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4wd Tips and Tricks: Before You Set Off

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Preparation Before Your Next Trip:

Do you think you have all the necessities for your next 4wd adventure?

Use this checklist to make sure you have all that you need to have a safe, well prepared and thought out trip.

  • Basic recovery gear (see check list)
  • Basic first aid kit (see check list)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • CB Radio
  • Tool kit, spare parts, a can of WD40 (see check list)
  • 10 litres of water or more depending on number of people and location
  • Map of area and surrounds
  • Matches, compass, torch, knife and a space blanket

RECOVERY EQUIPMENT – THE BASIC KIT:

  • Snatch strap
  • Two rated and stamped ‘D’ shackles
  • Shovel
  • Axe
  • Jack and jacking plate

Depending on the nature of the trip and the problems likely to be encountered, to the above you can add:

  • Manual and/or Electric Winch
  • Tree protector strap, winch extension straps
  • Snatch-Block, extra ‘D’ shackles
  • High lift jack and accessories
  • Air bag jack
  • Chainsaw, snow chains – if applicable to location and state. Chain saws are illegal in some areas (such as National Parks). Make sure you check before you leave home.
  • Recovery points securely mounted to front and rear of vehicle.

THE FIRST AID KIT:

  • Basic first aid manual (from Red Cross or St John Ambulance)
  • Antiseptic fluid (Betadine, Dettol or similar)
  • Antiseptic cream (Betadine or similar)
  • Panadol
  • Eye drops
  • Assorted bandaids, strips/spots, wound closures
  • Elastic or crepe bandages (for sprains and snake bite)
  • Sterile gauze bandages (50 mm & 75 mm)
  • Triangular bandages (to support limbs and hold dressings in place)
  • Adhesive tape, cotton wool, tissues
  • Scissors, safety pins
  • Thermometer
  • Calamine lotion, Stingose or similar
  • Pencil and note pad.

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To that you can add many items:

  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Itch/skin relief cream (for itch, bites, minor burns)
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets (or mixture)
  • Gastrolyte – for treatment of diarrhoea
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Andrews tablets, or similar, for indigestion
  • Ear drops
  • Temporary tooth filling mix to replace fillings, loose caps
  • Nyal toothache drops
  • Burn cream
  • Cream/ointment for bruises and swelling due to injury
  • Strepsils or similar
  • Tweezers, splinter remover
  • Rubber pointed eye probe, eye wash
  • Methylated spirits
  • “Airsplint” (for any broken limbs)
  • Plus any personal medication or tablets you or your family are on.
X11 Turbocharger System

AXT Turbos X11 will provide you with hassle free touring.

TOOLS TO CARRY:

  • Set of ring and open end spanners (to suit your vehicle)
  • Adjustable spanner, plug spanner
  • Wheelbrace, jack and jacking plate (30 cm square x 2.5cm thick board)
  • Screwdrivers – Phillips head screwdriver
  • Hammer, chisel
  • Hacksaw and spare blades
  • File, including a points file
  • Pliers and wire cutters
  • Feeler gauges
  • Tyre levers
  • Pumps and pressure gauge for tyres
  • Tube/tyre repair kit
  • Battery jumper leads
  • Repair manual
  • WD40, or similar

SPARES TO CARRY

  • Radiator hoses, heater hoses, fan belts
  • By Pass Hose for cooling system.
  • Fuses, globes, electric wire, spark plugs, plug leads, points, coil and condenser
  • Tyre tube

Courtesy of: www.4wdworld.com.au

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