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#287023 - 11/05/17 07:39 PM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: hikermor]
bacpacjac Offline
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Registered: 05/05/07
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Today was our annual turn the clocks back an hour for DST, and for me that means seriously prepping for the change of seasons. Smoke and carbon monoxide detector battery changes, checking on the meds and food in our BOBs and prepping the car for winter. Thanks for the food for thought about the vehicle set-up!
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#287041 - 11/07/17 12:54 AM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: hikermor]
Dagny Offline
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Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC
Cash -- small bills

Car stuff: paper maps, safety triangle, LED flares, tire air compressor, small tools, multi-tool, Cold Steel shovel

Clothes: fleece vest, waterproof parka, fleece neck gaiter, fleece hat, down booties, gloves (multiple), down mittens, waterproof pants, Gore-tex hiking boots, Smartwool socks, waterproof poncho

Fire starters: Bic lighters, stormproof matches, fire steel, several sticks of fat wood

Knives, small axe

Lights: Flashlights, headlamps, batteries

First-Aid

Backpack: compass, titanium cup, Lifestraw water purifier, snacks, cocoa, tea bags

Misc: hiking pole (cane-style), umbrella, fleece blankets, fleece sleeping bag liner, chemical hand and feet warmers, tissues, 550 paracord


This is just a partial list. Changes a bit between summer and winter.



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#287043 - 11/07/17 05:00 AM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: hikermor]
Bingley Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1384
In some places with poor cell phone coverage, you may find a signal booster useful. I haven't really tested this idea, though. How much improvement is worth a few hundred dollars?

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#287048 - 11/07/17 10:05 PM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: hikermor]
Rusty Offline
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Registered: 02/15/03
Posts: 204
Loc: College Station, Texas
I would be curious what folks think of carrying some sort of fire suppressant/extinguisher in their vehicle?
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#287049 - 11/07/17 10:37 PM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: Rusty]
hikermor Offline
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Loc: southern Cal
Makes more sense than carrying a sixpack. Beer is not a very good fire suppressant.....
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#287050 - 11/08/17 12:46 AM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: hikermor]
Bingley Offline
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Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1384
I tried keeping a fire extinguisher. It's a pain to find a way to secure it in the cab, because it absolutely has to be secured in case of a crash. If you keep it in the trunk -- assuming you can have means of securing it -- it's not immediately accessible in case of emergency.

Also, halon is expensive, and a good one (with sufficient suppressant) is big and heavy. (The regular fire extinguisher is corrosive -- meaning once you spray the car, say goodbye to it.)

So at the end, I figure you should make sure you have good insurance in case of a car fire.

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#287053 - 11/08/17 03:46 AM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: hikermor]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2719
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: hikermor
Makes more sense than carrying a sixpack. Beer is not a very good fire suppressant.....

Well, it does work to an extent. The main problem is the lag time between input and output.

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#287054 - 11/08/17 04:23 AM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: dougwalkabout]
AKSAR Offline
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Registered: 08/31/11
Posts: 1111
Loc: Alaska
Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
Originally Posted By: hikermor
Makes more sense than carrying a sixpack. Beer is not a very good fire suppressant.....
Well, it does work to an extent. The main problem is the lag time between input and output.

You don't buy beer. You only rent it.
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#287055 - 11/08/17 07:41 AM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: Rusty]
Tjin Offline
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Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1731
Originally Posted By: Rusty
I would be curious what folks think of carrying some sort of fire suppressant/extinguisher in their vehicle?



A foam extinguisher, the 'spray' type that looks like a giant hairspray can. (Do make sure it's the vehicle type which is freeze resistant.)

I fully realize that this will only be effective against rather small fires. But I do not intend to fight bigger fires without protective gear. The car can easily be replaced, lives are not.

I choose foam because powder extinguishers will ruin the electronics. Insurance covers fires, not corrosion on electronics.
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#287056 - 11/08/17 02:01 PM Re: The well-equipped automobile [Re: hikermor]
LesSnyder Offline
Veteran

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1534
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
comment on use of a dry chemical fire extinguisher... I had a need to use one on a trapped driver scenario, with others helping... I failed to warn them when I discharged the bottle...the chorus of coughing earned me a momentary dirty look from them...

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