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Old 09-25-2020, 08:56 PM   #1
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Must have tools

We should be taking delivery of our new coach soon. What are must haves as far as tools and spares go??

Fuel filter?
Fan belt?
Tools?
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Totally depends on your mechanical ability and desire!!! Can be a very long list. Ours builds everyday.
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Someone will come up with a nice tool list, but the possibilities are endless. I have known of people who travel with a welder and metal lathe.

My contribution - If you have air brakes, carry a governor. It is crazy to get stranded over a $20 part that you can R&R in ten minutes.

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I am not handy AT ALL. My must have tool is a med-high limit credit card & my CoachNet number.

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All you need is minimal hand tools. No different than your trailer. Leave the big stuff to shops. It will be a long time before you need that work.
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Iím fairly new to my MH but I upgraded from a Toyhauler of 15 years.. I normally have plenty of fuses on hand for any electrical problems I might have.. make sure to have correct ones to match your fuse box.. some type of multimeter to help troubleshoot electrical problems.. screwdrivers.. socket set from say, 1/4 to 15/16.. cordless impact, 1/2Ē & impact driver with bit set.. electrical tape and duct tape.. pliers, crescent wrench.. extra serpentine belt with 1/2 breaker bar for tensioner.. open end wrench set.. I usually am pulling my jet skis or sxs so I carry a jack.. squeegee for windshield.. tire gauge.. fixaflat.. and my AAA card! Iím sure Iím missing a ton of stuff, but hopefully this helps.
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IMO- the answer depends on your repair skill level. For some folks the only tools needed is credit card with a large limit and and cell phone. For others who are skilled enough, they will fix most anything that happens wherever that maybe.

I know one guy who I would not trust with hammer. While others are skilled at most things RV and perhaps the drive train. For my self I do nearly 100% of the coach service and repair while leaving the drive train to my mechanic.

I would suggest you carry only those tools and spares you are comfortable with. My tool list started out very basic and grew while I worked on the RV. I do have a nicely equipped shop at home and can store my RVs at home. Whenever I do work on an RV I used those tools that are already onboard. If I need something from the shop then that tool likely goes on my to buy list and gets added. This does not apply to things used for major mods. On the 5th wheeler I can replace a wheel bearing on the side of the road with what I carry for example.

What you need also depends on where and how long your trips are. In the west we maybe quite some distance from any where and hours away for roadside assistance. If you mostly travel to the nearby lake on weekends you only need a few things. If you are traveling in northern Yukon or the NW Territories of Canada you may want to carry more.

Here's my tool and supply/spares lists.

Tool List

I do all/most of my own maintenance and service on my 5th wheeler. While working on the rig at home I try perform these functions out of my on-board toolbox, if Iím short something it will probably get added. Iím one of those guys that never met a tool I didnít like, so my shop is well stocked. I carry what I think Iíd need on the road for most things. We are not full timers, so optional maintenance may get deferred until we get home with full shop access.

1. Multi bit screw driver with a wide assortment of special bits
2. Basic dedicated screwdrivers, square drive, Phillips, straight, etc.
3. Miniature screw driver set with large bit assortment
4. Most of a Lowes pliers set, left a few things behind
5. 6, 8 & 10 in. adjustable wrenches
6. 8Ē vise grip pliers
7. Both 3/8Ē SAE and metric socket sets, my rig needs both
8. Both 3/8Ē SAE and metric combination wrenches
9. A combination set of ľĒ SAE and metric sockets
10. Medium ball pin hammer
11. Wire strippers and crimpers
12. Allen head wrench sets
13. Tape measure
14. Dermal tool with assorted bits and cutters
15. PEX hose cutter and crimper for steel PEX bands
16. Caulk gun
17. Grease guns, small and standard
18. 14Ē pry bar, use to do the last inch of lift when changing tires, makes life easy (never had a flat)
19. Digital multimeter with frequency feature
20. ODB II scanner with live display
21. Infrared thermometer
22. Digital tire gauge and an analog tire gauge
23. Temperature Compensated Hydrometer
24. Turkey basting tube for adding battery water
25. Propane gas sensor
26. Battery internal resistance meter
27. Torque wrenches, I check my trailer wheel lugs every morning along with tire pressures
28. Four-way tire tool
29. Long ĹĒ breaker bar with another 30Ē pipe cheater
30. 12 ton jack
31. Cordless drill with charger & matching work light
32. Odd assortment of items used to change a wheel bearing
33. Utility knife & razor scraper
34. Small mirror
35. Utility razor knife with spare blades
36. LED flashlight in toolbox and in each compartment
37. Snap ring pliers, inside & outside
38. I use a CO2 system to inflate tires instead of a compressor, I frequently do not have 110v power for a larger compressor
39. Air blow gun and a extension blow gun (up to 22Ē) tire inflator
40. Hand held propane detector
41. Sewer line wrenches, plastic
42. Sewer drain plug wrench, plastic
43. Window wiper, for windows and solar panels
44. Spark plug socket for the geny
45. Hacksaw & spare blades
46. Small wood saw
47. And what ever I canít recall

As for supplies and spare parts:
1. Full set of fuses
2. Spare bulbs
3. Electrical, duct, eternabond, Teflon tape & awning tape
4. Spark plug, filters and oil for generator
5. Crimp ends for wires, custom selected for wires on-board
6. Spare length of 12Ga. Wire
7. Cable ties
8. Spare wheel bearings, race, seals, etc.
9. Bearing grease
10. Grease gun and extra grease for suspension bolts
11. Propane pipe joint compound (the yellow stuff)
12. Disposable gloves, 5 & 9 mil weights
13. Leather work gloves
14. 5 x 7 ft plastic tarp, those free ones from Harbor Freight
15. Rags
16. Silicone spray
17. WD40 (this is not a lube)
18. Boeshield T-9 (this is a great lube)
19. Spare PEX fittings and PEX clamps (includes PEX end caps) & short length(s) of PEX pipe
20. Spare sewer hose seals for the ends of the fittings
21. Assortment of screws
22. Roof repair materials
23. Caulk, Proflex for outside and latex for interior
24. Superglue, epoxy
25. Butyl tape
26. C-clips for compartment door latches
27. Dicor self leveling sealant
28. Brake fluid for the trailerís disk brakes
29. Spare rubber brake line and misc. parts
30. Distilled water for batteries
31. Washers for water hose, spare wire mesh filter for the city water connection
32. Spare water filters for whole house filter
33. Manuals for everything Iíve found manuals for
34. Hand cleaner
35. Windex
36. Roll of paper towels
37. Other things I canít think of sitting here

Not really tools or supplies:
1. 30 ft sewer line
2. 60 ft water line, 300 PSI
3. Portable water filter for filling fresh water tank
4. 50 & 30 Amp primary shore power cables, twist-on connector required for trailer end. Normally I only use the 30 amp cables
5. 50 & 30 Amp extension cables
6. Assorted power cable adapters, from and to combinations for almost anything
7. Outlet receptacle tester and circuit analyzer can be used with 30 & 50 amp adapters prior to plugging into shore power. The built-in EMS does the real job.
8. 20 ft remote switch setup to bleed the disk brakes
9. 25 ft coax TV cable with coax wrench and female to female adapter, needed in a few places
10. Sewer drain height adapters, used when sewer drain is in a sunken concrete pad, just take male and female threaded by slip joint ABS connectors and join them on the slip joint, very simple if one side is street type connector. Both 3 & 4Ē sizes
11. Macerator pump and dedicated hose segments, on some trips
12. 42 gal. Barker waste water tote, with short sewer hose adapters as required, on some trips
13. 60 gal water bladder with 12 volt water pump configured with hose fittings to refill fresh water tank, on some trips
14. Traffic cones
15. Safety Triangles, LED lighted
16. Safety vests for DW and myself
17. Heavy duty tire plug kit, lives in truck

I carry this stuff in four places, a regular plastic toolbox for the most used things, another box for the cordless stuff, another plastic box for rarely used tools and a large plastic tub for the spare parts. Small parts live in an assortment of plastic part boxes from Home Depot. I have avoided buying those assortment kits of parts. I select only the sizes and types that are actually used in my rig and in quantities that might be needed. With exception of wheel bearings Iíve used most of the stuff at some point or another.
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Patience. Cell phones with the two major carriers. SpotX or similar satellite communicator (or sat phone). Two sets of charge cards, keeping one in reserve in case main is compromised.

As a competent mechanic, I carry plenty of tools, a few spares, but mainly rely on preventive maintenance, and ease of getting parts as needed.
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Is it a brand new diesel or used?
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I find most of my issues are electrical / electronic of some type, so if I were to prioritize it would be multi meter, wire strippers, ratchet crimp tool, multi-bit screw drivers set, followed by good socket wrench set which includes hex and torx bits, and a few basic open ended wrenches. Something like one of those 130- 150 piece socket sets. Sure there are tools that I occasionally need that are not on this list, but the above list covers 90% of the situations I run into.
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I find most of my issues are electrical / electronic of some type, so if I were to prioritize it would be multi meter, wire strippers, ratchet crimp tool, multi-bit screw drivers set, followed by good socket wrench set which includes hex and torx bits, and a few basic open ended wrenches. Something like one of those 130- 150 piece socket sets. Sure there are tools that I occasionally need that are not on this list, but the above list covers 90% of the situations I run into.
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Highly recommend the DVOM have a clamp on ammeter capable of reading DC amps. Many situations where it will help with troubleshooting.
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Is it a brand new diesel or used?
Itís a 2020 diesel. It has 11,000 miles on it. Previous owner has been through most of the new bugs
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There it is! That looks like a comprehensive list. Do remember that having a tool does not mean YOU will have to use it. It could mean the difference between a kind-hearted stranger fixing a problem for you, and an $800 tow bill PLUS $175 an hour for the repair.

Or... You might be the kind-heart that saves someone's day.

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IMO- the answer depends on your repair skill level. For some folks the only tools needed is credit card with a large limit and and cell phone. For others who are skilled enough, they will fix most anything that happens wherever that maybe.

I know one guy who I would not trust with hammer. While others are skilled at most things RV and perhaps the drive train. For my self I do nearly 100% of the coach service and repair while leaving the drive train to my mechanic.

I would suggest you carry only those tools and spares you are comfortable with. My tool list started out very basic and grew while I worked on the RV. I do have a nicely equipped shop at home and can store my RVs at home. Whenever I do work on an RV I used those tools that are already onboard. If I need something from the shop then that tool likely goes on my to buy list and gets added. This does not apply to things used for major mods. On the 5th wheeler I can replace a wheel bearing on the side of the road with what I carry for example.

What you need also depends on where and how long your trips are. In the west we maybe quite some distance from any where and hours away for roadside assistance. If you mostly travel to the nearby lake on weekends you only need a few things. If you are traveling in northern Yukon or the NW Territories of Canada you may want to carry more.

Here's my tool and supply/spares lists.

Tool List

I do all/most of my own maintenance and service on my 5th wheeler. While working on the rig at home I try perform these functions out of my on-board toolbox, if Iím short something it will probably get added. Iím one of those guys that never met a tool I didnít like, so my shop is well stocked. I carry what I think Iíd need on the road for most things. We are not full timers, so optional maintenance may get deferred until we get home with full shop access.

1. Multi bit screw driver with a wide assortment of special bits
2. Basic dedicated screwdrivers, square drive, Phillips, straight, etc.
3. Miniature screw driver set with large bit assortment
4. Most of a Lowes pliers set, left a few things behind
5. 6, 8 & 10 in. adjustable wrenches
6. 8Ē vise grip pliers
7. Both 3/8Ē SAE and metric socket sets, my rig needs both
8. Both 3/8Ē SAE and metric combination wrenches
9. A combination set of ľĒ SAE and metric sockets
10. Medium ball pin hammer
11. Wire strippers and crimpers
12. Allen head wrench sets
13. Tape measure
14. Dermal tool with assorted bits and cutters
15. PEX hose cutter and crimper for steel PEX bands
16. Caulk gun
17. Grease guns, small and standard
18. 14Ē pry bar, use to do the last inch of lift when changing tires, makes life easy (never had a flat)
19. Digital multimeter with frequency feature
20. ODB II scanner with live display
21. Infrared thermometer
22. Digital tire gauge and an analog tire gauge
23. Temperature Compensated Hydrometer
24. Turkey basting tube for adding battery water
25. Propane gas sensor
26. Battery internal resistance meter
27. Torque wrenches, I check my trailer wheel lugs every morning along with tire pressures
28. Four-way tire tool
29. Long ĹĒ breaker bar with another 30Ē pipe cheater
30. 12 ton jack
31. Cordless drill with charger & matching work light
32. Odd assortment of items used to change a wheel bearing
33. Utility knife & razor scraper
34. Small mirror
35. Utility razor knife with spare blades
36. LED flashlight in toolbox and in each compartment
37. Snap ring pliers, inside & outside
38. I use a CO2 system to inflate tires instead of a compressor, I frequently do not have 110v power for a larger compressor
39. Air blow gun and a extension blow gun (up to 22Ē) tire inflator
40. Hand held propane detector
41. Sewer line wrenches, plastic
42. Sewer drain plug wrench, plastic
43. Window wiper, for windows and solar panels
44. Spark plug socket for the geny
45. Hacksaw & spare blades
46. Small wood saw
47. And what ever I canít recall

As for supplies and spare parts:
1. Full set of fuses
2. Spare bulbs
3. Electrical, duct, eternabond, Teflon tape & awning tape
4. Spark plug, filters and oil for generator
5. Crimp ends for wires, custom selected for wires on-board
6. Spare length of 12Ga. Wire
7. Cable ties
8. Spare wheel bearings, race, seals, etc.
9. Bearing grease
10. Grease gun and extra grease for suspension bolts
11. Propane pipe joint compound (the yellow stuff)
12. Disposable gloves, 5 & 9 mil weights
13. Leather work gloves
14. 5 x 7 ft plastic tarp, those free ones from Harbor Freight
15. Rags
16. Silicone spray
17. WD40 (this is not a lube)
18. Boeshield T-9 (this is a great lube)
19. Spare PEX fittings and PEX clamps (includes PEX end caps) & short length(s) of PEX pipe
20. Spare sewer hose seals for the ends of the fittings
21. Assortment of screws
22. Roof repair materials
23. Caulk, Proflex for outside and latex for interior
24. Superglue, epoxy
25. Butyl tape
26. C-clips for compartment door latches
27. Dicor self leveling sealant
28. Brake fluid for the trailerís disk brakes
29. Spare rubber brake line and misc. parts
30. Distilled water for batteries
31. Washers for water hose, spare wire mesh filter for the city water connection
32. Spare water filters for whole house filter
33. Manuals for everything Iíve found manuals for
34. Hand cleaner
35. Windex
36. Roll of paper towels
37. Other things I canít think of sitting here

Not really tools or supplies:
1. 30 ft sewer line
2. 60 ft water line, 300 PSI
3. Portable water filter for filling fresh water tank
4. 50 & 30 Amp primary shore power cables, twist-on connector required for trailer end. Normally I only use the 30 amp cables
5. 50 & 30 Amp extension cables
6. Assorted power cable adapters, from and to combinations for almost anything
7. Outlet receptacle tester and circuit analyzer can be used with 30 & 50 amp adapters prior to plugging into shore power. The built-in EMS does the real job.
8. 20 ft remote switch setup to bleed the disk brakes
9. 25 ft coax TV cable with coax wrench and female to female adapter, needed in a few places
10. Sewer drain height adapters, used when sewer drain is in a sunken concrete pad, just take male and female threaded by slip joint ABS connectors and join them on the slip joint, very simple if one side is street type connector. Both 3 & 4Ē sizes
11. Macerator pump and dedicated hose segments, on some trips
12. 42 gal. Barker waste water tote, with short sewer hose adapters as required, on some trips
13. 60 gal water bladder with 12 volt water pump configured with hose fittings to refill fresh water tank, on some trips
14. Traffic cones
15. Safety Triangles, LED lighted
16. Safety vests for DW and myself
17. Heavy duty tire plug kit, lives in truck

I carry this stuff in four places, a regular plastic toolbox for the most used things, another box for the cordless stuff, another plastic box for rarely used tools and a large plastic tub for the spare parts. Small parts live in an assortment of plastic part boxes from Home Depot. I have avoided buying those assortment kits of parts. I select only the sizes and types that are actually used in my rig and in quantities that might be needed. With exception of wheel bearings Iíve used most of the stuff at some point or another.
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I've got the list provided by rarebear and I will look it over. Not to hijack the post but my issue is what I don't need. I have eliminated most of my duplicate tools because if I need two of the same sized wrenches I have boxend, combination, and open end sets so I'm covered there. My real question revolves around sockets. I have sockets from little tiny 1/4 drive stuff to a 1' drive set that goes up to I think 4". What is the biggest socket that I would run across on a Super C diesel?
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