THE BIG LAP

4 x 4 Australia - - 4x4 Event -

IT’S every­one’s dream to hit the tracks for a full lap of our great coun­try, and Adam and Caity are mak­ing those dreams a re­al­ity. On the road for seven months, they have no set time to re­turn home to Queens­land. They picked up their iron-faced 1993 Troopy, com­plete with all that bar work, from the NT.

Adam has fit­ted a triple bank of 130-watt deep-cy­cle bat­ter­ies, which saw ser­vice on the Ghan Rail­way as boom gate back-ups.

He tells us these bat­ter­ies have a ser­vice life of nine to 12 years, but for safety’s sake they are made re­dun­dant af­ter just 12 months. They aren’t the size you’d nor­mally fit un­der a bon­net, and are deep in the guts of the Troopy. To feed them, there’s a 130-watt so­lar panel on the Troopy’s roof, which is also home to a 45-litre PVC pipe wa­ter tank, a tool box, and an awning.

The best mod on this Troopy is the Punk Rock Fork, an in­ge­niously bent ta­ble fork to se­cure the rear­door-fit­ted drop-down ta­ble.

As luck would have it, Adam and Caity are cur­rently the hold­ers of the TOA T-roopy mas­cot, which gets passed around TOA mem­bers dur­ing their trav­els and comes com­plete with a well-doc­u­mented di­ary, with many pho­tos of trav­els from around our wide brown land with pre­vi­ous car­ers.

4x4s. Troop Car­ri­ers are the epit­ome of tour­ing next to! They can be camped in, on top of, or

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