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Old 09-05-2016, 08:14 PM   #11
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About the only real argument for idling a diesel is to allow a turbo to cool down. The enormous amount of heat they build up can cook the oil in their bearings unless you let it idle for 5-10 minutes.
thats why I idle at fuel stops.. by the time i let it idle 5 minutes and shut it off im halfway through my stop.. so I just let it run..

otherwise I idle for climate control.. on this trip I stopped to sleep and its 90 outside.. i want my dual A/C units!

-Christopher
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:04 PM   #12
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Nobody really answered his question, what should he take with him....
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Old 10-06-2016, 05:23 PM   #13
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I know I took a tool bag, a gallon coolant, a gallon of oil, a gallon of trans fluid, duct tape, GLOVES!, blue paper towels, Lots of credit cards...

and I ran a half a bottle of diesel-Kleen every other tank of fuel..

-Christopher
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:50 PM   #14
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In regards to stuff to have on hand or bring with you:
  • Duct tape to hold stuff still that is moving
  • WD-40 to get stuff moving that is not moving
  • 12-vdc test light or multimeter
  • Mechanics wire to hold stuff still that is moving in places that will get hot where you can't use duct tape
  • Wire and wire splices and connectors and tool to work on them
  • A Phillips and standard screwdriver in a couple of sizes
  • Slip joint, diagonal cutter, and needle nose pliers
  • At least two vise grips of different sizes
  • At least two adjustable wrenches of different sizes
  • 9/16" combination wrench (to use to adjust air brake 'S' cams)
  • A hammer for when WD-40 isn't quite enough
This is all in addition to vital fluids, extra fuel filters, and ear plugs (if you are getting an FE you probably will need them for sure).

I also carried a 12-vdc invertor so I could have 110-VAC while on the road. Which required me to wire in a power point where I could plug the invertor in.
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:44 PM   #15
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I like this list esp. #11
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:27 PM   #16
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Tequila, for when #11 was too much
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:57 PM   #17
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I keep extra belts for my alternator, air compressor and power steering. And a beer for if I get f*cked.
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:20 AM   #18
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Take every thing you can think of tools parts ice chest BBQ rifle box of rounds hand gun a few clips. Towing insurance card. adapter to charge your smart phone.
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