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Emergency Road Kit, Basic Tools

Originally Published in MotorHome Magazine

Sometimes things go wrong, and having some basic tools and survival items can make trips in your motorhome easier and safer. Here are some suggestions for a basic kit, divided into two categories: Emergency Road Kit and Basic Maintenance Tools. Customize the list to fit your needs.

Emergency Road Kit:

  • Jumper cables
  • Cellular phone, charger power cord, along with a list of emergency numbers
  • Flashlight or spotlight with extra set of batteries
  • Road flares and/or warning triangles
  • Rain suit or poncho (brightly colored)
  • Safety goggles or glasses
  • Disposable work coveralls
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First-aid kit
  • Hose-patch kit for emergency repairs of coolant hoses
  • Epoxy patch kit
  • Battery-powered air compressor
  • Roll of duct tape
  • Wheel chocks (place under the wheels to prevent the motorhome from rolling)
  • Funnel for pouring liquids
  • Extra fuses (refer to your owner’s manual to determine amperage sizes needed)
  • Mechanical or elastic tie-down straps
  • Roll of heavy-duty paper towels or rags
  • Pair of work gloves

Basic Maintenance Tools:

  • Hammer
  • Oil-filter wrench
  • 3/8-inch basic socket-wrench set, including sockets (SAE and metric sizes)
    ratchets, extensions, adapters and spark-plug sockets
  • Torx sockets or bits
  • Combination wrench set
  • Hex-key wrench set (commonly referred to as Allen wrenches)
  • Flare-nut fitting wrenches (used to prevent the rounding-off of brake-line fittings
    and fuel fittings)
  • Carpet scrap for working under coach
  • Basic screwdriver set
  • Test light (for checking voltage and ground-in circuits)
  • Multimeter with readings of voltage, ohms and amps
  • Slip-joint, groove-joint, needle-nose, electrical and locking pliers
  • Torque wrench
  • Tire-pressure gauge
  • Radiator hydrometer
  • Penetrating oil such as WD40
  • Soldering gun & rosin-core solder
  • Waterless hand cleaner

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