There are dozens of options for setting up your campsite this winter, if you didn’t know any better you’d be easily forgiven for heading down to the local sports equipment store and picking up the cheapest tent you can find, a $5 poly tarp and hoping for the best. Although this might work, but what if we told you, you could have a camping setup that is the envy of all your mates.
These are our top 5 must have bits of gear, that will definitely make a massive impact on the way you get out camping. If you plan your trip right, and pack the right gear, you can save yourself plenty of money with free campsites all over Oz – and even make sure you have the best time off the beaten path!
An awning is a convenient shelter that easily mounts to the side of your vehicle. The Adventure Kings Range of Awnings, are one of the best value shelters’ that you can setup over the top of your campsite. These epic shelters are fully waterproof which makes keeping off the rain during an epic downfall and also rated to a massive UPF50+ keeping the harsh Aussie sun off even through the colder months all whilst making sure your family doesn’t roast at the beach during the summer months.
The range includes one of our latest releases of awnings with the release of the 270° King Wing Awningwhich features a massive 11 m² of fully waterproof coverage and boasting UPF50+ protection which
The solid build construction of the Adventure Kings Awnings means that no matter how rough the weather is you will always have shelter over your head, not to mention all of the high quality accessories you can easily add to enhance the performance of your shelter such as an Awning wall, Awning Tent, or even an Awning model that includes an LED Light built into the awnings integrated sail track.t that attaches underneath offering a completely sheltered and customizable space at camp!
2.Keep things fresh!
When you are relaxing at home, you can make a casual trip to the fridge and grab a cool refreshing drink or keeping your food and perishables in the fridge fresh for days on end. Until very recently, when you are off the grid this convenience has been something you had no choice to give up.
Modern 4WD’s have been taking advantage of the Adventure Kings 60L Fridge/Freezer is one of the most affordable portable fridges on the market, they also are one of the most efficient 12v fridges in Oz – with the internal capacity large enough to fit up to 88 can capacity!
The Adventure Kings 60L Fridge/Freezer takes advantage of a SECOP internal compressor which can drop the temp down to -18°C and uses less than 1 Amp of battery capacity every hour ensuring you never run out of battery in the morning!
With shorter daylight hours, Camp LED Lightingcan be a tricky thing, making sure you have enough alkaline batteries for everyone’s torches can turn into a daunting task, only to find out you bought AA batteries when instead you might have needed AAA size instead!
To make sure you have enough LED lighting all night long, you should definitely grab yourself a set of bright LED camp lights like the Illuminator 5 Bar camp light kit – with 5 separate IP65 water resistant LED Lighting strips each fitted with permanent magnets on either end, you will have enough power to light your whole campsite and with individual dimmer/ on-off switches.
Being completely customizable and easily connecting to your vehicles 12v system you’ll have plenty of lighting power for days on end!
When you are heading out, far from the nearest hotel, bringing comfortable bedding with you makes a lot of sense, however, you’re probably going to need a little more than just a mattress – which is where things can either be made simple, or extremely complicated.
Our favorite way to get our offroad camping setup sorted is with one of Australia’s favorite swags, the Adventure Kings Big Daddy Deluxe Double– this beast of a swag includes a fully waterproof outer, with ripstop poly-grid to make it stronger, it also includes an extremely comfortable 70mm thick mattress making sure even on rough surfaces, you’ll sleep like a log!
Cushioning isn’t everything, another factor you need to consider is how warm you’ll be, this is where one of the most versatile sleeping bags in the 4WDing world comes in – the Adventure Kings Premium Sleeping bag, which features a removable flannel liner, which keeps you warm, whilst also being able to remove for summer camping, making this bag suitable for +5°C right down to -5°C!
This tip is one of the most critical pieces of camping gear for your camping setup, by allowing you to passively charge your 12v back up to full charge, silently and virtually cost free!
Camping no longer means you have to rough it, with all of the bells and whistles for comfortable campsite living easily falling within your budget you can head out with the most kitted out camping setup from Adventure Kings and hit the tracks with change in your pocket!
To find out the perfect upgrades for your campsite for this winter, you should definitely head to one of our stores, call our expert team on 1800 88 39 64 or even visit us online at www.4WDSupacentre.com.au for the latest deals on the best value gear in Oz!
When getting out camping there is next to nothing better that being able to open your 12v fridge at camp and crack open a frosty beverage whilst keeping your favourite meals fresh and ready to eat!
There are many reasons why the Adventure Kings range of fridge freezers, have taken Australia by storm. One of the main reasons that the Adventure Kings Fridge Freezers are so popular is because of the genuine SECOP compressor which is found in many big-ticket fridges on the market, which is renowned for it’s reliability, efficiency and performance in extreme conditions. Coupled up with copper tubing and condenser which is chosen for its superior heat transfer properties.
Extra thick insulation for efficiency in the varied and harsh Australian conditions with its reversible lid for convenience no matter where it is located within the back of your car or 4WD.
The other benefit is that it can be used as a fridge or a freezer with a user selectable temperature range of +10 to -18°C which is controlled via the easy to use push button control panel.
It has an automatic internal LED light just like your fridge at home and a user adjustable power cut-off makes sure you control your power consumption, it makes the Adventure Kings Fridge Freezer is one of the most user-friendly 12v camping fridges on the market.
Clever circuitry means this fridge can run on 12V, 24V and 240V. Run it in the back of your car or 4WD when you’re camping and use it as a beer fridge at home in between camping trips!
Ultra-heavy-duty handles pivot up for easy movement of the fridge and fold down flat to save space. Extra thick rubber seals and casing insulation mean that it’s incredibly efficient at holding temperature.
Forget old leaky iceboxes and melted ice, because the best way to keep your food and drink cold and fresh on your next camping adventure is an Adventure Kings 12v Fridge/Freezer!
These incredibly affordable fridge/freezers all feature powerful, efficient motors that are in many cases almost identical to the motor in your fridge at home, which means they’ll keep everything cold, even on the hottest days. Easy digital temperature controls and display lets you fully control your fridge, and extra-strong seals, hinges and handles means they’re up to the task of living in the back of your vehicle. They’re even strong enough to run 24/7 so you’ve always got a cold fridge on hand for the groceries or your lunch!
Multiple sizes of camping 12v fridge-freezers are available, with both single and dual-zone models to suit your needs, all at red-hot prices that makes the competition seem, well – a little luke-warm. Once you’ve stepped up to an Adventure Kings fridge/freezer, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!
Not sure of exactly what you’re after, or whether something will work for your setup? We’ve got you covered! Call us on 1800 88 39 64 to talk to our friendly team of camping and 4WD experts, or visit us online at www.4wdsupacentre.com.au or even drop in and talk to an expert in store we live and breathe this stuff – and we’d love to help you.
When you think of winter camping you probably think of getting rugged up, camping out under the pitter patter of rain on your camping Gazeboor Awningand starting a toasty warm campfire and kicking back and getting your camping shoes smoking hot!
If this description even slightly resonates with you, it means that you are probably itching to get out there and camp at some of your favourite spots, without having to battle with the crowds or busy roads!
While cooler weather is often a massive turn off to people who don’t normally get out camping, but for many people it is the ideal time to hit the tracks! The air is fresher, the coffee more refreshing and even the pests like mosquito’s and sand flies are less likely to bother you.
So, if you are looking for the ideal setup for your winter camping escapes then look no further than Oz’s favourite camping brand Adventure Kings.
Adventure Kings is designed by some of the most experienced veterans of the 4WD camping industry for the 4WD and camping industry, with revolutionary products that smash the competition, whilst being affordable for the average punter.
Our top 5 favourite Adventure Kings Gear deals are as follows;
These are our latest industry shakers, the Domin8r X LED Driving lights, they are built with years of knowledge on how to produce a cost effective LED Driving light with cast aluminium housings and tested to a full waterproof rating of IP68 whilst delivering an impressive performance of 1 Lux out to 1206 meters from the source!
With a launch price of under $250 for a pair, this is basically unheard-of performance for the money and are sure to rattle the cages of deep rooted “industry leaders” due to their cost-effective performance and bang for buck!
This is one of the most overlooked bits of gear when heading out 4WDing, a reliable air compressor offers you instant inflation no matter where you come back to the main roads. A Thumper MAX Air Compressor offers an ideal solution to getting your tyres back up to highway pressures, this beastly double-barreled compressor offers over 300L/min of air output and has a maximum air pressure output of 125PSI this beast will blow your mates away!
The Thumper MAX Air Compressor is seriously powerful and simply plugs up to your vehicles start battery with the engine running, but don’t worry about wasted fuel, a Thumper MAX will get your tyres up to pressure in under 10 mins!
The Adventure Kings Big Daddy Deluxe is undeniably a ground shaker! When it was first released, this epic top featured swag offers a 70mm thick mattress, on top of this the Big Daddy Deluxe features a tough rip resistant 400GSM ripstop poly cotton canvas!
The other benefit to the Big Daddy Deluxe has a fully sealed bucket floor which keeps the damp ground from soaking your mattress, and additionally this swag is 100% free standing, which means you don’t have to peg out your swag, this is all thanks to the large dome style frame, this comes in particularly handy when your mother in law comes to stay!
As seen all over Oz, and for good reason, this heavy hitter can be seen on anything from panel vans, family sedans, and even work vans, the Adventure Kings Awnings are one of the best value camp shelter setups available in oz. Made from a mold and mildew resistant, UPF50+ and 100% waterproof ripstop polyester. This means that your camping setup is sorted with a shelter that takes less than a minute to set up!
To boot the Adventure Kings Awnings sound fantastic in the rain, and due to the tension you can get because of the horizontal cross poles means that the pitter patter at night is perfect for getting to sleep in the night time winter drizzle.
The Adventure Kings awnings simply unzip and unroll all the way to their full extent, and with the integrated horizontal twist locking poles you can tension the canopy fabric taught enough to let the water roll straight off!
Efficiency is as simple as an Adventure Kings Camp Oven Stove – this simple compact and light weight camping accessory allows you to set up your campfire directly underneath your awning or shelter and also allows you to have a roaring fire and still maintain 100% control over the heat and airflow. This control allows you to cook your favourite meals easily as well as controlling the temperature to the point of fully extinguishing your campfire!
The Camp oven stove is perfect for just about any setup and thanks to its tripod design you can even dry your firewood right underneath your campfire.
To find out more about the massive range of 4WD gear available at 4WD Supacentre don’t hesitate to visit us online at www.4WDSupacentre.com.au, call us on 1800 88 39 64 or even visit our expert team in store and have a yarn about the perfect upgrades for your particular setup!
It’s that time of year where the sun rises after you get to work and sets before you even leave work! if you find yourself driving in the dark, its a great idea to upgrade your 4WD with a reliable and incredibly bright LED driving lights
Built using incredibly bright and durable components the Domin8r X LED Driving lightshave been tested out to beyond 1200m to a reading of 1 Lux of light. This lux range figure is on par with some of the most expensive pairs of driving lights available on the market.
With similar specifications and functionality, some of our competitions LED Driving lights sell for well above $1200, our team cannot understand how these brands justify charging so much for their LED lights when they include technology that is a couple of years old.
There are claims that by paying more you receive a product that is higher quality – or more water resistant or somehow more durable or even that despite the independent lab results is somehow “more powerful” however the Adventure Kings Domin8r X LED Driving Lights offer drivers an extremely cost effective lighting solution for any setup. They are well under $300 including delivery to your doors, all ofAdventure Kings range of LED lights are tested to an incredible IP68 and built with superior circuitry that coupled with the ultra-tough cast alloy housing with an integrated heat-sink there is next to nothing that will hold the Adventure Kings Domin8r X lights back.
When you are looking for a new set of lights, its hard to ignore the incredible value for money found in the Adventure Kings range, and for the same price of similar lights you could equip your vehicle with five of the blindingly bright LED driving lights for an incredible total lumen output of 74,850 Lumens which is incredible real world Lumens and not made up specs often found on online auction sights.
However like you, we know brightness isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing driving lights. That’s why the Domin8r X’s have a premium cast aluminium alloy housing, an almost bullet-proof polycarbonate lens and an ultra-strong powder-coated steel three-bolt mount, along with ultra-high-quality stainless steel mounting hardware and waterproof Deutsch connectors that plug straight into any of our wiring harnesses for an ultra-easy install.
Whilst the Adventure Kings plug and play wiring harness can be easily purchased for under $50 and with the clever circuitry is truly plug and play, by being able to simply connect straight to your vehicles headlights via a piggy back plug.
Not only is the wiring kits available from 4WD Supacentre plug and play, but the wiring is heavy duty and easy to install on the front of your vehicle!
The winter months are freezing cold, and just a week out from winter, we’ve seen a massive string of sub double digit temps. As the mercury plummets, it’s a great idea to come in to 4WD Supacentre and kit yourself up with winter warmers that will stop you from shivering through the winter nights on the tracks!
There are a few key components you should grab to help keep you and your family warm and cozy on the tracks!
Our top tip for staying warm on the tracks is a cozy sleeping bag, and in our opinion there isn’t anything more cozy than catching some ZZZZ’s in an Adventure Kings Premium Sleeping Bag designed to be used all year this epic sleeping bag has a flannel liner which offers double the insulation of more traditional design sleeping bags. With a massive rectangular cut, these sleeping bags are perfect even for bigger campers who don’t like to feel cramped or claustrophobic, and with cinchable hood they can be effectively “sealed” from the cold weather to ensure the coziest nights sleep.
We haven’t even gotten to the best bit, the Cozy Adventure Kings Premium Sleeping Bags come in both a left and right hand model which makes them perfect for winter campers who like to get out and explore with their better half, with the ability to zip two of these bags together you can share your warmth even on the coldest nights on the tracks!
Whilst this is one cozy sleeping bag, one of the most critical factors to keeping warm when you are camping is to space yourself up off the ground, within the Adventure Kings range there are a few options for getting extra warmth, starting with upgrading your Adventure Kings Big Daddy mattress from the standard 50mm to the plush 70mm thick Big Daddy Deluxe Mattress, the extra 20mm is more than just comfort, offering campers plenty of additional insulation to get you up off the ground and cozy warm at camp!
Or if you wanted even more warmth on the tracks upgrading to the extremely comfortable 100mm thick Adventure Kings Self Inflating Mattress, available in a Queen, single and King size you can chuck it into just about any camping setup on the market for additional warmth.
You may be wondering what you can do to stay warm when you aren’t in bed, this is an age old problem that Adventure Kings made sure they addressed with the Adventure Kings Camp Oven Stove This self supported free standing oven allows you to more efficiently harness the power of contained fire, and controlled airflow, this means you get more heat from your firewood, making your camping firewood that much more efficient.
The product development team thought of everything and with the entire chimney reaching a massive 2.4m above your campsite this removes all smoke from blowing into your eyes, and integrated in the chimney is an adjustable flue damper which allows you to restrict and increase the airflow through your fire as required this makes burning your campsite that much warmer when you need it most, you also have a notched door latch to give more control over the air flow over your hot coals!
No-one likes sitting in the dirt by their fire place – This is why we love taking an insulated Adventure Kings Reclining Camping Chair, with its reclining back rest you can kick back at 150° which makes camping that much more comfortable, but the thing we love the most is the 50mm thick foam padding which, just like the mattress in your Swagor Roof Top Tent will keep you comfortable and warm from behind.
To find out more about staying warm at camp make sure you head into www.4WDSupacentre.com.au, call us on 1800 88 39 64 or even drop into one of our stores,
No matter what time of year it is, there isn’t anything much better than starting a campfire and kicking back with a refreshing drink at camp. But the fact is doubly so when it is getting into the chilly months of the year, where the radiant warmth of a solid campfire can bring much joy to anyone at camp!
Since as far back as we can recall it has been a long standing Aussie tradition to have a good roaring campfire, and many of us have grown up camping with the crackle of eucalyptus and the waft of its soothing smoke as the wind changes, no matter who you are, it is just one of those things that you simply cannot get past and at 4WD Supacentre these memories are something that are really not lost on us!
Not everyone has the privilege of having a parent that has spent years in the bush or a leathery skinned bush guide to show them all the tricks of surviving in comfort and luxury in the bush!
If this applies to you we are going to run through some of our expert tips and tricks, to not only get your fire burning sooner, but also how to get your fire ready to cook on and burn more efficiently without the use of highly volatile and toxic fuels which can add nasty tastes, particularly if you are going to cook your food over the coals!
Starting out you are going to need firewood, you need to check whether you have permission to not only burn firewood at your campsite, but whether you can collect it, or if you’d have to bring it with you.
With the legalities and technicalities of starting a fire quickly out of the way, when searching for firewood, you are wanting to look for wood, that is already seasoned and dry enough to snap into two pieces with a crack, this means the wood is nice and dry and will catch alight with minimal effort.
The key to starting your fire is to start with tiny bits of solid fuel and gradually work your way into larger and larger pieces, this will allow your fire to start from something as simple as a spark from a flint.
When you are collecting your fire-wood you will want to look three basic types of firewood that meet some important criteria;
Tinder – Long before smartphone apps, tinder was a word that is used to describe wooden fuel that is extremely dry, and has a feathery nature to it, tinder can be comprised of anything from the lint from your clothes dryer at home, some tissue paper, a newspaper, a bundle of grass, or even fine wood shavings from a pencil sharpener or even a bundle of dry grass. Tinder is the starting point of all fires, and if the correct tinder is chosen, it should burn quite hot, quite quickly which is perfect for igniting the next pieces of firewood.
Kindling is the first real “sticks” you’ll need when building your fire, kindling is usually comprised of a handful of sticks that are smaller than your thumb in thickness – when looking for kindling, you should aim for sticks that are a bit of a range of thicknesses this will ensure that the sticks will catch themselves.
When collecting kindling you should gather more wood than you think you will need, particularly if you plan on cooking on your fire, when too little kindling is used, it is difficult to get enough heat into your fire to create enough hot coals.
Getting more kindling is an excellent solution to helping add as much heat into your fuel logs to help dry them out.
Fuel – This is your full sized “logs” and thicker branches, this is where the long term burning comes from – when looking for your fuel for the fire you should look particularly for hardwood like eucalyptus it is one of the most common types of timber available in Australia, and because of its high oil content and relatively dry nature, this wood burns extremely hot and for a long period of time, if you are situated in a river bank area, you may be lucky enough to have casuarina also known as “she-oak” which when the Europeans arrived in Australia named it “bakers oak” for its high burning temperatures, relative easy of catching alight and minimal ash making it perfect for burning in bakers ovens, These types woods generally dry fairly quickly, and because of their dense grain, contain much more energy than soft woods.
If you are equipped with a bush saw or chainsaw you can trim these logs to size and with a sharp axe you will be able split your wood into smaller pieces which take to flame much easier, turning your fuel logs into both kindling and tinder.
LETS START A FIRE!
This seems like it should be easy enough, but out of all the obvious “primitive” bush survival skills people heading into the wilderness should know, this one is a skill that people seem to mess up on the regular!
The first point to consider when starting a campfire is to know the best spot to light your campfire as your fires location will determine which way the smoke might flow, as well as whether you will have enough room to move backwards if the fire is burning hot!
If someone has already setup a fire pit at your campsite, it is a lot easier to light your fire in that location, and preserve the grass around, however if you are in a new “uncamped” spot, you will need to clear the ground to prevent any fire hazards and build a protective stone/rock perimeter using dry stones from well away from the river, this will prevent your fire from spreading beyond where you want it to stay, alternatively, you can use something like an Adventure Kings Camp Oven/Stove to keep your fire up off the ground which has some benefits we’ll go over later.
With your fireplace’s location figured out, you are going to need to prepare your kindling and fuel so once your everything is lit, you won’t have to scramble and rush in a panic, fumbling for your next step of fuel.
When starting a campfire you have a few options– generally because of the types of larger diameter hardwood that is available in most Australian camping locations you will find that our favorite fire lighting style is known as a ‘lean-to’. Firstly work out which direction the wind is blowing from and lay a nice thick log, perpendicular to the direction.
With your thick log in position, you should lay a handful of kindling against the log creating a covered pocket on the side of the log that the wind will be blowing up and over, this means your kindling will stay lit and not get blown over or out.
Now you should be ready to take your dry tinder out, your objective is to “fluff up” your tinder bundle or ball, which will allow air to flow through it easily and allow it to get really hot, really quickly. If you are using a tuft of dry grass, you should roll it into a ball and then loosen the fibers into a pocket sort of like a birds nest shape, this will take a spark or flame extremely easily.
There are many ways to light your tinder, ranging from a gas pocket lighter, barbeque match, a box of normal matches, a flint, or even your vehicles electric cigarette lighter – with your tinder lit you need to ensure it is taking flame, and then stick it into the pocket of the log, being careful not to smother the tinder, you can start to stack your kindling over the tinder, with a nice flame starting to burn and crackle you can sit and watch and let the whole pile of kindling start to catch, this is where the extra kindling comes in, by adding more as needed and gradually thicker pieces your fire will begin to take shape!
As your kindling burns down you can add thicker sticks leaning against the large log support to create a small pile of red hot embers to ignite the larger diameter ‘fuel’. If you need to cook over your coals, it will pay to get your campfire a little bit larger than you require as the extra heat will allow your fire to generate extra hot coals which you can steal with a shovel to create a cooking “bed”.
PUTTING YOUR CAMP FIRE OUT!
When lighting a camp fire you also need to consider how you are going to extinguish it, this seems obvious but there is a list of horror stories a mountain high of people not being fully prepared and leaving their campfire burning. If you are new to campfires, then maybe the idea of using a fire extinguisher may come to mind, however this is an extremely inefficient way of putting out a campfire, particularly because of the latent heat within your fire, whilst it may extinguish the open flames it is extremely irresponsible to leave red hot coals unattended, this has caused many bushfires and can turn into a life threatening event for many people who may be un expecting!
The best way to put out your campfire is to extinguish with plenty of water, by dousing water over the coals you get plenty of steam, but the water will take the heat out of the embers and stop the fire from restarting itself.
Dousing a campfire with water is better than risking someone coming through and getting severe burns on the hidden hot embers, particularly on the beach where people have covered their campfire with sand to extinguish only to trap the heat and hide the embers which can reach over 600°C for over 12 hours from the time it was extinguished.
We make sure we have a large 10L or so bucket with us and can collect enough water to extinguish our entire camp-fire before we go to bed – or head out for the day!
Benefits of a Camp Oven Stove! We mentioned before the massive benefits to using an Adventure Kings Camp Oven Stove– This handy device uses a clever principal called “internal heat reflection” and “convection”, to more efficiently burn your fuel and get more heat out of your fire. Not only does the internal reflection help you to get more out of your fuel, it will mean that you get a lot less ash in the bottom of your camp oven.
The other benefit to lighting a fire within the enclosed space of the camp oven is the ability to control the amount of air flow into your fire, this is achieved by both the notched door latch, as well as the adjustable flue dampener. This mechanism uses an easy to operate butterfly valve which prevents air from racing up the chimney, by fully engaging your flue damper you can smother your fire and prevent the fire from fully combusting.
We’ve found the main benefit of using an Adventure Kings Camp Oven is its 2.4m high chimney, this chimney makes it perfect for lifting all the campfire smoke up and out of camp, meaning no more stinging eyes and smelly clothes!
No more online reading for you – it’s time to pack the car and hit the tracks to enjoy the vast and breathtaking landscapes and fresh air Australia has to offer!
To find out more about the range of Adventure Kings Gear for cooking in the bush or to kit out your campsite with the right gear hit www.4WDSupacentre.com.au call us on 1800 88 39 64 or even drop into one of our stores to speak with an expert on the way to camp and we will get you sorted with the best gear for the task!
A quality winch is your best mate on the tracks and a recovery kit is your winches best mate, read closely, we are going to cover just what it takes to get the most out of your winch on the tracks and to get your 4WD out of some serious trouble when it matters most!
First thing is first!
A winch is a very powerful tool, but only when it is used correctly, if misused or set up incorrectly it has the potential of getting you and your mates into a touch more strife than you bargained for, so when setting up a winch recovery it pays to be calculated and cautious to prevent things from going wrong.
So when you are setting up your winch recoveries there are a few important rules to consider, firstly, you should always consider where you are going to anchor your winch, as much as a winch can pull you free, you must consider that a winch works best if the point of pull is in a direct line from the mounting point directly forward from the front of the vehicle, a winch will pull out to approximately 30° from center in either direction, but any more than this can cause the winch cable to bind up on the spool and render the winch inoperable.
This is where a reliable Recovery Kit comes into its own – Something like an Hercules Essential Recovery Kit which includes a tree trunk protector which offers 4WDers a way to anchor their winch cable to a stable tree trunk without the risk of ring barking the tree and completely killing it.
The Tree Trunk Protector distributes the load across the surface of the tree and allows you to firmly and securely anchor your winch cable to your anchor point, if you needed to setup your anchor even further down the road to one side you can anchor and then redistribute your winch line using a snatch block.
The next benefit to a Recovery Kit is that you have the ability to extend your winches reach by an impressive 10m using the Hercules Winch Extension Strap for a total of 36m of winching range, which is nearly double the length of a tennis court.
The winch extension strap comes in incredibly handy for when you have the need for double the pulling power from your winch this might be when you are bogged by sand or hung up on your chassis with no wheel traction to drive you through, the solution is to use your snatch block pulley for a double line pull which will half the winch speed but twice the pulling power. the ability to double the pulling power of your winch is incredibly handy, when you consider that a Domin8r X can pull a HUGE 12,000lbs with a single line pull that increases your recovery strength to a HUGE 24,000 lbs or over 10 tonnes of direct pull, with multiple snatch blocks you will have many factors of pulling force!
No matter which kind of recovery you need to undertake, simply getting your hands dirty with a simple folding shovel will save your winch from having to work too hard when things get tough, by clearing debris from underneath the chassis, you will allow your 4WD to regain grip on its tyres and make driving it free that much easier.
Lastly but certainly not least, the ability to dampen the winching hook and any metal components used in the case of accidental failure, from flying towards anyone or any vehicle, this is accomplished by a winch damper blanket, which should be draped over the metal components. All Hercules Recovery Kits include a winch damper blanket. Because of the tremendous forces involved, any metal components can become like bullets, the winch damper drags the broken components to the ground potentially saving a live or even a vehicle windshield/body panel!
To find out more about the range of recovery equipment, give us a call on 1800 88 39 64 or drop into our stores to speak with an expert directly on the best setup for your 4WD or even visit our website at www.4WDSupacentre.com.aufor all the detailed specifications.
There are a few identifiers that make it clear you have a solid 4WD touring rig, and to the keen eye, one can be easily spotted from miles away. Typical features on an Aussie Touring Rig better known as an “overlander” in other parts of the world, include a modest lift between 2”-3”, larger aggressive All Terrain tyres, a bull bar with wrap arounds side bars which are perfect for animal strike protection, bright and easy to use LED Driving lights, LED lightbars and a handful of antennas are a clear giveaway that you are looking at a touring rig!
When starting out with the touring life, it is hard to know exactly what gear and upgrades you will and won’t need when spending extended periods of time on the tracks, so unless you have a close mate with years of experience touring in a 4WD a good touring setup may be a little bit daunting to get right straight out of the gate, but don’t worry, we have some excellent tips to help you on your way to evolving the perfect touring setup for you!
We love hitting the tracks, and with decades of collective experience tackling just about every bit of dirt, mud, rock, sand and snow we could find we have a pretty good idea of what works in the bush and what simply doesn’t. So we are going to let you in on some expert tips and tricks on how to get properly setup with your 4WD touring rig!
TITAN REAR DRAWERS
No matter what vehicle you choose to set up to get out touring with. And no matter what locations you choose to get your fix of offroad driving, a set of Titan Rear Drawers offers you the simplest and toughest ways to take your 4WD gear organization to the next level and knowing that a solid and secure location where you can secure your camping gear is bolted straight into the back of your 4WD.
We have fitted these drawer systems into the back of just about every model of 4WD the 900mmdrawers are suitable for smaller wagons like Mitsubishi Pajero’s, Pajero sport and most models of Toyota Prado whilst the larger 1070mmmodel suits slightly larger wagons like full sized Toyota Landcruiser wagons and GU and GQ Nissan Patrol wagons and finally the biggest of the lot, the 1300mmstyle drawers are suitable for Ute’s, vans and larger wagons like Landcruiser Troop carriers!
Titan rear drawers are engineered to be an almost universal fit in many different 4WDs and can be easily adjusted to perfectly suit the mounting points making for an easier DIY installation.
All Titan double sided drawers also include a heavy-duty fridge slide on the left side which is suitable for strapping down your 12v camping fridge, with a built in self-latching keeper to hold the fridge in place on tough tracks!
Ever since its release, the Adventure Kings 60L Fridge Freezer has been a massive game changer when setting up your 4WD touring setup. One of these fridges is versatile because of its massive internal space, it is so large that you can keep up to 81x (375ml) cans icy cold or you could stash plenty of raw meat ready for the BBQ chilled to whatever temperature you prefer with a digitally controlled set and forget temperature setting, there is not much left to be desired.
However if you have a bigger family or are heading out for longer a solid Adventure Kings 70L Fridge/Freezer offers an additional 10L of icy cold storage, which equates to a 30 can brick worth of volume, it is also a dual zone refrigeration system, this system includes the ability to set and forget either compartment to whatever temperature you require, from +10°C to -18°C.
A touring rig can be either a Ute or a wagon, but either way, having a way to increase your storage and bring extra gear with you off the beaten path means a set of roof racks is in order.
With much of 4WD touring being based off how capable and quick/simple your campsite is to setup. It is hard to argue that a solid set of Roof Racks are the foundation of nearly any touring setup, whether you chose a wagon or a dual cab Ute there is a set of Roof Racks in the Adventure Kings range to suit your model of vehicle!
Available in Full length, half length, Tradie, flat racks and roof top tent styles as well as aerodynamic sports racks so even if you use your vehicle for work and weekend activities there is an Adventure Kings roof rack to suit your overall needs!
With a steel flat rack or a rooftop tent rack you can also easily fit one of the AWESOME Adventure Kings Roof Top tents in a matter of minutes, that is nearly the same amount of time it takes to set one up at camp.
Which brings us to our next bit of gear…..
Roof Top Tents
Every man and his dog has a preference for campsite setups and with the selection of Swags, awning tents, even pop up style canvas tents on offer, It is easy to see the Adventure Kings range of Rooftop tents easily takes the cake for fast campsite setups.
Featuring spring loaded internal struts and a plush and comfortable 80mm thick mattress, the ABS roofed topped Adventure Kings Kwiky Roof top tent, has to be the fastest setup in the lineup, whilst also maintaining excellent aerodynamics for those long, highway sections.
For an entire campsite setup, that erects in just one easy design, you cannot look past the Adventure Kings Tourer with it’s included removable annex.
The tourer setup offers beautiful panoramic views at camp and the removable lower annex creates and enclosed space on the second level, this tent truly offers multi-story living at camp.
There is plenty of gear on offer within the Adventure Kings range perfect for a touring setup – with more deals to be had, head to www.4WDSupacentre.com.au call us on 1800 88 39 64 or even drop into one of our stores to speak with one of our expert team and get the best possible setup for the best bang for buck thanks to Adventure Kings!
Autumn is when things start to get chilly and in our opinion it is well and truly happening for many of the more southern and alpine camping areas, however to many people that are new or less experienced, camping during the cooler months might seem a little bit daunting and undesirable, to pack the care and get out to go camping.
The thought of winter camping might bring on prophetic visions of end of the world survival movies, where fighting through being uncomfortable with factors like cold temperatures, rain and the seemingly unlikely chance of bright sunny days on the cards.
However this idea of grey skies and horrible weather is all in your head and the biggest secret that more experienced campers know is, that in the shoulder seasons (autumn and spring) along with a good portion of time at the start and end of winter are the perfect time for escaping into the bush. This may come as a surprise, however you can still enjoy beautiful blue skies, sunny days (albeit shorter sunny days), with fresh mornings and beautiful sunrises and sunsets just about anywhere in Oz as long as you are equipped with all the right gear!
The days may be shorter but sitting around a campfire becomes a toasty and cozy way to keep warm and with the cooler weather and long clear nights, you get to enjoy the pleasure of kicking back at camp watching the starry night sky float past!
Adventure Kings is well aware of this, and offers a massive range of awesome gear that is suitable for camping all year long, it’s hard to look past their range of camping gear.
The range of swags is impressive ranging from the fast and compact Kwiky swag all the way to the famed and industry favourite Big Daddy Deluxe Double Swag,which easily outsell many of the competitors versions thanks to the top quality construction and awesome value for money!
All Adventure Kings swag options offer you supreme canvas waterproofing with ripstop poly cotton canvas shell and PVC bucket flooring materials no matter how damp your campsite is, you will stay dry and coupled up with the plush and cozy Adventure Kings premium sleeping bag, you can stay warm down to chilly minus 5 degrees Celsius nights without any dramas.
The Adventure Kings Premium Sleeping Bag offers absolute versatility, from summer campsites all the way to the dead of winter, by including a completely removable inner flannelette lining, and the ability to zip a left and right zippered version together you can easily create a double sleeping bag that will keep you warm even into the sub-zero temperatures found in the dead of winter.
Whilst set up at camp a waterproof shelter offers somewhere out of the weather, where you can take refuge from the elements, Adventure Kings has 2 offerings that can protect you and the family. With either an Adventure Kings Awning or an Adventure Kings gazebo you can keep sheltered from rain, but also make sure that when you wake up in the morning your whole campsite isn’t covered in a blanket of morning dew.
By setting up a sensible campsite that includes waterproof shelter, a comfy warm bed and a place to sit back and relax by your campfire. This leads us to the last handful of winter campsite essentials you must have at camp. The first being a set of Adventure Kings Throne Camp Chairs, built out of strong steel and with extremely durable joins, they are rated to carry a load of up to 300KG! although you may not weigh this much, the weight rating is more of an insurance policy to ensure your chair doesn’t break or fail, when you are in the middle of nowhere. The Kings Throne Camp Chairs are exceptionally comfortable and won’t let you down no matter where you are camped.
Lastly but not least is the highly transportable, and extremely efficient Adventure Kings Camp Oven/Stove, designed to be easily portable, the collapsible chimney fits inside the body of the oven and the folding legs means the whole unit packs down into a compact and easy to transport solution to sitting in the cold during winter camping sessions.
By elevating your fireplace inside a steel container, the Camp Oven/stove allows your wood to burn completely leaving only a small amount of ash, coupled with the adjustable flue, you can even control the airflow for temperature adjustments whilst cooking.
The added efficiency means you don’t have to bring more wood than necessary on your journey, and the cleanup of ash is a much simpler process than with a traditional fire pit.
With these helpful tips all that is left to do is crack a refreshing beverage and kick back at camp, knowing you have all the right gear for keeping toasty warm when the mercury plummets and the skies turn a little grey.
Armed with the additional knowledge about cold weather camping, many more Aussies can get out and enjoy the outdoors no matter what the weather is doing thanks to being prepared and having the right gear all because of Adventure Kings.
To find out more about the Adventure Kings range to improve your cold months campsite head to www.4WDSupacentre.com.au call us on 1800 88 39 64 or visit us in store to see the range!
Whilst your 4WD might be one of the most capable on the tracks, one bad decision with your chosen line can make the difference between making it through easily and getting your 4WD seriously stuck. If you find yourself with the less desirable alternative to driving a sick line through tough sections of tracks (we’re talking about when you bollocks up the line and get seriously stuck) you will almost certainly need to pull out your recovery kit and get yourself dirty for a little recovery action, WOO HOO!
It really isn’t a big problem if you manage to head out with all the right recovery gear, the task of getting your 4WD recovered can seem straight forward enough and hassle free, but after a little bit of mucking around the struggle of getting your 4WD free your recovery gear will be filthy dirty and over time without proper maintenance, prematurely it definitely will wear out!
When you have smashed the tracks and are finally home, it is time to clean everything, starting with washing your 4WD, this will prevent rust, and corrosion of your clear coat, bunging on a bit of wax to shine never hurt anyone and additionally you’ll make your 4WD look a million bucks!
After that is done you will need to wash all of your recovery gear off too, this is often overlooked and next time you pull your gear out it will be crusted in dry mud and the bag will probably be moldy, there are some very important reasons for this. But firstly mud and dirt are made up of tiny abrasive particles, these are so tiny they can work their way in to impregnate the woven fibers of both webbing and winch lines, being abrasive means these particles are small shards, if you can imagine a miniature version of a smashed glass bottle. As you can imagine, all these tiny little sharp surfaces working their way inside your straps and ropes are essentially waiting to slowly cut through the fibers from within, this gradually reduces the overall strength of the recovery gear without you even knowing, additionally because of the slow degradation you will find your gear can fail with little to no warning, which adds stress and danger to your 4WD recoveries and removes an element of reliability.
As safety on the tracks is essential, it is a critical factor to ensure that your recovery gear doesn’t fail you when you need it most, firstly the amount of energy in a 4WD recovery is enormous considering the loaded weights of your 4WD can exceed 30-40 times that of a grown adult man and when you are asking your old dirty recovery gear to dynamically pull your rig free from trouble, danger cam strike.
With dirt particles embedded in the straps, a massive recovery load not only compresses the fibers tight against one another but sandwiches the sharp edges internally, this causes a lot of internal friction and can result in snapped recovery gear, resulting in not only a stuck 4WD and potential injuries for any spectators, but no way of getting your 4WD free from trouble to boot!
Cleaning your gear the right way!
To clean your recovery gear is extremely simple and should be done every time you come back from a trip where it was used, your gear may not look dirty but dust can be fine and not easily visible on the surface. Firstly, you need to unroll /unspool the entire length of the strap or line, this will let you both visually inspect the strap for any damage encountered on the strap as well as checking where the most troublesome spots of dirt and mud might be (usually somewhere in the middle).
Just like when you wash your car, or the dishes you should rinse your recovery gear in fresh water before washing with soap, this will loosen up all the excess dirt and debris on the surface and dislodge any loose particles buried deep in the fibres.
This step will make the soap washing process much easier and quicker.
The job is simplified if you take a large basin vessel like a large plastic crate or a bucket and fill it with warm water, we recommend not using any harsh detergents, but rather plenty of water, and gradually massaging the line/strap as you go, the idea being to open up the weave and rinse the dirt out, if your gear is particularly dirty a drop or two of ordinary dish soap can help a LOT as it will dissolve the dirt and make getting your straps and lines clean.
After this initial warm water rinse, you may have to rinse your gear a handful of times until the water is no longer dirty/soapy this will ensure that absolutely any of the loose dirt particles have been flushed washed and rinsed out of the fibers, resulting in your gear lasting much, much longer.
Drying properly and storing your recovery kit!
Once your recovery gear has been thoroughly cleaned and rinsed, you now need to dry it off, whilst it may seem like a great idea to hang it in the hot sunshine on the line, you should if possible avoid prolonged periods of time in direct sunlight, as UV light degrades most synthetic materials extremely quickly. So hang your recovery straps and winch rope in a well ventilated shady place and when they are dry, roll them like normal and store them in a cool dry place to avoid mould and mildew from deteriorating your gear and enjoy many more years of use!