As Tom said, timing chain is a serious concern. Something to
What comes to mind to me, are both the "what to pack" issues, and
"how to go about the trip".
Tires. Being 100 miles from the paved, I'd want a spare wheel.
Tire plug kit, Fix a Flat, and the lighter socket power air
compressor. Tires are a serious concern. Farmer jack might be
useful, in addition to the scissors jack. Breaker bar and impact
The other concern which came to mind is getting stuck. Definitely
have a come-along winch, and chain and rope. I've gotten my truck
stuck in the mud one time, where I had a tree in the right
dirction, but no come along tool. That was embarassing. If
possible, travel with another group, and take turns going ahead.
Communication. I'd bring the cell phone, even if you think you
won't be in service area. Sometimes you can get a signal from a
hill top, or top of a tree. CB and FRS are also good for short
range comms. Satelite phone, I've never used one but hear they
are expensive but worth it.
Fluids. Gasoline comes to mind. Please buy good gasoline, such as
Mobil or Exxon. Nevermind the save 2 cents a galon crap gasoline.
And a couple bottles of alcohol drygas. Water, both for you to
drink and also for the vehicle cooling system. Oil, and
transmission fluid. In a pinch, you can use Dexron II in place of
motor oil to get you out of a spot. Dexron II also used as
steering fluid. Brake fluid. Couple cans of ether starting spray.
Plan on maybe having to spend a night in a tent. Unless that's
already part of the plans. Tent, and multiple ways to light and
kindle a camp fire. Lighter, matches flint.
First aid kit. And medications you usually take, plus the ones
you don't want to need (pack the pain pills you got after your
last dentist apointment).
I'd suggest to post this question to alt.survival and
misc.survivalism and rec.backcountry where you will get different
(and possibly better) advice than what I've written.
Generally, the part that breaks is the one you left home.
Christopher A. Young
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