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.
A good hammer is an essential.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Great for splitting firewood or using it as a large hammer. It can also be used in an emergency to access most RV’s.
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.
Vice-grips can be like a “third hand” sometimes. It’s good to have at least one with you at all times.
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.
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.
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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