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Old 07-05-2020, 08:24 PM   #1
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Tools you can't travel without

Hey all. New to the Jayco family. Purchased a 2000 Heritage Manistee a few weeks ago. It's in great shape!

On our last trip I had to borrow a socket set to do some work on the stabilizers while still at the campground. I figured it would be a good idea to pick up a small mechanics set.

What are your "necessary" tools that you always take with you when you travel?

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Old 07-05-2020, 08:26 PM   #2
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A square bit screwdriver set will come in handy with all of the interior and cabinet screws that will tend to work their way loose.

https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-26921-...ag=googhydr-20
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Old 07-05-2020, 08:42 PM   #3
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Costco and some others sells a full tool set that has about every socket, wrench and screw driver you would ever need and it resides in the Jeep since the two are never separated on trips. To that I added a set of adjustable pliers that always come in handy tightening water hose connections. The only other tool I would suggest is a PEX wrench and various PEX clamps. If you have a water leak problem nothing else will repair it. The wrench is about $50 but if you need it that will be cheap.
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I carry more tools in our truck than the average bear, but never forget a hammer, gorilla tape, and self-sealing rubber tape. A tube of Seal All Contact Adhesive and Sealant is indispensable.
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A multimeter to trace and check wires. 12 volt meter to check battery, 120 volt meter to check power and a cheap drill to run the legs up and down. a few zip ties and black electrical tape AND DON'T FORGET THE DUCT TAPE!
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I’ve spent my life earning a living with tools and carry the usual screwdrivers, wrenches, channel locks, sockets etc.
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Thanks for this list! Great ideas.
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Old 07-05-2020, 10:40 PM   #8
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Besides the usual hand tools, multi-meter, roll of Eternabond tape, I carry 6’ of pex and assortment of fittings, Gorilla Tape (better than duct tape), assortment of 12 fuses, 15 and 20 breaker for AC power, assorted wiring crimp fittings and zipties....lots of zipties. All but the pex stuff fits in my custom tool box.
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A corkscrew for my better half and a bottle opener for me are two necessary tools.
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One tool that comes to mind is a long breaker bar, with a socket that fits your lug nuts, so you can change a tire if you need but the lugs were tightened too much by a service tech.

I also carry a small roll of Eterna-Bond tape in case I find I need to patch the roof.
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One tool that comes to mind is a long breaker bar, with a socket that fits your lug nuts, so you can change a tire if you need but the lugs were tightened too much by a service tech.

I also carry a small roll of Eterna-Bond tape in case I find I need to patch the roof.
This is a very good point. I'm not much for Harbor Freight tools, but I was able to pick up a breaker bar and socket for under $20. It resides in one of my rear compartments. I hope to never need it. But for the price point, I like knowing that I have it with me just in case.
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I see your new to you is a PU. Space is a premium.

I carry very few tools, only the necessary to keep me rolling.

Make sure you have a way to change a tire, your TV jack and lug wrench may not fit your PU. In my TV, I carry an 18" breaker bar, and 3 sockets, that fit all my vehicles and trailers. I have a small jack, make sure you can get it under there when the tire is flat.

As for tools I only have a few. Adjustable wrench, 7-1 screw driver, #2 screw driver, tiny hammer, wire stripper/cutter. Variety of electrical connectors, electrical tape, Gorilla tape, eternabond, spare fuses, safety vest, wrench to drain my water heater, and a multi meter. I have never found I needed a "larger tool" box. Most of it is not relevant for a small TT or PU.
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I started with this list in the beginning and actually had to buy others while I was traveling
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Make sure you’ve got everything you need to safely change a tire. The long breaker bar is a great addition. For the 5th I’ve shopped largely at HF. I joke that they’re my favorite source for single-use disposable tools. But in fairness for the $$ they’re pretty good.
With the exception of my cordless drill, my RV tools stay in the 5th. At first I’d pack the tools I thought I’d need and was always wishing I’d brought “xxx”. The little light went on and it’s “hello HF”.
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I'm a fan of gaffers tape. No residue. I'm also adding mouse traps to my list of must haves and I guess it's a tool.
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a flashlight and/or headlamp too they are very useful tools
a set of bearings and seals greased and ready to go
tools to take off the nut and a spare cotter key
an inflated spare tire
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My best tool is my WeBoost cell booster and yagi antenna.
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The one thing I would add to the others list is a set of screw driver tips that fit all the different screws in your trailer. I don't understand why they put in phillips, stars, and square heads.
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Rusty can you supply me with a few more photos of the drawer set up you have in your Seneca? That is maybe the best idea I have ever seen. I would like to see how you mounted them in the compartment and what modifications you had to do to the compartment. you can email me direct at basil@widesky.ca if you prefer.
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A square bit screwdriver set will come in handy with all of the interior and cabinet screws that will tend to work their way loose.

https://www.amazon.com/TEKTON-26921-...ag=googhydr-20
The square name is Robertson. It is a Canadian patent so other manufacturers that try to get by the rolaties change their name to "square". it is the easiest screw to use as it will sit on the driver without falling off and can't strip like the Philips. Therefore it is great for reaching into cupboards or working above your head -- just a bit of trivia.
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