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Rockworx Introduces Innovative Tow Hitch Step/MultiTool

One tool to rule them all? As minimalist overlanders, we are always attracted to gear that is not only compact but also serves many purposes. It seems that it has all been done before, but every once in a while, a product comes along that is quite unique; the Rockworkx Step/Multi-Tool is one of those products. Whether this multi-purpose product is a jack of all trades and master of none is yet to be seen, but on paper, the product looks like something we might invest in.

California-based product design team Rockworx has recently unveiled the Tow Hitch Step Multi-Tool, designed to cater to the needs of overlanding and vehicle camping communities. The Rockworx Tow Hitch Tool is a patent-pending multi-tool that conveniently slides into any vehicle’s 2-inch tow hitch receiver. When securely stored and locked in place, it doubles as a sturdy step, granting access to items stored in the truck bed or roof. Once removed and opened, the Rockworx multi-tool reveals an array of camping and outdoor essentials.

This versatile tool boasts an extensive list of features – take a deep breath – some of the key features include a full-size hardened aluminum shovel (designed for soft sand and soil), a rake/camp clearing tool, three-part telescoping handles, a fish ruler and angle measure with inch markings, 12 imperial spanner heads and 13 metric spanner heads (think old school flat bicycle multi-tool, but in a rectangular profile). Additionally, the tool features an axe head with a log splitter (for small logs and kindling), a custom nut locking tool, a hoe/trench digger (for hard soil), a hitch receiver lock for added security, a nail/peg puller, a hammerhead for various tasks, a camp stool for a comfortable break during adventures, and an adze axe and pry bar for added utility.

Grant Bell, Founder and Product Designer at Rockworkx, states,

“Rockworkx is dedicated to providing innovative solutions for outdoor enthusiasts, and the Tow Hitch Step Multi-Tool embodies that commitment. With this multi-tool, we aim to enhance the camping and over-landing experience by offering a product that combines convenience, durability, and versatility in one sleek design”.

The step/tool looks to be thoughtfully designed and meticulously manufactured! Our favorite features are the built-in log splitter/tool protector, which is a very practical consideration, and the Adze axe/hoe. Our only concern is that dust and dirt will be the nemesis of this tool due to its position as a step in the hitch receiver, combined with the knurled locking ring (a solution may be to lubricate the tool with a dirt and dust-repellent lubricant). A Rockworx dust cover is in the works, and there is a lock ring and general tool key built into hammer tool head to open and lock the locking ring securely. Spare parts will be available for purchase should you lose or damage any of the various parts.

The Rockworkx tool is certainly a specialized tool that will appeal to a specific market, you will either love the concept or you won’t.



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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell