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Old 03-23-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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What would be essential road tools to carry?

I have vintage VW's, and we always carry a regular bunch of replacement parts and tools for them. Of course for the most part we roll with a AAA card and a cell phone. But what tools would be best to have in every day situations?

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Old 03-23-2013, 11:25 PM   #2
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What would be essential road tools to carry?

I have vintage VW's, and we always carry a regular bunch of replacement parts and tools for them. Of course for the most part we roll with a AAA card and a cell phone. But what tools would be best to have in every day situations?

Thanks -First post!
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:47 AM   #3
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We carry a canvas tool bag, equipped with screwdrivers, vise grips, regular and needle-nosed pliers, a hammer, hatchet, folding saw, ratchet wrench and sockets.

Also in there is Goo-gone, WD-40, duct tape, electricians tape and a tape measure.

We carry elsewhere extra fuses and bulbs for everything.


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Old 03-24-2013, 07:21 AM   #4
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As far as I'm concerned, the most important part of the tool kit (and mentioned in the Newbie's Guide) is a well-stocked first aid kit. Campers are often just as far from a hospital as they are from a repair shop— and can't wait as long to get fixed as can their Airstreams.

Handy hint for first aid kits, that I got from a paramedic who stocks his ambulance with them: Carry a travel pack of Kotex Maxi-Pads in the first aid kit, even if there are no women for miles around. They are, without exception, the most absorbent bandages you can find; better than any gauze bandages that Johnson & Johnson sells. And they're individually wrapped in sterile packaging, too.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:28 AM   #5
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Ditto on a First Aid Kit.

Our kids gave us one of these the first year we retired, and we have added to it a bottle of sterile saline solution and tea tree oil.


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Old 03-24-2013, 07:35 AM   #6
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First Aid kit excepted, my most important tool kit items have been a big flat screwdriver and a set of small socket wrenches, used to dismantle the gas burner in the water heater on far too many occasions. Curse those crawly critters! Grips and pliers very useful, too.

I haven't used tools on a car for years now, so having to carry tools for the Airstream seems strange; it takes me back to my youth when I had to tote tools around when riding my little Yamaha two-stroke motorcycle and things had to be fixed regularly.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:09 AM   #7
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Think through what you need for your hitch and lugs. At first I wasn't carrying long-handled wrenches to muscle the hitch bolts tight enough. So I added a 1/2-inch breaker bar with appropriate sockets and adapters and two long-handled wrenches in 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch. To loosen the lugs you'll want the right thin-walled, long shaft six-point socket on a breaker bar. The right socket is expensive but essential to keep from damaging the wheels and the lugs. To tighten the lugs you'll want a 1/2-inch torque wrench. A 12-volt or even an 18-volt cordless drill will come in handy for the stabilizers and lugs. I found out that a 9-volt cordless drill is sending a boy to do a man's job.
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To say I am a tool enthusiast is an understatement. Being new to the Airstream world, I carry a fairly comprehensive tool assortment in both metric and SAE. Over time, I can off-load those items that never see the light of day. Better to have something and not need it than the other way around.

There have been many tool posts and suggestion lists both here and other locations. I have merged them into a sensible pile and use several soft bag tool storage units of various sizes and colors to sort by tool type.

The tool of last resort is that I also have both AAA and GoodSam Roadside assistance coupled with a satellite portable phone.
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Since my trailer is now 50 years old and I always seem to be 200 miles from civilization I carry a little of everything : two items I would not be without are electrical testers (12V and 110V) and wrenches that will fit everything on my hitch setup. spare bulbs and fuses are also a must have.
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Most everything posted by everyone else but, in addition, a leatherman tool or similar multi-tool carried in a drawer inside the trailer saves many trips out to the tool box.
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Ditto on a First Aid Kit.

Our kids gave us one of these the first year we retired, and we have added to it a bottle of sterile saline solution and tea tree oil.


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Make your own saline: 1 cup (240 ml) boiled water, 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon table salt
(1.25 -2.5 ml) . Mix together, allow to cool. Keep in clean covered container. Make a new batch every 3 days. Can be used to wash wounds or eyes, gargle, snort up your nose.
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Most everything posted by everyone else but, in addition, a leatherman tool or similar multi-tool carried in a drawer inside the trailer saves many trips out to the tool box.
Yeah. A Leatherman or any of its many competitors s never the right tool for any job, but it's better than no tool at all. I have a Gerber Suspension that's on my belt every time I leave my apartment; unless I'm on my way to the airport or to jury duty.
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Make your own saline: 1 cup (240 ml) boiled water, 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon table salt
(1.25 -2.5 ml) . Mix together, allow to cool. Keep in clean covered container. Make a new batch every 3 days. Can be used to wash wounds or eyes, gargle, snort up your nose.
Yikes! There's a vision!

If we ever are in need of saline solution every three days, we'll make up a batch! . Thanks!

We keep it in its' sterile bottle from the store, in the event of a human or canine emergency.


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We carry a Leatherman and a mini, girl-type Leatherman, as well.


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