SA4x4 March 2017

SA4x4 magazine is written for anyone who loves to travel to wild places in their 4x4s. Covering beautiful routes in southern Africa and beyond, this title also deals with gear selection, vehicle reviews, and trail driving. This magazine contains everything you need to know about self-contained, vehicular travel in wilderness areas.

South Africa
Caravan Publications PTY LTD
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12,78 €(IVA inc.)
12 Números

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2 min.
off the beaten track

There’s a surprising story in this issue, from Hilton reader Carl-Johann van Eeden, who had tired of the complex camping set-up he had developed for his family. It involved a double cab, a trailer, a few tents, no doubt a gazebo, and all the other clutter which guarantees lots of labour in the process of making and breaking camp. Fine, if you are staying put for a few days; not so good when moving every day or so. His solution? Rebuild a 1978 Unimog 416 Series truck into a camper, with a large enclosed rear body – a budget motorhome with all the sleeping arrangements inside. To make camp, all he does is place a few chairs outside the vehicle. And the travelling? The Unimog is old and comparatively slow, so…

9 min.

DIY SPARE WHEEL CARRIER I have a 2005 Subaru Forester – my first “4x4”. (I know it is no real 4x4, but it can take us on really bad roads and does well in sand.) Doing a trip into the Tankwa Karoo made me realise that one spare wheel might not be sufficient when travelling into these forgotten areas. When travelling in the Northern Cape, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, and more, my wife and I mostly select routes which take us away from the normal tarred roads: we prefer gravel. Not wanting to fit a roof rack for carrying spares, because of the obvious difficulties of getting the spare wheel and spare fuel on and off the roof (we are not getting younger), I set about building a carrier on the towbar that could…

1 min.
overlander’s code

In response to a growing number of complaints about how we conduct ourselves in the wilderness, we decided to draw up and promote a code of conduct for overlanders. We’d like to include your input, comments and debate, so please send your suggestions to FIREWOOD IN Take your firewood in with you; don’t chop down trees or gather dead wood within parks or wilderness areas. KEEP QUIET We go to the bush to appreciate the sights and sounds of the bush. No music, and nothing louder than a spoken conversation. RESPECT LOCALS – LAWS AND PEOPLE Obey the rules of the place you’re travelling through. Respect locals and their traditions; if they don’t like having their photos taken, don’t take photos. SUPPORT LOCAL TRADE Your spending money at the local shops and lodges…

2 min.
andrew middleton: disco tales

I recently decided to take the plunge and indulge myself in a ‘new’ truck. After a lot of haggling, I managed to scoop up a 1996 Discovery 1 with a 3.9-litre V8, for what I believed to be a bargain price. In this regular column, I’ll discuss the trials and tribulations of owning an old 4x4, and find out whether it was cheap for a reason… I sit here wondering, with a massive dent in my wallet, whether I’ve made a huge mistake. Did I really need an ageing V8 truck with an unquenchable thirst? The Land Rover Discovery, as is well documented, has a reliability reputation that is far from ideal, and the damn thing drinks like Scottish rugby team. After only one week of ownership, the first failure has occurred:…

5 min.
the contender

In a deal signed in October 2016, the Renault-Nissan Alliance took a 30% controlling share in Mitsubishi Motors, promising exciting times for the manufacturer which has held back for years on significant R&D, and kept older models beyond the average replacement date. The promise is that Mitsubishi will now accrue economy-of-scale benefits in parts supply, and share platforms, technology and manufacturing facilities. It’s a potential leap forward, and while the results are yet to become manifest, the latest Triton bakkie is a harbinger of future quality offerings from this brand. Launched locally in January after an agonisingly long delay, in which every other local bakkie vendor had leapfrogged it in the technology race, it is finally here after the dollar exchange rate improved – and no doubt a myriad other strategic factors…

3 min.

DRAG STAR TJM Torq Electric Winch 9500Lb Whether used for your escapes, or to rescue a friend, a winch is your final line of defence against staying stuck. TJM’s Torq 9500 has a 4.3-ton towing capacity and is perfect for medium-to-large 4x4s. The winch itself is IP67 waterproof-rated, as is the wireless controller. Plastic parts are UV protected, and the 28m synthetic line is both lighter and stronger than its steel equivalent. The 3.6kW series-wound motor and planetary gear system ensure that Australia’s highest standards are met. R11 995 WIRE ME UP, SCOTTY Big Country 4x4 Portable Jump Starter There’s nothing worse than a flat battery without the option of a push. For this reason, Big Country is stocking a 900A portable jump starter that weighs only 1.25kg. The battery can be charged from a…