Bought my new to me Coach this past weekend. Drove it from West Palm Beach to NH. 1600 miles. Aside from my fuel filters taking a dump on me, everything went great. I did have to change them at the gas station because I couldn't get over 50mph. It's a Newmar with a 300HP CAT and Freightliner chasis. Tracking down the filter and water separator proved to be a challenge so I now have a spare filter and water separator on order to keep with me at all times.
That's the background for my question I'm posing to you. What's in your emergency kit besides the normal bandaids, flares and AAA card.
Things you carry with you because finding them will be difficult when you break down. I'm a mechanical person so can fix most anything roadside and be on my way. Last year it was a clogged fuel filter for my generator I did in the Walmart parking lot!
What's in your kit...oils, filters, air fittings, air line unions, flashers, fuses, relays etc...
I carry all filters (except air), a good selection of electrical connectors and wire, and electric diagnostic tools, a few things unique to my bus like air system regulators, a fairly complete set of tools (sockets up to 1.5", adjustable wrenches, cutters, pliers, screwdrivers), 1/2" and 3/4" torque wrenches, two jacks (20 ton and 10 ton), two run-up blocks, a spare tire, an air compressor, an impact wrench, a 4' breaker bar (loosen wheel nuts), the manual for the bus and the engine, and my two-stroke tune-up tool kit (I drive a Detroit 8V-71T engined bus). I also carry a spare starter motor - I have no idea why, but it saved my butt when the starter failed and I was able to tell the mechanic "no problem you don't have one in stock, I got a fresh rebuild right here..."
I could probably rebuild the engine with what I carry, but it all fits in a little tool kit, weighs less than 50 lbs. I could have changed that starter motor, but it was raining outside, and the mechanic had a nice warm dry bay that he could work in so I let him do it...
Complete set of wrenches, SAE and Metric
Screwdrivers, pliers, etc.
One has three hammers, small, med., and large,
Crescent wrenches, 6" to 18"
Fluke testers, AC and 12V
Small continuity tester
Wire nuts, zip ties, extra wiring, (romex, various ga. automotive wiring)
Duct tape, electrical tape, roll of baling wire.
Several sizes of hose clamps
Two cordless drills w/ extra batteries
misc pieces of pvc pipe and fittings along with cement
JB Weld, wood glue and quick dry all purpose cement
Extra supply of mini fuses
Several plastic cases with nuts, screws, washers etc.
WD40, Dry silicone spray and a can of penetrating oil.
Portable propane torch
Strap wrench and a basin wrench
For the coach:
Extra filters- oil and fuel for the engine.
Extra filters- oil and fuel for the genset.
Approx 3' braided fuel line.
Extra Drive belt.
Two qts. ATF.
A bottle of Diesel 911.
Test strips for SCA testing
Large first aid kit...get a complete kit not one of the cheap dollar store ones.
Plenty of water
Margarita Mix and some Jose Cuervo Gold for Cinco de Mayo ..
In essence, you must decide on what your capabilities are. Carry those things necessary to avoid having to wait on the side of the road for help. Things like oil filters are not necessary items but fuel filters and drive belts are. IMHO, the best thing in any toolbox is keeping your coach maintained regularly. This includes tightening every nut, bolt, screw and fitting at least once a year, Zip tying your electrical wiring every 12" or so, and changing your fluids on a regular basis. Keep everything that moves, such as your steps and awnings lubricated on a regular basis. (Don't forget the exhaust brake) Paying attention to the little things will help prevent larger things later on. Finally, if all else fails, remember your American Express card...don't leave home without it........Dennis
All great replies everyone. Filters, zip, ties, tape..all things in my tool kit. Just got the coach home. Got some things I am doing this week including some interior painting, a good deep cleaning, 3 step exterior detail then it will be off to the mechanics for a good thorough chassis inspection and once over to grease everything and see what else can be added to the list.
It's just had the oil changed and drive belt done. New tires and now new fuel filters so I want to have someone go through it.
In addition to all the above suggestions, mounted and balanced spare tire, very complete tool box, power grease gun, Transynd, engine oil, engine coolant Cat extended, engine and gen filters, serpentine belt, 5 gallons of diesel fuel, Good Sam ERS and AX card.
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