What Is On Your 'must Have' List

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J. Snow's Comment
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So what gear/equip/nice things are on your list and if not obvious-why? Do you watch TV when resting? How? Satellite? Hulu? Roku? What makes life in the cab and on the road a little easier or more comfortable?

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6 string rhythm's Comment
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Headlamp for night stuff - better than a flashlight since you have both hands free.

Headset for talking on the phone.

Dashcam for fun and protection.

GPS - for a confirmation and GUIDE only.

Rand McNally Atlas - deluxe version so you can write on the laminated pages and then wipe off. Fun to trace a route.

Fun stuff on the road? I dunno. I leave everything at home. smile.gif

AJ D.'s Comment
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I ditto everything six string said. I brought a well stocked tool box. That has saved my butt 3 times already. This keeps you rolling = $$

Glad hand seals mini mag light for looking at things at a distance - king pin locking bar , engine parts , etc... I have a head lamp also fuel filters oil / washer fluid / coolant anti-gel in winter the standard - bulbs , fuses, safety gear

that is the bare min....

Weatherman's Comment
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The only "luxury item" I had to have was Sirius XM satellite radio. If your company allows it (some don't for rookies), a CB radio is a must. Nothing fancy, just operational. A good pair of gloves for fueling, etc. I also carry a small DVD player for downtime. And a glad hand air hose hookup line for keeping tires properly inflated.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeffry T.'s Comment
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I have a lunch box cooker and u always keep some soup and these microwave meals called home compl - eats because then if you get stuck at a customer or rest area you can still have a hot meal I also have a small tv dvd combo

Fire-Man's Comment
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Coffee

Rick S.'s Comment
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2,000 Movies (mp4) pulled off of bittorrent, on a 2 TB external drive. I can watch them on a laptop - or transfer them to iPad (or plug the lappy into a TV). Enough movies to last until retirement.

CB radio (already have a 29LX with an output mod, peaked and tweaked with echo). Gloves (both leather for work,and nitrile disposable for fueling), toolkit, glad hand air hose. Blue parrot B250XT headset (have had it for years). Verizon LTE Hotspot (because most truckstop WiFi SUCKS), dash cam, GPS, portable sirius/xm (already have 1TB of mp3's I can run through my iPhone and iPod). Small microwave, Kurig coffee machine.

I'll be full-timing - not keeping a homestead - so I'll be making the rig as equipped as possible.

I'm a geek - SUE ME...

Rick

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
J. Snow's Comment
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Do we need a laptop on the road or is an iPad enough?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Do we need a laptop on the road or is an iPad enough?

Depends on what you want to do. An IPad/tablet is fine for basic time wasters like movies, games, checking FB or Google Plus & weather/road conditions, etc.

If you want/need to keep records, make your daily video diary for You Tube, or post tons of stuff to Trucking Truth, you might be better served with a laptop.

Also consider power needs. Tablets can plug into a 12v outlet in the truck or restaurant. Laptops need 110v, so you'll have to carry that power cord and you'll need to have a power inverter in the truck.

J. Snow's Comment
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Do we need a laptop on the road or is an iPad enough?

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If you want/need to keep records, make your daily video diary for You Tube, or post tons of stuff to Trucking Truth, you might be better served with a laptop.

LOL-I have a case/keyboard combo for my iPad so using it to type is just about the same as a laptop.

What records are you thinking about?

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