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Old 06-27-2012, 11:13 PM   #1
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What's in your toolbox?

Hey everyone. I thought I would start a discussion on what are the essentials to carry in a toolbox while on the road. Just for background , I pull a 26' Shadow Cruiser. I was able to take it out for the shakedown trip and when I was putting together my toolbox I was trying to figure out what I really needed for any campground maintenance. What are your suggestions?

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Old 06-28-2012, 01:06 AM   #2
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Hi and Welcome to iRV2.
My tool box; how much time do you have ??
Water hose repair fitting and clamps , hose washers, sewer hose clamps, extra sewer hose, electrical tape, duct tape, 12v wire , fuses, every screw driver you can imagine , 12v test light, volt/ohm meter, 1/4" drive set 3/8" drive set , 3 sizes of cresent wrenches , pipe wrench, 7 sets of plyers, claw hammer, selection of nails & screws and the list goes on .
My DW, gives me a bad time about the amount of stuff that I carry, but then she is not very patient when she wants something fixed.
If she gives me too bad a time , I bring up the kitchen stuff she carries but has never used. Then the fight starts.
Other campers are usually good about lending you what you need, but if you have to borrow something more than twice , chances are you should carry your own.

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Old 06-28-2012, 06:29 AM   #3
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I'm currently paring down to carry less. Too much weight and space devoted to tools etc.

A lot would depend on how you use your RV; say a boondocker would want to have more than a person like me that stays in RV "resorts". I'm usually close to access to tools or parts etc.

I have a Craftsman multi tool set which comes in a plastic case and an assortment of tools. I have it out usually when I need to repair something so it has what I need. It has sockets, open end wrenches, screwdriver, nut drivers, pliers, allen wrenches; and I have added some tools for certain jobs like removing the plug on the hot water heater.

In addition I carry a hammer, a small saw ( metal and wood), a crescent wrench, some vise grips. I have a compartmented case for small screws, bolts, nuts, hose clamps,
TV cable fittings and tool, tape (electrical, duct), fuses, zip ties, spare bulbs, flashlight, a magnetic extension pick up tool, a few spring clamps.

I carry a multi meter, and continuity testor. I have an air pressure guage,

One of the handiest tools I have is a screw driver that has varieties of useage, slotted and phillips of differing sizes and two nut drivers. It is perfect for RVing, multi use and inexpensive and effective.

I have more but the RV is not here so I cannot look conveniently.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:47 AM   #4
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I carry only what can be used on the RV in the RV toolbox and a few generic spares. One like kind light bulb for each different type light, short piece of PEX pipe, plastic pipe cutter, and a Sharkbite coupler fitting with release tool, multi-meter, a few screw drivers, (#2 Phillips, two flats, and a Robertson Square Head), vice grips, channel locks, hammer, electrical tape, blue and red butt connectors with stripper/crimper, duct tape, and WD40. If I can't fix it with that, I break out the big tool box on the truck, but most times the small RV toolbox (actually my junk drawer) is sufficient for most quick repairs.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:15 PM   #5
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Thanks all for the suggestions. They gave me some additional thoughts. I sat in my garage the night before we left and started loading my spare toolbox with all kinds of tool. Before the next outing I will definitely reorganize.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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My addition is based on what happened to me this weekend... Jumper Cables.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:41 AM   #7
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Since I have a TT, I carry some additional tools to the ones already mentioned:

Torque wrench (for lugs, hitch, etc.)

Hitch specific closed ended wrench

Very large Crescent wrench (hitch nuts or ball)

The above tools get loaded into the TT when we leave but are returned to my house tool box upon return.

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