Don't Let Roadside Breakdowns Stop You

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February 8, 2011

RVs are rolling homes that offer unbridled freedom to explore the countryside, but they occasionally require a few RV repairs—much to the “enjoyment” of owners who don’t mind a bit of tinkering. The RV owner’s toolbox should reflect the owner’s skills and interest level, but there’s no reason to carry a heavy bag of tools you may never use. Thus, it’s best to start small and add tools as needs arise, and as knowledge increases.

Nothing can be more frustrating than sitting on the side of the road, experiencing a breakdown. Even if you do have Good Sam’s Emergency Road Service to help get you back on the road again, you’ll want to make sure you never leave home without these simple, yet essential tools:

Basic RV Tool KitRVers need to Carry Tools for RV Repairs - Sign

  • Jumper cables
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Assortment of screwdrivers
  • Pliers and wire crimper
  • Polarity tester
  • Multimeter and 12-volt DC test light
  • Socket wrenches (3⁄8-inch drive), open-end wrenches, and adjustable wrenches
  • Electric drill (variable speed) and bits (3⁄8-inch drive)
  • Manifold pressure kit
  • Hammer, duct tape & zip-ties

Even though basic, the tools listed here will allow you to handle a number of significant RV repairs that will keep your trip rolling along. For the RV owner who truly wants to learn how to correct relatively minor RV problems, there are several maintenance manuals available.

No matter how prepared you are, every RV owner will need professional RV help from time to time. RVs are complex, which means they can be difficult to repair and require heavy duty equipment to tow them to a safe location where repairs can be completed. With a network of specialized tow & service repair facilities, Good Sam Emergency Road Service can deliver you and your RV to safety. Read how other Good Sam members, like yourself, have been saved on the road.

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