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Old 03-25-2015, 05:45 PM   #1
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Tool / Emergency Kit


We have been reading different threads, about people with different problems or issues with their trailers.

Almost all issues come to a positive solution; however, at times it appears that you must have the right tools and equipment to make the proper repairs.

I would like to put a "tool / repair kit" together, before we pick up our trailer in a few months.

If you don't mind, could you please put together a list of things that you carry, that would help to take care of most problems that you (we) might encounter?

In gathering everyone's information and ideas, I can put a kit together and have the proper tools on hand for any future problems...?

Thank you for your time, thoughts and suggestions...


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Old 03-25-2015, 06:53 PM   #2
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There are threads that address this, but I would say it depends on what types of repairs you are comfortable making. My "repair kit" includes a rather expensive Viair 12v compressor, a set of combination wrenches and socket wrenches, pliers, magnetic tip screwdriver with a bunch of bits including Robertson, an ohm meter, wire cutter/stripper, and an assortment of wire, crimp terminal, bolts, nuts, and screws. In addition, I have an assortment of spare fuses. I also have a torque wrench and electrical tape. And of course a roll of gaffer's tape, essential for making any multitude of temporary repairs.

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Old 03-25-2015, 07:02 PM   #3
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You may want to pack some 7 strand 550 paracord. A multi-tool (like a Leatherman) is helpful as well.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:12 PM   #4
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I take a zero balance AMEX card. Truly.

Okay, so my small tool box also has fuses, electrical tape, yadda, yadda, yadda.

But that card is what would probably save my bacon if I'm on the road.. new tires for instance... for tug or tow.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:19 PM   #5
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Rather than combination wrenches I use an adjustable wrench, definite need a Robertson, there are 2 sizes in the Escape, phillips and slotted screwdrivers, a micro screwdriver set for the tiny screws you will find in appliances, a set of hex wrenches particularly if you have a tv, 5/10/15/20/30 amp spare fuses, a spare wedge type bulb for the license plate light, the only one you may need to avoid a ticket, black electrical tape, pliers, a multimeter and instructions for use, continuity tester, 120v circuit tester, batteries, pocket knife.
Also be sure and pack all your manuals for the trailer and appliances, do not leave these at home.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:28 PM   #6
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Add flashlights and batteries and emergency warning triangles.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:17 PM   #7
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I agree that for many problems, there is some combination of parts and services which can be purchased, so the only tool needed is a way to pay. At least for those traveling in Canada, I would not suggest an Amex card, as it is accepted by far fewer businesses than either Visa or MasterCard... especially outside of the travel and entertainment (that is, hotels / restaurants / bars/ theatres) field.

Another challenge is getting to someone who can be paid to fix the problem. I've been in lots of places on highways were there is no mobile network coverage, so if you have a side-of-the-road issue, you need some way to limp to a place where you can call for paid help (unless, of course, you have a satellite phone ) and hope that someone is willing to come to where you are. If the problem is strictly with the trailer, it can be left at the roadside for the drive to "civilization", but I would not be entirely comfortable doing that.
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Old 03-26-2015, 08:25 AM   #8
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I carry basic stuff with me, mostly in the storage drawers in the back of my FJ, but also a small amount of stuff in the front drivers side hatch on my 19'. Some of this stuff includes:

- 1/2" and 3/8" socket set
- wrenches
- plier, screw drivers
- duct tape, electrical tape
- silicone spray
- WD40 spray
- Lithium grease
- a few bolts, screws and other hardware
- tie down ropes and bungie cords
- Bug and tar remover
- Rags

I won't be able to do any major repairs on the go, but do have the capability of tightening a few loose screws, replacing a bulb, or even cleaning the bugs off my bumper.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:46 AM   #9
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I always include a hydraulic bottle jack and a 24" breaker bar and a 13/16" deep socket for wheel changes (perish the thought). Your knuckles will thank you. You can get them individually at Harbor Freight or Canadian Tire among other places, usually in the discount area.

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Old 03-26-2015, 01:10 PM   #10
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Thank you for the responses.

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