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Old 07-18-2015, 09:31 PM   #1
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What's in your tool box?

My wife and I will take delivery of our 1st motorhome at the end of this month. We are excited but will have much to learn.
My question today is what basic tools should be carried when traveling.
I have a pretty good selection of tools but it's not practical to carry all.
Any hints will be appreciated.
We will be part timers, vacationers really until we are both retired in 2-3 years.
Our new to us motorhome is a 2005 Newmar Kountry Star 3907.
Thanks for your suggestions.

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Old 07-18-2015, 09:43 PM   #2
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There have been some very good tool lists put together already. Suggest to check The search feature should find them.
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The list can be quit long and vary depending on the MH and where you are going to be. If one is staying at RV parks and such, then the list could be shorter. However, if one is doing a fair amount of boon docking then the list could different yet. Most of the basic hand tools that one has(metric and standard), should be included along with; multi meter, tie wraps, assortment of square drive fasteners/drivers, cordless drill at least 2000rpm,drill bits, tire gage, emergency triangles, flash lights, coveralls, gloves, cleaning rags, jack(heavy enough to lift a corner of the MH. This is just the 'tip of the ice berg' and the list could go on an on. OH the last thing is a credit card, so that you can buy what ever you do not have or forgot.
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Fuses, duct tape, electrical tape.
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Old 07-19-2015, 06:52 AM   #5
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Thank you Everyone. Some great suggestions!
I should have thought to use the search feature. I'm still learning how to use this excellent resource.
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:20 AM   #6
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:44 AM   #7
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The tools that I carry in the coach has grown over time but doesn't take up too much space.

In the basement I carry a standard tool box with odds and ends of tools, wire connectors, tape, scews etc. In the bedroom I have a small box that has spare door latches, light bulbs, screws, and electrical connectors that would be used on a 120 volt and 12 volt system.

In a small tote box I have other tools, I have a Husky Tool kit that has all the sizes of 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" drives along with extensions. I also carry a rolled up kit of box end wrenches up to a fairly large size. I have a large socket set with breaker bar and cheater bar. I carry an electric drill also.

I also carry a small air compressor.
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Anytime you do work on your Rv only work out of the tools you have on it. If yo have to use something that's not on board add it when you are done.
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Fuses. Gotta have fuses. My coach has three differing sizes of automotive type fuzes. Assortments available via Amazon with compartmented case.
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don't forget WIRE TIES all sizes.
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A piece of half inch pex water line and several shark bite connectors, I know it's not a tool but in an emergency it replaces several plumbing tools. Zip it drain tool for those pesky shower drain clogs.


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I probably carry enough tools to do an engine overhaul on my TV along with enough to do at least something for every system on our 5er. A trip to Harbor Freight can give you the basics plus for occasional on-road repairs. They aren't the best for daily pro use, but can and will save the day with a full set of hand wrenches costing less then a single Snap-on. My home tools are all high level, but the camper kit are save the day level and the loss of one wont upset me much.

Some of what you need:
-12 Ton low clearance jack
-SAE and metric wrench and socket sets with extensions (1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" drive)
-Assortment of screw drivers flat and Phillips
-#1,2 & 3 Robertson (square) drive
-Decent 14.4 or 18 volt screw gun (not one that has a hex drive)
-Set of conventional drill bits
-Pliers - normal, water pump, wire cutters, needle nose
-Hacksaw
-Multimeter
-Pex compression tool, rings and a couple lengths of 1/2" PEX (or Shark-bite fittings)
-Wire terminal ends, fuses, wire,
-Screw clamps
-Along with whatever else seems like a good idea.

I started out with a little 12x4x4 inch travel box and now have a large DeWalt Tough System tool box - almost full of whatever tools I think I might ever need and still usually need one that I don't have with us. I also have a tote full of other tool like 'things' that have been collected over the years:
DeWALT ToughSystem Case (Large)

Gathering your tools is a never ending saga so be prepared with a big enough tool box as you will add many.
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Get your self a Snap-on catalog and go through it to pick out some of the things you may need. Sometimes the cheapest tools aren't the ones you need when an emergency pops up. Always better to buy good quality tools when you can. Saves the fingers and knuckles and you don't have those bad words coming from you mouth.


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This question comes up all the time and my answer is always basically the same. You need to have the tools you know how to use. If you are an experienced mechanic and can and will do all your own repairs then the list is long. If you are going to call for service for a blown fuse then you don't need any. Be honest with yourself about what you can and can't fix and you will figure out your own list pretty quickly. Remember tools without the know how are called ballast.
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