RV Daily Tips Issue 490. October 13, 2014 | RV Travel
Carry some basic tools even if you can’t use them
• Screwdriver, multi-blade, $6 — Get one of those six-way screwdrivers. You will have large and small Phillips, large and small slot, and 1/4-inch and 5/16-inch nut drivers, all in one tool.
• Pliers, locking slip-joint, $12 — A really great plier with a grip range around 0-3 inches. Good for pipes, squeezing stuff together and tearing stuff apart.
• Pliers, needle-nose, $8 — Good for twisting wire or fetching tiny things from remote cracks and crannies.
• Hammer, ball-peen, $10 — Just a small hammer for tapping, not a big pounder.
• Wrench, adjustable, $10 (small), $15 (large) — Get two of these, sometimes called “Crescent” wrenches — but that’s a brand name like Kleenex. They will fit any nut or bolt, but they often won’t fit into spaces where the bolts are. You would need a set of wrenches and sockets for such versatility, and that’s beyond this “super-basic” tool set.
• Duct tape, $8 — Another universal tool. The only tape I use any more is the Gorilla brand, far superior to anything else I’ve tried.
• Utility knife with retractable blade, and spare blades, $8 — Universal tool with many uses.
• Voltmeter, $20 — A principal electrical diagnostic tool. This is the only tool which needs a tiny bit of education to use, but it is invaluable (maybe even just to let a helper use it). It will tell you everything from your battery’s state of charge to whether you have a bad switch or connector.
• Inspection mirror, $10 — There are a lot of places that this comes in handy to peek into.
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