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Old 01-14-2014, 11:00 PM   #1
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Your favorite tools for a long road trip?

In preparation for another long road trip, I'd like to hear what favorite tools you would not leave home without and how they might have saved your trip!


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Old 01-14-2014, 11:30 PM   #2
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The obvious first choice is, whatever tools you need to change a flat tire. A flat you can't fix will put a serious crimp in your trip!
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GPS, phone, laptop, camera, and two bags full of electronic cables and chargers. Good for locating Walmarts, fuel, RV parts stores, dining, and motels.

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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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On a long Airstream trip, the one tool that it would be very difficult to be without is my smartphone.

We have been spoiled by a number of apps that really enhance our travel routine.

Gas Buddy and Gas Guru guide us to the lowest price fuel available in the area. We have saved as much as $9.00 on a tankful of diesel fuel.

RV Parky finds the nearest campgrounds to our location. RV Parky also provides us with the locations of all of the Wal-Marts nearby.

The Passport America app saves us a bundle when a PA discount is available nearby.

The Interstate Exits Guide app provides us with the facilities available at each Interstate Exit nationwide.

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Besides the items Mefly2 listed, I carry a small collection of door/drawer replacement catch latches, quick wire couplers, and replacement hot water heater drain plugs.
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Hi,

Trailer aid Plus.

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A small DVM and spare fuses, a bit of wire, etc. Enough to debug a blown fuse, water heater thermal element, mis-wired campground plug, etc.

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I take almost all of my tools - wrenches, sockets, hammers, pliers, electrical tools and tape, propane and water thread tape, screwdrivers, drill and bits, hex wrenches, etc.

Things are gonna break from time to time, and the tool you need to fix it is the one that's sitting in the garage at home. I carried all of my tools except the drill when we had the B190, too; while we were camping I'd move them to the floor of the driver's seat, out of the way but still accessible if needed. And, of course, when my awning collapsed in the B190 the one thing I needed was the drill I didn't have.

The good news is that I rarely need to use the tools. I can't remember when I last needed them for something related to the truck or camper. It's like backing up your computer - if you back up, you'll probably never need it, but stop backing up and your hard drive will pick the worst moment to fail. I figure, if having the tools with me keeps the gremlins away, it's a small price to pay!

I also have AAA.
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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
Do you really start on a trip expecting to need all of these tools? In my case, since I'm an apartment dweller and don't need to do much in the way of home repair, my RV toolbox is more extensive than my home toolbox, so my question wasn't a criticism. I just ask because in terms of "favorite tools and how they might have saved your trip" that's a long list of trip-saving tools!

In my previous post I listed tire-changing tools, mainly because on one trip last year, I got a flat on my toad, and had to do a tire change alongside a busy highway just outside of Vidalia, LA. But one "tool" I probably should have mentioned is a reflective vest like construction workers wear. I include one on every road trip, ever since a coworker of mine was struck by a car (hit-and-run, by the way) while doing a tire change alongside I-20 near Tyler, TX. He spent months in the hospital, and more months doing physical rehabilitation, and still had to take a full-disability retirement. Being run over not only ruins your trip, but also your life! So for me, a reflective vest is a "trip-saving" tool!

For those who also think a reflective vest is a good idea, I make this recommendation:
Get a vest that meets ANSI/ISEA 107 Class 2 or better. This will be a "three-color" vest with either a fluorescent yellow/green background and orange and reflective stripes, or vice versa, an orange vest with flourescent yellow/green and reflective stripes. For a single vest suitable for both day and night use, I think the yellow/green background color is better, but that's just personal opinion. Here's the kind I use, selected not only for the high-visibility, but also the pockets (not all high-vis vests have pockets):
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:12 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:38 AM   #13
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Just about all the tools except for the cutting torches and drill press.
So far i have never had anything I couldn't handle myself happen.
Hope my luck holds
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Old 01-15-2014, 08:13 AM   #14
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I am of the everything but the kitchen sink crowd. Some little thing goes wrong on every trip.
The tools and supplies I use the most are tools and parts to fix cabinet latches and hinges. The cabinets in mine are of compressed cardboard or whatever they call fake wood. Screws are always pulling out. I reset them using plastic wood or a bit of metal mesh. Latches break, I carry replacements and hinges loosen. These can usually be tightened.
The other thing I can't live without is the range extender for my wifi. Lots of parks have marginal signals which are further reduced inside of the aluminum skin of the A.S. I get a useable signal with the range extender.
I carry those slow vehicle triangles which I used a lot beside the road changing ST tires. Now that I switched to Michelins, they are unused and hopefully will stay that way forever.
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