The ‘rig’ a custom-built 4WD truck with camper trailer. Both are extremely well built and appointed with creature comforts, and allow us to be off-grid and self-sufficient.
The truck is fully air-conditioned, sound proofed and seats 4 people on Stratos suspension seats for maximum comfort. Fuel capacity 280 litres; Water Capacity 335lts; 4 x 160 Watt Solar Panels charging a 400ah Lithium Battery. Onboard features include a diesel cooktop, hot water and heater. Fridge, freezer and pantry storage for all the food and beverages.
The Sierra Campertrailer has its own kitchen, with 80 litre fridge, gas cooktop and slide out BBQ. It carries 200 litres of water and has its own battery supply.
The combination of all these features allows us to be off-grid and self-sufficient and with Four Wheel Drive capability we get to some place’s others are unable to reach.
It depends what’s on the menu but essentially both the truck and trailer have their own fully equipped kitchens. Cooking is either done on the BBQ, the gas cooktops or over an open fire when possible.
It depends on the group configuration. The truck is the Guide’s accommodation and the campertrailer has a double bed. We also carry two swags. If it’s three blokes travelling together, then you guys decide who sleeps where. If it’s a couple, then the campertrailer is perfect. All bedding is supplied.
The truck does have an onboard toilet, but we minimise its use for emergencies and manage our ablutions in other ways. If there’s a public amenity nearby, then that is the preferred option. Otherwise there’s a shovel and we do it the bush way!
We’ve pretty much got most things that you require to get through the day. Kitchens for cooking; fridges for storage; awnings for shade; chairs and tables etc.
When fully-loaded we have 500+ litres of water onboard, however we treat water like gold and only use it sparingly. Water is replenished where possible along the journey.
Yes, but there’s a few ways we do this given that showers use a huge amount of water. If it’s using onboard water supply, then showers consist of a ‘birdbath’ type wash – wet up / soap up / wash off. If in a National Park camp ground then coin operated showers are often available. Be prepared to go a few days without a shower, remembering it’s all part of the adventure.
Washing of hair depends where we are. If remote, there’s no better way than warming some water and using a bucket. If in a campground with facilities, go your hardest in the shower block. Hair dryers use quite a bit of battery storage, so washing and drying is best done in the mornings, allowing the batteries to recharge throughout the day. (Hair dryer and even straightener is available – don’t bring one as it may not be compatible and just takes up space in your bag). Be prepared to look a little ruffled for a few days, as it’s all part of the outdoor adventure lifestyle.