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Old 10-30-2016, 09:06 AM   #15
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Glad to see you have your priorities in order bro Smitty.
The first part of any repair project, is the 'thinking it thru' phase.

Lubrication helps the gears of thinking! So I was staying within theme!

And good tip on the Matrix line. I have a similar line in the Rigid (Good warranty) JobMax series. But as usual, you can't take our full garage of tools with you on each trip, and amazing how many times I'd have really liked that item I left in the garage at home!

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Surely somebody has put together a must have tool list. I'm pretty handy and can sort of guess some of what I ought to bring, but as always others experience can be invaluable.
Of course theres the emergency road side stuff. But what else do people carry? Am I being too much of a boy scout here

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I've posted this list elsewhere in the past. I'm also a woodworker and done considerable S&B additions so I'm not shy of getting into repair work. My credit card is one those of must have multi tools when prior planning fails. Over time I trim out individual items, perhaps a 3/4" socket and wrench when I figure that I don't have any 3/4' bolts in my rig. Carry what you are comfortable in using.

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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 my on-board toolbox, if Im short something it will probably get added. Im one of those guys that never met a tool I didnt like, so my shop is well stocked. So I carry what I think Id need on the road for most things.

1. Multi bit screw driver with a wide assortment of special bits
2. Basic dedicated screwdrivers, square drive, Phillips, straight, etc.
3. Most of a Lowes pliers set, left a few things behind
4. 6, 8 & 10 in. adjustable wrenches
5. 8 vise grip pliers
6. Both 3/8 SAE and metric socket sets, my rig needs both
7. Both 3/8 SAE and metric combination wrenches
8. A combination set of SAE and metric sockets
9. Medium ball pin hammer
10. Wire strippers and crimpers
11. Allen head wrench sets
12. Tape measure
13. PEX hose cutter and crimper for steel PEX bands
14. Caulk gun
15. Grease guns, small and standard
16. 14 pry bar, use to do the last inch of lift when changing tires, makes life easy (never had a flat)
17. Digital multimeter
18. Infrared thermometer
19. Digital tire gauge and an analog tire gauge
20. Torque wrenches, I check my wheel lugs every morning along with tire pressures
21. Four-way tire tool
22. Long breaker bar with another 30 pipe cheater
23. 12 ton jack
24. Cordless drill with charger & matching work light
25. Odd assortment of items used to change a wheel bearing
26. Utility knife & razor scraper
27. LED flashlight in toolbox
28. Split ring pliers, inside & outside
29. I use a CO2 system to inflate tires instead of a compressor, I frequently do not have 110v power for a larger compressor
30. Air blow gun and a extension blow gun (up to 22) Tire inflator
31. Medium ball pin hammer
32. Hand held Propane detector
33. Hacksaw & spare blades
34. Small wood saw
35. And what ever I cant recall

As for supplies and parts:
1. Full set of fuses
2. Spare bulbs
3. Electrical, duct, teflon tape
4. Zip ties
5. 12 ga. wire
6. Crimp ends for wires, custom selected for wires on-board
7. Spare length of 12Ga. Wire
8. Cable ties
9. Spare wheel bearings, seals, etc.
10. Bearing grease
11. Grease for wet bolts
12. Propane pipe joint compound (the yellow stuff)
13. Disposable gloves
14. Rags
15. Silicone spray
16. WD40 (this is not a lube)
17. Spare PEX fittings and PEX clamps & short length(s) of PEX pipe
18. Assortment of screws
19. Roof repair materials
20. Caulk
21. Superglue
22. Butyl tape
23. C-clips for compartment door latches
24. Dicor self leveling sealant
25. Washers for water hose , spare wire mesh filter for the city water connection
26. Manuals for everything Ive found manuals for
27. Hand cleaner
28. Roll of paper towels
29. All other things I cant think of sitting here

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 and jacks Ive used most of the stuff at some point or another.
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Surely somebody has put together a must have tool list. I'm pretty handy and can sort of guess some of what I ought to bring, but as always others experience can be invaluable.
Of course theres the emergency road side stuff. But what else do people carry? Am I being too much of a boy scout here
Well Sir,
All the primary reasons for carrying tools and just what kind of tools has pretty much been covered. If as you say, you're pretty handy, then what would tick you off the most in a given situation where you have the ability to repair a problem or situation IF, you just had a few tools you were THINKING of carrying but, didn't load them 'cause you were concerned with weight or being overly conscious. Now, no one can really forecast just what will decide to break or, give out at any given time so, trying to figure out all the tools needed for ALL the potential situations, is pretty much impossible.
So, you devise a bag, a tool box, set of bags or boxes etc. that will be a great "general" set of tools, for most average repairs/breakdowns. I could break it down to a list but, you've more than likely got that covered.

A motorhome/fifth wheel/truck/trailer/ and just about anything mechanical will have ELECTRICITY involved in its operation. So, a good Volt Ohm Meter is an absolute MUST! And I'm not talking about one of those cheap-a$$ Harbor Freight free-bees. I'm talking about a fair to mid-line priced one. You don't really need a $300-$1000 dollar one but, a good one so you can depend on its readings in analyzing electrical problems.

Like I stated, I could list an arms length list but, with all the contributions here, I'm sure it's covered. One other point I'd like to make is, BE ORGANIZED! Nothing bugs me more than, taking a hour to do a 5 minute job because I know I have all the tools and items needed for a repair but, they're all in a Hodge-podge set of boxes, bags, bins and all that. Below are a couple of pics on how I setup my compartments. If an when I need a given tool, item, component, I know EXACTLY where each and every item is. Sure makes for a more fluid operation when it's hot, or late, or raining, or any situation that's less than desirable. Good luck.
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I may have to cut back. I've got 5 torque wrenches in the MH right now, along with most of my roll around home toolchest and two smaller tool cases. If I take out the storage bay refer/freezer I can get a few more tools in though.
I could carry more tools if CC hadn't been so diligent with covering up all the storage bays with fabric covered plywood and hiding stuff behind panels! And the roll out trays take room too but at least I don't have to take stuff out to get to stuff in the back.
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Fire up/Scott - Not sure, but I think I saw a piece of dirt in front of the tool box. Really hate to see you slip up like this, as once the first part of un-organization slips in, the downward spiral begins...

Nice looking layout of gear!

Best to you, and all,
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Fire up/Scott - Not sure, but I think I saw a piece of dirt in front of the tool box. Really hate to see you slip up like this, as once the first part of un-organization slips in, the downward spiral begins...

Nice looking layout of gear!

Best to you, and all,
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OK, that's it, I'm going in!!!!!!! I'll be in full HAZ-MAT gear, breathing equipment, Laser Vacuum gun ( I think they used that in Ghost busters). I'll find that dirt spec, just you wait!!!!!!
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