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Old 01-26-2013, 06:48 PM   #1
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New to RVing - top list of tools to bring

Suggestions on essential tools to bring for quick fixes?
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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• Cash
• High-quality, long jumper cables
• Emergency contact information (medical, vehicle insurance, etc…)
• First-Aid Kit
• RV owners’ manual
• Flashlight with spare batteries
• Pocket knife
• Mechanics wire
• Roll of duct tape
• Hammer
• Combination wrenches
• Screwdriver set (various sizes Phillips and flat-head)
• Ratchet and Socket sets
• Torx bits
• Pliers
• Electrical test light (multimeter)
• Spare electrical wire, wire crimper and splicers, butt connector
• Roll of insulated 12-guage wire
• Spare fuses
•#2 square driver. This fits the square drive screws which are common in RVs
• Vise Grip pliers
• Extra 12 volt bulbs for Stop/Turn and clearance lights
• Spare fuses
• Emergency Flares

I'm sure others will come along and add to this list.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #3
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Chipper, i have those tools on my list as well as vehicle /trailer jack,tire pressure gauge,hacksaw, allen wrenchs and small measuring tape.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:29 PM   #4
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Small combination wrench set, regular & stubby screwdrivers, both phillips and straight blade (and torx, clutch head, or square if your unit has those), a very small flat blade screwdriver that will fit the wire terminals of your trailer connector plug, regular, needle nose, visegrip, and channel lock pliers, socket and breaker bar to fit wheel lugs (or four-way), roll of heavy mechanic's wire, roll of duct tape, 2 or 3 oz hammer, can of WD40 or Triflow (teflon) spray, assorted grease rags, small bottle jack and wooden base to support it (short length of 2 X 6 would do), roll of 14 gauge insulated wire, wire strippers, wire crimpers, assorted sizes of crimpable butt connectors, ring terminals, and spade terminals, and lastly, a couple of sizes of plastic wire ties.

These are what comes to mind as to actual tools, since you didn't mention camping stuff like hose connections, etc. There are probably other tools I forgot to mention, but others on the forum will chime in with their favorite essential tools, I'm sure. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:33 PM   #5
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32 oz ball peen hammer comes in very handy for a variety of things, I carry a multi-meter as well.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:37 PM   #6
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Lets not forget the tire inflator.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:03 AM   #7
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I won't add to the list, but a practice I have is to always work on my TT (or my boat) with a tool kit just for it and nothing else. Start very basic (to keep weight down) and add only what you need to get the work accomplished. I.E. you may only need 3 or 4 wrenches sizes to do everything and not a complete set. The tool kit should always stay in/with the TT and never be "borrowed from" for other uses.

If you do this, you will always have what you need and probably be able to actually find it.
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I won't add to the list, but a practice I have is to always work on my TT (or my boat) with a tool kit just for it and nothing else. Start very basic (to keep weight down) and add only what you need to get the work accomplished. I.E. you may only need 3 or 4 wrenches sizes to do everything and not a complete set. The tool kit should always stay in/with the TT and never be "borrowed from" for other uses.

If you do this, you will always have what you need and probably be able to actually find it.

This is a great tip for all things camper related. All your towels, bedding, forks, plates and tools should be strictly dedicated to the camper if possible. It will make your life a lot easier.
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there was a good write up on suggested tools to carry in the recent Good Sam magazine I got in the mail the other day. I'll dig around for a link...
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:18 PM   #10
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It does help a lot to have dedicated tools and equipment for the trailer always in the trailer. Then pieces don't get left behind. We found the same to be true with the sailboat.

I also carry a torque wrench and sockets for all bolts on the Weight Distribution Hitch and the wheel lugbolts plus the torques values on one sheet of paper.

We have also found using a pair of two way handheld radios very helpful for hitching and backing up.
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