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Old 03-20-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Not sure of everything needed but 50% needs to be electrical related.
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I bought the electrical kit from Harbor Freight and the "big" tool kit thinking I would not need them. The stuff is not on the high end but I found both useful when on the road and I don't need to pack and unpack my tools. I think I spent $300.00 for both and 100's of not 1000's of parts in neat trays and containers.
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Harbor Freight is a good choice for big sockets. I would suggest Craftsman for 3/8" drive stuff that is used more often. And, a SnapOn or Mac ratchet handle would be ideal blend of price / performance / longevity / quality. 6 point for durability and to not round the nut.

A full set of open end wrenches, metric and SAE. Harbor Freight is fine for larger sizes, Craftsman or better for under 3/4".

A Quality set of screwdrivers (nothing worse than Craftsman). Full set.

set of pliars (various)

Electric: crimps, cutters, multimeter are essential.

Everything you need to do a tire change (heavy duty jackstands, bottle jack, the right sized socket, extension, breaker bar, torque multiplier etc).

Major help: Dewalt 20v impact drill with assorted tips. One of the most used tools there is.

I could go on and on...

I just put a Harbor Freight tool box in the MA and will be filling it soon so will put a checklist together.
https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-s...ool-carts.html
Scratch and Dent for $88. I left the legs off and will use the bottom tray and casters for a shop project. Banged a few dents out and walla. Just fits and near perfect shape. A little heavier than ideal but oh well.

I consider: mission critical, frequency of use, tool cost, tool size when I pack. I don't bring the "good stuff" with me in the RV.
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This is a very difficult question to answer due to the background, experience, "DIY", and a whole lot more, that is invested in each individual RV pilot. Some guys are quite happy with a flat head and a Phillips head screwdriver and a pair of pliers. They, for the most part, don't plan on doing any repairs themselves and maybe never have been a DIY type. Then, there's the ones, like me, who've done just about everything there is to do on any vehicle they've ever owned and, have a full roll-a-round tool chest at home and almost a half sized one in the coach.

My tool box is an assembly of all kinds of various tools, sockets( both SAE and metric) , screw drivers ,wrenches both SAE and Metric, a few sets of different types of pliers, electrical measuring unit, infra red gun, and a ton of other stuff. I think it's the reason I'm getting 6 mpg.

But, if I were to suggest a semi-complete tool kit, I'd maybe suggest something like this:

https://www.harborfreight.com/105-pi...-kit-4030.html

Now, this example is just that, an example. EVERYBODY, Harbor Freight, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, ACE and True Value Hardware and more, make various sized, complete tool kits. Most come in a plastic blow-molded case. The really good part about that kind of system is, the case itself keeps all the tools in a very neat and organized manor. YOU KNOW when a tool is missing and or, you know where they all go.

For general repairs etc. on the road, a nice, couple hundred dollar, complete tool kit is gonna do just fine. Yeah, you can add a Volt-Ohm meter for some great help in the electrical analyzation department. A 12V test light is also a must for diagnosing issues on the 12V side of the coach.

So, you'll get a whole ton of answers on this. Each guy has preferences and experience that dictates what each will maybe want to carry in the tool box on/in the coach.
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Does anyone have a tool kit that they like the best that includes most things that you need on the road
Questions like this, I always wonder if they are made in jest. How do you expect anybody to know your skill set, even if they know vehicles like yours?
(About 20 years ago, DW told me to stop buying tools. If you know how to use it, you have it)
How comfortable are you doing repairs around the house? And what tools do you use?
How comfortable are you doing repairs on your vehicle? And what tools do you use?
Now how likely is your RV to need repairs that fit your skill set? The more maintenance you do, the better idea what tools you will need, and the less likely you will need any.

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Not sure of everything needed but 50% needs to be electrical related.
Maybe 50% of the problems will be electrical related, but if you do not understand electrical problems what good are the tools?

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Harbor Freight is a good choice for big sockets. I would suggest Craftsman for 3/8" drive stuff that is used more often. And, a SnapOn or Mac ratchet handle would be ideal blend of price / performance / longevity / quality. 6 point for durability and to not round the nut.
This sounds good.

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A full set of open end wrenches, metric and SAE. Harbor Freight is fine for larger sizes, Craftsman or better for under 3/4".
Wrenches are heavy. Every fastener on my pickup is metric, why carry the SAE? There are some SAE sized on my trailer, so I have that sizes in the trailer box.


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A Quality set of screwdrivers (nothing worse than Craftsman). Full set.

set of pliars (various)

Electric: crimps, cutters, multimeter are essential.
The first screwdriver you can grab in the box should be a cheaper brand flat point. Use it for prying, so when you need to turn a screw you still have a screwdriver.


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Everything you need to do a tire change (heavy duty jackstands, bottle jack, the right sized socket, extension, breaker bar, torque multiplier etc).
I have never understood the demand for a jackstand when changing a tire. I have never been able to place the stand without putting at least a arm under the vehicle, and never needed to stick a arm under the vehicle to get the wheel off/on.
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Questions like this, I always wonder if they are made in jest. How do you expect anybody to know your skill set, even if they know vehicles like yours?
(About 20 years ago, DW told me to stop buying tools. If you know how to use it, you have it)
How comfortable are you doing repairs around the house? And what tools do you use?
How comfortable are you doing repairs on your vehicle? And what tools do you use?
Now how likely is your RV to need repairs that fit your skill set? The more maintenance you do, the better idea what tools you will need, and the less likely you will need any.



Maybe 50% of the problems will be electrical related, but if you do not understand electrical problems what good are the tools?



This sounds good.



Wrenches are heavy. Every fastener on my pickup is metric, why carry the SAE? There are some SAE sized on my trailer, so I have that sizes in the trailer box.




The first screwdriver you can grab in the box should be a cheaper brand flat point. Use it for prying, so when you need to turn a screw you still have a screwdriver.




I have never understood the demand for a jackstand when changing a tire. I have never been able to place the stand without putting at least a arm under the vehicle, and never needed to stick a arm under the vehicle to get the wheel off/on.
wow you picked on everybody it was a general question about an all included tool kit that i know some stores sell
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what I was asking is there a tool kit from home depot or anywhere else that includes most of the general tools that most people would need on the road in a complete package and who has purchased it.
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I bought the electrical kit from Harbor Freight and the "big" tool kit thinking I would not need them. The stuff is not on the high end but I found both useful when on the road and I don't need to pack and unpack my tools. I think I spent $300.00 for both and 100's of not 1000's of parts in neat trays and containers.
Just my experience

I did the same thing. I'm not a professional mechanic and using tools every day, so the Harbor Freight stuff is great ! It is heavy, so when traveling, I load it in the TOAD.


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wow you picked on everybody it was a general question about an all included tool kit that i know some stores sell
No intention to pick on anybody, just point out the same answer will not fit everybody.
If you think there is a "set" that you can walk out of a store with and do everything, I don't think so. Most sets leave something out, and put in stuff that you are unlikely to need.
What I was trying to suggest is look at what you use most at home, decide if you are likely to need, and put those tools in the RV. Example, you are not likely to repair drywall in the RV.
Personally I don't keep all my home repair tools in the same box. If I have a electrical problem, I grab the tool pouch copied from a pro, and the power driver. Plumbing? All that equipment is in the big box in basement. One bucket has all the stuff for plastic, another for copper. The pipe wrenches, cutters, vice, dies and handles are in the bottom. For the camper, all the plumbing on mine is hoses....

One thing. For decades every kit of crimp connectors has come with the tool for smashing the connectors. I have a good tool that actually crimps the things making a much better connection. The last year or two I have seen a crimping tool at HF. I have but them in the camper and pickup bags so I don't need to smash one, then when I get home, redo with the better tool
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jarata,
This is a very difficult question to answer due to the background, experience, "DIY", and a whole lot more, that is invested in each individual RV pilot. Some guys are quite happy with a flat head and a Phillips head screwdriver and a pair of pliers. They, for the most part, don't plan on doing any repairs themselves and maybe never have been a DIY type. Then, there's the ones, like me, who've done just about everything there is to do on any vehicle they've ever owned and, have a full roll-a-round tool chest at home and almost a half sized one in the coach.

My tool box is an assembly of all kinds of various tools, sockets( both SAE and metric) , screw drivers ,wrenches both SAE and Metric, a few sets of different types of pliers, electrical measuring unit, infra red gun, and a ton of other stuff. I think it's the reason I'm getting 6 mpg.

But, if I were to suggest a semi-complete tool kit, I'd maybe suggest something like this:

https://www.harborfreight.com/105-pi...-kit-4030.html

Now, this example is just that, an example. EVERYBODY, Harbor Freight, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, ACE and True Value Hardware and more, make various sized, complete tool kits. Most come in a plastic blow-molded case. The really good part about that kind of system is, the case itself keeps all the tools in a very neat and organized manor. YOU KNOW when a tool is missing and or, you know where they all go.

For general repairs etc. on the road, a nice, couple hundred dollar, complete tool kit is gonna do just fine. Yeah, you can add a Volt-Ohm meter for some great help in the electrical analyzation department. A 12V test light is also a must for diagnosing issues on the 12V side of the coach.

So, you'll get a whole ton of answers on this. Each guy has preferences and experience that dictates what each will maybe want to carry in the tool box on/in the coach.
Scott
Pretty good answer here!

Iím not into Harbor Freight but all the big box stores have s good tool box out of plastic that will cover it in the way of common tools.

Electrical is another story, as IMHO, you will find a good number of issues here in most RVís limiting factor is with your ability - patch/repair/replace so multimeter - 12 volt tester - connectors - soldering iron. ..........

Bigger heavier tools not so much as usually even with a lot of tools you will need More 😃

Next tapes and glues/adhesives not because they are built poorly but rather the roads are just worn out and things just bounced loose 😂

Last the drill and impact driver - most used so be sure to have a good bit box that works on everything out there.

Last suggestion is to dedicate an area for the tools - it needs to be organized so you can find what you need and put them away as you use them. Add in what they call a Gardnerís box - four wheeler that you can store most used an sit on to make repairs I love mine.

Hope this Helps,
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My wrenches and sockets are made by Metrinch. (Metrinch-Tools) These tools are designed to turn the hex head on its flats, not the points like conventional tools do. They cannot round off the points like conventional tools do AND ONE TOOL WORKS ON BOTH METRIC AND SAE. They even work on the rounded off hex heads you got from using a 1/2" when you should have used a 12mm. One tool does two jobs; you need tools like this in the confines of an RV.
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A square tip screw driver.
1-1/16" socket if you have a water heater. Basic Pex plumbing tools in addition to some of the tool mentioned above.
Good roadside insurance if you don't plan to change a tire yourself or replace a starter for example. Impossible to carry a tool for every scenario or you won't have room for any toys!
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