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Old 08-29-2015, 04:04 PM   #1

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Best Tools for the Road?

Well we are planning on our "maiden" voyage in the MH we found last week. Looks like mid September to Palo Duro Canyon, just a couple of day shake down ride, to see what our 14 year old coach (Tiffin Allegro Bus) might surprise us with. (All good things we hope!)

Wondering what are the most useful tools to put in the small toolbox my husband wants to make sure we will put in the RV.

What other must haves folks might suggest that newbies should be advised to put in the coach that we don't even know to think about!

Thanks so much!


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Old 08-29-2015, 04:25 PM   #2
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When was the last service performed. If not sure get your spare parts now even though it's a short trip. A full set of fuel filters, extra belts, appropriate oil for the engine and generator, extra coolant, extra fluid for your hydrolic slides/jacks, and spare fuses.
Tools: just your basic tool set will do. The only speciality tools you might need is a rubber mallet, a strap wrench, and a set of square and star bits for a cordless drill.

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Old 08-29-2015, 05:07 PM   #3
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Volt ohm meter will be a great item to save your rear!
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Old 08-29-2015, 05:40 PM   #4
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Well, it depends on whether you ask ME or Claudia. I only need one more. Claudia says we already have WAY too many.

But here goes:

A variety of screwdrivers * 3/8" and 1/2" socket sets * variety of pliers * duct tape * a roll of #10 galv. wire * I have an amp probe which is also a combo multi-meter * sand paper * ladies emery boards (for cleaning elect. plugs etc.) * a variety of lubricants - WD40, white lube, silicone, etc. * variety of hammers * compression connectors for small wire - * and the list goes on-------

We are Full-Timers, tend to wander around the S.W. so you have to be self-sufficient.

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Old 08-29-2015, 09:39 PM   #5
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Road flares or similar warning devices to warn other drivers just in case you break down in the middle of the road.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:22 AM   #7
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Well we are planning on our "maiden" voyage in the MH we found last week. Looks like mid September to Palo Duro Canyon, ..............

Thanks so much!

Have a GOOD TIME in PDC. Hike the trails, go to the PP Historical Museum in Canyon, if you are a reader be SURE and buy the book on Charles Goodnight.

He was an awesome guy! He had a ranch IN the PDC where you will be camping. Larry McMurtry thought enough about him to "steal" his life stories for "Lonesome Dove".

Be sure and go to the Alibates Flint Quarries NHS.

You will find out how all of the Alibates Flint got IN Palo Duro Canyon!

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Old 08-30-2015, 02:36 PM   #8
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You only need 2 tools.
Wd-40 and duct tape.

If it doesn't move and its supposed to, use the wd-40.
If it moves and its not supposed to, use the duct tape.

(In addition to all the good ideas above I would add zip ties)
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Old 08-30-2015, 02:44 PM   #9
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This stuff, don't leave home without it. Have seen it at most Ace Hardware and a couple others.

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I don't want to jump on the band wagon and just name things, except for a few basic hand tools you would carry in your car anyway.
Most importantly use your smart phone or a piece of paper and write things down when you need them but don't have them and add them for the next trip. We've been rving for many many years and still do it this way, your need for tools and supplies changes constantly.
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:22 PM   #11
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Basic problems are something loose or stuck. A set of combination wrenches or socket set will do most things. A magnetic screwdriver handle and assortment of bits will do a lot of other stuff. Add a hacksaw, linemans, channel lock and needle nose pliers. Vise grip or two also can server as a vise. Duck tape, hose clamps and tie wraps. I also toss in a battery drill, bits and driver attachment that takes the same bits as the mag handle. DMM, crimper/striper. Some baling wire. Really any iron wire stiff enough to wrap in place. Engineers and small hammer. Small pry bar. After that add things as you need them.
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FWIW You also do not need to go crazy with cost on a kit like this. Harbor Freight and their competitors make tools that are quite usable but will sell you a kit for what some of the big names get for a wrench.
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You and plan all you want but when the time comes that you need something, its always something you forgot. I recommend only one tool that works for me: Credit Card!!!

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