Tools to Keep in Your RV

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As much as we might prepare for our RV trips, something, inevitably, goes wrong. There are so many little pieces and parts to an RV one of them is bound to snap, crackle, or pop during your trip. Having the right tools in your RV at the ready can save you from costly repair bills and untimely malfunctions. Most tools you need might already be taking up space in your garage.

  • Socket wrench: tighten and loosen nuts and bolts in and around your RV. Consider investing in a set so that you have every size you need.
  • Screwdrivers: you probably have quite a few of these on hand already. Make sure you have a few different sizes of both Phillips and flathead.
  • Cordless drill: this can be useful both for turning drill bits (which you should also include in your toolbox) and to raise and lower the stabilizing jacks. You look like a pro at a campground if you use this instead of a hand crank.
  • Hammer: a hammer is a pretty universal tool that can be used for a variety of problems with your RV such as knocking something loose, prying something back into place, or driving in stakes.
  • Pocket knife: not only is a pocket knife useful around your campsite, but it can also come in handy when you are doing outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, or biking. It’s small enough to bring along anywhere when you need to cut rope or slice up an afternoon snack.
  • Bubble level: this might not be necessary for all recreation vehicles, but as more and more people renovate old models, it might be necessary to determine the level of your RV. If you don’t have one, you might not notice the problem until you’re almost asleep!
  • Work gloves: if you haven’t visited the campsite before, you might not be aware of the shrubbery lurking around your site. Work gloves can help keep your hands safe when needing to go off the path or when repairing your vehicle.
  • Epoxy adhesive: this stuff can hold anything together. It’s universal and works in minutes. Throw a couple of tubes into your toolbox and use those work gloves when applying them.
  • Flashlight: whether this is guiding you around the campground or helping you locate nuts and bolts on the ground, no camper is complete without a flashlight. Consider bringing multiple different styles to meet your needs.
  • Duct tape: no tool list is complete without the most universal tool around. Duct tape works in a pinch, is easy to apply, and is a great temporary repair for just about anything.


If we could anticipate every problem on an RV trip, we probably wouldn’t go. Having a toolbox ready for these issues can make the trip less stressful and even less expensive. For more information on specific tools to keep in your RV, visit Reserve America.

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