When you are a proud owner of a four wheel beast, conquering tough terrains is not just a challenge, but also a thrilling adventure that provides a unique driving experience. Designed to be used on off-road terrains, 4WD vehicles can also be great for camping. While it doesn’t provide the same level of comfort and convenience that a caravan does, with smart planning, you can certainty have a fun and enjoyable camping trip with your 4WD.
Regardless of what type of vehicle you drive, you should always have with you spare parts along with a practical tool kit. Having a well stocked tool kit is essential for handling many different situations on the road, be it for repairing a faulty part or replacing a flat tyre. Some essential tools that every 4WD owner should have include bearings, fuses, tape, grease, brake fluid, nuts and bolts. In addition to quality spare parts and tools, you need to equip your vehicle with some accessories that can make time spend on the campsite all the more enjoyable.
Designed to provide extra living space and shelter outdoors, car awnings are considered as the top camping accessory for 4WD vehicles. They are easy to install and allow you to create a comfortable seating area on the campsite where you can relax, rest and enjoy in wonderful views of endless greenery. Another great thing about car awnings is that they come in various sizes, so you can surely find the one that best meets your needs.
There are two basic types of awnings: open-sided and enclosed, each coming with its own specific features and benefits. Providing good protection against the elements, an open-sided awning would extend over the top of the vehicle to create a shaded area. This type of awning is available in two designs: bag and retractable. The bag model is small and lightweight and therefore covers a smaller area on the campsite. Due to its compact design, it’s most commonly used for smaller vehicles. The retractable model is usually larger, needs to be set up on support poles and is often used for large vehicles.
Enclosed awnings are made from durable material and have a practical design that resembles a tent. This type of awning can provide enhanced protection from the elements, cover a larger area than the open-sided awning and is ideal for creating a comfortable living space on the campsite. Most models of car awnings are waterproof and come with mounting brackets and bolts that makes installation a lot easier.