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4x4 Earth - The 4WD, Camping, Fishing and Outdoors podcast.

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Rank #189 in Automotive category

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Join James from 4x4earth.com as he learns about 4 wheel driving, trucks, tracks, places to go and things to do when exploring the 4x4 Earth. He looks at driving and recovery techniques, trucks, mods, bush camping and cooking, fishing and generally enjoying the Great Outdoors.Learn tips and tricks to have a great time in the places that other people can't get to. Do all of this while being safe and looking after the environment.

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Join James from 4x4earth.com as he learns about 4 wheel driving, trucks, tracks, places to go and things to do when exploring the 4x4 Earth. He looks at driving and recovery techniques, trucks, mods, bush camping and cooking, fishing and generally enjoying the Great Outdoors.Learn tips and tricks to have a great time in the places that other people can't get to. Do all of this while being safe and looking after the environment.

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By sta_vince - May 16 2017
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Great podcast . Listening in from U.S.

Love the podcast

By D.L.Dunn - Oct 14 2016
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love the podcast. Very informative. Keep up the good work guys.

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13 Ratings
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12
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Great !

By sta_vince - May 16 2017
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Great podcast . Listening in from U.S.

Love the podcast

By D.L.Dunn - Oct 14 2016
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love the podcast. Very informative. Keep up the good work guys.
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4x4 Earth - The 4WD, Camping, Fishing and Outdoors podcast.

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Join James from 4x4earth.com as he learns about 4 wheel driving, trucks, tracks, places to go and things to do when exploring the 4x4 Earth. He looks at driving and recovery techniques, trucks, mods, bush camping and cooking, fishing and generally enjoying the Great Outdoors.Learn tips and tricks to have a great time in the places that other people can't get to. Do all of this while being safe and looking after the environment.

Rank #1: Track 9 - 4WD Suspension and Lift Kits

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Resident expert Jason Lock joins us to talk all things Lift Kit and Suspension for your 4x4.  We give you the information you need to choose the right kind of lift for your 4WD, what they different types of lift and suspension are, what can go wrong with lift kits that are illegal or badly designed and what impacts a lift kit can have on your insurance.

Dec 15 2015

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Rank #2: 27 - Why Caravans Crash

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We talk to Mike Clayton from Clayton's Towing. Started 45 years ago on the Sunshine Coast, Clayton's now has 15 depots and 100 staff. 

Have a listen to this podcast if you ever tow a caravan, there are a lot of factors that you need to consider when planning your trip, and those factors can change between the start of your trip and the end, so knowing how to drive with a caravan is really important.  Please share with anyone who tows a caravan.

Mike drives a FJ Cruiser, goes offroad and tows a caravan - on top of that, he and his crews have seen a lot of caravan crashes, they are often one of the first people that drivers get to talk to after having a crash while towing a caravan so he is uniquely place to talk about some of the reasons why caravans crash.

Claytons Towing has seen a lot of unusual crashes, including a boat recovery off the beach, the sinkhole and aircraft crashes.  We talk about how they worked to move winch a boat of the beach and the technical difficulties they faced with that. 

Caravan crashes create a lot of mayhem on the roads and tend to get more publicity,

We discuss towball weight,the weight of vehicles, electric breaking, caravan wobbles.

Towball weight can either be too light or too heavy and the weight on the towball can change during a trip, so a good understanding of what towball weight is and how it effects the towing performance is really important.

Vehicle weight - just because a car or ute is rated to 2.5 ton, doesn't mean that you should.  Some vehicles, especially utes can be quite light when towing a large caravan.

Electric brakes need to be adjusted for different driving.  Highway driving needs more brakes than city driving.

A lot of people think that when the caravan starts to wobble you should speed up, but Mike has seen many people who have speed up and it has only made things worse.  You might be better off using the caravan brakes to straighten out the caravan and pull it straight, rather than speeding up.

Be cautious on windy roads, especially when going downhill.

Mike isn't an engineer, but his wisdom is based on years of experience in dealing with caravan crashes.

Please share this podcast with anyone who tows a caravan so that we can help more people get to their holiday and return safe and sound.

Keep an eye out on 7 Mate for their new TV Show - Towie's featuring the crew from Clayton's and some of the interesting people and jobs that they do.

Aug 03 2017

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Rank #3: 24 - Exploring the Aberfeldy Track with Rudy Paoletti

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We talk to Rudy Paoletti, organiser of Navruns, map and book publisher, explorer and champion of the history of the Aberfeldy Track.

We are discussing the future of 4x4earth, so please have your say on the forum.

We are also looking at a new slogan for the website.  "Looking for a good route" has done us well for the first 10 years of the site, but as we look to work more closely with Corporates.

Check out the 4x4earth store.   There are T-Shirts, Caps and stubby holders in the store.  This is partially about you getting some 4x4earth swag, but more so about supporting the website and helping to keep it free for everyone to enjoy.

We talk to Rudy Paoletti about the Walhalla - Woods Point Gold Belt.

We talk about the work that he has done preserving the history of the Aberfeldy Track.  He has done a great job of putting signs in the area and maintaining them.  He has also done a huge amount of work in identifying grave sites, mines and townships that the bush has retaken.

Check out the Aberfeldy Track Facebook Page  and the Aberfeldy Track website or more info on the Aberfeldy Track project.  Check out the Aberfeldy Track website to download the maps for the area.

We talk about the burial grounds around Store Point.

We also talk about the effects of bushfire in the area, some of which had a massive impact on the past, including the 1851 Black Thursday fire, which burnt out 5 million hectares (12 deaths) and the 1939 Black Friday fire which burnt out 2 million hectares and had 71 deaths.   By comparison, Black Saturday burnt out 450,000 hectares, but had 173 deaths. 

We talk about some of the walks that can be done in the area.

Donate to the project to join up to help preserve the history that Rudi and his group is preserving. 

Feb 02 2017

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Rank #4: 34 - 4 wheel driving and track access with Ron Moon

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Ron talks about the High Country, Robe and South America.

Ron travelled through Brazil and Argentina.

We talk 4 wheel tourism.  Which state does Ron think is doing the best in providing access?

four wheel driving touring brings in a lot of tourism dollars, and the more Councils and local businesses understand this, the more likely we are to get tracks open.

What about vehicles?  Are vehicle designs changing the way that we drive and the places that we go?

How have online booking systems impacted the 4 wheel driving camping industry?

May 06 2018

28mins

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Rank #5: 31 - The new 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor - What have they done??

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This was going to be my new Ute.  The rumours were that it was going to have a new 3.6 litre Petrol engine with a lot more power.  The Ecoboost engine was meant to have 336kW and 690Nm.  The new diesel has 147kW and 470Nm. 

We discuss with Robert Pepper, renowned 4WD journalist about -

  • What has Ford done?
  • Why has Ford done it?
  • What is the Raptor all about?
  • Should I by it?

We also look at the shocks, gearbox and the tyres.  At least with BF Goodrich tyres is a serious statement from Ford that the Raptor is meant to go offroad.

When first announced, people were putting deposits down on the Raptor without knowing the price, which is pretty amazing.  How will the reaction be once people know what the specs are going to be.

It will be interesting to see how the Baja mode works, it does sound like it will be a bit of fun to drive offroad, but the other question is where can we take one of these to really give it a good go and drive it to it's full potential.

We also talk about how some of the pressures of modern vehicle design are shaping what is possible for vehicle designers.  The smaller engine is part of a trend.  It is a bit of a surprise that it is a diesel.  We've spoken before about the death of diesel.

The reaction to the engine size has not been great, it will be interesting to see what the final price for the Raptor ends up as.  It will be more expensive than the Wildtrak, but just how much will be interesting to see.  

Robert gives an example of how the comparing engine and gearbox pairings and how the performance of the new 10 speed gearbox in the Raptor will be really important to how powerful the Raptor feels.  The bi-turbo will also assist with off the line performance. 

What is the future of big engine 4WDs and cars in general?

Feb 11 2018

36mins

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Rank #6: 40 - 4WD Q+A with Robert Pepper

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We discuss with Robert Pepper the new towing laws that are being bought in.  How do the GCM and GVM impact the caravan towers?

We talk about one of the things that Russell Coight  did on one of his episodes.  Should you use a tow ball for snatching?  Russell did.  What could possibly go wrong?

Should you put nitrogen in your tyres?

What about snatchblocks?

Where is the new 4WD design concepts going? 

We discuss the new Mercedes Utes and the Suzuki Jimny and the Wrangler.  Are the older vehicles going to become classics becasue of the way that they drive?

Join the conversation about  the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum.  www.4x4earth.com is Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel driving website with over 200,000 visits per month.

If you are loving 4x4earth.com, check out the 4x4earth Merch.  The sales help to keep Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel drive website and the largest Australian 4x4 Podcast!  It helps us to keep on doing the work to keep tracks open.

Sep 12 2018

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Rank #7: 47 - 4WD industry news with Robert Pepper

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This is the second part of our interview with 4WD journalist Robert Pepper.  In the first episode, we discussed what the future of electric 4x4s will be like and how soon it will be before they are on the roads and more importantly on the 4x4 tracks.

Check out the website for the show notes for what we discuss on the podcast.

Join the conversation about  the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum.  www.4x4earth.com is Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel driving website with over 200,000 visits per month.

If you are loving 4x4earth.com, check out the 4x4earth Merch.  The sales help to keep Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel drive website and the largest Australian 4x4 Podcast!  It helps us to keep on doing the work to keep tracks open.

Apr 29 2019

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Rank #8: 44 - Going Off Road with Roothy

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There is something special about 4 wheel drive out in the bush and away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.  Roothy talks about why he loves 4 wheel driving and how he is seeing an increase in the number of tracks that are opening across the country.

We talk about his time at 4WD Action and why he decided to leave and what he thinks the future of the 4x4 aftermarket industry will be.

Join the conversation about  the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum.  www.4x4earth.com is Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel driving website with over 200,000 visits per month.

If you are loving 4x4earth.com, check out the 4x4earth Merch.  The sales help to keep Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel drive website and the largest Australian 4x4 Podcast!  It helps us to keep on doing the work to keep tracks open.

Mar 04 2019

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Rank #9: 45 - The future of 4 Wheel Driving with Roothy

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We talk about the future of 4 wheel driving and the politics of 4 wheel driving with Roothy.

What are the changes that are occurring in the political field that are going to impact the track changes.

Check out the show notes for all of the details and photos from the podcast.

Join the conversation about  the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum.  www.4x4earth.com is Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel driving website with over 200,000 visits per month.

If you are loving 4x4earth.com, check out the 4x4earth Merch.  The sales help to keep Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel drive website and the largest Australian 4x4 Podcast!  It helps us to keep on doing the work to keep tracks open.

Mar 20 2019

33mins

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Rank #10: 42 - Pete Milosavleski and the design process for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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Pete has been working as the Chief Engineer on the Jeep Gladiator.  Pete has a great job, as an engineer for Jeep, working on some of the most iconic 4WDs of all time.

We talk about the history of Jeep trucks and what the reasoning was behind creating a new Jeep truck now.

Where did the Jeep Gladiator come from?

When then start to talk about the engineering process that lead to the Jeep Gladiator, looking at the issues that needed to be managed by putting the 5 foot box at the back of the truck.  How do you maintain the approach and departure angles for the vehicle.

Jeep has worked to maintain offroad capacity whilst creating a great on road performance. 

What engines will be available when the Gladiator comes out?  How will it compare with the global trend that we are seeing in vehicle like the Nissan Patrol with less power?

We talk about the front facing camera designed specifically for drivers to be able to pick the line a lot better as they will be able to see where the wheels are going on the track. 

We talk about availability and most importantly when it will be available in Australia.

With Australia's love of 4WD utes, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is probably going to be one of the hottest new vehicles available in the Australian market. 

Join the conversation about  the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum.  www.4x4earth.com is Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel driving website with over 200,000 visits per month.

If you are loving 4x4earth.com, check out the 4x4earth Merch.  The sales help to keep Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel drive website and the largest Australian 4x4 Podcast!  It helps us to keep on doing the work to keep tracks open.

Dec 21 2018

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Rank #11: 10 Driving on Sand at the Beach and in the Desert

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Listen to Lowlux as he shares his wisdom about driving on Sand.  Based in South Australia, he's done plenty of both desert and beach driving and has some stories to tell.  We will talk about:

  • What tyre pressure should you be running
  • What can possible go wrong
  • What equipment to take
  • How to avoid rolling your vehicle which happens commonly on the beach
  • Beach Driving
  • Desert Driving - How to plan for a desert trip

Jan 03 2016

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Rank #12: 35 - A weekend of 4WD carnage at Robe

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We talk to Brian, one of the 4x4earth moderators about a long weekend away at Robe where 5 4WDs rolled over. 

What happened?  Why?

We also talk about the Granites.  Have you been to the Granites?  Have you driven up there?  Is a 4WD up on the rock one of the most iconic 4 wheel drive selfy shots?

Brian talks about the 32 mile crossing and then on to 42 mile crossing for lunch.

On the way back there is a vehicle stuck with a tyre rolled off the rim and the vehicle was bogged well down in the sand near the water's end, forcing the convoy to take a high line around the bogged truck.  Trev hits a tuft of weed and has a slow rollover.  Brian talks about how they recover Trev's car and the vehicle that was originally bogged.

Why didn't they try to start the vehicle?  How did they get him off the beach? 

Brian talks about the recoveries and how no one gets left behind.  There were 5 rollovers in 1 weekend at Robe. 

Brian talks about his favourite track, around Arkaroola, which is an amazing part of Australia.  I had never heard of it, it is definitely a hidden gem in Australia.

May 27 2018

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Rank #13: 33 - 4 wheel driving with Ron Moon

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Ron's got a couple of vehicles, and has driven the world in them.

Ron discusses his time in the Army, and how he transitioned to freelance writing, with a trip through Africa.  He talks about his time as editor of 4x4 Australia and now being the editor at large.

We discuss navigation in the days before GPS. 

Ron shares his experiences in travelling the world.  We discuss the differences between 4 wheel driving the in United States compared to Australia.  What kind of tracks do they have, what kind of driving is it and what kind of mods do they do?

How does Ron Moon rate the Victorian High Country compared to everything that he has seen?

Apr 05 2018

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Rank #14: 43 - Roothy's last ride with Milo

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Roothy has a big announcement about what he is going to be doing for Milo as he plans Milo’s big last trip. 

Milo is one of Australia’s most recognisable 4 wheel drives, it’s probably done nearly all of the iconic 4 wheel tracks throughout Australia.  I have always been amazed at the queue of people at 4 wheel drive shows lining up to see Milo.  Roothy has had Milo for over 20 years.

We talk about Roothy’s adventure in Milo 2.  Out on the tracks with the hand brake and he managed to roll Milo 2

We discuss about how everyone needs to be vigilant – driving on the tracks can be really dangerous and if someone as experienced as Roothy can have a bit of a whoopsy whilst driving then it can happen to anyone.   I tell my story about my little adventure in Talbotville and the snorkel that I needed in a creek crossing gone wrong. 

We look at the difference in set up between Milo and Milo 2 and why Milo is better set up and wouldn’t have rolled like Milo 2.  There are some important lessons here for everyone heading offroad in setting up your 4x4 so that it is safer and more stable when on the tracks.  Rollovers can happen at very low speeds and a lot of it depends on what modifications that you have done with your 4WD.  Centre of Gravity is something that everyone need to understand if they want to avoid rolling over.  Some great safety tips for making sure that everyone comes home safely from their trips whether a day trip or a 2 month trip to the Cape.

Join the conversation about the 4x4earth podcast on the 4x4earth forum.  www.4x4earth.com is Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel driving website with over 200,000 visits per month.

If you are loving 4x4earth.com, check out the 4x4earth Merch.  The sales help to keep Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel drive website and the largest Australian 4x4 Podcast!  It helps us to keep on doing the work to keep tracks open.

Feb 23 2019

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Rank #15: 11 - Tips for buying a used 4WD

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Thinking of buying a used 4 wheel drive? Some 4 wheel drives have a much harder life than others, so you need to know the clues to find out the vehicles you may want to steer away from.

What are some of the things to think about in selecting the make and model of vehicle?  What is the best way to research the different models?

Is it better to buy a 4 wheel drive with lots of mods or should you look for one with no modifications?

Where are the places to buy a used 4WD?

You'll find lots of great tips to help you make a better choice next time you upgrade your 4x4!

Jan 17 2016

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Rank #16: 20 - The new 4WD Cap Locker from Uneek 4x4

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Our resident 4WD expert Jason Lock talks about the history of the diff lock and how Uneek 4x4 has developed a new Cap Locker.

We talk about the effects of a factory LSD when you fit a traditional diff lock and how the cap locker will enable the vehicle to retain the use of the LSD.

We look at the changes to the design, which will make the cap locker easier and cheaper to install and also more reliable.  We talk about the design and testing process that the Cap Locker has gone through to be able to bring this product to market.

We talk about what models will be available now (Suzuki and Landcruiser) and also what will be next as well as some of the new bull bars, followed by Subaru and Prado lockers.

Another great Australian manufacturing story about a product that has been wholly designed and manufactured in Australia!

Aug 17 2016

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Rank #17: 29 - The History of the Canning Stock Route with Phil Bianchi

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Phil Bianchi is a historian and 4 wheel driver who has documented a lot of history of the Canning Stock Route and he has driven the route many times. 

From Wiluna to Halls Creek, it runs 1850 kms and was first surveyed in 1906.

We discuss Alfred Canning and his initial trip to survey the Canning Stock Route and the expedition to build the stock route.

The history of the Canning Stock Route is fascinating, with murders, sabotage,Beef barons and a Royal Commission. 

We talk about the initial survey and the Royal Commission that followed.  Some of the documents from these early times are still locked up in Government Departments.

In 1908, Canning started construction creating a lot of issues with the local Aboriginals. 

This is a fascinating discussion about the history of this iconic 4 wheel drive track.

Feb 01 2018

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Rank #18: 4WD new car trends with Robert Pepper

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New 4WD Trends with Robert Pepper

First we talk Creek Crossings - I've had my issues with Creek Crossings, but check out the video of a FJ Cruiser having issues with a crossing at Sunny Corner in NSW.

Sheep Yard Flats - 9th Annual Victorian Gathering.  This will be one of the best trips to go on for newbies to meet experienced 4 wheel drivers and get some great tracks under their belt.  It is Australia's largest free and independent 4 wheel drive weekend away.

We get Roberts view on the new Ford F250 and what he thinks it would be like offroad.

The new Toyota Landcruiser 200 series, what is it like to drive and is the top of the line Sahara worth the extra money

DCT (dual clutch transmission) vs CVT (continuous variable transmission) -  where are the manufacturers heading with them and what are the problems with them.  How did the new Suzuki fair with a new dual clutch transmission?

Is the new worth the money?  What does Robert think of the add ons on the high end models.

Usability in the 'cockpit' of modern 4WDs, what is driving the thinking behind the way that touch screens and controls are laid out.

AWD - where are they heading?

Safety aids.   What is AANCAP doing with the safety ratings.  Do we need 6 star ratings for safety?

Autonomous emergency  braking and trailer sway control, blind spot warning.   (you tube video)

We discuss the most effective safety solution for all drivers is.

Is the Jeep Ute going to be the most iconic 4WD of 2017?  

Mercedes ute?   Will Hyundai release a real 4WD next year?

What about the new Defender and Discovery due out and possibly an Amarok refresh.

Oct 17 2016

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Rank #19: 22 - 4WD Insurance and Roadworthies with Kalen from Club 4x4

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Check out the trip report from the 9th Annual Victorian Gathering.  A great

We talk with Club 4x4 Insurance.  4x4earth has worked with Kalen from Club 4x4 and we are now recommending Club 4x4.  Check out the link to our insurance link to see how their policies stack up and how they stack up on pricing.  This is a great way to look into your 4WD insurance and 4x4earth gets a rebate, so you are helping keep 4x4earth free and independant for all users across the country.  (We get 200,000 visits a month!)

The big issues a lot of people have issues with is coverage when offroad, and also the price of modifications that you have done.  Often these won't be covered and Club 4x4 has worked hard to ensure that 4WD owners are covered for the

Here is the list of 4WD recovery companies around the country.  If you know another towing service, please put it in there.

Kalen has done quite a bit of research in the MA / MC rating issue with Ford Everists and Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees. 

Nov 16 2016

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Rank #20: 30 - The history and access to the Canning Stock Route

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Between 1,500 and 2,000 a year do the Canning Stock Route.  What is there to see and what is there to do when travelling the CSR.

We talk with Canning Stock Route expert, Phil Binachi about the activities and attractions on the stock route.

The dune systems are an amazing site and an amazing driving experience. 

There is a large amount of aboriginal art some of which is incredibly old. 

There are of course, the wells and a number of graves.

We discuss the work of Track Care and how they are working to maintain the tracks. 

Phil talks about how the 4 wheel drivers are working together with conservationalists to ensure ongoing access to the tracks. 

We discuss the concept of 4WD Tourism and the effect that it has on the economy of Australia as a whole and for rural towns in particular. 

We talk about the access to the Canning Stock Route.  What parts are open and which parts are effected by the weather. 

We answer the big question - how long should you take to do the Canning Stock Route and which way should you travel the Canning?

North to South or South to North, which way should you go?  Phil talks about where you can get your repairs done, which is a bit factor in travelling the Canning.  It is 1,800kms and there is a high chance of vehicle damage, so thinking about repairs is an important part of doing the Canning.

Feb 09 2018

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