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Old 11-23-2012, 07:09 AM   #1
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What Tools to put in Tool Box?

We recently had our cargo trailer stollen and in it was my tool box. My mechanical expertise is very limited however I have learned a few things over the years. We are purchasing a 2004 DP soon and because I need a new tool box what tools would you recommend that I place in it to make it RV ready. I already know that a pair of vice grips is going inside the tool box. Thank You!!!
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:28 AM   #2
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The first tool any RVer should carry is a volt/multi-meter and know how to use it. I carry a few large wrenches in case I need to work on the suspension. Other than that, an assortment of screwdrivers, small wrenches, a socket set. Really depends on your mechanical ability and how well you know your coach. I carry a roll of wire, wire connectors, crimping tool, dielectric grease, WD40, ATF, engine oil, ect.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:47 AM   #3
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+1...that sounds about right to me for starters,might add some extra bulbs and fuses and duct tape though.

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The first tool any RVer should carry is a volt/multi-meter and know how to use it. I carry a few large wrenches in case I need to work on the suspension. Other than that, an assortment of screwdrivers, small wrenches, a socket set. Really depends on your mechanical ability and how well you know your coach. I carry a roll of wire, wire connectors, crimping tool, dielectric grease, WD40, ATF, engine oil, ect.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:52 AM   #4
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:54 AM   #5
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a roll of galvanized wire strong enough to secure anything broke off as a temporary fix. i.e exhaust pipe.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:56 AM   #6
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Everything but the kitchen sink! No matter what you carry, you're always gonna need something you haven't got!

Below is a list of what I carry

Multi-meter (volts, ohms, current)
Large socket set
Rechargeable drill
Set of drill bits
Set of special bits for the drill (screwdriver, square, etc)
Set of combination wrenches (open and closed end)
Duct tape
Standard pliers
6" electrician's pliers
Vice grip pliers
Large channel lock pliers
Assortment of electrical connectors with crimp tool
Electrical tape
Assortment of screws, nuts, washers, etc.
Assortment of fuses
Flashlights
Small assortment of fittings for PEX tubing


I'm sure I've missed some, but that's most of it. Good luck & God bless!
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:06 AM   #7
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:14 AM   #8
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I have a plastic toolbox to avoid putting dents inside the bays.

Inside I have:
  1. 3 socket sets, 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2
  2. 1 set of combination wrenches
  3. 4 adjustable wrenches; 2-6" and 2-10"
  4. An assortment of screwdrivers of various sizes
  5. Poprivet tool w/ assortment of rivets
  6. Wire cutters
  7. Allen wrenches
  8. Pliers, offset pliers and vicegrips
  9. 25' and 12' Tape measures
  10. Torpedo level
  11. Hack saw
  12. Electrical tape
  13. and more that I can't think of right now
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Yep, need that for DW on occasions
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Be sure that your wrenches and sockets, you have both standard and metric. With todays vehicles you may need them both. I also include pry bars and a 'cheater pipe. Another thing that I have, even thought I hope not to need it, is socket, handle and jack, pliers for lug nut caps that will fit the lug nut on the MH. Being that I also carry extra filters, a filter wrench is handy as is a container to put under what filter you are changing. The list is always growing as I find more things that 'I should have had'!
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I tell u what i got a Neat tolol kit at harbor freaight it has it all 1/2 1/4 3/8 sockets and renches i also Carry a 12 v PowerProbe multi meter pex tubeing and conectors and the tool tape and tape measure plyers and electrical conectors air hose and fittings and sec of rad hose
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If I were doing it again I would pick up one of those Sears $99 tool kits that have 1/4", 3/8" sockets, and combination wrenches both SAE and metric along with the usual assortment of pliers, wire cutters and screw drivers. Pick up a good metric and SAE Allen wrench set and a set of torx wrenches. All three are available in a handy folding set. A 3/8" cordless drill with a decent set of drill bits is very useful. I have used my Dremel tool numerous times. Get a wire stripper/crimper tool. A pop rivet gun. A set of 1/2" sockets. Make sure to get a deep socket big enough to remove your SS wheel liners. A battery water filler. As mentioned a volt/ohm meter. WD-40, duct tape, insulated wire and crimp connectors.
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For an RV tool kit - a Robertson (square head) Screw Driver is a MUST. They a used ALL OVER RV's.

Not something many people have and a Phillips will only work on Robertson screws - IF the screw is already loose.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_screw_drives
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i also carry tire pressure gauge, files (tool) and a pipe wrench.
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