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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 …

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ELECTRONIC TRACTION CONTROL: SLOWLY KILLING THE LOCKING DIFFERENTIAL

  …and it’s not a bad thing. Nothing has challenged the locker’s status as the ultimate traction tool.   Until now.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Traction is at the heart of everything we four-wheel drivers do, which is why there’s so much discussion about traction aids. …

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7 MISTAKES EVERY 4WDER MAKES

In 4WD land, there is a right and a wrong way of doing things. A lot of the time, the difference is someone’s opinion. I reckon there are a few hard-and-fast wrongs however. With that in mind, we have put together a list of the seven worst 4WD mistakes. Which ones are you guilty of?   For images …

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SHOOT BETTER OFF-ROAD VIDEOS

Your videos, your friends and how to make them compatible in nine simple steps.   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   I’m sure we all have that friend that invites us to watch their 4WDing videos but we know it’s going to be boring as… maybe you are that …

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WHY MUD SUCKS

  Five reasons mud driving is the worst thing you can do with your 4X4   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Off-road driving means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some it’s the pure isolation touring provides. Travelling thousands of kilometres just …

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HOW TO DRIVE MUD

EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING DIRTY IN THE BUSH   For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   We live in an amazing place. A country where the vast differences in terrain are rivalled only by the often unfathomable distances between them. The kind of place where you …

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3 KNOTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

BECAUSE RATCHET STRAPS ARE FOR HIPSTERS When you’re camping in remote locations, or even when you prefer to head away for an easy weekender, sooner or later you’re going to need to know how to tie a knot or three. Here are our top three knots that we’ve found incredibly useful in a few different situations over the …

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HOW TO: TYRE PRESSURES

Tyre pressures are a simple numbers game. Are your numbers right? Here are five things that you need to know before heading off the blacktop With a thousand articles in a thousand magazines there’s no way you could possibly overstate the importance of not only tyres, but the pressures they’re run at. They’re essentially the glue that holds …

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SOLAR POWER GURU

Australia is a hot and sunny country, nothing new there. But when you really absorb that fact it is pretty easy to see that solar-powered campsites make more sense than a cold beer on a hot day. The luxury of bringing more electrical items from home to further enjoy your stay, and the fact you can settle into …

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REVIEWED: OFF-ROAD APPS

Don’t head off into the dark on your next adventure. These four off-road apps can light the way… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   Knowledge is power. It’s an idea that can be broadly spread across every intricate detail of what we do as off-roaders. The knowledge on how to perform recoveries safely. …

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RECOVERY POINTS VS TIE DOWN POINTS

We take a closer look at the differences, and potential dangers. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, CLICK HERE.   Unless you have been sleeping under a rock you will have noticed that we are pretty passionate about making sure you guys are armed with, at the very least, the basic knowledge for safe recoveries. While …

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HID VS. HALOGEN VS. LED

The definitive answer on driving lights… so which is best for you? For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this in our online magazine.   Driving lights… you need them, but how much do you know about them? For many years we had a choice of any light we wanted as long as it was a halogen. Then, …

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WHEN ACCESSORIES BITE BACK

Having the right gear on board is paramount, but only if it works… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   There’s been an attitude growing in the 4X4 industry in the last few years that has seen punters shovelling money hand over fist into the arms of the aftermarket, …

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WEIRD & WHACKY RECOVERIES

  We test a few different styles of self-recovery aids to see what works, what doesn’t and what you shouldn’t waste your time with… For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Traction mats have been around for over a decade now. In fact, it was back in 2005 when …

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10 RECOVERY MISTAKES YOU NEED TO STOP MAKING

Don’t let your next trip end in tragedy… avoid these 10 easy mistakes. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Getting stuck sucks. The adventure is over, forward progress is halted, and instead of seeing the next amazing sight or kicking back at camp with good friends and family …

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SIDEWAYS IN THE SNOW

There are two experiences in cars that just put an instant grin on your face… and I mean those experiences where you’re driving. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   One is gut-flattening acceleration, and the other is drifting. The latter is especially fun when it’s in snow and …

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AUSTRALIA’S 5 MOST TREACHEROUS 4X4 LOCATIONS

Sometimes the most isolated country in the world is every bit as perilous as it is beautiful. For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Danger. It’s a part of life as an off-roader, the raison d’être for everything we do. It might sound like I’m exaggerating but let’s be …

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THE RECOVERY SPECIAL

If you have ever wondered how much force is required to recover a bogged four-wheel drive, you are about to find out my friend! For images and the full Unsealed 4X4 experience, read this on our digital magazine platform.   Are you sick of the same articles over and over again preaching about the importance of this or …