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Peter Barnes from the Birdsville Roadhouse

Crossing the Simpson Desert should be on the bucket list for any 4WDer around Australia. With the Munga-Thirri National Park open for another season, 4WD Action caught up with Peter Barnes from the Birdsville Roadhouse to ask him a few tips for anyone planning a trip. 4WD Action: What are some of the common mistakes people make when crossing the Simpson? Peter: It’s pretty continuous out there, and if you’ve got a lot of weight, that’s when things can start to break. It would pay to have good suspension and reputable stuff I say.

Published: 2012-11-02

189 DVD Bloopers

Need cheering up? Check out these bloopers from behind the scenes!

Published: 2012-10-30

Buying Used 76 Series

Thinking about buying a 76 series? Don' forget to check out our buying used 76 Series video before you jump into the market.

Published: 2012-10-29

Diagnosing Diesel Smoke

Diesels and exhaust smoke seem to go hand in hand, but if you want to know what type of smoke means what, then make sure you dont miss out on this video!

Published: 2012-10-26

High and Dry!

So you've made the decision that you want to actually use your 4WD to get off the beaten track. One day trips are no problem but what if you want to go for longer, maybe even much longer. You'll need a place to sleep at the very least, so what are you options? You've considered and rejected camper trailers and you've read our comparo of swags, tents and rooftop tents in issue 2 of Camping With Your 4WD. Armed with this information you've decided that a rooftop tent is the way to go. But which one? There's a lot to choose from and the cost can vary from under $1,000 to over $5,000.

Published: 2012-10-25

Great Dividing Range

One of the most important safety accessories when travelling in your 4WD is a cargo barrier. It keeps the luggage in the back where it belongs and in the event of an accident can be a lifesaver, as it stops those heavy objects in the back becoming deadly missiles. A cargo barrier is not a complicated device, but they are not cheap to buy. With a few tools, however, a relaxing day in the shed and around $100 worth of materials you can knock up your own cargo barrier to keep you and your family safe when on the road or tracks.

Published: 2012-10-25

Power to the People

Not so long ago, the need for high-tech batteries in 4WDs was only a small issue. Most camping gear was either ice powered or gas powered, and as long as no one left an interior light on overnight, you could be pretty sure of the vehicle starting in the morning. But fridges, inverters, camp lights, laptops, MP3 players and their electrical brethren have changed the scene a little. Now it is almost irresponsible to head bush without at least a basic dual battery system to ensure your 4WD will start every time.

Published: 2012-10-24

Curries and Mushies

Right, well if all went to plan since the last issue, some of you poor buggers – sorry, lucky guys – are probably looking at a bit of long-term hitching about now. And I don't mean hitching up the interstate either, although it's not a bad idea. No, I figure if you did as I suggested last month and took your girlfriend camping before impressing her with a couple of brilliantly easy meals, she's probably just about got the hooks into you by now. No doubt you made the classic bungle.

Published: 2012-10-24

Best 4WD Ever

Check out what Nev got up too at geraldine 4WD park while shooting issue 189 major feature - Best 4WD Ever

Published: 2012-10-22

High Fryin'

It was out on Stradbroke Island camped up behind the dunes that I made the fatal, hang on, re-word that, that I made the last decision I've ever had to make on my own. Yep, after a nice meal and snuggled up against the swag with a pannikin of port and a block of dark chocolate, I asked the Handbrake for her hand. Unfortunately I got the rest of her as well, once her dad found his shotgun.

Published: 2012-10-18

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