VIKOR INDUSTRIES Electric Roller Shutter Review [November 2021]

Product Review – VIKOR INDUSTRIES Electric Roller Shutter [November 2021]

Who’s in search of Ford Ranger Roller Shutter Perth or abroad? They’re running hot right now. Share this one with your friends, and feel free to get in touch with us to discuss the pros and cons of a Ford Ranger Roller Shutter in Perth today 😈

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As a standard, most of the utes arrive at one of the TWD 4×4 workshops with a factory tub and roll bar.

Now this is perfect for general storage of items and oversized goods (all but guaranteeing you’re the first point of call for helping out a mate with delivering the new couch), however, by itself, there is no security, nor any water, sun or dust protection. Depending on the use of your ute, this can pose major issues.

That’s why we’re seeing big demand for Electric Roller Shutters, particularly the Ford Ranger Roller Shutter from VIKOR INDUSTRIES. There are plenty of brands out there to choose from, but we’ve settled on VIKOR INDUSTRIES because of their commitment to a premium finish, and constant product development. They’re also a WA-based brand, so what better than supporting those in your own back yard.

 

 

The VIKOR INDUSTRIES Electric Roller Shutter is a premium advanced, retractable cover for the back of your ute, specifically designed to keep your belongings safe, without sacrificing on the overall look of your vehicle. It is a real shout for those Ford Ranger Roller Shutter hunters and many other ute or truck owners!

They’re so confident in in their product that they offer an industry-leading 24-month warranty on the VIKOR Electric Roller Shutter when installed with their dealers.

TWD 4×4 (Perth) are proud to say we’re the exclusive retailers of all Ford Ranger Roller Shutter products and accompanying extras.

So, what’s all the fuss about when it comes to this Electric Roller Shutter?

 

 

Secure and Spacious

The VIKOR INDUSTRIES Electric Roller Shutter was engineered with a theft-resistant design, and there are no physical handles to break for maximum security.

It also comes with a smaller motor canister unit to maximise the amount of space in your tray (e.g. Ford Ranger Roller Shutter motor canister extends approx. 33cm from inside of tub).

There is also jamming prevention technology to avoid limbs / tub contents from being caught in the Electric Roller Shutter.

 

                   

 

Weatherproof

The electric roller shutter is waterproof and weather resistant, utilising VIKOR INDUSTRIES’ exclusive sealing and water draining systems. The built-in gutters and integrated plumbing lines ensure the tub cannot be filled with water, meaning things in your tray actually stay dry… (which is something new for all you Wildtrak owners 😈).

 

         

 

Easy Installation and Use

The installation process is simple for the VIKOR INDUSTRIES Electric Roller Shutter as it utilises a clamp system (with no drilling) and basic wiring.

It is also easy to use; owners can open, close and pause their retractable roller cover or roller shutter with just one simple “click” and through their factory key. The Keychain Remote Controls (2 included) come with start, stop and pause buttons, as well as three-stage light control. Mobile app control is also coming soon!

We also wire in a switch through to your cab so you can open and close your electric roller shutter from inside your vehicle.

 

         

 

LED Lights

The electric roller shutter comes with a LED strip light for the centre tray with 3-stage adjustment (low/med/high) from your 2 included remote controls. This provides perfect illumination for any situation.

 

Robust

VIKOR INDUSTRIES Electric Roller Shutter range are made from Premium Lightweight Aluminium, with self-lubricated nylon rollers and clutch geared motor.

Given it is self-retractable with no ability to open manually, the integrity of the roller shutter is not subject to variable force and mistreatment than many manual roller shutters are subject to.

It’s for the reason that VIKOR INDUSTRIES have chosen not to offer a manual roller shutter.

 

Compatibility

The reinforced, flat side rail design allows for fitting of OEM sports bars (with minor cutting and fabricated brackets – please discuss options with the TWD 4×4 team), as well as most popular aftermarket sports and roll bars, such as certain Hamer 4×4 and Option 4WD roll bars.

Most RHINO-Rack cross bars and general tub accessories are a perfect fit for install as well.

 

Specifications – VIKOR INDUSTRIES Electric Roller Shutter 

Material Premium Lightweight Aluminium
Installation Time 4-5 Hours (approx. with an open tray) + Coding Time
Weight 34 -45kg (depending on model)
Warranty INDUSTRY LEADING 24-Month
Electric Roller Shutter Control Standard Keychain Remote Controls (2)

Factory Key Coded

Cabin Switch

Mobile App [COMING SOON!]

Terms & Conditions *Pictures are for display purposes only, and the actual product may slightly vary.

*Only suitable for dual cab utes.

*We strongly recommend regular cleaning of the shutter to ensure dust and foreign elements don’t interfere with product functionality.

*Off-road use may subject the shutter to scratching and fault. This will void manufacturers’ warranty on Electric Roller Shutter.

Vehicle Compatibility Ford Ranger Roller Shutter, LDV Roller Shutter, Roller Shutter Mitsubishi Triton, DMAX Roller Shutter, Toyota Hilux SR5 Roller Shutter, Amarok Roller Shutter and more. Check out the full range here.
Sports Bar Compatibility May be compatible with certain aftermarket sports bars pending mounting system. Most factory Sports Bars are compatible with brackets supplied by VIKOR Industries.

 

Get in touch with TWD 4×4 today to find out more about the VIKOR INDUSTRIES Electric Roller Shutter.

 

 

TWD 4×4 – Premium 4×4 Accessories, Mods & Upgrades 😈

TWD 4×4 – Premium 4×4 Accessories in Perth and Melbourne

TWD 4×4 is a Perth custom 4WD store specialising in 4×4 modifications. Our dedicated team is committed to providing you with the right advice when it comes to making your 4WD stand out and choosing the highest quality 4×4 accessories available in Australia.

We encourage you to stop by and have a chat at our Perth 4WD shop located in Osborne Park, or take a look at our 4×4 accessories online store for the best of Perth custom 4WDs.

 

TWD 4X4 – THE BEST 4X4 ACCESSORIES ONLINE STORE

Whether you choose to come into our Perth 4WD store located in Osborne Park, or directly through our custom 4WD online store, you’ll soon realise we pride ourselves on customer service and delivering outstanding work.

Over the years, our humble beginnings as a Perth-based supplier of tyres direct from the manufacturer, evolved into specialising in 4WD tyres and SUV tyres in Australia (predominately mud terrain tyres and all terrain tyres in Perth), as well as 4×4 accessories fitting. TWD 4×4 is now arguably the premier Australian supplier of some of the hottest up and coming 4×4 accessories brands in the world.

Our connections with leading manufacturers, combined with our burning love for 4×4, uniquely positions us as the premier Perth custom 4WD shop. Whether it’s a bull bar, lift kit, sidestep, rear roller shutter, rear bumper or 4WD tyres – TWD 4×4 has you covered.

We strongly encourage you to drop by our Perth 4WD store in Osborne Park for a chat, or head directly to our 4×4 accessories online store. If you have any questions, or just want to chat about your rig, don’t hesitate to give us a call or find us on social media.

Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bars (Australia) – Top 5 MUST HAVE Raptor Bull Bars

Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bars (Australia) – Top 5 MUST HAVE Raptor Bull Bars 😈

After seeing hundreds of stock Ford Raptors come through the TWD 4×4 workshop in Perth and Melbourne, we’ve learnt a thing or two about what customers are looking for when it comes to a Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bar in Australia.

We are also in a unique position to be able to compare the many options out there when considering what Ford Raptor Bull Bar is best for you.

Given the Ford Ranger Raptor is one of the best looking utes on the market (and drives incredibly well), we understand that a decent percentage of owners don’t intend on taking their Raptors off-road. Fair enough too.

Despite this, there are still plenty of Raptor owners who go full send on the weekend, so our Top 5 Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bar list won’t neglect those who are still chasing some off-road features and protection.

Of course, with aftermarket accessories it all comes back to personal preference, and what’s most important to you. This is just a bit of insight into what we’ve observed at TWD 4×4. Hopefully you’ll find it useful.

Before we get stuck into things, please make sure you like and follow TWD 4×4 on our social media platforms to keep up to date with all of our Ford Raptor Bull Bar fittings and other awesome builds!

If you have a Ford Raptor, we’d love to hear from you. Better yet, if you have one of these Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bars fitted, leave a picture below and let us know what you think of it.

Alright… here goes 😈

 

#1 – Option X Bull Bar by Option 4WD

 

 

Price: $2,790 + Install

Manufacturer Location: Thailand & Australia

Fitting Time: 4.5 hours

There’s no doubt about it… 2020 has been an absolute b!tch.

But October 2020 was a late saving grace for Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bar chasers, who were gifted with the release of the Option X Front Bar by Option 4WD.

In fact, it was a saving grace for Ford Raptor owners full stop, with Option 4WD releasing their initial range of 4×4 accessories in Australia.

The Option X Bull Bar is an absolute work of art. It has the aggressive look that Option 4WD are known for, and is a high and tight fit, perfect for those chasing a sleek, mean front end.

Features

▶️ Full ADR compliance, with airbag and crash sensors fully functional

▶️ Full bumper replacement (mounting kit included, no drilling/cutting required)

▶️ Winch compatible

▶️ Matte black powder coat finish

▶️ Light bar integration (VIKOR Industries VK302 – Black housing & reflector for a premium black finish)

▶️ Minimal protrusion from front of vehicle

▶️ Weight approx. 35kg

Other Comments

▶️ She’s light. And if no winch is required, then the winch cradle is not required to be installed (further reducing the overall weight added to your Raptor).

▶️ Bar must be removed if you are installing a winch after fitting the Ford Raptor Bull Bar.

▶️ Colour coding/matching may be slightly more expensive given powder coat finish (sand blasting required with painters).

 

 #2 – King Series Bull Bar by Hamer 4×4

 

 

Price: $2,690 + Install

Manufacturer Location: Thailand & Australia

Fitting Time: 5 hours

 

What a rise to prominence it has been for the team at Hamer 4×4 Australia this past 18 months.

When we first came across the Ford Ranger Bull Bar, we knew this brand was going to be an absolute hit. The loop-less King Series Bull Bar is without a doubt one of the best looking Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bars in Australia.

After leading the rise of Hamer 4×4 in Western Australia, the TWD 4×4 team were enrolled as the R&D centre for Hamer 4×4 Australia. All product testing, ADR and premium fittings now take place at TWD 4×4. Full Hamer 4×4 builds from the east coast are now finding their way to the understated workshop in Perth, WA.

Coming in as the least expensive of the Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bars on this least, we spot great value, especially if you’re spending the majority of your time on-road or in the city (so you can enjoy the aesthetics of the bar, without the recovery related costs).

 

Features

▶️ Exceed ADR standards of approval in all states and territories (airbag and crash sensors fully functional)

▶️ Full bumper replacement (mounting kit included, no drilling/cutting required)

▶️ Constructed with high quality 3mm thick steel plate

▶️ Winch compatible (with laser cut holes to allow access)

▶️ Advanced powder coating black surface finish

▶️ High quality, attractive LED fog lights, indicator and daytime running lights

▶️ Increased airflow to the radiator with specialist design

▶️ Laser cut holes to mount lights and antenna on top of bar (no integrated light design).

▶️ Minimal protrusion from front of grill – shouldn’t impact your garage-ability too much 😈

▶️ Weight approx. 46 kg

Other Comments

▶️ Having owned a Raptor and fit the majority of the Ford Raptor Bull Bars on this top 5 list, the Hamer 4×4 King Series Bull Bar gets the most head turns and random comments. Hands down.

▶️ The bar is required to be removed if you are installing a winch after fitting the Hamer Ford Raptor Bull Bar. Not the end of the world, but just an FYI in case you’re thinking of a winch “after the fact”.

▶️ Will typically suit most

▶️ If you don’t like the red “Hamer” logo on your bar, you can change the perspex that sits behind the bar to a colour that better suits your vehicle (or black to tone down the branding).

▶️ This is a beautiful Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bar, but there’s always a trade-off. The red shackles and mounting points on the front of the bar are not rated. In addition, what looks like red recovery points under the bar are actually just part of the finish of the King Series Bull Bar. They aren’t recovery points and should not be used to recover from. We modify Ironman recovery points to suit the Hamer 4×4 King Series Bull Bar.

▶️ Bash plate comes at additional charge (RRP $280)

 

#3 – Evolution Bar by RHINO

Price: $2,990 + Install

Manufacturer Location: Argentina

Fitting Time: 3.5 hours

What better way to describe this, than the 4×4 accessory fitters’ dream Ford Raptor Bull Bar.

The design of the Rhino Bull Bar is nothing short of robust, consistent and reliable. When you unpack this sucker, you know exactly what you’re going to get, and it’s a straightforward installation to your Raptor.

Although the manufacture and ease of installation are important, it’s worth noting that Rhino have landed on a simple exterior, which many say is reminiscent of the stock front bumper. Now we wouldn’t go as far to say that, but there’s no doubt this is a simple and clean bull bar.

Many Raptor owners and fitters consider the Rhino Bull Bar to be one of the best in the market right now, and we’d have to agree. Stiff not to be higher in the count.

Features

▶️ Full ADR compliance, with airbag and crash sensors fully functional

▶️ An impressive, top quality 3mm and 5mm steel construction

▶️ Full bumper replacement (no drilling/cutting required)

▶️ Winch compatible (mount included without any additional brackets to install)

▶️ Number plate flip bracket included for easy access to winch area

▶️ LED driving lights included (2 x 40W)

▶️ Light bar integration (STEDI 31.5″ recommended)

▶️ Includes a bash plate as standard (made from aluminium – 5mm)

▶️ Recovery points (2) included as standard

▶️ Front hi-lift jacking points

▶️ Weight approx. 40kg

 

Other Comments

▶️ You can really deck this Raptor Bull Bar out even further with the mounting bar and a collection of lights. It tends to add to the look of the bar in our opinion, rather than detracting from/hiding the design.

▶️ Even though the Rhino Bull Bar for Raptor comes in as the most expensive on our list, there’s not much more you’re required to with this bar to have it ready for all situations (bash plate, recovery points etc. included). Still great value.

▶️ We don’t think it’s the best looking bar on the list, but pictures certainly don’t do it justice. The Rhino Bull Bar is an impressive bit of craftsmanship.

 

#4 – Predator Bull Bar by Offroad Animal

 

Price: $2,790 + Install

Manufacturer Location: China & Australia

Fitting Time: 4 hours

There are few bigger rises in the Australian 4×4 accessories market than Offroad Animal.

From humble beginnings, they’ve given all Ford Raptor owners something to smile about with the Offroad Animal Predator Bar. One of the first to transcend the traditional Australian look, and challenge the big 3 with a style and finish that the market craved.

Due to the heavy lifting they did early in the piece as one of few appealing alternatives for Aussie 4WD accessories, we give huge kudos to the team at Offroad Animal 🍺

But this is all about the clean and mean Offroad Animal Predator Bar for the Ford Raptor…

Features

▶️ ADR compliant and airbag compatible

▶️ Full bumper replacement with no cutting required

▶️ Winch compatible (with a number plate flip included should you choose to install a winch)

▶️ Works with factory tow points

▶️ Zinc plated and then powder coated matte black finish

▶️ Hi-lift jacking points included

▶️ Sits no more than around 180mm from the front of the grill (depending on fitting – may vary slightly)

▶️ Bash plate included (made from 5mm thick steel – more heavy duty than most other competitors

▶️ Optional top hoop available which can take a 22″ light bar

▶️ Weight approx. 54 kg

Other Comments

▶️ Will suit most low mount winches.

▶️ You can install a winch after installation of the Predator Bull Bar (quite handy for those methodically working through their Raptor “to do” list).

▶️ Plenty of airflow with this design to keep your motor nice and cool.

▶️ Works with factory fog lights. Otherwise you can mount cube lights or a light bar up to 8″ in each wing. When combined with the top hoop, you can really get lit with the Offroad Animal Predator Bull Bar.

▶️ A clean, well-constructed bar. It doesn’t have the same lines and intricacies of some other no-loop competitors, but this means it is a notably quicker install (providing you don’t make it a Christmas tree 💡 ).

 

#5 – V2 Ford Raptor Bull Bar by Option 4WD

 

Price: $2,590 + Install

Manufacturer Location: Thailand & Australia

Fitting Time: 5 hours

We’ve already sung our praises about Option 4WD Australia, and their V2 Ford Raptor Bull Bar could easily have found its way higher on this list.

However, given they’ve already taken out the #1 spot on the Ford Ranger Raptor Bull Bar count, and there’s some other stiff competition, they’ve landed #5 spot as well.

The Option 4WD V2 Ford Raptor Bull Bar is a chunky, aggressive fit. It’s perfect for the wider body of the Raptor, and screams “MEAN”. Can best be described as a slightly lower, broader fit to the Raptor.

To finish off your V2 Bull Bar fitting, it’s really important to make sure you’ve got an aggressive set of tyres on. That really makes a huge different with this front bar.

Features

▶️ Full ADR compliance, with airbag and crash sensors fully functional

▶️ Made from top quality 3mm thick steel plate (6mm+ at the brackets)

▶️ Full bumper replacement (mounting kit included, no drilling/cutting required)

▶️ Winch compatible

▶️ 4 Cubed fog lights included (enough room to add in one additional cube on each wing)

▶️ Premium matte black powder coat finish

▶️ Light bar integration (VIKOR Industries VK301 – Black housing & reflector for a premium black finish)

▶️ Minimal protrusion from front of vehicle

▶️ Weight approx. 58kg

 

Other Comments

▶️ You can add in an extra cubed fog light on each wing, or consider an 8″ light bar in place of the cubes. Very aggressive overall look.

▶️ Bar must be removed if you are installing a winch after fitting the Ford Raptor Bull Bar.

▶️ If you love a chunky, aggressive looking Raptor, then this is without a doubt the option for you. Pardon the pun.

3 CAR GAMES TO PASS THE TIME ON A ROAD TRIP

3 CAR GAMES TO PASS THE TIME ON A ROAD TRIP

Australia is a BIG country, and some of the places we travel to can mean plenty of hours (or even days) of car time.

So, what options do we have to avoid the inevitable irritations and boredom that may ensue, especially when children are involved?

Well… you could try sleeping the entire trip (unless you are the driver of course!), or you could encourage anti-social behaviour by having a car full of headphone-wearing passengers watch their own movies or music playlists. We tend to think a little old school, and love encouraging everyone to pass travel time with your family and friends more interactively.

Sure, sometimes there’s only so many hours catching up and general chit-chat will pass, but that doesn’t mean you try a few car games for kids, have some fun, share some laughs and enjoy your drive together.

 

1 – I Spy

This game is so famous it even has a movie in its name.

“I Spy” is an absolute classic. It’s one of the best car games for kids, encouraging them to get creative, whilst potentially learning some things about the external environment.

In case you’ve never played “I Spy” before, it is simple to learn and play:

  • Each person takes turns to be the “spier” and all others take turns to guess the answer.
  • The spier chooses an object either inside or outside the car, can be a part or accessory of the car as well. keeps it to themselves and says to everyone else, “I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with…” and then tells everyone the first letter of the item they have (or are) looking at.
  • Everyone must then guess what the object is, and the spier’s reply must simply be a “yes” or “no”.

[When I was a kid, we had to tell everyone whether the object was inside the car or outside. If outside, things can get interesting because you may have gone past the thing you saw, and everyone else has to try and remember what things have passed by already – this gets much more interesting]

  • Everyone then takes it in turns to guess and spy. There doesn’t need to be winners or losers in this game… in fact, it’s probably best to avoid a potential tantrum that’s scoreboard related!

 

2 – Number Plate Cricket

If you’re a cricket fan, this can be quite a competitive little game. The rules are fairly simple:

  • Each person in the car takes turns being the batsman.
  • Essentially, the last number on any number plate of any vehicle that is travelling in the opposite direction is counted as a score. So, each car going past in the opposite direction gets its number plate reviewed by all players (just to make sure there’s no cheating). As long as more than one player agrees with the last number (that’s furthest to the right) of the number plate, the batsman at the time will score the number of runs from 1 to 9.
  • If the last number is a zero, then that batter is out for that turn and the next player becomes the batsman.
  • The game continues like this until one batsman scores a total of 100 (cumulative – not from one inning) and then the game starts again

 

3 – Name That Song

Music is probably the best companion during on road or off road trips.

A car game for the music buffs!

Firstly, find some obscure playlists and have one person control the music device. This person forwards to the next song on shuffle, and everyone else must try and name the song and artist.

If no one is able to correctly identify the song and artist, half points can be awarded for naming either song or artist.

Keep track of the scores to determine who is the musical genius. Mix things up with different playlists and, if you are in mobile network range, pick some “out there” genres and see how everyone goes.

These are just a few of the easy car games that can keep everyone from getting too bored or annoyed on your next long-distance commute.

 

What are your favourite car games to play with passengers on your road trips? We’d love for you to share them with other readers in the comments section below.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@twd_4x4) and Facebook (@TWD4X4).

Happy travels.

WHAT COLOUR 4WD IS FOR YOU?

WHAT COLOUR 4WD IS FOR YOU?

The colour of your 4WD is important – we all want our rigs to look good.

Typically we’ll end up with the colour that first grabs our attention on display at the dealership; or the one that you just couldn’t take your eyes off parked next to you on the freeway traffic jam; or the one that you saw fully sending it on the beach in Jurien Bay.

What colour 4WD you go for is such a personal choice, and sometimes we can tend to place a little more importance on it than it deserves. At least relative to other important 4WD considerations.

 

  1. The Australian Heat

The Australian heat can really have a toll on your offroad vehicle.

White, or a pearl derivative of white, is often considered as it’s not going to bake in the hot Australian sun, causing the interior to feel like everything has melted. Nowadays there’s a pretty easy fix for that though – windows and air-cons.

Despite how good air-conditioners are now, seeing black 4WD’s on our roads really does make me wonder what was going through the minds of these individuals when THAT decision was made.

Still, they do have a presence about them, maybe that’s the statement being made. Adding those roof racks and bullbars just makes it look even more majestic. Even though a black car, especially a big 4WD, in the Australian sun does seem strange, the choices in new car colours are quite limited. Over time, we’ve observed the consistency of 4WD colours in Australia, with versions of white, silver/grey, black, blue, the odd brown and reds dominating the market (including the omnipresent burnt orange – quintessentially Australian).

Apart from personal preference, what another factor could come into play when considering what colour 4WD is for you? Scratches.

 

  1. Scratches

Scratches are inevitable – no 4×4 accessoried can help with it.

Trying for a colour that doesn’t show scratches as clearly is a rational consideration. Lots of people believe that white (or similar) is the best shade for reducing the visual impact of light scratches. This is only really a consideration for the city 4WD.

If we’re talking about an offroad vehicle, and you plan on taking it across sand dunes, through the bush and over rocky terrain, around the outskirts of Perth, scratches are inevitable! So, why not get your beast out in the bush, get it on some narrow tracks, and listen to the delightful sound of vegetation on painted metal surfaces, as your vehicle fends off scratches where it can, and otherwise accepts them as normal wear and tear. You’ll really look like a 4WD enthusiast then.

 

What colour 4WD do you have? Is it a city or off-road rig? We’d love to know more about your 4WD. Share a picture of it with us via Instagram (@twd_4x4) and tag us to make sure we see it.

Feel free to share why you chose the colour of your 4WD… especially if it’s not your favourite colour.

TWD4X4 is a Perth custom 4×4 shop based in Osborne Park. We stock a variety of 4×4 accessories such as bull bars, suspensions, roller shutters for a range of vehicles including the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Landcruiser’s and more.

WHAT TO PACK FOR CAMPING ? [9 ESSENTIAL ITEMS]

WHAT TO PACK FOR CAMPING ? [9 ESSENTIAL ITEMS]

Camping in Australia is one of the most pleasant experiences to have, even if you’re in a designated campground or Caravan Park camping zone. We think it’s the best way to forget about the work, unwanted social obligations and all of those mundane chores on the “to-do list”.

Just know that every camping trip has its fair share of chores, and this is where knowing what to pack for camping can be the difference between a hellish getaway, and a relaxing romp.

When deciding what to pack for camping, the two most important things to consider are:

  • Where you are staying; and
  • What sort of facilities does your camping spot have?

Power, water and ablutions are the basics that determine what sort of infrastructure you need with you. There’s no point carrying a massive generator and 500 liters of fresh water if it’s all there waiting for you.

Of course, having extension cords that allow you to tap into the power and containers to carry the water from the source to your, the campsite will be required, but we will get to this shortly.

Before we get stuck into things, there are a few other factors to consider before deciding what to pack for camping in Australia:

  • Comfort – it’s never advisable to make your camping trip so uncomfortable that the best part of the holiday was returning home.
  • Safety – it’s worth considering the fact you really do need to get home in one piece…
  • Convenience – I don’t know about you, but I get really annoyed when my life could be easier (such as seeing in the dark) if I’d only remembered to pack the spare batteries for the torch! Your convenience includes accessories for your car as well, anything which helps with extra storage space is a burden off your back.

Okay, let’s give you a hand knowing what to pack for camping in Australia to ensure a successful getaway for all involved.

If there’s anything obvious we’ve missed from our list of things that you find handy to have when you’re on your camping trips, be sure to share this with us in the comments section below.

  1. Bedding

We’re all so lucky today because there’s an amazing variety of mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, linens, rugs, etc. to choose from to ensure you have the right bedding option for any camping location.

Remember, comfort is the key and a good night’s sleep in the great outdoors sets your body and mind ready to tackle all those fun experiences.

  1. Shelter

Whether it’s a top-of-the-wozza swag on an elevated bed/mattress, a roof-top camper, or a massive family tent, the quality and design of your shelter are crucial to ensure you’re not exposed to elements that carry the potential to ruin your holiday.

There’s rain, dew, heat, sun and creepy crawlies (if they bother you) that could cause some significant issues unless you have got the appropriate shelter for your surroundings.

  1. Tucker & Water (or other drinks)

Yes, we all know that food and water are unlikely to slip peoples’ minds when considering what to pack for camping. But, we’re here to tell you very sincerely… the nicer the food, the better the camping experience.

It’s easy to chow down on tinned meals, but a few little luxuries such as cheese and crackers, olives, dips, your favorite beverages or fresh fruits can make an evening very pleasant before a light dinner.

Also, there’s nothing better than a big cook-up for breakfast prior to commencing your day of bushwalks, fishing or just sitting around soaking up the serenity.

Always pack a bit more than you need, just in case you are traveling somewhere remote (as the risk of breakdown and getting stuck is never too far away). This is very important when it comes to water.

After all – it’s always better to have a little too much, than too little!

If you’re a little stuck on ideas for camp food, check out our Off-Road Tucker series, where we share some ultra-tasty camping recipes.

  1. Light

Even a full moon and a sky packed with stars don’t quite cut it when it comes to adequate camp lighting. Whether you prefer a gas lantern or low wattage LED lighting, the convenience of good lighting cannot be underestimated?.

There are so many routine activities that really do require a reasonable amount of light. Things like doing the evening dishes, setting up your fishing rigs for the next day, reading that the novel that you haven’t touched in months, or playing Jenga with the kids, is simply too arduous without good lighting.

Don’t forget mobile light – head torches, handheld torches… whatever works best for you… simply must be packed for camping (along with adequate spare batteries or charging gear!).

  1. Tables and Chairs

We all love to eat from our laps… sometimes. But more often than not, you’ll appreciate adding a table(s) to put your gear on, eat at, play games on and keep food away from the critters on the ground.

Your rear end was made for sitting, and this is so much more comfortable in a good quality chair. There are so many designs out there nowadays, so try some out and get what works best for you. Remember, comfort and practicality don’t often go hand-in-hand, so for the sitting enthusiasts, you may have to be prepared to get more than one chair!

  1. Cooking Gear

No not what you think, Breaking Bad fans. We’re talking about eating amazing food prepared out in the open during a camping trip! The only things that make this even better are if it follows a busy day of soaking up the great Australian outdoors.

So, it’s important to ensure you have the right gear, and that it’s stored during travel in a way to avoid breakage and damage. Many campers use heavy-duty crates or plastic boxes.

Ultimately, the essentials list depends on you, but here’s our list of what to pack for camping when it comes to cooking items:

  • Gas cooktop (or BBQ briquettes if that’s your preference)
  • Pots, pans and other cooking surfaces such as grill or plate
  • Cooking utensils including a good knife and bottle opener & corkscrew Cutting boards
  • Eating utensils such as plates, cups, knives, and forks, etc
  • Washing up gear such as a plastic tub, detergent (biodegradable), sponges and tea towels
  • Rubbish disposal items such as heavy-duty bags
  1. Clothing and Footwear

Even though you don’t get in the car to start your camping trip completely naked, that doesn’t mean it’s not easy to forget the right amount and type of clothing for the trip. Always consider the weather, and what activities you’re going to be doing (if any at all!).

Don’t forget to pack the right shoes for the activities you will be enjoying and casual stuff for around camp is an absolute must.

Footwear is very important, but we always encourage getting your feet directly connected to the earth at least once during your camping trip.

  1. Health and Hygiene

There’s nothing like getting back to nature including letting yourself get a bit smelly and dirty, but don’t overdo it so that you or others in your care get sick.

We highly recommend a top-quality first aid kit or two (one for the car and one for the campsite), plus the normal hygiene items that you would take on most holidays. We’re not staying in hotels, so don’t rely on soap and shampoos growing on trees!

Depending on where you are going, there is always the possibility of mosquitoes or midges, so be prepared with repellents.

As always, good quality sun protection is a necessity – this is the Australian outback after all!

  1. The Fun (and Practical) Stuff

You can never have absolutely everything with you each camping trip, but some of the items we like to think to make camping a bit more enjoyable (and practical) are:

  • Binoculars
  • Games
  • Music
  • Clothesline and pegs
  • Floor mats (especially for dusty sites)
  • Extra towels
  1. Tools [BONUS ITEM]

Oh, yes…

There’s nothing more frustrating than knowing you have a problem that could be simply overcome with the right tool (or even a small selection of multi-tools). The tools can be anything to help with your car (tyres, suspensions etc) to your camping needs.

We recommend checking out your local camping store for the right mix of tools that will get you through most situations.

Now that you know what you have to pack if you’re a fellow Sandgroper check out our recent blog post for the best camping spots near Perth.

Everyone has their favorite camping must-haves and we’d love to know what yours are. Please share with us your essential items to pack when camping ⛺.

 

Keep up to date with us on Instagram (@twd_4x4) or Facebook (@TWD4X4) for more tips and advice.

TWD4X4 is a 4WD custom store based in Perth, Osborne Park. We stock high quality bull bars, suspensions, roller shutters and other 4×4 accessories for a range of vehicles including the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Landcruiser’s and more.

 

IS A 2WD SAFER THAN A 4WD?

IS A 2WD SAFER THAN A 4WD?

Safety is a term that can be investigated in many ways. How safe your car is, is primarily determined by how safely you drive it – and we recommend you give your every attention and apply your level of skill and experience to be safe on our roads.

QBE has identified that most vehicle accidents, incidents and subsequent injuries in Australia are caused by things such as inattention (including the use of mobile phones), alcohol and drug use, fatigue, speed, vehicle maintenance and not wearing seatbelts.

We won’t be considering issues such as rates of traffic incidents between various types of vehicles, nor the rate of injury or death from various vehicle types. Instead, we will specifically explore whether a 4WD is safer than a 2WD.

This largely relates to the differences in the key features between a 4WD and 2WD and the resulting impact the safety of the vehicle.

A 4WD provides greater traction on the road due to the fact that all 4 wheels (when engaged) are driving the vehicle. This is particularly important on gravel roads and in tough road conditions. The only exception here is in slippery ice situations, in which case a 4WD will not add many benefits over a 2WD from a safety perspective.

Under normal driving conditions, providing the vehicle is being driven sensibly and is in good condition (including 4WD tyres and tyre pressure), there really is very little difference in the safety of a 4WD over a 2WD. In fact, the sheer weight of typically heavier 4WD vehicles could even be detrimental in some circumstances.

Of course, as 4WD lovers, we think it’s great that more people have 4WD vehicles and get off-road every now and again to explore the great outdoors. THIS is where our trusty 4WD tyres and rigs come into their own, both practically and from a safety perspective.

There is no doubt that a 4WD in off-road conditions will have the safety edge over a 2WD, especially if you’re rocking 4WD tyres like mud terrains. The extra the traction that is gained from having all four wheels driving power to the ground means that when one or more wheels is not in good contact with the road surface, the others will be doing some of the work. Also, if you have a roo bar (also known as bullbar) fitted to the front of your 4WD, and hit a stray animal at moderate speeds, the impact is unlikely to cause too much damage to your vehicle and thus you will often be able to continue on your way. A 2WD, on the other hand, could be damaged to the point of not being driveable!

Regardless of whether you’re driving a 4WD or a 2WD, to give us all the best chance of staying safe on our roads, everyone needs to remind themselves to:

  • stay attentive and aware
  • travel at a comfortable speed
  • be courteous
  • have a break if you’re tired
  • don’t get behind the wheel if you’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs

If you need any more persuasion to be safe on our roads, check out these WA Road Safety Council stats.

We always love hearing from our loyal visitors – do you think a 4WD is safer than a 2WD? Leave us a comment if you have any thoughts about the different safety features between a 4WD and 2WD vehicle.

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MUD TYRES AND ALL TERRAIN TYRES?

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MUD TYRES AND ALL TERRAIN TYRES?

Are you trying to decide whether mud tyres or all-terrain tyres are best for your 4WD?

Well, there are two questions you need to ask yourself before exploring the difference between mud tyres and all-terrain tyres, and which one is right for you:

  1. Where are you going?
  2. How often are you going?

You see, both types of tyres have their pros and cons, but at the end of the day, you need the best tyre for your circumstances. So, let’s consider the differences between mud tyres and all-terrain tyres.

Disclaimer – there can be significant variations depending on the brand of the tyre so this information is of a general nature, which means you can’t have a crack at us if things don’t go to plan based on the information in this article.

Mud terrain tyres

MTs are built stronger with firmer sidewalls and have a large chunky tread pattern with widely spaced lugs that can eject debris easily when spinning.

All-terrain tyres

ATs have only small spaces between the tyre treads and gives a good performance in most conditions.

 

  1. Where Are You Going?
Surface Type Mud Tyres (MT)
All-Terrain Tyres (AT)
Bitumen Okay, longer stopping distance, can be the noisy and shorter life span Good grip, quieter, greater longevity
Gravel Good Good
Sand Good (note tyre pressure) Good (note tyre pressure)
Mud Exactly what the MT was designed for… A+ (shock) Poor (can’t get rid of mud/debris in the tread grooves resulting in little-to-no traction)
Rocks Good (depending on the size and nature of the rocky surface) Okay

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  1. How Often Are You Going?

The other important consideration is how often you are going off-road. If it’s only a couple of times a year, then the option for you is tracking down the best all-terrain tyres, as they will last longer and are suitable for most conditions and surfaces. If you’re fanatical about getting your rig into tricky situations, including mud, on a frequent basis, then mud tyres are for you.

It’s important to note that mud tyres will cause you to use more fuel under normal operating circumstances (especially on the bitumen). Essentially, it takes more power to push each of those big lugs in the tread along the road compared to a smoother transition between the tyre and the ground that you’d get with a set of all-terrain tyres.

At the end of the day, both mud tyres and all-terrain tyres are going to get you to where you want to go. But when deciding between the two, your ultimate choice comes down to where you’ll be driving, and how often.

Don’t forget to check out our blog on the importance of inspecting your 4WD on a daily basis and do share some examples of when each tyre has (or hasn’t) worked well for you.

Still have questions? Feel free to visit the Perth 4WD custom store TWD4x4 or contact us on any of our social medias. We also stock high quality and economical bull bars, suspensions, roller shutters and other 4WD accessories for a range of vehicles including the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Landcruiser’s and more.

THE IMPORTANCE OF DAILY 4WD INSPECTIONS WHEN OFF ROAD

THE IMPORTANCE OF DAILY 4WD INSPECTIONS WHEN OFF ROAD

Is it that important to inspect your vehicle each day? We think it is… especially if you’re off-road on a 4WD trip or camping. Even the best of 4×4 vehicles such as Ford Rangers, Toyota Hilux or Toyota Prado need maintenance checks daily.

Let’s make this a simple equation:

5-minute inspection = 5 minutes of your entire day – that’s all

OR

“Save” 5 minutes now, and risk major delays and costs in the future.

Furthermore, a quick inspection shouldn’t take you as long as 5 minutes, yet it has the potential to save you a lot of headaches, time and money. We cannot stress enough the importance of daily vehicle inspections to give you peace of mind. This is one of the most underestimated 4WD tips in the book. Not all breakdowns will be detected by a daily inspection; however, some avoidable issues can be debilitating to your travels. So why not take a few minutes to ensure no lurking gremlins are waiting to manifest themselves into a costly, and potentially dangerous problem off-road?

  1. The Inspection

Let’s have a look at some of the basic things that could go wrong, but with a small amount of time and the effort, a simple daily inspection may save your bacon and allow you, and your precious cargo (we mean your family or mates), to continue on your camping trip:

  • Engine breakdown due to oil loss or overheating
  • Check oil and water/coolant levels
  • Check around the engine and engine bay for leaks
  • Check hoses for breakages and clamps are tight
  • Check fan belts are intact and at the right tension
  • Check the fan is entire and no damage to inside or radiator

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  • Other mechanical failures due to fluid loss
  • Check all levels such as brake fluid, power steering fluid, automatic transmission fluid and any others your vehicle may have
  • Tyre rupture due to damage or wear
  • Inspect your tyres (especially sidewalls) and check the pressure
  • Drivetrain failure due to object incursion (such as wire picked up from a track) or wear
  • Inspect universal joints and main hardware such as differentials
  • Wheel hub failure due to excessive jarring or wear
  • Wobble, each wheel to check for too much play
  • Suspension Failure due to damage or wear
  • Inspect suspension parts for damage or lost items

If you are a visual learner, there are a number of YouTube channels that have a lot of 4WD tips, as well as detailed inspection and safety information such as OffroadAdventureShow and 4X4 Australia.

If you need some expert advice on your 4wd, do not hesitate to contact us.

  1. Still Not Convinced?

Still not convinced of the importance of daily vehicle checks on your trusty 4WD?

If the risk of expensive repairs and delays aren’t enough to make you sacrifice that little bit of time, consider your safety and those of your in-car guests and others on the road. A tyre blowout at high speed that could have been avoided with a 5-minute inspection is not fun and potentially dangerous, especially if you’re off-road on a severe camping trip.

Seriously, the list of items above will take 5 minutes or less and will uncover most avoidable problems where breakages, damage or significant wear are a causal factor. And, you don’t have to be a 4WD expert or mechanic to do this.

We do suggest getting to know your 4WD by doing these inspections a number of times before you travel and if you’re unsure, get a mate or your mechanic to give you a rundown of what to look for.

As always, we want your ideas and thoughts so that we can all safely enjoy our 4WD adventures, so, please leave your advice on what to check as part of your quick daily inspection on tour.

  1. More inspection needed?

At TWD 4×4, a Perth 4WD shop, we are experts in providing 4WD advice. We also stock high quality and economical bull bars, suspensions, roller shutters and other 4WD accessories for a complete range of vehicles such as Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Landcruiser’s and more.

ROADCRUZA RA1100 REVIEW – ARE ROADCRUZA TYRES ANY GOOD? [2021]

ROADCRUZA RA1100 REVIEW – ARE ROADCRUZA TYRES ANY GOOD? [2021]

We love our mall crawler builds at TWD 4×4, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t 100% serious about finding the best products in the market for off-road performance. Every product we stock, we stand by.

One thing we’d been noticing across the 4×4 tyre market (particularly with ATs), was our customers were getting far less km’s from their brand tyres.

Granted, we understand that the majority of the legends who come through our doors are “full send” individuals, who typically may not get extended use out of their shoes, but when the rest of the 4WD community started saying they were getting less than 40,000km out of some of their big name brand tyres, we started to do some investigation.

That’s when we stumbled across Roadcruza RA1100 tyres.

We caught up with the Roadcruza Australia team over a couple of beers, and checked out their RA Series, which consists of ATs, Rugged and Muds.

First impressions were great. The tread pattern of the Roadcruza RA1100 AT really caught our eye… think BFG KO2, and you’ll be pretty close. What we were a little weary of, was the price. There wasn’t any way they could deliver a good, all-round 4×4 tyre at that sort of price. How wrong we were.

We weren’t able to find many Roadcruza RA1100 reviews, but had a few unbiased sources to get the low down on their product. After a bit of consideration, we initially agreed to give them a crack on our personal/show vehicles and see how things went from there. This soon flourished into the introduction of their full RA Series in our store, and the Roadcruza RA1100 becoming our #1 recommendation for many 4WD owners.

Before this happened though, we also got in touch with the Western 4WDriver for an extra opionion, and to run some testing on the Roadcruza RA1100 for us.

Here’s their story that was published for all of Australia to read.

 

Roadcruza RA1100 Review

We asked the Western 4WDriver to road test a set of Roadcruza RA1100 AT tyres, and provide us with some feedback.

Having only just put new rubber on their LC200, we fit a set to a 120 Series Prado prior to an extended trip up to Kakadu where they would cover the widest range of road conditions.

Once fit, the Roadcuzas looked great. Utilising an all-terrain pattern very similar to other brands, the tyres generated very little road noise and felt like they gripped the wet road quite well. Just over 10,000km later we checked in for an update.

“In the course of our three-week trip we drove on just about every type of surface; bitumen, gravel, rock, sand and mud. While towing on the bitumen we ran the rear tyres at 50 PSI and the fronts at 40.”

At the end of their trip, the tyres didn’t really show any visible wear and tear and road noise was still at a minimum.

“I’d be more than happy to fit these tyres again when required. The retail price is quite reasonable and given their performance over the last three weeks I cannot fault them” our Prado driver said.

The Roadcruza RA1100 ATs are a tough tyre, sporting 10 ply sidewalls and a semi Roadcruz-ing aggressive tread pattern which makes them ideal for bitumen and off-road use.

They are manufactured in China by Yinbao Tyre Group (who supply OEM tyres to Hino, Futon, Kawasaki and Komatsu – just to name a few).

G Sport Tyres Pty Ltd is the national distributor for Roadcruza and have been selling them for the last two years. Stephen Gurman, TWD 4×4 Sales Manager says:

“In the last two years we have established some very loyal clients who will often travel to Perth to get replacement tyres or to fit new vehicles with the Roadcruzas. It’s a real testament to the tyre’s toughness and reliability that our customers are using them in some pretty harsh conditions and love them.”

The tyres tested were an LT265/70R17 Roadcruza RA1100 AT with a 10ply sidewall rating. TWD 4X4 stock the complete range of Roadcruza and will have something to suit your needs.

Find out more product information on their website and connect with them on their socials. Roadcruza have just started their expansion across Australia, so there are plenty of great promotions and specials to take advantage of.

If you have any questions about Roadcuza products, or would like to check them out in person, swing by TWD 4×4, a Perth custom 4WD store. We’re more than happy to give you some advice.