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Old 07-04-2017, 05:21 PM   #1
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Tool Box Recommendations

I'm gathering basic tools for a kit that will stay in the trailer and would love your advice on what to include. Here's my list so far. Any additions or deletions? Thank you in advance!

Phillips, Flat, and Robertson Square Head screw drivers

Hex key set

Socket set including 13/16 for lug nuts

Small Crescent wrenches

Adjustable wrench

Crossbar tire wrench for spare

torque wrench for lug nuts

Hammer

Hatchet

Small saw

Duct tape

Pliers, wire cutter/stripper

Electrical tape

Teflon tape

Bungies

Rope

Zip ties

Extension cord
Spray lubricant



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Old 07-04-2017, 05:38 PM   #2
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Get a can of this stuff. Fixes many electrical issues.
And, a can of white lithium grease for the hitch / ball and stabilizers.
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Go to YouTube and check out "loveyourrv.com" check out the video Ray has done with regards to tools he carries, he has been living in his fifth wheel for 6years and does a lot of his own repairs.
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Sarah, great start to a list!

Couple of small suggestion, instead of a crossbar tire wrench, since you already are planning on the torque wrench, I would just get a 18" or 24 " 1/2" drive breaker bar with a short extension. They give you more leverage on getting the lug nuts off and take up less space. Also, instead of individual screw drivers you can get one with multiple exchangeable bits if you want to conserve more space - did you get one of those from Escape with your trailer? The new ETI ones are really nice, and one came with our 21.

And I agree with Baglo on both his
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Get a can of this stuff. Fixes many electrical issues.
And, a can of white lithium grease for the hitch / ball and stabilizers.
Thank you!

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Sarah, great start to a list!

Couple of small suggestion, instead of a crossbar tire wrench, since you already are planning on the torque wrench, I would just get a 18" or 24 " 1/2" drive breaker bar with a short extension. They give you more leverage on getting the lug nuts off and take up less space. Also, instead of individual screw drivers you can get one with multiple exchangeable bits if you want to conserve more space - did you get one of those from Escape with your trailer? The new ETI ones are really nice, and one came with our 21.

And I agree with Baglo on both his
Great suggestions, thanks! I was planning on a screwdriver set with interchangeable heads. Trailer won't be ready until September so I haven't gotten any tools yet from Escape. Just keeping busy stocking the "hope chest"...80 days to wait...😁

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Go to YouTube and check out "loveyourrv.com" check out the video Ray has done with regards to tools he carries, he has been living in his fifth wheel for 6years and does a lot of his own repairs.
Excellent resource! Thank you!

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A suggestion: add gaffer's tape, for temporary repairs without the goo left behind by most repair or "duct" tape.

Since what most people mean by "Crescent wrench" is an adjustable wrench (the kind with an open end and a thumb wheel), what would the "Adjustable wrench" be? Another type, such as a pipe wrench perhaps? Just curious...

Some adjustable wrenches have scales marked on them, showing the opening of the jaw. I find this handy for hard-to-see nuts and bolts, because I can use it as a caliper to see what regular open-end or box-end wrench should fit, with less trial-and-error.
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I think adjustable wrench may be branded as Channellock.
I use one to get the cap of the stinky slinky holder.
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Gaffers tape...and adjustable wrench with scale markings. Super ideas, thanks! I used "crescent wrench" to mean "open ended wrench". Adjustable wrench to mean open end with thumb wheel. 😁

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I think adjustable wrench may be branded as Channellock.
I use one to get the cap of the stinky slinky holder.
Hi: gbaglo... I carry a pair of Slip-joint pliers aka "Water pump pliers" all the time. They work wonders on those pesky drippy water connections in campgrounds. Alf
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Hi: gbaglo... I carry a pair of Slip-joint pliers aka "Water pump pliers" all the time. They work wonders on those pesky drippy water connections in campgrounds. Alf
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Ya mean....channel locks?
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Ya mean....channel locks?
Hi: Donna D... I think mine are just generic not made by Channel lock. Worn and rusty... I've had them since Napoleon was a cadet!!! LoL Alf
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I didn't see Vise Grips.
You need something to destroy fasteners. Round corners.
I have a couple of them. Handy when you don't have another hand to prevent a nut or bolt from turning while you use a proper tool to tighten it.
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I think adjustable wrench may be branded as Channellock.
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Great. Thank you for the resource!

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Hi: gbaglo... I carry a pair of Slip-joint pliers aka "Water pump pliers" all the time. They work wonders on those pesky drippy water connections in campgrounds. Alf
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Nice tip. Thank you!

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I didn't see Vise Grips.
You need something to destroy fasteners. Round corners.
I have a couple of them. Handy when you don't have another hand to prevent a nut or bolt from turning while you use a proper tool to tighten it.
Ah yes...vice grips...good one! Thanks!

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I think adjustable wrench may be branded as Channellock.
I use one to get the cap of the stinky slinky holder.
Yep, like Alf said, Water Pump Pliers is the common name around here for those. I own a few sizes, just like with Pipe Wrenches.
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I used "crescent wrench" to mean "open ended wrench". Adjustable wrench to mean open end with thumb wheel. 😁
Ah, thanks. That's not what "crescent wrench" will mean to most people.
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I think adjustable wrench may be branded as Channellock.
I use one to get the cap of the stinky slinky holder.
Groove-joint pliers (such as those Channellocks) are great, and a large pair can be very handy when various parts are not cooperative... but they're pliers, not wrenches for turning nuts or bolts. I suppose it doesn't matter that the square bit of the stinky slinky holder's cap gets a little chewed up.
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