We’ve covered what YOU need, now it’s time for what YOUR RV needs for the trip to Alaska! With long stretches between towns, it’s best to be over prepared rather than under prepared.
You can prioritize the needs of your rig, while I give you my thoughts on why each item could be valuable. Most of these items you probably already have in your garage or RV.
- A Well Stocked Tool Kit: Even if you’re not mechanically inclined the person who stops to help you might be. I prefer a soft sided tool bag. Make sure you have the tools needed to change a tire and double check that you have a socket to fit your lug nuts. A variety of nuts, bolts, and screws could really save your hide. I keep a few basic tools in easy reach, such as a multi-bit screw driver, crescent wrench, pliers, etc.. This saves you from having to unpack the whole tool kit just to tighten a screw.
- Spare Tire: Please make sure there’s air in it! Since we are talking about tires it doesn’t hurt to have some tire plugs, fix a flat and a small air compressor like you would find built into a battery jumper box. Don’t forget an RV tire pressure gauge that goes as high as the required pressure for your tires.
- Code Reader: I’ve kicked myself for not buying a scan tool years ago, they’re surprisingly affordable and very helpful. If one of the many “Warning Lights” comes on, you can find out if it’s serious or if it can wait until the next town.
- Spare Ignition Coil & Spark Plug: The Ford is a popular chassis for motorhomes. I love my Fords but they have a weak link, Ignition Coils! Ignition coils fail at the worst possible time, leaving you with a horrible miss-fire and no power to pull the hills. Combined with your code reader, you can pin-point which cylinder is missing and replace the coil and plug. On a side note, be sure to know your engines cylinder pattern. I have a saved image in my smart phone of the cylinder pattern for my engine. This tip also goes for any engine or chassis that has well known weak links that can be easily fixed.
- Extra Fluids: Engine Oil, Transmission Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Brake Fluid, Engine Coolant, Air Filter Cleaner/Oil, Generator Oil, etc.. If you have a diesel you might want to have a small gas can with fuel in case you need to prime the fuel filter bowl. Will you need to do an oil change during your trip? If so, I would suggest bringing your own oil and filter.
- Misc. Sprays & Fluids: These always come in handy. WD-40, Silicon Spray, Brake Cleaner, Starting Fluid, Rain X, Holding Tank Deodorizer, etc..
- Electrical Kit & Tools: A handy little plastic box with a variety of fuses and wire connectors is all you need. A pair of electrical pliers, electrical tape, and multi-meter/test light should be included in your tool kit. You might even consider bringing other small items such as brake light bulbs, turn signal bulbs, and interior bulbs for your RV. I also recommend an extension cord and plug adapter because some parks don’t have 30 amp hook ups. One time after driving a bumpy road our hydraulic leveling stopped working. I found the left front tire had worn into the wiring harness leading into the control box. This turned out to be a simple fix with the right tools.
- The Old Alaskan Faithfuls: Duct Tape, Zip Ties, JB Weld, Ratcheting Tie Downs, Bailing Wire, Hose Clamps, and Tow Strap. Enough said.
- Work Clothes: Bring coveralls or clothing that can get dirty if you have to roll around on the ground fixing something. Don’t forget about work gloves because parts of your engine and RV may be hot and dirty.
- Towing Components: If you’re towing you need to consider an extra ball, mount, hitch pin, cotter pin, tow plug, spare tire, etc..
- Jumper Cables: The battery jumper boxes with an air compressor will kill two birds with one stone.
- 2×4, 2×6 & 4×4 Blocks: Wood blocks come in handy all the time. They are especially handy if you need to change a tire and use your leveling jacks to get your tires off the ground.
- Roadside Emergency Kit: These handy kits include flares, warning triangles and first aid items.
Your RV should have everything you need now, including the kitchen sink. I hope this list helps you prepare for your trip to Alaska. Do you have more suggestions? Please put them in the comments section below!