Your home on wheels requires maintenance, and many of the small RV DIY repairs can be done yourself. Think about it; your RV is like both a house and a car, which means, you’ll need to carry both basic car and home repair tools in your RV tool kit.
Let’s take a look at the basic RV tool kit you should carry onboard.
Tire Pressure Gauge
Keep in mind, motorhome and truck tires are high PSI, so be sure to get a quality, tire pressure gauge that will read high-pressure tires. Know your tire pressure, and choose your tire pressure gauge accordingly.
A portable air compressor is especially important if you have a larger motorhome, a 5th Wheel, or a trailer; with a bigger rig, you won’t be able to simply pull into a gas station to check your tires. Moreover, big motorhomes have big tires, which need to be filled to as high as 80 or more than 100 psi, and a gas station air pump might not be able to fill those. Know your tire pressure, and get an air compressor that can handle it.
Portable Battery Pack
A portable battery pack or a “solar generator” can come in handy in a lot of ways; it can jump a dead engine battery, or be used to power your air compressor. Get one that can be recharged with a small solar panel, to avoid draining your house batteries if you’re not plugged in.
Screw Driver Kit
You’ll need a variety of both Phillips and flat screwdrivers, in different sizes. These will be used both inside for home repairs, and on the vehicle end of things.
Wrench Kit and Adjustable Wrenches
These will come in handy for breaking loose stubborn nuts and bolts. Get a variety of size wrenches. You might consider carrying a big plumber’s wrench, to break loose a frozen or stuck-shut sewer cap at the campground.
Socket and Ratchet Set
Sockets are good for things that you can’t reach with a wrench. A socket set with reversible ratchet, and an extender, comes in very handy.
Allen Wrench Kit
You’ll need a set of Allen wrenches to do and undo set-screws.
Utility Knife with Spare Blades
A basic utility knife, or box cutter, will break down boxes and cut through things like styrofoam. Keep spare blades on hand for when they need to be replaced.
Get a few different sizes, from a big one for heavy wire, and a small one for more delicate wires.
You’ll need both a needle nose and regular pliers at a minimum. You should also consider channel lock pliers and locking pliers to tackle every job.
A supply of screws in various sizes, nails, nuts, and bolts. Save any hardware that came with stuff you didn’t use.
Zip Ties and Bungie Cords
Velcro and Velcro Straps
Velcro can be used to hang things on the walls inside, or stick things to a carpeted RV ceiling. Heavy-duty, outdoor Velcro and Velcro straps can be used to secure tow wiring or an awning.
A 25’ retractable tape measure should do the job. Making sure something will fit in your RV before buying it is priceless.
A surface bubble level is useful for leveling your motorhome, among other things.
From raising and lowering the scissor jacks on your trailer, to hanging blinds inside the rig, an electric drill is essential.
A Hack Saw and a Folding Tree Saw
From fixing things around the RV to clearing away branches and brush blocking the road, saws are useful at times.
Different Types of Tape
Duct tape is useful for a multitude of things.
Blue painter’s tape also comes in handy, you can even use it to tape a campground receipt to your motorhome window.
Butyl tape provides a water-resistant seal for pipes, and it’s very permanent.
Pipe thread tape will stop the leak when you hook your hose up to the campground water supply.
Finally, you’ll need RV roof tape, for the time a tree branch scrapes a small tear in your roof.
Different Types of Glue
Silicone sealer provides a water-tight fix for a lot of things.
Super Glue for appropriate fixes.
General-purpose glue for all the other stuff.
A can of spray lubricant can be used for a lot of things, including unsticking stuck sewer fittings.
Flashlight and/or Solar Lights
Whether it’s fixing the truck or taking the dog for a walk after dark, you need a flashlight. Solar lamps are great, leave it on the dashboard to recharge.
Extras to Carry
While not tools, there are a few RV parts to keep on hand. These things tend to break, and they’re not readily available on the road.
You’ll need a variety of fuses for both the vehicle and the interior electrical system.
Screen Door Latch
RV screen door latches have small, delicate springs that break unexpectedly, leaving you will a screen door that won’t stay closed.
Overhead Cabinet Struts
The hydraulic hinges, or struts, on the overhead cabinets eventually wear out, and sometimes fail suddenly. When that happens, they won’t stay open when you need them too. There is more than one type of RV cabinet struts, so make sure you get the right replacements.
Extra Sewer Hose
If your sewer hose develops a small hole near the ends, you can simply trim it back with your utility knife and wire cutters, and reattach your fittings. But if a hole develops in the middle of the sewer hose, you’ll need a new one on hand.
Sewer Valve Pull Handles
If your RV has cheap, plastic pull handles on the sewer valves, these can break suddenly. Also, it’s possible for the pull handles to vibrate loose and fall off on a bumpy road.