Originally Posted by sundancer 87
I have the normal insurance policy on my vehicles and 3800 as most of us do.
However, I have an insurance policy that is not paper but in the form of tools and test equipment.
I experienced an overnight stay in a 5er without water, only because a PEX crimp was leaking. Before I purchased the 3800 I purchased a PEX tool and a handful of crimps and connectors. While this tool wouldn't normally be used on a daily basis it has been used a few times when I discovered leaking PEX lines. This insurance saved down time, a trip to somewhere for a repair or waiting on a mobile mechanic.
I already had a manometer for checking a propane regulator's delivery pressure. It has been used to test defective regulator pressures thereby erasing the need for unnecessary shop trips and mobile mechanics.
I have a selection of VOMs for diagnosing electrical problems. I have a short length of wire with alligator clips on the ends to jump suspicious switches or automotive circuit breakers and other fuses.
I have hand tools for small mechanical repairs as well.
I fully understand that not all of us have oil in our veins and are comfortable using diagnostic tools. However, a basic understanding of the above mentioned tools and a little practice with same will save one down time and money.
These tools may never be used but one may be able to assist a fellow RV owner. The tools are just like the high priced insurance policies, never used until needed.
I have just about accumulated an entire tool box (hand tools). I carry a tool box with me with POP RIVETS, a drill, drill bits, etc.. Just because. I recently picked up a four way lug wrench and I'm in search of a hydraulic jack. VOM, coax terminations, assorted flash lights, WD-40, Silicone lube, on demand air compressor, small propane bottles (for portable grill), electric heaters, water softener, several hoses, fire starters, I have recently obtained a small generator (2 KW). Assortment of screws and bolts and nuts. and the list goes on! By the way, also have a paper insurance policy... two of them. One for the RV 'stuff" and one from my insurance company for fire, theft, etc.