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Old 03-16-2016, 05:58 PM   #1
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What's in your toolbox and why?

we need to put together something but I have seen some toolkits more than we have ever had at home.
So just the necessitiies should something break or stick.

The coupler lock jammed today .Fixed by swearing. Surely that will not fix all.
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:14 PM   #2
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Rubber mallet
Duct tape
Multi screw driver
Wrench set
Extra fuses
WD40
Vice grips
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Zip ties
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:19 PM   #3
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But what sort of wrenches?
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Old 03-16-2016, 06:42 PM   #4
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One crescent and a socket set that has wrenches and sockets from 5/16 to 1 inch or so.
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Rubber mallet
Duct tape
Multi screw driver
Wrench set
Extra fuses
WD40
Vice grips
Letherman
Zip ties
Plus electric test light, volt ohm meter, crimp connectors, electrical tape, a small combination wrench & socket set, Robertson bit, torques bits, water pump pliers, 4" crescent 8 inch crescent, star wrench for lug nuts, electric screw driver, silicon spry. Misc screws, hose clamps, hose washers, hose repair kit (male & female) Claw hammer large spikes to tie down awnings & ground mats. Hatchet for kindling, quart oil, cetane boost
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:41 PM   #6
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Wrenches, lug wrench, sockets, ratchets (1/4-1/2" drive) hammers crescents, electrical- connections wire volt meter- test light. Spare toungue Jack wd40, knocker loose. 3 ton bottle Jack. Zip ties. Oil, water, misc. screws, misc parts. Screw drivers - square head, torx, Philips, flat.

I'm a firm belever that overkill, is often underrated
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Old 03-16-2016, 10:55 PM   #7
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If you have a dog, (2) 12 oz. bottles of "Skunk Off" dog shampoo. You can get it at most pet stores for about $10 a bottle. I keep two extra bottles for when my camping neighbor's dog has a run-in with a skunk, which I gladly sell to him at $30.00 a bottle, which helps offset the two biggest expenses of camping - campfire wood and beer!
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Good suggestions above. I'd add a LED headlamp.
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I have a volt meter, electrical outlet tester with a 30 amp adapter plug, adjustable wrench, Channelocks, a multi-screw driver, spare fuses, socket for wheel lugs with breaker bar, flashlight, electrical tape, spark lighter, spray lubricant, small container of ball grease, and spare hose washers.

The outlet tester and adapter will tell you right away if the electrical post is wired properly and the volt meter checks the voltage.
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Old 03-17-2016, 07:22 PM   #10
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Standard tool boxes include electrical, plumbing, and general tools. Electrical has a multimeter, wire strippers, wire connectors, wire ties, electrical tape, fuses, and spare lamps.

Plumbing has hose clamps, connectors for the sewer hoses, and a bottle of Jack, cause if you have plumbing problems, you need it.

General is vise grips, channel locks, hammer, socket set, adjustable wrenches, lug wrench that FITS the trailer, hatchet, screwdrivers, small level, small sledge hammer, flashlights and a set of flares. Cordless drill driver with bits and assorted screws. Utility knife, hunting knife, and a landscape saw.

Add a boiler suit (coveralls), slicker for wet weather, and a Boat floatation pad to kneel on. At least two ratchet straps. Extension cords. Bungee straps. Duct tape.

When we load up for long distance road trips, add a job box for the truck bed with a ratchet come-along, a gallon of coolant, windshield washer fluid, set of tow chains, chain binder, grease gun and grease, large dot ratchet straps, large crow bar, shovel, work boots. And an extra 5 gallon can of diesel.

Our big trips are for a few weeks and cover a few thousand miles. As a merchant mariner, I plan for the worst. It's a lot easier to load tools and equipment than it is to wish you had a tool you didn't want to bring.

Aside from a first aid kit, a safety kit includes whistles, rain ponchos, space blankets, and a 12 gauge signal flare kit, matches and a lighter.

For the bicycles I keep a tire repair kit, a small 12 volt compressor, and spare tubes. A spoke wrench comes in handy too.

Consider where you will be and how easy/hard it will be to get help. Lots of gear, but over the years, I've used most of them.
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