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Old 02-05-2013, 02:44 PM   #15
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Besides the automotive repair tools,
for the trailer:
I carry spare wheel bearings, grease seals and 1/2 can of grease.
Spare electrical switch, for the water pump, porch light, etc. All of my add on switches are all the same so I need to carry only 1 extra switch.
Pop rivet gun and spare rivets, caps and back up washers
one singe step and one 2 step folding stool.
A fist full of wire ties.
spare fueses for the load center.
spare 12 volt bulbs for lights and tail lights including led replacements.
a partial roll of butyl tape, Foil and plastic duct tape and red & Black electrical tape
wire stripper/crimper and some electrical connectors
digital multimeter
a couple of hose clamps.
small can wd-40
small tool kit in plastic box with ratchet, sockets screwdriver and multi bits. small kit usually found during the holidays for 10-15$
some bungee cords
small box assortment of stainless steel screws.
1 foot long #2 phillips bit for the screwdriver to remove the cover off the frigerator burner.
a couple of good flash lights.
Some really large heavy garden trash bags.
hose nozzel and some extra hose washers.
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:17 PM   #16
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Speaking of flat tire repair, my dad and I were using Ride On for our motorcycles/scooters, which acts as both a puncture sealant and balancer.

We threw a tube each of it into the Burro's tires, too. I can't tell you how it performs yet, though, since I haven't collected any punctures since then.
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #17
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Quack! Quack! Duct Tape holds the world together, never leave home without it. HA!
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:20 PM   #18
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Quack! Quack! Duct Tape holds the world together, never leave home without it. HA!
LOL

Though I do use a fair bit of duct tape on things, I have started using fiber reinforced tape a lot more. It has WAY more tensile strength.

Still, if I had to patch a hole in my canoe, it would be the duct tape I grab for.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:28 PM   #19
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Joke:
Why are duct tap and the Force alike?

They both have a dark side and a light side, and they bind the universe together.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:56 PM   #20
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I carry a little piece of plastic, with the phone number of Good Sam Road Service. That is all the tools I need.
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Old 02-05-2013, 07:30 PM   #21
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Good thing it's plastic, Jim-

It'll smoke like a son-of-a-gun when you use it to build a signal fire when you're deep in the boonies out of phone range.

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Old 02-05-2013, 08:30 PM   #22
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If it moves and you don't want it to - use some duct tape.
If it doesn't move and you want it to - use some WD40.

Here endeth the lesson.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #23
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I thought all you need was a Leatherman?
And be like macgyver.....
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:14 AM   #24
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1/4, 3/8, 1/2" sae and metric, shallow and deep socket sets, sae and metric wrenches, screwdrivers, picks, pipe wrenches, hacksaw, hammers, chisels, punches, 24" breaker bar and 1.5" socket for trailer balls, kroil, antiseize, gojo, hand towels, wire strippers/crimpers, wire, crimp connectors, fuses, gloves, duct tape, electrical tape, pliers, needle nose, channel locks, side cutters, vise grips, cordless drill converted to corded operation with battery alligator clamps, drill bits, multi-meter, silicone, tire gauge, sae and metric Allen wrenches, emery cloth, hose clamps.

Two spare tires, floor jack, 4 way lug wrench, ratchet straps, pre-greased wheel bearings and seals, spare hub/drum assembly, lugnuts

I'm sure I'm forgetting some
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:33 PM   #25
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My tool kit has a multi tool, a screwdriver with 6 bits, zip ties, tape, and some other small misc items. So if it's a small fix, I have the tools. If it's a medium fix, I go to the hardware for supplies. If it's a BIG fix, then its beyond what I can do (so the tools won't matter anyway).
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:45 AM   #26
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I bet this thread is scaring the bejesus out of newbees!

If I thought my tug and tow were in such bad shape I had to carry tools for every eventuality... I'd stay home.

We know stuff breaks and things happen... blow outs, fuses blow, plumbing can leak, etc. As long as the trailer is safe to go down the road... travel lights work, etc., everything else can be delayed until I get home. I'm a former tent camper and didn't have indoor lights, indoor plumbing, etc.

I do carry a toolbox. It has fuses, tapes, a few miscellaneous bolts, etc. etc. But, I'm trying to travel light, not carry my entire garage of tools with me. And, I have a ton of tools!

YMMV
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:55 AM   #27
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I've used them to many times to go without.

Blown tranny line on the Titan, bad spark plug on the hardbody, bad injector on the hardbody, fried wheel bearings on a minivan, bad radiator hose on the eclipse, trailer harness cut from road debris, etc.

If I'm on a road trip, the tools come with, period. I also keep a few extra quarts of engine oil, tranny fluid, and a gallon of 50/50 antifreeze.

Heck, I changed the clutch on a '82 1 ton chevy flatbed by driving the front tires up on napas curb, and buying the clutch and tools to change it, wish I had my tools then.

I've saved my butt plenty of times by being prepared.
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I do carry a toolbox. It has fuses, tapes, a few miscellaneous bolts, etc. etc. But, I'm trying to travel light, not carry my entire garage of tools with me. And, I have a ton of tools!
I now use a small tool bag, and really like it over a box, as it conforms nicely to the spot in the Pilot it is stowed in. My two mirror extensions when stowed take up as much room as my tools.

I used to carry way more tools than I do now, but when I had a 24' stickie, I used my work truck to pull it, and had a good selection of tools in it, many of which actually were pulled out to go somewhere.

When I first got the Escape 19, I carried a fairly full (but smaller) toolbox, not wanting to be left stranded somewhere, after the first year I brutally pared it down, and in consecutive years pulled out even more of the ones I never really used.

I like to be able to do any little repairs or mods on the fly, or get myself out of a jamb, but if something more serious should come up, I would gladly call in some help.
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