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Old 05-09-2015, 06:27 PM   #31
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:25 PM   #32
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3 gallon bucket (home depot type - I buy used from the local bakery for $1)
It's a fire bucket - don't start a fire without filling it with water
It's an extra seat
It's a step...
Oh yeah a couple of buckets are a handy thing. Ours ride in the bed of the truck full of leveling blocks. They seem to get used for everything from furniture, kindling bins, trash cans and on and on.

Many state parks will have grey water dumps scattered about the campground. Our greys seem to always get full. As we don't have a blue tote the buckets (with a few trips) will drain the grey tanks.

Some thing else. $100 cash in $10 and $20s in the glove box. I always keep that there. Might need a tow, fuel, tire repair or a bribe. Just what ever.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:17 PM   #33
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I picked up a small electric leaf blower for less than $50 years ago. Great for moving leaves off the site especially near fire ring. Great to blow up patio rug when breaking camp.

A couple of items not mentioned, if you have pets, records of vac etc, copy of rabies tag. My vet gave me a small passport size book with four paws records. I also carry TT registration, and insurance cards in case of accident and or a tow. Keep telephone numbers and policy number in a secure place.
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Old 05-11-2015, 09:20 AM   #34
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Make sure you know how the jack on your truck works, keep a star wrench in your truck also known as a 4-point wrench and make sure it matches your lugs in your trailer.....keep your spare inflated to the right pressure and check your lugs after every trip will save a lot of grief as I have seen and learned


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Old 05-11-2015, 09:51 AM   #35
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Get another truck and have your DW drive it loaded with all the tools you own. Folks get a little carried away with all the stuff they think you need. Unless you're boon docking, there are stores to buy what you need when you need it.
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However, if you are not in the market for another truck or larger RV, you might make a list of all the tools you "think" you might need based on where you normally camp. During the year mark down any items on the list that you thought you needed and added to the tool kit. At the beginning of the next season, look down the list for any of these items you didn't use or need and remove them from the RV. Okay, don't remove the Trailer-Aid and lug wrench if you didn't have a flat last year but perhaps the double-bit axe and log splitter could stay home...just saying. We have done this because I am prone to load to the "what if" level and we begin to look as if we are expecting Armageddon, not a stay at a National Park. I find that after a couple trips carrying some extra gear around, I can remove it without worry. As stated above, most of this you can buy nearby if you are camping anywhere except deep in the boonies.
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:24 PM   #36
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... I am prone to load to the "what if" level and we begin to look as if we are expecting Armageddon, not a stay at a National Park. I find that after a couple trips carrying some extra gear around, I can remove it without worry.* As stated above, most of this you can buy nearby if you are camping anywhere except deep in the boonies.
I'm the same but know I don't have to be, which is why I'm hoping to benefit from the collective wisdom of the group. I know I can find a hardware store or Wal-Mart somewhere but there's probably a short list of useful tools/items I can carry without going overboard. That's the list I want to compile.

I like your idea of reviewing the list periodically but there are some items I shouldn't be without. Just because I didn't blow a fuse in the last year doesn't mean I won't, next trip. Yes, I can always but some but they take kettle space and having done could save me some aggravation.

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Oh, for sure some items will always be in the kit. Fuses, electrical tape, hammer, screws, drill driver, wrenches, socket set, impact wench, Roto-zip, wood lathe, drill press, extra wine openers. You know, just the basics!
Seriously, I do tend to put all kinds of things in the tool box for "what if" that, after a bit of contemplation, I realize I CAN do without because they are available everywhere if needed as you said. Still, it doesn't hurt to have a check list of the "basics" so you can review your supply. I occasionally borrow a tool from the trailer for whatever reason, and without a check list I might not remember I took it out and didn't replace it.
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I guess I am in the minority.
I have a two drawer tool box that is STUFFED with wrench's, screw drivers, socket sets, channel locks, multi meter, fuses and about anything else I can get in there.
Weighs about 40 pounds, but I hate the idea of being at some campground and I don't have the tools to fix something when it breaks, at least enough to get us home.
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:46 PM   #39
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Mark, I am not different from you on tools. I just have a 1/2 ton TV, and have to watch the weight! Believe me, if I could take them I would. When I asked for tools at Christmas the kids look at me and ask "What tool don't you have two of already?" Uh, none...but I also like being able to fix anything that might happen myself. I look at the storage on 5ers and dream about how much stuff I could get in those huge bays!
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Old 05-17-2015, 05:31 PM   #40
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I guess I am in the minority.
I have a two drawer tool box that is STUFFED with wrench's, screw drivers, socket sets, channel locks, multi meter, fuses and about anything else I can get in there.
Weighs about 40 pounds, but I hate the idea of being at some campground and I don't have the tools to fix something when it breaks, at least enough to get us home.
Well, took the new trailer out this weekend for her maiden camping trip. Just grabbed my "electrical box" (small tool box) and figured all would be well.
WELL, after a boo boo by me hooking up, I needed a hammer and large screwdriver. DIDN"T HAVE THEM, my electric box just has meter, channel locks etc...
Won't leave again without my two drawer box. Channel locks aren't a bad hammer, but sometimes you need a little more power. LOL
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