If you were to embark on a two thousand kilometre round trip, what tools and spare parts would one deem advisable to carry ? A recent break down experience really opened my eyes. I'd be very keen to obtain input on this matter. Regards Styria
A large wad of $100 notes and Styria's mobile number....
Shouldn't be a problem for a well maintained vehicle
Interestingly, no one has mentioned that rubber suppension blocks should be taken on a LONG trip.
I know that they are a pain to put in place, but if your 6.9 lets you down, it would be nice to know that you could recover it to some safe place on the back of a tilt tray truck.
Can't get a 6.9 with a collapsed suspension onto a tilt tray truck without them, but it should be possible with blocks of wood of suitable size, IF you can find them, in a remote location.
I wont drive a car any distance if I dont trust it, so far the 450SEL has travelled to the local town a few times for fuel and a school pickup (The kids LOVED it) on what I call shakedown runs (Not to collect brown paper bags filled with cash BTW).
BUT if I were to drive some distance?
Spare leads, a few plugs, old dizzy cap n rotor, belts and coolant hoses, WD40 and Inox, a handful of nitrile gloves, some worm drive clips, full fuse kit, some cable (I usually have 5 meters of 7 wire trailer cable) and crimp lugs, a ball of string, some fence tie wire, gaffer, cloth and electrical tape and my small tool box inc Multimeter.
Id also have my trusty 10 lt jerry can with fuel, 5 lt of engine oil and a lt of ATF as well as my trusty 400 amp jumper cables.
Most importantly id also have my old mobile phone and external antenna (Amazing range on this thing) and RACV Gold membership which gives me free towing home from anywhere in Oz, a hire car and accommodation.
But id also have done enough preventative maintenance to drive with peace of mind because there is nothing worse than driving worried.
I also have a Sat phone although it needs a new battery and it tends to follow me around a bit considering lately the local cell towers have gone offline for almost 24 hours a few times during storms and the like.
This is contained in old Drench and Vaccination plastic tubs,(Like a milk crate but bigger and with a lid) packed in foam and secured in place in the boot of the car so I dont suffer from the dreaded "Flying Tool syndrome" where loose items in the boot punch dents in the rear 1/4's.
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