Top 10 Must Have Tools to Keep in Your RV Tool Kit

It’s a given that we are going to have repair vital components that will require even the basic tools. Having the right tool for the job will make repairs and maintenance ten times easier. So, we have compiled a list of the top basic tools to keep in your RV tool kit that you should have in your motorhome, travel trailer, camper van, truck camper or fifth wheel .

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Top 10 Must Have Tools to Keep in Your RV Tool Kit

HAMMER

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One of our most-used RV tool bag must-have is a good old fashion claw hammer. What’s better at loosening, tightening or adjusting items out of whack in your RV than this RV tool bag content.

Wooden or fiberglass handle and head weight is up to you but make sure you’re comfortable with the grip. You can use it to set nails, brads or staples as well as to remove them.

They also are great for pounding in tent stakes or staking down your awning too!

MULTI-TIP SCREW DRIVER BIT SET

RV Tool Kit - Screwdriver Bit Set

A multi-tipped screw driver bit set that includes a Robertson bit head for tightening or loosening the square headed screws that RV manufactures use. Those heads are usually a #2 size. Also ensure multiple-size Phillips head and flat tipped screw driver bits are included in your RV tool kit.

ADJUSTABLE CRESCENT WRENCH

A 10″ adjustable crescent wrench is an invaluable essential for use on multiple sizes of nuts and bolt heads. Keep the adjustment mechanism lubricated with a little silicone and it will always be ready to go.

However, don’t use it in place of the claw hammer listed above because it will damage the adjustment mechanism rendering the tool useless. 

VICE GRIPS

A good medium-size vise grip is an essential tool in your RV tool bag. We highly recommend investing in the actual Vise Grip brand. Use it in conjunction with the crescent wrench listed above; paying close attention to not mar the heads of the bolts you use it on.

Whatever you get, avoid getting the low budget model that the jaws will slip on.

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TAPE MEASURE

Any brand will do, but this is a “you get what you pay for” RV tool bag must-have.  Your 25′ tape measure should be durable, function smoothly and last longer than the freebees they give out at Harbor Freight. Remember, this tool will be dropped, ran over, twisted, etc., so get one that comes in a durable housing.

MULTI-USE HAND SAW

You can’t go wrong with having a multi-use hand saw with interchangeable blades to cut wood or light metal. Kobalt makes one that is foldable, compact and easy to store. It also comes with both wood and metal blades.

VARIABLE SPEED ROTARY MULTI-TOOL KIT

A variable speed rotary multi-tool kit (Dremel) can be corded or cordless. Your choice depends on how much money you want to spend. This little dynamo can be used to cut plastic, wood, fiber board, metal and a host of other materials.

You can purchase numerous, separate attachments for polishing and grinding as well. This tool can make a tough job much easier. This RV tool bag must have would make a great gift for the new RVer or as a Father’s Day gift.

LEVEL

Today’s RV propane-powered refrigerators are very level-sensitive in order for them to operate properly. Also, you know your wife is going to complain that the cabinet doors and drawers in your RV won’t stay open when in use.

So, a non-magnetic 2′-4′ level is one of our top favorite RV tool bag essentials. It will also come in handy for hanging pictures on your RV walls. And, when you’re setting up camp, just lay it on the floor or countertop to make sure your RV is level. 

RV Tool Kit - Multi-Meter

ELECTRICAL MULTI-METER TEST KIT

An electrical multi meter test kit is an excellent tool to have on hand to assist in trouble shooting electrical issues in your RV and at your campsite. When used properly it can tell you if the power pedestal at the campground is wired properly keeping you and your RV safe.

If you are unfamiliar with it’s use you can simply follow the included instructions or seek guidance on how to use it from YouTube.

ETERNABOND TAPE

A roll of white Eternabond tape is the mother of all tapes for RVs. This tape is waterproof and extremely durable.  It can be used to effect emergency repairs on rubber as well as fiberglass.

Eternabond tape holds in all kinds of weather, does not shrink or expand. This super adhesive tape will stick to almost anything. Just be sure you have the tape where you want it placed when applying it because it is very difficult to remove. It cannot be repositioned once applied.

RVers use it for sealing everything from RV roof repairs, temporary fiberglass repair and under-bellies of RVs.

You can also get black Eternabond tape to repair your RV’s underbelly or black RV components.

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TOOL BAG

You’ll want to keep all of your tools in one place so you’re not searching when you have an immediate need. A functional, multi-pocket tool bag will hold all of your simple tools, tapes, zip ties, etc.

Tool Kit Extras

We also carry in our RV tool kit:

And lastly, we recommend keeping a couple desi packs in your RV tool kit to help keep your metal tools from rusting or corroding.

That’s a Wrap!

While this list doesn’t have every tool you may need for RV maintenance and repairs, it does include our most commonly used tools. By being prepared having the right tool for the job will make your RV experience much more enjoyable.

We’ve found if we don’t have the proper tool or repair gadget for a specific job, we simply ask our fellow RVers. Most likely someone will have what we need for our repair or project.

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2 Replies to “Top 10 Must Have Tools to Keep in Your RV Tool Kit”

  1. Full-timing since June 2018. The two tools I use the most are medical shears, and a flashlight. It seems I need to cut something a few times each day, and with all the nooks and crannies in my trailer, a rechargeable flashlight comes in very handy.

    1. Hey William, thanks for responding and the suggestions. I think we all have our favorites. You’re two are great ideas! Keep on sharing! RV Life is all about sharing ideas to help each other. Safe travels! -Lisa & Dan

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