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RV Toolkit Essentials

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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Fixing stove top inside an Rv

RV Toolkit Essentials


You’ll want both flathead and philips for removing or tightening screws on various surfaces and objects. Having an assortment of screwdrivers is helpful to have on hand just like you would in a home.

Dewalt screwdriver set with different size bits

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Grab an adjustable wrench or a set of different-sized wrenches for tightening and loosening nuts and bolts.

Two yellow Dewalt adjustable wrenches

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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. 

Dewalt yellow and black drill with tool bag and charger

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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.

Yellow and black hammer

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We also carry a rubber mallet that’s very useful for driving stakes into the ground (to hold our gazebo or outdoor rug in place).

Assorted Pliers

Used to grip, cut, or twist wires, pipes, and other objects.

Yellow and black assorted pliers of different shapes and sizes

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Socket Set

A set of sockets and a ratchet is useful for tightening or loosening bolts or nuts.

Dewalt socket set with carrying case

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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.

Tire pressure gauge

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Utility Knife

 A very helpful camping tool – use to cut through various materials, such as boxes or rope.Utility Knife

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A tool that can measure voltage, current, and resistance, which can help diagnose electrical issues in your RV.


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Additional Helpful “Non-Tool” Items

Zip Ties

Zip ties can be used to secure cables or wires, hold things in place, or temporarily fix a broken part.

Zip Ties

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Duct Tape

You never know when you might need Duct tape! It’s such a versatile item that can be used for a variety of repairs, such as patching holes or sealing leaks.

Roll of silver duct tape

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Electrical Tape

Electrical tape is a useful item for insulating wires and making temporary repairs to electrical components.

Electrical tape

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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.

Can of dry lube

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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!

Dicor lap sealant

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Silicone Sealant

Silicone sealant can be used to fill gaps and prevent leaks around windows, vents, and other areas where water might enter. It’s important to regularly check the seals on your RV.

Bottle of silicone sealant

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Spare Fuses

Fuses can blow out unexpectedly, so it’s always a good idea to have some spares on hand to avoid any inconvenience. 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.


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Various Spare Batteries

Keep spare batteries for your flashlights and other small devices, such as your RV’s smoke detector or CO detector either in your RV toolkit or in a drawer in the RV.

Pack of batteries

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Folding Ladder

A lightweight and compact ladder can help you reach high areas of your RV, such as the roof or awning.

Folding ladder

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Don’t Hit the Road Without These Tools in your RV Toolkit

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!

Motorhome in garage next to toolbox with drill sitting on top.

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.

Looking for more RV gear? Check out our post on 20+ Full-time RV Living Essentials.

Safe travels!

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