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Old 04-22-2007, 12:43 AM   #1
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I am putting together a toolkit for my 16' Scamp, and I am looking for suggestions. I want to have any tools that I might need, but not have to take every tool I own (just thinking of the weight for example). What tools have you found useful and what tools would you not travel without?

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Old 04-22-2007, 01:13 AM   #2
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John,

I carry a bottle jack and a four-way tire speed wrench. I also carry both metric and SAE combination wrenches, a 3/8" socket set, a 1/2" socket set, a Reese hitch ball wrench, set of screwdrivers, SAE & metric allen wrenches, a cordless drill, electrical tape, Teflon tape, and a VOM. I've also got a small Snap-on mallet, and a small ball-peen hammer. There are other odds-n-ends, but they all fit into a small tool bag and a plastic Craftsman fitted case for the 3/8" socket set.

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Old 04-22-2007, 01:54 AM   #3
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I find electrical tools to be the most useful for the trailer. While tire changing equipment is a must, wire strippers, crimpers, tape, an assortment of connectors, a meter or test light, etc. are very, very handy. Even if you don't need it for your trailer, you may be able to help another trailerite along the way!
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:31 AM   #4
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Bunji cords and duct tape Glues epoxies small hose clamps, spring clamps, one of those spare tire in a can, Butain torch, Electric adapters of all kinds Hose "Y" A good camper always puts a y on the water spicot before his hose. also one of those folding GI shovels
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Old 04-22-2007, 08:56 AM   #5
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Lots of folks take too many tools on the road--I know I do. Try to be realistic. If you have road service, you don't need a lot of car tools, for instance.

No matter how many tools you take along, the one you need won't be among them (Murphys Law).

I let rivet replacement, electrical repairs and plumbing repairs wait until I get home and can take the time to do them carefully.
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:58 AM   #6
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Along with the tools previously mentioned we always carry a squeezable tube of white caulk in case of an unexpected leak, and various lengths of zip ties. Of course we never leave home without a roll of duct tape! You can temporarily fix just about anything with it!

Congratulations on your "new" camper. Hope to meet you down the road sometime.

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Old 04-22-2007, 10:46 AM   #7
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I carry my AAA card and a Visa card with zero balance.

Actually, I carry some stuff, duct tape, hammer, vicegrips, rivet gun and assorted rivets, zip ties...but really nothing "specific" to the trailer...and about half the time I forget to put the tool box in the tug. Whether or not you even carry a tool box has more to do with WHERE you are traveling. If you're off the beaten path you may have to rescue yourself. Typically where I travel, there's plenty of cellphone service.
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I am an Electro-Mechanical Technician and I am never without my regular tool case. It looks like a suitcase, has pallets with individual tool compartments, and weighs 35 pounds.

What I find essential is a Reliable Strong Light Source with good batteries. When my brother quit working as a pizza delivery driver, he gave me his hand-held spotlight that plugs into a 12 volt outlet (cigarette lighter type). I carry a 20 amp-hour 12 volt battery that I have rigged with such an outlet connector.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:05 AM   #9
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I am putting together a toolkit for my 16' Scamp, and I am looking for suggestions. I want to have any tools that I might need, but not have to take every tool I own (just thinking of the weight for example). What tools have you found useful and what tools would you not travel without?

Thanks in advance,

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John; we have a 16' Scamp '99. All of the tools I carry fit into a moderate size tackle box that will store at the side of the furnace (I'm assuming you have the front bath model Scamp like us). I'll take an inventory of what I carry but it includes:
--pliers
--channel lock pliers
--12V circuit tester
--hammer
--large wire ties (zip ties...can double as hose clamps in a pinch)
--4 way screw driver
--multi tool
--velcro ties
--adjustable wrench
--a couple lengths of electrical wire
--a few wire nuts
--electrical tape
--spare bulbs for turn/brake lights on the trailer
--nylon cord
--"nail" style tent pegs
IN THE TUG
--scissor jack (tire change and can be used as a rear stabilizer for the trailer)
--socket for trailer lugs and 1/2" "swing arm" wrench
--12V air compressor

I'll check a bit more carefully later today but I have been able to fix most everything we have encountered in the past several years well enough to last until we get home and I can do a more permanent job.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:32 AM   #10
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If you would carry it in your car toolkit, it's in my trailer. And then some.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:38 AM   #11
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A multi-tool of some kind can replace a whole fist full of tools. I never leave home without one. I have some that are very expensive but even a cheapo (less than $15.00) has saved my day.
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:59 PM   #12
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I am a relative newby at this. What may I ask is the rivet gun used mostly for? And what specific typr of gun do you suggest?
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Old 04-23-2007, 04:03 PM   #13
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I had no idea that Gina watched me change oil..

Anyway, Part of a tool kit, most important,
2 ounces Bourbon whiskey
1 capful Vermouth
several ice cubes
2- Marischino cherries.

maybe some coke.
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:29 PM   #14
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I found that I`ll take anything that I may need....then take everything that I will never need...again...Murphy`s Law........Everything from fuses to a 12V winch with snatch block and comealong with straps and chains...have a 2WD truck......lots of hand tools, auto wire,saws, axes, cordless and corded drills w/bits, chisels,punches, hole punches,tire plug kit with 12v compressor, pop rivets, screws w/ ass`t hardware...ratchet straps,2 VOMS, one digital and other analog, Pop rivet gun, grease cartridge, various tapes, tie wraps, tying wire, spare tent pegs, various lubes and oils, 2 high power spotlights, one cordless and the other 12v corded, a 12V lantern, couple regular flash lights, smaller amber rotating beacon, and a few other items....this is all carried in the back of my pickup.....had a wheel come loose one time in Wendover, Nevada and damaged/loosened a couple wheel studs in the hub....since a couple stud holes were elongated somewhat, I acquired two over size shank studs but didn`t have a 3/8" round file to enlarge the holes to a large stud shank...had to buy one at the same parts place where I got the studs...hated that! .....picked up a used wheel with tire at a local wrecker because of the damage to the holes of the wheel that was on the trailer and I wasn`t going anywhere without a spare, and then carried on with my trip West... ..there`s always something that you`ll need but don`t have......Benny
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