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Old 12-19-2019, 09:00 AM   #21
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I always put my tool bag in the camper that contains the things that others have already mentioned.


So far, the only tools that i have needed on the road is a cordless screwdriver, bottle jack and 1/2 Dewalt cordless impact wrench for changing a tire on the interstate. I learned the hard way about not having an extension long enough to get the lug nuts off of the camper.


Additionally, I use the impact wrench to crank up/down the camper jacks.
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Old 12-19-2019, 09:42 AM   #22
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Non Tools but necessities on the road: WD 40 brand Dry Lubricant for my Reese hitch, else it makes all kinds of noise, window slides, etc.; silicon seal, if I see a gap almost anywhere I fill it before any water can get in; electric contact cleaner; mollie grease for the ball; dielectric grease for the trailer seven way power connector; white and black Gorilla tape; distilled water for the batteries; bug & tar remover (fresh kill is so much easier to remove than waiting until you are home);

Spray bottle with soapy water to test the gas connections every time the tanks are filled. Found a leaking tank that way.

Two fire extinguishers, one in the living/kitchen area by the exit door (escape, then fight the fire) and one in the bed room (ever try to climb out the escape window?) to suppress a fire while DW escapes first.

Extra 12 vdc led interior lights... had two quit working on my last 14 day trip.

Hard wood slivers to put into screw holes when the screws back out or loosen and need to be tightened down. Used to use wooden matches but they are too soft for the shaking and vibration the cupboard doors undergo during travel.

Tent stakes & 550 para cord (I like the glow in the dark) to stake down the awning. Awning de-flapper clips.

Trailer specific screws. (My dealer took me to his shop stock and let me have half a dozen of each size we thought I would need).

Electrical adaptors: 50 to 30 amp NEMA 14-50P/TT-30R, 120 15 amp to trailer 30 amp NEMA L5-30P/TT-30R, 30 amp twist (generator) to 30 amp RV NEMA L5-30P/TT-30R RV.

Wood dunnage for all kinds of this and that. I get hard wood scraps from a cabinet shop.


Tools not mentioned by others: Hammer to get chalks into place and pull them out.

Shovel to help level the trailer while boon docking and for fire suppression. Small rake to get the rocks, twigs, etc. out of the way. Ax to cut wood and pound stakes (be sure to have a safety cover on the blade when pounding stakes).

5 Gal bucket to wash the rig, haul off grey water, and fire suppression.

1/2" breaker bar with extension, six sided sockets for lugs (various sizes), jacks (3/4"), and hot water heater (1 1/16")

In my electric drill case...short and long square drive, jack drive socket (3/4”), drill bits, various drivers (flat, philips, star, etc.)

10mm wrench for TV coax cable.

Window squeegee.

Whisk broom to whisk out my truck, clean rubber mats, etc.
On the same vane. We carry an assortment of fuses and fuse puller, 110V plug tester, HarborFrieght 20V Air Compressor, special driver heads to fit trailer screw heads, headband mounted LED flashlights, 12V brake and turn signal bulbs for the trailer.
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:13 AM   #23
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Silicone Tape

I like to carry a roll of self fusing silicone tape when I travel. I don't think I'd turn around or make a special trip to a hardware store if I forgot it, but it sure is nice to have when a leak develops or something needs to be secured. It's not as easy to work with as duct tape but it does hold well and is resistant to pressure and temperature.

I've used it to make an emergency repair on an air compressor coolant line on a diesel locomotive to save a delay.

https://www.amazon.com/Rescue-Tape-R...778478&sr=8-14
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Old 12-19-2019, 01:51 PM   #24
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> If you have an INVERTER, spare main battery fuse (probably 100A or 200A) - I've lost one of these before.
> Spare dump hose & fittings
> Extra water supply hose
> Spare water filter elements (if you use a water filter)
> If you boondock, an empty gas can and empty water jug (so you can fill up when you go to town for donuts
> Firearm (unless leaving the US) - I conceal carry 9mm + 357 in trailer (am I allowed to say that here in the forum?)
> DW's sewing machine & about 20 quilting projects (DW made me add that)
All the standard tools, air compressor, etc. already mentioned.
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Old 12-19-2019, 03:03 PM   #25
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Have you ever seen a an MC (motorcycle club) travel in large numbers? They usually have a truck with an enclosed utility trailer full of spare parts that follows the bikes. If you pack up all that "stuff" listed above you'll have to have the DW follow you with a truck dragging a 20' cargo trailer.

Lot's of good suggestions but .cumulatively a lot of weight.
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Old 12-20-2019, 05:00 AM   #26
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You have to choose your battles, most hand tools can be bought at HF or low price stores to get you through a repair. I turn around for what I am not prepared to pay for on the road, namely larger ticket items. I also carry what I deem to be difficult to find on the road, someone mentioned bearings and seals, a pair of them sounds like a good idea. I store the fuses and dc circuit breakers that John showed in one of his posts. They're cheap on amazon and probably a little harder to find in a small town and I really don't want to find out. A leaf spring in Dayton was a 10 day monumental task.
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Old 12-21-2019, 06:22 AM   #27
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I carry a trailer tool bag ( I made up 45 yrs ago when I was at boat company) with a 20 & 2 ton bottle jacks, 1/2í Socket set w/slip over breaker bar,Bering set, HF 3 Gallon 1/3 HP 100 PSI Oil-Free Hotdog Air Compressor, grease squeeze tube & gun,
Hand cleaner sheets, gloves, large set wrenches, torque wrench, cut a 4 x 4 cut on angle and flat top with stop so I break loose lug-nuts then just drive the good wheel up on it and change tire ( I keep it on trailer bumper behind spare tire) flashlights one to see with and a strobe on back of trailer,
Only thing I canít find is a can of This patient
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Old 12-21-2019, 06:47 AM   #28
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One other thought: it may depend on how you use your RV.
> If you travel from RV park to RV park, then you are probably close to stores with repair parts - fewer spares probably necessary.
> If you typically "boondocK" like us, then you may not be close to a store for multiple days - more spare parts are likely a good idea.
So how you use your RV should be part of the equation IMHO.
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Old 12-21-2019, 01:49 PM   #29
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Wire strippers, wire connectors, velcro tape, teflon tape, assorted screws/nuts/bolts/washers. impact gun and 1/2 and 3/8 socket sets, breaker bar, drill and bits, large set of assorted bits for screws/sq drive, Allen.
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Old 12-25-2019, 03:58 PM   #30
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Breakerless fuses, DC circuit breakers, auto-reset circuit breakers, PITA.... Whatever you choose to call them, they are, if out in the open, an "electrical problem waiting to happen"....

John, I never knew this object was a fuse. Thought it was just a connection block. What is the typical amperage? I see them available in 20, 30, 40 and 50 amps. While my camper is wired for 50 amp, 120 volt electrical service, is that what could flow through the battery connection? Doesn't seem quite right. Your thoughts?
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Old 12-25-2019, 04:43 PM   #31
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So, what's in your toolbox?

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John, I never knew this object was a fuse. Thought it was just a connection block. What is the typical amperage? I see them available in 20, 30, 40 and 50 amps. While my camper is wired for 50 amp, 120 volt electrical service, is that what could flow through the battery connection? Doesn't seem quite right. Your thoughts?
Technically itís not a fuse, fuses burn and protect the circuit. What that is is a resetting circuit breaker. When the load exceeds the rating, the breaker pops and interrupts the flow of electricity. If itís an auto resetting, it will allow flow once it cools off. Others have a manual reset button that you have to press. Fuses are a ďone time useĒ type of thing. Circuit breakers can be reset multiple times.

Everything coming from your battery is 12VDC. The 120VAC is for the interior appliances.
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Old 12-25-2019, 11:10 PM   #32
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Just in case you are considering changing the breaker, donít increase the size. The breaker needs to be rated the same as the wire connected to it. Not sure what the numbers are for 12 volt wiring, Iím sure someone reading this knows.

In a house all (120volt)14 gauge wire is 15 amp breaker rated, 12 gauge is rated for 20 amp, and so on.
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John, I never knew this object was a fuse. Thought it was just a connection block. What is the typical amperage? I see them available in 20, 30, 40 and 50 amps. While my camper is wired for 50 amp, 120 volt electrical service, is that what could flow through the battery connection? Doesn't seem quite right. Your thoughts?
Depends upon the wire size and the load that's it's protecting. The amperage is typically stamped into the case so look at what's there now and replace with the same rating. As others have stated ,the 12 volt DC system is separate from the 120 volt ac and only meet at the converter that converts 120 vac to 12 vdc to charge the battery.
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Just confirm again what was said above, those little circuit breakers are 12 volt and have NOTHING to to with the 120volt 50amp shore power.

If the breaker is a 20 amp, replace with a 20 amp.
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Everyone slow down and take a deep breath. I know the difference between AC and DC. I know it's dangerous to replace a safety device (fuse or circuit breaker) with one that carries more current than the wiring harness is designed to safely carry.


Since I never knew that object was anything other than a terminal block, I was wondering what it might be rated for. Can't quite get to it now but I will stock a spare with the same rating once I can read and decipher any markings.


Appreciate all the advice.
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The rating should be stamped/printed on it. If you ever replace one, youíll notice the terminals are different colors. One side is feed and the other is load.
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Since I never knew that object was anything other than a terminal block, I was wondering what it might be rated for. Can't quite get to it now but I will stock a spare with the same rating once I can read and decipher any markings.
Yup, I hear you. I had my first rig for 20 years and never even knew they were there, or could break, or were replaceable. Since then, I've seen a bunch of photos of them on this forum, but I've never seen a photo in which any sort of rating was obvious or even visible. At some point when the weather breaks, I'm going to slide under my rig with a spotlight and a speculum, and force it to disclose its secrets so I can buy me a spare or spares.
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So, what's in your toolbox?

Since they come in two flavors- manual or auto resetting, I would get the auto type if they arenít readily accessible.
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John, I never knew this object was a fuse. Thought it was just a connection block. What is the typical amperage? I see them available in 20, 30, 40 and 50 amps. While my camper is wired for 50 amp, 120 volt electrical service, is that what could flow through the battery connection? Doesn't seem quite right. Your thoughts?

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Everyone slow down and take a deep breath. I know the difference between AC and DC. I know it's dangerous to replace a safety device (fuse or circuit breaker) with one that carries more current than the wiring harness is designed to safely carry.


Since I never knew that object was anything other than a terminal block, I was wondering what it might be rated for. Can't quite get to it now but I will stock a spare with the same rating once I can read and decipher any markings.


Appreciate all the advice.

"slow down and take a deep breath"? We're only trying to help. From the way your previous post was worded I don't think anyone would have guessed that you "know the difference between AC and DC". I think if you reread the posts you can see how the conception would be otherwize understood that you didn't.

This site doesn't tolerate "personal attacks" so instead of asking "do you know the difference between AC and DC" which sounds very condescending and negative (no pun intended), most of us take the content of a post at face value.
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Yup, I hear you. I had my first rig for 20 years and never even knew they were there, or could break, or were replaceable. Since then, I've seen a bunch of photos of them on this forum, but I've never seen a photo in which any sort of rating was obvious or even visible. At some point when the weather breaks, I'm going to slide under my rig with a spotlight and a speculum, and force it to disclose its secrets so I can buy me a spare or spares.
Here you go, markings differ by manufacturer and even my "case material" (some are made of steel, some plastic, some a phenolic material)Ö

Some of the steel cased breakers have printed information, some are stamped, often on the bottom of the container where it's not visible unless you remove the breaker from its mounting location. As with any component that's exposed to the elements, the printed info may have faded, been worn away or even been scraped away, so you may not find the breaker markings on the case. At times, some "detective work" may be necessary. I've had to resort to "educated guesswork" on some applications and use the gauge of the wiring connected to the breaker to guess at the amperage of a breaker. Usually, most trailers that don't have hydraulic pumps or HD leveling systems will have two breakers one 40/50 amps and the other is 30 amps. That's sort of a "generalized best guess" kind of statement, so don't use it as a reason to go with that size. If you can't find the markings, use the wiring connected to it as a guide. The larger the wire, typically the higher the amperage for the device.
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