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Old 10-19-2016, 02:44 PM   #15
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I like to use a tool bag, it's a hybrid of a box and the roll-up. Easy access, light, organized, quiet.

An example is this from lowes. I'll try to post the link, but you can just search this:

DEWALT Polyester Zippered Closed Tool Bag
Item # 373129 Model # DG5553

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Old 10-19-2016, 02:53 PM   #16
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I have an older Craftsman plastic tool box. One of the ones with a large tray then a smaller tray and then a flat top that can be used as a bench or as a large stool to stand on. Some of these had a handle and rollers but mine does not. It stays in the bed of the truck up near the cab. Next to the portable generator. Yes, I have a hard cover on the bed. I tie a rope to the tool box and another to apiece of plywood under the generator so I can slide them to the tailgate without climbing in. Sort of a poor boy sliding bed. If I just need a small tool from the top trays I can get into the box without moving it.

Like another poster, I keep a light plastic box of electical and a light plastic box of rivet stuff and pex stuff in the trailer in a rear compartment. But the heavy stuff is in the truck. And it is fairly heavy. I carry a torque wrench and the large sockets to fit the hitch and ball and a set of half inch sockets. And a caulking gun and a tube of Vulkem. And a bottle jack that is not carried in the toolbox.

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Old 10-19-2016, 03:00 PM   #17
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Thumbs up Tool Box

I have 2 Kennedy metal boxes one with a tray, I have a Husky open topped carpenters box for the everyday stuff and I store them in my Truck Toolbox from TSC. not a whole lot of storage left in our 77 Sovereign 31'
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:41 PM   #18
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Great input, thanks again! Today I placed an order on Amazon for a few items so we can try them out with our tools to see whether we like the soft-side bag / rollup approach. Will share what we learn.

Here's what I ordered:
Custom LeatherCraft 1173 32-Pocket Socket Tool Roll Pouch

Custom LeatherCraft 1107 2 Bag Combo

Custom Leathercraft L232 18-Inch 45 Pocket Tech Gear Lighted Big Mouth Tool Bag:

Reviews said the bags in the 2 Bag Combo above are much smaller than they look, so we'll see what fits in them.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:57 PM   #19
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Veto pro pac is my tool bag. They come in a variety of designs and make it easy to keep organized and find the tool you need
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Old 10-19-2016, 07:29 PM   #20
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Big trucks use Protech tool boxes. They make them for pickups, they cost more but after comparing them you will see why they cost more,...
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Old 10-20-2016, 12:01 PM   #21
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Being a full-timer vs. a part-timer makes a huge difference in the amount of tools and the associated storage. I keep several tool boxes of various sizes in the Pickup bed toolbox. That way they are locked up when not needed and very accessible when they are needed. I just pull out the dedicated box(es) with the tools necessary for the type of job(s).
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Old 10-20-2016, 01:09 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Bob662 View Post
...cloth/canvas mechanics bag...

Yes! I had forgotten about the Riggers Bags. I have three of them in the back of the Jeep.
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Pickup Pack/Bed Roller

I wanted to keep as much weight as possible in my TV and not the TT, so I got a Ram 3500 with 4200lb payload. Next mission was to provide good accessibility to my tools, supplies and gear; and the best security for these as well as the generators, compressor and other gear I carry for self sufficiency. Out of sight, out of mind - with good mortise locks. Lastly, As I grow older (and fatter), climbing in and out of the truck bed hauling heavy gear has lost much of its charm.

Solution: Tool boxes, bed hatch and bed roller from Highway Products. They call their various customizable boxes, racks, lids, etc. the "Pickup Pack"
Heavy duty aluminum diamond plate, good mortise locks, well constructed, and you can configure to best suit your wants/needs. American made and lifetime guarantee. Here are a couple pics of my setup:
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