If possible, your RV should have its own set of tools. Having a dedicated toolbox just for your rig is helpful in “always” having what’s needed when traveling.

Pro Tip:  I’ll note the benefits of each tool listed below.

Select a tool bag or box, which is easy to transport and maneuver. I use one like in the photo above.  It can be stored in a compartment on the RV or bed of a truck.

IRWIN Hammer, Fiberglass, General Purpose, Claw, 16 oz. (1954889)

$16.17
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Features

  • Forged steel head for superior durability
  • ProTouch grip for maximum comfort even after prolonged use
  • Smooth face leaves fewer marks on surfaces
  • Fiberglass construction absorbs vibration and reduces fatigue
  • Hybrid handle design is rounded for more comfort and fit with a curved base to prevent slippage and a hardened end cap

A good hammer is an essential.

BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Cordless Drill / Driver with 30-Piece Accessories (LD120VA)

$54.22  in stock
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Features

  • Cordless drill with Lithium Ion Battery that is always ready and holds a charge up to 18 months
  • The 24 position clutch of this power drill prevents stripping and overdriving screws by providing extra level of control
  • Drill/driver with soft grip handle provides added comfort during use
  • Assortment of 30 accessories to help you get the job done
  • Part of the 20V max System - A System that demands attention

A drill can be used for more than making holes. I use mine to screw, assemble, polish, and even sand items all over my rig.

Neiko 10194A Titanium Step Drill Bit, High Speed Steel | 1/4 to 1-3/8 | Total 10 Step Sizes

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Features

  • TITANIUM | HIGH SPEED STEEL: classic high speed steel with titanium coating for proven capability and durability in drilling holes in plastic, aluminum, copper, stainless steel and many other types of sheet metal
  • 135° SPLIT POINT TIP: increases cutting speed with self-centering and prevents walking
  • TWO-FLUTE DESIGN: clears chips faster and allows particles to escape easily
  • TRI-FLATTED SHANK: fits into power tools chuck securely and eliminates slip
  • INCLUDES 10 STEP SIZES: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8", 1", 1-1/8", 1-1/4", 1-3/8"

Early on in my fulltime journey, this was one of the most useful tools I had. Being able to drill large holes in a wide range of materials (if needed) is helpful. It’s small and worth the weight. 

Neoteck Auto Ranging Digital Multimeter AC/DC Voltage Current Ohm Capacitance Frequency Diode Transistor Audible Continuity, Multi Tester with Backlit LCD

$23.99
$21.99
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Features

  • 【2000 Counts 8233D PRO Pocket Digital Multimeter】 Wide Application: It Can Accurately Measure AC/DC Current Voltage, Resistance, Capacitance (4-2000uF), Frequency (1kHz-200kHz), Continuity
  • 【Included 9 Volt Battery】The Compartment Lid at the Back is Secured by One Cross Head Screw, Not Difficult to Remove at All; Also, Included Pair Test leads and Pair Banana Plug to Alligator Clip Cable
  • 【CE Rated Digital Mulimeter with Over Load Protection】 Designed to Safely and Accurately Troubleshoot a Variety of Automotive and Household Electrical
  • 【Large Backlit LCD Display】 Auto Polarity Display, Easy to Read Large Backlit LCD Display, Back-light Makes a Real Difference in Low Light Areas
  • 【Nice Protective Orange Shell with Stand Built】 The Case with Our Multimeter is Some Kind of Non Slip, Slightly Soft Plastic that Will Help with Drop Protection, The Stand Places the Device at a 45 Degree Angle and Makes the Screen Easy to See Hands Free

You don’t need to be an Electrician to use a multimeter. How-to videos can be found all over the Internet to learn basic usage. You’ll mostly be checking voltage and continuity, but having the ability to do more is helpful. They are a great troubleshooting tool that can save you the cost of a diagnostic service fee when something stops working.

WORKPRO 4-piece Adjustable Wrench Set, Forged, Heat Treated, Chrome-plated (6-inch, 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch)

$22.99  in stock
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Features

  • High quality forged carbon steel, heat treated for durability
  • Rugged I-beam construction
  • Strong 4-sided jaw design
  • Corrosion-resistant chrome plated finish
  • Set includes 6-in., 8-in., 10-in., and 12-in.

Adjustable wrenches are great for minimizing the overall number of tools you’ll need.  They can replace several individual wrenches for a variety of tasks.  

EPAuto 1/2-Inch Drive by 24" Length Breaker Bar, CR-V Steel

$19.97  in stock
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Features

Part NumberST-018-1
ModelST-018-1

A breaker bar not only helps loosen pesky nuts; it can be leveraged as a “large wrench” with the right socket set. Having one will help in the event of a flat tire or making adjustments for towing equipment and gear. Be sure to not over tighten…see the next item below!  

TEKTON 1/2 Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench (10-150 ft.-lb.) | 24335

$38.80  in stock
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Features

  • Wrench emits a click that can be heard and felt when the preset value is reached
  • Permanently marked, high-contrast dual-range scale is easy to read, even in low light
  • Reversible ratchet head drives in both directions and measures torque in clockwise direction
  • Durable all-steel construction has no plastic parts to break or wear out
  • Ships pre-calibrated to +/- 4% accuracy and ready to use

A torque wrench will ensure proper tightening of lug nuts, towing equipment, and gear. It’s good to check lugs, sway control connections, and hitch bolts with one of these every month. Using a torque wrench will prevent over-tightening of bolts, which can cause breakage under load. 

AMES Companies, The 163118800 Thumb D-Handle Round Point Mini Shovel, Green

$23.33  in stock
3 new from $23.33
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Features

  • Great for digging in tight spaces
  • Length: 26 Inches; Width: 6 Inches; Height: 2.5 Inches, Ideal utility shovel for many everyday tasks
  • Use in the garden, campsite, or as an emergency trunk shovel
  • D-style handle
  • Green Thumb. The product has plastic handle.

You don’t need a shovel in your RV until you need one. This is a high quality “mini” shovel that can be used just like any full-size shovel. It just doesn’t take up a ton of space. I keep this in my tow vehicle at all times. It’s great if you get stuck in the mud or to just play at the beach. 

Coleman Camp Axe

$15.21  in stock
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Features

  • Made of the highest quality materials
  • Camping knives & tools axes
  • Another quality Coleman product

Great for splitting firewood or using it as a large hammer. It can also be used in an emergency to access most RV’s.  

Crescent 170 Pc. General Purpose Tool Set - Closed Case - CTK170CMP2

$124.99  in stock
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Features

  • Updated version of the best selling CTK170CMP, this new set has a new & sturdier blow mold case as well as new & improved Crescent screwdrivers
  • Contains a carefully selected assortment of hand tools needed for most industrial, mechanical, and consumer applications
  • Set includes 1/4 inches, 3/8 inches & 1/2 inches drive tools (SAE & Metric). Drive Type 6 and 12 Point. Drive Tang Size 1/4 inches, 3/8 inches, 1/2 inches
  • Tools meet stringent new ANSI and ASME specifications and come with a full satisfaction guarantee
  • All tools contained in a sturdy, folding plastic case for easy storage and transport. Durable

This may be a little over the top, but if you don’t mind performing DIY tasks on your RV, Coach, or Travel Vehicle – then having a full socket set is helpful for all kinds of mechanical repairs and maintenance.  

IRWIN VISE-GRIP Original Locking Pliers with Wire Cutter, Curved Jaw, 10-Inch (502L3)

$13.49
$11.99
 in stock
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Features

  • Curved jaw with hardened teeth are designed to grip a variety of shapes from any angle
  • Classic trigger release provides maximum locking force
  • Includes wire cutter for more versatility
  • Constructed of high-grade heat-treated alloy steel for durability
  • Hex key adjusting screw tightens to adjust pressure and draw materials together for a controlled release

Vice-grips can be like a “third hand” sometimes.  It’s good to have at least one with you at all times.   

Ullman Devices HTC-2 High-Tech Telescoping Inspection Mirror, 2-1/4" Diameter, 6-1/2" to 36-3/8" Length

$7.36  in stock
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Features

  • Clear glass mirror for perfect reflection
  • All-angle ball joint holds mirror firmly for 360 degree viewing
  • Mirror encased in rugged corrosion resistant brushed stainless steel
  • Stainless steel telescoping handle is strong, long and lightweight
  • Comfortable textured cushion grip keeps handle secure in wet or oily hands

This is one of those odd ones, but it’s a gem. Typically RVs have a lot of tight spots and hard to reach places where wiring or connections are made. Having a telescoping inspection mirror can help save a lot of time and frustration by helping you diagnose those hard to see problems. 

Ironclad General Utility Work Gloves GUG, All-Purpose, Performance Fit, Durable, Machine Washable, (1 Pair), Large - GUG-04-L

$22.99
$13.28
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Features

  • HIGH PERFORMANCE TASK SPECIFIC WORK GLOVE - The number one selling Ironclad work glove
  • HAND SAFETY - Thermoplastic rubber knuckle protection provides impact and abrasion protection across the knuckles
  • SECURE FIT - Adjustable Hook and Loop Closure provides a secure custom fit for ideal performance
  • SWEAT MANAGEMENT FEATURE - Terry cloth sweat wipe conveniently located on the back of the thumb allows you to stay focused on the job at hand with one wipe of the brow
  • MACHINE WASHABLE - Machine wash cool. Air drying is recommended in order to keep the size consistent with its original form from time of purchase

Every RV needs a level.  I’ve found this type is sufficient and doesn’t take up a lot of space.  I also use it to keep my LevelMatePro honest.

GLISTON 5pcs Auto Trim Removal Tool Car Pry Tool Kit, Door Panel Clip Removal Set for Vehicle Dash Radio Audio Installer

$10.99
$6.99
 in stock
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Features

  • MULTIPLE USE: 5 different kinds of trimming tools, excellent for trimming car audio/radio, door panel, window, interior accessories or even for bicycle tire removing
  • Different sizes for chose:With 5x Plastic Panel Removal Tool, enough options to work on multiple cars internal.
  • Long-time usage: Made of super durable plastic material , it has excellent abrasion resistance ,withstands fatigue resistance and high temperature even at high temperatures ,creep resistance.
  • Protect your car: Don’t have to worry about damaging your paint finish as these clips are made to be gentle on surfaces unlike metal clips remover that cause scratch on surface.
  • 100% SATISFACTION SERVICE: Any reason you are not completely satisfied after receiving our Clip Plier Set ,please contact our Amazon Prime Service Customer Support line and we'll offer you a free replacement or a full refund.

Your rig will make you wish you had gloves at some point.  Keep a good quality pair handy.

This is another one of those “odd” recommendations, but I consider it a ninja tool.  Many of the items on the RV are snapped or held together by plastic clips.  Don’t scratch surfaces by using a flat edge screwdrivers to get into them.  Having some trim removal tools will make this super easy.  Trust me...

I enjoy watching these fellow full-timers (Wayard Waggs). Watch from the start till the 2:25 min mark – This is an excellent way to decide what tools you need for your RV. Yes, he’s right…having an RV will get you acquainted with all items in a toolbox. Now go set up your RV toolbox!

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