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Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated by trucks, off-road driving and camping. My first vehicle, as a student, was a 1953 Willy Jeep CJ-3B: a soft-top with a threespeed gearbox. I moved up through the ranks: Land Rover 300TDi hardtop, Club-cab 4×4, and Hilux 2.5-litre D-4D double cab, before I ended with a 4.0 Hilux with raised suspension, towing an off-road trailer fully equipped with roof-top tent, fridge, freezer, awnings and the like. For many, this would have been the ultimate vehicle-combination to strive for, and it has served us well. As a family, we like to

TJM Bull Bar Hilux Grille Specially designed for the new generation Toyota Hilux, TJM’s Outback bar incorporates a new high-flow grille system to ensure that the Hilux’s powertrain receives as much air flow as possible. The TJM Bull Bar is made from high strength steel and has a powder coat finish to ensure maximum durability. Integrated LED fog lights, wiring harness & switches included. Website: www.safaricentre.co.za Campmor Outdoor Bow Tent All-weather Bow Made from extremely sturdy and long-lasting ripstop canvas and cotton with YKK zips, the Special Bow Tent is made for serious campers who value longevity and comfort. With

Roof racks come in many shapes and sizes, and have evolved over the years from heavy steel cages to slim, yet durable, alloy racks. Short-wheelbase vehicles lack packing space inside their cabins, and if you’re doing extreme off-roading, a trailer may not be a viable option. When it comes to this guide, please bear in mind that weights and pricing vary dramatically for racks suited to different vehicles − a lightweight rack for a Suzuki Jimny may cost half that of a larger unit on a Cruiser. All roof racks have various pros and cons that you may want to

Picking the right tyre for your vehicle isn’t the easiest thing to do; and the standard tyres that were fitted on my late model Hilux Legend 45 when it came out of the factory are not as robust as the AT indication on the sidewall suggests. On my first off-road trip in the Hilux, I was faced with a sidewall puncture – and then suffered a similar fate when we took on the Rust de Winter Toyota Jamboree, so I needed to decide on a new set of rubber. There are many brands out there to choose from but the

If you are looking for quality you can trust, and superb attention to detail, you should take a good, long look at the products from Bush Lapa. This off-road caravan-and-camper business works out of established premised in Paarl, and is run by Jannie Oeschger, an exacting engineer by any standards. He is also a dedicated camper and traveller, who tests and re-tests everything he designs and builds, and goes back to the drawing board if things are not just right. So, it is always a pleasure when one gets a call from Jannie, in this case to have a look

Win tyres for life Stand the chance to win your share of R500 000 * Buy 4 or more Cooper Tyres and register for tyrelife 5 winners of R100 000 each * Every purchase of four or more Cooper Tyres gets you free Cooper TyreLife. With this, you’ll receive peace of mind, a minimum mileage warranty and a one-year protection plan. Visit website for more details * T’s and C’s apply.

January 2017 Light Fantastic HELLA Value Fit Design Series Light Bar 11-inch and 31-inch     If you’re keen on nocturnal adventures, you’re going to need a decent off-road light. HELLA offers a powerful LED light strip which is designated strictly for off-road use only. The LEDs are arranged behind two different types of lens, creating a light bar that has both reach and spread. The light strip comes in an 11-inch 289mm (L) x 90mm (W) x 65mm (H) 60W option, with a combo beam that produces 5400 RAW Lumens and 3077 effective Lumens. It also comes in a

Words by Andrew Middleton, Pictures by Andrew Middleton & Haldon Krog We were winding our way into Lesotho on our first drive with the new Bridgestone Dueler A/T D693 III, which would put them to the test on every terrain from rock, gravel and tar to mud. Standard fitment on the new Fortuner and Hilux, the D693 III is Bridgestone’s latest foray into the allterrain market and the third iteration of the Dueler name. As the tyres spun and rocks tumbled under my wheels, the philosophy of the new Duelers began to make sense. Increased wet and dry performance on

Light Fantastic HELLA Value Fit Design Series Light Bar 11-inch and 31-inch     If you’re keen on nocturnal adventures, you’re going to need a decent off-road light. HELLA offers a powerful LED light strip which is designated strictly for off-road use only. The LEDs are arranged behind two different types of lens, creating a light bar that has both reach and spread. The light strip comes in an 11-inch 289mm (L) x 90mm (W) x 65mm (H) 60W option, with a combo beam that produces 5400 RAW Lumens and 3077 effective Lumens. It also comes in a 31-inch 797mm

One of those tools you should never travel without is a 12V DC compressor. Apart from the obvious tyre-inflation purpose, compressed air can be used to re-bead a tyre that’s come off the rim, aid in a puncture repair, pump an air mattress, engage air-locking differentials and (if you have an air receiver) even operate power tools. The humble air compressor comes in a massive variety of shapes and sizes, from your cheap-as-chips Chinamade single piston unit to the high-output twin piston setups from premium brands. Prices vary massively, as does performance. Depending on your application, an el-cheapo pump may

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