RVing can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it also requires some careful planning and preparation. One of the most important aspects of RVing is having the right tools and equipment on hand to deal with any situation that may arise while on the road. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some essential tools to have with you while RVing.
While full-time RVers may need to keep a few more tools on hand, weekend RV campers might be able to get away with carrying a basic toolkit. Regardless of whether you full-time RV or hit the road on the weekends, these tools are ones we think every RVer should have in their kit to tackle minor repairs and maintenance tasks.
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Important Tools for Your RV Tool Kit
Drill and Bits
A cordless drill with a set of drill bits and screwdriver bits can make repairs and installations much easier and faster. This is one of the most helpful tools to keep on hand. In addition to repairs you can use this to tighten things up that may have come loose during travel.
We love this one from DEWALT. Previously, we had a cheap drill from Harbor Freight that ended up breaking… So we decided to invest in a better one. This is on the pricier side but really good quality.
The inside of your RV is like an earthquake as you drive down the road. With so much shaking, bumps and possibly a pot hole or two having a hammer to drive in nails that may have popped out is helpful.
Used to grip, cut, or twist wires, pipes, and other objects.
Tire Pressure Gauge
Maintaining proper tire pressure is crucial for safe and efficient RV travel. A tire pressure gauge is a simple tool that can help you monitor your tire pressure and ensure that your tires are inflated to the correct level. It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure before every trip and before embarking on a long journey.
A very helpful camping tool – use to cut through various materials, such as boxes or rope.
A tool that can measure voltage, current, and resistance, which can help diagnose electrical issues in your RV.
Additional Helpful “Non-Tool” Items
Lubricant can be used to loosen rusted or stuck parts and prevent rust and corrosion on metal parts. The Dry Lube linked below is something we use on the bottom of our RV’s slide outs. Another lubricant we like to keep on hand is a can of WD-40.
Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant
It’s so important to inspect your RV roof a few times throughout the year to touch up any minor cracks in the sealant. The last thing you want is a leaky roof!
What type of fuse you’ll need will depend on what it’s being used for but the kit above has a variety of 14 common standard and mini fuses. Make sure you’re using the right amp fuse to protect the vehicle/RV and electronic equipment from short-circuit/overload.
Various Spare Batteries
With limited space in an RV and weight being a concern, it’s better not to carry around a ton of extra heavy tools you’ll rarely use. Worst case scenario you can always make a run to the hardware store or ask a fellow camper to borrow the tool you need. After all, most RVers are friendly and very willing to help other campers out!
Having these common items on hand can help you handle many of the small repairs and maintenance tasks that may arise during your camping trip. It’s always a good idea to periodically review and update your RV repair kit to make sure you have everything you need for a safe and enjoyable RVing experience.
What other items would you add to an RV toolkit? Let me know down below in the comments!