Every RVer has a typical toolbox. After all, it would be pretty difficult to get along without such basic tools as a screwdriver, hammer, and one or more pairs of pliers. Things break, and while fixing them isn’t usually too difficult, some tools are required. This means it is only sensible to always keep these types of tools on hand.
That said, the most seasoned RVers have added to the basics over the years. New repairs crop up and new items creep in, and eventually the well-traveled RVer’s toolbox is quite full and incredibly useful.
Here are a few of the unusual, yet super handy products you might find floating around in just such a toolbox. Toss them into yours, and you’ll be well-prepared no matter what may come up.
If you have ever had a roof tear, you know what a pain it can be to patch. This is where Eternabond tape steps in. This tape, originally made for the roofs of houses, is so incredibly strong that is holds up through all sorts of weather and looks no worse for the wear. It is the perfect solution for those who aren’t a fan of messy, frustrating patch kits, and can even be used to reseal around vents or skylights in a pinch.
Okay, so this is one we have all heard of, but have you tried it? This stuff is incredible. Gorilla Tape holds up to tons of abuse, making it ideal for short-term heavy-duty fixes. It has proven invaluable for patching a leaky hose when we couldn’t get a new one right away, and was perfect when we needed to hold a window closed despite its broken locking mechanism. Heck, I think this tape would probably even hold up a broken bit on the outside of your RV until you could get to a shop.
A leaking fresh, gray, or black tank can be a real nightmare. After all, replacing a tank entirely costs hundreds of dollars, and most people don’t have that kind of money just sitting around.
Often this leads RVers to attempt to mend the crack or hole themselves. Unfortunately, the typical super adhesives out there just won’t work, and using them will probably only make the crack grow bigger.
Fortunately, there’s Plasti-Mend. This stuff is less than pleasant to work with. It’s gooey and it smells bad, but it does work. It does this by chemically welding the plastic back together and it comes out stronger than ever once the repair is complete. This means the repair is permanent, and replacement is completely unnecessary once the Plasti-Mend has been applied.
By stocking up on these products and ensuring your toolbox is always ready to go, you will be ready to fix — or at least patch — a large number of potential issues. Go ahead and start shopping now, so you can continue your adventures even when problems arise.
About the Author:
Chelsea has the amazing opportunity to take part in full-time RV living and traveling with her tiny tribe. She homeschools her five-year-old son as they travel, and takes full advantage of their unique situation by using the entire world as her son’s classroom. A group of total Disney fanatics, Chelsea and her family often find themselves in the Orlando area in order to visit the Disney parks, but they have also visited over 25 of the 50 states with plans to see many more along the way. No matter where her travels take her, Chelsea enjoys riding bikes, gazing at beautiful sunsets, finding new coffee shops, Irish dancing, and sitting around a campfire with her family.
You can join her adventures through her blog, Wonder Wherever We Wander.
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