Top Tools for Summer RV Travel

Top Tools for Summer RV Travel

Reposted from the KOA blog: 

Don’t forget these tools before hitting the road for your summer RV travel.

Summer. With just that one word, visions of bliss and fun in the sun emerge — visions of reading a book in your favorite camping chair right next to your RV parked at your favorite KOA campsite; visions of driving through the night to get to the next exciting destination on your summer road trip; visions of sitting on the calm lake waters in your boat, fishing pole in hand; visions of barbecuing your secret recipe ribs during your weekend camp trip; visions of packing your RV and feeling that unparalleled excitement of getting out on the road.

It is summertime, and you know this one’s full of adventures that is sure to make it the best summer yet.

However, before you embark on your summer journey, you want to make sure you have everything you need. You don’t want to be that person that says “Darn! I can’t believe I forgot ____!”

We aren’t talking about making sure you have the right clothes or making sure your RV fridge is stocked. We are talking about making sure you have the right tools for your RV, should you need them.

It is always better to err on the safe side, so let’s take a look at some of the tools you want to be sure you’ve got in your RV before your visions of the perfect summer take complete control.

Though dealing with RV troubles during your camping trip is never fun, if you are properly prepared to handle them, things will be much less stressful.

And that preparation starts with making sure you’re equipped with the right tools. Though this list is not all-inclusive, these are the top tools you should always travel with in your RV.

Toolbox Tools

These tools are ones that — yep, you guessed it — go in a toolbox. These are typically what you will reach for when problems arise, big or small.


It’s a good idea to have a couple different types of pliers — one needlenose and at least one locking one to help hold machine nuts.


You should have a Phillips head and a flat-bladed screwdriver to help you tighten and loosen screws.

Pocket Knife

Whether you’re camping in an RV or camping in a tent, a pocket knife is always a necessity.

Tape Measure

You never known when a towel rack will need fixing or you want to make a quick modification to your RV. In these cases a tape measure is an invaluable tool.

Small Drill Bit Set

You want the sizes of the drill bits to range from 1/16-inch to ¼-inch.

Cordless Drill

This will come in handy when you need to make holes for something. A cordless drill is also great to use in case your RV gets a flat tire and you need to raise and lower your stabilizing jacks.

Socket Wrench Set

This set will be good to have around in case you need to tighten or loosen bolts and nuts.

Other Tools

While the above toolbox tools are necessary, there are other tools that don’t belong in that little red box that you will need while in your RV.

Super Glue

This doesn’t need much of an explanation – super glue can be used to glue together almost anything.

Duct Tape

Another one that doesn’t require introduction, duct tape is a (not-so-pretty) fix-all that you will definitely want in your RV.

Zip Ties

These are great to have on hand in case you need to hold wires together. It also works as a fastener, and a means of unclogging your RV drain!

Fire Extinguisher

This one’s pretty obvious — in case of fire, use.

Extra Fuses

It’s possible a fuse could blow in your RV, and you don’t want to be without power to certain parts of your vehicle. So bring along some extra fuses just in case.


This is great to have whether you have a problem with your RV or whether you just want to read your book after everyone else has gone to sleep.

Two-Way Radios

Chances are you’ll be traveling into some areas void of cell service. And if your camping crew decides to split up, two-way radios are a great way to find each other.


From barbecues and campfires to many things in between, a box of matches is definitely an RV staple.

You may never need to use some of the above tools, but they are good to have on hand just in case.


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