Our tool box has grown and changed a lot since we have been traveling. We realized after a while that we were doing a lot of electrical work on the RV. We carried a digital multimeter, fuses, extra light bulbs, and wire connectors but they weren’t all together and they were not convenient to get to when we needed them. Also, after doing repairs or projects we found that we were accumulating parts and had no good place to put them. To solve this, we purchased a flat tool box with removable organizational compartments. This has made a huge difference when we have an electrical project. The portable tool box can be moved to whatever we are working on and we know that it has all of the parts we may need in one place. Below is a list of the tools in our electrical kit.
- Digital Multimeter
- Amp Clamp
- 110 Voltage Tester
- Wire Strippers
- Wire Cutter/ Crimper
- Electrical Tape
- Replacement Fuses (for both Truck and RV)
- Fuse Puller
- Replacement Bulbs in a variety of sizes (for both Truck and RV)
- Soldering Wire
- Wire Connectors (butt connector, wing twist, clam, ring terminal, spade terminal, tap splice, cable connectors)
This list is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all of the tools you might need to make electrical repairs or upgrades on an RV. It is a list of the tools and materials we find ourselves using over and over again when we do any work on our electrical systems. Many of the extra parts we carry with us have been accumulated from electrical upgrade or repair projects that they were left over from. And, when we have to do a repair or replacement sometimes we will buy a few more parts than we actually need just in case we have to make a similar repair we already have it on hand. A great example of this is light bulbs. When we have a bulb burn out we may buy a multi pack instead of a single replacement knowing that we have other bulbs of that size that may burn out in the near future. We carry these tools for multiple reasons. The first is that we are mobile and electrical systems can fail from rattling down the road, rubbing up against things, heat damage, or being pinched. We want to be prepared if something fails so that we can keep all of our systems operating. The other reason we carry these tools is because we love DIY. We are all about doing our own installs, repairs, and upgrades to make our life more comfortable and cost efficient. In order to do that you need to have the right tool for the job.