If you own an RV, travel trailer or fifth wheel, a day will come where you would need to work on your RV. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small repair or a big DIY repair, you need to be prepared.
Even though some campers have large storage spaces, most RVs have extremely limited storage space which means, your space for supplies and tools is really limited too. In this piece, I will share with you the essential tools and accessories we carry for RVing.
Before I start with my list, I w0uld like to put it out there that every RV, travel trailer or fifth wheel is quite different, but to go camping, maintain or care for your RV, there are some specific tools that every RV should have.
Top 13 Essential Tools for Your RV:
- Rachet and Socket Set:
There are occasions where you might need this set. A typical example is; with tools like a half inch ratchet, extension, and socket, you are able to remove your camper’s water heater drain plug to drain out water after every trip.
Another reason why you should have a ratchet and socket set is that it includes a general purpose screwdriver with all the various screwdriver tips commonly used in RV construction.
- RV Water Pressure Regulator
This is a fairly inexpensive gadget that ensures you don’t have blown pipes inside your camper from high water pressure at the campgrounds, which you definitely want to avoid. Basically, the water pressure regulator regulates the pressure of the incoming water to 40-50 psi to protect the RV hose and plumbing system from high pressure.
When you regulate the water pressure of your RV, most folks complain that the pressure is too low especially when using the shower.
To help alleviate this situation, I will highly recommend you get a High flow water pressure regulators. A high flow regulator regulates the pressure of the outlet water to about 50-55 psi while increasing the water flow by 15% to 20%.
- A Cordless Drill and a Battery Charger
A cordless drill is good to lower stabilizer jacks if you have the right attachment. It’s also useful for the obvious reasons.
It is important that you add an assortment of drill bits, nut drivers and other types of bits on hand.
- A Battery Filler
When you charge your lead-acid battery, what happens is, water can evaporate and the evaporated water needs to be replaced with distilled water.
Adding distilled water to your camper using a battery filler goes a long way to increase the life of your battery.
Note* When filling your battery, make sure to wear some safety gloves and goggles.
- A Tire Inflation Gauge
A tire inflation gauge is essential when you want to check your camper’s tire pressure. Also used to check your tire whenever you’re on the road.
It is advised that you check your tires before each trip and before each return trip.
- A Digital Voltmeter and a Digital Line Monitor
This is essential when you want to have a quick check on your battery’s state of charge, and you can also use it to test 12 volts dc circuits and 12 volts fuses, and you can also check 120 volts ac circuits and outlets. Make sure to add some extra fuses just in case.
In addition to your voltmeter, it is important to add a digital line monitor which is essentially used to test faulty wires at the campground before plugging your RV in, and you can use it to monitor ac voltage during your trip. Some models monitor the frequency when you have a generator running.
- A Surge Protector
Don’t skimp on this! A surge protector monitors and protects your RV from electrical problems at the pedestal.
- A Torque Wrench
When checking your tire pressure, it is really important that you check the nuts around the tire, and this can be done using a torque wrench. The torque wrench is essential when you want to tighten or loosen the nuts holding your tire, and also any nut or bolt that can be loosened or tightened using a torque wrench.
- Hand Tools
Pliers – Needle Nose Pliers – Hammer – Screwdrivers, Measuring Tape – Ractchet – Diagonal Cutters – Vise Grips – Utility Knife.
10. Bungee Cords
In assorted sizes, we use these for everything, from holding things in place in the back of the truck to securing chairs and shelves inside the RV. They have so many uses, especially for RVers.
- A Car Jack
A car jack is essential when you’re stuck on the road due to a faulty brake or tire. When you need to change your tire or even work underneath your camper, your only best friend is the car jack.
I highly recommend you get a rapid jack since it is easy to carry around and also takes up less space.
- A Foldable Ladder
If you need to do some waxing, maintenance or even repair along the side walls or the roof of your camper, there is no better way to get to the top or to the side of your camper than using a foldable ladder.
A foldable saves space due to the ability to be folded. If you want the top of your camper to be in great shape, then I highly recommend you get a foldable ladder.
13. Air compressor – to regulate the pressure of the air used to inflate the tires of your RV
A Complete RV Essential Tool & Accessory Checklist:
This list is geared toward full-time or long distant RVers. If your an occasional weekend camper that travels less than 100 miles away from home, than this list is more than you need. Although there are still some important tools listed below that every camper should have.
(This list also Includes the tools from above)
- Tire Gauge
- Duct tape
- A Water Filter
- A portable holding tanks
- Carpenters Level
- Bubble Level
- Utility Knife
- Jumper Cables
- Gas Can
- Garbage bags
- Open end wrenches
- Ladder or Step Ladder
- Surge Protector
- Water Pressure Regulator
- Socket Set
- Drinking hose
- Air Compressor
- Sewer Hose
- Hose connector
- Torque Wrench
- Bungi Cords
- Rubber Gloves
- Antibacterial Wipes
- Battery Filler
- Digital Voltmeter & Digital Line Monitor
- Car Jack
- Black tank hose and elbow
- Leveling Blocks
- Fire Extinguisher
- Channel Locks
- Wire Cutters
- Small Orange Safety Cones
- Reflective Vest
- First Aid Kit
- Rain Jacket
I highly recommend the tools in the checklist above, especially if you are a Full-time RVer. You want to be prepared if you something should happen. With these tools, you will be ready for your camping adventure.
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