Top 10 Things You Absolutely Have To Have In Your Truck

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Clyff A.'s Comment
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New trucker here, just wondering from all types of truckers with all types of experience what would be the top 10 things you absolutely have to have in your truck I'd like to get an idea of things I may have not thought of bringing. Now I understand it's kind of a novelty question because of course you need more then 10 things but I'd still like to know all y'alls opinions and just to clarify I'm not meaning necessities like gps, smart phone, clothes, toiletries etc... But just the other useful things needed

Jodi 's Comment
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Coffee thermos is a must have if you are a coffee drinker

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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$100 in cash

CB

Laptop

Multiple pairs of work gloves

Can opener

12v power inverter

A plastic shopping bag full of plastic shopping bags

Sunglasses

WD-40

Dust buster

Clyff A.'s Comment
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Thanks Persian conversion, I appreciate your time and opinion and I'd say there's a few things from your list I didn't think of

Dutch's Comment
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Three of my best accessories are my sine wave inverter, my boot dryer, and my leaf blower I use for cleaning out my trailers.

I also keep a few briar and corncob pipes on the truck, and a decent selection of tobacco, to help pass the time anytime I am having to wait.

I also keep on the truck all the items Persian listed, as well as a small hand broom. I use it to sweep up my truck into a small area, which makes my recharageable battery last longer in my hand held vac.

Terminal Rat ( aka...J's Comment
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My travel humidor and a minimum 3 - 4 week supply of decent cigars. LOL!

JJ

Deb R.'s Comment
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Handful of clothespins for hanging up wet stuff.

5 gallon plastic ice cream bucket with lid. Use as pail when cleaning things, washing dog feet, holding anything nasty until the next trash stop.

Cleaning rags / couple old towels.

An old dishpan. After being out in a muddy trailer lot, I toss my messed up shoes in there. Works better than putting them in a plastic bag. Dishpan also is handy as a catch-all or tote, like for tools & supplies when changing a lightbulb or such.

3 lb. hammer. For tire thumper, and persuading stuck tandem pins or trailer latches. Would also work on parking lot creepers, I guess. Hopefully never have to try that.

At least 4 pieces of 2x4. About 2 feet long. For under trailer feet when dropping in soft spots. Can also use with hammer to loosen things so you don't directly whack metal parts with the hammer.

Pry bar. Gets nails out of trailer floor. Use with 2x4 for better leverage.

Dry erase marker. Write directions on side window.

Kids sidewalk chalk. To mark tandem holes when sliding. Also mark tires to check for lock-up in winter.

Back scratcher.

Duct tape.

Twist ties.

Assorted sizes zip ties.

Roll of quarters.

Somebody stop me!

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".

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rob S.'s Comment
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Earplugs for sleeping. Fabreze for bedding.

Clyff A.'s Comment
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Great stuff yall thanks for the info!

Old School's Comment
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Okay, here's the things that I think are important for a rookie to have with them when they are just starting out:

1) Make sure you have a great attitude packed away somewhere - you're gonna need it for sure.

2) Plenty of humility - yeah, you're gonna need plenty of that also.

3) A big can of whoop-ass - there are gonna be problems you are going to have to face - and you need to be able to "whoop" em.

4) A "can do" spirit. It's really tough being a new rookie driver out here, you'll need this two or three times a day.

5) A big dose of Independence - You're all by yourself out here - the last thing your dispatcher needs is you ringing his phone off the wall.

6) Lots of confidence - everyday you will be challenged by things you've never faced before - some confidence will go a long ways to help you.

7) A willingness to learn - I'm still learning stuff about how to succeed in this career everyday - if you stop learning you need to hang up your keys.

8) A willingness to help others - I do this everyday - there are a lot of clueless newbies out here - try to lend a hand when you see someone in need.

9) A Motor Carriers Atlas - I hope I don't need top explain that one.

10) A Merle Haggard C.D. - no self-respecting truck driver hits the road without taking the Mighty Merle along for the ride!

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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