Dan Grec and Tuffy Products :: Overland News

Dan Grec Jeep

Editor’s Note: We are honored to work with Dan Grec of The Road Chose Me, who has been a longtime Expedition Portal forum member and friend to our organization. In the days of Instagram and tag-a-long journalists, Dan is the real deal, having planned and executed his own circumnavigation of both South America and Africa. Dan also founded WikiOverland and has contributed content to both Overland Journal and Expedition Portal for over a decade. Congratulations and thank you, Dan, for inspiring so many of us.


Manufacturer Press Release: Unedited
CORTEZ, Colo. – Tuffy Security Products, a leading manufacturer of secure storage for serious gear, helped Dan Grec live his dream of traveling across Africa for three years in a modified Jeep Wrangler. This week Grec made a personal appearance at the Tuffy Security Products facility in Cortez, Colorado to share how the company’s JK Security Glove Box (#149), JK Rear Console (#274), JK Conceal Carry Driver’s Side Security Drawer (#247) as well as JK Conceal Carry Passenger’s Side Security Drawer (#293)) were vital installations in his “dream house on wheels” for a solo drive across the harsh terrain of 35 African countries.

Appearing at Tuffy headquarters on Wednesday, July 31, Grec presented the danger and drama of his adventure for Tuffy employees and celebrate the extreme toughness and reliability of the Jeep-specific security products the company supplied as a vehicle sponsor.

The Tuffy Security Rear Console for 2011 and newer JK’s provides 75% more secure storage than the plastic factory console. It has a special mounting bracket for mounting electronic equipment inside the lockable console and also has a handy removable utility tray.

An ideal companion to the JK Security Rear Console, Tuffy’s #149 JK Security Glove Box offers high-strength security with its 16-gauge steel construction. It is an ideal upgrade for the plastic factory glove box for Jeep owners needing to keep small items safe. The Security Glove Box provides supreme theft protection with a patented Pry-Guard II locking system with a 1/4 inch steel latch that enables the door to be latched closed without locking. An anti-twist push button lock system, also patented, with a 10-tumbler double-bitted security key containing built-in weather seals keeps the contents of the Security Glove Box safe from the threat of theft.

Tuffy’s Driver and Passenger Side Security Drawers (#247 and #293), made of 16 gauge steel, mount under the JK’s front seats to give over 324 cubic inches of lockable storage space per box. The drawers are designed with an extending slide system to easily access the contents and no drilling is required.

Grec said about Tuffy Security Products’ contributions to his modified Jeep: “I drove my Jeep 54,000 miles through 35 of the most notorious countries in Africa, and I was confident none of my most important documents and equipment would be stolen. By keeping everything locked in Tuffy’s locking center console and glove box, I knew it would be impossible for anyone to steal my cameras, cash, credit cards and most importantly my passport and Jeep paperwork. In fact, after three years in Africa, not a single thing was stolen from my Jeep.”

Chronicled in the “The Road Chose Me” video series, Grec’s journey of a lifetime demonstrated the toughness of Tuffy Security Products. This summer he can be found making stops across North America to highlight his expedition and share how well his Jeep armed with Tuffy Security Products and other upgrades performed.

About Tuffy Security Products
Tuffy Security Products safeguard valuable gear with American-made craftsmanship. The full line of Tuffy security solutions provide premium, superior protection against theft, enable safe cargo management, increase gear accessibility and offer the option of flexible keyless lock-entry for multiple users. Tuffy Security Products is a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries and a sister company of Bestop, Inc., maker of Jeep and truck soft tops and accessories. For more information, visit Tuffy Security Products’ website at www.tuffyproducts.com or call 800-348-8339. Follow on Facebook: @tuffyproducts, Twitter: @tuffyproducts

Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona IG: @scott.a.brady Twitter: @scott_brady