The Christmas break is finally here, which means it’s time to get away and enjoy some time off. For many of us, it will mean that we get to leave the big smoke and finally put our 4WD’s to the test.
We are fortunate to live in such a rich and diverse country and this time of year provides the best opportunity to get out and about and explore. If you are lucky enough to own a 4WD you will know the many possibilities and experiences they can offer you and your family.
4WDing doesn’t have to be expensive and daunting or make you feel out of your depth through hours and hours of planning. That's because we have compiled a host of information throughout the year from our trusted experts which will help you cover all of your bases when planning the ultimate summer 4WD getaway.
First things first, you need a destination. Whilst some of us have already planned and booked our camping spot well in advance, others may be leaving it until the last minute or had a late change of plans. Either way we have you covered, we asked some of our expert travellers where they will be heading this year to beat the crowds.
Once the destination has been locked in, the next step is to ensure that your vehicle is set-up and ready for the journey ahead. One of the most important things to consider (especially if you are heading remote) is to ensure your vehicle’s 12V setup is up to scratch and ready to tackle anything. We asked our experts what nifty tips and tricks they had when it comes to their 12v setup.
The journey is an integral part of any 4WD adventure, some say it’s not always about the destination but the journey itself. If you have kids these journeys can be a harrowing and sometimes troublesome affair especially on some of the longer trips. Fortunately, our experts have all been in this situation before and have know-how to turn the trip from a potentially painful experience into a memorable one.
Once you arrive at your destination you can quite often fall in love with it and want to spend that extra day or two. And sometimes the only thing stopping you from staying longer are the time and limitations caused by your vehicle’s electrical system. There are a few gadgets you can use to prolong your stay, just as our friends from The Great Escape – Australia found out.
Another source of a longer stay is the sun itself when taking advantage of those long summer days to your advantage by investing in portable solar panels. It’s a simple solution which is compatible with almost any mode of transport and is not only cost effective but good for the planet too. Here are a few things you should know when considering solar as an option for your 4WD setup.
Once you arrive home most people are inclined to put their feet up on the couch and relax, meaning many people overlook the mundane tasks associated with the correct maintenance and storage of their vehicles. By following these simple steps, you can make things easier for your next trip and ensure everything runs smoothly for your next holiday...
So there you have it, the REDARC guide to the ultimate summer 4WD adventure. But most importantly of all, make sure that you and your family have a Merry Christmas and safe and happy New Year.