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    • #24568
      kbunning
      Participant

      Wondering what folks carry as far as safety equipment. Saw two others with flat tires this past trip and got to wondering about heavy duty jacks? Anything else in case of break down/emergency?

      Thanks!
      Kim
      2011 RAM 2500 Diesel
      2006 Lite-Craft Pop-up (weighs 1700 lbs)

    • #24569
      John Perz
      Participant

      Flares. (Btw. great survival item, also. Will start a fire under damn near any conditions.)

      Set of reflective triangles.

      High visibility safety vest.

      Leather work gloves.

      Road service plan. Let someone else come and change your tire for you.

      Good fire extinguisher.

      Regards
      John
      I don't like to make plans. They cause the word "PREMEDITATED" to get used in court!
      DON'T FEED THE VULTURES!
      My Body is a Temple! Ancient, Crumbling, Probably Cursed . . .

    • #24571
      John Perz
      Participant

      More on fire extinguishers.

      I recommend you check out the website of Mac The Fire Guy. He’s a retired fire fighting professional who travels around in an RV, and teaches RV fire safety at FMCA rallys, Escapees escapades, etc.

      His article on the different types of fire extinguishers is a must read.

      http://www.macthefireguy.com/fire-extinguisher-education-for-rvers

      Powder type extinguishers contain either Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Bicarbonate, or Monoamonium Phosphate. The later two are both toxic and corrosive, and present major clean-up problems if you use them.

      He recommends instead AFFF – Aqueous Film Forming Foam – extinguishers, which are currently used by the military and motorsports. Older types also had some toxicity and corosive problems. Newer ones do not.

      FireAde is one such product. It is non-toxic, non-corrosive, and washes off with water. Cold Fire is another one.

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      Both are available at – where else? – Amazon.

      Of course, we need TWO extinguishers – one in the cab of the truck, and one in the truck camper.

      Regards
      John
      I don't like to make plans. They cause the word "PREMEDITATED" to get used in court!
      DON'T FEED THE VULTURES!
      My Body is a Temple! Ancient, Crumbling, Probably Cursed . . .

    • #24738
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      I built my own kit. It’s cheaper to do it that way. Here’s some guidance I provided in an earlier article.

      Truck Camper Emergency Roadside Kit

    • #24781
      kbunning
      Participant

      Thanks for the replies. Feel like I’m getting closer to being dialed in with the new rig.

      Somewhere I thought I read a post about putting a carpet covered 2×4 in the front of the pickup bed (rather than attaching bumpers to the front of the truck camper) to keep it from damaging the front of the truck bed. Our camper is pushed up against the front of the bed currently (and rubbing the spray on bed liner).

      I thought someone on the forum advised the 2×4 solution (vs buying the rubber ones and attaching them to the camper). Anyone done this? I’d rather not drill the holes for the rubber ones.

      If someone has done this, do you attach that 2×4 to the pickup bed? Or will is just stay put from the weight of the camper?

      Hope this question makes sense …

      Kim

      • #24787
        Mello Mike
        Keymaster

        Yeah, I mentioned a carpeted 2×4 in another article. That solution works great. If you don’t want to bolt it down, you can just lay it down flat. The weight of the camper will keep it in firmly in place.

    • #24789
      John Perz
      Participant

      I tried to click on that link, and got a WordPress Error Message:

      “Sorry, you are not allowed to preview drafts.”

      Regards
      John
      I don't like to make plans. They cause the word "PREMEDITATED" to get used in court!
      DON'T FEED THE VULTURES!
      My Body is a Temple! Ancient, Crumbling, Probably Cursed . . .

    • #24796
      kbunning
      Participant

      I just googled the article about the emergency kit and found it here (rather than using the link Mike provided):
      https://www.truckcamperadventure.com/2012/10/making-your-own-emergency-roadside-ki/

    • #24801
      John Perz
      Participant

      Thanks!

      Regards
      John
      I don't like to make plans. They cause the word "PREMEDITATED" to get used in court!
      DON'T FEED THE VULTURES!
      My Body is a Temple! Ancient, Crumbling, Probably Cursed . . .

    • #24824
      Mello Mike
      Keymaster

      This article has some good recommendations for heavy-duty gear.

      Overland Essentials

    • #24948
      Jbell
      Participant

      If your camper is like mine don’t forget to make an adapter like this. My camper hangs down below the rear bumper making the factory spare tire wind down tool unuseable. I don’t want to unload the camper (ugh) to get to the spare tire so I made this tool. Its simply the end of the factory tool (about 3 inches) with a socket welded to the other end. I use a regular ratchet wrench to wind the tire down or up. I also carry an electric impact wrench, air compressor, and 12 ton hydrolic bottle jack.

      2007 Dodge 3500 Dually 4x4
      Cummins 5.9, 6sp, PAC
      brake, Big Wig, Timbrens
      2000 Lance 1130
      2004 Jeep Rubicon

    • #24949
      Jbell
      Participant

      Sorry I forgot the picture that goes with my previous post. Here tis :

      2007 Dodge 3500 Dually 4x4
      Cummins 5.9, 6sp, PAC
      brake, Big Wig, Timbrens
      2000 Lance 1130
      2004 Jeep Rubicon

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    • #25145
      Vtcurt
      Participant

      Nice adapter and good advice. If you take that last section of the rod used to lower the spare and force on the tightest socket that you can find, it will work to use a ratchet wrench to lower the spare. Just make sure that the cable or chain mechanism releases fairly easily.

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