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Old 02-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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I think I know why some RVs get poor mpg!!!

Just read this on a non-fibberglass web site:


Hi All,
I'm curious what everyone carries in their rigs for maintenance - repair. etc. I'll start a list of the things I carry and we'll see what y'all can add or consider not essential.

Torque wrench, extension and wheel lug socket
Set of impact sockets
1/2 " drive socket set
breaker bar
1/4" and 3/8" imperial and metric socket set
mini 1/4" socket set
grease gun and grease
Fluke Multimeter set, cheap multi meter, volt stick
wire and assorted terminal ends, shrink wrap
Air compressor and assorted nozzles
Tire pressure guage
hack saw
cordless 18 volt set of drill. sawzall. flashlight and circular saw
drill bits and blades for sawzall
extension cords
bottle jack
inspection mirror with extendable handle
pliers..water pump, needle nose , linesman and regular
vice grips
assorted screwdrivers...too many of them
side cutters
flashlights
pry bar
gorilla tape, duct tape . aluminum foil tape and electrical tape
bottle of liquid electrical tape
extendable bar clamp
claw hammer
assorted nails and screws...still never seem to have just the right one.
rope
bungee straps
chain and padlocks
nut drivers
assorted lubes such as lithium grease, WD 40, graphite spray
caulking and caulking gun
silicone
files
wire brushes
bristle brushes
sponge and bucket
collapsible bucket
sand paper
interior wood stain
measuring tape
shovel
combination wrenches
tin snips
torx tools
allen wrenches
12' 10' 8' 6' crescent wrenches
tarp
1st aid kit
extra fuses
gloves
filter wrench
cable ties
spare bulbs
anti freeze
heater hose and clamps
jumper cables
battery charger

well that's it for now...might have to edit if I think of more.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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Yep, wood stain and sand paper is at the top of my list of stuff I carry! ooooh and tubes of silicone too
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:51 AM   #3
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And they didn't even mention bowling balls nor bags of tuck pointing mortar. Two staples, for sure.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:16 AM   #4
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Three electrical meters?
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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Wonder where they keep the coffee pot!!!

My little egg is only this(hand).....(hand)big

this guys tool box this(hand)........................................ ....(hand)big



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Old 02-05-2013, 12:30 PM   #6
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coveralls fo when you are crawling around under greasy or dirty areas
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:23 PM   #7
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It's a long list, all right, but you know what?

I just looked it over real carefully, and except for the 18 volt cordless tools kit, the impact tools, and multiple bigger wrenches and sockets my own tool "kit" covers all the same bases without occupying any great amount of otherwise useful space.

I s'pose there may be a difference in sheer scale, though...

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:44 PM   #8
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for repairs i carry...
1 screw driver with changable bits.
1 pair of pliers
1 roll of gorrilla tape
1 tube of epoxy
if that won't fix it,,,i pour another cup of coffee and sit down.
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I'm kinda with John. A few basics, MORE beer and my Amex card with a zero balance.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:54 PM   #10
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We generally include some food and a change of clothes. Also would not be without my cpap.
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I forgot about something that I'd have to add to the above list: my tire repair kit. Doesn't take up much room, though...

And it works a lot better than the patch we did with superglue and cloth fibers the time we had two flats in a row on the Kia while thirty miles up a Forest Service road. That one only lasted for about fifteen miles before we had to do it again!

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Spare tire in a can, or the rubber sticks and vulcanizing glue?
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Yeah, that is quite the list. A lot more than I carry. My kit lives in my Pilot. I do not carry anything to repair a tire, just change them.

Soft sided tool kit
Pliers - lineman/needle
Small sidecutters
Adjustable wrench
Small socket set
12V drill and driver/drill set
Screwdriver set
Utility knife
Level
Tape measure
Ball lubricant
Jack
Tire wrench - tow & 13/16
Small level
Tape - electrical, fiberglass, masking
12V Air compressor
Tire pressure gauge
Booster cables
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We've been carrying a spray can for 12 years and the 'rubber strings'. We've used the strings 3 times during our travels.
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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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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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Quack! Quack! Duct Tape holds the world together, never leave home without it. HA!
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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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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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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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