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Old 10-27-2015, 12:30 PM   #21
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I carry enough tools in my truck to handle anything that I am capable of repairing on the road
I think this is the bottom line for this type of question. There is such a huge range of ability among members, that without knowing the ability level of a person, the question can't really be answered. Some folks, for whatever reasons, simply don't attempt to repair anything and for them membership in a auto assoc. would be more valuable than any tools. I'd say, in some ways, the tools that a person takes in the trailer are probably a mirror of amount of tools the person has at home

For me, Jim's list and his list of things that he doesn't take, seems like a good starting point for me.

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Old 10-27-2015, 01:07 PM   #22
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Just camp near Carl, he has everything you will ever need.....
Yea, Jim. Including beer and wine!
And the most important accessory of all........
the mindset that something will likely fail; it is after all an RV, and a sense of humor when it inevitably does. Like during my last trip when the %&^*#@! propane alarm went off at 3:30am the first night, 4:30am the second night, and midnight the third. The third night the tank was off and the lines had been purged. Yep, said a few expletives and snipped the positive wire. Got it replaced under warranty and the new one hasn't gone off since. When I got home, I installed an inline two prong connector so that it will be easy to disconnect if this one ever fails, and it will make it easy to replace after the 5 year period they are supposedly good for. And I should mention the day we were scheduled to head home and wanted to be on the road by 8:30, found the front passenger tire on the TV flat. Guess I was camping next to a guy named Murphy.
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:19 PM   #23
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For me, Jim's list and his list of things that he doesn't take, seems like a good starting point for me.
Whatever happened to carrying your full tool chest with you?
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:41 PM   #24
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Whatever happened to carrying your full tool chest with you?
Not allowed to double tow in many places. And the gas mileage would really drop from the weight of the portable workshop.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:01 PM   #25
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Whatever happened to carrying your full tool chest with you?
In assembling an array of tools for our new Escape, I collected what I thought I would need, that would fit in an existing tool box, and were in my garage already. All were extras (except for the 18V drill) of any size or configuration, to what I had in the garage tool chest or hanging on the wall. I bought no new tools. I ended up at 31 lbs. not including the box itself. Whew!
The only place I can carry it is behind the driver's seat, to distribute the load over tow vehicle axles evenly. The only thing that broke on our 1st trip was the folding camp chair.--now trash! Ya' think this is Murphy's Law at work?
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Did similar. Tool box took up too much room in the storage box so it rides behind the passenger seat in the truck
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:37 PM   #27
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My tool bag can't weigh much over 15 lbs. Just guessing though. I always keep it in the tow vehicle, as you may want it away from the trailer.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:03 PM   #28
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Without going into what I actually carry. In the 18 months I've had the Escape, while traveling I've used the multitip screwdriver, Philips and Robertson tips, 14v drill/driver, lube for squeaky doors, HD long nose pliers, DVM, mid size adjustable wrench, torque wrench for wheel lugs, temp gun, and a tire pressure gauge. Of course the swiss army knife gets used the most.

Spares I've used, a couple fuses given to others, waste pipe cover, pin to lock the fifth wheel hitch closed, and a couple awning ARM knobs and nuts. Can't think of anything else.

Need to add an eyeglasses repair kit.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:15 PM   #29
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Of course the swiss army knife gets used the most.
This is a good point, Bob.

For 25 years I have had a Leatherman tool on my hip 95% of the time during the day. It is incredibly handy. Before that I always carried a Swiss army knife, but the pliers and couple other tools are now indispensable to me.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:43 PM   #30
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Why bring any tools with you on the road? This isn't upper Mongolia with one Exxon station every nine-hundred miles, right? The listings gathered here so far are as sensible as they are obvious. Ah, tools, singularly functional apparatus dedicated to making it easy to execute a specific task. Sure, in a pinch you can turn a slotted screw with a dime but... what if that flat hurts your fingers, or it's a Robertson screw head?

You're towing up (or down) a grade on the road in the middle of no where. There's no cell phone service. It's Sunday evening, getting cold, and soon it will be dark. Suddenly you hit a big bump and you decouple! Your tongue jack gets bent! No way you can lift that coupler back onto the ball yourself, but you're on loose gravel or mud and found out your truck jack is a toy. What now?

OK, in this spirit I humbly submit there is one absolutely essential trailering tool no one has mentioned. I am speaking, of course, of yes, the humble spare jack. It lifts where no man can lift. It is, THE TOOL! Who said you don't know Jack?
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