Touring Australia's latest project vehicle is a mint-condition 2004 100 Series LandCruiser. I'm very lucky that I can have a dedicated tourer for deep country exploration in Ghost, which allows me to focus this vehicle on the family side of travel.
Gone from the top of the list are the latest, greatest driving lights. Safety is my priority now, and that's where Milford comes in.
While I won't be tackling the most hardcore tracks in the world in this vehicle, I'll still be taking risks, and Milford's cargo barriers mean that so many of those risks are calculated now.
A cargo barrier is a very tangible wall of physical protection that provides a hard stop between the sometimes precariously packed gear stowed in the rear of the vehicle and the delicate cargo buckled into the backseat.
Milford was an easy choice as they're the largest provider of cargo barriers in the world; they manufacture barriers for all popular 4WD makes and models and all of their products are designed to exceed the requirements of Australian Design Regulations. Milford's cargo barriers are simple to fit up, remove and adjust, and a clear sign that they back their product is the lifetime warranty they offer.
We've since taken a couple of trips with the kids loaded into the backseat and the cargo bay crammed with the detritus of a weekend spent camped on the beach, and the peace of mind offered by this one simple addition is astonishing.
A cargo barrier might not be a ‘glamour' upgrade like a set of big tyres or a suspension lift, but if you travel with the family on board, it's an essential one.
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Our Readers Rig winner this month is David Reid, who submitted these shots of his well appointed Nissan Navara. David's Navara is a 2007 model six-speed manual and has been a work in progress since he took ownership in 2010. The first round of mods included fitment of a steel bullbar, winch, UHF radio, suspension upgrade, deep cycle battery and long range fuel tank. The upgraded steel tray and aluminum canopy came more recently, and help house a 60L water tank and 80L fridge.
David and partner Martha tow an offroad camper trailer on all their adventures and have already ticked off a bunch of Australia's most iconic touring hotspots including the Oodnadatta and Tanami Desert tracks, the Bungle Bungles, Gibb River Road, Cape.
The big Navara is a classic touring ute and has plenty more adventures in store for her, with a three inch exhaust upgrade and diesel chip fitout on the cards before a 2017 deployment to Cape York. Congrats on setting up a beaut touring rig and enjoy the maps from Hema.
Send us a shot of your rig and tell us why it’s awesome, and you could WIN some Hema Maps to keep you out on the tracks, Living the Dream! So tell us your story, and send in your pics to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Readers Rig runner up this month is Jim Tedesco who's submitted a couple of shots of his trusty Range Rover and camper trailer. Jim's old Rangie is fitted up with all the touring essentials including a steel bullbar, winch, driving lights, roof cage and a set of quality mud terrain tyres.
Jim's message is simple, We've got a thirty year old trailer with a rooftop tent, a thirty year old rig with sixty year old occupants. You don't need the best of everything, you just need to get out there, become part of the scenery and enjoy the simple things in life.
Too right mate, we couldn't have said it better ourselves. Thanks for getting in touch and keep on living the dream.
Thanks for your email, mate. We certainly do enjoy covering interesting and unique touring vehicles and we know from feedback that our readers enjoy hearing about them too.
We've actually got a tidy Land Rover Defender custom feature set to appear in next month's issue, so keep an eye out for that one.
We see plenty of customs at events and shows and when out on the tracks, but a lot of the vehicles we feature in the mag tend to come from readers who've submitted photos of their vehicles for consideration in our Readers Rigs competition.
On top of picking a winner and a runner up each month, we'll often follow up with ourfavourite entrants to put together more in-depth feature articles on their vehicles. If you've got a nicely customised 4WD that you're proud of, don't hesitate to send in a submission to email@example.com.