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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 …

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Watching the Weather

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 …

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WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YA (GOING)?

…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 …

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Weather Apps …are they any good?

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 …

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UNSEALED 4X4 GARAGE – PROJECT RUSTY GETS BARRED UP

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 …

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12 TOP Camper Trailer Destinations across Australia

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 …

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YOUR SUMMER CAMPING GUIDE

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, …

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Food & Fodder with Allysia

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 …

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PRE-SUMMER COOLING SYSTEM CHECKLIST

Your mates mightn’t think you’re cool, but your 4X4 sure will after following these five simple cooling system tips…   Much like David Bowie and Freddie Mercury were way back in 1981, your cooling system is under pressure. And much like living the lifestyle of two high-flying celebrity musicians, things can (and will) go wrong without a little …

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4X4 Tyre Masterclass

If just one of these six tips helps save your tyres, it’ll be a good year…   Four-wheel drive tyres are expensive, really expensive! As an example, you could spend more on your tyres than the purchase price of the fridge or washing machine you have at home. And to make matters worse, you also need to replace …

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SAT-NAV SYSTEMS HAVE REPLACED TAG-ALONG TOURS

We attempt to right a wrong – with these 5 ways to choose the best tour for you!   Safety in numbers isn’t just a catchy phrase. While travelling solo can be a rewarding experience, sometimes it’s a much better idea to travel with a group of like-minded adventure seekers under the watchful eye of an experienced guide. …

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The Bush Mechanics Special

Check out these handy tips to get you home (straight out of the Les Hiddins playbook).   Unless you carry around an entire spare parts vehicle, a CNC mill and complex 3D printing equipment, breaking down is going to be an unfortunate fact of off-road life. Sometimes you get lucky, and a few twists of a spanner will …