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What To Pack For A 4X4 Trip (Part 2 - Intermediate & Advanced)

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What To Pack For A 4X4 Trip (Part 2 - Intermediate & Advanced)

Thursday, March 8, 2018
What To Pack For A 4X4 Trip Part 2

I’m sure that all 4x4 enthusiasts have some very entertaining stories about their early 4x4 camping trips and how they managed to survive without some essential items and equipment. Forgetting small things like batteries or mozzie repellent can make a significant difference to your enjoyment, especially if you’ve planned a long trip. On the other hand, a broken radiator or fan (which is more common than you’d think) can turn your holiday into a nightmare if you’re unprepared and isolated. Like anything though, experience is the key to knowledge so the more things that go wrong, the better equipped you’ll be at overcoming them in the future!
In our last article, we made a checklist of the essential items needed for basic 4x4 trip. There’s something ironically comforting in being able to bring just the bare necessities when going on a 4x4 camping trip, however many people (especially those with kids) need to be more prepared to ensure their trip is fun, safe, and that their kids aren’t complaining the whole time! In this article, we’ll be continuing from where we left off by providing a checklist of what items to pack for a 4x4 trip at an intermediate and advanced level.
Before we start, it’s important to note that there are many factors to consider if you decide to push beyond the basic level of 4x4 camping. Variables such as the terrain you’ll be covering, what type of off-roading you want to do, how much room you have in your vehicle, how remote you’ll be traveling, and various other factors will play an integral role in the types of items and equipment you’ll need. Despite this, there are two aspects which always remain constant that you must be prepared for: vehicle breakage & recovery and safety & survival. Let’s take a closer look at the items, equipment, and tools you’ll need to ensure you and your family can make it home safely.
If you’re traveling to a remote spot where any kind of help is a long walk away, the safest way to get by is to travel in a group of two or more vehicles. If something goes wrong, you’ll thank your lucky stars you’ve got a second pair of tools and someone there to help! Additionally, if you don’t have enough room in your vehicle (which is highly likely!), then make sure that the group you’re traveling with collectively have the following items, equipment, and tools:
 
            Fluids

  • Engine oil
  • Coolant
  • Brake fluid
  • Bearing grease
  • Power steering fluid
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Starter fluid
  • Extra petrol or diesel
  • Funnel and siphon hose
  • WD40

 
            Spare Parts/Repair Items

  • Hoses, fuel line, coolant hoses
  • Spare tyre/s
  • Lug wrench
  • Extra fan/serpentine belts
  • Tyre repair kits and plugs
  • Valve stems, valve stem remover
  • An assortment of nuts and bolts
  • Extra lug nuts, tyre star wrench, or a lug key with key socket
  • RTV or Hylomar HPF
  • Various sizes of cotter pins/keys
  • Radiator stop leak - silver flakes in tube
  • Electric fuel pump
  • Coil/electronic ignition
  • Spare hub/hub fuses
  • Spare drive shaft (both rear and front)
  • Spare universal joints (U-joints, etc)
  • Spare points
  • Extra spark plug wire (the same size as the longest wire)
  • Spare axles (2 x rear & 2 x front)
  • Spare idler arm
  • Spare tie rod assemblies (tie rod, ball joints, ball joint nuts and cotter pins, drag link)

 
Electronics Repair Kit

  • Electrical tape
  • Volt ohms metre (multimeter)
  • Wire cutters/wire crimps/wire strippers (multi-tool)
  • Spare fuses for every fuse in your vehicle
  • Spare switches
  • Spare wire (lengths of various gauges)
  • Spare relay if applicable
  • Flux core solder for repairs
  • Diagram of your vehicle’s wiring
  • Small needle point blow torch (for soldering wire)

 
            Recovery Gear

  • Complete winch kit - tree snap, hi-lift jack, snatch block, shackles, gloves, pickle fork
  • Pull-Pal winch anchor
  • Tree saver
  • Come-along (at least one)
  • Tow straps (at least 2 x 5cm wide x 6m long)
  • D-rings
  • Shovel
  • Satellite telephone (in case you’re really in a pickle!)

 
            Tools

  • Complete socket set with both standard and deep sockets
  • Complete crescent combination wrench set
  • Allen wrenches
  • Torx sockets
  • Small, medium and large screwdrivers (both Phillips and Flat)
  • Large hammer
  • Hacksaw
  • Pliers (various sizes, including needle nose, channel-lock, and snap ring)
  • Pipe wrenches (at least two)
  • Vice grips of various sizes
  • Swiss-army knife
  • Large crowbar
  • Welder and welding supplies/gear
  • Magnet
  • Air pressure gauge
  • Jumper cables
  • Portable air pump

 
Miscellaneous Items

  • Super glue
  • Plenty of rope
  • Duct tape
  • Onboard air
  • Epoxy
  • Rags
  • Bailing wire
  • Wood blocks
  • Tie wraps
  • Bungee cords (which greatly help in securing gear and temporary repairs)

 
Summary
While there are other 4x4 products and accessories,that isn’t included in this checklist, it’s important to understand that your vehicle is limited by space and you can only carry so much equipment (not to mention camping gear, clothes, food, water, etc). Depending on where you’re traveling to and for how long, some items and equipment will be far more valuable than others so you really need to prioritise this checklist based on the variables described above.
At the end of the day, even the most experienced off-roaders need some sort of advice, so if you have any questions about what 4x4 products, tools, and equipment would be best suited for your next 4x4 trip, get in touch with the specialists at TJM Australia on 07 3865 9999. Alternatively, use their handy store locator to find the TJM closest to you.
I’m sure that all 4x4 enthusiasts have some very entertaining stories about their early 4x4 camping trips and how they managed to survive without some essential items and equipment. Forgetting small things like batteries or mozzie repellent can make a significant difference to your enjoyment, especially if you’ve planned a long trip. On the other hand, a broken radiator or fan (which is more common than you’d think) can turn your holiday into a nightmare if you’re unprepared and isolated. Like anything though, experience is the key to knowledge so the more things that go wrong, the better equipped you’ll be at overcoming them in the future!
In our last article, we made a checklist of the essential items needed for basic 4x4 trip. There’s something ironically comforting in being able to bring just the bare necessities when going on a 4x4 camping trip, however many people (especially those with kids) need to be more prepared to ensure their trip is fun, safe, and that their kids aren’t complaining the whole time! In this article, we’ll be continuing from where we left off by providing a checklist of what items to pack for a 4x4 trip at an intermediate and advanced level.
Before we start, it’s important to note that there are many factors to consider if you decide to push beyond the basic level of 4x4 camping. Variables such as the terrain you’ll be covering, what type of off-roading you want to do, how much room you have in your vehicle, how remote you’ll be traveling, and various other factors will play an integral role in the types of items and equipment you’ll need. Despite this, there are two aspects which always remain constant that you must be prepared for: vehicle breakage & recovery and safety & survival. Let’s take a closer look at the items, equipment, and tools you’ll need to ensure you and your family can make it home safely.
If you’re traveling to a remote spot where any kind of help is a long walk away, the safest way to get by is to travel in a group of two or more vehicles. If something goes wrong, you’ll thank your lucky stars you’ve got a second pair of tools and someone there to help! Additionally, if you don’t have enough room in your vehicle (which is highly likely!), then make sure that the group you’re traveling with collectively have the following items, equipment, and tools:
 
            Fluids

  • Engine oil
  • Coolant
  • Brake fluid
  • Bearing grease
  • Power steering fluid
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Starter fluid
  • Extra petrol or diesel
  • Funnel and siphon hose
  • WD40

 
            Spare Parts/Repair Items

  • Hoses, fuel line, coolant hoses
  • Spare tyre/s
  • Lug wrench
  • Extra fan/serpentine belts
  • Tyre repair kits and plugs
  • Valve stems, valve stem remover
  • An assortment of nuts and bolts
  • Extra lug nuts, tyre star wrench, or a lug key with key socket
  • RTV or Hylomar HPF
  • Various sizes of cotter pins/keys
  • Radiator stop leak - silver flakes in tube
  • Electric fuel pump
  • Coil/electronic ignition
  • Spare hub/hub fuses
  • Spare drive shaft (both rear and front)
  • Spare universal joints (U-joints, etc)
  • Spare points
  • Extra spark plug wire (the same size as the longest wire)
  • Spare axles (2 x rear & 2 x front)
  • Spare idler arm
  • Spare tie rod assemblies (tie rod, ball joints, ball joint nuts and cotter pins, drag link)

 
Electronics Repair Kit

  • Electrical tape
  • Volt ohms metre (multimeter)
  • Wire cutters/wire crimps/wire strippers (multi-tool)
  • Spare fuses for every fuse in your vehicle
  • Spare switches
  • Spare wire (lengths of various gauges)
  • Spare relay if applicable
  • Flux core solder for repairs
  • Diagram of your vehicle’s wiring
  • Small needle point blow torch (for soldering wire)

 
            Recovery Gear

  • Complete winch kit - tree snap, hi-lift jack, snatch block, shackles, gloves, pickle fork
  • Pull-Pal winch anchor
  • Tree saver
  • Come-along (at least one)
  • Tow straps (at least 2 x 5cm wide x 6m long)
  • D-rings
  • Shovel
  • Satellite telephone (in case you’re really in a pickle!)

 
            Tools

  • Complete socket set with both standard and deep sockets
  • Complete crescent combination wrench set
  • Allen wrenches
  • Torx sockets
  • Small, medium and large screwdrivers (both Phillips and Flat)
  • Large hammer
  • Hacksaw
  • Pliers (various sizes, including needle nose, channel-lock, and snap ring)
  • Pipe wrenches (at least two)
  • Vice grips of various sizes
  • Swiss-army knife
  • Large crowbar
  • Welder and welding supplies/gear
  • Magnet
  • Air pressure gauge
  • Jumper cables
  • Portable air pump

 
Miscellaneous Items

  • Super glue
  • Plenty of rope
  • Duct tape
  • Onboard air
  • Epoxy
  • Rags
  • Bailing wire
  • Wood blocks
  • Tie wraps
  • Bungee cords (which greatly help in securing gear and temporary repairs)

 
Summary
While there are other 4x4 products and accessories,that isn’t included in this checklist, it’s important to understand that your vehicle is limited by space and you can only carry so much equipment (not to mention camping gear, clothes, food, water, etc). Depending on where you’re traveling to and for how long, some items and equipment will be far more valuable than others so you really need to prioritise this checklist based on the variables described above.
At the end of the day, even the most experienced off-roaders need some sort of advice, so if you have any questions about what 4x4 products, tools, and equipment would be best suited for your next 4x4 trip, get in touch with the specialists at TJM Australia on 07 3865 9999. Alternatively, use their handy store locator to find the TJM closest to you.
 

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