Sunday, January 29, 2023


RV spare parts you should always carry

By Cheri Sicard
Jared Gillis from All About RVs is back with another terrific video, this time addressing RV spare parts.

We all know we should carry spare parts like spare tires. But Jared says it’s important to keep some other RV spare parts on hand, as well, in order to insure you never get stranded by the side of the road, or stuck somewhere far from home waiting on a spare part to arrive.

Jared prepared a list of the items he feels are most important to keep on hand and why. So what’s on Jared’s RV spare parts list? Let’s explore.

A spare tire – It’s obvious, but you do want to make sure your spare is in useable condition.

Fuses – For 12-volt power inside the RV. No fuse and you could get stuck without a much-needed appliance.

Leaf springs, bearings, shackles, and bolts – These items can prevent you from getting stuck on the side of the road. Jared owns a 5th wheel and these are the items he has seen break and subsequently damage the suspension. You may not need to carry all these things all the time, but if you are headed for parts far and remote, you might want to give yourself some extra insurance and have them on hand, as they may be difficult to find or obtain on your travels.

EternaBond® Tape and Alpha TPO Roof Sealant – These items can help in rain if you develop leaks.

Electric connectors and crimp fittings – These can help if you have to adjust any electrical connections.

Plumbing parts – Within this subcategory, Jared recommends carrying a crimp tool, PEX crimp clamps, PEX fittings, and a SharkBite™ clamp.

Jared has a few other tips and items, so watch the video, make yourself an RV spare parts kit, and be ready for whatever the road throws at you.

*Disclaimer: This video does not necessarily indicate the views of Cheri Sicard or Please take all information with a grain of salt and do your own research. 



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1 month ago

My spare tire kit: (class A MH, 22.5 wheels, 450 ft lb torqued nuts) consists of a comfortable folding chair, and spare beer. I will be relaxed and hydrated while I wait for Coach-net to come to my aid.

Thomas D
1 month ago

Great idea but carrying a set of springs and shakles and related stuff will most likely push most rvs over the weight limit. If you change one side, do both so it’s equal. You don’t hav e to know how, just have the stuff so a mechanic can do it. A set of wheel bearings and races is in my spare kit

1 month ago

Excellent Jared! Always learn something new – even after 30+ years of Rving! As we have a 34′ class A motorhome several of these items do not apply like shackles! However, I do carry extra fan belts, spare tire, wheel bearings and seals, the ever lovin’ duct tape and WD-40 and other miscellaneous items which I can’t remember off the top of my head!

I especially like your enthusiasm and to the point presentations. Well done!

Sue Pendarvis
1 month ago

This has good information in general but i feel like it should be mentioned at the beginning that since you have a 5th wheel, these might be more for trailers since a spare tire for class A isn’t as practical. But in addition, those with motors have some other items they should also keep. Fuel filters and belts for the motor. We also keep an aquahot service kit since we are all electric and this is our heat when heat pumps aren’t sufficient as well as our hot water. And anyone with a generator may need a fuel filter for it also.

1 month ago

You should also carry a spare fresh water pump.

1 month ago
Reply to  Nick

Agreed, toilet repair parts also.

1 month ago

Not spare parts, but I carry both a small air compressor and one of the small battery packs. Have needed them both over the miles.

Bob p
1 month ago

Most newbies are not going to be able to use any of these things, only seasoned RVers know how to use these items and we all ready know about the spare parts.

1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

As a newbie for two years I enjoy these videos and they are helpful. So Bob remember you were once a newbie and please don’t suggest not having these videos. They are not a waste of time. Thank you for all these videos

Bob M
1 month ago
Reply to  John

I don’t see where Bob p is suggesting not having the videos. Plus Bob p is right, newbie’s may not know how to replace or safely do a repair. I’m mechanically inclined and was a mechanical inspector, but have never replaced a leaf spring. Would have to read up on how. Best thing is read rvtravel and learn from the articles and commenters.

Cheri Sicard
1 month ago
Reply to  John

Thank you. I find them useful too and I am not a newbie.

1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

Even a seasoned motorhome owner, ex large sailboat owner, and retired engineer learns something new from these articles. I am never too old to learn something new!

Last edited 1 month ago by Joe
Cheri Sicard
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Thank you for the kind words. And Bob, just because you don’t like something or it does not apply to YOU, does not mean it won’t apply to anyone.

1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

How does one become a seasoned RVer without learning along the way? – Unless others were like me and born with a wrench in one hand and a hammer in the other. My mom never forgave me for that.

Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 Oh, your poor mom, Kelly! Have a healthy and terrific 2023! 😀 –Diane at

1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

As a newbie some 30+ years ago and over all those years, I managed to fix every item including major water leaks, structural, delamination, and mechanical items as well. I am not a mechanic, nor an Rv expert by any means – but I learned as all new Rv’rs will. And I learned alot from YouTube and videos like this one from Jared. Like the saying goes, “have very deep pockets or if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer – don’t buy an Rv!” Newbie or otherwise!!

1 month ago
Reply to  Bob p

Did someone get up on the wrong side of the bed… Bob p?

Cheri Sicard
1 month ago
Reply to  Cee

It’s Bob’s usual side of the bed as it is a typical comment from him.

1 month ago
Reply to  Cheri Sicard

Thanks Cheri. Maybe he’s sad and lonely; that might explain his negative attitude. Or maybe he has no patience for those that aren’t “seasoned RVers”… like himself. Possibly he gets off on seeing the reactions to his dismissive comments. I’ve been RVing for several decades and am still learning thanks to you and the other RVTravel writers.

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