30 Important Tools You Must Have While RVing

Buying an RV is exciting, especially if it’s your first one. But it can be surprising when you realize it requires a lot of hard…

Buying an RV is exciting, especially if it’s your first one. But it can be surprising when you realize it requires a lot of hard work. 

When I bought my first RV, I was shocked by how many accessories I needed to buy. From the moment you make the purchase, you need to build an RV toolkit. Knowing which tools you need can be overwhelming.

Don’t worry–I’m here to help! In this article, I’ll show you 30 important tools you need in your RV. I’ll cover everything from tools for DIY projects to headlamps that’ll help you set up camp in the dark. 

Let’s begin!

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1. Tire Pump

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RV tires are the foundation of your home-on-wheels, so you have to take care of them. One of the most important things to do is maintain the recommended tire pressure.

Failure to do so will lead to poor gas mileage, flat tires, and (most dangerous of all) tire blow-outs when you’re in motion. Keep a tire pump close to make necessary tire pressure adjustments quickly.

2. Tire Gauge

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You can’t use your tire pump correctly unless you have a tire gauge to check the current pressure of your RV’s tires. 

After checking your tire sidewall for the recommended PSI, use your tire gauge to ensure your tires read at the correct amount of pressure. Don’t forget to check your spare tire too!

3. Adjustable Wrench 

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It doesn’t make sense to keep a set of wrenches when you can buy one adjustable wrench that fits every job. Sometimes, finding the ideal wrench size is impossible. 

Owning an adjustable wrench eliminates that problem. Adjusting your wrench to the correct size makes the job easier and prevents you from damaging the bolt you’re trying to loosen or tighten.

4. Multi-Tool

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Every RV owner should keep a multi-tool in their vehicle. They can be lifesavers in situations that require a simple tool, and they’re small–you don’t have to worry about them taking up much space.

Quality multi-tools include pliers, multiple screwdrivers, knives, and, most important of all, a bottle opener/corkscrew for those evening libations.

5. A Channellock

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A Channellock is incredibly handy if you ever need to change the hitch ball on your tow hitch. You can also use a socket wrench set to adjust other hitch equipment that needs tightening to a specific towing specification.

6. Retractable Ladder

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If your RV doesn’t have a mounted ladder, I recommend purchasing a retractable ladder. This tool grants easy and safe access to your RV roof, and because it retracts, it takes up little space.

This is an important tool to own for performing essential maintenance on your roof.

7. Bottle Jack and Jack Stands

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Admittedly, when it comes to servicing things like brakes, tires, and an RV’s suspension, it’s sometimes better to leave it to the professionals. But if you know what you’re doing, you could do the work yourself.

To work under your RV safely, you’ll need a bottle Jack and jack stands. A bottle Jack allows you to lift up your RV and the jack stands keep it in place, should the seal pop on the jack. Using a bottle jack in combination with stands keeps you safe beneath your RV while you make necessary repairs. Make sure you purchase a jack and set of stands rated for your RV’s axle weight, though!

8. Screwdriver Set

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Keeping several different screwdrivers at hand is always a good idea so you can easily make renovations and repairs. Therefore, I recommend purchasing a screwdriver set. 

A quality screwdriver set will contain several sizes of Phillips and flathead screwdrivers. Opt for a small multi-bit screwdriver if you don’t have room in your RV for a complete set.

9. Allen Key Set

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Similarly, an Allen key set is also handy to add to your RV tool kit if you plan to make repairs and renovations. Keeping several sizes will ensure you have the correct Allen key for the job.

I use my Allen key set to adjust the bike I keep mounted to the back of my RV. 

10. A Rubber Mallet

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This next one might surprise you, but a rubber mallet is a helpful tool when our hatchets get stuck in a piece of firewood. Although, if you don’t plan to split firewood, you can probably skip this one.

Instead of slamming the piece of wood against the floor, grab your mallet and hit the backside of the hatchet head. Eventually, the wood will split. This hack will help you up your firewood splitting game! 

11. Socket Set

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A socket set is a fantastic addition to an RV tool kit. Quality sets usually come with multiple socket wrenches and various socket options (short and deep). 

You can use sockets for engine maintenance, changing oil in a portable generator, and more.

12. Cordless Drill

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We bought a cordless drill for our RV DIY projects to save time and effort. It’s still one of the best RV tool kit purchases we’ve ever made. 

Our power drill makes installations much easier than screwdrivers and corded drills. We use ours to install hooks, picture frames, and shelves, to improve the overall aesthetic and organization of our RV.

13. Drill Bit Set

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Your cordless drill will only be helpful with a good set of drill bits. Your cordless drill will likely come with a handful of drill bits and different-style heads, but adding a drill bit set to your tool kit will ensure you can complete any job.

Make sure you purchase a set with several drivers and different-style heads so you can work with a variety of different screws.

14. A Breaker Bar

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A breaker bar is a fantastic must-have in your motorhome tool kit. RVs are designed with fasteners that are meant to withstand road vibration and stay in place – this means they’re on tight! You need extra leverage to loosen a bolt in your RV, so a breaker bar will quickly become your best friend.

Trust us, you don’t want one tough bolt to get in the way of your upgrades or repairs. It’s not a fun experience!

15. Tape Measure

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I constantly measure things in and around my RV, so I often use a tape measure. I’ve even used one to see if I’ll fit in a campground.

If you want to make changes to your RV or simply see if your RV fits, you’ll need one, too. You’ll quickly find that you use your tape measure more than most of the other items in your RV tool kit.

16. Electrical Tape

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Electrical tape is something you can easily forget to include in your RV tool kit. However, it’s incredibly important you use it when making any electrical repairs in your RV. 

While you might be tempted to use another type of tape to make a repair, don’t. Not ever. If you do, it could result in dangerous shocks or a fire in your RV. To make wiring repairs safely, only use electrical tape!

17. Wire Connectors

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To be honest with you, splicing wires together isn’t too tricky. It’s even safer and easier when you use the proper connectors.

Wire connectors are super handy if you plan to upgrade your electrical system. We used them to upgrade our electrical system to prolong our boondocking adventures.

18. Utility Knife

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More often than not, a pocket knife will suffice for most RV-related tasks and upgrades. However, for those times it won’t quite cut it (literally), a utility knife is a great tool to own. 

A utility knife can open hard-to-get-into packages, cut laminated flooring, and remove old carpets. I recommend purchasing a knife with additional blades, so you won’t have to make another trip to the store to buy extra blades in the future.

19. Work Gloves

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Wearing work gloves is the best way to protect your hands when working on your RV or building a campfire. A reliable pair of leather work gloves will protect your hands from cuts, scratches, and burns.

Of course, they also make things much easier. For example, if you wear leather work gloves, you can quickly adjust hot campfire logs without burning your hands. 

20. Zip Tires

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When we bought our first RV, we had no idea how important zip ties would be. We’d go as far as saying zip ties are a lifesaver.

If you need to quickly and safely patch things up on the road, use a zip tie to keep things in place until you can find a more reliable and permanent fix. If you don’t have any zip ties on hand, you may be able to use duct tape instead.

21. Bungee Cords

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Another basic item that can have a huge impact is bungee cords. Bungee cords have a long list of potential uses for making RVing much easier. 

You can use bungee cords to keep water containers upright in your truck bed, secure heavy tools in place, tie camping equipment to your roof rack, make a makeshift washing line, etc.

We keep various thicknesses and lengths to have the best bungee cord for each job.

22. Headlamp

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You’re seriously missing out if you don’t already own a headlamp. I’m a massive fan of headlamps because they’re much easier to use than flashlights.

Headlamps allow you to use your hands freely for tasks, without worrying about dropping your light source. You’ll appreciate this when you arrive at a campground late at night and need to illuminate the area for setting up camp. 

23. RV Level

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An RV level is arguably the most important tool on this list. You’ll likely use it whenever you park your RV at a new campground.

For those who don’t know, an RV level does precisely what its name suggests. It helps you level your RV by identifying any low sides.

All you have to do is place the battery powered leveler on the floor and turn it on. The leveler will flash green if your RV is level and red if one side of your motorhome isn’t level.

It will even indicate which side of your RV is causing the issue.

24. Super Glue

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Chances are you won’t use super glue very often, but it’s an excellent tool for smaller repairs and upgrades inside and outside your RV. Therefore, why don’t you pick some up the next time you stop by a gas station?

In the past, I’ve used super glue to temporarily fix a water leak until we could get professional help, so it’s worth keeping in your RV tool kit.

25. Hammer

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While it may only have one or two uses, a hammer is a versatile tool to keep in your RV tool kit. You can use it to hammer nails into a wall, hang a hammock, pound tent stakes into the ground, and more. 

Hammers are also handy for demolition if you’re considering performing extensive DIY rennovations.

26. Lug Wrench

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Keep a lug wrench in your RV tool kit if you want to easily remove the lug nuts on your tires. There are other ways to remove lug nuts, but using a lug wrench is the easiest. 

Without one, your tire-changing experience won’t be as easy as you hoped.

27. Angle Grinder

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An angle grinder might seem out of place on our list, but hear me out! An angle grinder is a reliable RV renovation tool that can be used for a wide variety of tasks.

This tool can cut, polish, grind, finish, and deburr various surfaces. Choose a cordless angle grinder with a rechargeable battery for ease of use. You won’t regret it, especially when working in tight spaces.

28. Electrical Wire

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Electrical wire is a valuable tool if you own an older RV because you’re more likely to encounter worn-out wiring. Keeping electrical wire in your tool kit will allow you to make upgrades quickly as soon as you encounter the need for them.

Remember to always shut off the power before doing any electrical work!  Then, simply remove the compromised wiring and splice in a piece of new wire to keep your RV running smoothly. 

29. Wire Stripper Tool

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Before replacing the electrical wire in your RV, you need a wire stripper tool. This tool is designed to help you strip and cut the wires you need to replace. Then, you can splice the new electrical wire into place.

30. Tool Bag

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It’s only fitting to end our list of important tools with a bag you can use to keep everything organized. If you want to build the ultimate RV tool kit, you have to buy a suitable tool bag to store the essentials in.

The number and size of bags you need depends on the number of tools you have. If you decide to buy every tool on our list, you might need two or three tool bags. 

Some tools, such as a cordless drill set, might need a dedicated storage bag or box.

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