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Old 01-16-2014, 05:13 AM   #29
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1. flashlight
2. Phillips screwdriver
3. flat screwdriver
4. Fix-a-Flat
5. spare wiring connectors/wire nuts
6. torque wrench and 3/4" socket for hitch tightening/adjusting
7. small 12 volt air compressor
8. hammer
That's about all I've needed in all my years of camping.
Other tools stay in the trailer for ready access to do maintenance at home.
9. 4 way lug wrench
10. Oil change ramp- if I have a flat, I back/pull the other tire onto the ramp to get the flat tire in the air-
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:41 AM   #30
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I read some excellent suggestions but the title of this thread is what caught my eye…"your favorite tools for a long trip"
My favorite is my cup holder. I use it a lot on long trips since copious amounts of coffee are generally consumed on a long trip.
My second favorite. My truckers road atlas. Most people use gps now. I still use an atlas.
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:43 AM   #31
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I carry too much stuff with me, that's for sure. Since we travel in the spring and fall, I bring my air compressor with me. If I break down and must leave the trailer unheated, I need to blow out the water lines. I also need to blow out lines if I am coming back to Minnesota in freezing weather.

I have used the compressor to adjust tire pressures too.

There are other methods to get this done, but I find my 110v compressor handy while traveling.

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Old 01-16-2014, 07:08 AM   #32
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I carry a small compressor (12 volt) for tires but I also carry a spare water pump which I usually use to transfer water from 5 gal. containers to the trailer.
I can also use it to pump "pink antifreeze" in the trailer if I need to roadside winterize. Takes about 1.5 gallons and about ten minutes if i need to do it
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:22 AM   #33
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:24 AM   #34
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Wrenches to tighten/torque//maintain whatever brand of hitch you have installed and wheel lugs, pliers, assorted screwdrivers, spare fuses for TT and TV, file, sandpaper, electrical tape, cable ties, multimeter, measuring tape, duct tape, masking tape, Velcro, Indiana socket set (adjustable end wrench), pipe wrench, spray lubricants, rubbing alcohol, spray protectant, small and large hammer, extra screws, extension pole, tie downs, bungees, foam wrap ... others forgotten in this list ? Help

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Do you really start on a trip expecting to need all of these tools?
In a word, YES , Antagonist(smart Alec) ... in fact, my wife was sitting right next to me adding to the list as I typed it in!

Some of us may have been Boy Scouts 50 years ago ...
or aviators with checklists ...
BE PREPARED; as a pilot, I never missed a checklist item even though I knew the status. Yes, I pre-flight the TT and TV and use a checklist.

As a law enforcement officer, I never expected (and prayed that I wouldn't) to need my side arm, but I carried it. Mock me if you must as I stop to render assistance to others ... you, sir, may wave me by!

I have found it best to not depend upon others - translation: not have to wait for AAA (around here, that might take several hours - even after you finally connect with them); and, I feel a duty to do my best for my wife and loved ones ... that means always be prepared for the unexpected. That makes life simple and everyone is happy. Happy wife ... happy life!
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In a word, YES , Antagonist(smart Alec) ... in fact, my wife was sitting right next to me adding to the list as I typed it in!
Ouch! I am duly chastised.

I only made the comment because although it's a good list of tools to take with you on a trip, it's an awful lot of "favorite" tools to take on a trip. While I have many of the same tools as on your list, I just don't have anywhere near that many favorite tools.

My favorite tools to use, whether on a road trip or not, are my Wera ratchets (3 sizes):
and my Kniplex adjustable wrenches (also three sizes):
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Both have contributed greatly to fewer skinned knuckles as well as a lighter toolbox because they're so versatile.
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Things do go wrong....
With that being said maintenance and attention before the trip are very effective tools as well!
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:04 AM   #37
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Ouch! I am duly chastised.

I only made the comment because although it's a good list of tools to take with you on a trip, it's an awful lot of "favorite" tools to take on a trip. While I have many of the same tools as on your list, I just don't have anywhere near that many favorite tools.
My FAVORITE tool is the one that I need at the moment!

My list of favorites was terribly incomplete, but you get the idea. Very little weight is added to my payload from tools in comparison to even two gallons of water...or a generator - for that matter. The OP was asking for help in preparing for a long trip ... perhaps actually wanting a list (as indicated by the four posts). I omitted the tire change gear as that is included in most TVs - however, check to make certain that the nuts are the same size if you don't include the torque wrench and socket in this list.

If you don't have the tool that you need, then you are dependent upon someone else (either pay me now or pay me later) ...with the potential to ruin an otherwise great day with your AS and family.

Often a small item that needs attention will blossom into an emergency

... one "tool" that fits that circumstance is a fire extinguisher ... not the joke that is included in the AS and most TTs - but one that will really attack a fire. Don't forget an extinguisher for the TV as well (suggest bare min of 2 3/4# in more than one location (or even halon for the more private areas of the AS) ... one that has been disassembled and checked within the last year - as continued road vibration "settles" the powder inside of the canister and often causes pressure loss/leakage..
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My FAVORITE tool is the one that I need at the moment!
Ouch again! I have apparently touched a nerve here. That was certainly not my intention! Profound apologies!
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:21 AM   #39
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I carry a 20 inch tool bag filled with most standard tools...im too much a newbie at this point to know which tools I will most often find myself using...but I try and keep all that I could need and that will fit in this bag....beyond that my smart phone for reasons others have stated, my AAA, and just hope I have the tool for something that pops up....

And if I dont have it at the campground, ill just go begging some of you find people or other campers till I find that dude that has half a shop in the back of his truck, for which I will be thankful for
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:29 AM   #40
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I try and purchase as many multi-use tools as I can, in order to reduce the number and weight of my home tools. There are a lot of newer creative multi-use stuff out there and I always peruse to tool isle wherever I am. HOWEVER, many of these unique tools are not quality nor for continuous use, like my home tools. BUT....I figure they are for emergency travel repair, and if they wear/break after a few uses, they're good enough...I'll replace them. Otherwise I would justify bringing the whole tool chest!!!!!
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:05 PM   #41
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I guess I'm also of the camp that all the tools go all the time - and it is rare that something isn't needed - even if it is just puttering around - so I'm not sure whether to feel good about myself after reading this thread - or embarrassed - but I'm gonna guess that I carry about 90% of the stuff that has been listed - and it all finds a comfortable spot in the Bambi or the Pathfinder.

Not yet mentioned are a couple of things on my own list - 4 feet of iron pipe to go with the 4-way wheel wrench, a 4 foot section of closed cell foam (saves the knees, a$$, and back when crawling around on the ground - also good padding for a ladder if you have to borrow one to work on the roof).

I also didn't see a hacksaw - mine is a small one with several spare blades.

Finally - I also carry a set of "fine adjustment tools" - these would be an oversized pipewrench, an oversized adjustable wrench, and a sturdy axe that can do double duty as a sledge hammer .....


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Old 01-16-2014, 02:54 PM   #42
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10. Oil change ramp- if I have a flat, I back/pull the other tire onto the ramp to get the flat tire in the air-
Instead of an oil change ramp I carry a milk crate full of 2 x 8 and 1 x 8 wood blocks that I can use to change a tire or level the trailer on the worst campsites. I also have the standard Lynx Levelers.

My toolbox is my security blanket and I would feel lost if I didn't have many of these items with me. I like to be self-sufficient as possible.
Toolbox: assortment of SAE/Metric wrenches, , socket set, screwdrivers, electrical tape, vice grips, pliers, electric tools, multimeter, screws, quest fittings for a quick repair on butyl pipe, etc.......
Some items stay in the trailer and some in the truck.
I also have the roadside safety triangles and reflective vest.
I have been able to help others needing assistance in the campground.
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