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If you’ve been reading our articles for a while you probably know that we’re huge fans of roof racks. They’re vital for off road touring, giving you the space you need for all your bulky camping gear. If the weather isn’t cooperating a roof rack lets you keep wet tents out of the cabin, and they’re also a useful mounting point for awnings. shovels, maxtrax and many more great 4x4 accessories.

Over the years we’re used a lot of different roof racks, in all sorts of different styles. They all perform the same task but some shine above the rest.

Off-road touring is a lot more comfortable than it used to be thanks to modern equipment and accessories. Compact fridges, LED lighting and other technology guarantee you a comfortable camping experience – as long as you have enough power to keep it all running. The trouble is, running all those toys when you’re parked up for the night can give your battery a real beating, and you won’t be so happy if you try to start the engine in the morning and there isn’t enough charge left to turn it over.

Water is great stuff to take with you when you set out on an off road trip, but only if it’s in the right place. Water in your storage containers or your billy is good; water in your sleeping bag is not. Worst of all? That would be water in your engine.  It’s depressingly easy to get water in your engine. If the intake goes under while you’re crossing a river, that’ll do it right away. A snorkel avoids that risk, but there’s another one to consider.