How to Choose and Buy an RV

How to Choose and Buy an RV is the ultimate guide for those times when you want to, well, choose and buy an RV.

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Prices for the paperback version including delivery can vary dramatically.  RVBooks recommends you shop around.  We've included a number of reputable booksellers you may wish to consider. Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of How to Choose and Buy an RV. Just ask.
ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.

Solar Success

Whether you’re building a new home or adding solar to an existing structure, this is the one book you can’t afford to be without.

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ISBN: 978-0-6487945-4-7

The Camper Trailer Book

Fourth Edition

by Collyn Rivers

The Camper Trailer Book was first published in 2006. Camper trailers and usage, however, changed so fast it has been updated several times.

This book has not yet been converted to an eBook format and is not yet available as a paperback. While printed copies of previous editions may still be available, we have decided to publish this new edition of The Camper Trailer Book on this website.

Each week we will add a new section.  Over time the complete book will be available on this site. As each section is added it will also be completely searchable.

If you own or are interested in travelling with a camper trailer you will find this book invaluable.  It covers every issue you are likely to encounter and then some.  We trust you will find this helpful and useful.

The Camper Trailer Book – Chapter 30: Tools and spares

Tools (general)Hose – radiator
Allen keys (metric & imperial)– hose (general)
Centre punch– brake bleeding
Crimping toolOil filter
Cold chisel
Cordless drill(Petrol engines only)
& drill bitsDist. cap, rotor & points
Feeler gauges(or complete distributor)
FilesIgnition coil
– flatSpark plugs & lead
– half roundTiming light
– rat-tail
Funnel (plus gauze strainer)Wheels/Tyres
Grease-gunJack
Hack saw & bladesHi-lift jack
Hammers (light, medium, heavy)Second spare wheel
Mirror – smallInner tube/s
PliersWheel wrench (strong)
– circlipTyre repair kit
– regularBead breaker
– round nosedBreaker bar
Punches (various)Pressure gauge
ScrewdriversTyre levers (3)
– regularTyre pump or compressor
– PhilipsValves
Spanners– valve stem tool
– adjustable (small, medium, large)Wheel nuts (one set)
– oil filter
– open-endedTrailer Spares
– ringLight globes
– sockets– road
– spark plug (petrol engines only)– internal/external
– sump plugStub axle repair kit
TweezersU-bolts and nuts
Work glovesWheel nuts (one set)
Vice gripsWheel bearings (one set)
Tools (electrical)Various
Cable (various)Araldite
Crimp endsBrake fluid
Insulating tapeCleaning rag
Jumper leadsEmery paper
MultimeterEpoxy (two part)
Soldering ironFencing wire
Gasket material & cement
Spares (general)Grease
Air filter/sHose clips
Brake linings, disc padsOil (engine, gearbox, differential/s)
Fan belt/alternator beltRadiator sealant
Fuel pump (complete)Rope
Fuel filterScrews, nuts etc.
FusesSealing tape (water resistant)
Globes (all)Soft wire
WD 40 (or similar)
Wooden blocks (assorted)
Approximate Total Weight: 40–50 kg

Note: Tools and spares listed in normal type will generally be adequate if travelling mainly on major bitumen roads. Those in bold type should be added if you intend travelling in isolated areas. It does not matter that you may not know how to fix things yourself, or even to use tools, but if you do have the tools and the necessary spare bits, someone will invariably come along who does.

Collyn Rivers is a semi-retired automobile research engineer.  He is the author of seven books, five of which are about making RVs and solar work optimally.

How to Choose and Buy an RV

How to Choose and Buy an RV is the ultimate guide for those times when you want to, well, choose and buy an RV.

eBook versions

Paperback version

Prices for the paperback version including delivery can vary dramatically.  RVBooks recommends you shop around.  We've included a number of reputable booksellers you may wish to consider. Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of How to Choose and Buy an RV. Just ask.
ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.