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Breaking Down the Tool Roll

Breaking Down the Tool Roll


Is a tool roll really THAT much better than a tool box? Yes. Yes, it is. Why? Because with one hand movement, you can see everything that you’re working with, which is especially useful when your rig isn’t working.

What do I put in my tool roll?

What should be in your tool roll depends on two factors. First, and most obvious, is your vehicle make and model. What kind of rig do you have and what tools would you need to repair it 50 miles from civilization? Second, how many other vehicles will you need to support when trouble strikes? Plan to be the most prepared driver in your crew, and go beyond the immediate needs of your truck. (Think extra heavy duty zip ties, bailing wire, lubricant, J-B Weld, etc.)

What types of tools do I need?

The four basic categories for tools are: 

  1. Basic tools (screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc.)
  2. Lubrication (grease gun and cartridges)
  3. Electrical (wire, wire connectors, heat shrink tubing, butane soldering tool, fuses)
  4. Specialty (unique to your rig, unique to trail repairs and/or you need to literally create something that doesn’t yet exist)

What type of tool roll should I get?

There are plenty of tool roll options on the market. We chose the Adventure Tool Company ShopRoll ($99.99) and paired it with their Medium Gear bag ($79.99). Note: These are not cheap options, but the craftsmanship and materials are the definition of ‘buy once, cry once’ and these pieces will last decades. Plus Adventure Tool Company offers a lifetime warranty. 

Tools not easily packed into the roll hang out in an ATC tool bag that opens on hinges like a medic bag. The wide opening allows for easy access to oddly-shaped speciality, electrical, and lubrication tools. No need to dig for what you need in a tool box.

What happens when I don’t have all the things I need for a proper repair?

There is a time and a place for best practices when it comes to repairs. While we fully support a properly implemented repair job, we also fully appreciate that when you’re trying to get your loved ones back to civilization, you should permit yourself the use of zip ties and bailing wire. Moreover, you should prepare for this moment with a wide variety of electrical tape in your “enormous bag of holding.” (D&D anyone?)

The contents of your tool roll should be perfect for your vehicle and those in your party. When stocking your tool roll, prepare for best practices but also plan to fix it just good enough to make it back home.

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(And while we’re talking tools, don’t forget the other important kit to pack out… Your First Aid Kit.)

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  1. Very well done and to the point! Will definitely be going through my tools to be more vehicle specific. I know i can shave some weight as i put everything but the kitchen sink in mine!!

  2. Motivated to bring down my tool kit to what I need plus a little extra for other vehicles. Currently carrying an entire tool set around with me..

  3. One more thing to carry is a inexpensive mat that you roll up to the diameter of a soda can, when you beak down it partly save your knees if your in shorts and keep you from getting very dusty and dirty from your back..