After completing the overhaul of our travel trailer last year I began to carry a large amount of tools on our trips. Because we had so much torn apart at the same time I really wasn’t sure what could potentially go wrong and I decided to prepare for the worst. I carry most of tools in the truck which has turned out to be really convenient while not RVing and all trailer specific tools in the trailer. In my toolbox is everything from brake spoons to a circular saw.
Knowing that this is overkill I’ve decided to thin out our RV tool herd and I’ve started by coming up with our top 10 tools. I’m certainly going to carry more than this, but these are the tools I wouldn’t leave the house with. So, without further adieu, here’s our list.
One – Tire Pressure Gauge
We never pull away from the house or a campsite without checking tire pressure. I do this before ever hooking the trailer to the truck. I prefer a nice dialed gauge, but I use a digital gauge because I’m lazy.
Two – Torque Wrench
At the same time as checking the tires I also check the lugs. I keep a 1/2″ torque wrench in the trailer specifically for tightening lug nuts.
Three – Level
I use a small level when setting up the trailer on a site. I have a bubble level on the front of the trailer, but use a small level to double-check side to side level and set front to back.
Four – Flash Light
This is a no brainer. You can never really have too many flashlights when something breaks in the dark. I went back and forth over moving this up in the list and settled on #4.
Five – Electric Drill
I seem to always have a use for an electric drill. I use it to put my stabilizer up and down every trip and then all the typical drilling & screwing around the trailer. I blame the electric drill for a generation of men with weak forearms, but it’s so worth it.
Six – Common Hand Tools
I consider this everything you should already have handy. Wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, tape measure, etc. I lumped these all together because listing each one would have made for a mighty boring list.
Seven – Razor Knife
I prefer disposable razors to avoid messing around with swapping blades. I bumped this down to number 7 because any self-respecting man should already have a pocket knife on them at all times for quick work. The razor really just helps me avoid dulling the blade on my good knife.
Eight – Hammer
When something needs to be beaten it’s hard to do it without a hammer. I’ve never driven a nail with a hammer in our trailer, but I’ve used them to smash things into or out-of-place many times.
Nine – Multi Meter
Whether it’s checking voltage or continuity, a multi meter is priceless when you need it. This is also the one tool that requires some “know how” to get the most out of. If you don’t already have one, go buy a multi meter right now and learn to use it.
Ten – Jack
I’m certainly not strong enough to lift the trailer off the ground and change a tire without a jack, so this make my life much easier. We use an Anderson Rapid Jack for emergencies and it works great. Just throw it under one of the tires and drive up on it while it lifts the other tire off the ground. It would take a pretty large traditional jack to so the same.
Bonus! – Caulk Gun
I hate water leaks! We had a ton of water damage when we bought our trailer and I’m not going to let water ruin all my hard work. I keep a caulk gun with Dicor lap sealant and Geocel Pro Flex handy at all times. When it comes to water…Never Forgive, Never Forget.
If you think I missed anything or have any more suggestions leave them in the comments below. If you haven’t watched the video check it out and you’ll have plenty of ammo to make fun of me with.