Tool box essentials

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  1. brainradio

    brainradio 2000 Palomino Colt

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    So when building a tool box for our first trip with the PU what are your suggestions for "must haves"?
     
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    kdflud New Member

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    Duct Tape!!!
     
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    samtgrizz New Member

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    Gather a variety of sockets, combo wrenches and hex key wrenches. Also include a combo cutting plier, a water pump plier, extension bar, flex ratchet handle, spinner handle, a regular screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver. Add a hammer, flashlight and utility knife and you should be off to a good start.

    I have a front box on my PUP so keep everything in a small tool box I picked up at Harbor Freight.
     
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    nuthouseinva Portsmouth, Virginia

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    I usually take my jack, jackstand and tire iron the first couple of trips or long trips.
     
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    socharming New Member

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    In addition to above:

    Rubber mallet. I use it on my kids. (just kidding! [:D] ) .

    Extra fuses
    Clamps and bungie cords
    Hatchet
    Lug nut wrench
    Batteries
    Rope
    Silicone spray
    Pocket multi-tool knife
    Lighter or matches

    Practice setting up your campsite, to include raising and taking down the pup, including hitching up and unhitching, and you'll soon know what tools you need to bring.
     
  6. Dusty82

    Dusty82 Active Member

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    If you've done any PVC mods, add some PVC cement and a couple of slip couplings.
     
  7. RhinoDave

    RhinoDave Active Member

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    An extra lift crank handle. You might want to check out this old thread;
    http://www.popupportal.com/index.php?topic=21235.0
     
  8. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

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    make sure you have a tire iron (lug wrench) that fits the pup lug nuts and a jack of some sort that will actually fit under the pup. Don't assume the ones from your TV will fit/work.
     
  9. awsandlin

    awsandlin Active Member

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    I generally have every tool except the one tool I really need.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Make sure you can remove the lug nuts from the spare tire with your lug wrench. On my Fleetwood/Coleman I have to use a 13/16" 1/2" drive deep socket to get the lugs nuts off. So I keep a 1/2" drive breaker bar, 6" 1/2 drive extension and the 13/16" deep socket in the tool box.

    I found this out after we returned from a 5,500 mile round trip!!
     
  11. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Jack and the correct lug wrench ..... the correct screwdriver bits for any screws used on the PU, some use a #1 and #2 square head. Duct tape, hose clamps, flashlight.
     
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    Yar Garland, TX

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    Extra bulbs for trailer lights. I had trouble with one side of lights not working when getting ready to head back home on one trip. All connections were good but had a tail light burned out.
     
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    jeepjunky New Member

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    for a basic kit, Im am putting in a lug wrench (for PU) bottle jack, can of fix-a-flat, spair bulbs and light lenses. Then ill mount the box they are in on the exterior of the camper, so I dont need to set up the pu to fix a flat
     
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    A bigger hammer.
     
  15. seano3ca

    seano3ca No. Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.

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    I carry a multi-meter for debugging electrical or checking on how well the solar panels are charging my battery.
    Will also admit to a crescent wrench for the space where a socket won't fit and the combo wrench is already attached to the nut/bolt at the other end.
    I don't thin I saw electrical tape on the list, either.
     
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    Island Ranger New Member

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    I always take an assortment of gardening cable ties these are useful for many things, plus the usual gaffer tape, electrical tape, bench saw, angle grinder [LOL] [LOL] just kidding on the last 2.
     
  17. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill PUP-2002 Flagstaff 725D TV- 2004 Dodge Ram 1500

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    Learned that one the hard way when I used my lug to do the bearings and got a flat with DW's van. Lucky for us we were about .2 miles from a truck stop that could help us out.
     
  18. Mountainbikecop

    Mountainbikecop Death Smiles At Everyone -- Marines Smile Back"

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    Tim the tool guy,
    Maybe not tool box, but make sure you have road flares,
     
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    CANTget RIGHT New Member

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    usually tire iron, jack, flash lights, and aa handy hammer
     
  20. sg1215

    sg1215 my God, my Country, my Family, my Friends, myself

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    besides the tools in my bag I carry an old aluminum ice cube tray. This
    is to keep small parts out of the dirt. I started this back in '81 when I was
    riding atc's in the desert.
     

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