Originally Posted by gizardlizard
The furnace appears to be electronic ignition but the water heater has a pilot. Do most people let the pilot burn while camping? They must. It doesn't use much propane anyway. As good as I am with machinery and electrical/hydraulics, I know nothing about campers. Guess I'll learn. Are there any must have spare parts/tools I should never leave home without? Thanks in advance.
My current Hi-Lo has a water heater with electronic ignition, but I've owned two RVs with pilot lights. When camping I would leave the pilot light on, but I would only turn the thermostat up when we needed hot water. Both units heated water very quickly so this was not an issue.
As far as special tools or spare parts go, here is what I carry:
- 2 long lengths of 12 ga wire with alligator clips - These serve two purposes. They can be used as temporary jumper cables or test leads when troubleshooting. They also can be used to bypass a bad wire by taking the alligator clips off and splicing them into a circuit.
- Variety of crimp-on electrical connectors with connector pliers
- Electrical tape
- Inexpensive multi-meter
- Electrical outlet tester
- A length of potable water line with a few fittings.
- Extra waste dump hose with fittings
- Water hose
- Multi-bit screwdriver with bits to fit all the screws on the trailer. This includes square drive screws and torx screws (used on some door latches)
- Jacks, ramps, etc. required to change tires
- Wrenches to fit all nuts and bolts, including hitch ball, hitch, etc.
- Cordless drill
- Drill bits
- Screwdriver bits
- 3/4" socket for cordless drill - Used to quickly lower or raise the leveling jacks
- Folding T-shaped lug nut wrench
- Spare bulbs, exterior and interior
- Two sets of plastic leveling blocks
- Extra hitch pins
- Hitch ball grease
- Flashlights and headlamp - The headlamp is great for setting up or taking down the camp after dark.
- Extra batteries for flashlights and any other battery operated device
- Assorted nuts/bolts, screws
- Common hand tools
- Quick setting epoxy syringe
I'm sure that I forgot something, but I've carried the above items in RVs for years. There's been a few times that I'm really glad that I did.
Incidentally, don't forget to include tools or spares for your tow vehicle and bikes or motorcycles, if you carry any.