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SPOT GEN 3 – THE LIFELINE WE NEVER NEEDED…

I love being isolated as much as the next bloke, but failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Something to get us help was high on the list when preparing for our Outback trip. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE While poring over page after page of information about how I was going to …

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THE $70,000* STATUS SYMBOL

What’s gold, has two doors, and makes everyone in small towns stare at you? The first defining experience of the LandCruiser was rolling down the main street of Gloucester – a small beef and dairy town nestled in the Great Diving Range not far from Forster. I was looking for the Drifta factory. I got lost and ended …

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MU-X GONE TO MEET ITS MAKER (In The Best Possible Way)

Isuzu decided we had played with the MU-X long-termer for long enough and took it back. Here’s our opinion on our time with the mid-size tourer. Judging by the number of times in the office we could question the whereabouts of our MU-X to be told ‘tow test’ or ‘post office’ or ‘everyone’s gone to lunch in it’ …

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REVIEW VIDEO: NISSAN NAVARA SERIES II

The Nissan Navara Series II has been released. It is looking to fix up some of the shortcomings of the coil-sprung rear end and available spec levels. To have a look at what’s changed we grabbed a new ST-X, whacked 800kg of sand into the back, and took it for a run around the block. Check out the …

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ATTENTION GRABBER

It’s difficult to compare this trailer to anything else as it’s pretty much the only one like it on the market – but everyone wants to check it out, as we found out… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The Conqueror 440 falls under the category of ‘hybrid camper’ as the sleeping area and …

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ARB ASCENT CANOPY

THE HUMBLE CANOPY JUST GOT HIGH-TECH CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Ute canopies have always been fairly basic affairs. A fibreglass, plastic or metal shell encloses your tray and keeps the elements and unwanted attention away from your gear. Maybe they incorporated a couple of sliding windows and an extra brake light if …

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CANON POWERSHOT G5 X

A perfect little travelling companion. The G5 X is a great compact that packs some punch! CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE For the past few trips we’ve done on Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures we have been playing around with this little camera; and we are impressed. In fact, it has been nearly impossible …

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PATRIOT X2: THE X FACTOR!

Go where you want and the X2 follows. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE The thing I like most about this trailer is that it doesn’t hold you back from going where you want to be. It just follows you up rocky tracks, through steep creek crossings and anything else thrown at it. The …

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THE $300 GADGET THAT WILL MAKE YOUR DIESEL FEEL LIKE A PETROL

Cast your mind back 10 or 20 years, and 4WDs were not powerful. You had your 97-kilowatt 3.5-litre V8 Range Rover, or your 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated diesel Patrol with just 85 kilowatts. But now, neither power nor torque is a major problem. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Modern engines often boast around 150 kilowatts …

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Pat Callinan hooks up the luxurious Track Topaz

In about 10 years (when I hit 50), the Track Topaz is supposed to be my kind of caravan. Problem is, I want one now. This hybrid crossover between a caravan and a camper trailer sits in a no-man’s land of the market. It is neither full caravan (it’s a pop-top), nor is it a genuine camper trailer …

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Can Nissan rescue the Navara with MKII?

From snapping chassis’ to the suspension issues plaguing the NP300, is the new Series 2 NP300 enough to claw back sales, and bring back the solid workhorse name that the Navara has fought to make for itself? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE When Nissan announced the NP300 Navara we were all, frankly, rather …

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Reviewed: MDC Campers Jackson Forward Fold

How MDC’s latest forward-fold camper surprised the hell out of me.   First impressions make a difference and, as part of MDC’s Luxurious Touring Series range, the Jackson Forward Fold camper looks impressive. The rugged mud terrain tyres wrapped around trick alloys and the streamlined shape adds up to a tidy appearance. I took it to the Victorian …

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Product review: Yamaha EF2400is

Gen Why?   These new-tech Yamaha generators mean that you can now take care of all your electrical needs without being hated by everyone within 5km.   A generator is like a ute. Once your mates find out you’ve got one, it tends to go missing every second weekend. And that’s exactly what has happened with our Yamaha …

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Long-term Product Review: 55L Evakool Fridgemate

Ugly Yellow Box 9 year test – Like a fine nine-year-old scotch, my Evakool Fridgemate has gotten better with age.   Paul Simon’s Graceland has a line that goes, “My travelling companion is nine years old, he is the child of my first marriage” which sums this review up perfectly. Nine years ago, my ex (we weren’t married, …

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Product Review: Companion Aqua Cube Logic Li

The camping accessory you never knew you needed.   We’ve dragged this new portable shower unit through the Outback for a month, asked it to operate in the High Country in near-freezing temperatures and used it to keep man’s best friend looking his best. I wanted to be sure of this product before I shared my thoughts on …

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Reviewed: AOR Matrix Pop Top

The AOR Matrix… good enough to be a movie but best taken camping.   Matrix can mean many things, but I’m going to bastardise the Oxford Dictionary definition by dropping in the words ‘camper’ and ‘adventure’. Matrix: A camper in which adventure is shaped. And I can tell you the name fits this definition – so expect a …

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Mitsubishi Triton GLS Double-cab review

The Triton is one of the best-value options for the pragmatic ute buyer, but it has to work hard against some sharp competition. We give one a solid on-road and off-road test, to see how it stacks up.   ON-ROAD Daily driving the Triton is a positive and painless experience. Suspension is nicely tuned, with the typical firmness …

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Long-term product review: ARB Twin Air Compressor

Time to take a closer look at the ARB Twin Air Compressor after the last year-and-a-bit of service… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Back in Issue 17 of Unsealed 4X4, we put together a massive 12V portable air compressor comparison and the clear winner was the ARB Twin Air Compressor. It was the …

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Pioneer Campers Mitchell

When Pioneer handed over its biggest and best camper, we were more than a little excited. Find out if it lived up to our expectations… CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Naming your flagship camper trailer after someone as ingrained in the Outback heritage of Australia as Thomas Mitchell means you’d better come up …

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Should I buy a Great Wall ute?

The all-new Steed is a move in the right direction for the Chinese brand… but it isn’t without its problems. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE We Australians are a bit of a xenophobic bunch, both historically and contemporarily. Let’s not get into nitty-gritty political details here, aside from the fact that when I …

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REVIEWED: Honda EU10i from Generator Place

Generators can be polarising among the Outback touring fraternity. But there’s a time and place for everything and the latest models available from Generator Place might just get you thinking.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   I’ve always believed that piece and quiet should go hand-in-hand once you’re away from the Big …

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New vehicle news: Land Rover Discovery Pricing released

Starting from $65K The 2017 Land Rover Discovery looks to be a pretty special beast, evolving the already advanced Discovery 4 to even greater heights. Like the early Disco 3 models, these will come in a cheap, cloth interior and coil-sprung ‘S’ variant – starting at only $65,960. You’ll have to wait a few months after launch for …

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REVIEWED: Kelly Campers Glenrowan II

… Ned would be proud Thunder, lightning and heavy rain did not deter my enthusiasm for checking out the new Kelly Camper. It’s smart, innovative and could be bulletproof… although I didn’t test it for that.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   The first thing that you will notice is that the …

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New vehicle news: Triton Updates

Keen on a Mitsubishi Triton? You’re best-off waiting on up-spec’d MY17 models, or bargaining hard on leftover 2016 stock. GLS and Exceed models get a new 7-in touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a leather steering wheel and some styling changes. GLX and GLX+ reversing camera standard, as well as Bridgestone Dueler A/T …

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Reviewed: Jurgens TuffTrax

Jurgens challenged us to try and break their new off-road camper. Challenge accepted!   A lot of trailer manufacturers these days market their campers and vans as ‘off-road’ capable. The problem is – what do they classify as ‘off-road’? Some play it straight and design their frames and suspension to handle pretty much anything your 4X4 can. Others …

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Staff corner: Tucker box

The compact kitchen that’s anything but… When I looking for a 4X4, unfortunately my pocketbook didn’t cater for a massive vehicle and I am very happy with my little Jeep Cherokee Sport. It manages to go where all the bigger 4X4s can.   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   But it is a …

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The Ultimate Expedition Guide

The 4X4s you can trust to get you Outback and back again, and what to steer clear of… Sometimes I get asked, “Why do you need that great big car? It’s not fuel-efficient, it’s difficult to park and it cost more to register than my Barina.” While all of that may be true, it totally misses the point. …

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Mercedes-Benz G-Professional landed in Australia

On the back of picking up the lucrative Australian Defence Force supply contract, Mercedes-Benz has released a single-cab variant of its well-regarded G-Class 4X4. It’s got an impressive specs list, so let’s get to it:   CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE   4,495kg GVM 2,085kg payload 245mm ground clearance 38° approach, 35° departure …

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Round LED driving LIGHTs retested

Back in Issue #023 of Unsealed 4X4 we put together one of the biggest product comparisons of round LED driving lights ever conducted. In that test, there was a water submersion component where all lights were warmed up, then dunked into a fish tank (very scientific, right?). While this test method was a tad crude, it did alert …