By Chris Dougherty
Certified RV technician
There are two things that are used frequently in RVs: staples and brad nails. The staples that are used require a special tool and an air compressor, but the brads really don’t. Here’s a tool I carry that has come in pretty useful on a bunch of occasions.
A stapler/brad nailer is quite helpful when re-securing all the molding and trim found in many RVs. In addition, if a section of paneling comes loose, the brads can be used to secure the panel easily. The stapler side of the tool is useful around the campsite for doing things like stapling a piece of plastic over your firewood to keep it dry from the rain and so on. It can also be used with plastic sheeting or tarps in the event of an “emergency” where a leak has to be sealed or diverted.
There are a number of these tools available from your local home center, along with a variety of staples and brads to choose from, or you can find the DeWalt DWHTTR350 heavy-duty aluminum stapler/brad nailer at Amazon.