When you’re out of town on a 4WD journey around Australia you want to make sure you have everything you need. With a few tools and clever planning, you can use every inch of your vehicle for storage and pack so much more into every trip. The Robson Brothers 4WD specialists have compiled a short list of tips and tricks to get the most out of your car’s interior space so read on to find out how you can set yourself up for a great adventure.
Using roof racks for bulky items will not only free up room inside your vehicle, it will also give you easy access to camp essentials like bedding and shade structures. Roof racks are ideal for lightweight items that don’t affect the vehicle’s centre of gravity; think tents and swags for long journeys, or bikes and kayaks for adventure trips without too much highway driving. There are a whole range of storage solutions to maximise the space up top, from simple tie downs and ratchet straps to large hard cases for loose items.
Many vehicles come with roof racks as standard – if your 4WD does not have roof racks attached, come and see us to get some installed before your next trip. The ideal materials and load capacity are different for every 4WD model so it’s not a DIY job. We can also give you advice on the best fixtures and tie downs, and how to balance the load for highway speeds.
The right drawer system will keep your storage space organised and still leave you plenty of room to fit bulky items. In most cases, you can get away with an off-the-shelf system designed to fit a range of vehicles, making drawers a cost-effective way to maximise storage space in your 4WD. Drawers can range from standard storage space to fully functioning kitchens for the dedicated off road adventurer.
A popular option is to use drawers as a place to hold loose items, installing an arrangement that leaves space for a small fridge and packing your bulky and frequently used items on top. Then you know you have everything you need for family 4WD adventures, fishing weekends, or longer trips in the bush!
This might seem obvious but if you’re in a rush to leave, or if you’ve been on the road for a while, it can be easy to get sloppy with your packing. To save time packing and unpacking along the way, think ahead and pack the things you’ll need first towards the outside of your vehicle.
In addition to these simple solutions, there are a few space saving tips and tricks, like storing soft items in half-empty containers to make space for whatever you need to carry. Things like fridge sliders, storage drawers, and netting bags tied to the cargo barrier have worked for our customers in the past. If you’re after a custom storage solution before you take off on a 4WD adventure around Western Australia, come and see us to get some advice just for you. Do you have some other storage tips that you’ve picked up along your travels? Let us know on Facebook or pop in and chat to us in the workshop. Happy adventuring!