and store them for the people. As you can guess, very few return for their stuff. So they usually have 5-10 sets of jumper cables laying around at any given time.

We have all been asked at some time by a stranger if we have jumper cables they can borrow, right? Usually its younger people with a POS car who cant afford any. I will give them a jump, and tell them to keep the cables. That way they have a pair of their own, and I just have the wife get me another pair from her work. I vividly remember being young and poor, and the kindness a stranger did for me once, and love the feeling of being able to pass that on.

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Old 06-25-2012, 12:07 PM   #6
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just for giggles, I ran outside and took some pictures of my kits.

Heres my EMS duffel. I guess I really should take the star of life off of it, so I don't get confused with someone who can administer first aid without fainting.




Here's the inside. you cant really see the screwdrivers, pliers and voltmeter, they are in front of the tire plug kit.



The Stanley tool kit. The glove stay inside it, which is why they look so flattened out...



And the jumper cables. I just realized, I forgot to replace the last set I gave away....



Im sure there are more things I could carry, but right now, I could do everything up to changing an engine out (and I could probably do that if I really had to)

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I spent years toting around tools only to find when an issue arose (which was very very infrequent even when I drove $200 cars) I didn't have what was needed anyway.

I have a leatherman, some tape and a cell phone.
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I spent years toting around tools only to find when an issue arose (which was very very infrequent even when I drove $200 cars) I didn't have what was needed anyway.

I have a leatherman, some tape and a cell phone.
The cell phone is of very limited use if you have no reception, or are very far away from help. I'd rather fix the problem than wait for someone to come help me.

You cant fix every problem on the side of the road. Obviously a con-rod sticking out the side of your block is beyond what I can fix away from my garage. But I refuse to be in a situation where I couldn't fix something simply because I didn't have some basic tools. If its cause a part is bad, thats one thing, but just cause I didn't have something like a volt-meter to see whats blowing a fuse? Nope, not this guy.

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Reasons' I've had to seek help in the past -

bad starter (3 times, 3 different vehicles) - tools or not you need the parts.
transmission died - not something I can fix on the side of the road
bad battery - no tools needed - just take it to most anyplace that sells batteries
had a belt chew through a sensor wire (crank position sensor) after a repair - again, not something that can be fixed without the parts
Decades ago I lunched an engine, a friend killed 2 - again, can't be fixed on the side of the road.

Had a trannie throw a pin out the case, drove home. Had a temp sensor go bad on my Expy - (had to make tool to change the part or R&R the intake manifold- not a roadside fix) but it ran anyway so no need to fix on the side of the road
All other problems have given warnings - as in brakes, wheel bearings, even one of the starters gave hints. Had an alternator seize up - in my driveway after a 300 mile drive (luck?) Had a cat converter plug up (max speed was 45mph), broke a trans input shaft once and drove that to the dealer.

Cars are way beyond the chewing gum and bailing wire stage of repair, and when towing you certainly don't want to jury-rig something.

Fuses don't blow for no reason - you have an overload or more likely a short. Can you diag and repair this on the side of the road? On a 72 pontiac, perhaps. I had a slowly draining batt over the winter and with 100 fuses and breakers and a wiring diagram it was still beyond my ability to diagnose - seems a timer circuit in the body computer was bad. Again, there are no tolls to fix that, you need the part AND the dealer computer as the body computer ties into your remotes and the chip in your key - you need to download it's RAM before changing, and upload the info again.

I was a mechanic for 15 years - there's little I can't fix but much I can't, or won't, on the side of the road.
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some things are just a bother!!!

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Reasons' I've had to seek help in the past -

bad starter (3 times, 3 different vehicles) - tools or not you need the parts.
transmission died - not something I can fix on the side of the road
bad battery - no tools needed - just take it to most anyplace that sells batteries
had a belt chew through a sensor wire (crank position sensor) after a repair - again, not something that can be fixed without the parts
Decades ago I lunched an engine, a friend killed 2 - again, can't be fixed on the side of the road.

Had a trannie throw a pin out the case, drove home. Had a temp sensor go bad on my Expy - (had to make tool to change the part or R&R the intake manifold- not a roadside fix) but it ran anyway so no need to fix on the side of the road
All other problems have given warnings - as in brakes, wheel bearings, even one of the starters gave hints. Had an alternator seize up - in my driveway after a 300 mile drive (luck?) Had a cat converter plug up (max speed was 45mph), broke a trans input shaft once and drove that to the dealer.

Cars are way beyond the chewing gum and bailing wire stage of repair, and when towing you certainly don't want to jury-rig something.

Fuses don't blow for no reason - you have an overload or more likely a short. Can you diag and repair this on the side of the road? On a 72 pontiac, perhaps. I had a slowly draining batt over the winter and with 100 fuses and breakers and a wiring diagram it was still beyond my ability to diagnose - seems a timer circuit in the body computer was bad. Again, there are no tolls to fix that, you need the part AND the dealer computer as the body computer ties into your remotes and the chip in your key - you need to download it's RAM before changing, and upload the info again.

I was a mechanic for 15 years - there's little I can't fix but much I can't, or won't, on the side of the road.
I hear yeh!! But some things are just a real bother, like the ones that get you like our recent water leak or the chaffed brake wire over the axle or the duplex receptacle that fell off the wall under the dinnet seat. Those are the things that really irritate but can be easily fixed ..... with the tools and parts.

The next outing will find us a bit more prepared ..... also the dealer will be on speed dial!!!
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