36 Important Tools You Need In Your RV Tool Kit

Imagine arriving at your destination only to find your RV’s cabinet hinges have loosened up, you have a leak at the kitchen sink, your taillights are out and you have a leak in the roof!  All of these things have happened to us at one point or another. That’s why we carry an RV tool kit with all the essentials!

Why You Need An RV Tool Kit

Driving an RV down the road is frequently compared to owning a home that goes through a continuous earthquake and hurricane at the same time.  Because of this, things frequently go wrong and need to be repaired.  Whether you are handy or not, you will find it helpful to have a set of tools for simple fixes or even major repairs.  Often a problem can at least be patched up to prevent further damage until a proper fix can be made.  If you don’t have the tools or supplies on hand, you might just be out of luck.   

How to Decide What to Put in Your RV Tool Kit

When figuring out what to bring along for tools there are a few things you need to consider.  

How Handy Are You?

If you don’t have much experience fixing things and wouldn’t take on advanced repairs, then you only need the basics. But, for example, if you know how to diagnose and fix electrical problems, then you’ll want a basic electrical set in your RV tool kit.  How about advanced mechanical repairs or maintenance?  Well, that’s me, and in that case, you need to find the tools that take up the least amount of space and do the most amount of work.   

How Much Space & Weight Do You Have?

A huge consideration is how much space you have in your RV and how much weight you can carry.  Someone traveling in a small truck camper cannot bring the same amount of tools as someone in a large fifth wheel.  As someone who wants to carry as many tools as possible, I have had to scale my toolset depending on the RV we are in.  

It may seem crazy but we carry a lot of tools! (This was during a downsizing phase hence the mess!)

General Tools All RVers Should Have

My wife and I have been on the road for 5 years and have worked on everything from simple fixes all the way to rebuilding our truck’s axles.  Based on our experience, the following tools are what we would recommend carrying.  

1. Viair Air Compressor

All RVs roll on tires and tires need air.  We have found the Viair to be the best on-demand air compressor by far.  We tried cheaper models for years and had many failures. Now that we’ve finally upgraded to the Viair, we would not go back. We personally own and recommend the 400P-RV unit.

Viair 40047 400P-RV Automatic Portable Compressor Kit
  • 12 VOLT - 150PSI Max Working Pressure, engine must be running during use. Dimensions- 10.87 L x 5.83 W x 7.48 H inches
  • 2.3CFM Free Flow @ 0 PSI, Power Cord: 8' Air Hose: 60' 12-Volt
  • Powered direct to the car battery with alligator clamps, Duty Cycle: 33 percent @ 100 PSI Max. Working Pressure: 150 PSI Max. Amp Draw: 30 Amps Tire Inflation Gun with 130 PSI Inline Gauge
  • Comes with a tire inflation gun and gauge, build in pressure switch, air hose, RV accessories and a carrying case.
  • Great for adjusting tire pressure on RVs and trailers. Power Cord Length: 8 feet, Primary Air Hose Length: 30 feet, Extension Air Hose Length: 30 feet.

2. Tire Pressure Gauge

If you get the Viair, it comes with a built-in tire pressure gauge. But a simple handheld unit to quickly check tire pressure is a good idea to have onboard.

AstroAI Digital Tire Pressure Gauge 150 PSI 4 Settings for Car Truck Bicycle with Backlit LCD and Non-Slip Grip, Silver (1 Pack)
  • ▲Check out our VIDEO on the left side and take a quick tour of AstroAI tire gauge! Backlit LCD display and Lighted nozzle for visibility in dimly light areas, best gift for men and women
  • Designed to maintain correct tire pressure, reduce tire wear and extend tire life; Digital display reading instantly and clearly being shown, no longer do the guesswork of analog gauges
  • Nozzle easily forms a seal with the valve stem on schrader valves, giving quick and accurate readings in 0.1 increments; 4 settings with range: 4-150PSI / 0-10Bar / 0-10Kgf/cm² or 0-1000KPA
  • Simply press "ON/UNIT/OFF" button to turn on the tool, select the range, and automatically shut off in 30-40 seconds to save the power; Non-slip texture makes it easy to hold onto and the ergonomic design is both suitable for men and women's hands.Gauge automatically resets when taking pressure, no need to calibrate or reset the device
  • 1 Year Warranty and battery included; Perfect car accessories gifts for men; Versatile use for cars, trucks, motocycles, bicycles etc but not compatible with presta stems

3. Fix-a-Flat Kit

It’s always best to replace a tire with a spare if you have one. But what if you blow two tires or find someone on the road in need of assistance?  These kits can keep you rolling until you can get a proper tire repair.

Fix-A-Flat Tire Sealant and Truck Tire Inflator 24oz
  • Quick and Safe: Easily use on all highway x-large vehicle tires for emergency flat tire repair and tire inflation, then professionally repair within 3 days
  • Seals and Inflates: Our aerosol tire sealant seals large tread area punctures, then inflates your tire in seconds with the push of a button
  • Be Prepared: Seals up to 1/4 inch punctures and there is no need for a jack, tools, or a spare tire; also TPMS safe
  • Protected: Store our non-flammable, non-toxic, non-corrosive and eco friendly formula in the spare tire well or in the trunk of your car
  • Trusted: In the car tire inflator business for 50 years

In addition to the Fix-a-Flat kit, we carry tire repair strips. I have even had success using these for permanent repairs if the puncture is mid-tire. Learn how to use them and you can save a lot of time, effort, and money by repairing a leak roadside. This is also when the Viair compressor can come in handy!

BETOOLL Tire Repair Kit 22 Pcs for Car, Motorcycle, ATV, Jeep, Truck, Tractor Flat Tire Puncture Repair
  • SIMPLE BUT COMPLETE--- Includes 1pc T-handle insert tool, 1pc T-handle spiral probe tool, 1pc “L” hex key, 1pc jar of lubricant, 15pcs self-vulcanization repair plugs , 2pcs tire value steams and 1pc 4-way valve stem tool.
  • PLUG AND GO--- Easy to insert plugs keep you prepared for the next nail or object that finds its way into your tire and stops you could.Sturdy “T” handle made of heavy steel, and feel great in your hand.
  • UNIVERSAL TUBELESS TIRE REPAIR---Ideal for cars, jeeps, trucks, SUV, ATV, motorcycles, tractors, lawn mowers, toy haulers, trailers and more. Note:Our tire repair kit is designed to work with any tubeless tire,not for use on tube tires or side wall blow outs.
  • PORTABLE AND DURABLE---Betooll tire repair kit is conveniently organized in a compact carry bag which is thick and durable.Has everything you need and it is more convenient than plastic case.Travel with peace of mind and enjoy the driving with our tire repair little kit.
  • Full refund for any manufacturing defects.

4. Jacks (Rated for RVs)

If you have a towable or smaller drivable RV, it’s important to be able to lift a tire to change it or service bearings.  Jacks can also be used to assist with getting unstuck, leveling, and anything else that requires more force than you can apply manually.  We carry a bottle jack with an additional screw lift.

Pro-Lift B-008D Grey Hydraulic Bottle Jack - 8 Ton Capacity
  • The product is 8Ton bottle jack
  • Easy and simple use kit
  • The product is manufactured in china
  • Steel lifting saddle engineered to hold load securely
  • Extension screw adjusts to accommodate desired work height

5. Breaker Bar

If you need to change a tire, make sure you can get it off.  An extending breaker bar is essential.

Gorilla Automotive 1721 Telescoping Power Wrench - Standard Socket
  • Telescoping handle extends to 21 inches for maximum leverage
  • Compacts to 14 inches for easy storage
  • Hardened steel and precision construction
  • A perfect replacement for your standard lug wrench
  • Polybag included for convenient storage

6. Cordless Drill Set

One of the most important tools in my opinion is a drill.  Screws come loose all the time in RVs and trying to screw them back in with a screwdriver just doesn’t work.  I also recommend having an impact driver for more challenging situations. The brand is a matter of opinion. We use Ryobi, but most other brands will do the trick.

WORKPRO 20V Cordless Drill Combo Kit, Drill Driver and Impact Driver with 2x 2.0Ah Batteries and 1 Hour Fast Charger
  • Efficient Drill/ Driver: This 20V Drill Driver can provide powerful torque and also allows you to choose between two speed setting (0 – 360 RPM or 0 – 1,300 RPM), so you will always have the power you need. The clutch has a total of 18 different torque settings and 2 modes (driving, drilling), in order to avoid incidents where you apply too much power and then wind up stripping the screw. Large 3/8"(10mm) keyless chuck can provide you superior bit retention
  • 130Nm Efficient Impact Driver: Powerful motor delivers 1150 in-lb (130Nm) peak torque and 0-3500RPM for large range applications of jobsite.; 1/4" quick load hex chuck offers greater durability, compatibility and tightness for fastening tasks.
  • 2*2.0 Ah Fast Charging Battery: The kit comes with 2*2.0 Ah large capacity Li-ion battery, which means all-day operation is completely feasible and you never need to worry about running out of power in the middle of a project as long as you keep the spare charged up. A 1 hour fast charger(2.4A) can charge one battery in as little as 1 hour.
  • Ergonomic Handle and Led light: The anti-slip grip ergonomic handle is made of soft rubber, which fits nicely in your hand. Comes with LED light for extra security and safety when you work in dark areas, useful in dark basements or underneath a vehicle.
  • What you get: 1*20V Max 3/8” Cordless Drill Driver, 1*20V Max Impact Driver, 2*2.0Ah Batteries, 1* 2.4A Charger, 10*2” Screwdriver bits, 6* twist drill bits

7. Drill Bit Set

Don’t forget drill bits and drivers along with your drill.  The cordless drill set above comes with bits, but having extras is never a bad idea.

COMOWARE Impact Screwdriver Bit Set with Titanium Drill Bits - Quick Release Twist Drill Bit Set with Tough Case, Impact Driver Bit Set Total 35Pcs
  • 【Industrial Grade S2 Alloy Steel】 - Our drill bits are made of high quality S2 Alloy Steel in sand blasted finish, with high hardness, high hardness, good wear resistance, which is also resistant to rust. Drill Bits are classic HSS construction with titanium coating for capability and durability.
  • 【Hex Shank & Quick Change】: Hex shank fit quick-change and lock firmly in standard chucks, suitable for any drill, driver, screw-gun, etc. Great for the DIY, household maintenance, and most general repairs.
  • 【Complete Specifications】A complete set of screwdriver bits and titanium drill bits which is most commonly used. Anytime ready to satisfy your different needs.
  • 【Wide Applications】Our drill bits set can be widely used on electric screwdrivers, hand screwdrivers, cordless drills, electric drills, air drills and so on. The bits are also impact-rated and for use in ¼” hex impact drivers (sold separately).
  • 【HSS-Ground Titanium Coating】Classic HSS construction with titanium coating to sustain long life. The cutting edge is hardened and honed for drilling accurate and clean holes in metal, wood and plastic, Particularly successful in cutting through hard metals such as stainless steel and cast iron, although they can be used for softer materials, too. Not for hardened steel / high carbon steel.

8. Screwdrivers

9. Hammer

10. Pliers

11. Utility Knife

12. Hex Set

13. Basic Socket Set

The above items are general tools that come in handy for numerous tasks and should be considered the bare minimum for basic fixes.  Many of these tools come in sets with bags or boxes to help you keep them organized.

WORKPRO W009037A 322-Piece Home Repair Hand Tool Kit Basic Household Tool Set with Carrying Bag
  • 322-Piece basic tool kit for everyday chores and repairs
  • Chrome vanadium steel tools with heat treated for strength and durability
  • Packed in 18" Durable nylon bag for easy and flexible storage
  • Includes hammer, level, tape measure, utility knife, pliers, screw drivers, hex wrenches, cables ties, socket sets
  • All tools meet or exceed ANSI critical standards

14. Headlamps

Good flashlights are a must for RVers. You will frequently find yourself looking into dark spaces or needing good light at night.  Headlamps are amazing because they keep both hands free.

PETZL, Tikka Outdoor Headlamp with 300 Lumens for Camping and Hiking[a], Black
  • READY FOR THE OUTDOORS: A compact, easy-to-use headlamp ideal for camping, hiking and traveling; Weighs just 82 g and features an IPX4 protection rating
  • POWERFUL LIGHT: Provides up to 300 lumens in a flood beam and runs up to 120 hours; Switch between 3 lighting levels (low, medium, high) and a red light mode with a single button
  • VERSATILE BATTERY: Thanks to the HYBRID CONCEPT design, TIKKA is compatible with 3 AAA batteries (included) and our CORE battery that recharges in just 3 hours (sold separately)
  • WASHABLE & REFLECTIVE: Features a detachable, washable headband and a phosphorescent reflector to help you locate the headlamp in the dark
  • 5-YEAR GUARANTEE: We test our products beyond the required standards to ensure they’re ready for adventure; TIKKA is backed by a 5-year guarantee against any defects in material or manufacture

15. Magnetic Flashlight

Along with a headlamp, I recommend having a flashlight you can mount to RV surfaces. Not only will this keep your hands free to work, but you’ll also be able to shine consistant light in areas your headlamp won’t reach.

WARSUN Portable LED Rechargeable Work Light,Magnetic Base & Hanging Hook, 30W 1200Lumens Super Bright, 5000K, for Car Repairing, Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Fishing, Hurricane, Yellow
  • Super Bright COB Light:30W max, 1200 LM COB LED Light built-in two rechargeable 1800 mAh battery and with USB port to charge the mobile or other devices. Made of sturdy and durable aluminum alloy material, no functional problems under 4. 9ft drop test.
  • 3 Modes Function: Three different modes help you in many situation, High brightness, Medium Brightness, Low Brightness.Press the switch on button to turn on the light, and the press the button to switch among 3 modes.
  • Hook And Magnet: Built-in super-strong magnet can be attached to metal surfaces such as car bodies to provide temporary lighting. The hook design allows the lamp to be hung on objects such as tents.
  • Portability Make Wild Applications: Cordless and rechargeable make our lamp great for home, outdoor, Car repair, Camping, Hunting, Fishing, working on electronics, emergency roadside repairs, or multipurpose work etc.
  • WARSUN LABEL ADDED and : 100% Product Satisfaction, 30 Days No Hassle Money Back and 1 Year .

16. Folding Hand Saw

It’s just a matter of time before you come across a branch that’s too low to get under or a tree limb across the road.  Having a good sharp hand saw can get you out of a lot of “sticky” situations.

Corona Razor Tooth Folding Pruning Saw, 10 Inch Curved Blade, RS 7265D
  • 3 SIDED RAZOR TEETH FOR EFFICIENT CUTTING: 10" blade is ideal for cutting 5" - 6" diameter, small to medium, branches
  • ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED, COMFORTABLE, CO-MOLDED HANDLE: Provides a comfortable grip for extended use
  • EASY TO LATCH BLADE PREVENTS INJURY WHEN NOT IN USE: Folding blade is curved, taper-ground, and replaceable
  • IMPULSE HARDENED TEETH FOR LONG SERVICE LIFE: Extends the life of the tool season after season
  • UP TO 6 TEETH PER INCH AND CURVED BLADE DESIGN FOR FASTER CUTTING: Cuts are smoother and quicker than a traditional saw.

17. Shovel

Like the hand saw, sooner or later you may find something soil-related that needs tending. You might get stuck or need to fill in a hole.  Having a shovel in your RV tool kit can be a huge help in these situations.

Rhino USA Folding Survival Shovel w/Pick - Heavy Duty Carbon Steel Military Style Entrenching Tool for Off Road, Camping, Gardening, Beach, Digging Dirt, Sand, Mud & Snow - Guaranteed for Life!
  • ▶ SUPPORT A SMALL FAMILY CO. - Buy From a Father/Son Business in California & Receive a Lifetime Warranty!
  • ▶ MILITARY STYLE E-TOOL - 2lbs of Powder Coated Carbon Steel, Tough Pickax & Sharp Rugged Saw Teeth
  • ▶ COMPACT & PORTABLE - Full 23" Long Extended but only 9" x 6" when Folded into FREE Carry Case
  • ▶ MULTI-FUNCTIONAL - Shovels = Great Garden Tools, Backpacking Gear and Metal Detector Accessories
  • ▶ GUARANTEED 5-STAR EXPERIENCE - If you aren't 100% Satisfied for any Reason We'll Refund Your Money

Adhesives – Sometimes You Just Need Things to Stick

18. Eternabond

It’s not a matter of if, but when an RV will leak.  Sometimes it’s a small crack or tear in the roof. Other times it’s a seam that has opened up.  One of the easiest and best ways to patch a quick leak is with Eternabond.  This is super sticky roof tape that seals up most leaks permanently. 

We have used a lot of this tape over the years and love it! In addition to patching leaks, it holds our solar wires to the roof and has patched our RVs underbelly – among other things. It’s not cheap but I ALWAYS have a roll in the RV.

EternaBond RSW-4-50 RoofSeal Sealant Tape, White-4" x 50'
  • Ideal for use in sunny environments
  • Simple installation only requires some surface preparation before use
  • The elongation factor is very high, which permits RoofSeal to expand or contract with changing conditions
  • Adhesive side has a silicone lining that prevents it from sticking to other surfaces before application
  • Size: 4" x 50'

19. Lap Sealant & Caulk Gun

There will also be situations where Eternabond won’t cut it, like weird curves or areas that need new caulk.  I recommend Dicor products, but make sure you have a caulk gun, too.

Dicor - 551LSW-12 White Non-Sag Roof Lap Sealant - 10.3 oz. Tube
  • Color: White
  • Create watertight seals
  • Remains flexible
  • Does not stain
Newborn 930-GTD Drip-Free Smooth Hex Rod Cradle Caulking Gun with Gator Trigger Comfort Grip, 1/10 Gallon Cartridge, 10:1 Thrust Ratio
  • Steel half-barrel (also called cradle) frame caulking gun for 1/10-gal. cartridges
  • Thrust ratio of 10:1 for use with low viscosity materials
  • Smooth pressure rod requires less force and is quieter than a ratchet-style pressure rod
  • Rod retracts after each pull of the trigger to help prevent dripping
  • Handle and trigger are padded for comfort

20. Rubber / Nitrile Gloves

If you own an RV, you’re going to be messing with caulk, sewer, fuels, and other nasty things. That’s why you need a good set of rubber gloves.  We keep cheap gloves for the sewer, but for handiwork, I really like the thicker nitrile gloves.

GLOVEWORKS HD Industrial Green Nitrile Gloves with Diamond Texture Grip, Box of 100, 8 mil, Size Large, Latex Free, Powder Free, Textured, Disposable, GWGN46100-BX
  • Gloveworks HD Industrial Green Nitrile Gloves are constructed from heavy-duty 8 mil thick nitrile with raised diamond fully textured grip, measuring 9.5 inches from fingertip to glove cuff.
  • Industrial-grade nitrile gloves offer excellent elasticity, puncture resistance, and chemical resistance. Nitrile delivers a comfort level rivaling that of latex.
  • Disposable gloves in high visibility green improve safety. They are a great fit for automotive, industrial, and food handling applications.
  • Latex-free disposable gloves are ideal for those allergic to natural rubber latex. They are available in medium, large, extra large and XXL sizes.
  • AMMEX is a global distributor of disposable gloves featuring a wide range of latex, vinyl and nitrile gloves in a variety of colors and sizes.

21. Zip Ties

Zip ties can be unusually helpful.  You don’t even know you need them until you do.  We have found so many uses around the RV for zip ties; they’ve become a staple in our RV tool kit.

Heavy Duty Premium Nylon Zip Ties 12" | Indoor/Outdoor Multi Purpose Industrial Grade Cable ties | Ultra Strong Durable Zip Ties (100 Pieces Black)
  • STANDARD DUTY CABLE TIES in black for home, office, garage, workshop and more.
  • OUTDOOR AND INDOOR USE WIRE TIES are designed with rounded edges to provide easy handling and prevent snagging in tight spaces.
  • DURABLE SINGLE-USE TIES are rated with a 50 lb tensile strength; Increase the tensile strength by using two or more together in a row
  • BLACK NYLON ZIP TIES are constructed with fire resistant materials; Locking teeth in the cable tie head secure cables or wires.
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - 100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee, no questions asked!

22. Gorilla Tape

Duct tape, gorilla tape, gaff tape…it doesn’t matter.  Just have a strong tape onboard!

Gorilla Black Tough & Wide Duct Tape, 2.88" x 30 yd, Black, (Pack of 1)
  • Heavy duty and double thick, Gorilla Tape offers over-the top results. It’s like duct tape on steroids
  • Great for indoor or outdoor use and made to stick to rough, uneven, unforgiving surfaces like wood, stone, stucco, plaster, brick and more
  • Double-thick adhesive; grips smooth, rough and uneven surfaces
  • Tough, reinforced backing. The tight weave contributes to the heft, but Gorilla Tape can still be ripped by hand
  • Rugged, weather-resistant shell. Wthstands moisture, UV rays and temperature extremes

Specialty Items for Your RV Tool Kit

23. Cat’s Claw / Pry Bar Multitool

If you find yourself updating cabinetry or performing other RV renovations, a prybar is essential. I personally like what I call the cat’s claw design as it serves multiple purposes.

WORKPRO Utility Pry Bar Set Indexable 8-inch and 10-inch
  • Drop forged carbon steel for added strength and durability
  • The head indexes about 90 degrees and locks in 5 positions. Pushing down the button and turn the claw to change the head position
  • The raised striking surface of the head allows for striking as a hammer
  • Two beveled nail slots with polished sharp blades for easy insertion
  • Designed for light duty demolition work

24. Ratchet Straps

Think you will be strapping something down? My guess is yes! Strapping down cargo is a fairly common occurrence out on the road. For that, you’ll need a good set of ratchet straps.

Husky 12 FT x 1 IN Ratchet Tie-Downs 4 Pack by Husky
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work like new. The refurbishing process includes functionality testing, basic cleaning, inspection, and repackaging. The product ships with all relevant accessories, and may arrive in a generic box

25. Tow Strap / Chains

I always carry a tow strap or chain because we tend to get in situations where we may be stuck or need to help others.  The choice to carry a tow strap is up to you, however.  Just keep in mind that many tow services won’t rescue you offroad.  Also, make sure if you do carry one that it has plenty of capacity for rescuing an RV.

GearAmerica Mega Tree Saver Winch Strap 4" x10' | Ultra Heavy Duty 45000 lbs (22.5 US Tons) Strength | Triple Reinforced Loops + Protective Sleeves | Emergency Truck Towing | Free Storage Bag + Strap
  • FOUR-IN-ONE + BONUS: Use it as a Tow Strap, Recovery Strap, Tree Saver Strap or Winch Extension Strap, making it an extremely versatile product. We've also bundled an over-sized storage bag to fit all your towing supplies (hooks, shackles, gloves) plus a convenient hook and loop tie to keep it neatly rolled.
  • BUILT FOR THE MOST DEMANDING TOWING & RECOVERY TASKS: With a massive 45K lbs MBS (Minimum Break Strength) and 15K lbs WLL (Working Load Limit), our strap is ideal for towing large trucks, pulling heavy equipment or moving large debris; An essential tool for off-roaders, emergency personnel, farmers or anyone needing to haul heavy objects.
  • REINFORCED EYES & PROTECTIVE SLEEVES: Our large double-web-loop ends are well padded and reinforced; This allows our strap to withstand the high tension and wear that typically occurs at connection points; It also prolongs the life of the strap and protects your equipment.
  • RUGGED & WEATHER RESISTANT: Made from superior high tensile 100% Polyester (PES), it can withstand extreme loads and extreme temperatures (-40°F to 215°F); We use Military Grade webbing that is mildew, moisture and UV resistant, ensuring a longer product lifespan.
  • LIFETIME GUARANTEE and HELPING CHILDREN IN NEED! All GearAmerica Recovery Products come with a LIFETIME HASSLE FREE REPLACEMENT WARRANTY and we proudly offer 10% of our profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Save your vehicle and help kids fight cancer!

For the Electrically Inclined (and Not)

26. Multimeter

If you’re going RVing, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of DC electricity.  With this tool, you can at least figure out if you have power or not.  I highly recommend everyone have a multimeter and know the basics of how to use it. This is the one I use, and I love it!

CAMWAY Digital Clamp Meter TRMS 600A AC Current AC DC Voltage 6000counts with LOWZ, LPF Function Test NCV Continuity Capacitance Resistance Frequency Diode Hz Temperature Tester
  • ✔【Multifunctional Clamp Meter】600A AC Current amp Meter / Accurate AC/DC voltage , Frequency, Duty Cycle, Resistance, Temperature, Diode, Continuity, NCV Clamp Meter , etc. Wide Range of Applications, Ideal For Home & Professional Use, Automotive, Industrial Electrical Troubleshooting.
  • ✔【LowZ& LPF Function】① Low Impedance (LoZ) Mode of CAMWAY Clamp Meter, Identify and Eliminate ghosting or Stray Voltages. ② Low Pass Filter ( LPF) of CAMWAY Clamp Meter, for Remove Unnecessary High Frequency Components From The Input Signal to Remove High Frequency Interference.
  • ✔【Ultra-clear LCD display】When Measuring High Voltage (>80V), The LCD display of the AC/DC Voltage Clamp Meter Will Turn Orange. And the Clamp Meter Made of High-quality Materials, Durable Practical, Wear-resistant Stable in Performance.
  • ✔【Convenient Clamp Meter】Avoid Hazardous Situations by Using the Convenient Clamp To Safely Measure AC Currents Without Having To Strip Cord or Break Circuit.
  • ✔【Hold & Backlight Button】 The Data Hold and Backlight Button are On The Side of the Clamp Meter. A Short Press Will Hold The Data For You, A Long Press Will Turn The Backlight On. Convenient for One-handed Operation.

27. Soldering Iron

If you know how to fix electronics, make sure to have a soldering iron in your RV tool kit.  I have used mine more times than I would have guessed.  Check out Go North Episode 9 to see a crazy fix we did with one in the-middle-of-nowhere Yukon.

Electronics Soldering Iron Kit- 110V 65W Lcd Digital Portable Soldering Gun 194-896℉( 90-480℃) with On/Off Switch, Auto-sleep, Thermostatic Design, 10pcs Soldering Iron and Solder Kit
  • 🎁WANT IRON WELDING SET? 🎁Our Soldering Gun Kit include a pencil iron soldering, 5 pcs soldering tips, a stand, anti-static tweezers, a desoldering pump, tins wire tube. All these are enough to meet the needs of any electronics hobbyist's daily welder work.
  • 👍TOP FUNCTION DESIGN:👍 Compared with soldering iron station, this pen type welding tool is portable easy to carry everywhere as wireless soldering. It is designed with adjustable temperature and thermostatic ,on/off switch, LCD display ,Conversion between Celsius( 90-480℃) and Fahrenheit (194-896℉), in addition, it can set sleeping time preference and adjust temperature manually.
  • ⚡HEAT UP FAST & COOL HANDLE: ⚡The iron solder use an inner-heated ceramic core with 65w, which heat up to operating temperatures in 20 seconds. Heat-resistant screw head can insulate temperature effectively to get a long cool handle.
  • 🔥ACCURACY TEMPERATURE CONTROL: 🔥4 pcs heating wires built inside solder gun, temperature control and adjusts with PID (proportional-integral-derivative) technology, temperature sensor in it will deliver precise temperature and heat output in time.
  • 🔧WHAT CAN IT REPAIR?🔧 Micro soldering kit solders electronic circuit boards, computer, DIY home repairs, jewelry and metal headdress. soldering practice kit (194-482℉) can be used for pyrography, carving words. Should you have any issues with the products, please contact us, we offer 1 year warranty service.

28. Electrical Tape & Connections

If you’ve ever tried to fix an electrical problem without electrical tape and wire connectors, you probably didn’t get too far. These items are a must-have if you plan on doing electrical work on your RV.

Soundoriginal Electrical Tape Colors 6 Pack 3/4-Inch by 30 Feet, Voltage Level 600V Dustproof, Adhesive for General Home Vehicle Auto Car Power Circuit Wiring 3m Multicolor(30Ft MUL)
  • Electrical tape colorful: Matte 6Pack, Perfect for All Kinds of Electrical Wiring: Whether you are a professional electrician, engineer, or a DIY’er, this electrical tape is just what you need. It is ideal for all wiring projects and repairs including spliced wires, cable insulation, wire bundling, and more. It is the best all-around the household PVC tape.
  • Electrical tape: Flame retardant and weather-resistant. With superior resistant to UV, acids, alkalis, oil, moisture and abrasion. Rated for use up to 600-Volt and between 0℃~80 ℃ Excellent stretch, adhesion and conformability.
  • Electrical tape colors: This is well within most domestic and industrial ranges, making it completely safe for all uses. Each pack includes a Black, Red, White, Green, Yellow, Blue tape.
  • About Size: Diameter: 2-1/4 inches/ 58mm, Tape width: about 3/4 inches / 18mm. Total length per roll: 30 Feet / 354 Inches 9M. Tape thickness: 7 mil
  • Perfect for all of your electrical wiring needs including cable insulation, spliced wires, wire bundling, and Adhesive for General Home Vehicle Auto Car Power Circuit Wiring - 6pcs
TICONN 250PCS Heat Shrink Wire Connectors, Waterproof Automotive Marine Electrical Terminals Kit, Crimp Connector Assortment, Ring Fork Hook Spade Butt Splices
  • 【PREMIUM QUALITY】: Thick copper barrel ensures strong secure crimping every time, providing minimal voltage drop, high current flow, and less heat. These will prevent short circuits and problematic wiring that inferior connectors are known for
  • 【DURABILITY】: Each butt, ring and fork terminal features a thick tinned copper barrel that resists corrosion to hold the wire tight when crimped. The barrel is created from one piece of copper that eliminates the problem of the barrel opening. Your wire will never slip out of the connector
  • 【WATERPROOF】: Insulation tubing has unique dual-walled design. High quality 3:1 shrinkage tubing has a heat-activated sealant lining to provide a 360-degree secure seal. It's flame-retardant, waterproof, and can be used underground
  • 【WIDE APPLICATIONS】: Compliant with all electrical standards, Perfect for marine and automobile applications, whether you are working on your boat, Vehicle, Home or scientific project, our electrical crimp connector will ensure strong watertight seal to make sure everything bond correctly
  • 【TYPE and SIZE】: The connector assortment includes red, blue and yellow connectors that can be used on wire AWG from 22 to 10. Five connector types: butt connector, ring connector (stud size: #10, ¼’’, 5/16’’, 3/8’’), female quick disconnect connector, male quick disconnect connector and fork connector (stud size: #10) are packaged in each connector kit.

29. Wire Cutters

Of course, no electrician’s toolbox is complete without a pair of wire cutters! Even if you wouldn’t call yourself an electrician, you’ll probably find yourself using wire cutters more often than not.

IRWIN VISE-GRIP Wire Stripping Tool / Wire Cutter, 8-Inch (2078309)
  • Wire cutter with induction hardened cutting edge stays sharp longer
  • Strips and cuts 10-22 AWG
  • Pliers style nose allows wire stripper to pull and loop in wire
  • Bolt cutter cuts bolts to size and leaves perfect lead thread
  • Crimps insulated and non-insulated terminals

For the Mechanically Inclined

30. Socket & Ratchet Set

If you’re going to take on larger projects or do extensive maintenance on your rig, you will need a better ratchet set. Here are the two sets we have and, let me tell you, we love both.

Husky Stubby 46 Piece Ratchet and Wrench Set w/ Drive Sockets, Screwdriving Bits, and Onboard Storage
  • 22 ASSORTED DRIVE SOCKETS INCLUDE: 11 Metric (14mm, 13mm, 12mm, 11mm, 10mm, 9mm, 8mm, 7mm, 6mm, 5mm, 4mm) and 11 SAE (9/16”, 1/2", 7/16”, 3/8", 11/32”, 5/16”, 9/32”, 1/4", 7/32”, 3/16”, 5/32”)
  • 20 ASSORTED SCREWDRIVER BITS INCLUDE: 3 x Slotted (5/32”, 3/16”, 1/4") 2 x Hex (1/8", 1/4") 5 x Torx (T10, T15, T20, T25, T30) 6 x Phillips (1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3) 3 x Square (S0, S1, S2) and 1/4" bit to 1/4" driver adaptor
  • EXTENDABLE RATCHET: This has both a 1/4" and 3/8" drive head. It can extend from 5” to 7” for maximum reach
  • RATCHETING SCREWDRIVER: You can adjust this to ratchet clockwise or counterclockwise to drive fasteners in tight conditions with maximum torque. It also has a bit couplet to extend its reach and accept different types of bits
  • PLASTIC CONTAINER: Keep all of your bits, sockets, and tools neatly in one place. It comes with holes to mount this on hooks, with labeled compartments for everything to fit snugly
Kobalt 319-Piece Mechanic's Tool Set
  • This new 319-Piece mechanic's hand tool set from Kobalt contains 1/4-in, 3/8-in and 1/2-in drive sockets, ratchets, wrenches, 40 hex keys, 12 nut driver insert bits and 122 screwdriver insert bits
  • Sockets, ratchets, drive adapters and extensions are constructed from chrome vanadium steel and heat treated for strength and durability with a professional grade, high-polish finish
  • Pro90 ratcheting mechanism delivers a 4° precision swing that offers improved mobility in tight work spaces
  • Metric and SAE socket sizes are easy to identify with laser etched size call-outs and color-coded stripes to identify metric (blue) and SAE (red) measurements
  • Includes a convenient 3-drawer chest for easy storage and transportation

31. Torque Wrench

It’s not uncommon for nuts to be over-tightened, which can cause damage to the nut itself or the connecting parts. Make sure you always use a torque wrench to properly torque your nuts.

SUG Mini Digital Torque Wrench, 3/8-inch Drive with Buzzer & LED, 1.33 to 44.25 ft-lbs, Professional Electronic Short Handle Torque Wrenches Bike Car Repairing Tool (Accurate to 2%) Calibrated
  • ➤Mini design easy to carry, only occupy a small position. Provide precision torque measurement from 1.33 to 44.25 ft-lbs with accurate to 2% clockwise & 2.5% counterclockwise in 0.01 ft-lb resolution.
  • ➤Large LCD display which provides measurements in N-m, kgf-cm, lbf-ft, lbf-in. 3 measuring modes, i.e. real-time mode, peak mode and preset mode, with 999 sets of storable record values.
  • ➤Set target torque and the LED & Buzzer indicator provides audible feedback when target torque is reached. Easy to use with auto shut off.
  • ➤This digital torque wrench is constructed from high quality steel and ABS industrial plastics, handle and housing are oil and solvent resistant, can operate in tough conditions.
  • ➤SUG digital torque wrench meets or exceeds ASME B107.14-2004, ISO 6789 standards. Durable use and no calibration required, all the torque wrenches are pre-calibrated in the factory, you can use it immediately.

32. OBDII Vehicle Diagnostic Scanner

If your vehicle starts throwing warnings, sometimes an OBDII scanner can help you figure out what’s going on. Because most vehicles have electrical sensors these days, the scanners are cheap and easy to use. Go ahead and get one for your RV tool kit – you’ll be glad you did.

Veepeak Mini Bluetooth OBD2 Scanner for Android, Car OBD II Diagnostic Scan Tool Check Engine Light Code Reader, Supports Torque Pro, OBD Fusion, DashCommand, Car Scanner App
  • NOT COMPATIBLE WITH IOS DEVICES (iPhone or iPad)! Works with Android devices and Windows PC only. For iOS, please see the WiFi version or OBDCheck BLE. Very useful gadget for car owners to diagnose check engine light and monitor car sensors.
  • Save time and money by finding out why the check engine light is on and fixing simple car problems by yourself! Read engine diagnostic trouble codes, reset check engine light, and check if your vehicle is ready for SMOG inspection.
  • Access a whole new world of information about your vehicle directly on your phone, tablet or PC. View car performance, sensor data (Engine coolant & oil temperature, O2 Readings, Mass air flow, Fuel Trim, etc.), monitor fuel economy, create your own dashboard, log your trips, and more to discover.
  • A third-party OBD2 App is required such as Torque Pro, OBD Fusion, Car Scanner ELM OBD2, Dr. Prius and DashCommand. Turn your phone or tablet into a sophisticated diagnostic scan tool.
  • Compatible with cars and light trucks since year 1996 in the United States (domestic and imported, including light-duty Ford Chevy Dodge trucks, and hybrid & electric vehicles such as Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt, Kia Niro etc).

33. Dremel Tool (Cut-off Wheels / Grinding)

Having a rotary tool for small cutting and grinding can be very helpful.  We use ours so often, I don’t even keep mine in a case. It just sits in the tool bag waiting for the next use.

Dremel 3000-1/24 1 Attachment/24 Accessories Rotary Tool
  • The product is VS Rotary Tool Kit
  • Variable speed form 5,000 to 35,000 rpm
  • Soft grip for comfort and control
  • Works with core attachments
  • Variable speed provides greater control with all accessories, increasing the list of potential materials tool will work effectively on

I also recommend getting good cut-off wheels for your Dremel tool.

Dremel EZ406-02, EZ - Lock Starter Kit, 1 1/2-Inch (38.1 mm) Wheel Diameter, 5 piece Fiberglass Reinforced Cut-off Wheels and EZ402 mandrel included, Rotary Tool Cutting Disc Accessories
  • Cut-off Wheels are reinforced with fiberglass for increased durability to cut, trim and groove into a variety of metals including hardened steel.
  • Ideal for easily cutting or slotting bolts, screws or sheet metal, thin wood, ceramic and plastic.
  • Dremel EZ406-02 includes one EZ402 EZ - Lock mandrel and five EZ456 Fiberglass reinforced cut-off wheels.
  • The EZ456 Cut-off wheels last 2X longer than current fiberglass-reinforced cut-off discs.
  • Working diameter: 1-1/2" (38.1 mm), Blade Thickness: .045” (1.1mm), Blade Material: Fiberglas

Power Tools for Advanced Work

34. Angle Grinder

It may seem crazy, but we have used our full-sized angle grinder a lot.  We’ve also done some extensive repairs so maybe we’re a bit out of the norm.  If you predict a lot of repairs in your RV future, though, you will find it helpful.

CRAFTSMAN Small Angle Grinder Tool 4-1/2-Inch, 6-Amp (CMEG100)
  • 41/2 in. Grinder powered by 6 amp motor producing 12, 000 RPMs
  • Tool-free guard makes for quick and easy adjustments
  • Spindle lock for quick and easy wheel changes
  • 3position handle allows for control in different applications
  • Contoured overmolded handle for added comfort during use

35. Heat Gun

Believe it or not, this is one tool I would not leave home without!  You just never know when you might need localized heat.  We even took a heat gun all the way to the Arctic Ocean (and used it!).  From heat-shrink to breaking bolts loose, you’ll find plenty of uses for this tool.

Genesis GHG1500A 12.5 Amp Dual-Temperature Heat Gun Kit with High and Low Settings, Air Reduction Nozzle, Reflector Nozzle, and Two Deflector Nozzles
  • 1500/750 Watt Heat Gun with Powerful 12.5 Amp Motor
  • High and Low Temperature Settings for Versatility
  • Deflector Nozzles Protect Glass and Other Surfaces.BTU Heat Rating:2500
  • Reflector Nozzle Speeds Thawing of Pipes. 3-position rocker type switch for high temperature, off and low temperature
  • Includes: (2) Deflector Nozzles, (1) Reflector Nozzle and (1) Air Reduction Nozzle

36. Oscillating Multitool

We carry a circular saw and a jigsaw but originally started with an oscillating multitool because they can do the job of many different tools.  I highly recommend having one in your RV tool kit with a few different cutting bits.

GALAX PRO 2.4Amp 6 Variable Speed Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit with Quick-Lock accessory change, Oscillating Angle:3°, 28pcs Accessories and Carry Bag
  • Powerful and durable: The powerful 2.4A motor provides 21000 oscillations per minute depending on the needs of the task at hand and making cutting, sawing, trimming, grinding and sanding easy and saving you time
  • Variable speed control: The speed settings are located on the behind the motor housing; It features 6 settings allowing you to increase or decrease speed from 11000 to 21000 RPM
  • Fast blade installation: The quick release lever allows for tool-free blade replacement, saving valuable time and effort on the job, keeping your accessories securely in place
  • Compact aluminum head: Built a robust aluminum head, the head of the oscillating multi-tool will get you into a tight hard-to-reach places so you can deal with your tasks with no hurdles on the way
  • What you get: GALAX PRO GP86225-1 corded oscillating saw, 28 pieces accessories and carry bag, 1 x user manual, 1 x warranty card

While this gives you an idea of what’s in our RV tool kit, each RVer’s needs are different.  If you have a particular hobby or craft you plan to do on the road, make sure you have the specific set of tools you need (like bike tools or woodworking tools).  If you’d like to see the actual tools I carry, check out our RV tool kit video.

As I mentioned earlier, not all these tools could stay in our tool kit for our small-RV adventures, like when we took a Lance truck camper to Alaska. If you travel in a smaller RV, watch Go North Episode 3 where we talk about downsizing our tools.

A properly thought out RV tool kit can make life a lot easier when you need to fix something and it lessens your reliance on professionals for repairs. Whether you find yourself in an emergency on the side of the road or you just need to make a quick RV repair as a full-timer, having some (or all!) of these 36 important tools will get you back up and running again.

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We are Tom & Caitlin Morton. We gave up the stationary life for one where we are constantly on the move. We live in a fifth wheel RV and travel with our two pups, Mocha and Bella. We enjoy hiking, biking, boondocking, videography, and upgrading our RV to suit our off-grid mobile lifestyle. Our goal is to share educational, entertaining, and inspiring content with our readers and viewers.

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  • I must be a total DIY nerd! I'm carrying all of the tools except for the angle grinder. Great list. Love the videos. Been a viewer for years.

    • Wow...that's impressive! We promise an angle grinder would be a great addition to your already well-rounded tool kit. ;) Thanks for reading and watching all these years!

  • With limited space and carrying capacity, it can be a challenge to figure out which tools you need in your RV tool kit. An RV tool kit is incomplete without RV Roof Magic. RV Roof Magic will give your older roof a newer look at fraction of cost of new roof.

  • On your bottle Jack carry a small bottle of Jack fluid too in case your jack leaks which most do..

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