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36 Important Tools You Need In Your RV Tool Kit

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.   

making repairs on rv

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.  

RV Toolkit
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 400P - 40047 RV Automatic Portable...
  • Thermal Overload Protector
  • Automatic Shut-Off Function
  • Primary & Extension Air Hoses

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.

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AstroAI Digital Tire Pressure Gauge 150 PSI 4...
  • ▲Check out our VIDEO on the left side and take a quick tour of...
  • Designed to maintain correct tire pressure, reduce tire wear and...
  • Nozzle easily forms a seal with the valve stem on schrader...

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.

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Fix-A-Flat Tire Sealant and Truck Tire Inflator...
  • Quick and Safe: Easily use on all highway x-large vehicle tires...
  • Seals and Inflates: Our aerosol tire sealant seals large tread...
  • Be Prepared: Seals up to 1/4 inch punctures and there is no need...

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 24 Pcs for Car,...
  • SIMPLE BUT COMPLETE--- Includes 1pc T-handle insert tool & 1pc...
  • PLUG AND GO--- Easy to insert plugs keep you prepared for the...
  • UNIVERSAL TUBELESS TIRE REPAIR---Ideal for cars, jeeps, trucks,...

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...
  • The product is 8Ton bottle jack
  • Easy and simple use kit
  • The product is manufactured in china

5. Breaker Bar

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

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Gorilla Automotive 1721 Telescoping Power Wrench -...
  • Telescoping handle extends to 21 inches for maximum leverage
  • Compacts to 14 inches for easy storage
  • Hardened steel and precision construction

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.

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WORKPRO 20V Cordless Drill Combo Kit, Drill Driver...
  • Efficient Drill/ Driver: This 20V Drill Driver can provide...
  • 130Nm Efficient Impact Driver: Powerful motor delivers 1150 in-lb...
  • 2*2.0 Ah Fast Charging Battery: The kit comes with 2*2.0 Ah large...

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...
  • 【Industrial Grade S2 Alloy Steel】 - Our drill bits are made...
  • 【Hex Shank & Quick Change】: Hex shank fit quick-change and...
  • 【Complete Specifications】A complete set of screwdriver bits...

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...
  • 322-Piece Basic Tool Kit For Everyday Chores And Repairs
  • Chrome Vanadium Steel Tools With Heat Treated For Strength And...
  • Packed In 18" Durable Nylon Bag For Easy And Flexible Storage

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 Headlamp - Compact, Lightweight 300...
  • LIGHT FOR EVERYDAY ADVENTURES: The Petzl TIKKA (300 lumens) has...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT and COMPACT: At only 82 g 2.9 oz, the TIKKA will...
  • HYBRID CONCEPT: Petzl headlamps can run on either the CORE...

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 Led Work Lights Rechargeable Magnetic...
  • 【Super Bright COB Light】30W max, 1200 LM COB LED Light...
  • 【3 Modes Function】Three different modes help you in many...
  • 【Hook And Magnet】Built-in super-strong magnet can be attached...

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 Tools 10-Inch RazorTOOTH Folding Saw |...
  • 3 SIDED RAZOR TEETH FOR EFFICIENT CUTTING: 10" blade is ideal for...
  • ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED, COMFORTABLE, CO-MOLDED HANDLE: Provides a...
  • EASY TO LATCH BLADE PREVENTS INJURY WHEN NOT IN USE: Folding...

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...
  • FOLDING SURVIVAL SHOVEL W/PICK - Heavy Duty Carbon Steel Military...
  • SUPPORT A SMALL FAMILY CO. - Buy From a Father/Son Business in...
  • MILITARY STYLE E-TOOL - 2lbs of Powder Coated Carbon Steel, Tough...

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.

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EternaBond RoofSeal White 4" x50' MicroSealant UV...
  • MULTI-USE: Perferct for use on metal buildings, trailer/RV roofs...
  • NO ADDITIONAL SEALING REQUIRED: Aluminum backing, combined with a...
  • DURABLE SURFACE: Industry leading one step repair system that...

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.

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Dicor - 551LSW-12 White Non-Sag Roof Lap Sealant -...
  • Color: White
  • Create watertight seals
  • Remains flexible
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Newborn 930-GTD Drip-Free Smooth Hex Rod Cradle...
  • Steel half-barrel (also called cradle) frame caulking gun for...
  • Thrust ratio of 10:1 for use with low viscosity materials
  • Smooth pressure rod requires less force and is quieter than a...

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...
  • All of our products will have an updated look in coming months....
  • Nitrile industrial gloves feature raised diamond texture for...
  • These industrial gloves come in high-visibility green for added...

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",...
  • Standard Duty Cable Ties in black for home, office, garage,...
  • Outdoor and Indoor Use Wire Ties are designed with rounded edges...
  • Durable Single-Use Ties are rated with a 50 lbs tensile strength;...

22. Gorilla Tape

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

Gorilla Tough & Wide Duct Tape, 2.88" x 30 yd,...
  • Heavy duty and double thick, Gorilla Tape offers over-the top...
  • Great for indoor or outdoor use and made to stick to rough,...
  • Double-Thick Adhesive; Grips smooth, rough and uneven surfaces

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...
  • Drop forged carbon steel for added strength and durability
  • The head indexes about 90 degrees and locks in 5 positions....
  • The raised striking surface of the head allows for striking as a...

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...
  • This refurbished product is tested and certified to look and work...

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 Tree Saver Strap/Winch Extension –...
  • An All-In-One Recovery Solution: Our versatile Tree Saver can be...
  • Tackle Tough Towing Tasks: With a massive 45K lbs MBS (Minimum...
  • Reinforced Loops and Protective Sleeves: Our large...

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!

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CAMWAY Digital Clamp Meter TRMS Amp Clamp Meter...
  • 【Multifunctional Clamp Meter】 Accurate AC/DC voltage, AC/DC...
  • 【LoZ& LPF Function】Low Impedance (LoZ) Mode Identify and...
  • 【Ultra-clear LCD display】Made of High-quality Materials,...

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.

Soldering Iron Set 925 Medium
  • 【Soldering Station】soldering station, soldering iron,...
  • 【Fast Heating&Precise Adjustment】Our 926 LED V2 solder...
  • 【℃/℉ Conversion&10-min Sleep Set】Press the button of...

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.

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SoundOriginal Electrical Tape Colors 6 Pack...
  • Electrical tape colorful: Matte 6Pack, Perfect for All Kinds of...
  • Electrical tape: Flame retardant and weather-resistant. With...
  • Electrical tape colors: This is well within most domestic and...
TICONN 250Pcs Heat Shrink Wire Connectors,...
  • 【PREMIUM QUALITY】: Thick copper barrel ensures strong secure...
  • 【DURABILITY】: Each butt, ring and fork terminal features a...
  • 【WATERPROOF】: Insulation tubing has unique dual-walled...

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.

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IRWIN Vise-Grip Wire Stripping Tool / Wire Cutter,...
  • Wire cutter with induction hardened cutting edge stays sharp...
  • Strips and cuts 10-22 AWG
  • Pliers style nose allows wire stripper to pull and loop in wire

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.

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Husky Stubby 46 Piece Ratchet and Wrench Set w/...
  • 22 ASSORTED DRIVE SOCKETS INCLUDE: 11 Metric (14mm, 13mm, 12mm,...
  • 20 ASSORTED SCREWDRIVER BITS INCLUDE: 3 x Slotted (5/32”,...
  • EXTENDABLE RATCHET: This has both a 1/4" and 3/8" drive head. It...

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.

Mini Digital Torque Wrench,3/8-inch Drive with...
  • ➤Mini design easy to carry, only occupy a small position....
  • ➤Large LCD display which provides measurements in N-m, kgf-cm,...
  • ➤Set target torque and the LED & Buzzer indicator provides...

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.

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Veepeak Mini Bluetooth OBD II Scanner for Android...
  • NOT COMPATIBLE WITH IOS DEVICES (iPhone or iPad)! Works with...
  • Save time and money by finding out why the check engine light is...
  • Access a whole new world of information about your vehicle...

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.

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Dremel 3000-1/24 Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit -...
  • Corded Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit: Includes 3000 high-speed...
  • Speed range of 5,000 to 35,000 RPM with 6 variable speeds,...
  • High performance 1.2 amp motor – Provides maximum power and...

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

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Dremel EZ406-02, EZ - Lock Starter Kit, 1 1/2-Inch...
  • Cut-off Wheels are reinforced with fiberglass for increased...
  • Ideal for easily cutting or slotting bolts, screws or sheet...
  • Dremel EZ406-02 includes one EZ402 EZ - Lock mandrel and five...

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,...
  • 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

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.

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Genesis GHG1500A 12.5 Amp Dual-Temperature Heat...
  • Powerful 12.5 amp motor 1500/750 watt
  • High and low temperature settings for versatility
  • Deflector nozzles protect glass and other surfaces while...

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.

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GALAX PRO 2.4Amp 6 Variable Speed Oscillating...
  • Powerful and durable: The powerful 2.4A motor provides 21000...
  • Variable speed control: The speed settings are located on the...
  • Fast blade installation: The quick release lever allows for...

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.

RV Toolkit -Tools we carry while RV Traveling Full Time

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.

Tom using tools to work on the RV
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Digitalman

Monday 22nd of February 2021

I'm searching for wheel bearing grease advice, and your whole site doesn't mention have it on a Google search. Have you greased them lately? How often? What grease do you recommend

Mortons on the Move

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

That is a great topic we need to write an article on! We recommend greasing them once a season as even in storage the oil can separate. We do ours about once a year, and I just did two of mine when replacing brake magnets. With yearly greasing any heavyweight grease will work but I personally use Redline CV2 and have found it holds up very well.

Rick Madison

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

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

Mortons on the Move

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Great feedback! My jack is actually leaking right now :(

Sandra

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Very helpful to know and I have most of them too!

Mortons on the Move

Thursday 17th of December 2020

We're glad it was helpful! :)

Jennifer Leonardo

Thursday 17th of December 2020

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Mortons on the Move

Friday 18th of December 2020

Thanks for the recommendation!

Roland Johnson

Monday 30th of November 2020

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.

Caren

Monday 6th of June 2022

Funny! I’m a hardcore ryobi fan and my husband thinks I’m crazy for it! However… after seeing how the battery system works he is slowly falling in love with the convenience and versatility of the line. I stock up oon sales from direct tools when they have sales and it’s been the smartest move do far

Mortons on the Move

Monday 30th of November 2020

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!

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