So many RV tips and hacks require a tool or two!
We’ve been camping for years … as tent campers we needed certain tools; when we transitioned to RV camping we needed different types of tools.
That’s why we created this RV tool kit checklist to ensure our travel tool boxes are suitably stocked.
You’ll find a FREE printable version of our RV Tool Kit Checklist at the bottom of this post.
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- 1 What You Need In Your RV Tool Set
- 2 Items To Carry In Travel Tool Boxes
- 3 RV Tools Needed For Tires
- 4 Roadside Emergency Equipment For RV Tool Boxes
- 5 Lights And Electrical Equipment For RV Camper Tool Kits
- 6 Propane Fuel Equipment For RV Toolkits
- 7 Adhesives And Fasteners For RV Camper Trailer Tool Kits
- 8 Misc. Supplies For RV Travel Trailer Tool Kits
What You Need In Your RV Tool Set
This is our comprehensive list but every RV and camping trip is unique so add and subtract from our list to meet your specific travel needs.
Items To Carry In Travel Tool Boxes
Performance Tool W1801 Mechanic’s Tool Set, 123-Piece
Whether your tow vehicle and RV has SAE or Metric sizes, make sure your RV tool set is compatible with your equipment.
Remember, a Chevy or Ford is not necessarily SAE so be sure you know your actual needs.
This is an auto and RV tool set that can be used for basic repairs and maintenance … and … using a kit is one of the best RV organization ideas.
We like using a basic tool kit in an easy-to-carry case that keeps things organized in a limited amount of space.
Using an Inspection mirror with LED lights is the only way to easily see out-of-the-way inspection points.
This telescoping mirror extends up to 24 inches and the 360 degree flexible goosehead makes it easy to inspect leaks, breaks or locate lost tools in dimly lit areas with its two bright white LED lights.
Inspection MirrorLED LightedTelescoping Up To 24 Inches
RV Tools Needed For Tires
- Compressor (for inflating tires, air bags for your vehicle if it has them and other inflatable products like air mattresses etc.)
- Spare tire for RV trailer and tow vehicle
- Floor jack
- Digital tire gauge
TEKTON 5941 Digital Tire Gauge, 100 PSI
A digital tire gauge quickly provides accurate tire pressure readings which is important for the highest level of safety and gas mileage while traveling.
If you operate at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure level, you should maximize the life of your tires.
Blackhawk B6350 Black/Red Fast Lift Service Jack – 3.5 Ton Capacity
Even though a floor jack is heavier and more cumbersome than a typical scissor jack, we think it is worth the weight to carry because it is more stable, easier to use and generally has capacity to handle heavier weights.
We have used ours on our RV as well as our tow vehicle.
It is especially helpful when changing a tire on the side of a busy highway; the floor jack makes for a stable, safer and faster event.
You want to be especially prepared with RV tools for flat tires if you are doing any free camping in remote areas that have rough dirt roads and poor cell coverage.
Roadside Emergency Equipment For RV Tool Boxes
Being prepared for a roadside emergency is one of the most important aspects of camping safety for RVers.
If you get into a situation and you need a little extra help, take advantage of the best camping apps that are totally FREE!
They can help you find stores and services you may need during your RV trip.
Top Gear Premium Roadside Assistance Kit (66-piece)
When you are in a roadside emergency situation you don’t want to be digging through your storage bins for your emergency equipment.
It is really helpful to have a roadside assistance kit with the basic things you need after you have safely pulled off the side of the road.
We like kits because they have the things you need all in one place and are packed for efficiency requiring minimal storage space which is awesome when you are planning simple camping trips.
Easy access to things like battery booster cables, warning triangle, reflective safety vest, hand squeeze flashlight, lightsticks, a mini first aid kit, various types of fasteners etc. are important to have readily available in the event of a roadside emergency.
Lights And Electrical Equipment For RV Camper Tool Kits
- Diagonal wire cutters, crimpers, electrical connectors
- Bulbs for tail light, turn signal
- Battery terminal post cleaner
- Solder, soldering iron
- Proximity tester
- Frequency meter
- Flashlight, spare batteries
- Headlamp, spare batteries
Etekcity MSR-R500 Digital Multimeter, Amp / Ohm / Volt Meter, Multi Tester w/ Diode and Continuity Test
A voltmeter is an inexpensive yet very valuable item to have in your RV toolbox. A voltmeter allows you to test the condition of your RV batteries before and during your camping trip.
Knowing the remaining charge on your batteries is important; you don’t want to be surprised when your lights go out as a result of your batteries going dead.
A voltmeter can also be used to check the shore power (also known as RV electric hookups and RV power outlet box) at your campsite destination for proper polarity and volts.
If the voltage being supplied is inadequate to meet your AC electrical needs, you could inadvertently drain your RV batteries.
Voltmeters are also able to troubleshoot power problems in your RV, check integrity of its fuses and the continuity within the RV’s electrical system.
A voltmeter is a critical piece of equipment to have in your RV tool kit when it comes to your RV’s electrical system … and especially your battery system if you do a lot of off-the-grid boondocking.
Find more information in our How To Choose, Use And Maintain The Best RV Battery post.
Propane Fuel Equipment For RV Toolkits
GasSaf Propane Tank Gas Gauge Leak Detector – Universal for QCC1 Type1 Propane Tank Gas Pressure Meter
Having a propane gas meter allows you to monitor the fuel level in the tank without having to actually remove the tank from the RV.
This equipment can also limit the flow of propane if it detects a leak … which is a great safety feature.
These meters are designed to work with 20 – 40 pound tanks which are some of the most convenient portable propane tank sizes for RV camping!
Onlyfire Universal Propane Tank Refill Adapter- 100% Solid Brass Regulator Valve Accessory for all 1 LB Tank Small Cylinders
Even though most RVs have amazing kitchens, we still prefer to cook our camp stove recipes outdoors.
One drawback with using portable camping stoves is the need for small propane cylinders which can run out of fuel before the weekend is over if you are using it enough.
That problem is eliminated by using a propane tank refill adapter which easily transfers propane from your large RV propane tank to your small propane cylinders used with your camping stove.
We also love the eco-friendliness of reusing and refilling the small cylinder rather than disposing of empty cylinders after a single use.
We find the propane tank refill adapter easy to use; be sure to follow the manufactures instructions for safe operation.
These little gadgets are great camping gifts for guys because they are practical, easy to use, inexpensive and an awesome piece of camping gear he will use over and over again!
At a certain point in time, you might decide your 1lb propane cylinders are getting worn out so you should think about what to do with empty 1lb propane bottles.
If you have never completed a propane tank refill, How To Refill 1 lb Propane Cylinders, Tanks And “Disposable” Small Camping Propane Bottles post has step by step instructions with photos … it is probably easier than you think!
Mag-Torch MT 450 Garden Torch, Silver
My husband’s ultimate favorite tool in our RV tool kit is what he calls “The He-Man Boy Scout Fire Starter Stick”.
This thing is awesome!
He considers it to be one of the items at the top of the list of best propane camping gear!
Why would you ever use kindling to start the campfire on those cool mornings when you have one of these?
When you hear this thing fire up you know the campfire will be roaring in short order and the camp coffee will be percolating soon after.
This torch uses a typical screw-on portable camping stove cylinder and has a self-lighting igniter.
You will love it!
There are so many amazing uses for camping propane, we’ve dedicated an entire series to the subject!
Adhesives And Fasteners For RV Camper Trailer Tool Kits
Master Lock 3023AT Assorted Bungee Cords, 24-Pack
As you know bungee cords have thousands of uses, especially this pack with assorted types and sizes.
We use bungee cords lots of ways when camping, here are a few of our favorites:
Securing lightweight items in the bed of our truck so they don’t blow out while towing our RV down the highway,
Keeping tarps secured while protecting our campfire wood from getting wet in a breezy and wet rainstorm and …
they make great make-shift clotheslines so you can dry your wet clothes before packing them for the trip home.
When it comes to camping tips for RVers and tent campers … packing bungees is critical gear for everyone!
Bungee cords are great for RV tool boxes but they are soooooo important for daily camping needs, we’ve included them on our regular checklist for camping, Ultimate RV And Tent Camping Checklist and you can grab your FREE copy of that checklist too!
Oatey Plumber’s Putty – 31166
You might be surprised plumber’s putty made our RV tool kit checklist, but we included it because we found it useful a few times out in the wilderness as a temporary fix to a problem.
On one camping trip we encountered a rainstorm and had a ceiling vent begin leaking.
Plumber’s putty saved the day and kept us dry for the duration of our camping trip.
It proved to be a great temporary fix until we could properly repair the leak once we returned home.
Misc. Supplies For RV Travel Trailer Tool Kits
- Work gloves
- Ground cloth
- Scotchbrite pads
- Small assortment nuts, bolts, screws
- Box cutter
- Pocket knife
- WD 40
- Pocket Multi Tool
Stanley 84-519K 12-in-1 Multi Tool
This Stanley 12 In One Multi Tool is an item that fits in your pocket and fills all the squares for tasks requiring a small tool.
Whether it’s around the campsite or in the RV, someone always needs it. It does it all.
My husband had one and found that everyone was always borrowing it.
He was tired of trying to figure out who had it during the times he needed it, so he bought one of his own and keeps it in his pocket so he does not have to share it.
It’s a great little tool!
No matter how fast we are trying to get out of town on a last minute camping trip, our multi-tool is one of the items on our RV tool kit checklist that is never left at home!
In addition to your tool list, you will love using our FREE Printable Camping Route Planner!
The best part about having a fully stocked RV Tool Kit is being able to handle those “unexpected” events at the campsite …
Like when our old RV awning tiedown strap kit did not fit the awning on our new-to-us RV …
we didn’t realize it until we were out on our first trip!
One of our favorite hacks that came from having a fully stocked RV tool box is our awning tiedown project.
Check out “My Husband’s Corner” post Genius RV Awning Tie Down Hack How To DIY VIDEO to get all of the detailed simple step-by-step instructions in addition to the video!
If you are using this RV tool kit checklist in preparation for a boondocking trip, don’t stop with the tools!
We have a comprehensive post so you are ready for every aspect of camping in the wild!
Check out our Boondocking: How And Where To Go Dispersed Camping post for more information.
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You may need to use a small tool from your RV Tool Kit if you are planning to raise a flag at your campsite (depending on the type of flag you are raising, of course).
Flying an American flag is super popular but so are personalized flags and fun spinners.
Check out these Flag Your Camp With Cool Camping Spinners for a little inspiration on how you can express yourself through a campsite flag!
If you have been following our blog for any length of time, you know our favorite form of camping is going dispersed “boondocking” in National Forests.
When we do, we require a few extra tools in our RV Tool Kit because we don’t have water, power or sewer hookups.
Check out Camping In National Forests to get some helpful tips!
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