Trip of a Life Time

travelling Oz

What to take

This I guess is the never ending question. How many spares and tools do you take before the extra weight starts to brake things. I used to know a bloke who would carry spare axles and heaps of spares just in case. He was the only one on the trips who would break axles though. The first year he stopped carry all the extras that noone else did he didn't break anything. You can only carry so much because of room and weight so it needs to be choosen carefully. Also there is no point having spares if you don'thave the tools to fit them.                                                                                                                                                         One thing is worth noting, espesially for remote areas is with tools, even if you can't fix the problem yourself, if you have the right tools the next person to come along might be able to. We met a couple of people in Cape York who had broken down and had no tools to fix simple problems with. They were relying on someone else to come along with tools to help. That's ok in areas with traffic but if you go remote it is up to you to fix it.

Following is a list of reccomended tools, spare and other stuff to carry. This is not the be all and end all of what to carry but gives you a starting point.

Tools                                                                                                                                                     Sockets to fit your vechile. If you have aftermarket gear on remember it might be different to your your vechile so carry metric and imperial sockets.                      Ring/open ended spanners.                                                                                           Screwdrivers.                                                                                                                                        Pliers-Long nose, normal and side cutters.                                                                      Adjustable shifter- various sizes, met a few guys needed to undo a nut but their shifter was to small.                                                                                                                                    Locking pliers.                                                                                                                                     Multi grips.                                                                                                                                                Oil filter ratchet.                                                                                                                               Multi meter                                                                                                                                              Test light                                                                                                                                       Hammer                                                                                                                                                Cable ties                                                                                                                                Hydraulic jack 

 

Spares                                                                                                                                                Belts and hoses                                                                                                                                     Fuses- check all your fuses, people often get caught out when a fuse somewhere under the bonnet blows that is different to the usual blade fuses.                                                              Fuse holders- Can be used to bypass a short                                                                                 Wheel nuts                                                                                                                                          Light globes- internal and external                                                                                               Nuts and Bolts- go to your local wrecker and crawl all over a vechile the same as yours and pull nuts and bolts off from different places. Try and find different shape or sizes. When driving over corrogations funny sized bolts/nuts will fall off from unusual places.  Think about things like around the bonnet and underneath, brakes, gear box, bash plates ect.                                                                                                                                          This is not complete and will be added to