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What to bring for vehicle kit for highcountry hunt?

What do you guys bring for a vehicle emergency kit when you head into the highcountry for a hunt?  I will be going to west central Colorado for a mule deer hunt August 28th through September 10th.  I was thinking 5 gallons of extra gas, tow strap, small shovel, and snowchains (2 or 4?), and maybe a come-along.   Anything that I am missing that could get me out of a pinch?

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What to bring for vehicle kit for highcountry hunt?

I have (4) tire chains, tow strap, come along, jumper cables, (10) gallons extra diesel, shovel, I bring a tool set, even though I bought a new diesel this year so it's probably useless since I can only change the oil and air filter on that new thing. Road flares are a good thing, flash light, winch if you have one, probably would not run out and buy just to have one, tire pressure checker, spare tire,

Invest in AAA if they have that in CO. Two years ago my old truck took a dump on my way to Oregon from Idaho and the tow bill was enough to give me a heart attack before I got the mechanic bill. On my way back from Oregon the ol chevy died again. Hence the new truck last summer. I now have AAA plus RV since I pull a trialer.

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Sounds good, but don't forget

Sounds good, but don't forget that chains are just as useful in mud on slick roads.  All four tires would be good, but two is better than nothing.  Also have a blanket or sleeping bag and a little food in case you pack an animal back and leave your camp in the woods.  Oh and water.

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Throw in enough oil for a oil

Throw in enough oil for a oil change just in case your oil pan finds a rock along with ATF of your preference.  Spare fuel and oil filters.  I also carry a set of 4 chains along with a 3"x30' tow strap and 2 20' tow chains.  Along with a tire plugging kit and an on board or 12 volt air compressor.  The ones that you buy at Walmart or Autozone will take a long time to inflate a truck tire but they will do it.  Handyman jack and a 5' shovel.  Those small ones are bad on this old mans back.  And as has been said a set of jumper cables and I mean some good ones a minimum of 2ga copper and 10-12' long.  Depending on how far back in I would take 10 gallons of gas instead of the 5 (I sold some gas from my wheeler reserve to some hunters that only brought 5 last year).  A full set of tools and an ax.   

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Chainsaw

I forgot to add chainsaw. When I was out scouting earlier in June and the wind picked up and coming back out a nice size tree was across the road. If I didn't have my saw I would have had to chew my way through to get out. If no saw an ax is a must with a little hard work the job will still get done

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high lift jeep jack

critter the handyman jack you mentioned is it the same as a high lift jeep jack.make sure you can get it under your bumpers most newer trucks like mine have sucky bumpers but a high lift can get you tires way off the ground .well out off the mud ext so you can stuff some logs or what ever under them and on smaller trucks or jeeps i have jacked them up and actully pushed the jeep sideways out of the ruts and got out of a whole when i was way back in a swamp with no one around..just be very carefull with them they will kick back and once you get the truck up high it will shift and want to throw the jack out from under the bumper..

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Thanks for the input!  Some

Thanks for the input!  Some things here that I never would have thought of, better to be prepared and not need it than the alternative.

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Bout the only other thing I

Bout the only other thing I would tell you to bring that I did not see anyone else mention would be some tool...wrenched, sockets set and some screwdrivers...ya never know.

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Id bring some tire slime. If

Id bring some tire slime. If you have to use your spare and have another flat it could get you out of a pinch.

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Re Tire slime

Gknutson,

What is tire slime? I'm thinking is that something to get the tire back on the rim if you blow it off?

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Tire Slime

fire5179 wrote:

Gknutson,

What is tire slime? I'm thinking is that something to get the tire back on the rim if you blow it off?

It is a liquid that you put into your tires to prevent small leaks from nails and such.  It is usually used in ATV and bike tires and tire shops hate it.  That and along with it  causing problems if you have a tire pressure moneriting system on your truck.  That is where I recommend a 12 volt pump and tire plugs until the tire can get fixed right. 

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