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The 20 Essential Tools we won’t leave home without

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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 under such circumstances. And let’s be honest, there will be breakages you won’t be able to fix. …

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Winch Servicing: 101

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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 IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The problem with winches is that they’re constantly exposed to the elements. Dirt, …

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

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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 at eleven, your heart rate is higher than Clive Palmer’s when he’s climbing a set of stairs …

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9 things I’ve learned from camping disasters

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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 READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The funny thing is though, 90% of all ‘mishaps’ can …

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5 reasons an upright fridge is better than a chest fridge

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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 of heavy-duty materials. This makes it much lighter – a benefit that many overweight 4WDs should really …

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

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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 MAGAZINE I want to tell you about a massive victory I had with my best/worst automotive decision… …

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To trade or upgrade? That is the question.

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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 little tired of a couple of the missing options we’d long wished our camper had in its …

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8 tips to protect your canvas

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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 good piece of canvas should last decades, but it will only manage that with a little bit …

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The High-lift Jack – Hero or Hindrance?

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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 one of the most ill-used. Being such a versatile piece of equipment, it’s not surprising how many …

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You saw it here first

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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 is good for companies trying to develop hype. Everyone wins! So in this issue, we wanted to …

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7 tips for buying your next swag

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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 forking out your hard-earned cash. Having a swag that suits you really does make for a great …

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How to: Build the perfect campfire

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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 feeding a campfire than meets the eye.   It looks so easy, right? Grab a few sticks, …

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

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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 thing is, for a lot of us, it’s right on our doorstep. The beach is also one …

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Long Ranger Fuel Tank Install

In Gear, How To by Dex Fulton0 Comments

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 us to from Unsealed HQ to somewhere near Cameron Corner in one hit (unless Dex is driving …

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10 things I learned as a tour guide

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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 in those early years in the 1960s and ’70s. I have now travelled extensively through many of …

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Our top 5 portable power tools you should never leave home without

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It’s a good idea to carry some tools with you when you head bush, and most of us carry some sort of basic tool kit and spares. But often little thought goes into some of the tools needed to carry out some of those repairs. If you’ve ever tried to loosen a spring hanger without an impact driver, you’ll understand what I mean here.   So why don’t we carry a load of power tools …

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Off-road suspension Bible

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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 hydraulics system can result in a call to your local tow truck. Having said that, the reality …

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Outback Gourmet: Camp oven Pizza

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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 – this meal is one for all. There are a couple of ways Camp oven Pizza can …

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5 of the best budget tourers you’ve never considered owning

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Unloved and unwanted – time to grab a bargain   We’re all told that if we want to get out and explore we need to either buy a Toyota or a Nissan and usually it has to begin with a P or LC. But what if the budget doesn’t stretch to that or you just don’t want to follow the masses… and fancy something a little different, a bit left of centre, or something just …

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The truth behind Diesel Performance Chips

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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… specifically, common rail diesel injection.   Did you know that every diesel 4X4 on the market last …

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Food & Fodder – Easy egg fried rice with Bacon!

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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 even scarier, taste like sawdust.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this …

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Bush Etiquette 101

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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 directed at the younger crowd; and yeah, you do get the odd imbecile. But then I think …

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What to do when it goes wrong

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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 on the couch.   For images, videos and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our …

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Watching the Weather

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There are two things that will really mess up your day (and maybe your hair) – wind and rain. When heading bush, what can you do to avoid the worst of the weather? Over the past 20 years weather forecasting has become more accurate and the amount of data available to you and me is huge. It can be difficult to determine what to look at without being overwhelmed. This explains why there are a …

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WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YA (GOING)?

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…This summer? We’ve got 10 of the best warm-weather camping locations lined up for you, and we’ll even tell you how not to die when you’re there   With the warmer weather on our doorstep, we thought it was high time we had a look at some of the popular, and not so popular places you need to be pitching camp this summer. We’ve got every state covered, oh, and if you’re the type of …

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Weather Apps …are they any good?

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Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you…   Unless you’re one of those storm-chasing weirdos, spending more than a night or two camping in a torrential downpour is nobody’s idea of a good time. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has some terrific resources available to you to check weather patterns before you leave, but what happens when your smartphone drops out of range and you’re in solid ‘No Service’ territory?   The BoM’s …

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UNSEALED 4X4 GARAGE – PROJECT RUSTY GETS BARRED UP

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With the Sydney 4WD & Adventure show right around the corner, some jerk had the great idea that we should put the pedal to the metal and get Rusty finished to have on the stand at the show. Thanks a lot Dex… Ok, that was never going to happen, but we could at least get the glitter out and make the old wagon look a bit more respectable. For images, videos and the full Unsealed …

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12 TOP Camper Trailer Destinations across Australia

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Think lugging a trailer behind you means the really good spots are off limits? Guess again.   Here is a State-by-State wrap on some of the best camper trailer spots. Of course there are many more than just these 12, but this will whet your appetite and possibly introduce you to some locations that are not so well known. Let’s face it; anywhere you can camp in your camper trailer is going to be better …

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YOUR SUMMER CAMPING GUIDE

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Don’t get caught with your pants down this summer… nobody likes tan lines The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the neighbour is mowing his lawn in uncomfortably short shorts for a middle-aged man with weight issues. Spring has officially sprung and that means all over the country four-wheel drivers are loading up the camper trailers, stacking the roof cages with firewood, and preparing to do the two-handed Macarena dodging a hot steering …

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Food & Fodder with Allysia

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Super No-Cook Noodle Soup – Serves 1   The idea of taking noodle soup on the road is probably as popular as eggplant at a kid’s birthday party, but this is different. Trust me, I’m a doctor. Well not really, but it is good. It’s cheap and easy (hold back the jokes) and it’s really good for you… especially if you need something packed with vitamins to pull you out of a cold. There are just …