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Essential Truck Camping Tools Revealed

“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

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