πŸ›  Tools for Full Time RV Living! [RV Tools] Changing Lanes!



We’ve had many requests for a video on the tools we carry for full time RV living, so here it is!
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πŸ…± Full Blog Post: https://changinglanesrv.com/tools-for-full-time-rv-living

The variety and quantity of tools one will need on the road full time will vary greatly based on a number of factors. The type of projects you will handle yourself is the primary factor.

If you’re full time RV living like us, bring everything you can. Particularly if you have no home base like us. If you’re part time, just bring the basics (socket set, screwdrivers, etc). You can complete the big projects when you’re at your home base with access to all of your tools.

But, even part-timers and weekenders should have some essentials on hand.

— Essential Tools (for EVERY RVer)! —
βœ… ViAir Compressor! (https://changinglanesrv.com/viair) – An absolute must, to maintain your tires!
βœ… Craftsman Mechanics Tool Set, SAE / Metric, 135-Piece (https://amzn.to/2z4r5NS)
βœ… Gorilla Duct Tape (https://amzn.to/2z8K5ec) – A million uses!
βœ… Rechargeable Headlamp (https://amzn.to/2WAXLqr) – Hands-free lighting!
βœ… Kobalt 6x-Speed Double Drive Screwdriver Set (https://amzn.to/3b3f0FQ) – Wicked cool ratcheting screwdriver!
βœ… Kobalt Folding Lockback Utility Knife (https://amzn.to/35qLSqZ) – You WILL need to cut stuff!
βœ… WD40 Specialist White Lithium Grease Spray (https://amzn.to/2z3cp1m) – Hitch, etc.
βœ… BOESHIELD T-9 Rust & Corrosion Protection and Waterproof Lubrication (https://amzn.to/2z6Yase) – Great stuff!

— Essential for Full Time (Likely Will Need) —
βœ… DeWALT 20V 0.25β€³ 3-Speed Impact Driver : https://amzn.to/2z1JHhx
βœ… Craftsman Driver Bit Set: https://amzn.to/2yoCV5d
βœ… Craftsman Impact Bit Set: https://amzn.to/3dgbbyJ
βœ… Craftsman Drill Bits: https://amzn.to/2KSg059
βœ… Luisladders 16.5 Feet A-Frame Telescopic Ladder: https://amzn.to/2z8jptH
βœ… Alpha Systems 1021 Self-Leveling RV Sealant (https://amzn.to/3c34M9G) – Check with your RV Manufacturer to get the right kind.
βœ… TEKTON 3/4 Inch Drive Click Torque Wrench (50-300 ft.-lb.) – https://amzn.to/2KXlwU8
βœ… AirTec Lube Shuttle No Mess Grease Gun Kit (https://amzn.to/2SymhHc)
βœ… Klein Tools MM700 Multimeter (https://amzn.to/3b07lbo) – All kinds of RV Uses!

— Good-To-Have Tools —
βœ… Portable Work Bench (https://amzn.to/2zVsQ0f)
βœ… Gaffer Tape (https://amzn.to/35twjyU) – Less sticky for temporary taping tasks.
βœ… Estwing Sure Split Wedge (https://amzn.to/2W04Z8f) – For splitting wood.
βœ… Estwing Sure Strike 3-Pound Sledge Hammer (https://amzn.to/35rUBcf) – Bam!
βœ… Orange Screw: The Ultimate Ground Anchor (https://amzn.to/3c33goi) – Great in soft ground
βœ… Heavy Duty Tent Stakes (https://amzn.to/2yoCV5d) – Great in hard ground.
βœ… Black Bungee Cords (https://amzn.to/2YrNMpE) – we use these to tie down our awning shade.
βœ… Milwaukee Step Drill Bit Kit for metal (https://amzn.to/2KYav50) – For drilling into frame etc.
βœ… Hex Key Wrench Set (https://amzn.to/2xuMJKJ)
βœ… 600-Lumen Led Rechargeable Work Lamp (https://amzn.to/3fhnkoD)
βœ… Fiskars Steel Bypass Pruning Shears (https://amzn.to/3b5Lu2s) – For those pesky branches!
βœ… Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer (https://amzn.to/2WAY4l5) – For the griddle, bearings, etc.
βœ… Plastic Telescoping Inspection Mirror (https://amzn.to/2ydRjxq) – Great for inspecting suspension.
βœ… Waterless RV Wash Wax Mop Kit (Wash-Wax-All) (https://amzn.to/3d9bs6o) – Rv Dry Wash
βœ… Bernzomatic Multi-Purpose Trigger-Start Torch (https://amzn.to/2VYyPKh) – Burn stuff with style!
βœ… Mini D Handle Shovel (https://amzn.to/2SwbBJs) – For when you run over that mailbox!
βœ… EZ Out Screw Extractor Kit (https://amzn.to/2WnvTWr) – Remove stripped screw heads.
βœ… Universal Lug Wrench, 4-Way Cross Wrench (https://amzn.to/2YB5Hu2)
βœ… 1/2 Inch Drive Premium Breaker Bar (https://amzn.to/2WqyMGd)
βœ… Heavy Duty Tire Repair Kit (https://amzn.to/2WnTV3K)
βœ… Dremel 3000 (https://amzn.to/3dfotLV) – Such an awesome multi-purpose tool!
βœ… PEX Cinch Clamp/Ear Hose Clamps Tool (https://amzn.to/35tByyA) – Plumbing repairs and mods.
βœ… Milwaukee 48-22-4200 Pex/Tubing Cutter (https://amzn.to/3b07b3M)

— Related Videos —
πŸŽ₯ Travel Day Checklists – https://youtu.be/uPXNmS0IBRQ
β€”- Downloadable Checklists – https://changinglanesrv.com/pre-travel-rv-checklists/
πŸŽ₯ Easy RV Dry Wash (and Blue Beacon) – https://youtu.be/P_7zoBI3PG4
πŸŽ₯ RV Geeks Get Your RV’s Basement Under Control – https://youtu.be/081T4ZPQtK8
πŸŽ₯ RV Keyless Entry by RV Lock: https://youtu.be/cdsojQxggYY

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50 thoughts on “πŸ›  Tools for Full Time RV Living! [RV Tools] Changing Lanes!

  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    I get to tell you something on the lube replace the white lithium with Napa Chain and Cable lube it doesn’t smell or stain also comes with an extension hose so you can pin point and unlike the lithium it does gel but doesn’t dry great for door hinges power steps and of corse bike chains. One last thing wheel grease find Teflon grease on Amazon

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    That was a fun video, I was an Army mechanic so I can relate to this video πŸ”§πŸ§°

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Dude…You have enough tools to build a skyscraper…I was expecting a set of channel locks, vise grips and a screwdriver …lol

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    How do you have the sunshade and track lighting at the same time. You had a video that said you put in new led lighting in the track.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Another use for that shovel is to act as a lever to raise a tire/wheel when changing. slide the point under the tire and push down on the handle then push wheel on to the lugs.A block of wood can be used as a fulcrum if needed.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Did you have to worry about payload weight with the tool box and all of the tools in it?

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Just sub’d, loved this video, future rv’ers here and your videos are very informative, can’t wait to watch the follow up to this one

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Hey guys just love watching you guys do your thing. I have a great idea for you for the blower when you have wet or damp wood that won't stay lit use the blower and blow it at the bottom and it turns it into an inferno and on really cold nights the heat it astronomical. Keep up the great work.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    I love your videos. However I'm thinking you need to scale that truck and start looking for a MDT to pull the rig. You've got more "stuff" than me or anybody I know and I retired from the auto repair business. HA!

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    And my wife thinks I carry too many tools…LOL. Great list, I be buying more that I saw I "need".

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Great video. What are your thoughts of a floor jack for changing tires on the RV?

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    You do NOT screw around haha. This was great to watch. You guys are awesome, thanks for the insight!

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Great job Shipmate! Yes I love doing new projects because I know I'll need a new toy, I mean tool, for it and will always have that tool for later!

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Well, I was thinking I would have to eliminate most of my tools as they would be over kill. Now, I think I must keep them all! πŸ™‚

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Maybe you have gone over this – How do you get all of these items shipped to you if you are full time? Do you have a home base or do you change where your packages are sent to?

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Chad my friend. You have a serious addiction to tools. You need to find a Tool Anonymous. LOL But then my wife says I'm that way with BBQ Equipment. I have 2 Offset smokers, a Pellet grill/smoker, a 60 inch pig roaster, a 2 burner Camp Chef stove with 14 X 17 and a 14 X 32 inch Griddle top. So besides BBQ I got into Cowboy Cooking. I have a bunch of Cast Iron Skillets and Dutch Ovens and a campfire rack to hang Dutch Ovens and a campfire grate to sit pots and pans on to cook directly over fire. And of course you need a thousand dollars worth of accessories to cook with. LOL Luckily we're seasonal and have a shed that we can put most of this stuff in but I also have several of the things at home as well.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    "'Why do you have a blower?' Uh, because, we wanna blow stuff!" That's all the reason you need! πŸ˜‚

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Just thought I carried everything, you are the man πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Home Depot not Lowe’s, Ken Langone the founder of Home Depot is a great American patriot

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Wow! Chad lit up like a little kid in this video. Way to hang in there Tara. My hubby drags me into Lowes occasionally too.😩

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Chad I can just see the PRIDE on your face! Me Man "My Tools"! All kidding aside good job and good information.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    I've been looking forward to the "tools" video. Holy crap! I think I'll start with the air compressor and work up.
    This is my first week of retirement. Feels very different.
    Probably won't be a full-timer but we'll definitely be near a lake and I'll pick up some of the things you mentioned that I think would be good to have. Thanks again. Well done.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    you pull tools out of your truck box,,,like clowns coming out of a vw!! How can you get so much in so little?

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    In one of your videos you mentioned you were Navy. I’m assuming surface/carrier sailor. I’m Navy too, Submarines. Love your videos. Curious if you have some type of PM system for maintenance on your trailer?

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    This might be a crazy question how do you guys receive your mail

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Poor Tara. Prolly can only take 1 shirt with the weight after all these tools! πŸ˜‚

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    This is the male equivalent of moms bragging about their kids hahaha

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Oh I forgot.. do you guys names for your rig and truck.. nicknames like in the Navy?

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Hi Chad, as we get on the road soon full time (a possibility with a GD 373fb-r). I wanted to befriend you guys and if we get a chance to meet and talk about the somethings of Rving, etc over a cold beer, my favorite too. You guys are awesome and you really know what is going on. I am excited to get settled into a new life of RVing. Just in better condition than Robin Willams's movie "Rving". πŸ™‚ L.O.L My wife and I are setting ourselves up with fulltime remote businesses while on the road. The one job for me: simplifiedwebdesigns.com and her's company is called: everysoulsjourney.com. I think that is a great idea to have friends in the RV world and help each other out when you can..

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Hi Chad, at the 9 minute mark you talk about BOESHIELD which caught my attention because I also have the RVLocks sticking to the point they stay retracted. I bought some of that spray and the locks are still having issues. Do you have any video showing how you do the rvlock maintenance or what suggestions do you have to loosen these up?

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Lets not stereotype, here! LOL I grew up as grease monkey to my dad, and I'd rather go to Lowe's or Home Deopt and get lost in the tool department than shop for clothes! I'm not your typical gal. I know my way around a toolbox, and I'd have trouble downsizing! LOL
    Hmmm…I had a set of EZ-outs, and they did not work. All they did was make a hole in the head of the screw, and did not grab at all. I ended up having to bash them in with a hammer and use a new screw! And yes, I double-checked the instructions to be sure I was using them correctly… (But then, they don't make screws like they used to, do they? It seems you just look at them wrong, and the head strips out!)
    HA! Breaker bar brings back memories. A friend and I were trying to replace the head gasket on her car. One of the bolts would NOT come loose, even after 24 hours soaking in penetrating oil. So, we got out the breaker bar..and yep…there it came. Or so we thought. Turns out, we'd broken the bolt, and then had to drill out the rest and put in a heli-coil!
    Dremel–I have a couple, and the circular saw blade that fits on the end has been lost, and I've searched everywhere, and no one carries them! All they have on offer is the little Dremel circular saw tool that takes about a 3" or 4" saw blade. The one for the end-mount on the original Dremel is only about an inch across, if that.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    I couldn't imagine bringing all that equipment with me that's the kind of stuff I leave at home you have a lot of great wonderful tips though I enjoy watching your video I hope both of you stay safe and enjoy your lifestyle

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Damn, I'm gonna need a bigger tool box…..LOL You have everything, if not more, than I have at my sticks and bricks! and I can see the need for everything you've mentioned! I think I'm going to have to use some "what-if-this-happens"-"scare-tactics" with my wife to convince her to let me spend a few grand in Home Depot or Lowes πŸ™‚ Because NOW, I won't feel comfortable with traveling without all of my tools πŸ™‚ GREAT VIDEO! -Todd

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    Good info. Tool addict…..Good when you need them. Always need them when you get rid or lend them out. You know it.

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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    i was NAVY, highly un motovated to stay my, first ship was the AMPHION where i ran into a shitty chief, he first had me clean heads, then he had me clean the compartment, then he had me mess cooking,when i returned he wanted to have me clean heads again, claiming i was new to the division, i had had enough, i asked to see the captain, i was quickly put to work hand grinding water valves, huge valves 8 and 10 inches across, nand grinding for a water tight seal.
    my second ship was the alstede, refrigerated freighter(WW2 surplus,) i made one trip to the med , hen on the way home(Norfolk, ) we blew the number 2 freezer, and they junked the ship ,
    my third ship was the ARCTURUS a sister ship, she was exactly the same, there was only one difference, a ladder was on the right not the left, i made three trips to the med (Acting as throttleman) and i noticed just before each port he transfered me TO another shift, meanwhile HE went ashore i asked to see the officer, who promptly had me arrested, reduced in rank and tansferred me back to the AMPION, the only good thing was the NAVY let me (And everyone else) out 4 months early (Winding down from Viet nam) i left the NAVY thoroughjly pissed, and was glad to go home, im not proud of my stint.
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  • February 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm
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    How many beers do you drink and what does your wife drink?
    Do you protect yourselves with weapons?

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