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Old 05-08-2015, 09:29 PM   #1
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Essential tools when camping?

For the mechanically competent among you, what do you regard as the essential set of tools? Considering weight restrictions, I don't want to bring all of my tools. But I don't want to bring nothing, either.

I'm carrying the tools required to change a tire, check lug nut torque and tire pressure and temperature. I also have a rubber mallet for wheel chocks, a hatchet, and an electric multi-meter.

What few tools should I carry to deal with issues that come up with the trailer while camping? My starting list is below. I want to keep it as short as possible. What do you suggest?

Ratchet screwdriver with multiple tips.
Channel-lock pliers
Medium adjustable pliers
Medium (10"?) crescent wrench
Squeeze tube of caulk
Duct tape (of course)
Black electrical tape

What's missing that I shouldn't leave home without?

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Small container(old medication bottle) of various size screws.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:58 PM   #3
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small multi-meter.
small rechargeable screw driver with various bits including square head.
wrench that will fit propane tank
spare bulbs and fuses
bailing wire to hold things that break / fail on the road.
tube of sealant for emergency repairs away from home
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Volt meter
electrical connections and fuses
several patches for rubber roof
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An assortment of fuses, 5, 10, 15, 20, and even some 30's that go in the circuits that run your slides and jack motors.

Some of those washers that go in the end of garden hoses. And some hose clamps.

One of those really cheap multi-meters you get at Harbor Freight. Pocket knife. A few wire nuts and cable ties.

Well, some of these are supplies and not tools, but you should still have them.
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A wood splitter axe in addition to, or in lieu of your hatchet, takes less work to split and doubles as a sledge, cause ya never know. Cordless 1/2" drill, primary use for stabilizer jack moving. Extra hardware for WDH. Socket for hot water drain, again ya never know. While the ratchet drivers are handy, I prefer an assortment of phillips and slotted screwdrivers, might need that stubby. If you bring electrical crimp on terminals don't forget the strippers and crimpers. Just remember, most tools have more than one function.
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Socket set. I have a small tool box I take with me on short trips. And the big one when we will be home for some time. That one goes in the truck. My truck is 17 years old now. Almost 300,000 on the clock
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Some of the motor driven systems on a trailer require a specific tool to manually retract or extend the device if there is a motor failure. They are slide outs, tongue jacks, stab jacks (electric) and awnings. Do the research and find out what they are and take that with you. I always take a collapsible ladder too. It's saved me more than once.
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Silicone caulking for inside and Dicor for outside to be specific, matches or cig. lighter for us nonsmokers.

Edit: Almost forgot the most important hand tools: cork screw and bottle opener
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Just remember, most tools have more than one function.
Those are the kinds of tools I want to carry.
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