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Old 07-27-2014, 08:44 AM   #1
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What's in your tool box

Curious what everyone has in their tool box on their RV or camper.. I am starting to put together one and curious what the most common tools, and replacement parts are kept on board.

For me, most likely will piece together:

socket sets, deep and shallow, standard and metric
wrenches standard and metric
wire cutters
channel locks
vise grips
lineman pliers
Hammer
Rubber head hammer
pry bar
assorted zip ties
duct tape
electrical supplies and wire
extra belts
silicon
tire plugs and pump


am i missing anything ?
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The tool box is a personal struggle for me. Tools are heavy and I carry a lot of them. It's kinduv the one area (other than water and diesel) where I look the other way when loading up. Seems like they get a lot of use, though, if not by me, by other RVers. Biggest surprise is the popularity of the Dewalt 18v grinder. \ken

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I bought an on board data reader from Harbour Freight and added it to the tool box. I had the "Check Engine" light come on once and had to drive to a Ford garage to find out what it was. I was really pushing the coach coming out of Albuquerque heading east (Looonngg steady climb) and the light came on. Turned out to be nothing -an intermittent misfire in #9 cylinder that cleared immediately - once the OBD reader was used. Now I can check my own alerts if I get another one and clear it or be aware of what is wrong. Hopefully never need it again but I can use it on my car and truck also. I hate having an alert or alarm and not knowing what it is - reminds me of "idiot lights" - gives you an alarm now guess whats wrong... Had an issue with my GMC truck awhile back - intermittent O2 sensor alert that cleared immediately - at the GMC dealership - with an ODB reader. I have read that most intermittent alerts will self-clear the check engine light after a few starts (3?) and engine runs of at least 15 mins but the alert will stay in the OBD memory to be erased with an OBD reader. I don't know if this is universal with all makes.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:27 AM   #5
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Curious what everyone has in their tool box on their RV or camper.. I am starting to put together one and curious what the most common tools, and replacement parts are kept on board.

For me, most likely will piece together:

socket sets, deep and shallow, standard and metric
wrenches standard and metric
wire cutters
channel locks
vise grips
lineman pliers
Hammer
Rubber head hammer
pry bar
assorted zip ties
duct tape
electrical supplies and wire
extra belts
silicon
tire plugs and pump


am i missing anything ?
I don't see Robert's head screw drivers.
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Eternabond tape for roof repairs. I bring along my battery powered circular saw. works on the same batteries as my drill. I have an assortment of screws, nuts and bolts.. a 20ton bottle jack from Harbor Freight. various sizes of needle nose plyers. All the stuff you mentioned and probably more. I take my tool box out to the motorhome on a dolly.. :-)
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I don't see Robert's head screw drivers.
forgot to add assorted screw drivers including hex heads, allen wrenches, flat head and phillips head
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Eternabond tape for roof repairs. I bring along my battery powered circular saw. works on the same batteries as my drill. I have an assortment of screws, nuts and bolts.. a 20ton bottle jack from Harbor Freight. various sizes of needle nose plyers. All the stuff you mentioned and probably more. I take my tool box out to the motorhome on a dolly.. :-)
Nice.. cordless drill and saw.. great ideas
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Curious what everyone has in their tool box on their RV or camper.. I am starting to put together one and curious what the most common tools, and replacement parts are kept on board.

For me, most likely will piece together:

socket sets, deep and shallow, standard and metric
wrenches standard and metric
wire cutters
channel locks
vise grips
lineman pliers
Hammer
Rubber head hammer
pry bar
assorted zip ties
duct tape
electrical supplies and wire
extra belts
silicon
tire plugs and pump


am i missing anything ?
Clamp on ammeter (make sure it can measure DC) Mine is a Craftsman
Torque wrench
Gas filters - engine and generator
Velco
Assorted glues
You mentioned hammer. I would carry a ball peen hammer
Bungee cords
18 or 20 volt drill / impact wrench along with drill bits.
File(s)
Knife / razor knife
Shovel.
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The tool box is a personal struggle for me. Tools are heavy and I carry a lot of them. It's kinduv the one area (other than water and diesel) where I look the other way when loading up. Seems like they get a lot of use, though, if not by me, by other RVers. Biggest surprise is the popularity of the Dewalt 18v grinder. \ken

DEWALT 18-Volt XRP Ni-Cad Cordless 4-1/2 in. (114mm) Cut-Off Tool-DC411KA at The Home Depot

Something i would not have thought of but could see how it would come in handy
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I have a total of 4 tool boxes or totes. I also have most of what the OP has already mentioned along with, a multi meter, air hose (long enough to reach both ends of the MH), tie wraps, wire connectors, plumbers tape, cover alls to work in, a water proof pad to lay on, super glue, silicone sealants and several different types of lubes. I also carry extra belts, filters and the filter wrenches needed to change the filters. Drip/catch pans of some sort are also nice to have. The list can go on and on depending on where/when ones travels.
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I was a "tool" guy and had a full wood shop before retirement.

The amazing thing is the most useful tools we have are an inexpensive tool kit designed for apartment residents. It always seems to have the needed tool, is kept inside,and eliminates the need to take out the large tool box.

I started my retirement journey with no power tools. The only ones I have had to purchase in the past eight years are a circular saw,(Skill saw for you old guys) and a jig saw.

Hope this helps.
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I have what you have plus:
full bit set; flat, phillips, square, hex, allen, torx
quality electric meter; temp, RPM, volts, amps
large pipe wrench aluminum, tiny pipe wrench.
flair wrenches, metric/standard
rivet gun, staple gun, grease gun
solder iron, and supplies.

I'm doing the same as you, packing tools; 1 standard tool box, 1 small tool bag,
1 large tool bag.

Also packing kitchen cooking primary items, and 2 suitcases for clothes, both summer & autumn.
Leave for PA tue/wed to purchase my first motor-home, listed below.

Thanks, and good question, I will watch what people add.
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