10 Must Have Tools for Your RV

Must Have RV Tools
Must Have RV Tools

I don’t know how many times I have had to use my hammer in our camping ventures. I have used it for chocking wheels, ( or un-chocking ), driving tent stakes for fellow camper’s tents, and setting up our own canopy. A hammer will always come in handy; a rubber mallet is also a nice addition to your tool bag if you need to tap on a wrench for a stubborn bolt.

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The most common screwdrivers are obviously the phillips and the flat tip. I also carry an S2 square head driver. I have found that there are quite a few square head screws in an RV. There is nothing more frustrating than having a loose screw and no tool to tighten it.

4-Way Lug Wrench

Don’t ask how I found out that the lug nuts on our tow vehicle are not the same as the lug nuts on our travel trailer, as is often the case. A 4-way wrench eliminates the need for multiple lug wrenches.

Wire Cutters/Strippers/Crimpers

When it comes to minor electrical repair, from trailer lights not working to an exhaust fan not working, this tool can be a real life saver. It would also be a good idea to pick up a small assortment of crimp lugs from your local auto parts store as well. In most cases the cutter/stripper/crimping tool will be included in a kit. Electrical tape is also very useful to keep on hand.


I used to use the light on my phone but a good LED flashlight can’t be beat. A head lamp can also be blessing if you needed the use of both of your hands. troubles and issues don’t always wait until daylight. It’s best to be prepared. Flashlights are also useful in spotting those pesky creatures roaming around in the dark. Oh yeah, make sure to bring extra batteries.

Slip Joint Pliers/Adjustable Wrench

These two tools can be very valuable when you either need a tight grip, (leaky water hose), or tightening loose bolts without the need of carrying a whole set of wrenches with you. I have had to remove a stripped out stabilizer in the past just so we could make it home, and if it weren’t for the adjustable wrench and socket set, we would have been in trouble. Which brings me to my next tool…

Socket Set

We carry a small socket set that contains both SAE and metric sizes. The sets contains 1/4″ drive for small jobs and 3/8″ drive for the bigger ones.

Utility Knife

You can never go wrong with a good utility knife. Just make sure you carry a few extra blades in handle storage. A locking blade pocketknife works well too.


An inexpensive torpedo level is a cheap way to make sure your RV is level. I place mine just inside the door on the floor to check ours. 


Last but certainly not least is a good multi-meter. This is not only a must have tool for troubleshooting the 12 Volt system, but it also very beneficial for checking power before you hook up to shore power. A power surge protector for your rig is also a wise investment. With all of the new gadgets and electronics in these newer RV’s, a power surge can cause some serious damage to your rig. I highly recommend adding a good receptacle tester as well. These are invaluable troubleshooting tools.

As I stated before, this is just a simple list to start off with. RVing has always been a great way for us to escape the everyday stresses of life and it is a great way to unwind with your family and friends. Be prepared for the small things that may go wrong, take them in stride, and go with the flow…

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