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Old 07-29-2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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RV Tool Kit-what do u need?

My DH is putting together a tool kit to keep in the TT. What are things we really need? Can't do without? Have to have? Thanks!!
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:43 AM   #2
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2 pair channel locks 1 multi screw driver 1 roll teflon tape 1 multi meter 1 can spray lube 1 flashlight 1hammer thats what is in my tool box
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Box cutter to open firewood wrapped in cellophane
Needle nose pliers to remove fishhooks
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in addition to what is mentioned above I keep a bottle jack, socket set, breaker bar, low cost torque wrench. Most of this is for tire changing, should that need arise.

I also have electrical tape and eterna-bond just in case.
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The correct driver for the funny screws they use. They have a name but I don't know what they're called (takes a square driver).
Tools for a tire change (jack, ramps, 4-way...)
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:15 PM   #6
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Non-negotiable must haves: Electrical tape, duct tape, set of wrenches, set of sockets, screw drivers, pliers, channel locks, torque wrench, spare bulbs and fuses, headlight (or flashlight at least).

I carry a 200+ pc (not sure exactly how many pcs) Craftsman mechanic's tool set in a brief-case type box that includes wrenches, screw drivers, sockets in 1/4" 3/8" and 1/2" drive metric and SAE, deep and shallow. To this I have added a torque wrench, and additional sockets and wrenches that fit my hitch components and my lug nuts and wratchet extensions of various lengths. This is my primary tool set at home, I just toss the box in the front storage compartment before we leave.

I also have a small toolbox that lives inside the trailer that has tape, 3-in-1 oil, screw drivers, pliers, spare screws, nuts and bolts, a ratchet set, torpedo level, spare fuses, a spool of wire, insect repellant and probably a few other odds and ends. It lives in the cabinet right by the door, so I barely have to open the door, and don't have to enter the trailer at all to get to my tools. In my rear storage where I keep the water and power items, I have a set of large channel lock pliers, primarily for removing sewer caps at full-hookup sites, but I've found myself using them quite a bit for things other than that...

I don't worry about the weight of it all, it all amounts to less than 70 lbs of tools, which in a trailer that weighs 7500 loaded for a trip is a small price to pay to have the proper tool you need when you need it.
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Camper Bob - I am now stalking all your replies.

Had not thought about a toolkit until we read your post above. We have most of the non-negotiables except for the torque wrench. I think I know what it is but why is it needed? Also, what size(s) do we need? Same for sockets.

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The correct driver for the funny screws they use. They have a name but I don't know what they're called (takes a square driver).
I've seen that called a machine screw or a Robertson screw.
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If something needs a torque wrench to be adjusted correctly I shouldn't be working on it. The rest of the stuff, yeah.
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If something needs a torque wrench to be adjusted correctly I shouldn't be working on it. The rest of the stuff, yeah.
dapoppa - that may be a corollary to my "if I can't pronounce it, I can't afford it".

To me, the torque wrench seems simpler than the duct tape as the wrench almost NEVER gets tangled up with the insane but lovable Homer the Beagle.

Is there a AAA for RV'ers?
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