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Date:         Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:58:08 -0700
Reply-To:     Scott Daniel - Turbovans <scottdaniel@TURBOVANS.COM>
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From:         Scott Daniel - Turbovans <scottdaniel@TURBOVANS.COM>
Subject:      Re: Minimum spares kit. Was: Alternator Brushes Wore Out Pretty
              Darn Quick
Comments: To: mcneely4@COX.NET
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Since I keep many new vanagon parts in stock, for the occaisonal emergency visit by a vanagon person with an issue .... I figure I might as well have some of them in my van , which I do. Not big heavy stuff.. smaller more technical parts. I always would have on board , for example.. a known-good distributor. a good ecu. a good used fuel pump. a box of miscellaneous hose parts and hose junctions and clamps ( used that in a real incident recently ) a spare fuel filter an igniton coil if I have a good spare laying around. a new igntion switch small , light, and likely, that it's mandatory in my book. a spare alternator or at least a voltage regulator for on. spare betls of course. a spark spark plug wire or two .... a spare good used distributor cap and rotor . I just had a real incident where a cap came in handy.

the list can go on and on. I tend to carry a lot, and be pretty prepared for most anything. Within reason. I sometimes carry a spare CV joint if I don't know the recent history of the ones currently on the van. and of course, a Bentley tech manual.

it comes down to 3 things mainly when there is a problem.. the required part/s. the tools needed, and the tech savvy or tech info. ( and a place to do the work of course. Going to a FLAPS parking lot or being nearby is only smart . Having the book along may not use it, but some shop saving you might.

good thermostat, I like one of those along too. The cooler one usually.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Dave Mcneely" <mcneely4@COX.NET> To: <vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM> Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:58 PM Subject: Re: Minimum spares kit. Was: Alternator Brushes Wore Out Pretty Darn Quick

> so, mark, what is your list of the must, or at least really should carry > items? I have asked this before on the list, and I got more "you're a > worry wart" type answers than I did useful information. but now I have a > prime suspect for providing useful information. I do carry spare belts. > I have a roll of "Rescue Tape." I carry extra coolant, and of course oil. > But a reasonable list from an expert would be handy. An alternator seems > like an awfully big and heavy item to carry a spare around. Would making > sure the one on the van is sound before departure be a reasonably cautious > procedure, or do you really think I need to carry one? Same with water > pump of course. Now, that has gone bad while on the road. Cost a fair > amount, too. The nasty thing there was that the water pump was new, but > obviously faulty. I did get a refund from the original bad one, but I was > still out extra cost. > > thanks, David > ---- mark drillock <mdrillock@COX.NET> wrote: >> There is no clear answer as to where to stop. My wife and I use our vans >> for many long trips away from home, 1,000 or 5,000 or 10,000 miles at a >> time. Much of the time we are away from cities or large towns. Vanagon >> specific parts are not the most common things stocked by FLAPS, should >> there even be a FLAPS nearby. Need a WBX waterpump on a Thurs afternoon? >> Expect to wait until Monday at the soonest and pay double the price. >> When it shows up as the wrong one, wait again for another day or two. >> When the gasket is damaged when you open the second box? Do a Micky >> Mouse repair and hope for the best, far from home on lonely roads. >> >> Experience has shown us what is more likely to fail and what is hard to >> obtain quick. We carry those parts, particularly the smaller ones, as >> well as basic tools and some special tools that a given FLAPS may not >> stock. We rarely need them. They are like insurance. It is easy to say >> an insurance policy was a waste AFTER it expires without a claim. I have >> not used my AAA towing for many years, but I renew each time anyway. >> >> For spare parts we can shop at our list vendors at our leisure and save >> a lot of money over what the parts cost from a FLAPS in some small town. >> They even tend to ship the right parts, something the FLAPS have failed >> me on more than once. >> >> If you do find yourself broken down away from home and in need of parts >> and/or tools, have the tow truck take you to a big FLAPS instead of a >> repair shop. Then you can try the repairs yourself, with ready access to >> tools and parts as you discover the need. I have bought a cheap floor >> jack or wheel ramps more than once just to do a repair out behind or >> across the street from a FLAPS. Even when I have the needed part with me >> I don't always have all the equipment to change it. Some stuff takes too >> much room. >> >> Mark >> >> >> >> Poppie Jagersand wrote: >> > >> > >> > >> > >> > ----- Original Message ----- >> > From: Rocket J Squirrel<camping.elliott@GMAIL.COM> >> > "if you are into fixing it yourself.. >> > and going on semi-remote trips and being your own rescue team .. >> > one should, or could, have more than one alternator total." >> > >> > But where does this end? >> > ---------------------------------- >> > >> > I also ask: How many spares should one really carry? Wife drives Toyota >> > with no clue what to do if it stops... So do 99% of others whether they >> > drive a car or RV. >> > >> > I used to have spares and tools filling the whole storage under the >> > bench, but with a growing family there's need for the wife and kid's >> > stuff too! >> > >> > Spare regulator is easy: I have one in the glove box. >> > Spare alternator? I'd rather know how long I can drive on a full >> > battery and know if that will take me home. Or bring one of those ctek >> > pocket size chargers and make sure my next campsite has power to charge >> > overnight. >> > For the Diesel I've even wondered if there would be a way to jam open >> > or remove the stop solenoid so it can be push started and driven w/o >> > any electric whatsoever. >> > >> > Spare belts make sense. >> > >> > Similar theory goes for other things. Full hose set has been trimmed to >> > just the octupus and the other split hose, assuming anything else can >> > be fixed with generic hose from a FLAPS. Would be nice with a proven >> > "clamp-on" or "tape on" solution for minor leaks. Should get some plugs >> > so I can plug off heater core loop, and would be interesting if it is >> > at all possible to close off rad loop and drive slowly w. just heater >> > core and fan on max. (remember at Canadian temps the heater cpore can >> > remove 30-50,000 Btu at peak.) >> > >> > Tool kit has gone from the full works, to a neat "sockets store in the >> > handle" 3/4 driver and the sockets I actually need + 2 extensions >> > +6mm allen . An adjustable wrench, Original VW 10/13mm wrench and >> > screwdriver (recently lost at Dinner Roch, BC :(, electric multimeter, >> > some spare wire, electic tape, hose clamps, nuts and bolts. >> > >> > Martin (and '82 Westy "Poppie") >> > >> > > > -- > David McNeely

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