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jymbee

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What's in your traveling toolbox?
« on: September 26, 2018, 04:15:27 PM »
I've put together a toolbox for our RV that has all the basic tools one might expect to find-- screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc. etc.- -stuff like that. Being new to the RV scene I'm thinking that there's likely a number of items that more experienced RVers carry with them that I have not thought about. Such as... ?

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2018, 04:57:54 PM »
I have a bit more than that, but I never leave the yard without having my compact Milwaukee cordless drill and 1/2" impact set. It has a nice carry bag, and will also hold a drill index (29 bit size), and plastic box with about 200 different 1/4" drive bits and extension.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2018, 05:12:47 PM »
Basic hand tools, screwdriver with multiple tips, assortment of 3/8 drive sockets and wrench and a good drill/driver with bits and driver tips. I also carry a multi-meter, spare fuses, electrical and duct tape, an assortment of screws as well as some sealant and some eternabond tape. On longer trips, I also keep the large sockets and wrenches needed to check/tighten the hitch hardware periodically. And donít forget a lug wrench and jack suitable for your trailer.   Oh yes, also a hatchet and small folding shovel (e-tool) for use with a campfire.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2018, 05:26:28 PM »
Junk drawer!  Pen paper(you might even want to write a journal of your adventures). Duct tape- I like the bright orange to make things easier to see. Paper clips,Scotch tape,clothespin,rope,batteries,flashlight. 

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2018, 06:25:02 PM »
A tool that I will need but didnít pack.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2018, 06:57:41 PM »
Basic hand tools and mechanics tools, along with duct tape, bailing wire, zip ties, pop rivets, fuses, wire and connectors, light bulbs and most importantly....a cell phone with roadside service # programmed into it.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2018, 08:46:15 PM »
All you need is duct tape and WD-40.
If it moves and should not, use Duct tape.
If it does not move and should, use WD-40

Actually, good lists above.  Include a #2 square drive bit for the drill.  It fits most RV screws.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2018, 10:53:01 PM »
Voltmeter/multimeter for troubleshooting electrical

Not real tools but don't forget;
Electrical tape
Fuses for RV and car
O-rings for water hoses and spigots
Commercial velcro
Double Sided Tape

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2018, 04:12:09 AM »
Every thing except the kitchen sink, but at least the tools are there to work on it.

 No matter what you have in it, there will always be some thing that you need and don't have.

If you get a new RV, I guarantee you the socket you have for your old water heater anode will be the wrong size for the new one !

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2018, 06:57:03 AM »
And all this is available at your local Harbor Freight at decent prices and value.

I have a small assortment of screws and nails, seems I always need to fix something.

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2018, 07:03:15 AM »
Table saw, band saw, small mig welder, bridgeport, drill press, bench grinder, skill saw, saber saw, router, hand grinders, drummel, bernz-o-matic torch, work bench with vice etc.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2018, 07:14:09 AM »
Rene, you forgot the lathe!

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2018, 08:48:08 AM »
Table saw, band saw, small mig welder, bridgeport, drill press, bench grinder, skill saw, saber saw, router, hand grinders, drummel, bernz-o-matic torch, work bench with vice etc.
 ;D ;D ;D ;D

Rene, did you buy Bill's stacker trailer?

I carry enough tools that I can change the clutch, pressure plate and throw out bearing on a Jeep if I need to.  Don't ask how I know.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2018, 08:53:09 AM »
Rene, you forgot the lathe!

Thanks for reminding me. I also forgot the jointer, shaper, planner and dovetail machine. That should do it.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2018, 09:19:21 AM »
And the oscillating sander in case you have to do your nails!

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2018, 09:31:28 AM »
i carry a reciprocating saw (Sawzall) with a 12" pruning blade is great for collecting and cutting up fire wood. The sides of the unpaved roads in the national forests are often littered with downed trees. This cuts wood almost as fast as a chain saw, is a lit less messy, and occasionally has other uses. To split my wood, I have a 14" splitting maul.

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2018, 10:09:46 AM »
I'm going to add:
Teflon tape
a couple of adjustable wrenches (usually kits include one... I always seem to need two!)
a set of good gripped gloves (they fit tight, mostly waterproof and have really good grip)

Only a year into RVing but I have always carried one of those cheap "kits" in my van... My suggestion would be to record what is in those kits and buy all of the parts separately as the tools in the "kits" are poorly made... I have been replacing each of these items as I destroy them.

ALSO, Always return your kit items back to the kit tool box!!! my old "kit" had better made tools and they slowly disappeared.... found out the DH thought it would be easier to just borrow from my "kit" ... it was easier until he had to come and rescue me because I opened the "kit" and there was a tool I needed MISSING  >:(
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jymbee

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2018, 10:53:22 AM »
Thanks for reminding me. I also forgot the jointer, shaper, planner and dovetail machine. That should do it.

Very interesting. Taking the Boy Scout motto quite seriously I see. Just wondering if you've checked your GCWR lately??   ;D

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2018, 12:48:35 PM »
 If I knew how to properly operate the aforementioned tools, Iíd probably have them.....Iíve got pretty-much everything else!   ;) 
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2018, 01:49:10 PM »
Maybe I should pack a ShopSmith?  :D
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2018, 02:49:19 PM »
A valve stem tool! (I found out the hard way.)
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2018, 04:20:23 PM »
Very interesting. Taking the Boy Scout motto quite seriously I see. Just wondering if you've checked your GCWR lately??   ;D

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2018, 07:04:43 PM »
Maybe just a Mac Tool truck as a TOAD?????
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2018, 07:57:50 PM »
Maybe just a Mac Tool truck as a TOAD?????

Or a Mac tool truck as a TV with a trailer behind.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2018, 08:14:39 PM »
Rene, maybe you need a toy, er "tool" hauler.

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #25 on: September 27, 2018, 08:44:10 PM »
best tool I've ever found would be a laptop computer, tablet or something to pose questions on this forum when stuff goes wrong...  Utterly amazing how often the experts on this forum can offer a tip that leads to a solution... diagnosing the problem can be the tricky part... finding the tools to use can be the easy part...even if you have to go buy them when needed.

One item I didn't see but have used often would be a windshield cleaning stool (with the requisite spray cleaner and a squeegee), a windshield chip repair kit and some spare 12V bulbs.
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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #26 on: September 27, 2018, 09:02:23 PM »
Funny this just came up, I am in the process of combining my own tools with tools left behind by the seller.  Add to that less compartments for storage.  I have been paring down, and paring down and paring down.  Making some folks happy with donations. 

How many sockets sets are enough?  Metric, standard, 1/4", 3/8", 1/2".  Stubby handle, long handle.  Breaker bar.  philips, straight tip, small large etc, cordless drill, cordless screwdriver, tape measure, the appropriate liquids, cleaning, lubricating, and all that stuff.  Hand saw, jig saw, should I take one of my circular saws? 

More paring down tomorrow.

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #27 on: September 27, 2018, 09:15:20 PM »
If you are a do it yourself type, a scan guage diagnostic reader that plugs into your on board computer is handy. There are so many sensors on everything anymore, without reading what the computer sees, you are in trouble and have to pay a garage, The scanguage D I bought for my DP can be mounted on the dash, and used to monitor up to four functions of the engine. This is handy as it gives you extra guages that are not on the dash.

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Re: What's in your traveling toolbox?
« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2018, 07:38:52 AM »
I have 2 of these, one is a bluetooth that reads on the phone, the other, a short cabled unit that gives codes.  Pretty handy device.
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