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Old 07-30-2014, 01:53 PM   #31
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+1 on the 12V air pump and the tire gauge, and the bottle of Jack!

When I finally get around to getting my 12V air pump, I'll also carry a 12V cigarette lighter adapter with alligator clips to hook it up to the RV deep cycle (I already have one from my boating days). And a nice tire plug set. I know tire plugs are not the accepted method, but in a pinch, they might just get you to the tire shop where a proper repair can be made.

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I'm talking about one of these: http://www.amazon.com/battery-cigare...words=12v+cord The cord on my air pump barely reaches my truck's rear tires when it's plugged into the dash, so I have one of these so I can clip it to the battery on my trailer (or take the battery off and haul it wherever I need) and be able to reach my trailer tires. If I only need to add a couple pounds of pressure, this is a much better solution than taking the tire off or unhooking from the trailer so the cord will reach.
AHA! You are, of course, 100% correct . . . hadn't thought about that cord having to reach such a long ways. (Our tent is beginning to look better and better . . . )

Now that you have dumbed this down to my level, it makes perfect sense. Excuse me if this is a very dumb question, but do they make a male to female extension thingee that I can just plug into my dash?
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:59 PM   #32
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AHA! You are, of course, 100% correct . . . hadn't thought about that cord having to reach such a long ways. (Our tent is beginning to look better and better . . . )

Now that you have dumbed this down to my level, it makes perfect sense. Excuse me if this is a very dumb question, but do they make a male to female extension thingee that I can just plug into my dash?
Update: They DO have these on Amazon for less than $9. Varying strengths and they don't do heavy stuff but several comments were about using them with 12V air compressors for reaching tires on campers. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/RoadPro-RP-203...cm_rdp_product
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:24 PM   #33
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I picked up a big fishing tackle tote last year, has removable covered trays I use for small parts as I accumulate them and have a rough idea where they are. Good price at WalMart so couldn't resist. Each removable tray can be used for different types of parts, electrical (light bulbs, fuses, etc) fastening hardware, Whatever. You don't have to carry the whole tote with you for a particular job, just the appropriate tray.

Bottle jack? That's what the 800 number is for. With arthritis is the wrong places I can't really maneuver a spare from under the RV or deal with lug nuts. Our tires are brand new so what can go wrong? (Tongue in cheek)
The tackle box seems like a good idea. Also like the idea of the 800 number (does that go to Roadside Assistance?). Will check it out. Thanks.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:00 PM   #34
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It does but you have to be a Good Sam member and pay the annual fee. To me it's worth it. It not only covers the RV but any vehicle we own or use for fuel outs, flat tires, tow to a garage, etc.

The tackle box is a Plano 732, costs about $37 at WalMart.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:07 PM   #35
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I also keep a torque wrench. Unlike your local mechanic that uses a 500 ft lbs air driver to put wheels on, I like to torque them to proper specs. lol
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:56 PM   #36
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The thing about tools is: you should have the tools you know how to and are willing to use. It's like taking the back off a TV, it's easy but should you really do that is the question?

To fix basic things you need basic knowledge of these things, then, with that knowledge you have use for the tools and most likely know which ones you need........Otherwise, not so much.

IMHO, the best tool is knowledge, from there you discover what you need in tools.

Understand, I have nothing against a basic tool set in every camper. And this is a great thread.
But if you camp long enough you will gain the knowledge through the school of hard knocks and your tool chest will fill up in the process.
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:07 PM   #37
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The thing about tools is: you should have the tools you know how to and are willing to use. It's like taking the back off a TV, it's easy but should you really do that is the question?

To fix basic things you need basic knowledge of these things, then, with that knowledge you have use for the tools and most likely know which ones you need........Otherwise, not so much.

IMHO, the best tool is knowledge, from there you discover what you need in tools.

Understand, I have nothing against a basic tool set in every camper. And this is a great thread.
But if you camp long enough you will gain the knowledge through the school of hard knocks and your tool chest will fill up in the process.
+1 That is the 100% truth. VERY well said! No matter how many tools you have, if you don't know what to do with them, they're only so much extra weight.
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:51 PM   #38
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I agree. Virtually all the tools I carry and the repair parts are for what I know how to repair at least temporarily. I was a burner tech for 40 years so learned a lot about electrical repairs, plumbing and all that's associated with the trade. Our first camper was a partially converted Dodge van we picked up about 20 some years ago. We put a lot of miles on it and every trip was an adventure - what's gonna break this time. Fortunately my son is a darn good mechanic and also fortunately we now have a reliable RV but **** happens!
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Old 08-16-2014, 01:31 PM   #39
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Do Jaycos and I guess RVs in general have SAE or Metric connectors? Not having to carry both would be beneficial.
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Head lamp. You can't always hold a light if your using both hands, and your partner will never point the light right where you need it.
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