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THESE MODERN 4WD TECHNIQUES COULD SAVE YOUR BACON

Get some advanced winching skills that’ll see you out of just about any drama… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE So you’ve got a shiny new winch bolted up to your bullbar, you’ve followed all of the advice and re-spooled the rope on it under tension, and even got yourself mock-stuck to test it …

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7 REASONS BIG LIFTS STINK FOR TOURING 4X4s

Low and lazy is the new tall and crazy; learn from my mistakes, folks…   I’m going to let you in on a secret: 4X4s don’t need huge lift kits to go off-road. Sure, if hard-core competition is your thing, you might disagree – but for 99% of off-road tourers, a reputable off-the-shelf 35mm/50mm lift kit is what …

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WATER CROSSINGS FOR DUMMIES

I came across a bloke a couple of years ago in the Victorian High Country. He was stopped in the middle of the Crooked River with the water up to his door handles… and looking nervous. After a brief chat we rigged up a winch, plucked him out and helped him drain the water out of his Pajero. …

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10 LESSONS WE’VE LEARNT IN THE WESTERN DESERTS

WA has some of the most beautiful, and deadly, remote touring on the planet, here’s how to avoid the pitfalls CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Whenever we head off on a trip, it’s only natural we do some prep with our setup to make sure we have the best and safest time we …

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RECIPE: HIGH COUNTRY MEATBALLS

We’ve got a bit of a scoop for you here. In the upcoming tenth season of Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures TV show, they’re going to be visiting the iconic Victorian High Country. As you can imagine, it’s pretty cold up there this time of year so when it comes time to prepare the meal, you want something warm, …

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5 GREAT DRIVES WITHIN 3 HOURS OF SYDNEY

Escape the rat race with these off-road adventures, closer to home than you might think…   Sydney is a busy place; with a population of over 5 million movers and shakers it is very easy to let the city get the best of you. Peak hour traffic, unreliable public transport and housing prices that not even the rich …

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AUSTRALIA’S MOST POPULAR 4X4 PARKS

Paying to play has never been more fun! How many of these amazing four-wheel drive parks have you visited? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Private four-wheel drive parks have grown in popularity, which is logical considering how popular four-wheel drives and off-roading have become. While there isn’t much that beats the feeling of …

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The 20 Essential Tools we won’t leave home without

Not to put too fine a point on it, but shit happens. Usually when you’re about as far as you can get from any place roadside assistance could hope to reach; and as Murphy’s Law would have it, probably out of mobile range to boot. It sure is amazing how often things tend to break on your vehicle …

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Winch Servicing: 101

A winch is one of those things that you just don’t think much about until you need it. If you’ve ever known the pain of getting stuck, thinking smugly to yourself: “Too easy – I’ve got a winch!” only to find out that it’s no longer working, this article is for you. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY …

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How to: Tackle Steep Descents (Minus the brown undies)

Sooner or later you’re going to come across a steep hill that you’re going to need to drive down. It’s simply a fact of life when driving off-road. The nose of the vehicle drops down and the back end rises sharply. You’d swear blind that you’re only a couple of degrees off full vertical. The pucker factor is …

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9 things I’ve learned from camping disasters

Here’s how to prep for a trip to ensure your time in the bush doesn’t mentally scar you… OK, I’m a professional freelance travel writer, so I’m not going to admit to too many mistakes I may or may not have made over the years… but certain ‘friends’ of mine have made one or two. CLICK HERE TO …

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5 reasons an upright fridge is better than a chest fridge

It’s cheaper Compared to an Engel chest fridge of the same size, you’re saving yourself exactly $700. The 80-litre Engel ST90F I have goes for $1,325 RRP. That’s about 14 cartons of Coopers Pale Ale. Three hundred and thirty-six stubbies. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE It’s lighter It’s cheaper because it’s not made …

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This 30-cent magnet saved me thousands of dollars in repair costs

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet, unless you’re desperate…   Sometimes, we do smart things. Sometimes, we do stupid things. Then there are other times, when we do things that are both smart and stupid. Buying a cheap 2003 Range Rover definitely fits in that last category. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE …

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To trade or upgrade? That is the question.

With so many modern and fancy campers on the market, is it time to trade in your camper for a new model, or is there an alternative option?   With our camper having travelled well over 50,000 kilometres in the course of its very fortunate life, it was looking a little worse for wear. We too were a …

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8 tips to protect your canvas

Are you rich enough to buy a new tent every trip? We aren’t, so here’s how to protect your investment… Also, can we borrow a few bucks?   Canvas is a lot like underwear; you want it fresh and mould-free. I bet if you’re reading this magazine you have at least one canvas product, maybe (probably) more. A …

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The High-lift Jack – Hero or Hindrance?

We take a look at how to use the high-lift jack safely; the uses it has; how to make the high-lift jack a hero; and the carnage it causes when not used quite right.   The high-lift jack is arguably one of the most valuable (yet simple) low-tech tools you can carry on your 4X4. However, it’s also …

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You saw it here first

The aftermarket 4X4 accessory industry is going gangbusters. As such, in this digital age, it is important for off-road media outlets, such as this ‘ere publication, to get information out there as quickly as possible. It is good for our readers (cheers for reading by the way), it is good for audiences seeking the latest information and it …

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7 tips for buying your next swag

There is a lot to look out for when buying a modern-day swag. Here is a starting point on your next purchase.   A mate recently asked me which swag he should buy. It got me thinking. I’ve spent a lot of nights under canvas and I reckon I’ve worked out what the most important considerations are when …

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How to: Build the perfect campfire

For thousands of years, man and fire have had a primal connection. Fire has given us warmth in the cold and provides an enchanting glow of light in the darkness. Campfires have been known to generate some legendary stories and without doubt they add an extra ingredient to our camp cooking. But there’s definitely more to starting and …

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How to: Sand Driving – Don’t Get Sand On Your Snag

Now that summer’s here, we figure we’d better do the mandatory sand driving feature… so here it is. With summer well and truly here, many of us like to head to the beach – not just to escape the heat but also to enjoy some of the best coastal sand driving anywhere in the world. And the best …

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Long Ranger Fuel Tank Install

This month we’ve been busy with old Rusty and she’s beginning to take shape. But before we get too carried away and as we’re going to be racking up the kays when she’s finished, we figured we’d better get rid of the thimble sized standard tank and replace it with a Long Ranger 166L tank. This should get …

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10 things I learned as a tour guide

Vic gives us the good oil on remote travel throughout Australia that he’s picked up over the last few decades I’ve just been reading a book written by Bill King, who was most likely the first 4WD tour operator in Australia. It is a fascinating read and I can’t believe the things he did and got away with …

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Off-road suspension Bible

Everything you have wanted to know about suspension, but were too afraid to ask…   It is impossible to not hammer on about the fact that factory-fitted suspension is a compromise. Now I’m not going to say something vague like suspension is one of the most important components on a vehicle, as a $0.20 seal in your clutch …

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Outback Gourmet: Camp oven Pizza

Camp oven Pizza, you ask? Yes! It is totally possible to make a pizza in a camp oven, and as I have as yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like the humble meal it is a winner with everyone.   From the Rug Rats to the Grandfolk, from vegetarians to dedicated carnivores, from pineapple people to anchovy tragics …

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The truth behind Diesel Performance Chips

Just how do those little gizmos work, and are they actually doing more damage than you think?   Quick question: Do you miss carburettors and tape deck stereos? If you answered yes, this article probably isn’t for you. This one is for those folks who have made the realisation that technological advancements can actually be a good thing… …

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Food & Fodder – Easy egg fried rice with Bacon!

Hi, my name is Allysia… and I’m a lazy cook.   Lazy cooks are the ones you want to get your recipes from. The meals are easy to prepare, quick to make and don’t involve buying a tonne of obscure ingredients you’ll only ever use once. The only potential drawbacks are that they could be really unhealthy, or …

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Bush Etiquette 101

We all had to start somewhere… here’s how not to be a tosser off-road.   Despite the absolute vast majority of us being pretty decent bush-loving folk who just want to get our families out exploring this magic country and away from the cities, the place is being locked up all around us. A lot of the flak gets …

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What to do when it goes wrong

Could you save a life on your next adventure, or at least take care of a scrape or two? We all love to get out there and have our Outback adventures. Camping, walks, long drives, campfires and swimming are all great activities – but we are more likely to have an accident being active than sitting at home …