4WD and Camping Magazine

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 21:16
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Hi all,
is there a decent monthly mag covering 4w driving and possibly camping treks as well? What do other members read and what do you recommend if anything?

Rgds

Nev
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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 21:24

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 21:24
Hi Nev, good ?
I would vote for Overlander unless you are turned on by mods or stuff...silverback
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 21:30

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 21:30
Yep I buy Overlander more so than other mags. I think it was the first 4WD mag I ever brought long, long, time ago.
Cheers Bruce.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 21:47

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 21:47
Hi Nev ,

I would trust Overlander more than the other two , but they all suffer from the same ailments .

They are not willing to speak the truth about product that is bad , as it might annoy an advertiser . So you hear biased reports constantly .

The 4WD mag. trek reports are so shallow , their maps so poor , that you would be much better buying a book on the region you are planning to visit.

They might do a four page article entitled "The Gibb River Road" . This will be five pages long , but of that , 70% will be photos of the half witted author standing in the pub , standing in front of a sign , going across a creek , a wildlife photo , a photo of a burnt out car , a sunset , etc , etc .

The 30% copy is lightweight blather with lot's of cretinous "Aussie idiom" to make you feel like your "one of the boys".

Buy some books , buy some good maps and search the archives on this site , for info on the area you are going to . Then ask specific questions on here , of people who have travelled there .

Cheers ,

Willie .
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 09:25

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 09:25
Think I'm in Willie's camp on this one - we've borrowed them from the Library off and on over a few years, and while really interested in 'off-road' travel, don't bother now - I'd much rather know what a real owner thinks of products than a '5 minute using' reviewer. Re travel planning - relevant books and trek notes here etc are my pick.
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 09:34

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 09:34
The question was "which mag", beyond that this media cynic agrees entirely. they are just a vehicle for boys toys stuff...mags have the potential to be more ""current" but would rather be ""cheer leaders" for sponsors, read advertisers ........silverback
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Reply By: Member - Coenens N (WA) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 22:02

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 22:02
Give this one a try - it is from WA but is a good read with trips all over oz www.western4wdriver.com.au enjoy
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:51

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 12:51
Goes without saying I reckon Western 4WD is the only non-biased mag on the shelves and not driven by the opinion of the sponsor or advertiser.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 09:51

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 09:51
I read Overlander, only because the local library has it & I married the Librarian. Not that impressed, but at least the review of the Defender & Tojo 76 concluded neither of them were worth the money. But they rant & rave over the 200, but at least they published a letter that shot it down in flames as well.....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:39

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:39
"only because the local library has it & I married the Librarian. Not that impressed,"

Should have researched better Oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 10:35

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 10:35
Matt, you are right. Lucky the childbride didnt see it, must be
more careful :)). ...oldbaz.
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:36

Sunday, Mar 30, 2008 at 16:36
NO, there is no decent 4x4 mag currently available.
I read books, maps & the internet.
Cheers Craig...........
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Reply By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 09:54

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 09:54
Try 'Go Camping Australia'. It isn't primarily about 4wd but it has great articles about destinations and practical advice.
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Reply By: Ozboc - Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 19:08

Monday, Mar 31, 2008 at 19:08
bugger the mags , there just 100 pages of advertisements and 5 pages of semi useful info .......


leach 20 - 40 pages of Exploreoz.com and put on your laptop -- this web page is a far better resource than any glorified yellow pages ( 4x4 magazines )

Boc

P.s don't have a spare wheel cover yet for my nissan Patrol .. hint hint David ;)


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