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Packing For The Trail

Posted in How To on May 1, 2012
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You know what tools and gear to carry in your 4x4, but how and where do you stow all of it? Poor packing can not only lead to lost gear, but could also result in a blow to the back of the head should the load shift while driving.

The Wrangler JK four-door has more room for gear storage than previous model Wranglers but can still get cramped when fully loaded. In lieu of loosely stacking gear and leaving it to become a projectile upon heavy braking or a steep downhill, Rampage Products offers it Rear Sport Rack that creates upper and lower cargo areas to stow and safely secure gear.

You can avoid such dangerous projectile situations by making sure you have the proper provisions for packing your necessary trail tools and equipment. With tools and gear easily at hand and stowed securely you can add peace of mind to your trail prep list and expect your adventures to run that much more smoothly.

The Rear Sport Rack from Rampage Products offers a lightweight and durable construction and features a textured dual-stage powdercoat finish. Forward support legs and gas shocks secure to the rack before it is positioned in the vehicle.

The forward support legs attach to the rear seat mounting bolts using factory hardware.

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We've found Rubbermaid ActionPacker boxes to be great for in-vehicle gear storage as they don’t open up and spill gear unexpectedly - the large latches stay secured until they are opened. One drawback, however, is that the boxes aren’t easy to secure in the cargo area unless you have hooks directly at the side of it so it can cinched down to the floorboard. SWAG Offroad has developed its Baja Bin to solve this dilemma. The Baja Bin is designed to hold an 8- or 24-gallon ActionPacker box and can be secured to the floorboard or other surface so it will stay put in any trail situation. The box is also easily removed for packing/unpacking and locks back in place in seconds.

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Most accomplished trail enthusiasts carry a Hi-Lift Jack in their 4x4 but many fail to stow it securely. While an effective trail tool, a Hi-Lift Jack is not something you want to take to the back of the head during a roll over or other jarring trail situation. Rugged Ridge offers its Tailgate Jack Mount for this purpose. It is compatible with stock and most aftermarket rear bumpers (without tire carriers), as well as the Rugged Ridge XHD rear bumper with or without tire carrier. The sturdy bracket secures the jack in two locations to eliminate vibration.

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Rugged Ridge
Off Road Trails Tools
Tucson, AZ 85743
Mac's Custom Tie-Downs
Sagle, ID 83860
Rampage Products
Corona, CA 92883
MasterCraft Safety
Santee, CA 92071
Swag Off Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Garvin Industries
El Cajon, CA 92020

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