By Tony Barthel
Your RV’s toolbox should have some string, some duct tape, a set of bit drivers, a hammer and some WD-40. Let me suggest one more thing you should always have – a set of Nite Ize Gear Ties.
What are these, you ask? You know those bendy bread ties that keep the plastic on the loaf of bread? Well, think of these as the industrial versions of that.
The Nite Ize Gear Ties are reusable rubber twist ties that have a soft, grippy rubber coating and some sort of metal inside that allows you to bend and flex them over and over into whatever shape you need. The company makes them from 3” – 64” inches in length.
I use these all the time in our RV and in our home. I use them to tie up hoses and cables, to temporarily hold things that have broken, to hold lanterns to trees or stands, to keep things from flying around inside the RV or inside the pickup on the road. They are terrific. In fact, I’d call them essential.
Recently I found that the strap that holds the holding tank valves to the trailer had broken on a pretty horrible road, and I used one of these ties to hold the tank valves in place for hundreds of miles until I could effect a permanent repair.
What surprises me about these is that I have yet to be able to bend them until they break. My nephew, seeing this as a challenge, spent an entire afternoon repeatedly bending one to see if he could break it – and he couldn’t. This is much better than the Gumby I had a child, where the metal inside the green man finally snapped and you couldn’t bend him into horrible inappropriate poses any longer.
These are pretty simple tools to have – but I do really like them and the quality is good. Bonus: They’re made in the USA, so some creative person came up with a great idea and employed their neighbors to bring it to you.