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Necessary Equipment to keep?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by carlospacheco, Mar 11, 2021.

  1. Mar 11, 2021 at 11:52 AM
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    carlospacheco

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    Got my first ever truck in the middle of winter and couldn't really do much with it as we were stuck home with not much driving. As spring is around the corner I'm looking to do some diy repairs and also make sure the truck has all the right equipment for average daily use/driving.

    Here's a basic list of things I've come up with so far...

    - Recovery strap
    - Spare Tire Took Kit/Jack (just figured out, after the fact that the OEM jack and tool kit is missing)
    - Battery booster pack/booster cables. Currently have the NOCO Boost bookmarked.
    - Cargo net
    - Thinking about a small toolbox with basic tools
    - Rope or other type of straps?

    Any other recommendations? Also any of the items above, if you have them or have any recommendations. Please share the links.
     
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  2. Mar 11, 2021 at 11:57 AM
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    Yukon DoIt

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    Snow brush... Lol. I'd say tools but there's nothing to fix really, its a second gen :notsure:. I like to carry a tire pressure gauge. I also use a Bluetooth to radio adapter which is great for playing music from my phone without fancy upgrades. First aid kit can be handy.

    You're asking what we take in our trucks kit right?
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2021 at 12:05 PM
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    SR-71A

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    I have the GB70 and think its a bit overkill. The GB40 should be a really good fit for most smaller trucks and cars even in the dead of winter.

    OEM tire toolkit is a must because thats how you lower the spare. You could consider adding a ~8" piece of 2x8 lumber somewhere in the truck to act as a supplemental base to the OEM screw jack to increase stability, but not necessary. On that note, make sure your truck doesnt have a spare tire security lock thing. If it does you will need to go to Toyota to get the adapter thing that goes on the end of the 'hook' to facilitate lowering. Dont think it was a very common option, but would suck to have everything and still not be able to get the spare down.

    Also wheel locks, if applicable make sure you have the right keys and they are in the truck.

    As far as what else you've listed, I keep a few good racket straps and bungee cords of various sizes.

    At the end of the day its totally up to you really. Personally I keep a rain jacket, work gloves, hat, cell chargers, gazetteer, breaker bar, basic tools, 7pin to 4pin trailer harness adapter, very basic 1st aid, tire gauge, and some of other misc stuff.
     
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  4. Mar 11, 2021 at 12:14 PM
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    I'm in Canada too so that snow brush is a must for sure!
    Tire pressure gauge is a basic thing that I didn't even think of mentionning but good to note down.
    Oh yeah. A First Aid Kit is a good one!
     
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  5. Mar 11, 2021 at 12:19 PM
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    Chrischandler71

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    We have Jekyll and Hyde weather here and Georgia in the spring and in the fall. I normally keep a hoodie or sweatshirt for myself and for my wife Tucktaway behind the seats for unexpected chilly weather when we aren’t expecting it outside. We love to sit outside when dining, or having a drink somewhere. I do keep a first aid kit also.
     
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  6. Mar 11, 2021 at 1:27 PM
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    Taco_Tex

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    Tools
    Recovery gear
    Battery booster
    Lighting
    Spare tire
     
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  7. Mar 11, 2021 at 1:43 PM
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    Highly recommend the JnC jump pack instead. The thing an literally jump anything and is about the same price as the NOCO you listed
     
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  8. Mar 11, 2021 at 1:45 PM
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    Heard NOCO is pretty good
     
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  9. Mar 11, 2021 at 1:46 PM
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    If you have aftermarket tires / wheels, make sure your spare is big enough to match in the event you do need to run it.
     
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  10. Mar 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM
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    I'd be interested in knowing what are the benefits versus NOCO, I'm not particular to NOCO other than they seem to be all over the place and looks sleek...
     
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    Waasheem

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    I’ve seen the blue jnc around. They work exceptionally well but they’re kinda big & heavy. I’ve also seen the noco, guys who have them like them. I went with one of the newfangled batteryless ones. It charges in about a minute. I never need to remember to keep it charged. Best of all it’s very powerful.

    Note-able things I keep in my truck. Rechargeable streamlight microstream. Ratchet straps. Tape measure. Extra packs of cigarettes. Lactaide. Pepper grinder. Tongarashi ichimi for ramen. Hand sanitizer (pandemic). Big bottle of hand sanitizer refill. Face mask. Oregano shaker for pizza. A good disposable lighter, the cheap ones like to explode in a hot car, it’s happened more than once. Change for parking meters. A couple rags. A roll of paper towels. Spare dog leash. Grocery bags.

    Things I should get in the truck. First aid kit. A few basic tools. A few toothpicks.
     
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  12. Mar 11, 2021 at 9:59 PM
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    Why would you get a NOCOboost when you can replace your battery when it starts to wear out...
     
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    A battery pack is good to have when you or others need a jump start versus jumper cables. You can get battery drain from leaving dome light on, headlights, etc... then don't have enough juice to start the truck even with a good battery. This pack will provide enough juice to start the truck then the alternator takes over to recharge the battery. I carry a battery pack in the truck and my wife's car. You can also use it to charge your phones and other usb driven electronics.

    I would include an extra fuel can and a good jack as required items to have at all times.
     
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    I always have a deck of cards, a good flashlight and a headlamp with spare batteries, extra fuses, a sleeping bag or wool blanket in the winter, a change of clothes in the summer, binoculars, first aid kit, extra ammo, 2 fishing poles, fishing tackle, a pair of gloves, some tie down straps, a recovery strap, set of tools, shovel, axe, and a fire extinguisher.
     
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    As a new truck owner, definitely buy a dedicated 4 pack (or so) of ratchet straps to leave in the truck (like the under seat cubbies). No point in having that bed if you can't tie stuff down.

    If they live in the truck, they'll always be there when you need them.

    A bungee or two is always nice to secure a gas can or something small in the bed, as well.
     
  17. Mar 12, 2021 at 9:41 AM
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    HAH Wut?
     
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    These lists really depend on a case-by-case basis. I could debate endlessly on what is useful and what is dead weight, but how I drive is how the rest of you don't. :D


    Here is what I keep my cubbies cluttered with: First Aid kit. Spare sunglasses. Napkins. Ice scraper. windshield sunshade. Spare fuses. Breaker bar, torque wrench, and lug sockets for both truck and trailer. big-ass crescent for tightening the hitch. Spare stinger for renting U-Hauls. Tire inflator. Stock Jack. Jumper cables for beating unruly kids. Set of four ratchets. Set of four adjustable bungees. And the one item that has gone completely unused - fire extinguisher.
     
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    Flashlight, headlamp, handi wipes, plastic silverware, pink aluminum T-ball bat wrapped in barbed wire, ka-bar. Just the basics
     
  20. Mar 12, 2021 at 6:44 PM
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    What I keep in mine.

    1. Knives. Currently 4 in the truck.
    2. Rain coat.
    3. Bottle opener. Never know when a beer craving will hit ya.
    4. First aid kit.
    5. Zip ties. I'm kinda obsessed with zip ties. I can't seem to have enough.
    6. Pliers. I really need to get a small tool bag.
    7. I have a battery jumper like the NOCO, just cheaper. I think I paid around 50-60 bucks. I don't carry it in my truck unless I'm going camping or road tripping. I've used it once in all the years I've had it. Use it once, and it will be worth every penny.
    8. Flashlight.
    9. Shop towels.
    10. Shovel. It's a detachable one to save on space.
    11. Snow brush.
    12. Bungee cords, rope, rachet straps.

    I know I have other stuff, just can't seem to come to mind. I've had my truck for 11 years so I have plenty of things permenantly stored in my truck from over the years.
     
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