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Old 12-20-2015, 08:48 AM   #1
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Not to long ago there was a thread about what tools people carry. The recent threads about a furnace going on the blink, a bad regulator, and water pump problems got me to wondering what people carry for spare parts in case of a breakdown. I always carry some spare fuses, and some other generic repair stuff like duck tape, zip ties, and some wire. I just ordered a replacement strainer for the water pump, and a sail switch for the furnace. Do you think there is anything else that I should be carrying? What do you carry for spares?
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:35 AM   #3
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Not to long ago there was a thread about what tools people carry. The recent threads about a furnace going on the blink, a bad regulator, and water pump problems got me to wondering what people carry for spare parts in case of a breakdown. I always carry some spare fuses, and some other generic repair stuff like duck tape, zip ties, and some wire. I just ordered a replacement strainer for the water pump, and a sail switch for the furnace. Do you think there is anything else that I should be carrying? What do you carry for spares?
Hi: LeonW... I find there's usually a Camping Whirl near the Interstate's we travel, with a good selection of standard parts.
When the fridge handle spring broke on our 5.0 there were two stores in Myrtle Beach, one of which had two 5 cu. ft. Dometic fridge handles...on a Sunday of a long holiday weekend. Amazing!!! Alf
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I carry a spare cover for the water fill, knobs/nut for the awning arms, 30A twist lock to 20A adapter, and in an overly paranoid moment, a sail switch.
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Old 12-20-2015, 02:42 PM   #5
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Never know what spares you are going to need on a trip. My strategy is to carry all the spares I could ever possibly need in the form of a magnetic strip backed card that I carry on my person in my wallet. Don't ever worry about it as there is almost always somewhere within a few hours drive where I can find replacements.
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Carrying the spare parts and tools would also require me to know what I was doing for them to serve any purpose.
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Old 12-20-2015, 03:01 PM   #7
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I view this in the realm of Murphy's law. By having the water pump, sail switch, 30 amp fuse, and propane regulator I probably won't need them. The above items totaled less than $200. Of all of them the sail switch is the only one that could be considered a specialty item as they are specific to the furnace model.
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Old 12-20-2015, 03:21 PM   #8
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Never know what spares you are going to need on a trip. My strategy is to carry all the spares I could ever possibly need in the form of a magnetic strip backed card that I carry on my person in my wallet. Don't ever worry about it as there is almost always somewhere within a few hours drive where I can find replacements.
While I do carry spare items, I totally agree with this approach. You cannot really plan for every contingency.
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I carry fuses, a spare tire, and no other spare parts. If something happens, I will purchase the parts.
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:29 PM   #10
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If you have the Atwood 8012-II furnace, an extra sail switch is a good spare to have, as RV shops don't stock it. One shop told me that the 8012-II accounted for one percent of the repairs they did. Not that I've bought a spare yet for myself, of course..
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