Full Time RVing Advice What Tools Do I Carry?

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I’m often asked by folks contemplating a full-time RV lifestyle “What tools do you carry?” The answer has certainly changed over the years as I’ve learned what I need and don’t need. As we have added more items to the rig such as solar panels and extra batteries I’ve had to back off on my tool stash to prevent overloading the trailer.

We are now closing in on six years of full-time RV life. The years have taught me what the essential tools are. Below you’ll find my tools listed by category and video footage of the collection. For some it may seem like an excessive amount of tools but keep in mind I do most of the RV repairs and maintenance myself. In addition, I love to modify and add upgrades to our RV. 🙂

Hopefully, my tool list will help out aspiring full-timers, or part-timers who take extended trips, decide what tools they need to carry in the RV.

Tools I Carry as a Full-Time RVer

Wrenches and Sockets

  • Several sizes of crescent wrenches
  • Basic SAE/Metric Socket Set
  • Ratcheting Wrenches
  • Special size sockets for large RV nuts and bolts (ie. water heater anode, trailer hitches, suspension bolts)
  • Torque wrench with deep sockets for tire lug nuts

Pliers and Cutters

  • Channel Lock Pliers (small and large)
  • Needle Nose Pliers (small and large)
  • Duck-billed pliers
  • Vampliers (stripped screw and bolt extraction)
  • Side Cutter Pliers (small and large)
  • Vise Grips
  • Sharp Set of Scissors
  • Exacto Knives

Pliers and Screwdrivers


  • Screwdriver Bit Kit
  • Picquic Multibit Screwdriver
  • Picquic Multibit Stubby Screwdriver
  • Multiple Single Sizes: Robertson, Philips, and Flat Head
  • Set of Small Precision Screwdrivers


Power Tools

Saws and Hammers

  • Hack Saw
  • Keyhole Saws
  • Small Wood Saw
  • Ball Peen Hammer
  • Regular Hammer
  • Rubber Mallet

Drill Bits


  • Large Axe
  • Small Spade Shovel
  • Grease Gun
  • Caulking Gun
  • Wave Leatherman Tool
  • Metal File
  • Assorted Wood and Metal Drill Bits
  • Crowbar and Flat Pry Bar/Scrapper (aka. Hive Tool)
  • Small and Large Tape Measures
  • Flash Lights

Full-Time RVing Tools I Carry Video

Example of tools carried for full time RVing by the Love Your RV blog - https://www.loveyourrv.com

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