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Old 02-26-2015, 04:01 PM   #1
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Essential tools???

The wife and I purchased a previously loved TT right before winter started, and we have been slowly accumulating the necessities for the upcoming camping season. She is taking care of all the interior items and left me in charge of everything else. I love my tools and would take them all if weight wasn't an issue, but I know I don't need everything. I was wondering if the more experienced campers had a list of tools that are a "must have".

So far I have in my bag
20v cordless impact driver (lug nuts, x-chocks, and stabilizer jacks)
1/2" & 1/4" socket set sae & metric
6 in 1 screwdriver (to save on weight)
12" crescent wrench
Camping hatchet (multi purpose, hammer)
9 1/2" tongue and groove pliers
Multi wire stripper/needle nose pliers
butane solder gun
multimeter
Duct tape (never leave home without it)
electrical tape
Zip ties

So what else should I add? This also gives me a reason to buy more tools
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:07 PM   #2
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Fuses, hope the screwdriver has a square drive bit, and a crimp tool with some misc end fittings.
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:09 PM   #3
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Baling wire. That with the duct can fix almost anything. The only other thing I can think of is make sure your jack from your TV works. I use an old Chevy bottle jack it's small and works great for my camper.
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:20 PM   #4
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Fuses, I would have never thought of them. My stripper has a crimp tool, but I personally don't like to crimp anything. I prefer soldering and shrink tube. I'll toss those into the bag.

Baling wire, Another one I wouldn't have thought of.

I have a few bottle jacks in the basement, i'll toss one in the bed of the truck
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:39 PM   #5
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In addition I have:
a set of inexpensive open/box end wrenches
A few driver bits for the cordless drill (flat, Phillips and the lil square one)
claw and ball peen hammers
My neighbor carries spare wheel bearings & grease

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Old 02-26-2015, 04:46 PM   #6
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Torque wrench,
accurate air pressure gauge,
Teflon tape
electrical tape
vice grip
scissors
utility knife
square drive screw driver (mentioned above and a must have)
I picked up a small device that tightens (and loosens) the cable connectors for cable TV. Can't remember what it's called but I think I got it on Amazon. It is invaluable, especially during cold weather.
How about all the other stuff like surge protector, water filter, water pressure regulator, water hose, sewer hose, etc., etc,?
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:58 PM   #7
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if you have one you might throw in a pex clamp crimping tool also ... they are sort of expensive but I think I am going to get one in case I have any plumbing issues .. a can of wd 40 and some grease might not be a bad idea
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I haven't bought a surge protector yet, it's on my "to buy" list. The TT has an inline water filter, but I did buy another one to hook up before the water enters the TT. I have a 10', 15' & 25' water hose, A 10',25', 50', and 75' extension cords, a cheaper water pressure regulator. Haven't used it yet but may upgrade before we head out. zero gravity chairs, awning lights & hangers, a rhinoflex sewer hose kit and the cheap one the dealer gave us. A thetfort 18gal poop wagon. Andersen levelers, LED lighting for the inside.

Having months of time and the internet makes getting the essentials easier than ever. I'm now kind of looking for the "why didn't I think of that" items.
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if you have one you might throw in a pex clamp crimping tool also ... they are sort of expensive but I think I am going to get one in case I have any plumbing issues .. a can of wd 40 and some grease might not be a bad idea
I hate pex. Instead of spending $50+ for a crimper maybe i'll buy a few sharkbite fittings. They are much easier to use in tight spaces from my experience.
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Just make sure you have some sort of internet connection while in the TT so you can research and YouTube any fixes you might need to make!!
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