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BIG VAN, LITTLE VAN

Half the size, a quarter the engine capacity and more than three times cheaper. But can the pint-size Suzuki Jimny keep up with the legendary Toyota Troop Carrier when the going gets tough? For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   I can hear people typing away angrily as I write this, ‘why would you …

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COOPER TIRES STT PRO

Can the latest generation of Cooper’s long-standing mud tyre hold its own? For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   For the last 14,000 kays I have been putting the new Cooper STT PROs through a variety of real world environments. Actually it has been more like a fair dinkum ‘how do you like these …

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STAFF CORNER: TIM UPGRADES TO MODERN TECHNOLOGY

My camper trailer is currently back at Cub Campers headquarters in Sydney, getting a bit of a ‘freshen up’ before we head out to the Big Red Bash in July. For images, video and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   They’re upgrading a stack of things on the camper including the installation of electric brakes. So, …

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REVIEW: MISSION TRAILERS

You may not have heard of it, but this camper trailer may be just the thing you’re looking for. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   A lot of camper trailers these days are all about including things that make your bush accommodation nicer than some apartments I’ve lived in over the years. Things …

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ROAD TEST: LOTUS CARAVANS OFF GRID

For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Us journalists lead a charmed life. Getting to play with top products at our whim, and acting as chief judge and jury in the process. Yet with most of the product tests we perform, we do them as solo operators. We test …

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REVIEW: ISUZU MU-X

We take the Isuzu MU-X off-road for a spin and find out if an SUV built by a truck company makes any sort of sense whatsoever… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   The Isuzu MU-X is proving an increasingly popular choice with everyone from grey nomads to young …

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FIRST LOOK: CUB FORWARD-FOLD

So new it doesn’t even have a name yet… we take Cub Campers’ freshly-designed prototype out bush to find out if you should believe the hype. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   I’m going to put it out there right off the bat – I’m a big fan …

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REVIEW: COMPLETE CAMPSITE EXODUS II

We take an 80-grand trailer off-road behind an 8-grand tow-rig, and find out if we’ve all been doing this camper trailer thing wrong all this time…   Camper trailers are getting pretty ritzy these days. It’s not uncommon for them to feature dinettes, hot water and a bunch of electric gadgetry such as televisions and sound systems. Inclusions …

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REVIEWED: DARCHE NEBULA 1550 HYBRID SWAG

With a design clearly based on our very own Sydney Opera House and with 360-degree views to match through its unique window design, the Darche Nebula 1550 certainly is a new take on the standard two-person vehicle-based touring swag. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   It takes 90 …

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ANZAC LEGENDS: THE LAND ROVER PERENTIE

To commemorate ANZAC Day, we road-tested two very different Land Rover Perenties… and have the bruises to prove it!   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   It was about about 10am, and I was driving through the western suburbs of Sydney in an Ex-Army Land Rover Perentie. The …

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RHINO SLIDE-ON CAMPER

An Aussie-made slide-on camper that weighs less than 300kg and costs under $15,000? Tell us more!   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   These days, the idea of cruising down to the local beach camp with an Esky and a dome tent is similar to medieval torture for …

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7 USELESS CAMPING PRODUCTS

  Have you ever bought something and started to set it up, only to get halfway through the job to think… “Why does this exist? What purpose does this product serve, and why on Earth did I buy it?” Well you wouldn’t be alone, there are several (seven to be exact) pieces of camping equipment that we here …

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HILUX VS NAVARA

Since the late ’70s, the Toyota HiLux has been one of the most popular and respected four-wheel drives sold in Australia. There. I’ve said it. Be that because of successful marketing campaigns promoting the unbreakability (hey, it should be a word) of the vehicle, or the fact that it simply continues to prove to be reliable on job …

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ARE FORWARD-FOLD CAMPERS TAKING OVER?

  We take the EzyTrail Stirling GT out for a weekend to see if this style of camper really is the way of the future. If you haven’t seen a forward-folding trailer before, you’re about to see something pretty impressive. Unlike a traditional hard floor where the floor folds rearwards off the bed, a forward-folder has the bed …

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ROUND LED DRIVING LIGHT COMPARISON

  Round LED driving lights or an LED light bar – which is better? This is a question that must be asked daily in four-wheel drive shops and on online forums around the world. And truthfully, I don’t feel anyone has accurately been able to answer until now. An old saying I heard while working in the tyre …

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EARTHCRUISER – AUSTRALIA’S BEST TOURING 4X4?

  It’s raining. But, I couldn’t give two hoots. I’m snuggled up in bed under the breeze of a fan, and I’ve just reached across to grab a cold beverage from the fridge. If it gets a bit chilly, I can turn the heater on. Or if I’m peckish, I can cook up some tucker without a sweat. …

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REVIEWED: ULTIMATE CAMPERS XTERRAN

Ultimate Campers are widely regarded for providing some of the premier products available on the camper trailer market – with good reason, too. The designs have always been eye-catching and the engineering behind the campers has been one of the benchmarks in the industry for nearly two decades. The Ultimate was originally designed and built by a boat …

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KIMBERLEY KARAVAN ECO SUITE SIGNATURE REVIEW

    At first glance, the top-of-the-range 2016 Kimberley Karavan Eco Suite looks small for a caravan – in fact it’s so compact that you don’t need towing mirrors. We often equate caravan size to the number of creature comforts – forgetting that computers and other technological gadgets get smaller, but also more powerful each year. Kimberley is …

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AIRDEVIL AIR COMPRESSOR REVIEW

  Twin-head air compressors aren’t a new invention by any means, but it must be said you don’t see too many of them around these days. After our massive air compressor comparison back in Issue 17 of Unsealed 4X4, a company called AirDevil Accessories contacted us claiming its new twin-head compressor is a serious contender in the portable …

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REVIEW: TRAVELANDER SLIDE-ON

Who said you need a camper trailer or caravan to camp in comfort?   It’s no secret that the team here at Unsealed 4X4 are massive fans of slide-on campers. They allow you to tow a boat, or not tow at all; they’re lightweight, easy to set up and allow your vehicle to retain all of its off-road …

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REVIEWED: SKAMPER KAMPERS DINGO

Do you really get what you pay for with the Dingo from Skamper Kampers, or is it a case of just looking good on paper?   The old saying ‘you get what pay for’ often rings true. From mobile phones to bath towels and everything in between, there is generally a reason why affordable products are ‘affordable’. But …

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4X4 REVIEW: IVECO DAILY

If you’re looking for a truck that can tow pretty much anything, carry a heap of gear and tackle just about any track in the country from stock, you should be looking at more than just ’Cruisers and Patrols.   OK, so you want a large 4X4 vehicle that can handle everything you can throw at it. You’re …

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REVIEWED: DOBINSON SUSPENSION

Ev’s Patrol gains some altitude after installing Dobinsons suspension with their latest remote reservoir shocks.   It seems people are fixated with reporting bad experiences, yet when we have a pleasant experience with a company or product nobody picks up the phone or sends a congratulatory email. I wanted to change that after my recent experience with Dobinsons …

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NEW VEHICLE NEWS: THE NAKED UTE REVEALED

Over the past few weeks you’ve probably seen the ads for The Naked Ute popping up on the telly and your social media feed. Speculation over just what vehicle The Naked Ute actually is has been flowing freely, with people guessing everything from Ranger to HiLux to BT-50 with even a few Great Walls getting thrown in there. As …

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The Nissan Titan Warrior Concept

So it turns out America is getting yet another ridiculously cool vehicle that looks tailor-made for Aussie conditions, yet we’re stuck with the NP300 Navara. Come on Nissan Australia, lift your game! In case you haven’t heard of the Nissan Titan, it’s the ute that Nissan America sell to compete with the full-size trucks like the Ford F250, …

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JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON

Love `em or hate `em, you can’t deny that a Wrangler makes a fantastic base from which to build an off-road tourer.   To many off-roaders the Jeep brand remains a mystery. There seems to be a divide between those that love them and those that dislike them in equal measure. Whatever side of the fence you find …

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SPOTTERS EYEWEAR: NEW FRAMES NOW AVAILABLE

It’s hip to be square. That’s according to Spotters at least, and judging by their existing range of 28 styles of polarised performance eyewear, we’d say they know what they’re talking about. Spotters have just added another pair of frames to their range, and they’re named Joker. Joker frames have the classic square front which curve around for comfort and protect …

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FIRST LOOK: LOTUS CARAVANS OFF GRID

If the Incredible Hulk was reincarnated as an off-road caravan, well then, you’re looking at him. Enter the new Lotus Caravans Off Grid – a dazzlingly bright new 13.5-foot off-road caravan. And yes ladies, it has a shower. Want to see the images and read this on our magazine platform? CLICK HERE.   As you probably know, Lotus …

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20-INCH LED LIGHT BAR SHOOTOUT

This comparison has been a long time coming; join Unsealed 4X4 as we take a look at the top-performing LED light bars on the market today.   The Light Emitting Diode was first brought to market in 1963, by a 33 year-old scientist named Nick Holonyak Jnr. Fast forward forty-three years to the futuristic era better known as …