Essential Touring Spares List

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Essential Touring Spares List

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Postby Heuer » Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:57 pm

With the touring season fast approaching I thought it might be an idea to list the parts people think they need to be taken with them to ensure peace of mind.

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We have done some 50,000 miles through Europe in my OTS since 2000 and my two rules are a) everything must fit in the wheel well (no parts or tools in the boot or passenger compartment) and b) oil, water, brake fluid and other consumables are usually only a few kilometers away so need not be carried. Based on my experience this is what I take (along with standard toolkit, jack, spinner hammer, spare wheel at correct pressure and wife):

Legal requirements
(various countries - they do regular 'securite' checks and fines can be 145 euros per offence)

Warning triangle
Fluorescent waistcoats x2 (in car - not in boot)
First aid kit (small)
Various bulbs
Headlamp beam deflectors (RHD cars)
GB or local country sticker
Breathalyser - France (single or multi use but must be calibrated to French limit of 50mg rather than UK limit of 80mg). They are no longer fining you if you do not have one though.

Documentation

Passport (6 months validity)
Driving Licence
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) http://www.dh.gov.uk/travellers
Comprehensive Travel Insurance (still needed with above)
V5 Registration document
MOT
Car Insurance
Ferry Tickets
Copy of any medical prescriptions
Breakdown Insurance documents

Take copies of all the above or store on-line copies on a data storage site e.g. GoogleDrive, Dropbox, iCloud etc

Specific spares

Tool kit (standard Jaguar) or: viewtopic.php?p=47324#p47324
A/F 3/8" sockets, extension bar and ratchet (European garages only have metric)
Fan belt
Rotor arm (red Distributor Doctor version) and condenser
Distributor cap (Lucas)
SU fuel pump (electronic version)
Windscreen wiper arm (they pop off at speed)
Wiper blade (in concert with above)
Fuses - 35A and 50A (17A and 25A modern equivalents)
Spark plug
Small bag of bolts, nuts and screws
Spare wheel checked for correct pressure
Spare inner tube (if fitted)
4TR voltage regulator on 4.2 cars

Sundry items

Fitted luggage - you won't believe how much stress it relieves
Workshop manual (Haynes is slim)
SNG Barratt catalogue (they will overnight spares to your hotel)
Disposable gloves
Clean rags
Spare inner tube (difficult to buy nowadays)
Tyre Weld puncture repair aerosol (tubeless tyres)
WD40
Plastic cable ties
Electrical patch leads with crocodile clips
Mini digital test meter
Voltage Tester Bulb
Magnet
Mole grips
Araldite glue
Insulation tape
Rain X (E-Type wipers are a tool of last resort!)
Screen cleaner wipes
LED torch
Leatherman multi tool
Barr Leaks
Reel of (garden) wire
Bungee cord (short) with hooks
Wing or door frame mirrors
Michelin Red Guide or Tripadvisor app
Smartphone or Tablet (WiFi is free in most European Hotels and you can contact us on the Forum if in trouble. We have many European members who will come to your aid)
Check your ride height - French towns/villages have 20mph limits enforced by steep speed bumps.
Hubert Dallard's E-Type touring map of Europe for classic car garages, food, hotels, fuel, museum's:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?us ... GdxoNk9tRE

In Car

Mobile phone + in-car charger*
Sat Nav (switch off speed camera warnings in France!)*
Maps (as the Sat Nav will get you lost!)
Breakdown Company International phone number
Car Documents - don't leave in the car unattended
Spare car keys - as above
Lithium Power Bank phone charger/emergency jump start battery e.g. Floureon Ghero F01 16,800maH
Tyre pressure gauge
Washleather (mopping leaks if it rains!)
Fire extinguisher 1Kg (optional - never take one myself)
Water Wetter (in radiator - reduces temps by 5c)
Telepeage Dongle (get through the French Tolls without stopping)
Security device - removable steering wheel or fuel pump isolator

* - consider installing USB and auxiliary cigar power points in the glove box because your knuckles will knock a charger cable out when you change gear! You will need a 2.1A USB socket to charge smartphones

For the house proud

Collapsible bucket
Wash mitt
Car shampoo
Meguier's Speed Detailer (superb at removing bird droppings or tar)
Screen Cleaner and microfibre cloth

Of course if you are travelling as a group there will be opportunity for each car to carry some more specific spares (e.g. coil, fuel pump, ignition leads, contact breaker, 4TR etc) to make you self sufficient. In which case compile a master list of which car has what spares and their mobile number. However preparation is all and in those 50,000 miles I have not needed any of the above (well apart from the maps as the Sat Nav invariably got us lost!). Oh yes - I went back for the wiper arm as we were on a small country road. Feel free to suggest your own 'must haves'.

Happy touring.
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Postby Erikantwerp » Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:07 pm

Hi David,

defintily useful tips. You forgot one important item though:

good humour!!! (always look at the bright side of life ...says Monty Phyton)

no, sincerely thx for the list and yes, we will need to get organized and no worries, I live not too far from a jaguar parts supplier (anglo parts) as well as a good classic car jaguar mechanic and current jaguar garage (all within reasonable distance)

cheers
Erik

PS: I must give it another try : any chance of you getting away from work and join us ?

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Postby Phil » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:36 pm

David

many thanks for your lists ! very usefull and complete.
I would just add (but I am sure it was already with you)
a camera to make sure you capture some
great moments and places where you are with your E. 8)

You mention Reims in September... is it for the WE of Excellence on 13-14th Sept.? Maybe another opportunity for meeting?

enjoy the E :)
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Postby Tony » Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:45 pm

Now that list of things to take is very useful for my trip to France. I shall start collecting the bits.
Tony (E typed)

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Postby 1954Etype » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:04 pm

I carry a spare fuel pump as well...

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Postby Heuer » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:42 am

Have you bought your Telepeage dongle yet?

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or:
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Buy before you go: http://www.telepeagepourtous.fr/fr/particulier (use Google translate if you can't undersatand French). Essential!
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Postby osgii » Fri May 25, 2012 4:05 pm

My very best friend when travelling:
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And if you're travelling through Switzerland:
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Postby Heuer » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:38 pm

And Austria:

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Re: Essential Touring Spares List

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Postby Herzeg » Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:26 am

David

Just about to make my annual gift to the austrian government. I drive through every summer, heading for Budapest and Lake Balaton. I spend 3-4hrs in austria then the same back after four weeks but have to buy a 10 day pass each time. The monthly one is more than two 10 day ones so no option. Even Hungary now stopped selling the one day pass for transit vehicles, but their monthly one is quite cheap and it's a fully electronic online scheme - they even e-mail reminders of start and finish dates.

Seems crazy to pay after travelling for free on the (very) high speed German autobahns.

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Re: Essential Touring Spares List

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Postby Alty Ian » Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:47 pm

Hi All

Just back from Le Mans and touring NW France, we took some spares and thank god we did.

My No 1 vote goes to a spare Distributor condenser, it failed in Le Touquet and since I also took my electrical tester it didnt take long to diagnose and fix it. 1400 trouble free miles apart from the one hitch.

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Re: Essential Touring Spares List

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Postby Heuer » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:46 pm

Geo Hahn over on J-L came up with this idea which is brilliant in more ways than one!
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At night:
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You can buy the tape from Amazon for £1.52 in a range of colours: http://amzn.eu/hIA7F9Z
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