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Old 10-05-2004, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What should I keep in my car trunk ?

Hey,
im a teenager, newbie, at the world of driving....I'm just wondering what do you recommend to keep in my trunk for emergencies/worst-case scenarios.

I just have my spare tire in there right now....
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Old 10-05-2004, 03:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-05-2004, 03:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Definitely some jumper cables, maybe a small empty gas can, a pair of gloves, and an old coat.
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Old 10-05-2004, 04:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In my trunk:

Jumper Cables
Gallon of Gasoline
Oil
Flashlight
First Aid Kit
Spare tire
Blanket
Baseball Bat

Ready for anything
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Old 10-05-2004, 04:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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20 year old car? Make sure the spare & jack system are good. Add an old blanket, some jumper cables, maybe a quart of oil & tranny fluid. A couple road flares wouldn't hurt anything.

Can't think of much else. The days when it was handy to have a box full of tools in the trunk are pretty much gone. A cell phone is probably the best tool you can have while out on the road.
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Old 10-05-2004, 04:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Location: Wisconsin...
In my trunk...

Fullsize jack...

Toolset

Roll of wire

Electrical Tape

Duct tape

Hose clamps

Spare set of clothes and clothes for winter

All types of extra fluids, antifreeze, brake fluid, oil, tranny fluid

Jumper cables

Misc bolts
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Old 10-05-2004, 05:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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At least one 12" sub and about 450 Watts of power. Oh and that other junk people mentioned.
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Old 10-05-2004, 05:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 10-05-2004, 06:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This is off the top of my head...

There is a "bin" velcroed to the floor.. In it there is:
  • Flashlight
    Quart of Oil
    Jumper cables
    Gas (gets you 50 miles or so.. It's not gas, but another liquid.. It works tho)
    Jack and spare tire
    Water (1 liter)
    Ice scraper
    Compressed air (I think)
    Rope (I think)
    Light jacket (usually; I wear it now, so it comes out)
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Old 10-05-2004, 10:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I hope her name is Ursula
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Old 10-06-2004, 05:54 AM   #11 (permalink)
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In my trunk I keep jumper cables, spare tire, jack and a dead body. I recommend rotating the deady body to another one every week or so. Or just until you can't take the smell anymore.
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Old 10-06-2004, 11:21 AM   #12 (permalink)
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IMO, don't carry gasoline around in your car, very dangerous. The fumes are volatile and highly flammable and explosive with the slightest spark. That's why I'm nervous when driving with a 5gal container of race gas on my way to track days ...one day I will explode.

Good stuff already listed, plus I always carry a blanket in case an impromtu picnic opportunity arises or you want to throw it down in an open field under dark skies and lay on it with your friend and watch the stars. I'd add a lighter or dry pack of matches too.
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Old 10-06-2004, 11:48 AM   #13 (permalink)
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don't forget a couple of chocolate / granola bars ..just in case you're gonna be stranded for a while..a candle and some matchsticks wouldn't hurt either...
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Old 10-06-2004, 12:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Location: Kingston, Ontario
22 I don't really have a truck but I have storage under my back couch in my van, I have a spare tire that is bald and I need it out! I got jumper cables, foam tire sealer(2 cans) tow ropes tire irons, I have a baseball bat but its up front with me no use to me back there
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Old 10-06-2004, 02:59 PM   #15 (permalink)
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...foam tire sealer(2 cans)
This stuff is worth its weight in plutonium. Saved my a$$ multiple times.
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Old 10-06-2004, 07:24 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I don't know about you, but I have:
-full CRAFTSMAN (stuff is amazing, you can replace it at Sears so easily) socket set with standard and metric
-wrench and pliers set
-screw driver set
-hammer
-clamps
-full 120 ft. roll of 12 guage wire
-wire stripper/cutter/clamper
-full set of replacement fuses
-foam tire sealer (agreed, this stuff is God)
-car jack that can handle much more than your car (i have a 4 ton jack for a 2325 lb. car)
-2 4 ton jack stands
-jumper cables
-flare (optional)
-quart of oil
-water in a can or glass bottle (anything in plastic over a long period of time = not healthy)
-rope
-steve
-at least a few bucks in coins
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Old 10-07-2004, 08:52 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Location: Kingston, Ontario
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I don't know about you, but I have:
-full CRAFTSMAN (stuff is amazing, you can replace it at Sears so easily) socket set with standard and metric
-wrench and pliers set
-screw driver set
-hammer
-clamps
-full 120 ft. roll of 12 guage wire
-wire stripper/cutter/clamper
-full set of replacement fuses
-foam tire sealer (agreed, this stuff is God)
-car jack that can handle much more than your car (i have a 4 ton jack for a 2325 lb. car)
-2 4 ton jack stands
-jumper cables
-flare (optional)
-quart of oil
-water in a can or glass bottle (anything in plastic over a long period of time = not healthy)
-rope
-steve
-at least a few bucks in coins

So you have no trunk space left?

I can understand a 4 ton jack and a lot of the other stuff but why Jack Stands? If my car needs that much work on the side of the road I will get it towed!
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Old 10-07-2004, 03:33 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I'm 19, I keep a football, a basketball, a frisbee, a couple baseball gloves and a couple balls, a pump for balls/bike tires, and some first aid stuff. And a blanket. And a jack and spare tire.
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Old 10-07-2004, 05:58 PM   #19 (permalink)
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URSULA! I'M NAKED!!!
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Old 10-07-2004, 06:26 PM   #20 (permalink)
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You should get a full size pickup truck and just carry a mini-cooper in the bed of the truck, that way you always have a spare car, not just a tire.
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Old 10-07-2004, 08:00 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Spare tire and jack and my 12-guage. Shells are in the glovebox.
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Old 10-08-2004, 04:58 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Don't forget a pack of smokes and a bottle of hooch
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Old 10-08-2004, 06:26 AM   #23 (permalink)
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hand gun, bottle of booze, lots of condoms, bong,
that should do it
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Old 10-08-2004, 07:37 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pain Train
So you have no trunk space left?

I can understand a 4 ton jack and a lot of the other stuff but why Jack Stands? If my car needs that much work on the side of the road I will get it towed!
I've run into situations where I needed them. Also, AAA only gives me like 2 5-mile tows a year. It's good to keep them for an emergency situation. I have enough room to move a twin bed, supports and frames. And steve.
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Old 10-08-2004, 08:29 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I've run into situations where I needed them. Also, AAA only gives me like 2 5-mile tows a year. It's good to keep them for an emergency situation. I have enough room to move a twin bed, supports and frames. And steve.

I never use anything like AAA(or CAA in Canada) I just got firends that do it for a cash price


But I drive a GMC so I never have problems 22 years old and only one brake down and all it was is the water pump-alternator belt broke, and I had a spare
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Old 10-11-2004, 10:16 AM   #26 (permalink)
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for emergencies - a small toolbox, some jumper cables and a portable air compressor - your mini-spare WILL be deflated when you get a flat tire.
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Old 10-13-2004, 11:20 AM   #27 (permalink)
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-Small toolbox w/ sockets fit for your car, screwdrivers (large flathead and phillips), pliers, and crimping tool
-"spray can" jack
-large tire iron (the one in the car WILL suck)
-10,12, and 18 guage wire.
-solderless (aka "splice" or "butt" connectors) for those sizes (red, blue, and yellow)
-panty hose (for hoses with holes in them)
-Motor Oil
-Coolant/antifreeze
-Tennis Racket w/ pack of balls
-Fishing Pole
-2 Polk/momo 10" subs
-Legacy 600W amp
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Old 10-13-2004, 01:44 PM   #28 (permalink)
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gun
big sheet of plastic
duct tape
shovel

Wait, what type of car is this?
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Old 10-13-2004, 02:26 PM   #29 (permalink)
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need a frisbee in order to roll joints on!
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Old 10-13-2004, 04:08 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Get a roadside emergency kit, but make sure it includes things like a flashlight, flares, etc. Most automotive stores sell them.
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Old 10-13-2004, 11:24 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I'm old, and keep some spare bricks (red masonry), a small bag of mortar, a few loaded sandbags (handy things, those), a couple of sealed battle packs of appropriate ammo, and a bunch of loaded spare magazines for the appropriate "car gun", and the serious body armor/pasgt helmet/gas mask type stuff that I don't wear daily. I also keep road flares, a couple of dozen ultra-bright cyalumes, and a "first aid" kit capable of dealing with most emergencies up to a gunshot wound, stored in a sealed, sterilized .50 cal ammo can. If I'm expecting trouble, I throw in some heavy stuff.

My wife has the same kind of first aid kit, road flares, ammo, magazines, and children's toys/supplies. She refuses to carry body armor.
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Old 10-14-2004, 05:30 AM   #32 (permalink)
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You seriously pack body armor?

No offense but where are you driving? Sadr City?

Oh if you can afford it buy a full sized spare tire. That way if you have a flat far from home you don't have to worry about riding the doughnut the entire way home(and it gives you a day to be lazy about getting a tire fixed if you want to run the risk).
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Old 10-14-2004, 08:01 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Yup, the entire reason for having a trunk is for "just in case". I tend to spend a fair bit of time in downtown Norfolk and Richmond, VA. Some areas are pretty rough, and if you were in an occupation that Shakespeare advocated exterminating ("First, hang all the lawyers"), you'd be a big preparedness fan too.
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