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The Essential Australian 4WD Survival Kit

  Over the last 10 years I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve asked me what accessories, tools and spares they should take on a trip.  This isn’t as easy as it sounds because it really depends on:

  • Where you’re going (the desert? the bush? the tropics?)
  • How long you’re going (a day? a month?)
  • How old your vehicle is, and
  • What sort of gear you already have.

  So - for reference - here’s the items that Richard routinely carried on his Mitsubishi Pajero.  You might like to print this out as a handy checklist:

Pajero Servival

  • Bull Bar
  • Shu Roo
  • Air Pump
  • Wiring & Outlets
  • Auto Team Seats X 2
  • GME UHF Radio
  • Compass
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Side Steps
  • Suspension System
  • Comprehensive first aid Kit

  • Ramsey 9000lb winch
  • Hella 2000 driving lights
  • Upgraded Horns
  • Air Conditioning
  • Roof Console
  • GME AM Radio
  • Floor Mats
  • Auxiliary Fuel Tank
  • Underbody Proofing
  • Spare Wheel Cover
  • Chuckwagon
  • Top Pack

  • Rak Bag
  • Glind Shower unit
  • Dual Battery System
  • Window Tinting
  • Codan HF Radio
  • Magellan GPS
  • Security System
  • Cargo Barrier
  • Rear Protector Bar
  • Roof Rack
  • Snorkel
  • Tow Bar & Wiring

  As you can see, it’s quite a list - but there’s more to come!  If you’re ever planning on a trip into the wilds I’d certainly recommend that you make sure you’re well-stocked with recovery gear just in case you get caught miles from anywhere.  As you know, the bush is beautiful - but it’s unforgiving too.  So apart from the already mentioned winch, you should make sure you have:

  • Snatch block
  • Snatch strap
  • Tree trunk protector

  • 2 Bow shackles
  • Long-handled shovel
  • Axe

  • Bow saw
  • Winch strap extension
  • Power Jac

  Then you’ll need to make sure you have a good tool kit with you.  A really good 4WD tool kit should contain:

  • Screw driver kit
  • Metric spanners (ring, flat & socket)
  • Hacksaw and spare blades
  • Oil Syringe
  • Tyre removal & repair kit

  • Circlip, pointy nose & standard pliers
  • Electrical kit (inc. wire strippers, fittings, cable ties, test light and a small reel of electrical wire
  • Impact screw-driver

  • Claw hammer
  • Cordless drill & drill bits
  • Multimeter
  • Wire brush
  • Multigrips
  • Jumper leads
  • Mash hammer

 Finally - to cover all the bases - you should make sure you have a good supply of spares:

  • Radiator hoses
  • Heater hose
  • Fan belt
  • Power steering belt
  • Universal joint
  • Fuel filter
  • Oil filter

  • Wheel-bearings and seals (for your vehicle & anything you’re towing)
  • Wheel studs (for your vehicle & anything you’re towing)
  • Can of RP7 or similar

  • Appropriate workshop manuals
  • Assorted nuts, bolts, screws & nails
  • Fuses
  • Reel of tie-wire
  • 5 litres of engine oil
  • 5 litres of gear oil

 I hope this helps!  Please feel free to use this checklist any way you like.  But don’t assume it’s exhaustive.  Depending on your trip, your equipment and local conditions, there may be several other things you should add to it.  I’ve found the best way to have a safe, enjoyable 4WD trip is to put in a little thinking time on it beforehand.  I’m sure you will too. Cheers!

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