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Old 09-07-2011, 07:52 PM   #21
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Every RV MUST have some square-drive screw driver heads! They only cost a few dollars.
I totally agree. I have several tips of varying lengths (up to 6 inches) both in my inside camper tool drawer and my outside (basement) tool kit.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:51 AM   #22
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This is one kit i keep all of the time along with many of that other tools mention, i also keep a pickset as well.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:01 AM   #23
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This is one kit i keep all of the time along with many of that other tools mention, i also keep a pickset as well.
Excellent tip. I have a security bit set and a lock pick set as well, but never thought to include them in my camper tool bag. They would have come in handy on one of my trips.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:52 AM   #24
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The one thing I'm sure to carry is my laptop and the Zip Drive with all the Owner's Manuals in PDF form. If I need to troubleshoot anything I have all the info in one convenient place. Otherwise I carry the basic tools, extra fuses and light bulbs for every light fixture on the coach.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:43 AM   #25
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The one thing I'm sure to carry is my laptop and the Zip Drive with all the Owner's Manuals in PDF form. If I need to troubleshoot anything I have all the info in one convenient place. Otherwise I carry the basic tools, extra fuses and light bulbs for every light fixture on the coach.
I also carry all the PDFs and photographs in the onboard PC and also another set in the iPad in case the issue kills power camper. (I can run the PC from the inverter)
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:17 AM   #26
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The other thing that i keep as an extra tool is an awning rod, i keep this in the car incase someone in the RV park locks there keys in there car and i will do this free of charge. I have had to use this to help my son out and a few of his friends but i did forewarn them if you call me again at midnight on a Firday or Saturday you will pay, so let it be a lesson.......min charge is $65 bucks just to come out and then at least an hour extra to get the keys out...........

The awning rod has a lot of great uses.
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I totally agree. I have several tips of varying lengths (up to 6 inches) both in my inside camper tool drawer and my outside (basement) tool kit.


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Old 09-08-2011, 08:41 PM   #28
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I read an article about a year ago regarding what tools to carry in an RV.
The best piece of advice in the article was to only take the bare minimum.
Tools equal weight. Weight equals reduced fuel economy.
On any given weekend thereís always ďthat guyĒ in every campground that has a rolling craftsmen store in his RV.
Those guys usually will also be eager to lend you what you need because that way they can feel important because they were prepared.

The point is youíll be able to complete the repair & heís the one getting the crappy mileage!

Iíve also noticed that if someone brings out a toolbox at a campground itís like a magnet for every shade tree mechanic in that section.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:16 PM   #29
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I am typically "That Guy."
I don't do it to feel important; I just like to help people.
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I am typically "That Guy."
I don't do it to feel important; I just like to help people.
I was not trying to imply any negative connotations on the term "that guy" or single anyone out. I too like to help others & I used to be "that guy" with regard to what I carried.

When we first started out we had a popup.
I had 2-3 hundred lbs of tools & enough spare parts to build a second popup.
Included in my list was a bow saw, saber saw & a saws-all just to make sure.

Now I carry one of those small household mini tool kits, a roll of that stop leak tape, a DMM, duct tape & a BFH.
I usually need the duct tape after I use the BFH.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:06 PM   #31
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Dave,

No offense taken. I just feel pretty good when I am down in the keys, where the closest RV dealer is 2 hours away and the closest parts warehouse is a day's drive, and I or my neighbor needs something repaired.

Items I have helped repair on site:

A broken awning that would not close
Rebuilt a Generator that would not start
rewired antenna coax connectors
Propane pigtail repair
Battery explosion in MH
Sewer leak due to cracked pipe
roof tear in a rainstorm

Well, I could go on but you get the idea.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:34 PM   #32
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I would add a jack to change the wheels. I take along a 20 ton air over hydradulic jack to change the tires on my fifth wheel. It is small and I have no worries about a jack collapsing on me.
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Wow! Being a "Tool Guy" I love all these lists. I have to admit that I doubt I could use a lock pick set and would feel like a fugitive if I had one.

But, I saw WD40 on one of those lists. I am a bit new to this motorhome stuff, but I was warned that WD40 leaves a dirt attracting oily film that could attract grit to jack shafts, stair mechanisms or slide mechanisms that could cause problems. I was told to use a dry lube like silicon? Is there truth in that advice?

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Wow! Being a "Tool Guy" I love all these lists. I have to admit that I doubt I could use a lock pick set and would feel like a fugitive if I had one.

But, I saw WD40 on one of those lists. I am a bit new to this motorhome stuff, but I was warned that WD40 leaves a dirt attracting oily film that could attract grit to jack shafts, stair mechanisms or slide mechanisms that could cause problems. I was told to use a dry lube like silicon? Is there truth in that advice?

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I would have to say yes there is truth to that - I use white lithium grease from a can on my stablizer jacks and have noticed dirt attracting to the screw part.

the WD-40 is usually used for door lock's - I have a door lock for the outside shower that tends to get stuck.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:00 PM   #35
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WD-40 stands for "Water Displacement Formula 40" It is a light water displacing oil used for just about everything involving quick slipperiness.

It does not "Lubricate" as it has no staying power and disperses quickly. It will "migrate" everywhere. Dry Lube like silicone or spray graphite is a better choice for slide mechanisms as you don't want an oily or greasy surface to attract dirt.

If you check that milk bin, in addition to a small can of WD-40 (for my fishing gear - it also makes a GREAT lure attractant because it is mostly fish oil), is a can of Slide Lube, Seal Lube, and Silicone spray.
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Much of our camping/traveling is in remote areas. We usually have no cellular phone service and resources can 50+ miles away. As a result if I want it fixed, it is up to me, so I carry a lot with me. My list includes, but is not limited to:


Sockets (SAE & Metric)
Ratchets & extensions
Wrenches (SAE & Metric)
Pliers
Hammers (small & sledge)
Hex keys
Torx
Nut drivers
Shovel
Ax
Pickaxe
Hatchet
Tow straps
Snatch straps
Chains
Snatch blocks
Jumper cables
Gloves
Clevis (hooks & D-rings
Breaker bars
Pry bars
Air compressor
Bottle jack
High Lift Jack

I could go on...but, you probably get the idea:







Here we are on Tuesday returning from our Labor Day camping:




As far as dry lube, I have used Slip Plate with good results:

SLIP Plateģ
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Glenn - your box looks a little empty - thinks you need to add more stuff lol

I mounted my High Lift jack to the tool box to free up some space.

my tool box is as full as your's is - I also have a shipping blanket in my box so if I needed to lay on the ground I dont get too dirty.

Btw I am partial to Dodge's if you cant already tell - love the last picture too
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The picture of the toolbox is from a few years ago, the toolbox is actually even fuller now, as I have added more to the inventory . I have managed to keep my high lift inside so far. I have considered mounting it to the toolbox if I need to to free up more room in the future (possibly for a pull pal ), but I need to make sure my hitch will clear it in a left turn (that is when the release handle moves forward). I also have some packing blankets for that purpose as well. They are the white and orange items on the right side of the toolbox. While in the tool box they keep items from rattling and rubbing against each other.

We had a great time camping over the weekend. We like being off the beaten path!



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