FAQ

TECHNICAL-Batteries

There are often posts on 4×4 groups where people inquire about purchasing a battery. Sometimes the advice given makes no sense at all, which motivated DIRK VAN REENEN to consolidate the key elements around how a battery, charger and charge controller work.

Do you speak 4×4?

I have recently bought my first 4×4 and have to say that I am feeling overwhelmed with all the terms and technology. Please explain some of the common terms in layman’s terms. – Sunette Truter

Our writer and digital content creator, Anton Willemse Jnr, has undergone a number of 4×4 training courses and continuously learns “on the job”. He explains some of the most common terms:

Let there be light

It happens far too often that I walk into a store, pick up a hand-held spotlight and look at the specs
– only to find that one says lumens, another says lux and the last reads something about candle power or candela. What are the key differences and what should I look out for when shopping for suitable lighting solutions for my set-up? – JOHAN BRUWER.

Raising the roof(rack)

I recently bought a 4×4 for camping and overlanding. Do I need a roof rack? – MIKE OOSTHUIZEN.

We chatted to Kurt Brunner, owner of Ultimate Bush Adventurer. Here’s what he had to say:
If ever there was a can of worms to be opened, this is it. Roof rack companies will swear that this is an absolute necessity, but is it really?

Rooftop or Ground tent?

In recent weeks, we have been inundated with queries around the best option between ground tents and rooftop tents. Given the high cost involved with a rooftop tent specifically, we turned to our online audience for their opinions. What was clear is that personal preference and your camping set-up plays a large role here. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons for both:

Forcing away the Vibration

Tyre care is one of the most important parts of maintaining a vehicle. One of the first parts of tyre maintenance is wheel balancing. However, traditional wheel balancing has its limits, especially with off-road tyres. Fortunately, this issue can be avoided thanks to a new balancing method called Hunter Roadforce®, as ANTON WILLEMSE JNR discovers.

Potent Pythons

Giant snakes, some exceeding twenty metres in length, often feature in movies and hoax social media posts. But, says Johan Marais from the African Snakebite Institute, none of the modern-day snakes get anywhere near that length.