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Old 07-29-2019, 01:05 AM   #1
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Handy Items?

Curious as to what some of you find to be really handy items to have in your trailer or storage boxes. Not talking about basic tools, tire iron, rags, etc., more along the lines of stuff others may or may not have thought of but which you find to be almost indispensable.

In my case, it is the packs of velcro straps you can get at HD. I get the red ones, think they are 12” inches long, and come six to a pack. I am constantly using them to wrap something up. Also, a box of nitrile gloves - use em’ when messing with anything near the hitch and when emptying the gray and black water tanks.
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I have found a headlamp to be very handy. It was a suggestion from someone else and it's been very handy when setting up after dark!
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I have found a headlamp to be very handy. It was a suggestion from someone else and it's been very handy when setting up after dark!
That is a good one. I have one of those but never put it in my trailer. But I will do so now.

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That is a good one. I have one of those but never put it in my trailer. But I will do so now.

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I essentially grew up around campers (my folks preferred Class As) ... and my dad never had a headlamp. Of course he always had my mom (or me) to hold a flashlight if something broke in the night ... 90% of my trips are solo.
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Handy and necessary, some Shark Bite fittings or Pex crimps with tool and fittings and a short section of tubing.

Bummer to shut down the water system due to a leaking water line because of a loose fitting.


VOM to check those electrical gremlins that will crop up eventually. A few terminals and crimper as well.


Automotive fuses for those 12 volt appliances.
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Good ideas. Wish there was a basic “thanks” or “like” option for this forum.
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Good ideas. Wish there was a basic “thanks” or “like” option for this forum.

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Depending on how you use your rig, this could be an endless list. That said, here are a few items I've found make like easier:

Bungee Cords - various lengths. Can be used for a multitude of tasks.

Zip-Ties - various lengths, usable for many things
We all know what they are... for things you want to secure permanently.

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Gear Ties - again, various lengths & colors. Flexible rubber-coated metal ties. Think of these as twist-ties on steroids. I find these better than velcro for securing most anything, but don't necessarily want it to be permanent.


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HoseGrip 2: https://rvcablegrip.com/Index.html

While most water hoses have a decent grip on the end to connect to the RV park waterspout... if you also use a pressure regulator (and you SHOULD!), they don't. Adding this to the end of the regulator makes connecting & unconnecting much easier.
(If you use coax for cable tv hookups, check our their coax-cable grip-connectors too)


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DuraFlame Logs: If you like a good campfire, and don't wanna spend all day trying to get it started... use these for cheats. I cut a standard log into 3 pieces, and toss 1 into the fire pit along with my firewood. Easier than scrounging around for kindling wood, and cleaner than using cardboard (less flying ash).


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Firewood "grenade": Speaking of campfires... often the firewood you get at campgrounds are large pieces that won't burn quickly. Using one of these makes spiting them into smaller pieces quick & easy. A few blows from the hammer end of a hatchet is all it usually takes. I call them 'grenades', and they can be found on Amazon or Northern Tool, etc.


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Surge protected power blocks: RV's never seem to have enough power outlets. Using a standard extension cord will work in a pinch, but why not have surge protection too?

Finally... Zip-Lok bags - various sizes. I use 'em for everything.
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Zip ties and rope. Rope is as handy as a pocket on a shirt. I also carry a splitting maul and axe, but i'm crazy like that.

I carry enough tools in my truck to rebuild a car.

This may not apply, but I recently bought a pile of hose qd's. Man is it nice not to have to screw and unscrew hoses for water.
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Was given a hose grip by a buddy for my trailer. Now I have them for all of the outside faucets on my house as well.

All of the ties mentioned (zip, gear, bungies) are invaluable. Gorilla tape and electrical tape as well.

Funnels of different shapes and sizes. As I mentioned in another thread, one of our favorite places to camp only has hand pumps on their well - no faucets. Trying to fill an average five gallon container results in more water outside than in. A super large mouth funnel (purchased at an auto supply store - probably for oil) takes care of that issue. Also makes it easier when filling the freshwater tank.

On a different note - baby wipes. They aren’t just for rumps anymore.
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I carry a roll of eternabond, some of that tape that repels water (you never know when i need to saw a boat in half), the usual stuff also, replacement fuses (12 volt type), flashlights, USB chargers, tools to fill a tool box, misc screws and fasteners, rechargeable drill (bosch), assembly of drill bits and screw driver for the drill, a roll of butyl tape (only comes in one length i suspect, enough for a lifetime), extension cords and multi tap surge suppressors, heated water hoses and non heated, additional hose for flushing the black tank, a water softener, heater strips for the campground's exposed water pipe, an air compressor (ViAir), campfire starters, volt meter, and the list goes on! I added storage to the back of the RV so I could stash all this stuff... I also carry things to make (and fix) Coax cables and some of those quick fasteners and things to splice wires, etc.
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Roll of paper towels, mounted in front compartment, Box of rubber gloves. WD 40, Silicone spray for dump valves (drilled hole in end part to insert silicone straw, then screw to seal up. 4 short 2X4. Wand to clean black tank(our toilet mounts over black tank) 2 plastic bins for all the stuff to say in, spare keys to everything (in addition to the second set that is in the truck) Ball grease. Spare pad locks with cables. Lenth of foam pipe insulation for water hose on really hot days and "freezing" nights. All the normal stuff for set up, etc. Duck Tape and Gorilla tape.
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I made this thread years ago on this topic but it died out.
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Upon revisiting it just now, I still agree with what I thought back then. I recommend a bit for your electric drill for use with the leveling jacks.
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