Over the years I have added and removed items form the cab
for easy reach. A bit like fine tuning my storage of frequent used tools along
the tracks and trails.
This has taken some time to refine to an actual point
where I think it’s pretty well spot on (well for my needs anyway). So all the
items listed below is what is within arm’s reach of the driver seat.
Please note this list does not include vehicle mounted
radios and GPS units, it’s more of a basic but useful tool list. (see this link for Ronny’s comms and GPS NAV’s)
Big small tool kit in
a surprising place:
Tools And Gadgets To Have In The Cab.
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In my 79 series LandCruiser there is really not that much
room to store items unless you look hard and think outside the box.
very basic build there is loads of unseen space to store items and bags and one
particular spot is under the front seats. There is loads of room under there
and enough room to fit a fairly comprehensive small tool bag kit (custom kit),
tool roll (spanner kit), rapid tyre deflator and a tyre gauge. All this under
the driver seat.
This kit can sort out most minor repairs along the tracks and
trails fairly fast and comes in handy 99% of our trips.
In the back I do carry
a larger tool kit but it’s locked away and under everything in the rear and this
is also the main reason I placed my ‘comprehensive’ small tool kit in the cab
so I can and will fix the minor problems without having to dig and search for
tools. It breaks the lazy barrier…
One more thing, I firmly believe that having good quality tools
goes a long way to making the tasks easier and less stressful, also you are
less likely to break a tool or round off a bolt head/nut or screw head.
Trimming tracks/trails and keeping clean while
doing the dirty work:
In the cab I carry 2 pairs of gloves, one set for dirty work
and recoveries and the other set (a rubber chemical pair of gloves) for
refilling diesel into and from jerry cans. In the middle of nowhere wasting
drinking water to wash your hands is not the best idea, wearing gloves will
prevent this and keep your hands safe.
Along with the gloves I also carry a retractable saw (and
sometimes the machete) for trimming the tracks ahead, this is one of the most
important items to have when traveling the tracks less travelled as big
branches ready to slam into your windscreen, snorkel, awning or anything else
you have attached to your vehicle will be across the tracks ready to do damage.
Important Tools & Gadgets in my reversed storage
When driving at night having spot lights and bar lights is
great but what if you drop something outside or inside the vehicle or hit
something along the tracks (animals, logs, rock etc.)?
This is where a few
touches come in handy! A small one for the vehicle for the inside/quick tasks
and a big/bright one for the outside inspections and repairs. With both options
I have found it to be most useful.
UHF handheld radio falls in this storage area as well,
having a handheld radio makes things a lot easier when you have to get out of
the vehicle and guide someone in a hurry.
Other Tools and Gadgets within arm’s reach:
The trusty old bush hat is a must have especially if you
travel Australia, no need to fry your head when you have the bush hat just
there within reach!
Binoculars I consider very important for those who travel
alone or often lead convoys.
When leading convoys it’s important to see what’s
ahead on narrow beaches, rough tracks and even navigation reference points
before leading the entire convoy to an impassable section of beach, dead end
track or simply just the wrong way. Binoculars will come in handy in these
Tools and Gadgets shown in the video:
Various tools mostly
Gear Ring Spanners and
screw drivers Kincrome
Retractable and foldable saws:
Fiskars Power Tooth
Orange no name brand
Ansell Heavy Duty
Pro Choice Gloves
DC Rechargeable Small
LED light: http://www.altronics.com.au/p/x0205-rechargeable-car-accessory-led-torch/
Coleman Battery Lock
Divide +700, very bright LED 700 lumen touch
Legend Ultra HD FOV340 (field of view 340ft at 1000 yards)
Handheld UHF, GME TX685 3 Watt IP67 UHF CB
And a plain old bush
Rapid tyre deflator