When we got the
UniMoG, one of our first orders of business was to figure out what
tools to carry with us in the truck on trips. We quickly
realized that carrying the truly big wrenches was pointless - if we
had a major problem on the road it would require spare parts too big
for us to carry, so we would have to find a place to work on the truck
and get parts delivered to us. When we replaced our transmission
at to NWMF 2002, we were able to use Jim's large tools, and had most
of the smaller tools required to do the job packed in the truck (a few
were discovered to be missing, these have been added since!).
Essentially, we carry the tools & spares that would be
required to do a tune-up.
The toolbox under the passenger seat of the 404 is big enough for
almost all of the tools that we carry, we just had to figure out how
to pack them all neatly so that they wouldn't rattle around.
Unfortunately, it turns out that a little too much moisture can
manage to migrate into that box, and after several years we had to
move the tool rolls into a cupboard in the camper --- after disposing
of some badly rusted stuff.
These three tool rolls hold almost all of the tools we need. In
addition we also carry the tire wrench that came with the truck, a box
of spare light bulbs (from Jim Ince), some zip-strips, a few bolts
& wire connectors, a roll of wire, a large crescent wrench, a few
rags & a roll of paper towel.
In the side box we carry the jack & jack block, tire chains,
assorted bits needed for towing, & an oil funnel (spare fluids are
carried in the camper).
In the jerry can holder we carry a water-tight ammo box with a spare
distributor assembly (distributor column, cap, rotor, wires), coil,
spark plug and spare rubber fuel & water lines (and more rags
& paper towels). (We realized early on that carrying a jerry
can when we have about 400 liters of fuel on board was rather
This setup has worked rather well for us. Minor adjustments on
the road are easily done with the tools we carry.