Your caravan tool kit is too vital to forego when planning onboard storage. For one, having the right screwdriver in a life-threatening wilderness can make a huge difference. If you need to leave things from your caravan, best to lessen the clothes or furniture.
With Australia being the Queen of Extravagant Wilderness, you’ll need tools that can help you during emergencies from recaulking to tyre changing. Moreover, the right tools also make maintenance checks and periodic inspections a cakewalk.
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Right tools include ones that enable you to repair and replace various parts of your rig. Must-Have tools for Caravanners.should make caravanning safer and easier.
In lieu of getting lost in Yonderland, be self-reliant as well as prepared for emergencies with the tools below.
You don’t need a grand set of spanners, just the spanners fit for changing your batteries, wheels, gas bottles as well as an all-purpose one. Ensure that you buy a good quality spanner, otherwise your gas bottles will be seriously damaged and can even explode.
Screwdrivers in varying sizes are vital to maintenance checks.
The types of screws you need are flat, star and poky. To save space, get a kit with magnetic handle. Updating your screwdriver kit to an electric one is hugely helpful too.
Tape and Fasteners
It is necessary to keep a variety of tapes to ensure that you’re sealing properly during the maintenance check. The types of tape you need:
- Duck Tape: Accessible, affordable and sticks well to most things!
- PTFE: Plumber’s tape is ideal for gluing pipes, engine leaks, and other wet surfaces.
- Insulation Tape: Ideal for electrical wires, Insulating tape seals the electricity and prevents electricity from getting out from manually joined connections.
- Cable Fasteners: Perfect for random home repairs, cable fasteners are durable, firm and cheap.
- Rope: Strings and chains of different materials keep things fastened while the caravan is moving.
Torch and Firestarter
A flashlight, torch or at least a match box, is handy when you need to repair the vehicle or rig at night.
Choose LED torches for safe caravanning. A fire starter can also come in handy, in addition to being useful to get emergency snacks.
Parking in remote areas can be 50% safer, if you have warning triangles around your rig at night.
Warning triangles prevent other vehicles from bumping into your caravan at night. Flashers on the other hand are ideal when parking in free camping sites.
Battery chargers and spare batteries are useful for that extra TV time, lights and power for the main switch too. Although most caravan parks have electrical hook-ups, you must not be caught unprepared.
The rule of thumb is not to let your battery charge drop below 100%, otherwise you would waste time looking for a local garage to jumpstart your rig.
Packing the right sealant as advised by your caravan manufacturer can solve leaks quickly.
Sealants can also close gaps as well as creaks in your rig’s panel during cold seasons. You should also pack an all-purpose glue or ‘fast elastic’ for short-scale fixes.
Wheel Block and Tyre Lever
Chokers and wheel blocks are quintessential for an off-road caravan. These help keep your wheels steady and levelled on uneven terrain. If you have to repair the caravan on uneven ground, blocks can help you align your pitch. A tyre lever on the other hand helps in raising the hitch of your rig from towball by removing the mud stuck around your wheels.
Tyre air pressure should be checked regularly to ensure your rig is safe for riding.
An air compressor sets varied tyre pressure when travelling over different terrain such as sand or even repairing or drilling in your rig.
Nuts and Bolts
Nuts and bolts are exceptionally useful during caravan maintenance. It will be extremely difficult to find spare nuts and bolts in a remote place during an an emergency.
Power Lead and Reel
For caravanners who park in caravan sites without electrical hook-ups, a power lead of 20m with the respective reels is necessary.
You can use the power lead plus reel to set up an extendable hook-up post within minutes!
With these you can treat the caravan water with a pink solvent to clean the grey, white and black water tanks. Note that caravan-specific chemicals are necessary because these are different from house cleaning chemicals.
You must never use the latter. Moreover, using regular chemicals can damage your windowsills.
Clamps of diverse sizes can be used to secure a caravan from thefts and make sure the radiator is working.. Ensure that you buy wheel clamps that suit your wheel size or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Much modern than the wheel brace, torque wrenches ensure accurate setting of your socket for the wheel nuts.
Utility Knife and Scissors
A utility knife is useful in a number of tasks — from cooking to making kindle and routine maintenance. Being affordable and available, scissors can make cutting wires to cleaning up easy. Just make sure to buy the safest and sharpest knife.
Hammer and Pliers
A hammer can be used for pegs of the awning to adding extra pegs whenever necessary such as on a windy night. Moreover, a multi-purpose hammer with pliers is ideal to fix boards with nails as well as to pull open during maintenance.
Having a fire blanket or extinguisher is useful, especially when caravanning in remote destinations.
This should be complemented with a smoke alarm.
In addition to packing an extra pair of tyres, you also need to carry gauges that can confirm air pressure on tyres. A tyre pressure gauge with foot pump keeps the right inflation for different terrains.
WD-40 3-in-1 Oil
Amazing oil made for people with homes on wheels, WD-40 is an essential oil that stays intact and does not evaporate at room temperature, providing for a durable greasing. Excellent on nuts and caravan parts that have rust, the 3-in-1 oil is ideal for periodic cleaning of metal panels in your rig too. Ensure that you buy a trusted brand of greasing oil for your rig.
WD 40 is also excellent for removing squeaky creaking and loosening fixtures.
Fuses and bulbs
A necessity for every caravanner who likes DIY renovation works, spare bulbs keep your caravan lit, day or night. Moreover as a rule of thumb, when replacing exterior bulbs, replace the complete set.
Multimeters can test the electrical surge in your rig and are ideal for testing every wire, before plugging into your main power source.
A multimeter is affordable and lightweight, and can help you break the primary circuit. Electrical testers can ensure safety as well as easily detect fault lines in a wiring pattern.
Grease/ Petroleum Jelly
To loosen and silence creaking hinges and prevent friction between metallic parts when the caravan is on the move, even have a pod of Vaseline. Petroleum jelly is DIY grease, more affordable than caravan grease.
A sandpaper is perfect for removing rust as well as jamming problems in your rig.
A roll of sandpaper cleans corroded screws as well as the stabilizer. Sandpaper also makes wooden shelves smooth and proves a professional addition for DIY renovations.
Axe and Shovel
From setting up a fire pit to collecting your own firewood, axe and shovel are essential to off-road caravanners. An axe and shovel can definitely spice up your outdoor cooking experience!
Side Wall Patches for Puncture repair
You can’t always count on finding a local garage to repair a punctured sidewall on your tyre.
A quick fix is to use patches for a puncture enough to take you to the garage. With a tube of rubber solution, tyre lever and sand paper in addition to the patches, you’re good to go!
Utility Gloves and Gum boots
Utility gloves, made of high quality and resistant to tearing, can get you through any repair that is needed to be done. In addition, packing a pair of gum boots will help you tread an uncertain territory without any harm.
Aquarolls are highly useful when you’re setting up an outdoor camping space with an exterior shower or water drum.
It can save the time and energy of carrying heavy water containers.
A soldering iron is excellent for routine repairs.It melts broken metals and join them, thus preventing future breakages.
A complete drill set and a cordless drill make maintenance and renovations highly affordable.
This is a great replacement for the electronic screwdriver and a ideal match for screws minus the hassle!
Rags and Bucket
Whenever you’re spring cleaning or doing maintenance checks, it is ideal to use clean rags when dealing with sensitive electronic parts of your rig as well as your windowsills. A handy tool, a bucket is another essential for carrying a sizeable amount of water too.
In addition, you’ll need a pair of earmuffs. Besides the above essential tools for a caravanner, carrying new age or multipurpose tools can save time, energy and money.
Note that the tools you must carry are the ones vital to DIY troubleshooting your caravan.