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Go! Camp & Drive - - My Wheels -

2009 LAND ROVER DE­FENDER 2.4 PUMA 110 SC HC It’s not dust-proof, not wa­ter-tight, and cer­tainly not speedy on the free­way, but when the com­bi­na­tion of Land Rover De­fender and Jur­gens Xcape ven­tures off the beaten track, it comes into its own, says Louis Botha from Jo­han­nes­burg. I pur­chased the Landy in 2013 as a used model with 89 000 km on the clock and in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion. The HC in the name refers to the high-ca­pac­ity load bin, as it’s a bit wider than the reg­u­lar De­fender pick­ups, and it cer­tainly comes in handy when you have ex­tra space to load more items. More out of habit than any­thing else I tow our 2014 Jur­gens Xcape with a Trapez­ium sta­biliser, which in our ex­pe­ri­ence is the best out there when it comes to tow­ing safely. With the De­fender I tow at around 100 km/h, and with the Xcape hitched I av­er­age about 11,7 ℓ/100 km at the pumps and can even get right down to 9 ℓ/100 km with­out it on the bar. I also tow with a 2006 Jeep Wran­gler Sa­hara 4.0 but there’s a mas­sive dif­fer­ence in the cost of fuel be­tween the two and you have to sac­ri­fice packing space with the Jeep. But the Wran­gler does re­deem it­self with su­pe­rior ride com­fort over the Land Rover over longer dis­tances – es­pe­cially when tow­ing. Both the Land Rover and Jeep are very com­fort­able off the beaten track, but what’s even more im­pres­sive is that they can tow with­out a fuss in al­most any en­vi­ron­ment. I pre­fer camp­ing out in the wild where there are more an­i­mals than hu­mans but also en­joy places like Thaba Monate, Shing­wedzi in the Kruger Na­tional Park and ATKV’s Ei­land Spa and Natalia.

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