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Old 05-18-2019, 10:09 PM   #1
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Basic tools

Evening all,

Just purchased a 2019 FR 245BHS. Looking for some advice on basic tools to have with the trailer when traveling.

Also, any quick advice (one liners) for first time RV owner.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:10 PM   #2
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A small basic tool kit should be all you need something like this

https://www.amazon.com/DOWELL-Genera...22-spons&psc=1

I would also add some good rope (25ft or so), duck-tape and maybe some glue.
I myself keep a full tool kit in each car and an emergency kit.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:29 PM   #3
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A small basic tool kit should be all you need something like this

https://www.amazon.com/DOWELL-Genera...22-spons&psc=1

I would also add some good rope (25ft or so), duck-tape and maybe some glue.
I myself keep a full tool kit in each car and an emergency kit.
Thank you. I have a couple bug out bags and stuff, just curious about basic tools to keep weight down. Metric or American?
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Also channel lock pliers cone in handy.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:46 PM   #5
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I would add blocks of wood, and a floor jack to your list of needed tools. Also, a 8 foot ladder is very useful.
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Thank you. I have a couple bug out bags and stuff, just curious about basic tools to keep weight down. Metric or American?
You will have to check and see what you need, my guess is American, on our A-frame there is a bunch of square screws that needed a special bit.

I forgot zip ties bunch of each size


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You will have to check and see what you need, my guess is American, on our A-frame there is a bunch of square screws that needed a special bit.

X2 on this. Most of the screws in your camper are going to be the square head. Having a screw driver that accepts these bits is the first thing I added to my tool bag for the camper.

If you have manual stabilizer jacks, one of These is a good idea to put in your drill and save you the wear and tear on the shoulders and back.
https://smile.amazon.com/Magnetic-Tr...gateway&sr=8-6

I have a compartment storage tray similar to this that I keep spare parts and emergency items in such as spare fuses and LED replacements for the lights in the camper, a couple small spools of 14 gauge wire for a 12v repair if needed, some solderless connecting clips, some self tapping screws of a couple sizes.https://smile.amazon.com/Stanley-25-...ateway&sr=8-13

A roll of Gorilla tape, A roll of Aluminum Tape, a roll of electrical tape, some super glue of your favorite brand and a tool bag or bucket with a few of the basics like screw drivers, hammer and a couple lb sledge hammer, my cordless drill and a good pocket knife. A socket set with the sockets you may need to tighten your Weight Distribution mounts on your trailer if they happen to come loose. The last one was a lesson learned. Thankfully, I had good camping neighbors that bailed me out.

You'll add stuff over the course of time but that list will let you McGyver most things and prevent all but the most serious of events from ruining a camping trip till you get home.
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We also have a "real" heavy duty milk crate we keep for storage and as a step and stool.
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Get familiar with a multimeter and a GFCI tester. Both can be had for relatively little money. Once you have those, watch a few YouTube videos on testing for proper voltage, grounding and reverse polarity.

Do this prior to connecting to any campsite pedestals. It could save your trailer a fried electrical system.
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Iím new too, but will share some things I think are helpful.

I divide tools into categories of regular usage and emergency repairs.

Regular usage are tools for the WD hitch, wrenches, gloves, grease, extra pins that you use regularly. Rubber gloves and face mask for dumping tanks. A knife, fuse puller, Rachet set, needle nose plyers, vice grips, adjustable screwdriver for all the odd screws on your TT.

Emergency repairs tools for us are just basic tools, zip ties, eternabond, hose tape and most importantly our AAA card with full RV coverage. You may want a jack and jack stands to change a tire yourself if you donít want to use AAA.
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