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Old 10-30-2009, 01:24 AM
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Roll of twine- I got stuck on my way to Buffalo from Staten Island. Twine got me from PA to Buffalo, and back to the island.
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Old 10-30-2009, 01:46 AM
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Hello,

The wife and I may be taking a diesel on a cross-country road trip. The trip, Id anticipate, would take us through some countryside where there are not necessarily lots of people or facilities. The AAA 100 mile tow allowance may be needed because the closest service place, let alone dealer, might be 100+ miles away.
You could always upgrade to the AAA level with the 200 mile tow.
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Old 10-30-2009, 07:34 AM
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A $10 set of Harbor Frieght metric end wrenches might come in handy
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Old 10-30-2009, 09:28 AM
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Re: Worst case tool kit...

I'd throw in a set of needlenose, jb weld (can help patch radiator in case of failure), superglue for those little things that rattle, I use the foot pump instead of T handle bicycle pump - much easier on an old man like me, tow strap, small floor jack, hammer, pry bar, spare bulbs/headlight, spare radiator hoses, diesel additive of choice and a container of hand cleaner.

If you're going through the mountains, sealed containers swell at high altitudes - they can gush fluids in unwanted places.

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Old 10-30-2009, 10:40 AM
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Here's a tip a tow truck driver once gave me:
If you're really stuck out in the middle of nowhere and need a tow
that's over the 100 mile limit, have the driver take you the 100 miles
and drop you off. Then call AAA again for the second tow for the
next 100 miles and so forth until you get back to civilization.

Could save a lot of money on a bad day.

Jeff
1 tow per breakdown, mileage after that. We got towed from toronto -> buffalo after our honeymoon (pontiac safari wagon, flat battery) for $40.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:59 AM
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:08 AM
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Along with my tools and fluids, I always keep several pair of latex gloves in my bag of goodies. They take up very little space any you will be very happy to have them when you need them.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:56 AM
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