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One of the first things that made itself onto the mod list for the new Dmax was underbody protection, or bash plates. The reason for this is simple; there are some very expensive, vulnerable and low to the ground bits of gear underneath the Dmax.
I never had anything fitted on the 80 series Land Cruiser, but that was a totally different beast. The chances of hitting anything vulnerable on the 80 was much less likely, given it had a lot more clearance, and things seemed to be tucked away better (with exception to the differentials, which you are always careful of anyway!). Continue reading here.
There's always room for improvement, and we've been ironing out a few little shortcomings that we've found with our Outback Deluxe Camper trailer. One of these is easy access to food, cleaning gear and general bits and pieces. Over the years our camping process has become much easier, more comfortable and enjoyable, and this was another little step in the right direction. Continue reading here.
It had been 7 years since last visiting Walpole, and both Sarah and I missed it badly. Walpole's such a tranquil and beautiful area, and we both have very fond memories of it. There's something about the trees, and the amazing water/beach around where the ocean and inlet meet that is truly magic.
A few months back, we rushed into booking a few remaining camp sites at the Coalmine Beach Caravan Park over Easter. Normally we'd much rather stay out of a caravan park, but when its Easter time, you have limited annual leave and a little baby the last thing we wanted to do was drive around trying to find somewhere to camp.Continue reading here.
We headed down to Walpole and had a fantastic time. Last time we visited Walpole was 7 years ago, and we've been wanting to head back ever since. The whole region is just stunning, and absolutely worth a trip away. Continue reading here.
Where possible, its a good idea to have your trailer wheels and tyres the same as your tow vehicle. They don't have to be exactly the same, but having them interchangeable is well and truly worth while. This applies to everything you'd take off the beaten track; camper trailers, boats and caravans. Continue reading here.
It wasn’t long after turning onto the road that heads out to Lake Argyle that I knew we were in for something special. Lake Argyle is the second biggest freshwater body, and largest man made lake in Australia. You can look at it on a map and see its big, but until you actually get out there and see it for yourself, its impossible to fathom. Continue reading here.
We are super lucky to have the south west of WA only a few hours away from our home. The Margaret River, Dunsborough and Busselton area is home to some of the best beaches in Australia, incredible natural produce and amazing 4WD tracks. In the warmer months especially, the South West is our go to location to spend a weekend away.
There's so much to see in each of the locations in the south west; you can stay anywhere and have an incredible time. Continue reading here.
A few months back, we replaced our 80 Series Land Cruiser with a 2016 Isuzu Dmax. The Dmax has big shoes to fill; the Land Cruiser was a tough tourer that went just about anywhere you pointed it. It did it with a sense of flair that I will miss, but there are a few things I won't miss, and its all a compromise one way or another.
No matter what I do to the Dmax, it will never be as capable as the 80 Series, and I'm going to have to accept that. Instead, I'll focus on building it into a 4WD that does as much of what we want from it as possible. I don't believe there's such thing as the perfect 4WD; you have to compromise in one way or another for everything, but you can strive to get it as close to your requirements as possible. Continue reading here.
If you are like a lot of Australian 4WD owners, you've probably never thought a whole lot about 4WD insurance. The dreaded bill arrives and you get the money together to pay it without much further thought.
What would it mean for you if your 4WD was involved in a bad accident, and your insurance company wriggled their way out of a claim? Wouldn't you be absolutely horrified to find out that you aren't covered for beach driving, or entry to 4WD parks? Continue reading here.
In May, we are heading away with our Isuzu Dmax and Camper trailer for 12 weeks. I've taken long service leave, annual leave and even some unpaid leave from work, and we are heading north with our nearly 2 year old boy. Continue reading here.
I'm in the market for another 12V solar panel, for the top of our Dmax's Canopy. I've bought a couple over the years, and each time I'm in awe of how much cheaper they've become. However, what I've discovered just recently, is a lot of 12V solar panels being sold on eBay are falsely advertised. Continue reading here.
How you set up the tray part of a ute for touring is extremely important. Weight, functionality and comfort are areas that you need to think about. I removed the tub, and replaced it with a second hand chassis mount Bull Motor Body. Continue reading here.
The south west of WA has some of the most stunning country Australia has to offer. From pristine Karri and Jarrah forests through to world class beaches, local produce, caves and stunning rivers there's something for everyone, and now you can camp to your hearts content!
The DPAW (Department of Parks and Wildlife) have just completed their newest camp ground, called Jarrahdene, and its spectacular. The camp sites smack bang in the middle of a brilliant forest, and has a lot going for it. Continue reading here.
Having a shower when you are camping takes comfort to a totally new level. I'll never forget the first time we boiled a big pot of water over the fire and used a cheap 12V shower pump to have a shower after a days motorbike riding in the freezing evening at Broome Hill.
Nothing beats a shower in the bush, even if its only 1/10th as good as one you'd have at home!
Since then, I’ve tried a number of shower arrangements. Every style has their own pro's and con's, but one day when walking through a camping store I spotted a couple of the black shower bags for about $10 each. Given the price I thought lets give these a crack, so two were purchased to trial. Continue reading here.
Changing tyre sizes on 4WD's is relatively common practice, but there's a few things you want to consider before doing it. Knowing what the standard tyre size is for your 4WD is imperative when making these choices. If you've bought a vehicle second hand, how do you know whether the tyres on it are the standard size? Continue reading here.
There is no end to the list of 4WD modifications and accessories on the market today. You can convert independent suspension to a solid axle, fit portal axles, remote reservoir shock absorbers, air tanks and 240V power. The only limitation is how deep your pockets are!
That said, what's the purpose of 4WD modifications and accessories? Why do so many people spend a small fortune doing their 4WD up?Continue reading here.
A substantial amount of Australia is connected by gravel roads. If you've done much gravel driving you would have heard of corrugations. They can be absolutely terrible both from a comfort and potential damage perspective. Continue reading here.
Despite costing a mere couple of bucks, your radiator cap is one of the most important parts of your 4WD. They do not last forever, and can 'let go' without much notice. Not a whole lot of fun if you are in the middle of the bush.
The cooling system for your 4WD's motor plays a massive role. It regulates the motors temperature by allowing it to warm up as required and then stay under a certain temperature. If its not working properly, the results can be devastating and extremely expensive. Continue reading here.
If you own a modern turbo diesel without a catch can, you'll probably look back in the future and wish you'd fitted one. You can get a variety of different brands and models of catch cans for $150 - $450 installed, and they play a hugely important role for your motor. Continue reading here.
Asides from being an incredible adventure and the most western point of Australian mainland, Steep Point is very well known for its fishing. So much so that it's often referred to as the best land based fishing in Australia.
In July of this year we spent 9 nights camped at Shelter Bay, lapping up the turquoise water, isolation and unbelievable fishing. Continue reading here.
I arrived home late one night, to see our new 4WD parked on the driveway. A 2016 Isuzu Dmax, purchased from Victoria and trucked over. Shiny, relatively clean and only 31km on the odometer; an undriven demo.
The Dmax arrived with no number plates, so I arranged a permit to drive to take it over the pits, and booked it in. 2 days later I jump in the vehicle to drive it for the first time, and head to the pit inspections. Not even 750 metres down the road a little icon appears on the dash; the check engine light. A few phone calls later and the vehicle passed the pits, and was booked in with Isuzu in Maddington for diagnosis and rectification. Continue reading here.
I'm tired of reading over and over again of weight issues that thousands of people are being caught out by. These relate to trailer weights, tow vehicle capacities and weight distribution, and if you don't take the time to carefully look into it, you'll be in a world of pain. Continue reading here.
It's the perfect place to relax for a few days, or call in on your way to Denham. Continue reading here.
We sold our 80 Series Land Cruiser a couple of months ago, which was an awesome vehicle. It was tough, capable and functional tourer, but the time came to move it on. I'd been eyeing off the Isuzu Dmax for some time, and after extensive research I paid a deposit on one. Continue reading here.
The outdoor lifestyle is hugely popular in Australia, and for good reason. We have some of the best places to camp, hike, 4WD and fish on the planet, and with today’s fantastic products you can do it in comfort.
The problem we all have is finding the right product for the job at a good price and with amazing customer service. I find that often you’ll get a business that sells cheap products, but it comes at a cost to their customer service and obligations.
That is, until I found Snowys; an Australian owned and run camping and outdoors shop. They started in 1995 in Adelaide, and soon moved into a 2000m2 store within a kilometre of Adelaide’s CBD. Just a few months ago Snowys opened its second store in Brendale, Brisbane. Continue reading here.
Land Cruisers have a pretty good name when it comes to reliability, and even at 27 years old we never really had any major issues with our 80 Series. I spend a fair bit of time and money maintaining my vehicles to a high standard; you look after them and they look after you. I guess a background in maintenance planning and mechanical fitting does come in handy. Continue reading here.
When you are bouncing your way along a corrugated road in the middle of no where, spare a thought for what is happening to the many bits and pieces that make up your 4WD. Punishment is a word that would accurately describe the life of many 4WD's, and they do an exceptional job overall. Continue reading here.