Your Top Five Things You Can't Live Without

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Deke's Comment
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First, let me say thanks for looking.

I'm sure this has been done before, but as I get closer to the realization of my career change, I'm curious to know what things you all like to have with you on the road. I'm guessing everyone has more than five, but for the sake of brevity, I thought I would set that arbitrary limit....so if you were limited to only 5 things to take with you on the road, what would they be?

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Inverter, cooler, crockpot, coffee pot, & hot plate. I guess a 6th is my phone, but I use it for work so that is a necessity.

Deke's Comment
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Patrick, what do you cook/heat with the hot plate??

Errol V.'s Comment
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The five things I find most useful for OTR trucking:

Ball peen hammer (30oz or larger)
Work gloves
Vice gripĀ® pliers
Iceless Cooler
Yellow chalk/crayon

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Deke, just for grins I pulled up an old thread from our archives where a person asked this same question. Now they were a little bolder than you and asked for a "top ten list." I recommend you click on the link and take a look at the responses. Some of them were very good.

Top Ten List

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Patrick, what do you cook/heat with the hot plate??

This!

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G-Town's Comment
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Patrick, what do you cook/heat with the hot plate??

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This!

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Nice... What, no hot sauce?

Pianoman's Comment
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Nice... What, no hot sauce?

I can't enjoy my eggs without hot sauce!

Colin K.'s Comment
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Errol, your response that you can't do without Yellow chalk/crayon caught my eye. May I ask an ignorant question and ask what you use it for?

Thank you. Stay safe out there, everybody. Colin K.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Errol, your response that you can't do without Yellow chalk/crayon caught my eye. May I ask an ignorant question and ask what you use it for?

Thank you. Stay safe out there, everybody. Colin K.

First, I'm lazy & can't count too high. So I mark the correct tandem hole when I have to adjust the trailer balance.

Second, if I find a nail/ bolt/ chunk of metal in a tire, I mark the side if the tire so the repair tech can find it. (Handy Hint: If the damage is on a right-side tire, be sure to mark the same "o'clock" position on the left side so you can easily see it in your mirror, and roll to where the actual location is easy to get at, not somewhere on the bottom of the tire.)

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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