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Old 10-30-2019
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I inherited literally a truckload of shop equipment when my grandad died. Along with that came a two tier Craftsman tool box, and several other tool boxes about the size of a big microwaves. I had my own tools too. So I’ve hardly ever gotten stuck for tools when I was working on my cars and trucks. I’ve done my best to boil down my ton of tools to something sensible and reasonable for the coach. I’m not a pro mechanic. I did grow up working on heavy equipment and large trucks. Class 8 trucks were the bulk of my grandad fleet. I’ve never sent my personal vehicles out for brakes, water pumps, starters, even full rebuilds. Or much of anything. What I have done is , I took the top box off the Craftsman toolbox and put it in the coach. It’s not 3 feet wide, but close. I am trying to be strick with the type and amount of tools I’m carrying. It’s funny, I have a set of Stillson wrenches, but they are all steel. I like Andy’s idea of an aluminum baseball bat sized wrench. They do have their place in auto repair, but they can rip up steel so I’m prudent in my use of them. I have one steel one 60 inches long. It has to weigh 20 lbs. I’ve bought a few new tools more inline with a class A coach. One is a set of super long socket extensions. I’ve got pullers, sockets up towards 2 inches (all 6 point), vice grips, pliers, screwdrivers up to jumbo, I got a lug nut cheater for getting them off and I just got the biggest torque wrench I’ve ever owned. I have seen many lists of tools we owners carry in our coaches. I like the fact we can run around in a coach that’s the cream of the crop. We just have to either have very deep pockets or be very handy like Andy or something in between. I drive my coach long enough, it will break down. That day comes I want options and should have them.
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I carry a infrared temperature gun, comes in handy for diagnostics. Also a foam kneeling pad from the garden center for my sore knees.
I been meaning to get a gardening pad. I do have the IR gun. Its good for brake temps among other things.
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Besides some basic tools, my credit cards can fix almost anything!
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Besides some basic tools, my credit cards can fix almost anything!
I am an old Boy Scout. Always be prepared. I also have my cards too. I like my options and maybe I can help another BluBirder?
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Besides some basic tools, my credit cards can fix almost anything!
I'm considering a prayer rug.
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I'm considering a prayer rug.

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Thank you all SO much for this thread. This is very helpful for us newbies.
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I'm considering a prayer rug.
Now that right there is funny!!!!!
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Remember to take the tools you need to tighten the nuts/bolts in the base plate that is mounted on your towed vehicle. Some base plates have recessed bolts (because of the uni-body construction) The Sprinter I tow requires an extremely large deep socket to reach a couple of the bolts and the Remco driveline disconnect requires a very deep small socket.
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I haven't seen mentioned yet: 2 part epoxy (I owe Don one package...), garden hose and worm-drive pipe clamps, a good sharp knife, vice grips, pb blaster, brakekleen, water spray bottle (add dish soap if needed for leak detection). Tie down straps, rubber bungees. A bunch of plastic grocery bags, I hear they are good for fuel filter changes, but also for all the greasy stuff you will take off to clean.

I choose gorilla tape over duct tape-- better in wet.
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