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Here are some ideas for tools to carry in your RV. Even if you don’t use them yourself they may be needed when people stop to help you on the highway or in the campground.
Tools to Carry
* A hatchet and small saw for wood for the campfire (where allowed). Fireplaces gloves are a plus handling the Dutch oven and other campfire tasks.
* A tire pump or small compressor for bicycle tires and other inflatable items such as an air mattress or blow-up boat. This small compressor is a good compromise size, small enough to be easily stowed yet large enough to fill tires, air mattress, inflatable boat. Works in RV cigarette lighter. https://amzn.to/2yUdqWL
* A sturdy broom is handy for sweeping the cement pad that comes with most RV campsites. Camping and boating supply stores sell a cleaning “system” that consists of one long handle that can be used with broom, soft scrub brush, mop and squeegee attachments.
* A folding shovel. Not your father’s army shovel, this is the Swiss Army Knife of shoveldom. It comes with extension handles and accessories for multiple uses. It's well worth carrying. You'll find many uses for it.
* A clothesline and spring clothespins. Even though many campgrounds prohibit outdoor clotheslines, rope comes in handy for many things. Clothes pins do pinching tasks such as closing the potato chip bag.
* If you have room for a metal rake (not a flimsy plastic leaf rake) , it’s a nice tool for cleaning up the campsite . This adjustable rake has steel tines and it can be splayed out for raking leaves or tightened up to clean up the firepit.
When You Deal with
Repair and Maintenance Professionals
Honest mechanics are worth their weight in gold. Solid gold are mechanics who specialize in the exact brand of RV or chassis your RV is built on. The same goes for professionals who work in the “house” part of your RV: electricians, carpenters, plumbers, upholsterers, cabinetmakers, ad inf. They must be familiar with RV electrical and plumbing systems, which are different from household.
If possible, have work done at large, RV repair centers that work only with RV’s. Skills required for household repairs are different because houses don’t move. Better still, check with your RV manufacturer to see if it has its own repair station(s). They’re worth a special trip across country when you need a major repair, replacement or re-do.
If your RV is a towable ( travel trailer or fifth wheel) or if your motorhome tows a car or boat, have hitch work done by a hitch specialist who can make the strongest, safest match for both RV and the tow vehicle. When it’s time to replace or rotate tires, go to a tire specialist who works on trucks and other big vehicles.
No matter who or what you’re dealing with, know your warranty rights to the letter and make sure you get the benefits you’re entitled to. Repeated repairs for the same thing may come under “lemon laws”, but these laws differ by state. Too, they are usually designed for autos, so they may not apply to an RV. have a look at lemon laws at http://www.carlemon.com.
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