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Old 06-29-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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What to put in a camper toolkit

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I was wondering what to put in my emergency camper toolkit. Not only tools but supplies, screws... I assume butyl tape? What size? etc.

I found a baseball bat with a large hook on the handle end of it, does anyone know what that would be for?

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Anita,

Here's a thread when we asked a similar question:

Newbie question #7: Tools

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I found a baseball bat with a large hook on the handle end of it, does anyone know what that would be for?
Wow, that's a little scary. Maybe someone was using it for the awning, even tho' it seems like overkill. Can't wait to read some of the answers for this one.

Saw the pixs of your 1700 on the "Door window leaks" thread, looks good!
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there was a great article in Trailer Life magazine about 2 - 3 months ago - I'll see if I can find it.
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I found a baseball bat with a large hook on the handle end of it, does anyone know what that would be for?

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Combo awning puller and husband attention getter
Shhhh ..... don't tell my wife about that.
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Up here we would use some thing like that to kill black flies.
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I hope I did this correctly!

Well I'm getting a message that my attachment is too large - I'll see if I can make it smaller I'll try again later!
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OK so I've typed the article from the magazine but I'm getting errors when I try to attach a PDF file - the size is too large - anyone know how to make the article smaller - I broke it down to small pages but it is still too large.
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Basic Tool Kit
The basic tool kit is comprised of those tools that should be found in every RV/ These are the common hand tools that will simply come in handy in many instances.
· Socket set (3/8” drive); It is also advisable to have an assortment of extensions of different lengths and a universal joint.
· Combination wrench set (1/4” through 1”0: The type that has a box-end wrench on one end and an open-end wrench on the other.
· Crescent wrenches (6”-12”)
· Pliers assortment: Needle nose, 8” groove joint (water pump), and standard slip joint pliers.
· Locking pliers: One small and one large.
· Tire gauge: Be sure the pounds per square inch (psi) range is applicable for your tires. Buy a quality tire gauge.
· 12 volt test light: it is just may quickly become your best friend on the road.
· Flashlight (& extra batteries)
· Hacksaw
· Ball Peen hammer
· Screwdrivers: Flat blade, Philips, clutch-head (figure eight shaped) Robertson (square head) and Torx (star-shaped). Different sizes of varying lengths, including flat-bade and Phillips stubby drivers, thin pocket screwdriver and one magnetic multiple screwdriver. You can never have too many screwdrivers.
· Nut drivers: Most hex-head screws used on RV’s require a ¼” socket. Some however may be 15/16”
· Wire brush
· Eye goggles
· Work gloves
· Pry Bar/nail puller
· Battery terminal post cleaner
· Caulking gun
· Inspection mirror
· Blowout plug: Essential for winterization of RV
· Owner’s Manual. Try to assemble data sheets, parts listings and service information for all of the propane appliances and other major components found in your RV.
Advanced Tool Kit
The addition of these tools to the basic kit will enable you to perform some troubleshooting and minor repairs on most major systems on the RV.
v Non Contact Proximity Tester. This devise could save your life! Use it to verify the polarity of any 120-volt AC receptacle before plugging your shoreline cord in. Use it to also check for hot skin conditions, shorts and open circuits. Realistically, it should be included in the Basic Kit.
v Diagonal wire cutters
v Spark plug gap tool
v Portable battery charger (6 amps minimum). To be used as a small battery charger and as a 12 volt power source when troubleshooting or “bench testing”.
v Battery Tools:
ü Terminal puller
ü Terminal spreader
ü Terminal pliers
ü Terminal post cleaning tool
ü Battery strap
v Volt-ohm meter (VOM). Preferably digital. It need not be the most expensive model, yet it should be somewhat rugged in design and accurate within +/- 5% of full scale.
v Cordless, reversible drill: Invaluable if you need to remove more than just a couple of screws, drill a bunch of holes or install accessories. A 3/8” chuck size is recommended in order to accommodate a twist drill up to that size. A fast charging; heavy duty drill is worth the extra money.
v Battery hydrometer (temperature compensated): An absolute muse when servicing the batteries.
v Crescent wrenches (4” – 8”0: Co0mplementary to the 6” and the 12” in the basic set. When working with propane fittings, always use a backup wrench to tighten and loosen fittings. The small 4” size will come in handy when working on appliances.
v Crimping Tool: For solder less terminals. Invest in a good quality pair. The cheaper inexpensive combination stripper/crimper/cutter is never fully reliable. A good crimper will deeply penetrate the terminal, resulting in a lasting connection that will not pull loose.
v Flare Nut Wrenches: Nice to have when working on propane connections. It makes contact with the softer, brass glare nuts on all six sides instead of just two. Avoids the “rounding off” of the flare nut that can happen when using a crescent or open-end wrench.

RV Specialty Tools
The addition of these tools, coupled with some basic knowledge, will enable you to attack almost any maintenance procedure encountered. However, the specialty kit does not include large pieces of diagnostic equipment normally found in service shops.
v Manometer (preferably water column type): Why the water column type? It’s 100% accurate every single time. This device will allow you to set the propane pressure regulator and test the entire coach for leaks.
v Thermometers: Sometimes you just got to know how cold and how hot….your refrigerator or oven is.
v Brake adjusting tool. For Travel Trailer and fifth-wheel electric brakes.
v Inductive-type DC ammeter: This devices slips over a single wire to measure the current draw without having to cut the wire of otherwise tap into the circuit. A must for testing trailer brake magnets the easy way.
v Circuit breaker test leads. For checking DC electrical shorts. Easily made by attaching alligator test leads to each post of a standard 12-volt, 20 amp circuit breaker. Use it for troubleshooting a DC circuit that keeps blowing its fuse.
v Alligator test leads (attached to a 470-ohm resistor): For testing LED circuits of monitor panels and tank probes.
v Refrigerator flue brush: A soft-bristle brush the same diameter as the flue. For cleaning out the flue once or twice a year.
v Thermocouple tester: Available thru your local heating, ventilating an air conditioning (HVAC) supply house. This devise can bench test any thermocouple while it is out of the appliance. (not needed if the appliance is electronically ignited).
v Frequency meter: Used to measure the output frequency of the generator or the frequency of the incoming shore power. A generator with “out of calibration” frequency can damage sensitive equipment. This test device monitors not only the frequency but also the voltage and current use.


WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leo did say that a lot of this stuff he does not carry but it was a good article and a good start for anyone interested.
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Seeing that list... A good list I might add.. The Specialty tool section is pretty advanced. I must say I do leave my manometer at home.... And then there is this one that sparked my eye

OK, how many have or anyone have one of these in your on board RV kit? Or even at home? And please share how you get in down the back of the fridge without taking the roof vent off, including the screen shroud? I have not yet sorted that one out on how to get to it.

Refrigerator flue brush: A soft-bristle brush the same diameter as the flue. For cleaning out the flue once or twice a year.

The service manuals talk about cleaning that flew pipe and the actual distance the spiral inside are suppose to be at, however it is very buried up inside the unit. Maybe WASA1500 might know. I think Trailer Life went a bit far on this one for the average RV'er.
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Wow, thanks for all of the replies. You guys are the best!
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I found a baseball bat with a large hook on the handle end of it, does anyone know what that would be for?
Elementary my dear Anita.
It is quite obvious that the previous owner pulled the trailer with a pick up truck. This truck was a long bed and had a bed cap. The bat was used to fish articles from the front of the bed w/o climbing on the tail gate.

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Elementary my dear Anita.
It is quite obvious that the previous owner pulled the trailer with a pick up truck. This truck was a long bed and had a bed cap. The bat was used to fish articles from the front of the bed w/o climbing on the tail gate.

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Teach - - the awning pull bar does the job in the bed! The baseball bat is for keeping DH in line!
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[QUOTE=JohnB;114949]Seeing that list... A good list I might add.. The Specialty tool section is pretty advanced. I must say I do leave my manometer at home.... And then there is this one that sparked my eye

OK, how many have or anyone have one of these in your on board RV kit? Or even at home? And please share how you get in down the back of the fridge without taking the roof vent off, including the screen shroud? I have not yet sorted that one out on how to get to it.

Refrigerator flue brush: A soft-bristle brush the same diameter as the flue. For cleaning out the flue once or twice a year.

The service manuals talk about cleaning that flew pipe and the actual distance the spiral inside are suppose to be at, however it is very buried up inside the unit. Maybe WASA1500 might know. I think Trailer Life went a bit far on this one for the average RV'er.[/QUOTE]

That is exactly what Leo said!
But then again - you should see the tool box he has in the toy hauler!!!! A sears stand up with two sections!!!!!!!!!
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LOL@Teach,

The previous owner DID have a pick up truck. THAT truck DID have a bed cap on it! Well done Sherlock!

What else can you tell us about the previous owner based on the fact that it was a Johnny Bench signature wooden bat?
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One thing I didn't see mentioned was a torque wrench for lug nuts and tire pressure guage
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My campers only 17 feet long lol

I was originally thinking maybe a screwdriver, hammer, a couple misc. screws, a roll of tape...hahahahahahahahah
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Kathy,

You typed all that? Wow...thank you soooooo much!
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You are welcome Anita1....& all other members reading this post.

I tried to post it from the article but the site would not allow it - the files where too big! So I did the next best thing!

Just pick and choose what you think you woud need. As Leo said we don't camp far from a Walmart...so if we forgot it we buy it!
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