Tools & Spares for the
Unless you are a professional mechanic and plan to do
extensive engine work, leave all of your heavy duty tools
- A good socket set which includes a 1/4" set
for small nuts and a 3/8" set for larger
sizes and two adjustable wrenches
- Two sizes of flathead screwdrivers and two for
recessed heads and a couple of torx-drivers for
the screws. If you prefer a cordless screwdriver,
you can find sets of all of these sizes and types
in a single kit.
- Two sizes of standard pliers, two of locking
pliers and a pair of small needlenose pliers
which also cut wire.
- At least one hammer and a small ax, or an old
fashioned hatchet, with a nail-puller notch, to
do double duty. If you don't have the old
fashioned kind, pick up a roofer's hatchet.
- For tire trouble, replace the screw jack with a
hydraulic jack of at least 3-ton capacity
(preferably 6-ton) or a stout scissors jack. Pick
up a heavy crossbar wrench that won't bend when
you put your weight on it; wrap a piece of tape
around the arm which fits the lugs on your rig so
you can find it in the dark.
- Take several flashlights; it's almost impossible
to have too many lights.
- A multi-size rivet tool and a good supply of
rivets of each size - particularly the 1/8"
and 3/16" sizes.
- A couple of rolls of electrical tape for
- A 12 -volt tester for continuity checks and a
line-voltage meter and a wiring analyzer to test
trailer park connections.
- Flares for roadside emergency and First Aid Kit.
- Spare hoses/belts/fuses/fluids
- Tire block