Essential Tools for RV Repairs RVers Should Carry

Essential Tools for RV Repairs RVers Should Carry
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Last updated on June 7th, 2024 at 04:19 pm

Having the essential tools for RV repair can make all the difference. Whether you’re a full-time RVer or a weekend traveler, being prepared for repairs can save you time and hassle.  Here’s a guide to the essential tools every RVer should carry.

Full-Time vs. Weekend RVers: Different Needs

The number and type of tools you need can vary based on your RV lifestyle. Full-time RVers live on the road and depend on their onboard tools for immediate repairs, while weekend travelers can often wait until they return home to a better equipped garage.

Must-Have Tools for RV Repairs

Regardless of your RVing style, there are a few essential tools you should always have on hand. Investing in good-quality tools ensures they will last and perform when needed.

Basic Socket and Wrench Sets

  • A basic set of sockets and combination wrenches (SAE or metric, or both depending on your vehicle).
  • An additional set of combination wrenches up to about an inch.

Adjustable Wrenches

  • Carry adjustable wrenches in sizes 4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″.


  • A full set of screwdrivers, both standard and Phillips.
  • At least one #2 Robinson (square-head drive) screwdriver, as most RVs are assembled with these screws.


  • Standard pliers, adjustable slip-joint pliers, and needle-nose pliers in both small and large sizes.
  • Two vice grip pliers for versatile clamping and holding.

Claw Hammer and Saws

  • A claw hammer.
  • A hacksaw with spare blades.
  • A small hand saw (around 18″ long) for cutting wood, tree branches, firewood, and making leveling blocks.

Hydraulic Jack and Lug Wrenches

  • If you tow a trailer, a wheel-lug wrench and a good hydraulic jack are essential. Opt for at least a 6-ton jack, and a 12-ton jack for changing a rear tire on a pickup with a fifth wheel hitched.
  • A 4-way cross-bar lug wrench that fits both trailer and truck lugs.
  • Alternatively, a ¾” socket handle/driver (breaker bar) with a 6″ or 8″ extension and the appropriate socket, along with a 3-foot long slip-on extension handle for more leverage.

Benefits of Being Prepared

Even with roadside assistance like Good Sam ERS, being able to handle minor repairs yourself can be much faster. For example, changing a trailer tire can take less than 30 minutes, often an hour quicker than waiting for help to arrive.

By carrying these essential tools for RV repairs, you’ll be prepared for many common RV repairs and maintenance tasks, ensuring a smoother and more enjoyable RVing experience.


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