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A simple thing.



Leaving work today I was walking out to my truck past 3 guys milling about. The youngest fellow asked if I had some jumper cables.

Sure do. So I drove my truck over by his car, he had the hood up when I got to him.

The other two had gotten into their vehicle and left (obviously didn't have jumper cables)

I get out and climb into the truck bed to open my BOG box to get the jumper cables out. He's standing there looking at all the gear i have crammed into it. I could tell he wanted to say something but remained quiet.

A bit of small talk as I helped get his car started.



He shook my hand and thanked me. I felt he was sincere about it too.



I consider jumper cables about one of the most basic items that every vehicle should have. Amazing how many don't.

Hopefully that young fellow will be in the store one day and remember seeing all that gear in my truck. Perhaps he'll make a purchase for his safety.
so very true, on long trips I take along my jump start kit I think I have used it for others more then my self
Brumbie

When a youth has to decide between a set of jumper cables or beer

Guess what he will always choose.

Just saying



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[quote name='Special K' post='436422' date='Jan 19 2010, 06:12 PM']Brumbie

When a youth has to decide between a set of jumper cables or beer

Guess what he will always choose.

Just saying



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Good point!



The silver lining to that observation is that he'll have plenty of opportunity to open his eyes throughout his life. Whether he will or not is entirely up to him.



Kurt.



PS: Brumbie, way to go, man! Thanks or setting that example!
I went through my car stuff the other day and noticed I'm missing my jumper cables.

I have no idea where they are. Last time I had them I jumped a guy at the grocery store.

I have a baaad feeling that I let him pack them up and I drove off without them.

Oh boy.
Well at least your wife's answer to jumper cables isn't AAA card. Her dad ever since she married me hasn't used the thing. I guess have a little kid like me around helps the bill. HAHA
Many buy jumper cables too short. I spent the extra buck and got a good longer set. They have more than paid for themselves!
[quote name='TN RIDGE ROVER' post='439510' date='Feb 1 2010, 10:08 AM']Many buy jumper cables too short. I spent the extra buck and got a good longer set. They have more than paid for themselves![/quote]



+1

I have 16 footers of very heavy gauge. It's come in handy a couple of times when you couldn't get the other car very close.
THe only jumper cables I purchase are ones long enough to jump a crew cab longbed... from behind. I'm not going to try to reposition nose to nose on a freeway.



It has also proved handy when I stopped for a new-found friend. Toyota pickup with a winch bumper, trying to winch out a stuck car, down about 20 feet distance wise, off the road in the snow.



They didn't have enough weight to effectively winch, and didn't produce enough power to be able to try to continue to winch.



I chained the silverado up to the back custom bumper of their rig, and ran my jumper cables to their battery then high-idled my truck. One pull and they were out, although the toyota did shift 3' sideways to direct line from my front end to the stuck rig <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
Thanks, Brumbie for taking advantage of a great teaching opportunity. Hope he got the message.

My favorite experience was coming out of a class at the local library one day and finding the car next to mine had the hood open. A few moments later a lady came over from the sidewalk and asked if that was my truck, yes it is, can you jump start my car, the battery is dead?, sure.

By the time I got out my jumper cables and walked around to open my hood and hook up, she already had hers out and hooked to her battery and was standing there waiting for me. Gotta love these small rural town folks.
I have one of those Chinese jumper boxes... it amazes me after the last show at a drive in how many people don't use the accessory position on their ignitions.



Plus I like the hero feeling I get after coming to the rescue.
[quote name='Brumbie' date='20 January 2010 - 12:03 PM' timestamp='1263949399' post='436416']

I consider jumper cables about one of the most basic items that every vehicle should have. Amazing how many don't.

Hopefully that young fellow will be in the store one day and remember seeing all that gear in my truck. Perhaps he'll make a purchase for his safety.

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X10 where your working right now Brumbie & of course the leads are just the start.



There's a good example in Japanese Story, of what not to do out there.



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0304229/



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7TMfNCZu...re=related



Although, if you are going to get stuck on a remote track, having Toni Collette along couldn't hurt.



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I had an employee breakdown right in front of a military base. The MP's showed up and they wanted him out of there ASAP. Aparently his battery died because his alternater was shot. I showed up with a new battery and jumper cables. we put the new battery on the passenger floor board and ran the jumper cable from the old to the new battery, I got him outta there in just a few moments and all were happy. He was able to drive his truck to work where we had the alternater replaced.



Just offering an alternate way to use the jumper cable.



Michael