Author: Keith

The Drifta Stockton Wild Land Roof Top Tent (RTT) is not only a mouthful to say but is an eye-catching design that is really fitting into the Australian market. It was introduced as one of Drifta Stockton’s flagship products which means it is constantly being evaluated, developed, and updated. You may have seen this tent wedged up on Sean Whale’s Dirty 30 or on Kaito’s social media famous Hilux. It does seem to be getting the rounds on social media and we will investigate whether it is a good investment or not. What I like about the Drifta Stock Wild…

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Before you even think about hitting the road, there are certain terms you must become well acquainted with. They may be confusing at first, but the safety of you and your family relies on having an understanding of weight. Tare Mass/Weight This is the empty weight of your tow vehicle. Empty is defined as free of people, luggage and with only 10 litres of fuel in the tank. Kerb Mass/Weight Kerb Mass is simply Tare Mass with a full tank of fuel. Importantly, this does not include accessories such as roof racks or bull bars. Gross Vehicle Mass/Weight (GVM/GVW) Gross…

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It is great to see changes happening in the v4 Motop roof top tent. These changes have been based on previous version owners feedback mostly around condensation, comfort and waterproofing. Relased in early 2021, the new version will see a number of improvements: Non-riveted roof: this will assist in preventing leaks and water from getting inside when closed and sitting.Insulated top shell: better insulation on the top shell will allow for better comfort inside and improve how the tent handles condensation.60mm self-inflating mattress: help improve comfort as the previous model’s foam mattress left some restless the next day.Upgraded Canvas: improved…

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If internal space was an issue when looking at the Motop Roof Top Tents, then we have good news! They now have bigger versions, the Plus+ range. The two model Plus+ will have more internal space and a higher profile that allows for greater storage of blankets, pillows, or the ladder inside when closed. There is the MT-120 PLUS+ and the MT-135 PLUS+ both sharing the same length and weight as their cousin but with an increased height of 550mm. The design has mostly remained the same, using the same tough powder-coated honeycomb aluminum panels but increasing the height dimensions.…

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When your Engel fridge suddenly stops working, a big, money sized pit in your stomach will begin to form. However, remain calm! There are several things you can do to check what the issue, cause, and solution may be to fix it yourself. If your Engel fridge is not getting cold: check there is sufficient power, the fuse has not blown, that the connection has polarity and the cables are okay. You can also defrost the evaporator by letting the fridge sit, and clean the condenser and then turn it back on. If all else fails, locate your nearest authorised…

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The legend that is the Engel fridge has been on the back of trucks and trails for years. Exposed to the elements, with no care in the world. But are they actually waterproof or weatherproof? Are you potentially putting a thousand dollars of equipment at risk? Engel fridges are not waterproof nor are they technically weatherproof. The fridge is designed and engineered to be splash resistant, but it is not recommended to be exposed to rain or direct contact to water. In saying that, Engel fridges have an outrageous reputation for being “legends of reliability”. This toughness does extend to…

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Camping can bring out the mini Macgyver in anyone by solving problems with everyday products. When you go out into the wilderness, you will no doubt forget something at home OR you may repurpose an item into something useful. I asked a group of avid campers about their favorite camping DIY hacks and this is what they came up with. 1. Milk Crate Storage The humble milk crate. It almost rivals WD40 for the most useful item that man could have produced. It can be a seat, hold milk, cut a hole and it’s a toilet OR more personally, I…

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If you own a roof top tent, you will have looked and wondered “can I put this on myself?”. But ranging anywhere from 121 pounds (55kg) to upwards of 176 pounds (80kg) they are back breaking to “lift” and install by oneself. The combination of the tent’s weight, dimensions, and the height of your vehicle makes it a spine-tingling challenge to install. Yes, you can install a roof top tent by yourself. The simplest way to install a roof top tent by yourself is by using a hoist. This will bear the weight of the tent and allow you to…

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If you want an awning with hassle-free setup, a large shade footprint, and awesome build quality, look no further than the 30 Second Awning. I have had my 30 Second Awning for over 3 years and it has been one of the greatest investments to my camping set up to date. I can pull up anywhere and have a shady spot at the same time it takes to crack open a beer. Sure, the price is a little steep at over $1000, but as I said, this is an investment into a quality product that solves the problem of shade,…

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Removing stickers collected from the National Park or as a result of someone’s poor taste can be difficult. Stickers can spend years baking in the sun, the adhesive hardening and drying out. If you have this problem, I will give you some options on how to remove those pesky stickers, leaving no trace of any sticky residue. You will want to have: A razor bladeMicrofiber clothOne of the below removal products If you can, chip with the razor after you have applied some products. Pull the sticker at a 45-degree angle as not to tear or rip it completely. Continue…

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