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Old 01-28-2013, 05:30 PM   #11
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The other thing that one should routinely do is remove items from the TT that you find you are not using. We only carry spares of things that are harder to find. No need to stock what you can find at any camp store or Walmart.
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:36 PM   #12
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once you start you will continually find more things to add to your tools and parts stash.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:39 PM   #13
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The other thing that one should routinely do is remove items from the TT that you find you are not using. We only carry spares of things that are harder to find. No need to stock what you can find at any camp store or Walmart.
Great rule. I have doing that for years. I discovered after the first few years I had motorhomes that I tended to keep tossing stuff in that "I might need". Later I decided to periodically review my junk and discovered many items I never needed. Someone once said regarding a motorhome that you don't need to take everything you need to rebuild the engine, just enough to hang on some new parts.
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The suggestions here one can not argue with. I suppose it's best to be prepared for a "worst case scenario." I on the other hand carry very few "tools" with me.

Only a few basic tools,
hammer,
measuring tape,
two pair channel lock pliers,
two screwdrivers that you can change the tip with and a few other screw drivers both phillips and slotted,
nut driver and very few small 1/4" drive sockets,
a box knife,
fuses to match what the TT and TV use,
flash lights (two or three minumum),
and a jack and lug wrench," t" type. That pretty much covers it. If I have to "overhaul" the TT or TV while out, then the camping trip is pretty much a wash as far as I'm concerned and I'm going home where all my tools will be.

I hope this helps.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:44 PM   #15
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If it doesn't help, it sure was funny. lol
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Re: New to RVing - top list of tools to bring

Thanks everyone this has given me some ideas I have not thought of and will create a list for this year.
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I looked for high quality multi-tools. For instance; For screw drivers, instead of carrying 4 or 6 in various sizes, I opted for 2 that have interchangable heads (i believe they are Stanley) and do accept square head and torx bits. I carry a small set of those as well.. This gave me two screw drivers in size, and for a little extra weight, added multiple bit types I can screw with!

I am refining the tools as we get experience, but have found myself carrying some stupid stuff after a few trips out. You will figure these out.

I have long since standardized my flash lights. All use CR123 batteries and have a dedicated supply for the RV. But most every man will not be short of flashlights, so not much has to be said on flashlights.

Fuses are something I tried to bring along without doing much research. HOwever, after snooping around at all the different fuses in my RV, I have found many different types, shapes, sizes....I realy need to educate myself and make a list of fuses and where they are.

I carry a hub cap removing tool. You need one of these. Removing the trim rings without one is a pain and can damage them.

I am still looking for a single air pressure gauge that works for all 6 wheels the best. I have not found it, so I carry two, the rear inner wheels are a pain to check. (at least on my rig)

I also carry an IR heat detector to read surface temps. This is a good tool for a geek that wants to know exactly how hot something is.
Heat, A/C, electronics, etc....

Thats a couple. As you go you will figur eout what you need.
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Diddo on the IR detector. They used to be pricey but not anymore. I think ive seem them for less than 30 dollars. If one tire or hub is much higher then the rest it will give me a heads up. I use it for many things when troubleshooting.
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I am still looking for a single air pressure gauge that works for all 6 wheels the best. I have not found it, so I carry two, the rear inner wheels are a pain to check. (at least on my rig)
Go to a truck stop and buy a truckers air gauge. They are a full foot long and have a double head on them so you can get a reading at any angle. I have 2 of them one is 30 years old and is the most accurate of all the gauges I have ever used. These gauges are heavy duty and can give you accurate readings for everything from a bicycle tire to an 18 wheeler tire.

I may have missed it but I haven't seen a bottle jack mentioned yet. I also carry a spare bayonet connector gate valve, good to have if you develop a leak in one of your tank valves. I also use it when we are dry camping. Put the temp valve on and open both grey water tank valves and it will equalize the level between both grey tanks increasing capacity for the bathroom gray water. We tend to fill that tank much quicker than the galley grey tank.

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I have to agree, you get what you pay when it comes to air gauges. I gone through many but never thought about the truck stop.
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