Question Of The Week

Essential Truck Camping Tools Revealed

This week’s Question of the Week was, “Aside from common hand tools (screwdrivers, hammer, measuring tape, pliers, utility knife, wrenches, and level) what are the top five essential truck camping tools that you would never leave home without?”

After 89 readers responded with their essential tool box items, we can pronounce the number one most important tool for all of truck camping; duct tape!  In a close second is the ever popular multimeter.  We carry both, and couldn’t agree more.

“A portable drill, hacksaw, vice grips, zip ties, and lots of duct tape.” – Gene Miller, 2008 Ford F-350, 2012 Eagle Cap 1165

“A shovel, light axe, baling wire, tow strap, and a tire plugging kit.  I repaired a distributor rotor on Christmas Day, in rural New Mexico, with baling wire.  I had two flat tires in rural South Texas on county roads miles from nearest town.  I have been buried in snow drifts in mountain passes.  Hatchets are worthless for downed trees on the Macgruder Corridor.  Tow straps are essential for getting yourself or others out of deep stuff.” – Bill Peters, 2013 Chevy Silverado, 2013 Four Wheel Campers Hawk

“An air compressor, jumper cables, tow rope, DVOM (volt meter), and PB Blaster (penetrating oil).” – Tony Tabacchi, 1973 Ford F350, 1973 Ford American Road camper

“AC/DC meter, duct tape, and wire ties.” – Ed Striedl, 2015 Chevy 3500, 2015 Arctic Fox 1140

“Our trips with the camper usually last about a month or longer.  Therefore, I bring enough tools and spare parts to fix things on the truck or the camper if something breaks while we are out in the middle of nowhere.  Besides the regular tools, my top five things to bring are 1. a digital multimeter to trouble shoot electrical issues (plus assorted electrical connectors, fuses, and wire), 2. the special wrench to change the serpentine accessory belt on the truck engine (plus a spare belt), 3. tire pressure gauge, 4. specific wrenches to change the truck alternator (plus a spare alternator), and 5. an OBDII scan tool to diagnose problems, check engine lights, etc. on the truck.” – Buzz and Sherri Merchlewitz, 1998 Dodge 2500, 2007 FWC Grandby

“Teflon tape, zip ties, various screws, nuts, and bolts, biggie cords, folding shovel, and hose washers are high on list.  With me, if it fits, it goes along.” – Cheryl Nelson, 2004 Chevy 3500, 1990 Shadow Cruiser 9.5

“Lenox folding saw with metal and wood blades, large water pump pliers, large jimmy/pry bar, assorted chisels and pin punch (for removing frozen fasteners), and a wire stripper/crimping tool.” – George Visconti, 2005 Silverado 3500, Arctic Fox 22G

“1. A cordless drill with a die grinder cut off wheel and various attachments (like magnetic sockets for the drill), 2. a coil of flexible metal banding, 3. zip ties, 4. electrical wiring nuts. 5. an air compressor.” – Doug Baughman, 2011 Ford F350, 1994 Lance 990

“A digital multi-meter, small bow saw, hacksaw blade, JB weld, and duct tape.” – Don Brown, 2014 Ford F-350, 2014 Lance 855s

“I bring a Fluke F233/A automotive electronic remote reading multimeter.  In addition, I carry a clamp-on ampere and digital temperature probe for cooking.  These work together with the Fluke 233/A.  There are so many electrical features on our new campers these days!

I also bring a small glycerine-filled bourdon tube water pressure gauge for water systems.  And I have a Fluke Non, a contact optical temperature measurement instrument for determining propane level in steel tanks.” – Ed Graf, 2006 Dodge, 2014 Arctic Fox 865

“I live in Portland, Oregon, so a rain coat, tarp, ground mat, WD-40, and a cork screw.” – Brent Portschy, 2005 Dodge Ram 3500, 2006 Host Tahoe 10.5

“1. A tire plug kit, 2. portable compressor, 3. wood pads for the jacks, 4. X tire wrench, 5. shovel, 6. tow strap – oops too many!” – Philip Bolding, Ford F350, 1994 Lance Squire Lite

“12-volt electric/hydraulic bottle jack.  It’s really the only thing that I would consider to be out of the ordinary in my tool box.  It’s one of those things that you hope you never need, but when you do need it, it’s worth its weight in gold.

I bought this one used on eBay a couple years ago.  I’d never seen one in a Ford brand before, so I decided to give it a try.  I’m guessing it was an over-the-counter accessory sold through dealerships.  Anyway, it earned its keep last fall during the Halloween weekend.

A fellow truck camper at the site next to us turned too sharp when exiting his campsite and dropped his right rear wheel off in a drainage ditch.  With the help of a couple of other campers, we used the jack to lift the rear axle and place boards under the tires so he could drive out.  Although the jack is heavy, it sure proved its worth.” – Russ Parker, 2008 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2011 Lance 1191

“A multimeter, that special ratchet wrench for Chevy battery terminals, three foot step ladder, duct tape, and an air gauge.” – Harvey Melcher, 2002 Chevy 2500, 2012 Lance 1050

“Small axe, compact shovel, High Lift jack, flagging tape, clothesline and pins.” – Paul Smietanka, 2004 Silverado

“1. A digital multimeter.  There are just too many electrical systems, between the truck and the camper, not to be able to measure the electrical characteristics of them.  I feel sorry for folks who have no idea about electricity.  2. A cordless drill and various bits.  3. A tire pressure gauge for tires and airbags).  4. A smart cell phone or even a smart tablet, in some cases.  Is this a tool?  Yup, it’s an information tool.  I preload topo maps, GPS apps, and, when I am in cell service, use local searches.  I called for a tow when the oil cooler failed on Mt. Graham near Safford, Arizona.  It’s a camera too.  5. A magnifying glass for the small print on my stash of manuals, maps, etc.  One can need eye assistance as they get older.” – Rick Johnson, 2004 Ford F350 Dually, 2007 Lance 1181

“Bill: mechanics wire, multimeter tester, roof patch, liquid wrench, gasket sealer.
Audrey: zip ties, velcro, felt bumpers, clear packing tape, kitchen scissors.” – Bill & Audrey Ruccio, 2008 Ford F450, 2008 Host Everest

“Hack saw, battery drill with bits, multimeter, files, and duct tape.” – Russ Berquaqm, 2014 Ford F-350, 2015 Arctic Fox 1140

“Multimeter, channel locks, vice grips, jumper wires and jumper cables, and battery powered drill and bits.” – Mort Kissell, 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2015 Rockwood Minilite

“My 12-volt test light and butt connectors with electrical tape.  I have a tool bag for tools, and a smaller one for electric.” – Don Walker, 2009 Dodge 2500, 2008 Northstar Igloo

“Channel locks, vice grips, multimeter, 12-volt test light, crow bar, and Amsoil MP-1.” – Dave Miller, 2015 F350, 2003 Bigfoot 10.6E

“Wire strippers with terminals and electrical tape.” – Randy Kenran, 2003 GMC 2500HD, 2001 S&S 900SC

“Duct tape, electricians tape, 12-volt test light, spare fuses, rope/line.” – Rodger Greene, 2004 GMC 2500HD, 2010 Palomino Maverick 8801

“1. Digital volt ohm meter (a must with solar), 2. jumper cables, 3. manual jack crank handle, 4. cordless drill (with a step drill bit and socket set), 5. powerful outdoor work light (combo lantern/flash light).” – Richard Sullivan, 2010 Chevrolet Silverado, 2005 Lance 945

“I carry some plumbing fittings, a multimeter, and a wire stripping/crimping tool.  I also like things that serve multiple purposes in the camper so I use a combination tool box/step stool to store my tools.” – Mike Getson, 2012 Ford F350, 2013 Adventurer 89RB

“Military folding shovel, small self-contained briefcase air compressor, Digital volt meter and electronic soldering tools.  We camp on the beach, so it’s a bit different!” – Jim Duarte, 2015 Ford F350, 2013 Eagle Cap 850

“Silicone tube for leaks, a cordless drill with attachments, Hi-lift jack, rolled-up 6 mil. poly tarp, 12-volt compressor with air tools (impact, tire chuck, blower).” – Tim Ubels, 2004 Dodge 3500, 1982 Okanagan 71170

“Knipex pliers.  They are not just pliers as you might think of them.  This is the only tool I don’t leave home without, ever!   And I have two roll away toolboxes full of tools.  The other four tools are 1, Gi-Huge-ic pipe wrench (holds or turns anything/everything), very large sheet metal shears (cuts anything/everything), 3. Craftsman Cotter Key Extractor (10,000 uses, even including extracting cotter keys), and a volt meter.” – Bruce Allison, 2000 Ford F350, 2012 Adventurer 910FBS

“To your list, I would add vise grips, a hatchet, a multimeter, an electrical terminal kit with wire, and a shovel/trenching tool.” – Al Hubbard, 2004 Silverado 2500HD, 2000 Starcraft Roadstar

“1. Volt meter, 2. DeWalt 110V half-inch drive impact ratchet and extension cord, 3. ViAir compressor 12-volt, 4. complete set of Torx drivers, 5. crimping tool for electrical butt connectors.  Since I have a generator on the Lance, tow a Jeep, and eight tires on the road, items 2 and 3 are included.” – Warne Todd, 2000 Ford F250, 2005 Lance 981

“In addition to what you stated, I have a shovel, folding saw, and axe.  We specifically carry the wrenches for our tie-downs.  As a side note, we keep our small tools wrapped in a child’s Home Depot tool belt which folds nicely and takes up no space.” – Tricia Mason, 2009 Ford F350, 2008 Montana Ponderosa 9.5

“You might not consider all of these tools, but they’re always in my tool bag: small volt-ohm-meter, electrical tape, air seal clamps, duct tape, and ratchet set.  There are a number of other things, but you only wanted five.” – David Pracht, 1994 GMC Sierra K3500, 1987 Lance LC900

“Fold up shovel, four-way lug nut wrench, battery or hand crank flashlight, and an axe.” – Pam Conner

“In my little possibilities canvas bag that’s 12”x8”x6” are all of the above plus a continuity tester, multimeter, channel locks, baggy with assorted sizes auto electrical ends, fuses, shrink tape, vise grips, e-tape, and, lastly, zip ties from huge to tiny.

First, how can you ask a woman what’s in her bag and limit it to five items?  Second, the large zip ties come in handily for securing a handsome hunk to haul off boondocking.  At 66, you need zip ties, believe me!” – Jan Craig, 2004 Chevy, 1999 S&S 9.5’

“Multimeter, wiring supplies DC-AC, heavy duty tire changing tools, jack(s), shovel,t ools for toys-bikes etc.   Side questions?  Anybody put a spotlight on top of their camper?  And wiring backup lights on a switch for use in camp?  New LED lights would be great for this.  I would like a switch in the camper.  How about a rear view camera on the roof looking forward?  Thanks guys, you’re great!” – Bruce Ostermann, 2015 Ram 5500, 2014 Eagle Cap Monster 1165

“Volt meter, guerrilla tape, straight handle saw, and utility knife.” – Ralph Bunn, 2015 GMC 2500HD, 2004 Four Wheel Fleet

“Inexpensive analog or digital volt meter, 3/8 drive socket set (metric most likely for late model trucks), vise grips, fuel filter tools for diesels, and hydraulic jack.” – Robert Benesh, 2015 GMC 3500 crew, 2004 Alpenlite

“Duct tape!  Axe, jumper cables, bungee cords and straps, and a long heavy duty extension cord.” – George Lawrence, 2014 Ford F350, 2015 Lance 1052

“The five must have tools (a couple might not be tools, but still must haves) I always bring are: 1. a multimeter tester (probably my most used item, for checking campground and battery voltage), 2. duct tape, 3. WD-40, 4. folding buck knife, 5. super glue, black electrician’s tape, teflon tape.  I know, more than one, but I have used them all.” – Henry Nelsen, 2007 Toyota Tundra, 2012 Northstar Liberty

“1. Tire plug kit for flat tires, 2. air compressor, 3. electrical plug spray contact cleaner, 4. metal foil duct tape, 5. Swiss army knife, the loaded kind,” – Jesse Taylor, 2006 GMC 2500 HD, 2005 Lance 815

“Large L-handle wrench for the hot water plug, a power driver, and lots of spare parts such as washers and fuses, a screen repair tool, and jump started/inverter/air pump.” – Barry Schoenwetter, 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2005 Lance 1030

“Clamp on DC volt/amp meter for electrical troubleshooting.” – Richard Des Rosiers, 2003 Dodge 3500, 2001 Lance 10 foot

“I always take along a multimeter, a test light, LED trouble light, battery pliers, and assorted wireless connectors.” – Larry Kelly, 1999 Ford F-350, 2015 Palomino Backpack Edition 8801

“1. Fluke multimeter, 2. electrical tape, 3. high-output LED headlamp, 4. small mirror on an adjustable extension arm, 5. work gloves.” – Michelle Curns, 2008 Ford F-450, 2014 Arctic Fox 1150

“GOOP multipurpose adhesive, crimp or Posi-Lock wire connectors, wire-crimping/stripping tool, rescue tape for emergency plumbing repairs, small roll of Eternabond tape for emergency roof repairs.” – John and Marylou Wells, 2011 Chevy 3500HD, 2012 Chalet Ascent S100F

“I always have a volt meter, extra test leads, crimp connectors, crimping tool, and electrical tape.  I’m never without a roll of duct tape and a package of zip ties.” – Norm Melsheimer, 2002 Chevy 3500, 2002 Lance 1030

“Besides the tools you stated, I also have Gorilla tape, bungee cords and, most importantly, a multimeter.” – Rich Bain, 1999 Chevy C3500, 2010 Adventurer 810WS

“1. Duct tape.  I once loaned it to a girl to tape her windshield on.  2. Volt/Ohm/Amp meter.  Mine is a Fluke brand.  Never had to use it yet.  3. Small Craftsman ratchet and socket set.  Has the pass through type sockets.  Changed an idler pulley in a NAPA parking lot.  4. A couple of different pry bars and punches.  5. Hacksaw.” – Matt Reinker, 2006 Chevy 1500, 2007 Northstar TC650

“Volt meter, Hi-Lift jack, tow strap, strap wrench, and head lamp.” – Brian Medley, 1992 Ford F250, 2006 Lance 835

“1. 3M Wrap & Repair silicone tape.  It stops water and gas leaks almost instantly.  2. An electric multimeter.  I also carry a wire stripper, wire cutter, spare connectors, spare wire and spare fuses in a zippered pouch.  I guess item 2 should be called an electrical repair kit.  3. A Surefire 6PX Defender flashlight with a spare set of batteries.  You can’t beat the quality or the light output of a Surefire flashlight.  4. A Leatherman Wave multitool.  Never go camping without one.  5. A bag of assorted spare bolts, nuts, and screws.  I put these in a zippered pouch as well.

Two close runner ups would be a telescoping magnetic pickup tool and a telescoping mirror.  To keep things organized, I keep my tools in two 12”x9”x4″ nylon tool bags and one tool roll.  One of the tool bags contains my socket set (both SAE and Metric) and the other tool bag contains the miscellaneous tools.  The tool roll has the common hand tools and electrical repair kit.  I prefer multiple bags to one large toolbox/bag.  It makes it easier to find the right tool and it’s also easier to find a place to store the smaller/lighter tool bags.” – Rex Carroll, 2004 Ford F350, 2006 Alpenlite Cheyenne

“Some may not call it a tool, but an inexpensive headlamp is great when working on something at night or to illuminate a path around the campground.  They are handy to have when you need both hands free.” – David Blake, 2012 Ram 2500, 2001 Hallmark Ute LX

“Two pound hammer, pry bar, and vice grips, 18-volt compact battery drill with accessories, various kinds of tape (not sure if that counts).  My camper is in storage for the Michigan winter.  I wish I could look in my camper tool bag, but it’s out of sight, and out of mind.  I prepared my tool bag carefully before our first six-week outing last year; enhances my comfort level.” – Gerry Reeves, 2014 Ford F250 SD, 2014 Lance 825

“I have found the Irwin Channel locks to be the most useful tool.  With an all fiberglass unit, there is little need for hammers and wrenches.  But, I find a rubber mallet comes in handy.” – Joe Sesto, 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500, 2015 Bigfoot C2500 10.6E

“Tire gauge, multimeter, small air compressor, 12 ton low profile bottle jack, and duct tape.” – Robert Mackidon, 2002 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 1999 Sunnybrook DB

“Volt and amp meter, clamp-on timing light (just to see if there is spark), long lead 12-volt tracer, tire gauge, small 12-volt air compressor, hydraulic jack, shovel, axe, bucket, lots of rope and a chain.

Box of emergency parts so that I do not need to wait for the tow truck.  Fan belts or the new serpentine belt, whole distributer, whole alternator, radiator hoses, wiper arms and blades, starter relay, spool of heavy wire.  That sounds expensive, but it’s not much in the long run and cheap compared to time waiting.  Oh yeah, and a computer module.” – Carl Miller, 1991 Ford 350, Old Vacationeer

“Headlamp, flashlight, HD fixed blade knife, tow/recovery strap, and heavy gauge 20’ jumper cables.” – Klaus Jager, 2014 Ford F350, 2007 Lance 1131

“1. A cordless drill and impact driver with sockets, 2. ratchet with sockets that fit truck/camper bolts/nuts, 3. break over bar with lug nut socket, 4. Hi-Lift jack, and 5. a fly swatter.” – Rick Stolz, 1997 Ford F250SD, 2002 Four Wheel Grandby

“A substantial pair of channel locks.  They are useful for everything from engaging/disengaging locking 4×4 hubs to opening stubborn cans of spaghetti sauce.” – Randy Holton, 2003 Ford F250, Northstar TC800

“Volt meter, air compressor, battery charger, siphon hose, electrical and duct tape.  Oops, I might have gone too far.” – Rip G, 2014 Ford F350, Looking for my next camper as I write this, a Lance 992 was last

“We carry a tow chain, two 25-foot nylon tow straps, a three-foot breaker bar, a trusty 9-in-1 utility knife, and a couple of small LED flashlights.  We go off road, and try to be as self sufficient as possible.  We carry this in a Craftsman plastic toolbox.” – Mike Kolinski, 2012 GMC Sierra, 2012 FWC Hawk

“Wire stripper, 12-volt tester, OBDII scanner, staple gun, and a multi tool.” – Steve Nicholas, 2000 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2008 Starcraft Pine Mountain

“Volt meter, air compressor, ladder, axe, and a shovel.” – Bruce Moses, 2006 Chevy 3500, 2008 Lance 1191

“I carry small socket sets in plastic cases; one for SAE, and one metric.  They also have in them small hex and star bits which come in handy.  I also carry various blade fuses in sizes for the truck and camper.  Folding allen wrench sets also come in handy.  We also have found small battery powered drivers help speed up fixes and they use the same bits and drivers which come in the socket sets.” – Jim, 2011 Chevy 3500HD, 2012 Lance 1191

“Duct tape, zip ties, knife, socket wrench, extension fuse tweezers, and extra fuses.” – Susan Surateaux, 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500, 2008 Arctic Fox 811

“Fuse assortment, 12-volt air compressor, 3/8 socket set, wire strippers, and an Ohm meter.” – Bill Shaw, 2001 F350, 2012 Lance 1181

“Volt meter, fuse puller, nut drivers, hacksaw blade, and an air gauge.” – Keith Hunt, 2007 Chevy Silverado, 2014 Arctic Fox 811

“I am an electrician, so I take my tool belt along.  It has screwdrivers, pliers, cutters, nut drivers, etc.  I always have a hammer, ratchet, and sockets to fit the lug nuts.  Since I have an on-board air compressor, I take along an impact driver.  It sure makes short work of changing a tire!  Other than that, I carry a credit card.  If I can’t fix it, I can pay someone else!” – Tom Watson, 1998 Ford E350, 1999 Four Winds 5000

“White duck tape, super glue, JB weld, battery drill with assorted bits, and a multi-tool.  I used all of these at least once while out for 100 days.” – Dale Workman, 2003 Dodge 3500, 2012 Lance 1181

“Fuses, electrical tape, duct tape, wire, wire ties, cable ties, volt meter (either digital or analog), truck tire patch, 12-volt air pump, and grease or oil for lubricating threads.  I think I have gone over five.” – Rag, 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, Sportsman 1980 8FT

“Volt Ohm meter, rope/heavy twine, folding shovel, hatchet/hand axe, and bungee cords.” – Cliff Hil, 1998 Ram 2500, 2004 Mountain Star

“Volt meter, cordless drill/driver, drill bits, fastener kit, electrical kit with crimp tool.” – Jim Goodrich, 2006 Chevy 3500, 2008 Lance 1192

“Multimeter.” – Steve Gomez, 2014 Ford F-350, 2007 Alpenlite Santa Fe 1100

“I carry an Amprobe multimeter and a DeWalt drill driver with impact wrench kit.  It’s the handiest tool I’ve ever owned.  I also take a socket set that works with the impact wrench.” – Jeff Hagberg, 2002 Ford F-250, 2006 Travel Lite 800 SBX

“Tools to service small things like oil and fuel filters.  If I have used it, it goes into the box.” – Joe Pospicil, 2007 Ford F250, 2000 Lancer 960

“1.Multimeter, 2. pop rivet tool, 3. caulking gun. 4. duct tape or Gorilla tape, 5. corded drill (used with special bit to raise and lower the camper) and a cordless drill.” – Don Udelson, 2004 Chevy 2500 HD, 2005 Sun-Lite 955 SD

“I always have a fence tool and wire staples, a Estwing 26″ axe, a compact shovel, and truck mounted winch with straps and cables.” – Michael Sasse, 2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2014 Four Wheel Eagle

“Volt meter and test light.  If we’re doing Passport In Time project, a full set of DeWalt 20-volt lithium tools.  And a chainsaw is handy.” – Mike Pascucci, 2011 Chevy, Adventurer 86

“Milwaukee electrical tester, 10-in-1 screwdriver, Milwaukee LED trouble spot light, channel locks, Kleins (cutting pliers), and a Klein grill set.” – Neil Steirer, 2008 Ford F350, 2015 Lance 1172

“A spray bottle of soapy water that sits by my propane tanks.  Also, jumper cables, assorted bungee cords, extra flashlights, and extra oil for my camper jacks.  I’m sure there is more, but I’m drawing a blank.” – Tim May, 1993 Dodge W250, 1987 Vacationeer 9’10″

“Duct tape, assorted cap screws and metal/wood screws, volt/amp meter, spare fuses, and my wife (really).” – Mark Daigle, 2002 Silverado 2500 HD, 2012 Lance 992

“Test light, hydraulic jack, electrical terminal kit, butane torch, and a cordless drill.” – Charlie Kelso, 2003 Silverado 2500HD, 2015 Palomino Backpack

“Duct tape, cordless electric drill, ties, hatchet, and bungee cords.” – Jim Mclean, 2004 GMC 3500, 2010 Lance 1191

“Duct tape, duct tape, duct tape, compressor, and a good jack.” – Dave Stillman, 2005 Dodge 2500, 2012 Lance 850

“I’m thinking the ever popular duct tape, and some bungee cords, mechanics wire, Volt/ohm meter, and spare parts (bulbs, hoses, belts).” – Doug Wilson, 2005 Chevy 2500HD

“1. Makita angle drill with charger and two batteries, along with drill bits up to 3/8th size.  2.Torque wrench (always a good idea to check the lug nuts on the boat trailer).  3. Hex wrenches.  I keep one in the tool bag and one in the bike tool bag.  Harbor Freight sells a nice three pack of all the various hex sizes.  4. I consider various lubricants to be part of the tool bag.  In a gallon size zip lock bag, I have a canister of silicon spray, white lithium grease, 3-in-1 oil, WD-40, awning repair tape, and duct tape.  5. Plastic zip ties in numerous lengths.

I carry all this stuff in a Craftsman canvas bag which sits on the drive tunnel in the back seat.  It’s a heavy bag.  Another tool I am seriously considering is an air compressor which can handle up to 100 psi.” – Roger Odahl, 2008 Dodge Ram 3500, 2004 Eagle Cap 950

“Wire strippers, electrical multimeter, soldering gun, mini hack saw, and duct tape.” – Gene Klein, 1996 Mazda B2600 1994 Jayco pop-up

“I always take my Estwing camp axe or Sportsman’s hatchet, Ontario Blackie Collins machete, 18-inch bow saw, and a Soviet solid handle entrenching tool.

Gordon, don’t let them razz you about the tool box.  I know for a fact that plastic toy pliers work best for testing a engine for a spark off the block.  I also knew a person who painted their tools pink to keep people from stealing them.” – Blake Hooper, not yet, not yet

“The advent of lithium-ion batteries and their adaptation to a vast array of 18-volt power tools allows for many camping use options which we take advantage of.  Packing several batteries and a charger allows us to add obvious tools such as a drill, but also a hand held vacuum for quick clean-ups, water pump to fill holding tanks, a chain saw – which is fantastic when boon-docking – and LED flashlights.  All of these are included in our never-leave-home-without-them items.” – Denny Sherratt, 2007 Ram 3500 HD, 2014 Northern Lite 10′ 2″ CD SE

“Clamps, vice grips, pry bar, tie wraps, electrical tape, rope, wire, and a volt meter.” – Mary Cyr, 2010 Ford F-250, 2013 Northstar Liberty

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