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BUILD YOUR OWN ‘GET OUT OF JAIL FREE’ CARD WITH BORGY’S GUIDE TO THE HANDIEST BUSH ME­CHANIC’S GEAR ON THE PLANET.

Camper Trailer Australia - - CONTENTS - WORDS MICHAEL BORG PICS MATT FEHLBERG

Chances are, if you own a 4WD, you’ve prob­a­bly found your­self in a breakdown sit­u­a­tion at some point or an­other. If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid it so far, well, I guess you’ve got some­thing to look for­ward to then, eh? Yep, break­downs or equip­ment fail­ures are just as much a part of camp­ing and 4WDing as burnt snags and a bloody hang­over!

To be hon­est, I’m not just talk­ing about mas­sive me­chan­i­cal fail­ures out on the tracks here, ei­ther. If some­thing ma­jor breaks on a mod­ern ve­hi­cle, you’ve got to work some se­ri­ous mojo to get it back on the road with­out a well equipped work­shop and a fully fledged grease mon­key at your dis­posal. While there are def­i­nitely ex­cep­tions to the rule, you’ll find most mod­ern bush me­chanic kits are usu­ally there to fix bro­ken odds and ends around camp. You know, things like a busted awning pole or a bro­ken light seem to be the usual sus­pects and, be­lieve it or not, it’s the lit­tle things that can be the big­gest pains in the-youknow-what! The catch is you just never know what’s go­ing to need a spur of the mo­ment fixer-up­per out in the field, so you’ve re­ally got to be 100 per cent pre­pared for any­thing.

With that in mind, here’s a good guide to the ul­ti­mate bush me­chanic kit for 4WD ad­ven­tur­ers!

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