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Old 11-24-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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Toolbox necessities

Here is the question of the day? We are loading up the motorhome for some travel that may take us up to 6 months. What hand tools do you all recommend that we take. I have a selection of SAE wrenches, screwdrivers of various sorts, electrical tester tape and some nuts and bolts etc. That does not include exterior care products I have that under control more or less!!

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Old 11-24-2012, 12:15 PM   #2
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we carry a dewalt 20V drill, bits, rivet gun and rivets, electrical connections and crimp pliars, electric impac gun for those hard to remove bolts, wet dry vac.

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Old 11-24-2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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A good selection of fuses,, flash lights,, extra quart of engine oil/trans fluid...
plastic zip ties, vise grips, a hose repair kit for engine hoses and such,, I don't carry antifreeze as you always have water for emergencies...
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:04 PM   #4
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A roll of duct take and a large hammer. If I'd moves and it's not supposed to; use the duct tape. If it doesn't move and it IS supposed to; us the hammer.
It really quite simple for someone of my expertise.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:40 PM   #5
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I'll second everything said so far. For me, the first tool I take is a volt meter. Most problems in a MH are electrical.
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:10 PM   #7
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Power Probe 3, best tool I've found for diagnosing 12V electrical problems by far. And I've found pretty close to everything money can buy. Still need an ohm meter if you need to measure resistance, try an analog Radio Shack meter, which you'll find has uses a digital one can't match. You'll need a digital meter for pulse-width-modulated circuits (aka % Duty Cycle), so you might as well get one that has DC amps.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:18 PM   #8
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See this post What Tools to put in Tool Box?
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:12 AM   #9
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I suggest a rivit gun that will do 1/4 inch rivets and some 1/4 inch mollyrivits (hard to find but the only way to attach to sidewalls)
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Dremel - can drill, grind and saw. Cheap and light weight
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A square screwdriver bit attachment for my drill.

This fits almost every screw inside and outside of my Motor Home Coach.
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I keep a small kit of screws, nuts and bolts as well as tools.
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A spare fan belt

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If you have a diesel then carry an extra set of fuel filter(s).

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