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Camper Trailer Australia Issue 127

Relaunched in May 2017, and specialising in the world of campers and adventure trips, CAMPER magazine is for those who ‘have a penchant for good banter around the campfire and beer tasting in five-million star locations’. With a bold new design and revitalised content line-up, CAMPER will showcase the best in campers, feature characters, hero destinations, gear and technology, DIY hints and techniques and a celebration of an adventurous lifestyle through Aussie eyes.

Adventures Group Holdings Pty Ltd
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
back to the outback

You could describe the Outback as a fringing ring surrounding Australia’s vast inland desert, but — come on! — who or what wants to be described as a fringing ring? It’s hard to imagine our tough eighteenth century pioneering settlers and pastoralists pacing around saying, “I’m off out to the fringing ring, love, I’ll be back before teatime”. It’s for perhaps for this reason it’s been coined ‘The Outback’ instead, but I’m just freewheeling here, more likely its for some other reason. Answers on a postcard, please. Each state in Australia has its own distinct brand of Outback. The Northern Territory’s Top End, with its highly romantic and evocative sub-tropical savannahs, North Western Australia’s elusive Kimberley and Pilbara regions, the transitory water courses of Channel Country in western Queensland, the deserts…

7 min
go slow gear

There’s nothing quite like a near-on vertical downhill descent to remind you of the real importance of low-range gearing in a 4WD, or in my case, engine braking. Yep, when gravity and Mother Nature team up to throw you a super steep curve ball, the last thing you want is to rely explicitly on your vehicle's braking system to keep your speed in check. Why? Well, apart from the increased chance you’ll have of braking traction and entering and losing control, you’ll probably have a hard time washing your duds out afterwards too! Now, last year, I made the decision to abandon the old 5-speed manual gearbox I’ve been rocking around the countryside for the last 15-odd years, in favour of a fancy 4-speed automatic transmission. While it gets around effortlessly…

1 min
quality counts

ALL DRIVELINE components are crucial to your vehicle's reliability and performance, and low range gears are no exception. Plus, they're buried well within the transfer case, so it’s pretty hard to access if something goes wrong. With that in mind, you really want to make sure the parts you’re putting in are high quality and made to last. The problem is, it’s hard to tell the difference between a quality bit of kit and a cheap knock-off. For this build, I chose to buy the kit from Road Runner Offroad. The gears are made from Japanese alloy SCM415, which is known for its great strength and wear resistance. In fact, this particular metal has been tested and proven to outperform other materials used for the same application by most other suppliers.…

7 min
breaking losse in limmen

Our best paid plans went AWOL just 50km inside Limmen National Park when wheel bearings shattered by too many unrelenting NT tracks sent us limping back to Borroloola on the back of a tow-truck. After pulling an all-nighter in the McArthur River Camper Park, we set off again for round two with tougher bearings and lighter wallets, determined to shake out the fishing rods, stoke a campfire and lose ourselves in one of the most isolated wilderness areas in Australia’s far north. Etched with deep, emerald rivers and lily-covered lagoons, Limmen protects great swathes of woodlands and towering sandstone spires. Basic bush camping and corrugated access roads help deter all but the most passionate anglers and solitude-seekers, who arrive in well-stocked, offroad rigs for lengthy stays in the NT’s remote northeastern corner. What…

1 min
fast facts

Although access is restricted to high clearance 4WD vehicles and off-road rigs, Limmen’s tracks pose no technical difficulties. Rains can close the park anytime from November to May, so aim for a cool, dry, wintertime visit (June to August). Plan your trip at nt.gov.au/leisure and check track conditions before setting out at roadreport.nt.gov.au. For access to the Western Lost City, phone or visit the Limmen Ranger Station (08 8975 9940). CAMPING Basic national park campgrounds at Towns River, Butterfly Springs, Limmen Bight River and Southern Lost City provide toilets, picnic tables and fire pits. There are three bushcamps along Roper River at Didi Baba, Mountain Creek (unsealed boat ramp) and Yurrlmundji (pit toilets). All charge nightly fees of $3.30/adult, $1.65/child aged 5-15 years and $7.70/family (no pets). Munbililla (Tomato Island) has 4G mobile reception, hot…

13 min
breaking new ground

“THE DESIGN PARAMETERS WERE FOR AN OFFROAD TEARDROP, THAT WOULD BE UNDER 2.4 METRES IN HEIGHT, SO THAT IT WOULD FIT IN A DOMESTIC GARAGE” Despite having hit the ground running two years ago with its sensational Pursuit touring hybrid and been a highly rated participant in the latest Camper Trailer of the Year contest, BRS is still a 'haven’t heard of them' to many camper trailer people. This small time four-man operation in a back street within the coastal town of Redhead, south of NSW’s Newcastle, has begun to punch well above its weight thanks to inventive design, a willingness to go the extra distance and, in the words of famed motor racer Peter Brock, “bite off more than you can chew and then chew like crazy”. And now they’ve upped…