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Old 11-06-2011, 10:26 AM   #1
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What "STUFF" do you always carry on board

We are new to MH traveling, had a 10' camper years ago much less complicated. We have rented MH's a few times and whenever we had any problems there is always experienced rv'ers nearby that seem to always have just what was needed. That is why I was happy to find this site. We found a nice '92 Fleetwood Bounder 31' with very little use and are anxious to go. I have read and re-read all the manuals but I have a question. What stuff do you keep stowed full time or pack always? Full toolbox? mini air compressor? 12 volt impact? sack full of lightbulbs/fuses? bottle jack? if I carry everything I think I might need the rig would weigh 40,000lbs. what stuff have you needed in an emergency and glad you had or wished you had. My dad said all you need is duct tape and wd-40, if it moves and is'nt supposed to use the tape, if it doesnt move and is supposed use the wd-40. will appreciate any tips
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:41 AM   #2
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I carry a complete set of hand tools I bought specifically for the MH. I went online a Northern Tool & made about a $300 order. I also carry a small 12V aircompressor hat is strong enough to air up the MH tires. A complete set of cleaning products including a 5 gal bucket & wipe & spray detailer. A colaspable ladder. Extra extension cords & extra sewer hose. A medium size shovel, we have spent time in snow & sand. The WD 40 is always good so as the duct tape, but I also have electrical cleaner & electrical paste, tape & connectors/terminals & volt/ohm meter. Cordless drill & flashlights. My own (as in nobody else uses this one) chair in a bag. Sometimes I even get to use it.
Basically you will get a good feel for what you need when you are out on a trip & want a tool , but have to borrow or buy it.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:00 AM   #3
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Dan and I have a lot of overlap:
  • lots of lights and extension cords
  • collapsible ladder
  • complete set of hand tools bought as a kit for the coach (cheap ones), a big set of vice grips, and a tape measure.
  • variety of cutting tools and knives
  • Dremel with lots of cutting and grinding heads
  • Cordless drill/driver and a fairly complete set of bits.
  • 150 psi cable porter donut style air compressor - the big tires can't be filled with a 12v portable.
  • Tire pressure gauge - this is an absolute must have. I check the tires every day I drive.
  • 5 lb rubber mallet (just seems a good idea)
  • ball-peen hammer
  • voltage meter, wire, clips, fuses bulbs
  • duct tape, all weather electrical tape, silicon tape (expensive but very waterproof), some sealant, electrical cleaning spray (good for dirty connections on the toad and MH), spray silicon lubricant and WD-40 (which is a lousy lubricant), dielectric grease, various cable ties, velcro fasteners.
  • Propane heater that attaches to a small tank (helps in the cold)
  • Laptop and internet connection so I can look things up (probably the most useful tool).
  • A toad so I can go and get what I forgot or didn't anticipate.
  • Long handle brush, collapsible bucket, squeegee and various cleaning supplies. This is really important in the summer because the yellow jackets love the dead bugs on the front of the coach, so I make a point of washing them off as soon as I can. Simple dish detergent, the brush, and water do the trick.
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Paul, sounds like you are pretty well prepared. Dielecctic grease, I couldn't think of the name. My tires are 90psi & the 12 volt air compressor that clamps to the battery has a 150 psi load range, it does mine, but that is all it is good for or maybe a basketball or the like. That is pretty much my set up also. But I always need something new.

I am a tool junkie!!! I have at least 3 full sets of tools, one set at work, required, one set at home + much more, one set in the MH. I can't pass up a tool store without stopping & checking out what they have.
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Remember just keep a basic tool kit. I have a couple of tubs with tape, lube, fuses, bulbs, etc. Takes up about the size of a big tool box. I have a small assortment of tools (basic), very small 12 volt air compressor, camp shovel, jumper cables, 3 ton bottle jack, extra bungie cords and straps, lights, extension cord, small ladder. Anything big you need to buy to fix on the road can be purchased at Walmart or the such. We are not FTers so we are mostly a weekend trip or a weeklong trip in summer. Anything that breaks during that time that I can't temp fix gets done once home. I'm more worried about having the camp chairs or BBQ. Remember to just have fun
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Basic tool kit, fuses, bulbs, fan belt, fuel filter, WD-40, duct tape, electrical tape, some 18 ga, 16 ga and 14 ga wire jumpers, crimp wire connectors, transmission oil, engine oil, 1 gallon of antifreeze, small soldering iron and solder, bottle jack, 12 VDC air compressor, small bow saw, small hack saw, 4-way lug wrench and 3' cheater pipe, small foldinf shovel, 25' extension cord, extra sewer hose, 1/4" rope, 6" level, small outside thermometer ...that's the guy stuff.

Now the wife stuff.....toilet chemicals, toilet paper, camp chairs, colander, plastic mixing bowls w/lids, full kitchen tools, punch can opener, manual can opener, measuring cups, measuring spoons, rechargeable hand vacuum, butane lighter, safety matches, ball of twine, vaccination papers for the pets, pad of paper, scotch tape,

And the list goes own......

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What ;you carry and keep on board depends a lot on your capabilities and willingness to use. We travel at least a half year at a time - my entire tool kit fits into two plastic tackle boxes. Screwdrivers, crescent wrenches, duct tape, WD-40, pliers, vice grips, and a hammer are really all I have used for 5 years. We carry an air compressor - have used it once a year normally. We also carry our road service membership and credit cards.

When we get ready to leave for our six month trip we load perishable food, computers, a few important papers and DW work files, a few special one of a kind clothes, medications, and the dog. Everything else is already on board. Takes us about 1 hour to load the motorhome, hook up the towd, and leave.
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Try to carry the things you can't find or buy on short notice. Carry extra fuel filters maybe radiator hoses and engine belts. Make sure you have the tools necessary to change out those items. I know I carry too much but I try to do all of my own work. A good road service such as CoachNet and a credit card will take care of most things. I also use a checklist application called RV Check. I have it installed on my phone and it saves me most of the time.
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:29 PM   #9
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I carry a 20 amp battery charger with me and have used it on both my previous TT and my current motorhome. If your converter goes out it will at least get you through a couple of days so you don't have to cancel your camping trip.
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I try not to carry tools I don't want to use. I do carry basic electric meter, screwdrivers nut drivers, etc. I have a power drill and a bunch of socket wrenches. Having had a tow truck driver bust his socket wrench trying to undo my drive shaft I carry a 12 point socket that fits that screw, hope never to use it. WorkHorse has a very exclusive fuel filter on the rail way back. It is not usually available, special order item, I have one. I have a spare serpentine belt because we drove to Alaska. Full cleaning gear, roadside triangles in case of a road side breakdown, inflatable kayak, bicycles and most important two cell phones and my coach-net card for everything else. I try to limit spares as most items can be bought in the next town down the road and the life boat will get me there.
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You can carry every tool you can think of...but when something breaks, it always takes a trip to Lowes or HD for the one tool you don't have.
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I might forget everything else but driver, co-pilot and dogs are never forgotten.
Other things are as all stated above...plus a spare tire/wheel, relays, belts, hoses, extra set of keys, fuel filters(for all), T stat & AC control board(4 button), every amperage conversion connection possible, spare water filters, spare FW pump, rocker switches. I opted for quality tools as the chinese cheapies will not/can not handle the abusive use for many of the torque needs, we all will experience.
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Dunner's Theory: If you carry a spare part, you will never break that part.

Except for my friend Mike, who can destroy a steel ball with a feather.

I carry a full set of tools to maintain my sandrail, but also keep a mini set of tools inside my MH for small repairs; pliers, screwdrivers, connectors, tape, wire, etc. The most valuable tool I have is the experience I have learned over the years and my laptop for access to irv2.com.
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My view of the most valuable thing to carry is a multimeter and the ability to use it. There are so many times when electrical problems develop and have a meter can make all the difference.

Like others, I carry a full set (1/4,3/8,1/2) of sockets, screwdrivers and pliers. I also carry my cordless drill and bits for it. Having a Saturn as a toad has taught me to carry Torx sockets, too. Silicone, WD-40, duct tape, electrical tape, teflon tape and bungees pretty much round out my list.

One of the main reasons to carry a drill is that most RVs are put together with square drive fasteners. A drill and square drive bits for it are a must.
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