Though part of the adventure of hitting the tracks is to leave the comforts of home behind, there are 4x4 gear that allows you to bring some of that luxury necessities along with you.
From well-insulated coolers to keep your drinks cold, to caravan walls to keep the weather out, and generators to keep the lights on, these new 4x4 gear will keep those homely comforts close to hand.
Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Inverter Generators
The P2200 and P3000 PowerSmart inverters from Briggs & Stratton are perfect for those longer camping trips where you need reliable power and recharging facilities. The generators are claimed to be quieter in operation than most other camping generators.
The P2200 is relatively light in weight (24kg) making it easy to move around camp, and even the beefier (44kg) P3000 is not that hard to shift as it is fitted with wheels. For even more grunt you can connect to another P3000, thanks to the parallel outlets fitted to this model.
The P2200 has a continuous watts output rated at 1700 and a running output of 2200. The P3000 has 2600 and 3000 respectively. Outlets include two 240V, one 12V DC and one USB. Warranty is three years.
Aussie Traveller Euro Walls
Claimed to be Australia’s lightest caravan living walls, Aussie Traveller’s Euro Wall uses lightweight European fabric, combined with a zip-in/zip-out flyscreen (or interchangeable PVC panel), for a 25 to 30 per cent weight saving over traditional canvas walls. Every set is custom-made by Aussie Traveller to fit exactly to your caravan or motorhome.
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The Walls can be fitted to the awning using the Aussie Traveller Anti Flat kit for protection from wind and water ingress, thus doubling the available sheltered area at your base camp. The Euro Wall allows some light in (although not enough to eliminate privacy), as opposed to the more traditional canvas annex that makes the interior too dark.
By reducing the load weight of the awning, and adding unique features, Aussie Traveller has made the Euro Walls well worth checking out for serious caravan and motorhome tourers.
Otterbox Trooper LT30 cooler
For those after a compact solution for keeping bottles cold in the outdoors, the Otterbox Trooper LT30 cooler is a great option. The LT30 features 28-litre capacity and high-end thermal insulation (and food-grade liner) that allows Otterbox to claim it will keep ice for more than three days.
The LT30 has shoulder and backpack straps for carrying, while the wide opening allows for easy access to that next coldie. There’s an inbuilt bottle opener, too. You can add accessories to it, and there are two zipped compartments for phones or other gear.
The heavy-duty base is up for punishment and the whole thing folds down very small when not in use. The outer is tough TPU nylon, and it also includes tie-down points.