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Old 12-04-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
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Newbie needing a tool kit just in case

Rather than guess, Id rather ask the experts...

What tools do I need to put together for general repairsif something happens on the road
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Old 12-04-2016, 01:23 PM   #2
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Very basic kit would be a couple of screwdrivers, a pair of pliers, an adjustable wrench, and, of course, a hammer.
And the tool kit can quickly escalate from there.
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Old 12-04-2016, 01:37 PM   #3
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I don't want too little, but didn't want to mortgage the house for back up tools....I carry in my trucks a Craftsman behind the seat tool box. I stocked them largely from Harbor Freight. It has sockets, extensions, ratchets, combination wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, wire, electrical and Teflon tape, a multimeter, fuses, Plumbers Goop, a hammer, and other odds and ends.....I basically took a look at both the camper and the tow vehicles and tried to access what I thought I could repair roadside or in a campground.

I carry a bottle jack, 12v compressor,tire plug kit, spare bearings, and grease in the trailer. I carry spare belts and hoses in the truck.
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:05 PM   #4
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What?

You forgot the "DUCK TAPE!"
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:24 PM   #5
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We carry basic mechanics hand tools, electrical tools and meter, moisture test meter, compact lithium ion drill/screw gun with 3/4 inch adapter socket for stabilizers, small drill bit set, tape, lubricants, CorrosionX treatment, touch up paint in black, grey, silver and white (for truck), jacking system for tire/wheel change, tape, wire, sealant and gun.

Whatever things that may be needed for maintenance and general repairs on a long road trip. And a credit card and/or warranty papers for any major breakdowns, which we've never had.
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Old 12-04-2016, 09:22 PM   #6
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Rather than guess, Id rather ask the experts...

What tools do I need to put together for general repairsif something happens on the road
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Hi Tony

There are many threads on this. They don't tend to make especially interesting reading, but you can take a look if you want.

My main advice would be to bring tools for the jobs that you're comfortable performing yourself, with an eye towards compact, lightweight, multi-purpose tools.

I carry fairly extensive tools that are focused on these particular problem areas:
- 12v electrical problems
- Tire repair and replacement. I carry plugs and compressed air or a small compressor, hydraulic jack, breaker bar, sockets
- Hitch maintenance, bring larger sockets as needed to do this
- Recovery. Unless you are on or very close to a paved road towing services aren't much help, I carry chains, strap, comealong, and other goodies
- Tree cutting gear, for dealing with fallen trees that block access, and for making firewood

Then I carry a leatherman-type tool, a screwdriver with interchangeable bits, pliers, and a crescent wrench or two. That's it. The recovery kit is the largest in terms of space and weight.
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Old 12-05-2016, 12:33 PM   #7
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Old 12-05-2016, 12:40 PM   #8
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As Jammer said there have been many threads on this subject over the years. My advice is for on the road breakdowns have a membership in a good emergency road service. For the campground all you really need is the tool box. You open the tool box, sit it on a picnic table and wait. Before you get comfortable a fellow camper will show up asking, "whatcha fixin?" You will tell them and the reply will be,"I have just what you need." And while that person is fetching the recommended tool another camper will show up offering the same service, then another and still another will show up. The open tool box is a magnet and when you feel you have enough help and tools, close the lid of the tool box.
Good luck to you and happy camping.
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Old 12-05-2016, 12:54 PM   #9
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Chaplain Kent,

Perfection! My dad stocked me up and I now have a very nice tool kit (I am sure) I just don't know what it does. I look forward to the kindness of strangers.

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As Jammer said there have been many threads on this subject over the years. My advice is for on the road breakdowns have a membership in a good emergency road service. For the campground all you really need is the tool box. You open the tool box, sit it on a picnic table and wait. Before you get comfortable a fellow camper will show up asking, "whatcha fixin?" You will tell them and the reply will be,"I have just what you need." And while that person is fetching the recommended tool another camper will show up offering the same service, then another and still another will show up. The open tool box is a magnet and when you feel you have enough help and tools, close the lid of the tool box.
Good luck to you and happy camping.
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You forgot the "DUCK TAPE!"
IT'S "DUCT TAPE", NOT "DUCK TAPE"!
"DUCK TAPE" is for removing feathers from this evening's meal.

Trailer Trash............."
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:13 PM   #11
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IT'S "DUCT TAPE", NOT "DUCK TAPE"!

"DUCK TAPE" is for removing feathers from this evening's meal.



Trailer Trash............."

Actually either is correct. Google the history of the tape.


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Old 12-05-2016, 01:18 PM   #12
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Duh, what's missing?

Pliers
Pop rivet tool
Screwdrivers
Pop rivet tool
Socket wrench
Pop rivet tool
... and assorted rivets.

If it moves and shouldn't - Duct tape
If it doesn't move and should - WD-40
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IT'S "DUCT TAPE", NOT "DUCK TAPE"!
"DUCK TAPE" is for removing feathers from this evening's meal.

Trailer Trash............."
"Duck Tape" is a brand name for duct tape.
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A quality torque wrench and the knowledge to use it properly to be used regularly checking wheel nuts and weight distribution hitch components torque.
A big hammer or small sledge.
Pipe leak sealing tape.
An assortment of bandaids and disenfectant for the inevitable cuts and scrapes using your new tools.
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