NMBR's Trail Tool Kit Advice - The Basics of Assembly & Organization
NMBR's Trail Tool Kit Advice - The Basics of Assembly & Organization - Assemble a trail tool kit that fits your vehicle. Find every last piece of fastening hardware on your vehicle (nuts, bolts, screws, etc.) and and match it with the appropriate tool for removal. Compile a list of the tools required to work on your rig and update the list as you upgrade suspension, steering, armor and such. It is better to find out you don't have that 22mm socket or T55 [Torx] at home rather than on a remote shelf road. Use your trail tool kit in your garage to get acquainted with what works, what does not, and what is lacking. If you keep a quality set of sockets, ratchets and wrenches in your garage tool box, but keep a cheap or inferior set in your vehicle tool kit, you should reverse those roles. Those Snap-On ratchets at home will do you little good when you are holding a broken [cheap] one on the trail. Once your vehicle tool kit is satisfactory, choose a tool storage system that makes things easy to access and takes up as little space as possible. Go for soft sided storage that keeps things quiet and tightly organized. This past spring, New Mexico Backroads selected Adventure Tool Company's heavy waxed canvas bags and tool roll when rehabbing and reorganizing the NMBR Rubicon's on-board tool kit. Paul at Adventure Tool Company [or ATC] also custom made an extra large re-enforced tool bag to carry some big, heavy tools; aptly labeled "FUBAR KIT".
Go Boldly with NMBR - Over the past decade, NMBR has written a 40-page overland article series with topics ranging from field kit assembly, to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, to equipment and gear advice. These articles, paired with extensive checklists and instructions, are provided to registered NMBR's tour and training participants as a solid foundation for what to expect, how to prepare, and what to bring for the adventure. During the pre-trip planning and preparation period, NMBR will is available to provide expert opinion and feedback to registered participants for any questions or concerns related to getting ready and gearing up for the adventure. During the NMBR's tours and training, NMBR will revisit many of the topics that were covered in the pre-trip period with in field demonstrations and lessons. The self-sufficient aspect of NMBR guided expeditions, overland adventures and training courses challenges and prepares participants for their future 4WD based endeavors—to go boldly, prepared, and with confidence.