Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

10 Most Popular Towing Accessories -- and Why


10
Where the Heck Is That Wrench?
Pickup trucks often have aluminum toolboxes such as these mounted in the truck bed.
Pickup trucks often have aluminum toolboxes such as these mounted in the truck bed.
Image courtesy Amazon.com

With trailers, you often need tools. You might use them to hook up the trailer to your tow vehicle or to have handy for some unforeseen situation. Rather than have wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers and other gear scattered around your vehicle and usually impossible to find in an emergency, you may want to invest in a toolbox in which you can stash these items.

Standard towing toolboxes may fit in your tow vehicle or on the bed of the trailer itself. In addition to centralizing your tools, the secure storage will prevent your tools from sliding around and flying out of the truck bed, which they've been known to do.

Some toolboxes can be integrated into the tongue of the trailer. These boxes are usually made of aluminum or steel for durability and weather-resistance. Tongue toolboxes have the added advantage of carrying tools without wasting space in the tow vehicle or trailer bed. These chests may run you about $100 for a basic plastic model that mounts to the front of an A-frame style trailer to several hundred dollars for a fancier aluminum one.

Next, learn about two handy items that won't fit in your toolbox.


More to Explore