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Equipment for the Mongol rally, what you really need
When preparing for a long road trip like the Mongol Rally, the most important thing is the amount of equipment you will need. A driver needs to be prepared for any situation and you don't want to wait hours in the desert for a car to pass by.
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We were afraid that we wouldn't have enough equipment. We had looked through people's Mongol rally posts from previous years and couldn't believe the number of tools, spares, and equipment they brought with them.
It was impossible to put all of this on the plane, and when the four of us were crammed into a tiny car, there was no way we could take a lot of gear with us. T
We definitely didn't want to take that much gear with us.
We gave you some yesterday Tips to prepare for a long road trip Today we are going to tell you what equipment we brought with us.
Luckily we had friends and relatives in the auto business, and we'd spoken to a friend who'd driven around the world and given us some pointers.
Sure, you could take anything under the sun to fix a car, but are you really capable of repairing it yourself?
In many countries people have no choice but to be able to repair their own car, or at least every village has a mechanic. If you run into any problems there is someone to help you at a very affordable price!
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The first thing we did was give up the idea of adding tires. They add an amazing amount of weight as well 1 good spare wheel is all that is needed. If you get into an apartment, you can change the tire and have it repaired in the next town.
Also take a few canisters of puncture seals with you. This will inflate the tire again and seal the hole long enough for you to drive to the next destination. This gives you a feel for in case you have more than one apartment in a day before you can get to the next village.
It can be pretty terrible when you're driving through the desert and not sure which route you're on. If you take the wrong turn, you can travel for miles before reaching any civilization.
An additional canister is a must. A metal is highly recommended. It seals better, it's safer in extreme weather conditions, while a plastic could expand in the heat and it's more durable.
We only had one in the beginning, but our friends on Team Mongolian Madness were concerned about us and gave us an extra one of them. (They had three and we decided they really just wanted that extra space in their car :-))
We didn't need our extra gas cans, but it gave us peace of mind that we were lost.
Make sure you have a funnel with you too. You cannot just pour gas from a metal canister into the gas tank. And a funnel is good for all fluid changes.
You have to carry a lot of water with you. We originally had a large 10 liter collapsible container, but it was leaking. It didn't matter anyway, because you can buy water anywhere. We would make sure we stock up on large bottles of water before leaving any city.
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When driving through potholes and rivers on undulating roads, something may come loose or the bottom of the car may tear off. We had broken off our exhaust and sturdy wire helped reattach it to the frame.
Once we got a strong wire from a friendly local we no longer had to secure our silencer!
Ratchet straps, bungee chords, zip ties, duct tape
After you've driven 10,000 miles through deserts, mountains, and cities, you definitely have something to break or shake loose. A selection of fasteners is required.
Many people had their roof racks snap off clips and had to strap on their roof racks.
Some people had to tape their bumpers together and others had their front ends held in place with elastic cords.
There will be a day on a long journey that you need to glue, attach, or reattach something. So it is a good idea to have a few options with you.
The convenience of a tow rope
When driving in developing countries, you will often find that roads run right through rivers. Sometimes the rivers are way too high for your car and you need a van to get a tow truck.
People are ready to drag travelers through it all for a small price.
We got tow for less than $ 5. We didn't need them in the end as the rivers weren't too high when we entered Mongolia, but you never know when you might need them.
When you break down in the middle of nowhere, you have to stop someone and have them tow you to the nearest town for a mechanic to take a look at your car. Having a tow rope will make your life a lot easier.
Roof rack is required
If you drive a small car like we did. A roof rack can be used to store additional equipment, camping gear and luggage.
It helps distribute the weight so that everything is not in the back of the car and you can lock your belongings in and feel safe checking in at a hotel overnight.
The little things
You will no doubt need a dip every now and then. Jumper cables are standard for any vehicle road trip or not.
Extra oil, windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze. It is good to have these to refill your car when needed.
Get a standard auto toolkit at an auto store. It has everything you need and then you don't have to buy individual tools.
Additional air filter and V-belt
These are the only two spare parts we brought with us. V-belts are difficult to find and are vehicle-specific. Although we didn't think about an air filter, our Irish friends gave us one of them. Ours was quite clogged because of the heavy dust and sand and we were grateful to change it.
A multitool like a Leatherman is a great thing. It has various screwdriver heads, knives, pliers, scissors. It's a great tool to keep in your car.
Epoxy gas tank sealer
We would never have thought of that, but another team gave us something and when we were in Russia we went to a car shop to buy something. It is a metal epoxy that repairs holes in the gas tank.
While we were often on the asphalt, I am amazed that we did not tear a hole in the gas tank or anything else. We didn't need to use it, but it will be a staple for all future road trips.
These are the tools we used and the parts we needed.
For more information, see Tips for Driving to Mongolia from England
Have you ever taken a long road trip? What spare parts did you bring with you and what did you do differently? We would like to know that we are even better prepared for our upcoming trips.
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