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Essential Truck Camping Tools Revealed

“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’

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