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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 6:17 pm    Post subject: what do you keep in your van? Reply with quote

I am hoping that I will get my van ready for the summer...

Changed the fuel lines today, and still trying to get to the figure out issues wt engine/coolant temp, and am hoping that I can get it ready in a month....anyway.

I started a mental list of the tools, spare parts and other useful things I should have in the van when I do take my this thing on my first real trip.

I figure some of you are probably pros at knowing what one should have in case of a problem....

so here is goes....

What do you keep in your van (tools and such)?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Under the seat:

Basic hand tool set
Snatch strap
tow chain
tree saver
hi-lift jack accessories
axe
folding saw
garden hose
tie down straps
plastic tarp (for shelter and to lie on to work on van)
Ladder to access roof and toy box
small broom
gloves
spare bulbs for headlights and marker lights
spare fuses
jug of blue antifreeze
2 quarts of oil
old rags
2 extra belts
a few road flares
hammer
small spool of 14g wire
jumper cables
my missing front license plate

front bumper:

hi-lift jack
shovel, when I'm wheeling

luggage rack:

10 gals. fuel
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm no pro but this is some of what I keep in the vanny

under the bench
-the help book limbo give you when you join
-belts
-coil
-spark plugs
-spark plug wires
-cap
-rotar
-O2
-5 gal 20/50
-anti freeze
-tools I use every time I work on the vanny
-wires and such
-fuses
-WD40
-starter fluid
-flash light (the type you shake and last forever)
-hoses and things like that to fix any leaks (I can dream can't I)
-crazy glue
-Tape (you name it and it's there)
-1st aid stuff
-jumper cables/emergency stuff
-manuels bentley and hayne(I suck at spelling)
-tarp and string


The camping stuff gets stuck just about every other place I can fit it
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

under the seat:
basic tools
come a long
tow strap
Haynes manual
two 8 inch subs
two 6x9's
Bentley manual
Jimmy Hoffa
other odds and ends
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more unusual items I have:
Steel tie wire
clear silicone
a few popsicle sticks
a couple straws
some plastic corrugated "cardboard"
many hose clamps and some old assorted pieces of rubber hoses of varying sizes
14v cordless drill with assorted drill bits

The above combined with saws pliers cutters glue, tape etc make a pretty infallible repair kit for most anything that can go wrong. I have a bunch of other random little bits and pieces of junk, they come in handy pretty often.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

there is too much storage space to label everything.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a few things under the seat... all tools under the Bentley

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my cellphone, some fuses, and a rusted machete.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AAA card.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sc-surfer wrote:
Under the seat:

Basic hand tool set
Snatch strap
tow chain
tree saver
hi-lift jack accessories
axe
folding saw
garden hose
tie down straps
plastic tarp (for shelter and to lie on to work on van)
Ladder to access roof and toy box
small broom
gloves
spare bulbs for headlights and marker lights
spare fuses
jug of blue antifreeze
2 quarts of oil
old rags
2 extra belts
a few road flares
hammer
small spool of 14g wire
jumper cables
my missing front license plate

front bumper:

hi-lift jack
shovel, when I'm wheeling

luggage rack:

10 gals. fuel

What kind of seat do you have????

I carry the stock jack and an aftermarket lug wrench. That's it.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:48 pm    Post subject: hmm... Reply with quote

being a better Chef than a wrencher I can safely say... I carry five different kinds of flor de sel (hand harvested sea salt from Spain/France), extra virgin olive oil, smoked olive oil, sh&t loads of good wine and kick as$ micro brews... lots of good music... a little dried food and lots of water because I am a better chef than a mechanic.... I may have to wait for help and I like to eat... some kind nugs, incense and toilet paper...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a waaay better mechanic than I am a chef but, I gotta go with aswah on this one. Laughing Laughing

At least, when I break down (hasn't happened yet) I'll be a very happy camper.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One time I was about 30 miles from pavement in the Medocino National Forest and I woke up and had a flat tire. The problem was, I put on the spare and the tire pressure was very very low. I had no choice but to drive out with a 1/2 inflated tire. I now keep a little air compressor and a tire repair kit under the seat.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bucko...

Just the standard westy rear seat.

Forgot a few things too:

2 50 lengths of rope
extension cord
hand file for the axe
and I'm sure some stuff I forgot.

Oh yea, and my Propex heater. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:46 pm    Post subject: love the mendocino national forest Reply with quote

got lost back in there a few times... last time I almost got stuck going down what looked like an old logging road... then almost ran out of gas getting back to town two days later... love the forest SSSSSOOOOOO many great spots to chill!

aswah

oh, I actually also carry good times with those condiments...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I carry most of the spare parts that have been mentioned under the drivers seat and inside the housing of the rear seat but right allong side of me in the passengers seat is the newer Halon2 fire extinguisher.
Cost a few dollars but........................................WTF.
I think everyone should carry one in their vehicle but I also think everyone should have one in their bedroom and the kids bedroom and the kitchen and the basement and in the laundry room and the hall closet and every other room in the house, because a fire can pretty much fuc- up an otherwise nice day.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:03 pm    Post subject: Re: hmm... Reply with quote

aswah wrote:
being a better Chef than a wrencher I can safely say... I carry five different kinds of flor de sel (hand harvested sea salt from Spain/France), extra virgin olive oil, smoked olive oil, sh&t loads of good wine and kick as$ micro brews... lots of good music... a little dried food and lots of water because I am a better chef than a mechanic.... I may have to wait for help and I like to eat... some kind nugs, incense and toilet paper...


Man I am sooo f**ked up ! Hand picked salt and smoked olive oil! Just don't forget the nori. Wink

I carry:
small socket set
open end wrench set
large cresent wrench
screwdriver(multi-bit)
3 different types of pilers
jumper cables
oil and water
box of crap(wire,tape,zip ties,ect.)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seven kinds of peanut butter hand-ground by elfin clerics
karaoke machine
and
my precious
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Under the rear seat:

bottle jack, stock jack, jack stand, PROPER tire iron (19mm impact 6 pt socket and 1/2 "bar"), plywood chunk, small Swedish tree saw, jumpers (big gauge wire), hand tools (prob too many!), oil, lube, gas "can", bailing wire, duct tape, spare fasteners, air compressor, hefty strap, extension cord, folding shovel.

I also carry spare parts, a medium sized axe (not hatchet!), bucket, plastic milk carton box, rope, tarp, home made awning, cards, electronic chess game, book, little AM/FM walkman type radio, beer, (like duh! Wink ) sometimes wine, did I mention beer? (mmmmmm....... beeeerrr) Haynes/Muir/Bentleys (dang! I'll need two with the Jetta engine installed!), and stuff I can't recall right now......

Thinking of this stuff makes me miss camping in my Westy!

I miss camping! I want this conversion to run!!

Wink

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tire pressure gauge

air pump
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tire repair kit
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