What do you carry TWO of when traveling?

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I learned this weekend that it’s useful if you have an Air Force One braking system, to carry a spare air hose. I did not check my air connections well enough and the connection to the tow vehicle came loose. I realized it within less than a mile but it was too late. The female quick coupler had been severely damaged and could no longer be connected to the truck. We had to drive the truck and RV separately, for a 5 hour trip

The air hose itself was fine and I checked Autozone, O’Reilly and NAPA Autoparts for a replacement 3/8” female coupler with 1/4” FNPT threads and came up empty handed. Everyone only had 1/4” couplers.

No one carries the couplers or air hose. We had to drive the truck and RV separately, for a 5 hour trip. If I traveled solo, I would have been SOL.

I ordered 2x replacement female couplers, 1x replacement male coupler and a replacement air hose from etrailer.com that way if I ever drag the air hose again, we’ll be able to rectify the situation quickly.

I also forgot to mention I also carry a spare surge module for my Huges Autoformer 50amp Power Watchdog.

it’s always the thing you don’t have that fails or you break. I know none of these things I carry will ever be needed, since I have them now.
 
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I wouldn’t stress the air hose or anything beyond the safety cables. It will tow and stop fine without a braking system. We have them more for legal reasons than need. I towed my toad without the coach side of AF1 installed yet and didn’t notice any difference.
 
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Wasn’t concerned about the coach stopping the truck. More concerned about breakaway. The AFO system needs to be charged before each trip by pressing and holding the coach brake for 3-5 seconds to build up enough reserve pressure for it to activate the vehicles brakes in the event of a breakaway event. We had only just started our trip and I didn’t feel confident so I didn’t do it. I’d never forgive myself for killing someone because I couldn’t be bothered to do my due diligence on my own equipment.

Everything is an unlikely event until it happens to you and people drive like asses around RVs.
 
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I learned this weekend that it’s useful if you have an Air Force One braking system, to carry a spare air hose. I did not check my air connections well enough and the connection to the tow vehicle came loose. I realized it within less than a mile but it was too late. The female quick coupler had been severely damaged and could no longer be connected to the truck. We had to drive the truck and RV separately, for a 5 hour trip

The air hose itself was fine and I checked Autozone, O’Reilly and NAPA Autoparts for a replacement 3/8” female coupler with 1/4” FNPT threads and came up empty handed. Everyone only had 1/4” couplers.

No one carries the couplers or air hose. We had to drive the truck and RV separately, for a 5 hour trip. If I traveled solo, I would have been SOL.

I ordered 2x replacement female couplers, 1x replacement male coupler and a replacement air hose from etrailer.com that way if I ever drag the air hose again, we’ll be able to rectify the situation quickly.

I also forgot to mention I also carry a spare surge module for my Huges Autoformer 50amp Power Watchdog.

it’s always the thing you don’t have that fails or you break. I know none of these things I carry will ever be needed, since I have them now.
To prevent that from happening if a connection should come loose, I have installed short lanyards with clips on the free ends that attach to small screw eyes I installed on the coach and towed.

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TJ
 
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To prevent that from happening if a connection should come loose, I have installed short lanyards with clips on the free end that attach to small eyes I installed on the coach and towed.

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TJ
Well done. Wish I were that smart but I’ll get there one day. That should be in the dirt cheap easy mods thread.
 
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Oh, and I do carry a spare hose similarly outfitted...just in case.

TJ
 
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The 2nd regulator is more expensive than a replacement hose.
Not if you want include the cost of repairing the damage to your wetbay cause by a blown hose. You probably won’t notice a failure immediately until you see water draining from your wetbay door at which point you can only hope that it’s all contained to the the little 1.5” tray and hasn’t been hosing down your entire bay for the last 4 hours.
 
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