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Old 06-11-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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Stocking a basic tool kit for MH

Berkshire 390BH is my 1st MH transitioning from TT. What are some basic items to carry to begin a tool kit. Flashlight, engine oil, etc.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:29 PM   #2
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I have a cordless screwdriver, hammer, rubber mallet, hand held screwdrivers, tire pressure gauge, tape measure, duct tape, WD 40 and more that my brain can't remember on a hot Friday night.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:35 PM   #3
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Thanks!
That's a great start especially the WD 40.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:53 PM   #4
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Common fuses, buggie cords and athough it won't fit in a tool kit, I suggest a step ladder.
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Old 06-14-2010, 04:59 PM   #5
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Liquid nails, a folding shovel and flares.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:57 PM   #6
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a 2 or 3 step ladder or a taller ladder?
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:26 PM   #7
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I regularly carry a complete socket set, cordless drill and bits as well as screw driver bits for running in or out screws. I used a fishing type of compartmented box like a Plano 3500 and made a total wiring kit with spare wire, fuses, bulbs, crimp terminal connectors, butt connectors, wire taps, heat shrink tubing in differing sizes and lengths, electrical tape, solder, etc. I always carry spare oil and a satchel of assorted tools like vice grips, adjustable wrenches and specialty tools.
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:10 PM   #8
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After I weighed my rig, I realized that the mini lathe and mill had to go. While I could make just about any part I needed, they were just to heavy to tote "Just in case." JK

I still carry too many tools, but I use my pancake compressor and air driven tools on every trip. I even have an air driven grinder that I use to trim Bella's Velociraptor claws (I mean nails).
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:22 PM   #9
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Don't forget duct tape and super glue!
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:46 PM   #10
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Yea the duct tape is a go. we carry a tube of GOOP too. Actually we carry way to many tools. It takes up one compartment, but when you need it, its there. We also carry an 8 ft ladder hooked to our ladder on the motor home when we winter in Florida. Thats when you want to spend some time washing and waxing the beast. Gotta make it look like new.........
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:52 AM   #11
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For a ladder we usually take either a 4 foot Little Giant or just a three step stool. It depends on how heavily we are loaded. For most of what you can handle yourself a basic set of tools from Sears is probably sufficient. Be sure to have an extra belt and extra oil along with tranny fluid. That brings to mind the flexible funnel to put the oil in if you need to add oil.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:48 AM   #12
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As I scanned all these great ideas I didn't see a multi meter.
You can get a cheap one at Harbor Freight or Radio Shack for
a few bucks. They can be priceless if you have electrical problems.
Battery voltage can tell you a lot. The little led battery charge
indicator on the wall is no replacement for a meter.
Also have been known to have blown fuse that didn't look bad.

Meter, WD40, duct tape, spare fuses can take you a long way.
electrical tape and an assortment of wire nuts and wire stripper/cutter.
A hand full of zip ties are nice but in a pinch the duct tape will
get the job done.

One of those 6 way screw drivers are imperative.
Cheap one's from HF can cost 2 or 3 bucks and have 2 size phillips
and 2 size slot and by removing the bit you get 1/4 and 5/16
nut driver all in one handy tool.

I have a small rubber maid bin in the bottom of a closet to hold
the above and quite a bit more.....
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:55 AM   #13
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In our TV I keep a 233 piece tool kit that has 1/4, 3/8's and 1/2" drives, wrenchs etc. I also have the afforementioned multimeter, a complete set of screwdrivers, pliers, side cutters, crimpers with an assortment of ends, a 20 ton bottle jack, and assortment of lubricants such as fluid film, PBlaster and silicone spray and a torque wrench. There is usually more but I can't htink off the top of my head.
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:09 AM   #14
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I picked-up a medium size tackle-box, and stocked it with things like electrical connections, wire wraps, elec tape, pipe tape, WD-40, lube-oil, dry graphite lock-ease, soulderless connectors, spare fuses, various plumbing fittings, asorted nails, screws, nutts,bolts, washers, spare parts, a small 110/12 volt multi-meter, water hose gaskets, spare hose nozzle, blow-out fittings for interizing, spare annode for water heater, tiny wire brush for cleaning elec connectors for trailer, etc...

I then pick-up a rechargable screw-gun that I use for screw/nutdriver/drill bits and or a socket for raising and lowering my stabilizers. To go along with that, I picked-up a single kit in a durable plastic molded kit, that had the assortment of bits that I was looking for. Also got a spare batery. One battery in charger (mounted in storage compartment) , one in gun, sio that I always have a charged battery. My screwgun came in a kit with the gun, a charger, a battery, and a flashlight (which uses the same battery). I kept the flashlight as a spare in an inside drawer for easy access.

The other major item in my tool-kit is a Kobalt (Lowes) tool-kit - about 130 pieces, all secured in a very durable molded plastic case. Great quality tools, this kit, or similar, is usually available before Christmas for less than $100.00. Stay away from the simlar "junk" tol kits, for $30-$40 (or less!). These tools aren't dependable when you need them the most! (Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt!)
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Old 10-22-2010, 03:41 PM   #16
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IT Sound like ACE Hardware to me. Well ! I just don't see where we need all that. Until I look at my truck toolbox & rig. Now it look like ACE it is.
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