What supplies for quick RV repairs should you pack for a summer road trip? The list is shorter than you might imagine, and everything can fit in the RV basement or under your dinette bench. Better yet, there is no need to hit the pricey RV toolkit section at your camper supply store. Our list can be found at your local hardware or auto parts store.
1. Duct tape
Yes, yes, it’s true! Duct tape can solve many problems until you get to a proper service centre. From securing an open window to a rear bumper that got bumped, a bit of duct tape can hold your RV together. A full roll fits into your basement without crowding out rugs and camp chairs.
2. Spray roof sealant
Roof leaks are one of the most common problems that RV owners encounter. There is no need to cut the vacation short when you have a can of spray-on rubber sealant in your toolbox. Clean the ripped area, spray, and let dry. You are good to roll! To prevent any severe damage, be sure to have it checked by a professional as soon as possible when you return from your trip.
3. All-in-one tool kit
Even if you don’t have a stocked tool kit at home, you can find a fully stocked one at the DIY store for less than $100. Better yet, they are often sold in a durable suitcase-style box. Whether you need a screwdriver, hammer, or wrench, these clever kits have a little of everything. Finally, they easily fit under the bed or dinette bench.
How often have you arrived at the lake in the spring and struggled to get the stairs to unfold? A little can of WD-40 will loosen up those rusty hinges and free up the steps for the season. A quick spray of WD-40 will grease it up from a squeaking suspension to stuck basement hinges. If you protect the little red straw, the contents will stay helpful for years.
5. Electrical tape
From a flickering brake light to a loose cable connection, sometimes you need some sticky black tape to get something to work for the week. Leave the small video roll in your tool kit so it’s easier to find when you are called on for a quick repair.
6. Folding shovel
Have you ever spent two hours finding the sweet spot to level the camper? A shovel allows you to create the needed dive for the wheel in a few minutes. It’s also handy for lighting the fire or diverting water during torrential downpours. Often sold for car safety kits, the handle pops apart to make it more compact.
7. Collapsible ladder
Unless you tow a fifth-wheel or Class A with a ladder mounted to the back, how are you getting on the roof to fix the leak? Today’s collapsible ladders can be as small as 50 cm tall and just 7 cm thick. They can safely support an adult and make untangling your flagpole line a snap.
8. Air compressor
A flat tire is always possible on the road or after sitting on a site all summer. A small compressor must only be plugged into a standard or your car’s auxiliary outlet. Once the tire is inflated, you can safely get to a repair place.
Include RV insurance for when a repair won’t fix the disaster
While a toolkit will help you get past many unpleasant surprises on the road, it won’t help when you lose your rig due to an accident or fire. Adding an RV insurance policy from Wayfarer Insurance Group means you can look forward to another RV vacation without taking a massive hit to your bank account. Give us a call for a quote today.