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Old 10-30-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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What do you bring for roadside problems...

Other than the thin plastic card in our wallets, and for the guy that must be fully equipped for roadside problems, what's in your storage bay?

This is for they guys that not only want to be prepared, but, insist on trying to fix the problem on their class A before making the call.

I'd like to get some good tips so I can avoid wasting money and time.
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Coach-Net and another towing option on my RV insurance, which is usually little cost. I have both because you will find that they only cover one service call per occurrence. I have had to use both, and nice to have the fall back.

On a newer coach you may want to consider an extended warranty, like with Good Sam's. Older coaches will generally cost more for the plan than you would get through the repair savings and deductible.
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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I carry wrenches, screwdrivers, socket sets, pliers, hack saw, files, drill bits, etc. In addition I have bailing wire, duct tape, pop rivets, nuts, bolts, screw, 1" X 1/8" X 30" aluminum bar stock, wire and connecters, fuses, switches. If I can't repair it enough to drive to a parts store, I call Roadside Assistance.
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:08 AM   #4
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Fuel filter and serpentine belt.

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Old 10-30-2013, 11:21 AM   #5
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Road flares, reflective triangle road signs
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Fuel filter and serpentine belt. Joel
Yes. Do get a serpentine belt. It can break at any point and be a pain to quickly find the right replacement.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:30 PM   #7
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Thom has lots of tools and parts to fix quite a few things if they should break. We also have Coach-Net and of course insurance.
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I carry tools necessary for what I think I need to fix things myself (ie simple stuff): cordless drill, socket set and wrenches, nut driver set, multi-meter, locking pliers, drill bit set, hammer, small saw, caulk & caulk gun, allen wrenches. Then there are the necessary supplies in the tool box: spare breakers, fuses, wire ties, sharkbite plumbing connectors, gorilla tape, electrical tape, awning repair tape, eternabond tape, hose clamps of varying sizes. I also carry a length of nylon rope. On board in a tub I carry a spare serpentine belt, water pump, oil filters and fuel filters for engine and generator, start/run kits for the ac's, and some solenoids. I probably missed some things but these are the major things.
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Besides the typical wrench set, pliers, hammer, and other simple tools:

I suggest...
a simple electric circuit/power tester.
a Robertson (square socket) screwdriver (those things are used everywhere in my RV)
a selection of extra fuses for the chassis and house 12VDC system.

If you tow - jack and lug wrench for the dolly or trailer and/or toad.

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What is a serpentine belt, and where does it go
I thought I had most of the basic emergency tools, along with Roadside Assistance and credit card but this one stumps me
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What is a serpentine belt, and where does it go
I thought I had most of the basic emergency tools, along with Roadside Assistance and credit card but this one stumps me
Serpentine belt is a flat belt, with ribs on one side that powers the accessories on the engine. It is also called the fan belt in older vehicles that used a 'V' belt.
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Yeah, ALL OF THE ABOVE, and oil, gear lube, antifreeze, tools to break down and mount a tire, an unmounted spare, a 20T jack, tow cable, air line and chuck, as well as air gun, polishing compound, electric polisher and disks, paint, primer and clear coat, air brush, and sanding supplies to repair all chips and nicks. On inside, we carry spray lacquer for refinishing wood dings and minimal sewing and some upholstery supplies for repairing split seams and such. Also all manner of cleaners and solvents to remove stains and marks on leather and cloth.

Other than that, not much.
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Not just duct tape but............GORILLA TAPE
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Serpentine belt is a flat belt, with ribs on one side that powers the accessories on the engine. It is also called the fan belt in older vehicles that used a 'V' belt.
Another point regarding the serpentine belt, pull up the routing chart for the belt and keep it handy.

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You would be surprised how many mechanics don't know how to route your belt....

I would also recommend that you learn how to replace it yourself. It could break at the worst of times, and may not be close to a mechanic.

Cary the correct wrench to loosen the tension for making it easier to replace. Cary a box cutter knife, to cut out the old belt, which will often become tightly wrapped around the fan pulley when it breaks.

Also, if you have the belt, you may be able to simply get a repair call versus a tow.
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