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Old 06-06-2015, 10:37 PM   #1
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What tools should I carry for my 5er

I have a 2015 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8289 and I am new to all of this. Never had a RV before. I'm wondering how to balance between need and weight.

I'd like to have a air compressor but my home unit weighs 28 pounds. Also, I've carried the stuff I need for water usage and a surge protector. I have the standard plier set and screwdriver set and a ratchet with an adapter for my hot water plug. I also carry my power drill in case I need to manually close the slides or use it on the landing gear. I would appreciate any thoughts.


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Old 06-07-2015, 06:57 AM   #2
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Add some duct tape and WD-40 to your list and that’s about all I carry too. If I can’t fix it with the basic tools then I’ll call a mobile mechanic. I do carry a small air compresser for adding air to tires.


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Old 06-07-2015, 07:37 AM   #3
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Since I do small repairs on fellow camper's when we camp (keeps me busy and out of trouble), I do still carry quite a bit.

However, here a list of items I would never leave home without:

1) Nothing sucks worse than tearing your roof when backing into a spot in the rain - Patch the roof tools: Tube of DiCor Self Leveling Lap Sealant and "flat" type caulking gun; partial roll of 6 inch wide and full roll of 2 inch wide Eternabond roof repair tape; 2 inch wide wall paper roller; can of Spray Eternabond Primer.

2) Small tube clear tub sealant - (NOT FOR ROOF!) - temp repair seams around windows/doors/wall joints noticed while traveling and general purpose adhesive.

3) FULL assortments of brass hose adapters (M/M, F/F, Y with shutoffs, 4 way manifold with valves) and hose repairs ends male and female), PEX press-on (gatorbit) End Cap, valve, Union, 5 feet of PEX tubing, PEX shear.

4) FULL assortment of power cord adapters (50->30 amp, 30->20 amp, Generator to 30 amp [in my case]) and Pedestal power tester, Soldering Iron, roll Resin Core Solder, roll of splicing tape and electrical tape. 10 foot "hanks" of various sized wire.

5) GOOD quality multimeter (though I also keep a cheapo from Harbor Freight inside the "tool drawer" inside).

6) COAX wrench for cable connections, Cable end repair tool kit and spare ends.

7) Lineman pliers, side cutters, Needle Nose pliers, "Channel Lock" pliers, Razor Knife w/spare blades in handle, small Hack Saw w/ spare blades,

8) Multi Screwdriver kit with standard stuff but extra #2 square bits of various lengths and nut drivers

9) 1/2 inch DeWalt 18 volt drill w/spare battery and charger, drill bits 1/16 to 1/2 inch

10) Crescent Wrench set (1/4 to 1 1/2 inch) and Metric (8mm -> 17mm)

10) 10 ton Bottle Jack w/ 12x12x2 wood pad for jacking on soft ground/asphalt, 200 Ft Pound Torque Wrench with sockets for truck and trailer Lug Nuts, Safety Glasses and reflective yellow traffic vest, rubber gloves and apron for battery work, 1 quart bottle of distilled water and box of baking soda, Battery Charger.

11) 50 feet of 20 amp extension Cord and 25 feet of 30 amp extension cord

12) DeWalt Compressor (in front compartment) capable of 120 PSI, 50 feet of hose to reach truck and all camper tires, air chuck w/gauge and small hand held air grinder with assorted tools.

13) Short aggressive tooth handsaw (limbs, firewood), Pry Bar, camp axe, short shovel.

14) Roll of metal foil tape and Gorilla Tape

15) WD-40, Silicone Spray, Chain Lube Dry Lbricant

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Old 06-07-2015, 07:49 AM   #4
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I have a portable jump-start battery w/air compressor built-in. It also comes with a 12V accessory socket.

Extra square screwdriver bits to match the square-headed screws all-over my TT - because the one in the set is always missing...

Kawasaki 12V Impact wrench, 12V extension wire, (2) Tekton deep impact sockets for TT & TV tires, Tandem Tire Aid, bottle jack, safety triangles, vests & flares so I can change my own TT & TV tires.

We routinely stay in state parks w/out water or sewer, so I take a Barker waste tote & FW bladder & extra FW hoses on those trips.

Spare fuses for all types in TV & TT, extra 12V wire & wire nuts, plus 12V soldering iron, electrical tape & even heat sink tubing so repairs on the field are more permanent.
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Originally Posted by The_Rhino View Post
Spare fuses for all types in TV & TT
Thanks I forgot about those and the spare batteries for all the remote controls and flashlights.

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Old 06-07-2015, 08:01 AM   #6
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This is the list of what I carry. I will tackle tha small repairs and help others but leave the major repairs to the professionals. And I use that term loosely.

Air compressor (ViAir 400P-RV)
Impact wrench.
Cordless drill.
Multi meter.
IR Temp gun.
Hand tool variety.
Propane torch.
Torque wrench.
Bottle jack.
Trailer aid.
Portable lights including multiple flashlights.
Repair parts for minor repairs including electrical, plumbing and structural.
Lubricants and sealers.
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Old 06-07-2015, 01:54 PM   #7
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There's only 3 things I leave behind in my garage the 30 ton shop press, the floor mounted drill press and my mig welder!!
Seriously though I probably carry too much, however if you ever break down near me, we will probably be able to get you fixed up and back to camping!!
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:23 PM   #8
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:53 PM   #9
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required tools

Any tool you get from your tool box in the garage and use, get another for the RV. any job you do will probably done again. plus all the lube and caulk n beer
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