Having owned several 4wds in the past including a Toyota Surf, Holden Rodeo dual cab and Toyota Hilux dual cab our current vehicle of choice is a 2014 Toyota Landcruiser 70 series dual cab GXL. The Landcruiser comes standard with a Toyota snorkel and side steps. The vehicle also comes with a 130litre fuel tank as standard. Fitted to the cruiser we have an ARB steel bullbar with a set of IPF driving lights and a Warn 9000LB electric winch. Under the bonnet is a dual battery system controlled with a redarc DC/DC battery charge system. On the rear of the vehicle is a steel tray from Toyota and undertray tool boxes to keep all our tools and spares out of the way.
One reason we have stuck with a dual cab ute is so we can continue to use our steel canopy made by Candy Canvas in South Australia. The canopy comprises twin gull doors to either side with a “homemade” fitout inside which includes fridge and kitchen to one side and storage for all our camping goodies and recovery gear on the other. The best part of having a canopy such as this is it not only gives us ample, dust free storage and easy camp setup for both short and longer sojourns it can be removed when we are not on the road giving us the use of a ute day to day, which comes in pretty handy on the property.
Underneath the Landcruiser and keeping the ride comfortable, especially with all these extras bolted on is an Old Man Emu Suspension upgrade along with a set of Cooper ST Maxx tyres to handle the myriad of road conditions we encounter whilst not only on the road but also at home.
The canopy comprises twin gull doors to either side, an 80litre water tank and a “homemade” fitout inside with fridge and kitchen to one side and storage for all our camping goodies and recovery gear on the other.