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Old 07-21-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Tool Question

As a new owner of an older RV, I assume I will be spending time fixing various things along the way. Since I can't drag my garage behind me, I am assembling a tool set to carry. I have read some of the other threads here for some good ideas of what I do or don't really need (and discovered several things I had not considered), but it raised a question: what is the one tool you weren't carrying that you really wished you had when you needed it? (I have found in the past it is less painful to learn from other's mistakes instead of my own...)
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Be assured that no matter what you take you won't have the right tool to fix your problem. That's part of this RV Lifestyle ! Take a small complete tool box and head out and see how lucky you are !
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We never have enough tools for sure. Take lots of pictures of every compartment, especially electrical and of the exterior and store them on your phone or tablet. I have found that I need to know how something looked before I took it apart!
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Some folks carry more tools than a Snap-On truck. The MH may lean.

My 50 lb kit has served me well for several decades, and I have even used about 10% of them. It is the same kit of standard stuff I had carried in my car trunk since the 60s.

Ditto on the taking pics.

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I have carried an assortment for many years, starting out with a small camp shovel, a small hatchet, socket set, comination wrench set(at least to 1"), side cutters, assortment of screwdrivers, pliers, a couple pair of channel locks, vise grips, claw hammer, duct tape, electrical stuff( some wire, connectors, electrical tape. VOM). I usually carry a few automotive fuses and spare headlight, and tail light bulbs, maybe a clearance light bulb or 2. maybe a roll of that plumbing leak stop tape. Also a bottle jack to change a tire, along with the proper tools, if you have a class A, don't forget the long cheater bar to break lug nuts loose, I carried a 3/4" drive with a 4' cheater. oh and I carry one of those battery boosters, with built in air compressor.
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Also a bottle jack to change a tire, along with the proper tools, if you have a class A, don't forget the long cheater bar to break lug nuts loose, I carried a 3/4" drive with a 4' cheater.
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And a mounted spare tire and rim, and the physical strength to lift it! I prefer my alternative tool, a Coach Net membership!
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I just carry the, i think it's 88 piece, set from Sears. Have added some electrical tape, screwdrivers and various plyers. If that won't fix it I'm probably going to need a tech and he'll have the tools to do the job.
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The tool I needed and didn't have was a really large filter wrench for the fuel filters. You won't find one big enough at Walmart or the neighborhood parts store. Those babies are hard to find. What a pain.
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I know Thom's favorite tool is one that he uses quite a bit here in the MH and at work is his Swiss multi-tool. Yes it's like a leather man but as he put it the leather man pinches when using the pliers but the Swiss one doesn't so I payed extra to get it for him for Christmas one year. He's had it for over 15 years now I think and uses it a lot. When one part broke they went ahead and just replaced it with a new one at the store so he did not have to send it off first.
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My previous RV, a Dutchmen TT and now my Damon Class A is FULL of Square Head or Robertson screws...so a Square head driver is a must have for me.
List of screw drives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

At first, I didn't even realize that the screws were not Phillips head, and often a Phillips will undo a Robertson. But if it is really tight, you will need the right screw driver.

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Pliers and a screwdriver, preferably made with Grey Goose or Belvedere vodka.
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.... At first, I didn't even realize that the screws were not Phillips head, and often a Phillips will undo a Robertson. But if it is really tight, you will need the right screw driver.
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what is the one tool you weren't carrying that you really wished you had when you needed it?
Tools forgotten/lost (or loaned and unreturned) and missed to the point of on-the-road replacement:

1. Air compressor for tires.
2. Needle nose pliers with wire cutter.
...2(b): WIRE!
3. Screwdriver.
4. Hammer.
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I always believe..
If it moves and it shouldn't..Duct Tape!!
If it's suppose to move and it doesn't..WD-40!!
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