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Dual Batteries for Overlanding: Understand the Electronics That Keep You on the Move

2024-02-05T14:19:00+00:00By , Photos by Dan Grec and Jerry Tsai

Dual isolated batteries have been a fixture of overland vehicles since the first courageous souls ventured into the heart of Australia and Africa decades ago.


Fridge vs. Cooler: Is an On-Board 12V Compressor Fridge-Freezer the Right Solution for You?

2024-01-24T15:39:00+00:00By , Photos by the author, Jerry Tsai and the manufactuers

Coolers versus 12V Fridge-Freezers, which is the right solution for your next camping or off-road trip?

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Building For Longevity: 6 Modifications That Are Better Left Off Your Overland Expedition Vehicle


There’s a big difference between a vehicle equipped to tackle 4x4 trails on the weekend and one equipped to cross a continent. Here are 6 things to leave off your long distance overland vehicle.


Snorkels For Overlanding: Essential Vehicle Upgrade, or Superfluous Trail Bling?


The addition of a snorkel is often one of the more controversial vehicle upgrades and opinions are often split straight down the middle about them. Dan Grec settles the debate in this informative article.

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Basic AWD Upgrades: Making Your AWD Vehicle Even More Capable

2023-07-11T16:03:00+01:00By , Photos by Mercedes Lilienthal

How We Modified Our Already Capable All-Wheel-Drive 2022 Subaru Crosstrek to Perform Above and Beyond


Essential Trail Comms: Forget CB Radios—GMRS Is the New Standard for Outdoor Communication

2023-06-19T21:22:00+01:00By , Photos by Sean P. Holman

For decades, the trail communication platform of choice in the U.S. market has been the venerable Citizen’s Band Radio Service (CB), or the more involved Amateur Radio Service platform, colloquially known as ham radio. Race radios have also been popular in some regions, but GMRS, or General Mobile Radio Service, ...

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4WD LOCKERS: Understanding Different Types and When to Use Them

2023-03-16T17:44:00+00:00By , Photos by Ryan Kennelly

The Age-old question, when to use your lockers and the tools you should use before lockers are engaged.


BAJA DESIGNS: How to Choose the Right Lighting Zones and Patterns for Off-Road Driving

2023-03-14T18:04:00+00:00By , Photos by Baja Designs

In The Zone: Understanding How to Light up the Night Around Your Vehicle

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Protect the Fun: A Conversation with Matt Caldwell, Executive Director of TREAD LIGHTLY!

2023-01-03T06:21:00+00:00By Staff, Photos by Tread Lightly!


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TIRE Mysteries 101: Understanding the Numbers and Letters of Tires

2023-01-03T03:51:00+00:00By Stickman

A load limit code of 65 means the tire is rated for 639 pounds if fully inflated, and a 150 load limit is rated for a whopping 7,385 pounds.

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