Equipping a vehicle

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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Tue May 04, 2021 9:12 pm

Medusa wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 9:05 pm
Yorkshire Andy wrote:
Tue May 04, 2021 7:10 pm


If you don't want to drill or make holes...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/LifeHammer-011 ... th=1&psc=1

Has a clamping bracket to slip under trim orbonnthe edge of a door pocket
That's a great idea, thanks
No problems God knows what happened to the predictive text there :lol: ..

My mate has one and can say for sure it works well he used his at a RTC to gain access to a car and make it safe and got a pat on the back from the ambulance crew that were 3 cars behind him who were radioing it in as he put the cars handbrake on and shut the ignition off as the car was revving full tilt
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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Wed May 05, 2021 10:07 pm

Well Mrs a got her new car tonight the "yes love you've got plenty of fuel in it " within half a mile of leaving garage orange fuel light came on :evil:


More to my surprise as I was roughing in her dash camera the first three things she put In was the fire extinguisher in its velcro mounting sleeve , fak and high vis jacket :shock:
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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by grenfell » Thu May 06, 2021 6:33 pm

One question . I've seen it mentioned several times , a folding shovel. Why a folding shovel? It's a car so why not carry a proper full sized one . There's the space to carry it and should it be needed a full sized one will do a much better job.

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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by ForgeCorvus » Thu May 06, 2021 6:47 pm

grenfell wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 6:33 pm
One question . I've seen it mentioned several times , a folding shovel. Why a folding shovel? It's a car so why not carry a proper full sized one . There's the space to carry it and should it be needed a full sized one will do a much better job.
I've used a folding shovel to dig a car out of a drift, the plastic ones are great...... For fresh snow. But an exercise in frustration if its a two day old ploughed heap
The military folders are all much of a muchness in that the handle is too short and the head too small,
even a mini-shovel would be better.
I'll probably be putting the steel shafted builder's shovel in the boot.... It may even live there permanently as the car is a Volvo and has a boot like a warehouse
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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Thu May 06, 2021 7:41 pm

grenfell wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 6:33 pm
One question . I've seen it mentioned several times , a folding shovel. Why a folding shovel? It's a car so why not carry a proper full sized one . There's the space to carry it and should it be needed a full sized one will do a much better job.

Depends on the car a super mini or a big old defender / estate car....

I carry a folding mod entrenching tool all year round and a avalanche shovel in winter ... I don't plan on getting stuck but it beats using your hands :lol:

The entrenching tool is handy as you can use it as a a hooked scraper .. if your bogged a decent garden spade will be better for digging
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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by PreppingPingu » Thu May 06, 2021 7:43 pm

grenfell wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 6:33 pm
One question . I've seen it mentioned several times , a folding shovel. Why a folding shovel? It's a car so why not carry a proper full sized one . There's the space to carry it and should it be needed a full sized one will do a much better job.
For me it's just practical to have a fold up one. I just have a folding one as it's compact and can fit into small spaces where as an ordinary shovel would move about more in the back and get in the way. I keep most of my estate boot space free for the dog and have my car preps in a large holdall bag in the boot - the folding shovel fits in there nicely.
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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Thu May 06, 2021 9:35 pm

Well postman pat came today being the loving husband the wife got a gift....

£50 posted jack brace and pram wheel replacing the block of polystyrene and a bottle of goo + pump

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I'd prefer a full size but it won't fit..... But it will get her home / to the tyre fitter should the worse happen
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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by Yorkshire Andy » Thu May 06, 2021 9:39 pm

Oh and on the kit list proper all season tyres tonights drive home from work was a mix of 10 mm hail and blooming snow!

Yes winters and summers are preferred by many but it's blooming MAY..... Might as well still be winter :lol:

I'm currently on nexan all season tyres they displaced the slush / ice mush with ease and had plenty of grip in reserve
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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by grenfell » Sat May 08, 2021 8:33 am

Thanks for the replies with regards to the folding shovels although i still not totally convinced by the space saving argument. I suppose i'm over blessed with spades and shovels as i have six in the van. Standard shovel , standard spade , narrow short handled spade , copy of a military folding spade , a long handled pointed shovel and a long handled spade with extra langs welded on to give me a good if heavy levering spade. There's also a spade strapped to the side of one of my trailers too. I suppose i've had regular tools before the folding compact type and never found a problem to put a spade or shovel in the car rather than buying a folder just to carry about. Equally i suppose there might be an element of frugality there. The folder i have in the van now is one i acquired on a clearance , needed unseizing but is fine now and useful for use in compact spaces but i'd dig out ( pun intended) the full size jobby if confronted with a snowdrift or deep mud. One thing that always sticks in my mind is looking at British troops especially from the second world war. They all had entrenching tools but also a full size spade or pick shoved through their webbing although that might just be a comment on the efficiency of the 37 pattern tool.

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Re: Equipping a vehicle

Post by rik_uk3 » Sun May 09, 2021 1:43 pm

Remember that folding shovels were designed to be space saving and carried by troops, a full size spade has a massive mechanical advantage over a folder.
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