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Old 07-05-2016, 03:06 PM   #11
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The smart way to buy tools for your RV is to wait for a sale on one of those complete tool kits at Sears (or equivalent). You usually don't have to wait long, and you get a nice case to keep them in.
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Old 07-05-2016, 03:58 PM   #12
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I never carried full tool kits as most of the wrenches, sockets, etc. would never be used. Look around your B and see what you need to adjust and tighten screws, change a light, drain a water heater (anode rod), turn a bolt, and so on, and make sure you have those tools. You certainly would not want to buy a socket set that included up to a 1-1/8" socket for an anode rod just to have that one.

I have all the tools at home and that is where I mostly work on and maintain my B. Whenever I encounter a need for a wrench and use it from my complete set, I go to the hardware store and buy a second one to throw into my B tool box and leave my complete set intact. You will often find you might need the No. 1 and No. 2 Robertson screw drivers. Figure out which Allen wrenches you will need. You will probably definitely need the 1/8" one.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:50 PM   #13
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if travelling- just budget a stop at a sears to buy a toolset if need be- and travel with striped down.

tools don't much matter if you don;t know how to use

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Davyyd has a point. If you are not mechanically inclined then a lot of the tools I listed will be useless. I have no problem changing my own alternator or radiator if I needed to, but others would not. Keep that in mind when buying tools.
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Davyyd has a point. If you are not mechanically inclined then a lot of the tools I listed will be useless. I have no problem changing my own alternator or radiator if I needed to, but others would not. Keep that in mind when buying tools.
Keep in mind too those kind of things you probably might never do on the road. However, I do keep the tools needed for changing out a headlight or a tail light, tightening cabinet screws, opening up panels, etc.

You should carry spare bulbs, fuses, etc. Duct tape mostly for comfort. With my old 2005 Sprinter I did carry a spare turbo resonator and the tools needed to change it out and never had to. Other than that, I have never carried many spare parts figuring I would buy them if needed.
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Thanks for all the replies.
I'm pretty good at learning on the fly but should probably start with a small toolkit and pick things up along the way. I'm contemplating an AUL vs other road side assistance. The AUL has so many restrictions - I wouldn't be allowed to make any repairs myself even if I knew how. Any advice on a good roadside assistance plan? Are there any forums or web sites that have a running list of reliable Rialta mechanics across the US?
I've googled but haven't hit one yet.
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I'm of the Davydd school and carry minimal tools. My small kit has a screw driver with interchangeable bits, extra fuses, vice grips, duct tape, bailing wire and zip ties. I also carry a spare turbo charge hose and will add a spare fuel filter for next year's anticipated Alaska trip.
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Instead of the duct tape, pick up some green tape from the auto parts store. Strong, no residue, sticks to most anything and stays there.
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Here's all the tools you need...
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Thanks BBQ - that gave me a chuckle.
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