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Old 11-30-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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Anybody have a road trip check list they go through before a long (6hr) drive?

I'm heading home for x-mas vacation and I need to drive to the Minneapolis airport from Hurley, WI. The weather in the midwest is sketchy to say the least...we could have clear skies and sunny or a white out blizzard either way I'm going.

Right now I just carry the usual stuff in my truck:
-Cell & Pocket knife
-Food & Water
-Flash light & Flares
-Tools (they won't be coming on this trip since I have to park my truck)
-Safety vest
-Shovel
-Ice Scrapper

I check my levels and air pressure before I leave on extended trips. Does anyone do anything else? I have access to a lift due to my school program and will be checking my brakes, tire balance and alignment next week before I leave. Am I forgetting anything to check? or something I should?

The rig is an 04 Ranger XLT Ext. Cab 4.0 auto with 81k.

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Old 11-30-2009, 05:12 PM   #2
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throw a blanket in
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Old 11-30-2009, 05:14 PM   #3
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Right now I just carry the usual stuff in my truck:
-Cell & Pocket knife
-Food & Water
-Flash light & Flares
-Tools (they won't be coming on this trip since I have to park my truck)
-Safety vest
-Shovel
-Ice Scrapper
I don't use an actual checklist but I always go as prepared as I think the trip requires.

To your list I would add:

-Jumper cables, possibly to help someone else who's stranded.
-Extra clothing/hiking boots if it's cold, incase you have to walk for any unforseeable reason.
-GPS for directing emergency personnel or a tow truck to your location. If you don't have one then situational awareness is your friend. Pay attention to mile markers. This is important incase you see a wreck on the highway and are trying to help dispatch direct police/fire/EMS to the scene.
-Any parts that are known to be a problem on your vehicle (hose, belt, etc.) but that shouldn't be an issue since your vehicle is fairly new and it's only a 6 hour trip.

Oh and check your engine coolant... that would be one of the biggest things to have you stuck on the side of the road.
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Old 11-30-2009, 05:17 PM   #4
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Don't forget munchies!
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:11 PM   #5
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I carry a sleeping bag, hat and gloves. Also boots if my shoes are not up to a winter walk.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:46 PM   #6
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The rig is an 04 Ranger XLT Ext. Cab 4.0 auto with 81k.

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Front Wheel bearings....... Notorious for going bad on the new model Rangers... It's a unitized bearing similar to the Jeep XJ's..
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:53 PM   #7
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I also have a set of jumper cables and a fat roll of duct tape in my truck.

Things I thought of:

- First aid kit
- Chain/Strap (to pull or be pulled)
- Tarp & Bungie cords (they we're in my other truck)

No GPS (left that in AK) but I will be bringing it back with me when I come back for school. My fuzz buster has a compass, but worthless if I have no power. I think I have a compass floating around my backpack from camping. A blanket is a good idea so is hat and gloves. I carry a set in my backpack so I'm set.

Keep the ideas coming!!!
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:04 PM   #8
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6 Hours isn't too bad. That's like from Anchorage to Denali. It's not like you're going to be pulling an overnighter. But it's always good to be prepared.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:45 PM   #9
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6 Hours isn't too bad. That's like from Anchorage to Denali. It's not like you're going to be pulling an overnighter. But it's always good to be prepared.
Anchorage to Fairbanks you mean......... and yea that's not a bad drive considering your in the lower 48 and there are actually people around in case something happened....
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all good advice.
Verify that you have tools req'd to change a tire and the spare is inflated and in decent condition.
water, hat/gloves, trailmix, jumpercables, sounds like you've got the important bases covered.

6hrs isn't that long, but better safe than sorry.

I like to keep some super basic troubleshooting gear with as well....
crescent wrench (or Knipex, if your cool like me) pliers, screwdriver, multimeter/testlight. Just in case.
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6 Hours isn't too bad. That's like from Anchorage to Denali. It's not like you're going to be pulling an overnighter. But it's always good to be prepared.
Denali? Your slow, my friend. 3.5 hours to denali.
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I'm starting to get into that prepared for when SHTF kind of situation. I'm really planning on driving around the country when the cash comes in, going to the west, east and south coast. Also this is my first winter in the midwest...not much different from AK but I don't have the resources of my parents and I assume if you prepare for the worst you'll be able to make it through it.

I got a multi-tool that hops around my glove box, so thats my extent of tools for the trip. I usually carry my snap-on box in the cab but I'll be parking my truck for 4 weeks and would rather not come back to broken window and missing my tools for school.
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Old 12-01-2009, 02:23 PM   #13
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Denali? Your slow, my friend. 3.5 hours to denali.
I haven't driven it in like 10 years. Gimme a break.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:12 PM   #14
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you mentioned a Chain or Strap...

I would HIGHLY recommend that you do not use a chain to pull someone out.

I pulled out a big Dodge 3500 with my Jeep Grand Cherokee last year. (stuck in a drift) and it was really easy going, lots of tugs, and really had to jerk the thing. No problem, I used his chain then my strap. I took off the strap to shorten the distance and just about bashed my face on the steering wheel when I went to pull him. I had no idea how much give that strap actually has.

Strap good

Chain bad

Besides a 20' strap could fit in a glove box, and a 20' chain of the same strength would be huge.

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you mentioned a Chain or Strap...
Totally off topic, but cool screenname. Douglas Adams was my all time favorite author, I just re-read all his books (again) last summer.
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I’m not clicking that link. LOL
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I haven't noticed a fire extinguisher on this list.
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