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Extra parts on board your truck...?

What kind of extra parts do you carry in your truck with you? I have:

Extra belts for the whole engine.

Extra alternator with a pulley already on.

Extra coil air line for between the tractor and trailer.

Extra air lines that go to the brake chambers.

Extra light bulbs for every light on my truck and trailer.

A tire plug kit.

A wiring kit.

Extra toggle switches.

Extra brass air line fittings.

Extra diaphragm for a type 30 brake chamber.

A tool kit that has enough tools to let me change any of the above and more.

What kind of extra parts do you carry?

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I have most of the above, I don't carry an extra alternator any more because they are easy to get, and I run reefer so I can run the jumper cables. The extra air lines for the brake chambers is a good idea.

Here's what I can add:

Jumper cables, 2 gauge 20 feet.

Extra filters, 3 fuel 1 oil.

Air governor.

Air hose that hooks to glad hand,50 feet.

Box of assorted fuses.

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I have all of the things you added too, except the fuses. As far as filters go, I only carry spare fuel filters, not oil filters, except my EcoPur. Alternators are easy to get on the road, but they are expensive to get on the road. I bought mine off ebay for less than $100 dollars.

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I always carried an extra fuel filter

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I have all lights spare for truck and trailer, along with wire, butt connectors, shrink tube, and wire loom

Spare governor for compressor

Air line repair kits

Mud flap

Trailer hole repair tape, caulk, wood floor repair kit, and silicone

Speed sensor

Hose that I can cut to length

Fuel filters for truck and tri pac

Oil filters for OPS

Oil samples

U joint

Belts, both fan and alternator/AC

Clamps for coolant lines and air to air clamps

Spare air to air boot

Oil 2 gallons

Coolant 2 gallons

Pig tail

Toggle switches

Fuses

Relays

Vacuum connectors for my wiper lines

Wipers

Grease

Glad hand seals and spare glad hand

Pig tail plug in

Water sensor bypass

Hood tilt sensor (opti idle)

Tools :

Heat temp gun

Sockets and wrenches (gear wrenches and standard)

Glad hand air line with quick disconnect

Air grinder

Air ratchet

Air chuck

Multimeter

Butane torch with extra butane

Adjustable wrenches

Vise grips

Pliers (regular and needle nose)

Screwdrivers

Drill

Pro link Detroit computer

Jumper cables

Ladder

White lithium grease

PB blaster

High temp silicone spray for the exhaust

Putty knives

Sand paper

Zip ties

Pick sets, got a real nice one too for my OCD habit of cleaning rocks from my tires

Coveralls

I have a Fleet air filter installed so I carry dawn dish soap to wash it and oil for it.

I am sure I forgot some stuff. I have so much crap in this truck and I have lightened my load quite a bit.

I did at one time carry a spare alternator until I had to use it, I have one at home to be sent out, just haven't done it yet.

I also used to carry a spare ECM, I might put that one back on the list soon as I don't want any shops changing my good settings I have now. I have one at home anyway.

Forgot some stuff, thanks for reminding me Zach

Nut and bolt kit

Jump box

Wire crimpers/strippers/cutters

Rivet gun and rivets

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As a lowbedder I carry 2 short 12 ton jacks and 4, 2"diameter ,2'long pipe,If you have to move a heavy load just jack and roll it.

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Wow Jackie!! Where do you put it all! I have a lot of what you have with a spare alternator and every rad hose with a bend it it , and straight rad and heater hose that I can cut to length.

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Chris, my truck is packed. I literally couldn't have a passenger LOL. Under bunk is full to the top, all closets full, and front floor board full.

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geeze,I'd say you forgot the kitchen sink but i'm sure you allready got handcleaner,water,&paper towels & grease rags , & first aid kit.

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Yep, got all that too :)

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Jackie, it sounds like you need more storage in your truck. You must be ready for anything!

As for my own truck:

Spare belts

Vise grips

Air chuck

Air hose

Fuel filters and filter change wrench

Laptop (both for driver logs and diagnostics) with Printer and 100 watt inverter

Winter Survival Kit (required in Illinois during the Winter months) which has blankets, water, extra food, work clothes, hat, gloves and 2 barbecue lighters

Wiper blades

Ice scraper

12v Electric Defroster/Heater/Fan

Coolant

Fuses and Bulbs

Wire cutters/strippers

Jumper Cables (soon to be replaced with a booster pack)

PB Blaster

De-icer

White Lithium Grease

Lucas Red and Tacky Grease (for U-joints, 5th wheel and driveshaft)

Lucas Gear Oil

Paper towels

Windex/Invisible Glass/John Deere Glass Cleaner

Screwdriver

Brush, Broom and Dust Pan

Adjustable Wrench

Extra coolant, water, Power Service Anti-Gel, Oil

Zip Ties

Crowbar (for repairing light damage)

Shop Rags and Towels

Sockets and ratchets (a set of standard and metric)

7/16 wrench (has a multitude of uses on my truck such as brake adjustment, etc...)

Cordless Drill/Driver with Lithium battery pack

Nuts and bolts

I DO NOT (HAVE TO) CARRY:

Air tools (Grinders and Sanders)

Spare alternators, sensors, brake parts, wiring or hoses. There's already limited space in my truck with what I already have and most of the time, my truck is fixed at the Company Terminal, where additional tools, parts and a full-time mechanic are available to assist me with anything I need.

It's not nearly as much as what you carry, but I have to make sure there's room for my clothes and possibly a passenger, plus my application is extremely weight-sensitive (I pull hoppers and heavy dry vans that make me weigh 75,000 to 82,000 lbs).

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Hey Zach, yeah I am prepared for anything and can sustain life in my truck for at least 2 weeks if I was stranded somewhere. We were just talking about parts here, but I also have enough clothes for a month, food, water, for 2 weeks or more. Plus tons of creature comforts that I probably shouldn't list as someone might want to break in to my truck. Although I wish them luck though as I don't leave it alone very often and I have an alarm.

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Jackie, that sounds like a plan. Good luck keeping your stuff safe!

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Good topic. I will add mud flaps (sooner or later you'll need one and they work good for somthing to lay on while fixing something else). The nuts,bolts to hang em. A simple power tester probe. And a first aid kit when you bust a knuckle....

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Yep got one of those under my mattress. Forgot I had that

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Extra mudflaps can be stored under your mattress, provided the mudflaps are new and clean.

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Yep mine was brand new and now is heavily sought after. It's a brand new Covenant mud flap they dont make anymore. LOL

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I carry gallon of each oil and coolant. dw40 spray, gorilla tape, windex, rolls of shop towels,

5 gallon diesel container, it's empty. just in case I have to ask for diesel. I ran out of fuel more times then i'd like to say here. Gauge is faulty, it took me a while to get used to it.

Grease for 5th wheel,

Temperature reading laser gun, never used it.

My alternator went out costed $250 to replace, including labor. Kept the old one and wonder if it can be rebuilt. Would not carry that around.

I got a collection of tail lights that I got from one of the carriers but never needed to use them. Usually I let the shop test an fix them.

I got tool box, hammer and vise grip, screwdrivers, and fuses. Do have jumper cables, used them a lot with a set of batteries this truck came with. The ones on now, are two years old and holding out, thank you very much.

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You can get the alternator rebuilt no problem.

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I am going to have to come here to compile my shopping list, of things I don't have on my truck. I would need more space. I do have CANDLES and propaine heater, a cooking stove and supplies.

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You would be amazed where you can stick things. My truck is totally packed. The winter is even worse for me as I carry warm clothes, carhart overalls, insulated jeans, and extra blankets. Summer time I can lighten my load a bit. I just hate the idea of being stranded. So I carry everything I need with me then I don't have to worry. Not to mention I don't like to go to Wal mart on the road so I stock up at Sams club before I leave. I have 4 24 packs of water and 7 gallons of water when I leave home. LOL

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I carry an extra fuel transfer pump for my Detroit 12.7. Saved me on I 24 last week when mine started puking oil and engine was starving for fuel. I think it was 60 bucks from the Freightliner Dealer. Well worth it and easy to change.

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The FASS on your truck if will also work if your stock transfer pump goes out. First trip after I installed my FASS my transfer pump decided to die and the FASS had enough pressure to keep the truck going.

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Bio glue in the first aid kit

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My FASS was actually bypassed because I was dealing with a severe Algae problem. The transfer pump was leaking a ton of engine oil from the weep hole. I would have made it to a shop however. Got the Algae problem wiped and the FASS hooked up again- Well worth the investment.

Thanks Jackie!

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Your welcome, I know what you mean about algae too I had that problem also.

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Don't forget trailer hub cap.

Stemco has a window kit to rebuild there traditional caps. They are easy to fix, plus if you leave the cap on the hub while replacing the window, very little oil is lost.

http://www.stemco.com/Products/HubCaps/t...

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This thread should be a itemized list in the Guides section for the newer drivers. I'm not nearly as prepared as Jackie is but ya'll have listed quite a few things I can think of would be a good idea for me to get.

Jackie sounds like all she needs now is a huge compressor and a jack and she's got a mobile repair shop. lol.

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Lol, well I do have the trucks compressor with a few air tools. A jack would be a good idea though, thanks :-)

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Ya I want to add a step box to put most of my stuff in, I might look into the cubby buddy.

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Yeah those Cubby buddies look nice.

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I'm kind of wondering if you have any room to haul freight, Jackie? When I traded trucks, I took out EVERYTHING, including my tools. My best kept item, is my Dealer book from Freightliner. That way all of that $8500 worth of warranty can be used. I also pull a reefer, so the jumper cables are a must. Can't count the times I've had to jump start one. I even used to jump start my old truck, when I had a couple batteries fail on the road. Wasn't going to replace them. I had new ones at the shop. I used to carry a spare alternator, but with an apu, I can get back home, if I need to. I commend you folks that carry half a shop with you. I used to, but I'm tired of crawling under my truck and trailer to fix stuff. I'm comfortable enough, that my son, who's an ASE Certified Master Truck Tech, will check everything over, with a fine toothed comb. He actually does a full blown DOT inspection every time he has the truck.

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My empty weight is over 37,000 but it doesn't matter I don't haul anything over 30,000 lbs anyway. I also love working on my truck and trailer.

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I used to carry an alternator, but when I needed it, the one I carried for almost 2 years didn't work. Then there's no warranty left even though I didn't use it, apparently all that motion in the side box killed it. I did have it in a box packed with Styrofoam, and I did test it after I bought it.

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Well after reading all this i don't feel like paranoid trucker, lol i have your lists sorry no sink just a wash basin for the grease monkey soap...lol

but i do carry a 20t jack and stand 5.5ft johnson bar with extention and socket to change a flat...and i carry 2 lug studs and lug nuts too.

and if your thinking your tourqe will not be enough well lets see...

5.5ft bar X Jackie 105lbs = about 575ft lbs of tourqe if she hangs from the bar.....lol

even though thats 75lbs over max on a bud rim, you can get the wheel re tourqed a the next T/A.....and save that high dollar service call !

:)

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Being an O/O I carry a 10 ton bottle jack and tire tools. So I can change an outside tire or steering tire if need be. Don't forget to scrounge a few different size oak blocks. And a spare tire you can use in any position on the truck or trailer. As well as smattering of parts and tools to get the job done. Yes I will change my own outside tires if need be. Nothing like being broken down in Tim-Buc-Too with a drop deck boat trailer with single tires on a weekend or in he middle of the night.

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Get the torque multiplier wrench and you'll be able to change all the tires by yourself http://www.google.com/search?q=torque+mu...

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Outstanding answers folks, I carry most of that too. I also make sure I have coveralls, and heavy cold weather clothing. God forbid I break down in a bad snow, but I'm ready not to freeze

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i being a mechanic by trade tend to carry more tools than anyone would need, one tip for all truck drivers, do not leave home without these three items, lighter a long candle type and a small bic. two to three cans of ether, not starting fluid thats a joke. and every size hammer you can find. lighters are taken for granted until you dont have one. ether is so versatile, you can get your truck started if it sucks air, gets cold, change filter and doesnt prime, etc. you can unfreeze air tanks, mount tires, unstick frozen brakes, unfreeze an air dryer. and the hammer is by far the most versatile tool.

and ive carried most of what you all have mentioned most of the time, but i also carry a fuel injector, push tube, starter, and wheel speed and engine speed sensors, but i will give everyone on here a huge tip of the hat because most of my company drivers wont even change a wiper blade on the road!!!

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