There are lots of lists. It depends on what your mechanical skills are and what problems you intend to fix while traveling as opposed to deferring until you're back home.
Originally Posted by beachbouy
Looking for opinions on what most carry for tools when traveling.
- Large leatherman-like multi tool
- bottle jack
- 1/2" breaker bar and 3/4" socket
My tow vehicle has basic tools: adjustable wrench, screwdrivers, pliers, cutters, etc., and I rely on those being there. I also carry a tire plugging kit in my tow vehicle, and a source of compressed air. And a recovery kit for getting out of the mud.
One item I am looking for opinions on is the best universal torque wrench and socket set for lug nuts and hitch.
I just carry a breaker bar, extension, and the one socket I need. The torque wrench stays at home.
Other suggestions for other tools/supplies that we should be carrying as we travel without adding a lot of weight.
Things we do carry... large first aid kit, TPMS, NOAA Wx Radio, multiple cell phones, wifi, departure checklist, portable 100w suitcase solar and we don't boondock as of yet. Have AAA RV Premier.
There are 4 very common scenarios that can disable your trailer so you can't drive it safely.
1. Electrical problems in the stop, turn, tail/running light, or brake circuits
2. Flat tire
3. Tongue jack failure
4. Hitch problems
I focus on these problems and have a kit organized around dealing with them. Problems with the umbilical are so common that I have installed a connector on the trailer side of my umbilical and carry a spare umbilical. I still run into occasional problems with the connector on the tow vehicle but in most cases some wiggling and jiggling and tape will make a repair good enough to finish out a trip.
I figure there's a 90% chance of any tire problem being solvable by plugging the tire and re-inflating it so my kit is geared towards that, but I also carry spares (and a jack and lug wrench) as a hedge against more serious problems.
Tongue jack failure, I carry the hex wrench necessary for removing the head on mine. Also, the bottle jack can be used to lift the tongue when necessary if the jack is out of service, or if it is necessary to remove the jack from the tongue.
For hitch problems I carry suitable wrenches, lubricant, and spare locking pins (in case they are lost or stolen).
I carry first aid kit and weather radio also but don't see them as tools really.