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Old 10-13-2012, 06:17 AM   #1
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Gear bags for the trails

I posted this question in here because we all have 2 door and limited space. My family likes going out with me so removing the rear seat is not an option or I would have already done that, and have plenty of room for any kind of bag.

I was wondering what kind of bags you keep your off road gear in? Stuff like winch controllers, straps, cables, snatch blocks, tools, etc.

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Old 10-13-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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I use some cheap toolbags that I picked up at Lowes. They have an 18" bag that I use for tools and a 12" bag I use for recovery gear etc. These things are pretty tough and have held up great. For the price I think its a good deal.

Shop AWP Polyester Zippered Closed Tool Bag at Lowes.com

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Got mine at Harbor Freight Tool. Heavy canvas, lots of pouches for the small stuff, works great. Only damn problem, with everything in it it weighs about 70 lbs!
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heavy canvas bags are best or straps, shackles, snatch block, etc...

I run a toolbox, two canvas bags, MV50, tire iron and cables all behind my rear seat and strapped in.
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I posted this question in here because we all have 2 door and limited space. My family likes going out with me so removing the rear seat is not an option or I would have already done that, and have plenty of room for any kind of bag.

I was wondering what kind of bags you keep your off road gear in? Stuff like winch controllers, straps, cables, snatch blocks, tools, etc.
Get several smaller bags according to what you are going to put in them.

As an example, I have a tire bag. In it is everything I use for tires. Small folding lug wrench, tire plugs, gauge, valvestems and cores, and similar.

I have the tools set up the same way. Pliers, vise grips, hammer, screwdrivers, and specialty tools in one smallish bag, another has 3/8" drive stuff in it and then I have a wrench bag.

There is little worse than being in the middle of a rock strewn trail needing to do a repair and your buddy gets someone to help him carry his 300 lb tool bag over and it takes 30 minutes of digging to find a 3/8" ratchet and another hour to find the 9/16's socket you need.

Plus if I'm laying under a rig in the rocks, I can send one of the ladies up to the rig to fetch something that I need.
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I have some ammo cans I use for chains, tools road flares and such that cant get wet. and some cheap canvas bags for jumper cables, e-tool, etc. I prefer the ammo cans as they're waterproof, and wont tear like a bag might if you put too much in them.
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I have some ammo cans I use for chains, tools road flares and such that cant get wet. and some cheap canvas bags for jumper cables, e-tool, etc. I prefer the ammo cans as they're waterproof, and wont tear like a bag might if you put too much in them.
Careful with ammo can storage, they kind of hurt when they hit your head in the event of a roll over. Be sure to strap or bolt them down.
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I have a couple of ammo cans for recovery tools and lube and a tankers bag I got off of ebay for tools. I want to get a wrench wrap to keep it better organized, but they are too pricey for what I think they are worth so I'm going to make my own out of some old blue jeans. The bag they have at Lowes in the link above looks pretty darn good for the price though.
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Another choice is a company called "DirtBagz". They make good quality off road specific tool rolls and bags, and all come with footman loops to strap them down.
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:42 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the great ideas! I have another question about tire bags, I have a 31 spare at the moment and was wondering if i should put any more weight by getting a tire bag? I know the tailgate can only handle so much weight before it starts to sag and break the hinges.

What kind of tie-down straps do you use. (Sadly securing my gear down didn't cross my mind)
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heavy canvas bags are best or straps, shackles, snatch block, etc...

I run a toolbox, two canvas bags, MV50, tire iron and cables all behind my rear seat and strapped in.
Would you happen to have a pic, just to see the setup and layout?
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:41 PM   #12
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Harbor Freight sale. 16 inch heavy canvas tool bag for 4.99

I picked up several...
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I bought an Operation Desert Storm era tankers tool bag off of eBay for my tools. It's olive drab and actually pretty nice. Has the NSN and everything.

Only problem I have with it is that there aren't any small pockets on it for nuts and bolts and all that.
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Look for a Direct Tool Outlet near you. They sell Ryobi and other leftover heavy nylon tool bags dirt cheap. I used a bunch I them to put my tools and other basement stuff in when I moved to FL.
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The tire iron(4 way) and cables are behind the bags. In the bags I have (2) 20' straps, snatch block, gloves, flat repair kit, (4) 15' ratchet straps, 50' wire (25' 12g 25' 10g ) electrical tape, zip ties, duct tape, 1/4" dr socket set and 3/8"dr socket set, teflon tape and a few other goodies I can't think of... lol

Toolbox has a full compliment of SAE and Metric gear wrenches from 1/4" to 1" and 8mm- 24mm. 1/2" Dr socket set ( mix of SAE and metric), 3 prybars, 3 adjustable wrenches, deadblow, 4lb sledge, (5) u-joints.. 3 for driveshaft and 2 for front axle... 8 screwdrivers, 4 standard 4 phillips, pliers, dikes, needle nose channel locks, awl, 4 vice grips, full set of metric and standard allens... full set of torx bits... and other junk,....
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:54 AM   #16
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Thank you all for posting. I just purchased a tanker bag from eBay to keep my tools and straps in. I really like the look of it and can't wait till I get it.
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I just cram all of the crap behind the seats. Straps, controllers, blocks, etc. then using my left hand I hold it all in place while I quickly pull out my hand and slam the back tail gate.
As an added bonus, unpacking speed is unmatched. Open the tailgate and every tool you are looking for is at your feet ready for use.
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I got this really nice bag from Walmart its a stanley fat max bag. The first one is that one I got and the second one will be the one i am getting. They are relly nice have great pockets and lots of space zippers are heavy duty and they have a hard bottom. Between these and The G.E.A.R. seat covers I believe I will have everything convered in terms of storage.
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I just cram all of the crap behind the seats. Straps, controllers, blocks, etc. then using my left hand I hold it all in place while I quickly pull out my hand and slam the back tail gate.
As an added bonus, unpacking speed is unmatched. Open the tailgate and every tool you are looking for is at your feet ready for use.
That is my current method

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