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We've just returned from 9 nights out at Steep Point, and 6 in Denham itself. Organising the trip was a fair bit of work to ensure we had enough fuel, water, food and firewood and that the 3 trailers made it out there without any damage, but the effort was well and truly rewarded Continue reading here.
Bell Gorge is another incredible place to stop and explore along the Gibb River Road, in Western Australia. It's one of the major attractions, and shouldn't be missed. You can either visit for the day, or stay at Silent Grove Camp ground. Continue Reading here.
A lot of 4WD's run viscous fan hubs. Over time, they deteriorate and eventually stop working. This means your engine has very little air being sucked through via the main cooling fan and as a result it can overheat. The viscous fan hub is one of the most commonly overlooked components on a 4WD, and whats worse is it plays one of the most critical roles. It's a recipe for total disaster; when did you last check yours? Continue Reading here.
Setting up a decent 12V system in a 4WD or Camper Trailer takes time, money and a bit of knowledge. I knew when we purchased our Outback Expedition Deluxe Camper trailer, I'd have to do a few upgrades to get it the way we wanted. We currently run a 55L Evakool Fridge/Freezer in the Land Cruiser, which has been fantastic, but its always a fine balance trying to keep some things frozen and others not. On top of that, you can never have enough fridge/freezer room!
With a 9 day trip to Steep Point on the cards, we had to be 100% self sufficient, and had to get something organised. Continue reading here.
Mornington Wilderness Camp is not always on the 'must visit' list when people do the Gibb River Road. That's partly because its an extra 180km round trip, plus extra driving to see the gorges. However, the main reason is people just don't know how truly beautiful and amazing it is, and stick to the better known locations. (Windjana, Tunnel Creek, Bell Gorge, Manning Gorge, Mitchell Falls and El Questro). Continue reading here.
What's this? - The Variety WA 4WD Challenge! Continue reading here.
When you own a 4WD, you expect there's going to be a certain amount of wear and tear. However, there are plenty of things you can do in order to reduce the damage done, and most people are open to practical solutions. On that note, today I want to introduce a new product from Clark Rubber - the Ultimate Matting. If you have a Ute, trailer or truck, this is something you'll want to check out.
With the huge rise in dual cab Ute sales in Australia, a lot of people now own the perfect multipurpose vehicle. Whether you want to take a load of garden waste to the tip, fill the tub with camping gear for a long weekend or load it up with tools for a weeks work, you can do it quickly and easily, whilst still having a comfortable vehicle to drive around with the family. The back part of a Ute is versatile, but its also often neglected and gets badly damaged in the process, which is where the Ultimate matting comes into its own. Continue reading here.
A few days ago a young man in Queensland went out to recover a mates bogged 4WD, and paid the ultimate price. The news are saying a shackle broke free and came through the window, killing him. An absolutely terrible tragedy, and we pass our condolences onto his family and those affected.
I've written a number of posts over the years trying to encourage people to perform safe recoveries, and seeing another death on the news is truly gut wrenching. 4WD recoveries can be deadly. Please let that sink in. Continue reading here.
The Gibb River road is nearly 700km long, without factoring in even leaving the track. By the time you’ve visited the main attractions, you can easily do 1500 - 1800km. Most of the attractions are within 30-50km of the Gibb River Road itself, and the driving adds up quickly. However, to visit the Mitchell falls, you have to make a substantial detour off the Gibb River road in distance, time and difficulty. It begs the question; is the Mitchell Falls worth it? Continue reading here.
If you've been on Facebook in the last week, you've probably seen a number of articles and comments about unsafe 4WD's on WA Roads. This stemmed from the Great Southern Police Facebook page posting a couple of different updates stating '35 inch tyres have no place on our road', and that they will Yellow sticker any 4WD vehicle that is not road legal. Continue reading here.
Australia is a massive place. I'm talking 4 hours of flying in a full size plane or 45 hours of driving a car to get from one side to another. It's also one of the most diverse places on the planet, with a prolific array of wildlife, plants and spectacular locations to visit. With over 10,000 beaches, and many of these being some of the best in the world, its no wonder people flock to Australia every year to travel and enjoy themselves. Continue reading here.
Before leaving for our mid north west adventure, I could feel something wasn't quite right with our Land Cruiser. On heavy acceleration, or at high RPM, the boost would drop and bounce a little, and I could feel a loss of power. The frustrating thing though, was that the issue was intermittent, and I couldn't for the life of me work out what was wrong with it.
Work commitments, and trying to get our Camper Trailers electrical system ready for 12 days away meant I didn't have time to get my mechanic to check it out. Fingers crossed it would be ok!
Buying a 4WD is an awesome experience, and it gives you access to so much more of this spectacular country. If you are lucky enough to pick up a new 4WD then most of these tips become null and void. If however, like the rest of us, you are picking up a second hand 4WD, its a good idea to work your way through this list. It will save you a lot of headache down the track!
Some of these jobs require basic technical skills - if you aren't sure, get someone who knows what they are doing to show you how, or take it to a qualified mechanic. Continue reading here.
Geraldton is a very popular mid north west destination in Western Australia. There are a stack of fantastic places to camp at ranging from low cost beach side camps to plenty of good Caravan parks to rest your head for the night. A lot of people pass through Geraldton every day, heading one way or another and simply stopping for fuel, a bite to eat and a place to stretch the legs. However, I'm going to share a place that might make you change your mind and make you spend a night near Geraldton. Continue reading here.