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DIY Electrical Joins

Technical Editor Paul Zielinski shows you how to go about wiring up your 12v gear.

Published: 2012-11-06

Campfire Faves

I got a call from Roothy just the other day. He was in Tassie filming one of the DVDs for 4WD Action. He must have been on the satellite phone, because there was a long delay in between each sentence and the line was fairly bad, but I think he said something about cooking gear, recovery gear and needed both to get Milo out. I've got no idea what that meant because the line went dead shortly after, but the mag deadline came and passed with no new cooking from Roothy.

Published: 2012-11-05

Peacetime on Bribie Island

Ever dreamt of going for a short drive and finding yourself on a beautiful white sandy beach where you can swim in crystal clear water before pulling up into a secluded campsite for the night? If so, then Bribie Island is probably the place you were dreaming of. As the only island in Queensland connected to the mainland by bridge, it is easily accessible to all 4WDs without the need to spend extra on the cost of a ferry, and being only one hour north of Brisbane, it's also the perfect place to head if wanting to escape for a fun beachside weekend with the whole family.

Published: 2012-11-05

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