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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.

Have you ever wondered how a car manages to get round curves on the road? Probably not; it seems pretty obvious. The front wheels are turned by the steering, and that’s it – except no, not quite. There’s a problem caused by basic geometry, because every time you go round a curve the wheels on the outside have further to go than the ones on the inside. That’s fine on a trailer, but when the wheels are powered they’ll tend to fight the steering effect of the front wheels.