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Old 02-08-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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Newbie question #7: Tools

Hi Friends!

We're getting together a rudimentary tool kit to keep in the 2363, and we're wondering if you experienced campers out there can offer any suggestions as to what to include. Here's what we have so far:

philips and slotted mini screwdrivers;
two sizes of four-way screwdrivers;
Allen wrenches;
Channel-lock pliers;
needlenose pliers;
diagonal cutting pliers;
side-cutting pliers;
Vise-grip;
wire stripper/crimping tool;
6- and 12-inch crescent wrenches;
claw hammer;
torpedo level;
jumper wires;
electrical tape;
teflon tape;
duct tape;
wire brush;
razor knife;
small mirror;
hacksaw;
assorted wire nuts;
assorted sta-kon connectors;
a few feet of various gages of wire;
sandcloth;
steel wool.

Currently when we camp we also bring along the Fluke meter, but at this point we're not ready to buy another just for the RV. Not included in the tool box are the ratchet handle, socket, and breaker bar for changing a wheel on the RV if needed; those ride in the cellar.

Suggestions welcome. Thanks!
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Sounds like you have a good toolbox. I also carry wireties.

The test meters are so cheap now the expense isn't that much. I have a digital from WallyWerld that I just leave onboard.

Even though I have the toolbox, that I carry in my TV all the time, I still double check everything before leaving. Since I do have my TT parked here at home I will spend quality time in it with everything turned on. It is like taking trips and never leaving the farm.
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Bottle Jack (one heavy enough to lift trailer in case of flat) Torque wrench for lug nuts (one can be had cheap at Harbor Freight) Rivet gun (I broke a lift handle on awning, had to go buy one cause mine was at home) power drill and drills. Drill and socket can be used to raise and lower stabilizing jacks. WD40
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Even though I have the toolbox, that I carry in my TV all the time, I still double check everything before leaving. Since I do have my TT parked here at home I will spend quality time in it with everything turned on. It is like taking trips and never leaving the farm.
I spend more time in TT at home than camping. It's my dog house.
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Only thing I could add, a folding army shovel, jumper cables ( I keep these in the tow veh) a #2 square bit, 1/4 square hex bits- very common screws in these campers
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Assortment of fuses , light bulbs for inside and outside of rv
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I was going to say the same thing as Steve then add nuts and bolts and assorted spare parts. When I, for example, replaced a broken cargo door holder I bought 3 of them, refrigerator panel latch too and etc. I have many spare fuses, bulbs, and small parts in a medium sized fishing tackle box with many drawers. I bought a small tool box with tools from Sears which includes most everything I need. Many tools and testors I didn't duplicate but "store" in the camper since If I'm home and I need a Volt meter for example my camper is home too with the tool.
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Forgot to add fire tongs, ax or hatchet for splitting fire wood for kindling, headlamp, helps to keep hands free, Nice for changing flats at night. Battery charger (left my key on in TV once)
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Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions. Much appreciated. We had been thinking a small tackle box for fasteners and such, so we'll make that happen.
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You have a good list and good suggestions by others. I'll add some to the "parts kit"

A small amount of Eternabond sealing tape and a tube/gun of Dicor caulk. If you get a roof tear at camp, it is a good repair. If you do not have that, a roll of Gorilla tape is better than nothing as a temporary patch. Later you will have to get the adhesive off the rubber and then make a permanent repair with Eternabond. Since I Eternabonded my roof I have a portion of a left over roll that I put in a zip lock bag to keep the air out of it and anything from getting stuck on it.

The Gorrlia tape is also a temporary patch for Darco membrane tear under the camper, A sky light patch, a vent hatch patch or most any other kind of tear patch until you can get it fixed long term.

I have a small assortment of pluming fittings to fit the Pex I have in the camper. Meaning the rubber washer gaskets,a few stainless steel worm drive clamps and other misc plumbing fittings that are on my camper. A roll of teflon tape. This helps if a drip, drip leak starts.

A small can or bottle of dry or silicone based lube. Stuck doors, nasty squeaks, bike chains etc. I use mine a few times a year.

From what was already said and the plumbing kit that takes care of most things that flare up.

I have printed out and added to the Sunline manuals the Atwood and Dometic master service manuals. These have every appliance I have in the camper. They come in handy in times of great need. If you do not have them, let us know we can link to them.

Depending how far from home, how remote you go and how often you go, there is the more in-depth spare parts kit. This kit fits the ~ 300 mile plus from home and you do a fair amount of camping. Plus you have the ability to actually trouble shoot and install these things. This extended kit is not for everyone but I feel you can handle most of these if you make it to the point of extended travel as your camping adventures continue to grow. This kit is not needed on day one. More like an accumulation over years and misshaps...

- A wheel bearing kit with grease in case you have to deal with a bearing issue.
- One spare WD hitch snap up bracket. My heavy tongue weight drives this.
- A small 120 VAC air compressor that can go to 100psi. It lives in the truck bed. The genny can run it if I need to.
- A fridge electric kit. While the fridge is dependable, I had an ignighter go bad while boondocking. Having the fridge die on a bookdocking setup is a major inconvenience of what to do with an entire fridge of food. Since this event, I can repair most anything short of a ruptured cooling coil. I can live without hot water, the AC on the roof, even deal with lack of pressurized water, but the fridge is a problem.

From there it can grow to fit your needs and even the extend kit is not needed by most. When we go on long trips, I throw in one of my 1/4-3/8-1/2" socket sets to augment the truck tool kit.

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You have a good list started. I always carry an electrical Crimp kit with miscellanious connectors and a good crimper and wire cutters. A 6/12 Volt circuit tester (Harbor Freight 30779). I always plug an AC continuity tester with 3 LED's into the campground outlet before I plug in my TT.
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Thanks, Gary. We were thinking about getting a 30A portable surge protector too. Looking at this one from Progressive Industries:

Progressive Industries 30 Amp Portable Surge Guard - Surge Guards - Power Protection - Electrical

By the description, it should do the same thing as the continuity tester. Any one have one of these or any other recommendations for a portable surge protector?
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I know John mentioned PEX in his post, but I wanted to add what I also carry. I have a few of the quick-connect type of PEX fittings and a short section of PEX pipe. I also carry a cutter, to be able to cut out a bad piece of PEX and replace it.
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I think this is what Gwiley was referring too. I use one of these too. Just to check they have the ground and neutral are wired right. I use it on a 15 amp to 30 amp adapter



Now to the surge protector, there are 2 popular brands. Both good.

This is a different model on the Progressive Industries that you linked. It provides more protection and has a line voltage meter. It also cost 3 times more.... We have a few members with this type.
EMS-PT30C

And then there is this type/brand. We have this one.
30A Portable w/LCD Display | Technology Research Corporation

We bought ours a few years ago. We have other forum member with them too. They did not have the line meter on it then and the bottom cord was longer. I see now they shortened it up.

I shortened our's plug cord, but again they have now done this for you if you get a new one.


I also made a water shield cover for ours over the plug area. Did not like the idea of the exposed plug to the weather. I have a pic of the cover somewhere.... if interested I'll hunt it up. Made it out of a Tupper Ware container.

Both the TRC Surge Guard and the Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C are comparable units. Price on both is very competitive on both and the spec very similar. You cannot go wrong with either one.

Hope this helps

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Pretty much everything suggested above. I do carry a 2’ piece of Pex (Water line) and a few different Pex fittings. Also bought a bottle jack in the event of a flat tire. Turns out that jack would be my valuable camping accessories while sitting on the shoulder of I-664 a few years ago.
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Y'all make my tool/part selection look pitiful. I carry equipment to change a tire, a basic tool box with sockets/wrenches/screwdrivers/pliers, a shovel, a small ladder, some spare bearings, and of course duct tape. I actually don't remember what all else is in my junk drawer, but I think there's a spare dump valve and other odds & ends in there. I have an air compressor in there too (plus a small one in the Excursion). That reminds me, I think the one in the trailer didn't work last time I tried.

I don't enjoy doing real back woods camping, so a hardware store is always close enough to get those things I find I can't live without.
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I'd add vise grips big enough to turn the dial on your propane tank. Didn't have this and just used one of the tanks. But if I was boondocking with refrig on gas I would need both.

And who knows how to mount that spare on the back. My spare lug holes don't match the bracket (photo) http://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/me...icture2776.jpg
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And who knows how to mount that spare on the back. My spare lug holes don't match the bracket (photo) http://www.sunlineclub.com/forums/me...icture2776.jpg
You are missing the metal plate, it is 1/4" thick, about 1 1/2" wide and about 4" long.

It fits the one bolt that falls in the middle of the center hole and spans over to the wheel.

I'll look if by chance I have a pic.

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