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Old 07-19-2015, 11:31 PM   #15
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If you don't have emery cloth or a file, an emery board for touching up fingernails works fine, and is just the size to fit in the slots of a 7-pin connector.

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Old 07-19-2015, 11:35 PM   #16
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I carry a Leatherman Wave, which is the one tool that can do almost anything, but make the chore more difficult than it would have been if you had the proper tool.
Compact though.

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Old 07-20-2015, 08:04 AM   #17
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Hot water heater drain plugs(and anode) are an unusual size and tend to be very difficult to get in/out. A long socket(to clear the rather cramped area) with a long handle to help turn it will be useful. Along with plumbers tape for when you put in a new one.

I have solar - so I carry various tools and spare parts for that.

Tools are relatively easy to borrow (and often come attached with someone who knows how to use them &#128521 - what can be difficult is small bits that vibrate off, break or get lost. I carry a couple extra fasteners for my roof rack. Things like that.

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Old 07-20-2015, 08:33 AM   #18
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Carrying an extra set of wheel bearings and seals in not that bad an idea. While many FGRV's use readily available bearings and seals that's not true of all, especially Hunters some of which seem to have a very odd size seal. I just keep the last good set of bearings we changed out and a set of new seals in a baggie. Minimal space required and we all know that the better prepared you are, the less apt you will need them.

BTW: Also add a Haynes service manual for the TV to the tool kit.
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:56 AM   #19
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Forgive me, but I dont recall seeing a Hammer and Zip-ties. CA (Krazy glue) can come in hand as well believe it or not in certain applications. Keep it isolated in a baggie or such have you! Ummm...sounds silly but a poncho is inevitable also if you camp long enough.

I agree 100% with others with some of the tool lists.... and it depends on knowledge of the tools you carry as to whether they will benefit you or not in a crisis. Hopefully, problems will be few and far between for more happier camping excursions.
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:10 AM   #20
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I use to carry all that stuf and finally decided that the lug wrench, jack, tubless tire repair and a 12VDC compressor is all I really need.
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:11 AM   #21
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I prefer to go minimalist, though I have a full chest of tools at home. I used to take a drill set, and a full set of wrenches and sockets, but found they weighted a lot, and took up a lot of space, plus were never really needed.

Repair/Tool Kit
Duct tape
Electrical tape
Masking tape
Tie wire
Cable ties
Sharpening stone
Spare batteries
Pliers - lineman/needle
Adjustable wrenches - 10" & 6"
Screwdriver set
Utility knife
Tape measure
Ball lubricant
Tire sockets - tow & 13/16
1/2" ratchet and swing arm
Small level
Air compressor
Tire pressure gauge
Booster cables
Small folding shovel
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:46 AM   #22
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Yes indeed! I use to carry most of the listed many not listed.

However, that was in a very large motor home, with basement storage!

These days, in my 13-foot Scamp, I'd have to chose between taking my socks or the tools!

Where in the world do you people carry all your tools?

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Old 07-20-2015, 10:05 AM   #23
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I keep all my tools in the back of the TV, in a milk-crate type of box. You can fit 3 Craftsman Compact (17"), under seat, boxes on top of each other and still have more than 1/2 of the crate for other stuff. Here's a link to those very useful, and inexpensive boxes:
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:13 AM   #24
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It seems that you always need a tool you do not have, but for many fiberglass camping trailers, this list should cover most common tasks you are likely to tackle while on the road and not become overly burdensome.

The tools, their sizes, and the supplies that you need are often specific to your rig, especially if you are trying to minimize what you carry. Therefore, you should choose supplies and tools based on the specifics of your vehicles. Customize your toolbox by going over your rig from top to bottom, examining everything you might need to work on, and choose the right sized tools and the supplies you need. For example, this list assumes you are not using a generator and if you are, the tools and supplies needed for it’s upkeep should be added to this list. This list is for making repairs on the road and does not include safety items (fire extinguisher, eye protection) or suggested daily use items such as a surge suppressor and water pressure regulator but you should still use them when appropriate of course.


Tier-One includes priority tools and supplies that you should not leave home without. You should know how to safely use them, or have someone available who does.

Running Gear:
Proper tools to change tires (wheels). Check beforehand (Note Scamp needs deep socket to remove spare but regular socket is OK for mounting wheels to hubs)
Air compressor and tire pressure gauge
Jumper cables

Multi-meter or 12 VDC and 120 VAC testers.
Spare wire (10 and 14 g), crimp connectors, wire nuts
Bulbs (tug and trailer, inside and outside).
Wire cutter / crimp / strip tool
Wire ties

Water heater drain plug socket
Water Hose washers
Assorted sizes of Hose Clamps

Adjustable wrenches, channel lock pliers, crescent wrench, needle nose and vice grip pliers (sized to the gear on your rig).
Small hack saw
Phillips and flat screwdrivers, also torx if needed.
Duct tape and or Gorilla tape
Electrical tape
Butyl tape
Spare rivets and rivet gun
Emery cloth and small wire brush
JB Weld
3M 4200 Marine caulk
Bailing wire
Any specialty tools or attachments required for your particular rig.
Owner’s manuals with parts lists.


Tier-Two includes tool you might be able to get by without, but they come in handy or are required less frequently. Tier-Two tools are recommended when full timing or boodocking when ready access to stores or repair facilities is not expected. Some of these items are so lightweight that there really is no reason not to carry them.

Spare bearing and seal set with cotter pins. Bearing pre-packed with grease and sealed in baggie
Tire plug repair kit
Metric and SAE Socket Set with extensions
Battery hydrometer
Torque Wrench
Hammer with claw or Axe–hammer and small crowbar
Electric screwdriver / drill and bits
Grease gun if you have “bearing buddies”
Can of WD-40
Chain quick links and shackles
Dielectric grease
Assorted bolts, screws, etc.
Sections of replacement hose
TFE paste and Thread Seal Tape
Soldering iron with solder
Small bubble level
Refrigerator flue brush
RV antifreeze if you might unexpectedly experience sub-freezing temps

As always.. this is IMHO and YMMV.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:14 AM   #25
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Gorilla Tape will temporarily fix a lot of problems .
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:40 AM   #26
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Was this mentioned, safety triangle for if you do have to work along the road. But any truck driver will tell you they seem to be regarded as targets, and get run over.
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Old 07-20-2015, 10:59 AM   #27
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I totally would start with the tier one list by gordon2 in post 24. Lot of useful stuff in the tier two list also but also a few "it depends" on space and ability to use tools in question.

Cross reference with what Jim listed in post #21 for a few items that Jim mentions that gordon2 doesn't between those two you would pretty much have it covered.

Hose clamps and a few pieces of tubing or pipe to insert and clamp into a broken or leaking hose can be useful and not take up much space. You may find radiator hose ID matches a tomato paste can (or similar) which can be used to store stuff until required for a repair.

I noticed an idea echoed a few times of looking at what is there in your rig and take tools/parts to deal with that. The more remote your camping the more you need to consider repairing enough to get to a shop back in civilization. That means parts and pieces. Popular local state parks you probably need less.

If it is too bulky or to much hassle to get the stuff together then you will be more inclined to not take it. Back in the day I had two large mechanics tool boxes stashed but that was in a 40 ft. Motorhome. It was just easier to keep a place for my main tool boxes to be hauled out and slid into. Took awhile to come up with a different routine and kit for trailer camping. One that was not a hassle. I have enough to do getting ready, not going to dig through tool boxes to go through tool check list.
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:32 AM   #28
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Thanks everyone! All good words of advice and I had forgotten that he does play a bit with his ham radio so he will need a bit of space for that.

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