ExplorOz Newsletter - Issue 44

26th May, 2003. In this issue: Topic Search, SAT--TRAK24 and NEW Couplemate products from the ExplorOz Adventure Shop.
Dear ExplorOz Reader,
Topic Search

We know that you don't have time to hunt for information so how do we get around the problem that there's so much on ExplorOz for you to find when you've got something to research?

Solution - Topic Search: the new way to instantly link to everything on a topic.

Topic Search is the new box in the left margin of every page - simply click on the topic of interest and you'll get a results page showing where you will find Articles, Businesses that offer a related product/service, Forum threads, and Shop items.


The SAT--TRAK24 service is now in the final stages of testing and now is your chance to get involved. [What is SAT--TRAK24? Click here to read article online]

The developers of the SAT--TRAK24 system would like to involve YOU in the development and potential function of one specific application they are looking to add to the service. 

"The concept of "Outback Guardian" is an optional service using the SAT--TRAK24 system whereby an explorer (you) plans an off the beaten track travel plan by entering waypoints and estimated time of arrival for each into the SAT--TRAK24 system. The waypoints, dates and eta times are uploaded to SAT--TRAK24 operations where each point/time of the journey is automatically monitored for compliance until the last point of the journey. If for any reason the explorer does not meet a place and time the system alerts the monitor. The travellers last position is checked and polled for the most current position and if they are not where they said they would be then contact with them would be made to establish if all is OK. If no contact confirmation is received or satisfied as pre-arranged a search/locating plan would be commenced."

You are being asked what you think of the concept of "Outback Guardian" and to make suggestions, forward ideas etc. Please go to the specific thread on the Forum Post ID 5122 and then  provide your feedback by posting replies.

Adventure Shop

As always, since the last newsletter we have new books, maps and accessories added to the shop:

NEW Couplemate products from the ExplorOz Adventure Shop

The Hitchup Guide to 2.5 tonne - available in plated or stainless steel.

Couplemate is an innovative self-aligning trailer accessory designed to locate your trailer coupling directly over the tow ball without assistance, physical effort or guiding. Just wind down the jockey wheel. Couplemate provides a way to prevent damage to your vehicle and arguments with your passengers!

Available Now for $59.50 or $98.50
(Members receive 5% member money)

CM101 2inch Trailer Lock - Small

Lock Buddy is a security lock that helps prevent your trailer from being stolen from outside your home or when your trailer is not attached to your vehicle. Padlock not included in price

Available Now for $29.50
(Members receive 5% member money)

CM351 2inch Dual Trailer Lock + Padlock

This Dual Lock secures your trailer when it is not in use. But wait, there's more, Dual Lock also secures your trailer to your tow ball like a clamp making it near impossible to steal your trailer off your car.

Available Now for $39.50
(Members receive 5% member money)

  CM500 Pintle Trailer Lock + padlock

This pintle lock will fit 2" and 3" Pintle trailer couplings. 

A solid steel flap was especially developed to protect the lock from bolt cutters and saw blades. This simple pintle lock helps prevent thieves from stealing your trailer and valuable equipment inside your trailer. Padlock included.

Available Now for $62.70
(Members receive 5% member money)

Hitch Pin Lock - 5/8x2.5inch
2 versions - plated or stainless Locking receiver pin lock takes the worry out of towing. Simply snap the lock end on the shaft and your tow bar mount is secure. Convenient brass lock mechanism unlocks with a 1/4-turn in either direction. Lock cannot pop open or false lock. Dust cap seals out dirt and moisture. Two keys provided.

Hitch Pin Locks are essential equipment for removeable receivers as it prevents your trailer, boat or caravan from being stoken by simply removing the hitchpin that comes with your tow bar assembly.

Available Now for $29.50 or $39.50
(Members receive 5% member money)

New books


Bush Camping with Dogs

This is a new book just published this year and to us seems to be a very good book. The book has been divided into sections - one for each state of Australia. There are features stories for each state plus a table of camping areas showing details of facilities and some of the recreational activities available. Each camp area feature includes an excellent mud map and overall the book is a fantastic reference for the whole of Australia. 

A4 size 128pp, soft cover. Excellent mud maps.

Available Now for $32.50
(Members receive 5% member money)

Camping Guide to Qld

Completing the set of Boiling Billy Camping Guides in each state of Australia this latest title is for Queensland and includes 189 national parks, state forests, conservation areas and reserves where you can pitch your tent on both public and private land for free or very little cost. The mud maps are a very good feature of the Boiling Billy camping guide books.

Available Now for $17.95
(Members receive 5% member money)

Camping Atlas of WA

This is a new publication by Hema and is of exceptional quality and usefulness. It describes National Parks, State Forests, Nature Reserves, Selected Private Camping Grounds and Road Rest Areas where overnight camping is allowed and includes a WA Road Atlas so you can find your way there and home again.

Available Now for $19.95
(Members receive 5% member money)

Camping & Caravanning Across Australia

A new title from Ian Read. This book covers all the major roads and tracks frequented by travellers in Australia. Detailed information about hundreds of campsites, caravan parks and rest areas - what they have to offer, water, power, shade, costs and whether dogs are allowed. There are mud maps and points of interests in each region however the most useful feature of his books is a strip map to help calculate distances. Very comprehensive!

Available Now for $34.95
(Members receive 5% member money)

New maps

Hema - Australia's Outback Map

(revised and updated since the Year of the Outback)

This map has been designed as the ultimate planning tool. Its features include: a full terrain and road map; 25 famous outback tracks described and highlighted on the map; list of 50 classic outback attractions; weather charts (rainfall and temperature) for selected destinations to assist in timing a trip; outback roadhouses are shown; driving tips for safe outback travel; and a border of 46 outback images to tempt you.

Available Now for $9.95
(Members receive 5% member money)

South Coast Forest map

Scale 1:150 000
Produced by the State Forests of NSW, this map covers the forests of the Nowra, Batemans Bay, Narooma and Queanbeyan areas. (Note - this map replaces the previous Bateman's Bay map that has been out of print for over a year).

Available Now for $9.85
(Members receive 5% member money)

Other than Discounts from our Advertisers, the Members Home Page, the Members Rig facility and the Free display Trader ad each year, our members also save money when buying in the Shop as follows:

All Members receive Member Money every time they shop. 5% of the value of all products purchased that have the icon will be added to the member's account and becomes a discount that can be used at any time. Members also get free freight on orders with a product value over $60.

Buy your ExplorOz Membership for $50

Thanks everyone,
The ExplorOz Team

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