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  1. #14
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    Jun 2013
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    Northern Ontario, Canada
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    I created this post because its cool to read though all of the post and see what everyone likes to have in their truck, its also cool because you can tell what kind of HVAC/R everyone is involved in, I think that our trade is the most diverse one of them all, we are always thinking of things that we could bring that are lighter in weight, have multi functions, and can serve more then one purpose. If you ask a carpenter, painter, electrician or who ever to solve some of the problems we have to solve they wouldn't know where to start. We are constantly being asked to fix the problem without spending any money, or we are in the middle of nowhere and there is a problem that needs to be fixed yesterday but the supply house is a couple hours away. You never know what you going to walk into. If you compare our trades truck to any other trade you can definitely tell what truck or van belongs to us, its the one with everything in it!

    I'm Probably forgetting things that are way more important but this is what I came up with:

    1. Coffee
    2. Spare uniform/ boots/ socks/ underwear/ warm clothing/ hat/ hard hat....PPE Sun Block
    3. Water Water Water
    4. Metal Clipboard for work orders with a pad of paper, pens, pencils, sharpies etc.
    5. Iphone + Charger
    6. Code Book
    7. Fluke 902 primary Fluke 322 back up
    8. Testo 557 + Batteries + YJ Manifold gauge
    9. Vac pump/ Oil/ Micron Gauge/ Valve core remover
    10. YJ Recovery Machine + Cylinder
    11. R22, R410a, R407c, R134a
    12. YJ Scale
    13. B tank + Turbo torch with multiple heads
    14. Nitrogen with regulator
    15. Fire extinguisher class abc
    16. Bag of rags + Orange hand cleaner
    17. Pocket light, hip light, work light, flood light
    18. Heat gun/ cylinder blanket 120v
    19. small impact gun with drivers
    20. Cordless drill with drill index and corded drill + hammer drill with coring tools
    21. Level, combination square, and jig saw. + hack saw
    22. Buck knife, utility knife, blade, keyhole saw
    23. Handtools...................................... K11in1
    24. Rope heavy, light, long, short.
    25. Multiple extension cords and various lengths

  2. #15
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    Feb 2010
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    Cal
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    A meter, thermometer, gauge set, 4/1, crescent wrench, a calculator, a pen, and 18 invoices.

    The favorite$ being the pen and invoice$.

  3. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmerhunterjr View Post
    If you work anywhere with tunnels don't forget the big empty Gatorade bottle in the front of the van for when you get stuck in the tunnel for three hours after chugging a super big gulp of mountain dew


    Idk what form of hell you drive through, but I'm gonna leave this here.

  4. #17
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    May 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by RACMT View Post
    I created this post because its cool to read though all of the post and see what everyone likes to have in their truck, its also cool because you can tell what kind of HVAC/R everyone is involved in, I think that our trade is the most diverse one of them all, we are always thinking of things that we could bring that are lighter in weight, have multi functions, and can serve more then one purpose. If you ask a carpenter, painter, electrician or who ever to solve some of the problems we have to solve they wouldn't know where to start. We are constantly being asked to fix the problem without spending any money, or we are in the middle of nowhere and there is a problem that needs to be fixed yesterday but the supply house is a couple hours away. You never know what you going to walk into. If you compare our trades truck to any other trade you can definitely tell what truck or van belongs to us, its the one with everything in it!

    I'm Probably forgetting things that are way more important but this is what I came up with:

    1. Coffee
    2. Spare uniform/ boots/ socks/ underwear/ warm clothing/ hat/ hard hat....PPE Sun Block
    3. Water Water Water
    4. Metal Clipboard for work orders with a pad of paper, pens, pencils, sharpies etc.
    5. Iphone + Charger
    6. Code Book
    7. Fluke 902 primary Fluke 322 back up
    8. Testo 557 + Batteries + YJ Manifold gauge
    9. Vac pump/ Oil/ Micron Gauge/ Valve core remover
    10. YJ Recovery Machine + Cylinder
    11. R22, R410a, R407c, R134a
    12. YJ Scale
    13. B tank + Turbo torch with multiple heads
    14. Nitrogen with regulator
    15. Fire extinguisher class abc
    16. Bag of rags + Orange hand cleaner
    17. Pocket light, hip light, work light, flood light
    18. Heat gun/ cylinder blanket 120v
    19. small impact gun with drivers
    20. Cordless drill with drill index and corded drill + hammer drill with coring tools
    21. Level, combination square, and jig saw. + hack saw
    22. Buck knife, utility knife, blade, keyhole saw
    23. Handtools...................................... K11in1
    24. Rope heavy, light, long, short.
    25. Multiple extension cords and various lengths

    You cheated. You have have 3 or more items on most lines...................
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  5. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by artman934 View Post


    Idk what form of hell you drive through, but I'm gonna leave this here.
    I might need to look in to those lol thankfully I haven't had to resort to that yet..... but if you do any service work around the beach with tunnels everywhere it can get bad! One of our other techs got stuck in a tunnel for three hours one night trying to get home due to a bad accident with a semi. Talk about nightmare! Better hope you aren't claustrophobic and if you need a restroom the closest one is miles away

  6. #19
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    Jun 2013
    Location
    N. Canada
    Posts
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    Remington 22-250 and wolf howler.
    Coyote call if further south.
    6.5 if elk, moose, bear deer season.
    Dynamite if blasting beaver dams.
    Always 4 jugs of home brewed bio-diesel.

    Only room left for analog vom.

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  7. #20
    On topic in no real order
    1. Caffeine of some kind and tobacco . Pick your poison For me Coke and Copenhagen Wintergreen.
    2. Change of clothes and Blue Monster wipes for cleaning up after a greasy job
    3. Case of water
    4.Phone and Charger
    5. Binders full of tech manuals for common equipment and Parts Town app on phone for new stuff
    6. Fieldpiece HS36 multi meter with several heads and Milwaukee back up meter
    7. Fieldpiece Sman3 with back up analog gauges
    8. Vac pump
    9. Appion recovery machine + cylinder
    10. Refrigerants-Whatever you commonly use for me R22-x2,r410a,r404a-x2,r134a
    11. Scale
    12. Turbo torch
    13. Nitro tank
    14. Dewalt 18v tool set with inverter/ charger for batteries
    15. Hand tools...... way more than I can list (Im a tool whore ) but extra of the basics.
    16. Small vice and small hunk of railroad tie I found for beating stuff on.
    17. Assortment of lights
    18. Ratcheting pipe bender
    19. Flare/Swedge tool kit
    20. Assortment of pipe wrenches
    21. Welder for welding stainless kitchen equipment back together
    22. Assortment of snips
    23. Leak detector
    24. Rope and come-along for heavy stuff
    25.Huge selection of parts for equipment I work in (If you can fix it the first trip out you are a hero that saves them money)
    I really could go on and on and on and on...... it is getting time to clean out the old van. might see pics on WOS soon lol

  8. #21
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    Jun 2011
    Location
    Central Indiana
    Posts
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    Aside from my other post, I'm pretty sure I could do 98% of my normal work with 25 items

    1. AK900 with hoses and temp probes
    2. Thermometer/Psychrometer (FP PRH2)
    3. Dewalt 12v Max impact driver
    4. 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, Philips, 1/2 step bit (cheating I know but I can carry those in one pocket, so thats only 1 tool)
    5. Vacuum Pump
    6. Oxy/Act torch kit (Victor)
    7. Nitrogen bottle with regulator
    8. Recovery machine (currently ProMax)
    9. Recovery bottle (30 pound)
    10. FP HS36 with lead kit
    11. Leak detector (currently FP SLR2, but the jury is still out on that one)
    12. Combustion analyzer (Testo 310, only in the winter)
    13. Stat screwdriver with valve core tool on the other end
    14. Manometer with hoses and static pressure tips (FP SDNM5)
    15. Scale (FP SRS2C)
    16. 10in adjustable
    17. 6in wide jaw adjustable
    18. 11in1
    19. 10in Cobra slip joint pliers
    20. Wire brush
    21. Leatherman (Rebar)
    22. Pen and Paper
    23. Flashlight (If I had only 1 it would be the Dewalt 12v Max work light)
    24. Rags
    25. 50' hose
    The only true knowledge is the pursuit of knowledge

  9. #22
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    Oct 2007
    Location
    Miami, FL.
    Posts
    430
    Add some type of hand cleaner to the list and aspirin/advil type pain reliever.
    I miss you mom and dad.

  10. #23
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    Jun 2013
    Location
    orange county, ny
    Posts
    135
    my bare hands and a cup of coffee....they call me mcgyver lol

    my tool bag with assorted hand tools
    my mikita 10v drills id be lost with out
    milwaukee pipe cutter amazing for boiler jobs
    torch
    solder/rods
    digital gages
    orange hand wipes
    my short guy 2 ft ladder haha
    and big box of miscillanious stuff bc u dont know what ur goin to need untill u dnt have it

  11. #24
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    May 2007
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    Dry as a bone Tucson
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp125 View Post

    milwaukee pipe cutter amazing for boiler jobs
    I've got that m-12 pipe cutter and it is amazing. I bought it to do a 3 story building with 21 splits and I did pretty close to a 1000' of linesets with it. The only disappointment was I couldn't cut 3/8" tubing with it like it claims. I use it all the time now and everybody freaks when they see it.
    Some Talk, Some Do
    "keeping condensing pressures low and evaporator pressures high"
    "Some customers are more interested in comfort than energy savings"
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  12. #25
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    Aug 2013
    Location
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    Quote Originally Posted by artman934 View Post
    a bucket to go with the toilet paper
    That's what the 410a box is for.lol

  13. #26
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    Oct 2012
    Posts
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    1. Tarp to work under when it rains
    2. Winter Clothes (insulated jacket, bibs, hat, gloves, etc...) Carry year-round for working in walk-ins
    3. Lights for working when its dark
    4. Some bottled water under the front seat
    5. Bucket with toilet paper
    6. Gatorade bottle
    7. Literature rack and van console filled with manuals
    8. Maps
    Items 9 - 25 are tools and equipment (toolbag, 12v impact driver, vac pump, gauges, etc...)

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