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BUSHRANGER SEAL WINCH

A review three years in the making CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Here at Unsealed 4X4, we prefer our reviews to be thorough and real-world, not just a ‘slap it on and photograph it’ type job. Case in point – with this Bushranger Seal 9.5 winch review.   Winches are a bit of …

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DRIFTA CAMPERS… JOINING THE DOTS

With its agricultural/tradie look, the Drifta Off-road Tourer (DOT) is a big hit right around this wide brown land. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE They certainly stand out from the crowd of imported look-alike trailers. The DOTs are specifically designed for camping, by Luke and his team at Drifta HQ in Gloucester at …

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WE REVIEW JEEP’S MOST CAPABLE WAGON EVER

Why the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is both good and bad off-road… at the same time. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Coming out in 2011, the Grand Cherokee WKII hit sales records like a bull at the gate.   While the WK Grand Cherokee couldn’t plug past 1,400 sales, the WKII debuted with …

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2018 FORD EVEREST TITANIUM DRIVEN AND REVIEWED

Lose the liquorice strips with a 4X4-friendly 18” wheel option.   Ford’s latest edition of the seven-seat 4WD wagon is here, bringing some tweaks to the tuning and equipment of the Australian-designed Everest. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE There’s big news with the wheels, in particular: A no-cost option for the luxury Titanium …

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TRAVELANDER TRAYBACK CAMPER

Evron DC-CF Series 1   Do you love camping, want to go everywhere and have an easy set-up when you get there? That probably means everyone reading this. What are the options if you don’t want to tow anything? The answer is not ‘42’ but the Evron DC-CF Series 1. A bit of a mouthful, but it can …

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MICKEY THOMPSON ATZ P3

Not much more you could ask for in a serious all-terrain There are all-terrain tyres and there are proper go everywhere, do everything all-terrain tyres. The Mickey Thompson ATZ P3s are exactly that. They’ve copped whatever I could throw at them off-road, while holding their own on-road – seems to me like the makings of the perfect touring …

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LET’S GET DOWN TO BRASS TACKS WITH THE 2018 LAND ROVER DISCOVERY

Beyond the glitz and glamour, what kind of off-road chops does the latest Rover have? CLICK HERE TO READ THIS STORY IN OUR ONLINE MAGAZINE Is the new Land Rover Discovery still a capable 4WD off the beaten path?     Can it go toe-to-toe with other serious 4WDs out there, like its forefathers have so proudly done …

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WHAT THE 4X4 WORLD CAN LEARN FROM THE ATV INDUSTRY

We take Yamaha’s new 4WD ATV workhorse for a spin, and come away wondering ‘what if…’?   I’ve been to more than a few vehicle releases over the years. They’re always fun and you get to drive or ride something before most other people do. It’s one of the perks of being an automotive journo. That’s why when …

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KELLY CAMPERS XC-1 IS ORANGE THE NEW BLACK

The camping trailer as opposed to the camper trailer is becoming an interesting space. What’s the difference you may ask? A camper trailer focuses on the tent side of things whereas a camping trailer focuses on the trailer first, then the kit that goes with it. Subtle difference? Yes. But what we get out of this is trailers …

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A $50,000 4X4 UTE COMPARISON: RANGER VS BT-50

It’s XTR versus XLS – and the gloves are off.   In terms of sales, it’s a David versus Goliath battle. Despite the fact that these two vehicles share so much, the Ford sells almost four Rangers to every BT-50. Why? Many say it’s just an aesthetic thing: The Ranger’s gruff, F-Truck inspired masculinity is much more appealing …

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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 …