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.
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.
▲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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
【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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Adhesives – Sometimes You Just Need Things to Stick
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
✔【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.
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.
🎁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.
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.
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
【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.
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
➤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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have a favorite RV tool? We’d love to hear about it! Drop a comment below and share what’s in your RV tool kit.
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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.