OUR VEHICLES & CAMPERS
click on the picture to take you to information on each of our vehicles.
click on the picture to take you to information on our campers.
Vehicle Modifications for Touring
Ron and Viv Moon spend a lot of time and cover some long distances travelling Australia and the world for their work for magazines, guidebooks and videos. Here are some of their vehicle's secrets.
The main requirement for any of our vehicles is that they have to be tough and reliable, capable of touring the black blocks of Australia, with a modicum of comfort, a rash of dependability and a stout of robustness. That it has to be a diesel goes almost without saying.
After a range of four wheel drive vehicles, which included a '55 Jeep Wagoneer, a Series 3 Land Rover, a 47 Series and then a 75 Series diesel Land Cruiser, in 2001 we bought a Nissan Patrol 4.2 turbo-diesel in ST form. It had such things as remote central locking, power windows and mirrors; all things we would have scoffed at a few years ago! This is still our main, hard working expedition 4WD vehicle and it has seen a lot of modifications and a lot of hard kilometres in the time we have had it. You can read all about it and the mods and accessories here.
We bought a second new Patrol in 2006 - the last of the 4.2's - but we have since sold that and bought, in the USA in 2014, a 2005 Dodge Ram and fitted it with a Four Wheel Camper slide-on 'Hawk' camper. You can read about our US sourced vehicle and the additions to it, here.
We've also got ourselves a 2015 SR5 Hilux which will be playing a low key role as far as bush trips are concerned but we'll put a few options on it to make it look good and perform better. You can read about the Hilux and the accessories we fit to it here.
No matter what you buy though - and the moral of this story - is that if you want to head bush, carry heavy loads over rough rugged country and make the job easier on your vehicle and yourself then the vehicle ... of whatever make and creed ... needs a few modifications and accessories.
Now (Nov 2015) after 350,000km, most of them tough, heavily laden kilometres, with much of it towing our T-vans or more lately our TrakMaster van (read about the campers and van here), we can let you know what mods or aftermarket accessories worked and what failed the test.
We've done a bit of maintenance on the Patrol in recent weeks and upgraded some of the accessories to bring the rig up to scratch and hopefully ready for another couple of hundred thousand kms of great and enjoyable touring!
Vehicle Modifications & Accessories - click on pictures above, or go to:
Outback 4WD Centre Bayswater
All or pre-trip servicing and regular maintenance on both of our Patrols is done by Outback 4WD Centre in Bayswater.
Equipment and Accessory Suppliers
ARB, ph: (03) 9761 6622
Berrima Diesel, ph: (02) 4877 1256
Bushranger 4WD Accessories, ph: 1800 654 767
Cooper tyres, ph: (07) 3272 98886
Creative Conversations, ph: (07) 3881 0577
Engel Fridge/Freezers, ph: 1300 302 653
De-Bug Australia, ph: 03 9798 1145
GME Electrophone, ph: (02) 9844 6666
Garmin, ph: (02) 9844 6666
Hema Navigator, ph: (07) 3340 0000
Kaymar 4WD Accessories, ph: (03) 9870 4419
LightForce, ph: (08) 8340 2766
Long Ranger Fuel tanks, ph: (02) 4953 3288
Marks 4WD Adaptors, ph: (03) 9793 3388
Mickey Thompson tyres, ph: (07) 3272 9888
MSA 4x4, ph: (08) 9248 1111
Milford Cargo Barriers, ph: (08) 8294 5955
MTQ Engine Systems, ph: (03) 9794 2888
Nissan Australia, ph: (03) 9797 4111
Outback 4WD Centre, ph: (03) 9720 6226
Piranha Offroad Products,, ph: (03) 9762 1200
Radtel Network, ph: (02) 4943 1745
Rhino Rack, ph: (02) 9638 4744
ROH Wheels, ph: (08) 8468 4140
Safari Automotive, ph: (03) 9720 4211
VKS-737 Network, ph: (08) 8287 6222
Warn winches, ph: (03) 9761 6622