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Old 05-27-2020, 08:56 PM   #1
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Hello all.
I am new here and new to RVing I recently got an older bumper pull trailer that needed work from fixing leaks, water heater and other appliances, replacing bearing and brakes, and electrical gremlins.
Now that she is all but ready I do not know what tools I need to bring or take with so I'm asking you guys what tools do you generally carry?
If it were up to me I would end up doubling my trailer weight in tools but I know that cant be done. Is it as simple as a pair of pliers? or small tool box? or maybe some home brewed specialty tools?
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There have been dozens of threads asking the same question. Rather that attempt to create another list; may I please refer you to all of them?
Click this link:
To find this type of results use the google search box at the top of each page, it is specific search.
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Old 05-27-2020, 09:11 PM   #3
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First, the tools one carries should be closely related to the RV, where and how it's use and the skill level of the owner. Some folks like myself do all or most all of our maintenance and service and may camp in very remote locations. Other people stay in full service parks and are best at using a credit card as their tool kit. Nothing wrong with that approach.

Here is my tool list:

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
20. ODB II scanner with live display
21. Infrared thermometer
22. Digital tire gauge and an analog tire gauge
23. 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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Old 05-27-2020, 09:16 PM   #4
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What tools to carry ... a loaded question to say the least .
My wife says I carry too many ... on the other hand she is not sympathetic if something breaks and I say I don't have the tools to fix it.
Small tool box .
Multi driver, pliers , wire cutters , fuses, wire , multi meter, test light , gear clamps , zip ties ...
Below is a picture of my electrical tools .
If I have to do chassis work , well there's three tool boxes involved in that.
Start with 1/4" drive , 3/8 drive and a selection of screwdrivers and pliers , add more as required.
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Old 05-28-2020, 05:02 AM   #5
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Here we go again...
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Old 05-28-2020, 07:08 AM   #6
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Rather than say which tools I carry, I will tell you which I use the most:

1, various socket wrenches out of my 125ish piece socket wrench set.

2, Multi bit screw driver kit

3, Multi-Meter

4, wire strippers / crimp tool

5, various pliers / wire cutters, etc.

Not necessarily in that order, as it seems most of the issue I run into are electrical The rest of it is occasional use only, or I have yet to need it.
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Old 05-28-2020, 03:15 PM   #7
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I've been RV'ing for 17 years, with 3 motorhomes and a pull behind, both full and part-time and I am still appreciative of answers like rarebear, skip426, and isaac have provided to the OP. Thank you
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Old 05-29-2020, 11:19 AM   #8
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The major tool suppliers make socket sets that include a selection which covers most needs and includes a plastic storage case that is well organized. Add some other items like wire cutters, lug crimpers, water pump pliers, a set of combination wrenches, a multimeter, a jack and a torque wrench to get you outfitted with what is needed for most repairs.

Adding and subtracting over time will get you closer and reduce the load if you delete tools that you find are not needed.

Organization is the key, as not finding a screw driver when you need it, is time wasting and will contribute to a tendency for duplication.
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Coach-Net published a pretty comprehensive list of..... What You Need In Your RV Toolbox.
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Old 05-29-2020, 11:45 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Olithium View Post
Hello all.
I am new here and new to RVing I recently got an older bumper pull trailer that needed work from fixing leaks, water heater and other appliances, replacing bearing and brakes, and electrical gremlins.
Now that she is all but ready I do not know what tools I need to bring or take with so I'm asking you guys what tools do you generally carry?
If it were up to me I would end up doubling my trailer weight in tools but I know that cant be done. Is it as simple as a pair of pliers? or small tool box? or maybe some home brewed specialty tools?

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just don't forget the bottle opener.
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