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Old 11-16-2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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Harbor Freight

Spending a lot of time lately on the lunch hour at harbor freight....lots of things to look at there. Wanted to start a thread about some of the good camping related tools you have found.

1. Pancake oilless air compressor that fits in the front storage compartment for air ups prior to leaving the storage lot
2 square bits used for dis assem long the broken jack knife
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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3. Rubber wheel chocks

4. LED puck lights used to light forward storage compartments.

5. Simple tool set including screw drivers and socket set
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:46 PM   #3
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A few months back, I bought their copy of the "Sawzall" and a pneumatic brad nailer. I used the nailer to install moldings on my replacement cabinets in the dinette overhead - worked a treat. The blade in the reciprocating saw was scaringly flimsy, but I discovered that genuine Sawzall blades fit and are much stiffer.

IIRC, the nailer was $24.99 and the saw was $19.99.

I was considering getting a set of their jack stands to support the MH in its parked winter slot alongside the garage. I want to get some of the weight off the tires without having the levelling jacks down. I'm very close to salt water at the S&B and had corrosion on the piston rods the first winter.

Incidentally, I queried the levelling system manufacturer about proximity to salt water and was amused to find that they considered "within 60 miles" to be close. We're only about 60 yards from the salt-water marina across the street!

I was thinking of raising the MH on the jacks, putting the stands under the appropriate places on the axles and then retracting the jacks to put the load on the stands. I was a bit disappointed to find that HF's rating on the jack stands was for a pair. NAPA rates theirs for one stand, and with that difference, they're quite competitive on price.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:52 PM   #4
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I absolutely hate Harbor Freight. I can never walk out of one of their stores without spending a $100 bucks.

I got stuff I have never opened the box on, but at $9.99, how can you pass it up. One day I'll have a use for it......but won't remember where I put it, and have to go buy another one.

I do like their rubber wheel chocks for the camper...however they are lot heavier than the plastic kind. I also buy several packs of their velcro hook&loop ties to use for all kind of stuff...like for my water hoses, and outside lights when rolled up.

They also carry a dual sided metric/SAE 100 meter tape measure, that I have bought several of for benchmarking purposes.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:06 PM   #5
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I love the step drill bits- probably use 6+ sets a year. The air drills are not to bad either, but not as good as 6-7 years ago, buuuut still 10-15 times cheaper than snap-on and Im not as upset when they crap out.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:09 PM   #6
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I absolutely hate Harbor Freight. I can never walk out of one of their stores without spending a $100 bucks.

I got stuff I have never opened the box on, but at $9.99, how can you pass it up. One day I'll have a use for it......but won't remember where I put it, and have to go buy another one.

X2 I never realized how much stuff that I couldn't live without, but will never use
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:33 AM   #7
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We have Princess Auto here in Canada as HF's equalivent and I have a real hard time (although I have been getting better) leaving there without the proverbial 100 bux staying behind. I have the same problem going to Tractor Supply just the $$ amounts are bigger at TSC. I purchased our tire covers and many other Rv related items at PA.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:46 AM   #8
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X2 I never realized how much stuff that I couldn't live without, but will never use
X3. It's a good thing I don't live closer to one! Although shopping from their web site is pretty convenient too. I never go there without a 20% off item coupon, occasionally score one for 20% off whole purchase!
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:02 AM   #9
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I purchased their wheel covers and the tennis balls on extensions to ease hookup. work great. I also cannot leave the store without something I really need and don't use lot of it. Great store.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:17 AM   #10
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I must have at least a dozen of those "free" led flashlites.

They come with super cheap batteries so I've put in name brand.
Have one in every car, truck, bedroom nightstand, next to the computer
(for plugging in those pesky cables under the desk) tool box etc etc.
Have had a couple crap out but most still work.

Never go there without a coupon!!
Never pay full price-- everything goes on "sale" eventually.
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