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Old 10-27-2015, 08:49 PM   #31
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I have a bottle jack. Much more compact.
However, I carry most of my tools in the compartment under the floor at the very back of the RAV4.
It always has lots of heavy stuff on it, and I can't open the rear hatch more than 4 inches when hooked up.
I think I should move the tools.
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Old 10-27-2015, 08:54 PM   #32
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Ya, and hydraulics are for us weaker ones such a gift . But, sometimes they be too tall to fit under your dropped tongue. That's where you get out an entrenching tool.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:12 PM   #33
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This is a good point, Bob.

For 25 years I have had a Leatherman tool on my hip 95% of the time during the day. It is incredibly handy. Before that I always carried a Swiss army knife, but the pliers and couple other tools are now indispensable to me.
Only 95% of the time? Mine's on from the day's start to finish. Change from work clothes to going out clothes, switch belts and the leatherman goes with me. I'd be lost without it, it's just so handy. Love the quality also. I have several cheapies that I take with me when travelling by air. I'd never put my good leatherman in my luggage and hope it was still in there at the other end.

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Old 10-27-2015, 11:57 PM   #34
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I think I kinda started this bizarre group of replies, everyone hauls stuff they think is important.


I'm a former car camper, backpacker, sleeping-on-the-beach camper.. what I no longer do is get off the "beaten path." At my age, I kinda like staying on asphalt, so no longer do I go off down some gravel road into the unknown for miles.


BUT, because I'm a former tent camper... there's nothing in Ten Forward if it breaks, I'd worry too much about fixing (while I'm out). Now, if I'm expecting to be gone for weeks/months... that would be different. BUT, unless the frame brakes... I think I could be just fine. I know how to cook food over a campfire (backpacker), flush a toilet with bottled water (you do carry an empty milk jug right?), etc., etc., etc.


Yep I carry a tool box.. it has a hammer, duct tape, pliers (everyone should experience rounding off a nut), a headlamp (with AA batteries I can steal for something else), and that's about it. I have a garage full of tools (I've rebuilt a 305CID), but I'm camping! Bring it on...
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Old 10-28-2015, 03:47 AM   #35
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I really like those inexpensive folding step stools fit easily in the frount box nice for the shorties like me.
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Old 10-28-2015, 06:48 AM   #36
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I really like those inexpensive folding step stools fit easily in the frount box nice for the shorties like me.
Even at 182 cm (near 6'), I am looking to get one, so I can get into the tool box from the sides of my F150 without climbing like a monkey. It will also serve to help me climb onto the tailgate and into the box.

I looked at the ones that mount to the truck, but to do both sides, and one for the rear, the cost of a stool looks real nice.

Never needed one with the Pilot and 19.
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If we could get Leatherman or Victorinox to incorporate Robertson's, I could make due with just one tool.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:28 AM   #38
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If we could get Leatherman or Victorinox to incorporate Robertson's, I could make due with just one tool.
I have a Gerber multi tool I keep on my bicycle that has a socket which accepts standard screwdriver bits, including Roberson bits. Maybe what you want. But Bob, if that is your only tool, I would love to see you change a tire with it. LOL!

Actually, what nobody has mentioned in this thread is that the most important and indispensable tool is the one you transport between your ears. Using it properly will solve many issues.
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Old 10-28-2015, 07:54 AM   #39
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If we could get Leatherman or Victorinox to incorporate Robertson's, I could make due with just one tool.
The Leatherman Wave has two interchangeable double bits, including a #2 Robertson. I have had 3 Leatherman tools over the years, the last 2 were the Wave. I am extremely hard on these things too. Can't speak enough for the quality of the build.
https://www.leatherman.com/wave-10.html#Tools

If you wish, you can get a full set of driver bits for it. I had a set, but it was stolen with my truck last year. I need to replace it.
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I have a Gerber multi tool I keep on my bicycle that has a socket which accepts standard screwdriver bits, including Roberson bits. Maybe what you want. But Bob, if that is your only tool, I would love to see you change a tire with it. LOL!

Actually, what nobody has mentioned in this thread is that the most important and indispensable tool is the one you transport between your ears. Using it properly will solve many issues.
Hi: C&G in FL... I forgot about my most favorite tool. It's home made from a 4" long piece of 1/2" copper pipe. You simply squeeze one end to almost closed and use it to slip over the pop tops of beer cans... etc. No more broken fingernails. Indispensable!!! Alf
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