Originally Posted by trailergirl99
As dreams of camping fill my head I'm also thinking of what to stock my A-122s. What does everyone have for an essential tool kit?
A little philosphy that I used to come up with my tool kit (and other equipment -
In my past, I used to cruise sailboats. The ideal was to be able to fix anything that could break so that you could get back home - could be a couple of days doing so. Obviously, it's impossible to cover everything, but I still had a pretty impressive tool kit and supply chest.
The next activity was backpacking when my son was in Scouts. A minimalist philosophy was needed - going up and down Colorado mountains with more than 35 lbs is just too painful.
We bought the A-frame last year because the kids were in college (out-of-state) and it's just the 2 of us. I'm still working, so weekends and long weekends would be our camping. We bought the non-s A122 so it would fit in our garage, and be kept ready to go. If anything drastic went wrong, we would come home, and deal with the issue at home. With that scenario in mind, I developed a tool and equipment list. Tools and supplies are dedicated to the A122, and kept stored there.
- Jack and lug wrench to change tire on either vehicle. The minivan's jack will work for the camper. I put in a cross lug wrench in the minivan for leverage on lug nuts. Tire pressures (including spares) are checked and set AM of departure, I have always carried a pressure gauge in the minivan.
- Wrench for battery cables at battery. I have dual size 24 batteries on the camper to power the heater through a long weekend without hookups. I carry a wrench to switch battery cables around as necessary. This could be eliminated with installation of a dual battery switch (planned mod in next month).
- Phillips #2 screwdriver to remove dinette seat (driver's side) to access electrical, heater, water heater.
- Flat large blade stubby screwdriver for fridge outside access panel opening
- water filter wrench (included with camper). I have never installed the element because of the horror stories. I have never modded to get rid of filter casing either.
- meter cause I like things electrical. Do not carry electrical repair kit, though. May some day add spare fuses.
- matches and butane lighting sticks for inside stove, camp stove, and Coleman lantern
- several 1# propane bottles for camp stove and lantern
- Lynx Leveler (orange Legos) in carrying case.
- plywood circle for pad under tongue jack, and 3/4" board for fine adjustment under wheels.
- 5" level calibrated in inches installed across front of camper.
- Carpenter's level for fore and aft leveling.
- 4 plastic chocks
- included wrench for stabilizers
- lever for WDH bars (I have never used so far, get enough rise from tongue jack to put bars on by hand)
- 25ft 20 amp extension cord, 30 amp to 20 amp plug block (in addition to included 25ft 30 amp cable)
- bucket for gray water. Adapter and hose to fit gray water drain and reach bucket.
- pressure reducer and 90 dgree angle for water hookup, 25ft fresh water hose
- EZ fill for water tank (piece of hose cut lengthwise at an angle)
- LED flashlights, including head-mounted LED lights
- mallet in the EZ-up bag for putting stakes in ground
Porta-potty and RV-que are left at home. We cook on 2 burner propane stove at picnic table. Looking around for a portable tabletop charcoal grill that's not a mess to carry or clean. We use campground toilets and sometimes showers.
Bottom line is we keep it simple because it's only weekend trips (less than 1 day's drive). If anything happens more than the tools I have can handle, we quit and go home. Fit your toolbox to your repair philosophy.
2014 Rockwood A122
2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan) with Equalizer WDH/anti-sway
camping Colorado and adjacent states one weekend at a time