Spare Parts And Tools You Should Carry In Your Truck

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Something that came out of the construction industry is window flashing tape. It has a peel off backing and FAR exceeds the effectiveness of any other tape on the market. I keep a 50 foot roll on my truck. Vicor is the brand I trust the most, but there are many others. The roll I use is 4" wide, but it's readily available up to 12" wide. I challenge anybody to use this and then try to remove it. Automatic fail.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Not sure I've seen this one covered before. Recently helped out a guy who had just upgraded with setting up/flushing out his Qualcomm and I remembered the case of OMG/Holy Schnikies I had and the stuff I wish I'd known to get before taking off on my first solo.

So, my list of things you should get off the shop before you roll. *Note, these are shop truck items and not personal gear.

Fuses

Spare turn bulbs

Wiper blades

Gladhand grommets

Wiper fluid

Oil

Load bars

Chains *Ask someone how to lay out and hang if they're still in the bag.

That's my short list. Most shops will make sure you have some but not all of these.

Side note, end of year coming up... Are all your permits and tags up to date?

Question from a future driver:

Are there any tools that you would recommend a new driver to get for his/her truck that are not provided by the company?

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
PackRat's Comment
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You can never have too many tools on the truck for getting yourself out of a problem.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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You can never have too many tools on the truck for getting yourself out of a problem.

Specifics? I genuinely would like ideas of specific tools to consider that might not be provided by company shop.

PackRat's Comment
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I'm working on this as a new topic now. I just need to get all the photos required.

For a quick answer, I recommend these 10:

1. CB and quality antenna.

2. Rand McNally Deluxe Trucker Atlas.

3. Truck specific GPS unit.

4. Vice Grip pliers.

5. Channel Lock pliers

6. 3 foot length crowbar.

7. 3 flashlights (minimum).

8. A screwdriver set with different drivers (Torx, Phillips, etc.).

9. Various types of tape (duct, electrical, etc.).

10. An Estwing 32 ounce framing hammer. Better than a mini sledge because it can also remove nails.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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It's very interesting when someone gets PackRat going on this subject. PackRat not only knows what to carry, but also how to organize all the stuff. I've personally learned so much from PackRat that I use in my own truck.

Time to say, thanks PackRat for sharing your unique knowledge.

PackRat's Comment
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Thanks for the compliments Bruce.

However....organized you wrote. My organization mainly comes down to, "I know it's on the truck. I just need to locate it."

Example: I have a back scratcher that's accompanied me on eight different trucks. Months ago it disappeared, and I could not locate it for months. I finally found it hibernating in the passenger door pocket, underneath two packs of zip ties, a bundle of shop rags, and a roll of duct tape.

It WAS on the truck....

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

John M.'s Comment
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Not sure I've seen this one covered before. Recently helped out a guy who had just upgraded with setting up/flushing out his Qualcomm and I remembered the case of OMG/Holy Schnikies I had and the stuff I wish I'd known to get before taking off on my first solo.

So, my list of things you should get off the shop before you roll. *Note, these are shop truck items and not personal gear.

Fuses

Spare turn bulbs

Wiper blades

Gladhand grommets

Wiper fluid

Oil

Load bars

Chains *Ask someone how to lay out and hang if they're still in the bag.

That's my short list. Most shops will make sure you have some but not all of these.

Side note, end of year coming up... Are all your permits and tags up to date?

Couple things I didn’t see mentioned that I got free from the shop were def, straps, and the heavier duty sticky velcro they use to stick your Prepass to the windshield. The black velcro you get at truck stops is good too for stopping vibrations/movement in the truck (microwave, cb etc), and easier to remove if you need to.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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One thing that puzzles me is when I see a driver t******* tires with a rubber mallet. Why carry a tool with only one function? Every driver needs a metal two pound hammer (stubborn trailer tandem pins, frozen trailer brake shoes, plus a metal rod to use with the hammer) Are there other uses for a rubber mallet that I’m missing?

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".

David W.'s Comment
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I’m line haul and home every night. I like having a good flashlight, hammer, vice grips, tape, and extra light cord and airlines, adjustable wrenches, and a multi tool, also a small socket set. Those usually keep me able to fix anything enough to limp it home.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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