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Timothy2001

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Posted: 06/07/19 11:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Aside from all of the basics like pliers, channel locks, various screwdrivers etc. are there any tools to bring along or keep in the RV that maybe are out of the ordinary?

Stuff that you might have realized you needed after the fact.

Trying to plan for eventualities and be prepared.


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Posted: 06/07/19 11:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A good Voltmeter and knowing how to use it...120VAC/12VDC/Continuity/Resistance


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Posted: 06/07/19 11:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A lot depends on your abilities. I pack a meter to diagnose electrical issues. I also took everything I needed to change any hose or belt. I kept a ScanGauge to diagnose any abnormal codes that might be in memory during an engine malfunction.
I also carried a grease gun so that I could crawl under and grease the chassis on a regular basis as we traveled. Grease is cheaper than parts and I usually never went longer than 1000 miles between greasing the chassis. It also gave me a chance to look underneath the chassis for any problems. I carried several of the extra large white disposable suits used by painters, etc. The are available at Home Depot for a few bucks and they slip on over your regular clothes if you plan on getting dirty. A lot also depends on where you travel. Walmart and their tools are never too far away, as well as hardware and auto parts stores.

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I didn't realize how much I needed a combination power tool set until I got one for a repair project. I have used the power tools many times since and would not travel without one.

From Home Depot I bought a Black & Decker 18 volt cordless power tool set. It includes: a circular & reciprocating saw, a handheld vacuum, drill and high powered flashlight. All of this comes in a nice canvas carry bag.

Also I purchased a 150 piece channel lock hand tool set that comes in a plastic fold open case. Each tool has a marked spot in the case so it's easy to see when a tool is missing when your cleaning up after doing some work. It's has standard and metric sockets and wrenches along with ratchets drivers and various bits like allen, star, torx, screwdriver...etc

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Posted: 06/07/19 11:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have some long jumper cables , a battery charger and a telescoping ladder .

I take lots of stuff , way to much but you never know when it'll be needed .

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A good AC/DC clampon ammeter and knowing how to use it. This one offers a lot of function.


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Bottle opener, and cork screw.

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I forgot the corkscrew on one trip and it took me 15 minutes to find another camper that had one. It was the longest 15 minutes of the trip for my 2 adult daughters. They never let me forget it.


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I carry a set of SAE and metric sockets and racket,assorted wrenches and modified wrenches to get to toilet valve, WH drain,etc, grease gun, caulking gun,ladder, 40 amp battery charger, jumper cables,wire splices, extra wire, tire repair kit and 12 v air pump, sockets and breaker bar to change a tire, oil change pan, rags, 2 multi meters, distilled water for batteries, Shoe Goo, epoxy and contact adhesive,and a tire gauge. My friend whom I travel with at times just carries a credit card due to physical limitations.

* This post was edited 06/07/19 02:24pm by Gjac *

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Posted: 06/07/19 11:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Along with most of the stuff already mentioned, I added a couple of 20 ton bottle jacks and a 3-gallon air compressor with 50' air hose, air tools(impact wrench and ratchet), tire chuck, and deep-well sockets. Able to air up tires and/or put on the spare tire if caught with no roadside assistance available.


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