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Old 02-06-2013, 10:57 AM   #15
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And, of course, duct tape, the one-size-fits all solution to everything from auto repair to mending clothes. Sticking it to your face and pulling it off fast because you forgot your razor is NOT recommended, however!
I supplement duct tape with electrical tape and 3M heavy duty packing tape.

Electrical tape for electrical.

3M heavy duty packing tape anywhere you would use duct tape then spend an hour or more trying to remove the adhesive residue from the duct tape. Been there, done more then enough of that.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:08 AM   #16
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The local AS dealer service department recommends 120 psi in the 19' Bambi's so the 100 psi tire gage that was listed is about 20 psi short of this recommeded psi.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:15 AM   #17
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The local AS dealer service department recommends 120 psi in the 19' Bambi's so the 100 psi tire gage that was listed is about 20 psi short of this recommeded psi.
That sounds a little high... my bicycle tires don't even go that high.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:47 PM   #18
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The local AS dealer service department recommends 120 psi in the 19' Bambi's so the 100 psi tire gage that was listed is about 20 psi short of this recommeded psi.
Please post your tire size and type, I never heard of a tire pressure that high for an Airstream travel trailer. A picture of the sidewall max PSI would be nice to.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:06 PM   #19
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Some other things I would add are
- zip ties (aka wire ties)
- selection of hose clamps
- selection of adhesives (I have some single use tubes of super glue and gorilla glue)
- stainless steel bailing wire
- in addition to the tire repair kit, I also carry a can of fix-a-flat
- pair of leather work gloves

I carry a fair amount of other stuff too, but I would consider the above to be part of my 'basics'.

BTW, I fit all of my stuff into a medium sized pelican case. My goal is to have everything I need, but not excessive amounts of it. If you are wise about what you choose, you can get the essentials into a small box.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:11 AM   #20
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3M heavy duty packing tape anywhere you would use duct tape then spend an hour or more trying to remove the adhesive residue from the duct tape. Been there, done more then enough of that.
I second this choice of tape.

And in the first aid kit: tampons and/or sanitary napkins. They make great bandages.

I also think a couple of disposable infant diapers are great. Multiple uses. Absorb leaks. Can be used as hot or cold packs. Reusable if clean water is used. Just let them dry out.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:26 AM   #21
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I also think a couple of disposable infant diapers are great. Multiple uses.
Disposable diapers are VERY useful for tow vehicle or generator oil changes. Place a diaper under the oil filter as the filter is being removed to catch drips, then set the filter upright on the diaper to drain. Use the diaper to mop up spilled oil, too. Liquid oil is considered hazardous waste, but oil soaked into a diaper is considered non-hazardous solid waste and can legally be tossed into any dumpster.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:16 AM   #22
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The local AS dealer service department recommends 120 psi in the 19' Bambi's so the 100 psi tire gage that was listed is about 20 psi short of this recommeded psi.
I only carry 100 psi in my semi tires.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:11 AM   #23
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Maybe it was mentioned earlier and I missed it, but we also carry ant spray. On summer trips, we've found the ants soon find the rv tires and sometimes work their way into the rv. Spraying around the wheels and stabilizers helps keep them away. Greasy BBQ pits also helps attract them.

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Old 02-07-2013, 03:20 PM   #24
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I pretty much carry all of the listed items except only one bucket. I have an extra 25' of 30 amp cord in case the parking spot is a little too far. I also carry 2-50' 110 extensions and a "tire aide" in case I need to change a tire(now that I am about to replace my 15" ST to 16" LTX, I hope no more problems with tires).

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I have used everything on the list plus:
Duct Tape
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Cordless drill with adapter for BAL Jacks
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:40 PM   #25
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Great posts! And a great practical list for essentials. We use everything on the list except for the few items listed in "we do not carry" below.

We carry also:
1. a portable air compressor (110v since we have a small genset too);
2. both flares and reflectors;
3. 50amp and 15amp adapters
4. caulk and rescue tape
5. a 6' X 16' breathable area rug (doesn't kill grass)
6. awning tie-downs
7. WX radio

We do not carry:
1. quick-connect for water hoses, just never needed them
2. holding tank cleaners or deodorizers, we just dump when near-full
3. HD flasher relay, I agree it is a great idea and we are getting one
4. cross-type lug wrench, but we have ample means to loosen/tighten lug nuts

And we do not use:
1. stabilizing jacks, just don't need them (well, we did put them down three years ago in New Mexico for very high winds at our beam.)
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:04 AM   #26
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One thing I am trying to figure out is which small compressor I need in the case of a nail in the tire or low tire pressure etc? I have right now one that plugs into a cig. lighter in the vehicle and pumps (slowly) but would not be enough to reach trailer tires....solutions? I think I can get a cig. lighter to batter connector adaptor and if legthy enough could work....thoughts?
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:29 PM   #27
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I have only had my trailer for a bit over a year, and I have just about everything on the list....and a whole lot more. I've even used the cool Airstream rivet kit a couple of times. Expensive, but when I needed it, I needed it! My Dad always had a set of tools when we traveled, and especially on our boat. I have a "Trailer Toolbox" with a complete range of sockets, end wrenches, screwdrivers, allen wrenches, VHB tape, elec tape. The bottom compartment has a mini grease gun. I would NEVER go anywhere without electrical stuff, and the basic tool -- a multi-tester! Being able to trace a circuit, find a short, check continuity. Oh, my toolbox weighs about 60 pounds. I've put around 16,000 miles on my rig already and have used most of my tools on a project or just fixing stuff. (And, the 18V Makita drill with a complete set of bits is also at the top of important tools!)
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:48 PM   #28
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I use the one that plugs into a cigarette lighter with an extension cord. It is slow though but I use it to top off psi. It is rated at 300psi but I think it would take a while to get to that point.
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