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Old 09-04-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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What kind of tools do you carry?

I was wondering what kind of tools do you carry in your trailers?I am planning on carry assortment of screw drivers, channel lock pliers, hammer, adjustable wrenches, maybe a set of combination wrenches, socket set, wire cutters and crimpers, DC and AC volt meter.
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Depends on your definition of tools. I would add WD40 and duct tape. Do they count?
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:42 AM   #3
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Weight of tools adds up quickly. I carried everything but a table saw my first trip and when I hit the scales I was shocked. After taking an inventory I reduced my tools and the camper weight by over 500 pounds.

This is still a work in progress. but here is our current checklist for our 3 month annual trek.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:57 AM   #4
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I carry just the necessary tools like a picknic screwdriver and a small set of other tools like a set of pliers etc. I have a small asst of screws in a small box. The most important item I have is a jack for my trailer and the right ratchet socket for the size of my bolts for the trailer wheels. The size is different than my truck. My wife takes care of the rest. I carry a few special tapes in case of emergencies.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:10 AM   #5
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I have the tools I normally carry in my truck (TV). A little everything, cheap little socket set, good quality #2 phillips and flat head, good Multimeter, connectors, etc..
Make sure you have an appropriate jack, I have a 12 ton bottle jack, lug wrench, and torque wrench with sockets to fit my lugs and WDH. Make sure you check to mske sure they fit and work when you need them. I put them in the TT on the right side where I can access them easy if I get a flat. 90% of the time you will pull to the right to change a tire. I don't want to put my blind back to traffic while digging in a compartment.

If I don't have a tool I need, chances are it is a tool that I probably won't use again, but can go somewhere and get it if needed. I don't want to carry something I will hardly use. All weight counts. Think about multi-tools like screw drivers where you change tips, wrenches with different sizes on each end, etc..

Just my thoughts. So far have always had what I need and often what someone else needs.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:35 AM   #6
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here is our current checklist for our 3 month annual trek.
3 months every year? Jeesh, I'm in the wrong line of work!
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:44 AM   #7
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i'm going to have to make a list like lou so that i will know where it is...

i carry: a set of screw drivers
socketwrench
24" breaker bar
assorted sockets plus deep well sockets
assorted screws
1/2 doz fender washers
duct tape
hammer
hand saw
drill & bits
soldering iron w/solder
needle nose pliers
diagonal cutters
electrical tape
jack
assorted fuses
measuring tape w/level
spare sewer cap
spare sewer pull handle
multimeter
plug in circuit tester (abt 1.50 from harbor freight, checks for properly wired pedistle)
sealant and caulk gun

i carry a lot more than that, but that is what i consider most important..just need to inventory it and make note of its location.

the first time i had to change a tire on it , i learned to hate those decorative lug nuts. the wrench that i had used to check the torque them turned out to be slightly too big and twisted the cover around the nut when i tried to remove it. the nut comes out only slightly beyond the rim (if any) the rest is decorative. i carry deep well sockets that fit and will fit if the decorative cover comes off. (i have chiseled that cover off to get to the nut). breaker bar was needed when i couldn't move the nuts.

when i got rid of my 1st trailer, i had accumulated something to repair just abt every ailment encountered to that date. started fresh with the present one.
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3 months every year? Jeesh, I'm in the wrong line of work!
What is that strange looking 4 letter word before the exclamation mark?
I seem to remember it but have not used it for some time...

The secret of success.

Invent something that costs a dime; can sell for a dollar; has low occupational risk; and is habit forming.

A no lose formula for money.
(No NOT drugs - Too risky)

Anything (not involving actual labor) you can do over the Internet so the boss has no idea where you are; and does not care as long as the deadline is met.
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Old 09-05-2011, 07:51 AM   #9
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I will tail behind Lou from now on. If I need anything, he got it. that way, i don't have to carry anything.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:02 AM   #10
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No one has ever regretted camping next to me (that I know of!).
The reverse is not true.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:29 AM   #11
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Lou that is an amazing checklist!
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Lou that is an amazing checklist!
Thank you.

Its a "Pilot Thing" I suppose. Checklists are "life" in the cockpit.

Also I am getting older and forgetful of where stuff is in the camper.

I have been wanting to post it for a while now, but "It just needs to be tweeked one more time first..." You know how it is.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:22 PM   #13
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I carry many of the same. Screwdrivers, pliers, few pluming supplies, wrenches and socket set.

One thing I always carry is a rubber mallet. It has come in handy a few times.

Oh and of course duct tape and super glue
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:29 PM   #14
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all good lists
but must add credit card and check book
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:13 PM   #15
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Thank you!

I showed your check list to my DW and now mine looks a lot more reasonable! Oh yes, I didn't see the kitchen sink on it anywhere...
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I showed your check list to my DW and now mine looks a lot more reasonable! Oh yes, I didn't see the kitchen sink on it anywhere...
Well, it is a work still in progress.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:58 AM   #17
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WD40 and duct tape are prime. "If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD40." A rubber mallet may help in a really bad case of the second ailment there. Once you've broken it loose, though, remember that WD40 is not a lubricant, but a water dispersant (that's what the "WD" stands for). Put an appropriate lubricant on whatever you busted loose so it keeps moving when it should.
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Old 09-07-2011, 04:01 PM   #18
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Every RV MUST have some square-drive screw driver heads! They only cost a few dollars.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:59 PM   #19
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I own a Forest River, so I carry as many tools as I can, including a Fluke multimeter. Also have an assortment of caulking and tape. Almost forgot...a bottle jack, tire wrench and torque wrench too!
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I carry an assortment of Hand tools in my TV all the time (screwdrivers, sockets, wrenches, multimeter and lug wrench) - I also have a bottle jack and a floor jack in my truck box along with pieces of cut 2 x 6 wood and tow straps

I always over pack even for a short three day trip but am still under my gross weight

by looking at Lou's list - that is by far an impressive list to have - if I followed your list I would be overweighted since I am running a half ton LOL
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