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CAMPING

Tents, Swags, Camper trailers, Slide-ons, Roof Top Tents and Camping Gear

If your camping arrangement doesn’t work you won’t have a happy 4WD experience, so we’ve highlighted the pros and cons of different camping possibilities. Some people are happy towing a camper trailer; others prefer a campervan or a slide-on camper and many reckon a tent or swag is the go. Then there’s the question of camping gear; awnings, refrigeration, power, lighting and more – it’s all covered in our Camping pages. 

Check out our camper trailer, slide-on camper off-road caravan owners reviews. Contact us if you’d like to add your review; please note that you must own or have owned the camper or caravan that you review. 

LATEST ARTICLES

BUSH KITCHEN

Portable Fridge Options

Portable Fridge Options

Portable fridges and coolers look much the same from the outside – they’re all insulated boxes with lids – but there are significant differences in the way they work and the type of energy they use. It’s necessary to know something about the ebbs and flows of the cooling business if you want to be sure of buying the right unit for your needs.

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 Nanopresso for great coffee in the bush

 Nanopresso for great coffee in the bush

We’ve checked out many different coffee makers over the years, but the best manual-pressure one we’ve used so far is the Nanopresso kit. With available accessories it can produce a single or double-shot ground-coffee or a single-shot Nespresso capsule coffee.

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BUYING ADVICE

Hybrid 4WDs are the future in Australia

Hybrid 4WDs are the future in Australia

Every vehicle maker is now committed to electrification in some form on all new models. For Australian-market 4WDs it’s a certainty that we’ll see ‘real’ 4WDs – vehicles with true off-road capability – in increasing numbers in the next two years.

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The electric rear axle just arrived

The electric rear axle just arrived

Magna International Inc already supplies major vehicle makers – including Mercedes-Benz – with powertrain components and has developed electrification capabilities to help automakers achieve a zero-emission future. The latest initiative is  Magna’s new eBeam technology.

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CAMPING GEAR

Choosing an awning

Choosing an awning

We get asked about awnings quite often, so here’s the low-down on selecting and using the right one for your needs. We’ve lived with all types of awnings and we’ve yet to find one that’s wind-proof. 

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CAMPERS SLIDE-ON

Wedgetail Slide-On Camper

Wedgetail Slide-On Camper

The Wedgetail slide-on camper design has been refined over the year and we visited the compact but efficient factory in Newcastle NSW, to check out progress.

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Zone Z-UEV canopy module

Zone RV is best known for its high-tech caravans, but the Queensland-based company has branched out into top-shelf canopy and rear skirt modules for utes and converted wagons.

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CAMPER TRAILERS

Ezytrail Parkes 15 Mk2

Ezytrail Parkes 15 Mk2

At OTA we purposely avoid testing caravans, because we reckon there are enough people doing that. However, we do like to check out the cross-over van market, typified at the top end by pop-top, single-axle units like Ezytrail’s Parkes Mk2.

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CAMPING – OWNER REVIEWS

Vista RV Crossover XL – Tony and Juana

Vista RV Crossover XL – Tony and Juana

Juana and Tony had planned a trip to the NT and the Kimberley but their plans changed dramatically when their old Patrol developed mechanical problems. They set up their Vista Crossover camper in a caravan park in Alice Springs and waited while the vehicle was repaired. That took two weeks out of the travel timetable and they weren’t sure what to do next. After a chance meeting with OTA’s Darrell and Linda White, the foursome spent the next two months touring together ……..

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POWER & LIGHTING

Narva Professional crimping tool

Narva Professional crimping tool

Few tools are available in a much wider price range than electrical terminal-to-wire crimpers. You can spend as little as five bucks and more than four hundred.

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TENTS & SWAGS

Thule rooftop tents

Thule rooftop tents

Best known for its extensive range of roof racks, mounting systems and accessories, Swedish-origin Thule – pronounced tool-uh –  has a range of rooftop tents.

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BRS Roof Top Tent

BRS Roof Top Tent

There are roof top tents and roof top tents. The 2021 BRS Off Road model is the best one we’ve seen to date and it’s Australian-made.

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