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Old 12-13-2010, 06:59 PM   #1
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We are going to pickup our motorhome Jan. 21st. I was just wondering if some of the seasoned RV'ers could give me some advice on what tools I should have in the motorhome.

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Old 12-13-2010, 07:21 PM   #2
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I keep a pretty good selection of tools with me when I travel long distance. I not only carry mechanic tools but some home repair tools. What you pack depend's on your level of skill and sense of excitement. I do all of my own maintenance both on my toad and MH and I hate having anyone else work on my equipment. That said there are somethings that require heavy equipment so I bow out of that work. I reccomend a good tool kit from Sears that has a selection of rachets, sockets and open / box end wrenchs both standard and metric, straight and phillips srew drivers, cresent wrenchs, vise grips, channel lock pliers, wire stripper and connector crimper, pipe wrench, power drill and some driver bits and drill bits and a plunger to start with. As you travel more and learn more about your RV you can fine tune the kit.

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Old 12-13-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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I agree with the tools that were listed above --- I carry the same along with electrical trouble shooting tools. I also carry spare fuel filters for the engine and spare fluids that I might need (coolant, oil, trany fluid). As said above, you will determine what items you want to carry in excess of the basis tools and it depends upon you skill set with "fixing" things.
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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I have a little problem with that, I always want to bring every tool I own with me, but that is not possible. I keep changing my RV tool box trying to be prepared for whatever happens but of course, you never know. I would be typing for days if I listed everything I now have in the MH. A few things I can think of off the top of my head are... 4 different hammers, various screwdrivers, full metric and standard combo wrenches, 3/8" and 1/2" socket set and breaker bars, large Crescent wrench, various sizes of sliding jaw pliers, circuit tester, volt meter, various kinds of tape including eterna-bond, dicor sealant, tire plug repair kit, portable 12 volt compressor, full assortment of Dewalt cordless power tools, oh my head is starting to hurt!
Sorry that's all I can think of right now. Good Luck!
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:29 PM   #5
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How does that joke go? You need only 2 tools for every situation:
If it doesn't move but should=WD40
If it moves but shouldn't=ductape

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Old 12-13-2010, 07:29 PM   #6
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Duct tape, WD-40 and bailing wire is always a good start. But if your an old wrench head like me, a good assortment of tools, electrical wire, fuses, gloves, coveralls for crawling under the rig and a Plastic Card with a high limit for the things you can't fix.

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Old 12-13-2010, 07:31 PM   #7
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One of the best tool kits I have ever used is one of those 89 dollar ''combination kits'' that is in a large ''double fold'' plastic box with holders for all the tools. I think mine is a ''Crecent'' kit. there are all types but get one with metric and american sizes. You will also need an electrical kit. Get one at Wal Mart with the fuses and the connectors. It will also have a ''test lite'' and some strippers in it. Get yourself a claw hammer and some rolls of electritans tape and some ''Silver air conditioner tape'' It is worth three rolls of ''duct tape'' The silver airconditioning tape will not shrink or stretch and the sun will not melt the adhesive on it. It is very thin and tough as nails . Get yourself a rechargable trouble light and a battery powered drill/screwdriver and an assortment of nuts bolts and screws(wood and metal, self tapping) Get a small pack of drill bits and a couple of magnetic ''tip'' holders for your drill.screwdriver. I carry a small crow bar and a mechettie for wood choping. A small Axe for splitting wood is handy too....
Add and subtract from your tool kit as you find ''need'' for other things or useless things. After four years you will find it weighs fifty pounds and you dont need that much stuff.....

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After four years you will find it weighs fifty pounds and you dont need that much stuff.....
I wish I could travel that light!
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I am in the process of shrinking the number of tools I carry due to weight and storage issues. I am on an organization kick right now.

But, the tools I would not leave behind include an electric multi meter, hammer, slot and phillips screwdrivers, pliars, crescent wrenches, channel locks, wire stripper/crimper, wire cutter, connectors, rechargeable drill, drill bits, socket set (english and metric) hex wrenches (english and metric), hack saw, flashlights, awl, small screwdriver set (micro), set of bit heads for multi screwdriver set, sandpaper, fuses (including micro) of every amperage, duck tape, electrical tape, velcro strips, silicone spray, grease, 3 in 1 oil, breaker wrench, rubber head hammer, vise grips, and a cartridge in a pair of trees.

Tool on.

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One especially must-have tool is a screwdriver with a square bit end. Most of the screws in an RV use are that type.

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Sockets through 3/4"
open and boxed end wrenches to 3/4"
screw drivers (variety of common and phillips and don't forget the square bit)
Adjustable channel locks
Adjustable wrenches
Coax striping and connector crimping tools
Standard wire cutters and wire strippers
Wire cutters
Volt Ohmeter, I prefer one that reads frequency
battery operated drill (needed if your slide out motor fails)
assortment of tie wraps
tire pressure guage--number one on the list of must haves
Phone number to Good Sam Club or towing company of your preference

Everything I carry fits into one of two tool bags that are about 12" by 8" by 8". Anything more and I likely don't want to take on the job on the road.
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The square tip for Robertson screws comes in three sizes. Make sure you have them all.

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Sammie is dead on......ONE TOOL..... a credit card.

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Everyone forgot to add in the extra language we sometimes use in case the project does'nt go right.

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