Basic RV tools
· T-handle style lug wrenches gives you better leverage (if you have a pull-type RV, make sure your wrench accommodates both sizes of lug nuts on your tow vehicle and trailer).
· Heavy gauge jumper cables are the best because they carry more amps which in-turn starts the vehicle quicker than lower gauge cables.
· Digital tire gauges are optimal because they quickly and most accurately read your tire pressure. Keeping your tires at the recommended pressure will ensure you get the most life out of your tires and provide the highest level of safety.
· Leveling Blocks allow you to level your RV even if the ground you are parked on is not completely level. Stack the number of blocks needed to level the vehicle, then carefully drive your RV on top of them to level it. The interlocking blocks can be used under tires, trailer tongues and swing arm supports. We use ours often when boondocking (aka remote camping or dispersed camping) in areas like National Forests. Leveling blocks can be used as a solid surface over a soft surface to avoid sinking into the ground. These are not designed for heavy big rig use; more sophisticated RVs have built-in leveling capabilities. Always know your equipment and any limitations associated with it.
· Wheel Chocks will keep your RV from rolling while you are parked. After you have leveled your RV … chock it! This is especially important if you are parked on some sort of incline. If you have a tow-type RV, make sure you chock the RV BEFORE you unhook it from the tow vehicle.
Eventually you will get to the point that you feel very comfortable with RVing and you’ll begin to create little RV camping hacks to fit the needs of your family and the style of camping you enjoy.
Not only will you want to use a checklist for your tool box, you will also want to use an RV camping checklist for stocking your interior items and regular gear.