Tools for on the road in-season RV maintenance
The amount of space available for tools varies from one RV to another so it’s hard to say what tools you should be carrying to take care of the little things that can pop up while camping, but here is a list of a few tools that might come in handy.
Many people wouldn’t leave their home without a ladder on board. Getting on the roof, taking care of an awning roller or even washing the RV, might require a ladder but most ladders (even the good quality folding variety) are still the largest and heaviest tool you might need while RVing. I suppose that is why you see so many ladders strapped to the roof of tow cars or attached to the back of travel trailers and motorhomes.
Other useful RV tools (if you have the space) are an air compressor (to keep tires inflated properly), trickle charger (for a dead battery), a set of box-end wrenches and/or socket set, a set of hex wrenches, a screwdriver with interchangeable tips, channel locks and/or vice grip, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, a putty knife (for small caulking jobs), sewer hose disconnect tool, and a voltage meter.
Another “tool” that could save you in a thunderstorm is a surge protector for your electrical connection. Some RVs comes with a surge protector built into the electrical system and you may be inclined to think this is enough to protect your RV from an electrical surge. But if that surge happens near or in the junction box, it can fry the cord. And that will disable your RV’s electrical system until you can replace the 30 or 50 amp cord. The surge might not have gotten into your RV, because the built-in surge protector stopped it, but the cable will still be damaged. Therefore, using a good quality surge protector right at the junction box protects your entire electrical system.
Finally, one last tool I have found to be useful that doesn’t take up too much space is a Dremel Tool. It’s good for so many different types of small repair jobs that I think it’s worth the space. One last point about all your RV tools. Don’t skimp on the quality of the tools. When you’re trying to fix a problem in the middle of a wicked rainstorm the last thing you need to think about is your tool not working right. If you pick up a tool you need it to function correctly every time, so buy good quality tools that will help you, not hinder your efforts.