Mobile Living Made Easy Australia Issue 2 - Page 19

FEATURE ­— PRO TOURING TV TEAM 3 What do we all need to keep our beer cold? A bloody good fridge! We’ve found that Dometic’s have been the most reliable chest fridges to take away on both long hauls and weekend trips - whether it be full of beer; water; food; frozen fish; you name it. We’ve only recently started using the CRX upright range in our 4WD’s, and man, why didn’t we start using these 10 years ago? 4 Having a good set of tyres to get you there is pretty important too. You need to choose a set of tyres that’s fit for purpose. If chosen incorrectly, sometimes those tyres can affect the handling and performance of your 4WD. You’ll want something with 3-4 ply sidewall strength to help prevent those sidewall punctures. Getting the pressure right is also very important; it’s the difference between getting through or not. 5 Carry a lot of spare straps - from small roof tie-downs to 500 kg rated ratchet straps. You just never know. And believe me, they’ll all be needed in one way or another.  6 Tools! Please remember to pack the essential hand tools - hammers (rubber mallet for sand pegs), screw drivers, pliers, socket sets and spanners. Don’t forget the impact driver for wheel nuts and perhaps the most important of all: cable ties! 7 If you're planning on doing a few water crossings, try and find the position of your alternator. Alternators don’t like too much water and mud getting into the coil windings. You can purchase fully sealed water-cooled units to fix this issue indefinitely or just take an OEM replacement. 8 An extensive first-aid kit is definitely something you’ll want to keep on hand. Ensure there’s more than just your run-of-the-mill Band-Aids and plaster tapes. Antiseptic creams, tweezers, pain killers and high-quality bandages are all must- haves for serious 4WDers. 9 Having a high-quality and easy-to-use tyre deflator in the door panel is a must-have. But remember, once you’ve finished on the beach for the day you’ll need to pump them back up, so a fast-flowing air compressor is important too. 10 Keep a bucket of fresh water just outside your tent to dip your feet in before bed. It’s a godsend! Mobile living made easy. — 19 ­