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Basics I would carry.

2-4 winch system for recovery of vehicles rated to double the vehicle fully loaded
You will require anchor point..
10-12 recovery tracks
Chain saw :this will aid in clearing obstacles in front of you
Jaws of life

Medical basics for long term wound care, sad to say you can be without prolonged medical care and both record on computer and paper of all care you provide as you never know when you might get to medical aid

Solar power and reserve battery power, whether you tow a 5th or not you will need to living on 12/24/48 vdc systems..

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Ham radio
CB UHF and 27 MHz this includes the farce that is gmrs/frs
Sat tv/net this will be important for weather and contacting loved 1's

4wd or truck (tractor/prime mover..)
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My truck is a rolling survival / outdoors / SHTF vehicle.
BOB...my own personal design
Firearms...you ll have to guess which ones
Ammo

Black footlocker with
Fishing gear
Additional survival and camping gear

Black footlocker with
New alternator
New starter
New factory fuel pump module
Complete front hub assembly
Upper and lower rad hoses
Thermostat
Front and rear brake pads
Tire patch and plug kit
Plugs and wires
New water pump
2 gallon antifreeze

Tool box full of assorted tools

OTC scan tool with O scope
Fuel pressure tester
Fluke multimeter
Clamp ac/dc amp meter
Battery tester
Jump box with Air Comp

Full size shovel
Axe
Hatchet
Saw
Hammer
10x12 heavy duty tarp
2 cases of bottle water
Box of food...rice..can foods...other dry goods
Sleeping bag
Spare clothing...all seasons...spare boots
200 ft 550 para cord
Engine oil
Trans fluid
5 gallon gas can

Many more items....

When I go to the bush I also pull a 6x12 enclosed cargo trailer that is converted to a mobile hunt cabin. 2000 w generator....insulated...refrigerator....AIr conditioning...heat...twin size bed....lots of storage
Update Nov 2016

Well guys....last week I found myself in my truck and 600 miles away from my Georgia house. I was in the middle of nowhere. ....22 miles from the closest town and my water pump failed. Bearing failure....damaged belt...loss of coolant. Happened around midnight... so pinch dark. After pulling far off the highway I got out to examine the damage. Seeing I was stuck for the night...I bedded down in the backseat and went to sleep.
The next morning with the sun rise I checked the damage again and accessed my options. Use my auto club and call for a wrecker and tow to town. Or fix it my self on the spot.
I chose to fix it on the spot. I had all the parts needed...water pump, thermostat and housing, new belt, and coolant. Pulled out the tool box and pulled the parts from the parts locker in the back. Put on my coveralls and mechanics work gloves and went to work. Since I had lost most of my coolant...it went fast. It took me about an hour from start to finish. Definitely not flat rate...lol. I took a coffee break lol. Butane stove and some instant coffee. Got it back and running and was on my way. Stopped in the town and checked for leaks and coolant level. All good.

Some people I know give me crap about my parts locker in my truck...but so far it has saved me money...and got me back on the road quicker.
Other than the water pump issue.....
About a year ago...I found myself replacing both front hubs and front brake pads in a Walmart parking lot. I parked far from any store and was stealth about what I was doing....lol. Looked like I was just changing a flat tire...

Just my experience
Today I need to do an inventory of parts and restock
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Suggestion: replace the parts before you break down.

A lot of stuff like a water pump, bearings, etc., will give you warning symptoms before they go totally FUBAR. Then you don't need to carry the parts around waiting for something else to break.
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Suggestion: replace the parts before you break down.

A lot of stuff like a water pump, bearings, etc., will give you warning symptoms before they go totally FUBAR. Then you don't need to carry the parts around waiting for something else to break.
Sounds good on print .... but doesn't always work like that.
When I left on the trip.... no issues with WP....600 miles into the trip...total failure.
As for the hub assembly..... while driving through Douglas Ga....left front bearing started to make noises....whipped into the Walmart parking lot...jacked up the LF...turn the wheel...definitely the bearing. Decided to replace both sides...and since the pads were original....about 170,000 miles....replace them too...
All this was done with parts on hand....
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My truck is a rolling survival / outdoors / SHTF vehicle.
BOB...my own personal design
Firearms...you ll have to guess which ones
Ammo

Black footlocker with
Fishing gear
Additional survival and camping gear

Black footlocker with
New alternator
New starter
New factory fuel pump module
Complete front hub assembly
Upper and lower rad hoses
Thermostat
Front and rear brake pads
Tire patch and plug kit
Plugs and wires
New water pump
2 gallon antifreeze

Tool box full of assorted tools

OTC scan tool with O scope
Fuel pressure tester
Fluke multimeter
Clamp ac/dc amp meter
Battery tester
Jump box with Air Comp

Full size shovel
Axe
Hatchet
Saw
Hammer
10x12 heavy duty tarp
2 cases of bottle water
Box of food...rice..can foods...other dry goods
Sleeping bag
Spare clothing...all seasons...spare boots
200 ft 550 para cord
Engine oil
Trans fluid
5 gallon gas can

Many more items....

When I go to the bush I also pull a 6x12 enclosed cargo trailer that is converted to a mobile hunt cabin. 2000 w generator....insulated...refrigerator....AIr conditioning...heat...twin size bed....lots of storage
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Sounds good on print .... but doesn't always work like that.
When I left on the trip.... no issues with WP....600 miles into the trip...total failure.
As for the hub assembly..... while driving through Douglas Ga....left front bearing started to make noises....whipped into the Walmart parking lot...jacked up the LF...turn the wheel...definitely the bearing. Decided to replace both sides...and since the pads were original....about 170,000 miles....replace them too...
All this was done with parts on hand....
With most parts, especially wheel bearings, especially on a 4x4, there is some warning usually in time to replace them before they go irreplaceably bad.
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When you hear the knocking it usually the sign the bearings and wheel alignment needs to be done..


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"Bump" for a great thread.

While I won't repeat the many items that have already been listed, I've got a couple that I didn't see listed here.

I was surprised to see that nobody listed "emergency valve stems". Especially the off-road guys. Most listed air compressors, several listed Tire Slime, spare valve cores, and plug kits, but I never saw emergency stems. They can be installed without dismounting the tire. They're pricey at $35 for two, but that's cheap when you're whole rig is stranded due to what would have been a $17 item.

Having females in my life, I've gotten some of their feminine products and sealed them in a (food grade) vacuum bag. You never know when "Aunt Flow" will show up and ruin your plans, and embarrass the ladies. Also a good barter item, if that situation ever arises.

While I've got the vacuum bagging machine out, I take the core out of rolls of toilet paper and vacuum entire rolls. They turn out just slightly larger than a wallet when totally flat. I've been in the middle of Utah when my child needs to poop and there's not a bathroom within 150 miles. Having TP is mandatory for me now. A whole case of TP could fit in a shoebox.

Having a vacuum bagger also keeps other items clean, sanitary, dry and safe. You can use your imagination on that. Everything from food, to ammo, to medical supplies can be bagged and stored.

An idea I've had rolling around in my head, is to construct a wire shelf system that could be mounted under the hood of my Suburban. There's a LOT of open space in that engine compartment. Jugs of coolant, oil, and various fluids would fit nicely in some wire shelving. Heat resistant items, like wrenches could also be stored. Obvious care to be taken to keep plastic jugs away from exhaust manifolds, of course. That way, it's not taking up space in the passenger cabin, and in case there's a spill, you don't have motor oil all over your carpet.

I've also got a 1200 amp jump box, and large portable air compressor. I chose not to buy the "all in one" unit, because they generally don't do any one thing well. They do everything "ok".
The compressor has clamps for the battery, not the 12 volt cigarette lighter plug. That's because it draws more amperage than what can flow through a cig lighter. Not only does it mean that it will air up a tire MUCH faster, it will also do it with less noise and less heat, so it won't burn your skin after using it.
Also, with each unit being separate, if one dies, you replace one item, not the entire unit.

I hope that helps, and I hope this thread lives on. Great info in here.
Bob

EDIT: Oh, I forgot... I keep a pack of Rain-X interior glass wipes with 'anti-fog', just in case there's an HVAC problem and the weather is trying to fog up the inside of the windshield.

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i'm more inclined to keep an air compressor with its own tank

as the units designed for 4x4 or general fall into2 categories

the good 1's require good vent ventilation to be used
the bad 1's can take hours to reinflate tires
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Actually, the unit I bought can air up a large BFGoodrich (size wasn't mentioned) on a Jeep from totally flat to 35 PSI in about three minutes.
The video is about halfway down the page:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

EDIT: Just to make sure the video isn't fake, I just now went out and removed the valve core from a 215/60/16.
From 0 PSI to 35 PSI was 2:10. As far as noise goes, I got my SPL meter, and it was 77 decibels from about 10' away, so it's not very loud.

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Great topic. I'm adding a couple things to my vehicle after seeing the original post, and a few of the replies. I haven't read all 7 pages of this thread yet, but I'll add a few additional things that I have in my vehicle:
  1. Recovery strap kit w/D-rings and snatch block
  2. Leather gloves
  3. Gorilla super glue
  4. JB Weld
  5. Head-mounted LED lamp (check batteries annually in winter climates!)
  6. LED Maglite
  7. N95 masks
  8. Lifestraw Water filter (I also have a Sawyer Mini in my BOB)
  9. 551 Paracord

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Actually, the unit I bought can air up a large BFGoodrich (size wasn't mentioned) on a Jeep from totally flat to 35 PSI in about three minutes.
The video is about halfway down the page:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

EDIT: Just to make sure the video isn't fake, I just now went out and removed the valve core from a 215/60/16.
From 0 PSI to 35 PSI was 2:10. As far as noise goes, I got my SPL meter, and it was 77 decibels from about 10' away, so it's not very loud.
Thanks Bob.... I just added one to my shopping cart for this week.
I have been looking for a good stand alone Compressor
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i typically recommend air compressors with tanks as these are the best inflation tools to have, as some of the compressors you have within the 4x4 market space typically don't have the capacity to reinflate a sedan tire let alone a 4x4 tire
I do not believe in keeping tires with punctures in them as these can be leading to failures down the road

I also recommend in installing hydrolic jacks as the supplied factory jack may not have the adequate height in extension to lift the vehicle so you can replace the tire and using kangaroo jacks as a means to lift your vehicle can be a dangerous exercise even at the best of time..

as it can be a pain in the backside to replace a tire on the side of a road..

Been there and done it twice and that was in a sedan 1st one was 250 klicks from the nearest town the other was 45 klicks from a major with very little place where you could safely change a tire.

thus is why a suggest run flat options as precautionary measure until you can find a safe area to pull over at and give you adequate space to perform the repair you need...
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