The best of Aussie-style off-road camping from the 2019 Australian 4×4 Outdoor Expo

The best of Aussie off-road camping at the Australian National 4x4 Outdoor Expo

Australia is nearly the size of the United States, but has less than a tenth of its population, mainly dotted around the perimeter. It's a rough, rugged and beautiful country, and it offers some of the toughest and most rewarding camping on the planet. Check out how the locals are doing it in 2019.

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Retro-rageous Land Cruiser pickup rolls the Outback complete with fuzzy dice

The build includes front and rear winches

As capable as it is, the all-new Patriot X1-N camping trailer is not capable of transporting itself to camp. It still needs a tow partner, and Patriot figures not just any old truck or 4x4 will do. So it secures the camper's Cruisemaster hitch to the all-new Land Cruiser-based Desert Ops Supertourer. As delightfully retro as the limited edition X1-N Desert Ops, the new Supertourer offers just the right blend of torque, cushion, utility and aggressive, dingo-spooking jewelry to pull the heavy-duty trailer (or whatever you're towing) anywhere it wants to go.

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Land Cruiser 4×4-equipped Toyota camper van grows with pop-out tent

The Bus 4x4 Hiace Commuter camper van is like an automotive swag

Straying from the hard-sided pop-out expansion modules we've seen on the likes of the Westfalia James Cook, RP Rebel Slide and Pinnacle Finetza, a new Toyota camper van from Australia's Bus 4x4 relies on a simpler solution: a drop-down expansion tent. The tent hangs off the tailgate, providing a breezier camping experience and pulling the bed farther back to open up the living area. A powerful 4x4 system borrowed from the Land Cruiser Prado completes a camper van that can travel to remote, rugged lands and live large once there.

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Patriot's latest indestructible off-road camping trailer brings more versatility

The iKamper X-Cover has a sandwich-style design that can hold gear during the ride, open easily ...

Just months after debuting the X1-H with integrated hard-top tent, Australia's Patriot Campers is breaking its tent options wide open. In place of an integrated tent, the all-new X1-N features a built-in roof rack for use with any roof-top tent (RTT). The X1-N can sleep the whole family in a large fold-out tent or a fast-moving couple in a quick-popping two-person hardshell. And as always with the Patriot badge, it can roll virtually anywhere, over whatever rock, mud, snow, sand, running water or general rubble the path throws its way.

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Modular DMOS survival shovel packs small but muscles you out of trouble

The Delta has been tested to 1,000 lb of lifting

You don't really need a shovel until you really need a shovel. So taking up a third of your car roof with a man-height ditch digger's shovel doesn't make much sense ... that is, until you find yourself spinning tires helplessly in three feet of snow or mud. The shovel experts at Jackson, Wyoming-based DMOS Collective present a better way to stay prepared: a near-unbreakable spade that telescopes and folds, easily clasping to your car roof, spare tire or even shoulders. When it's time to break ground, the new Delta Shovel grows into a full-length T-handle that can pile on more pounds of dirt and rock than you'll care to ever toss over a shoulder.

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Review: Taking the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Bison to the High Plains

Chevrolet concocts western buffalo imagery for the Colorado midsized pickup truck through a partnership with American ...

Bison belong on the open prairie running through tall grass, over hills and scrub. That's the picture many of us have of the American High Plains thanks to countless western movies. Chevrolet concocts that imagery for the Colorado mid-sized pickup truck through a partnership with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV).

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Lexus GXOR Concept brings deep luxury to the deep off-road

Journeying through the known and unknown with the Lexus GXOR Concept

The Lexus GX isn't the first vehicle you think of when "off-road" or "overlanding" come to mind, but as a gussied up Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with full-time four-wheel drive, body-on-frame construction and Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, it has no need to be shy in the dirt. Add to that all the cabin comfort of a true Lexus, and you have a vehicle that's comfortable for the long haul, whether driving on-road, off-road or on an overland trip involving both. The new GXOR Concept builds on that intrinsic capability to get the GX ready for all-out cross-continental journeys.

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Hammock-topped Cliff 4×4 Adventure camper van opens the floodgates of adrenaline

The concept van's roof-top hammock provides the best seat in (or on) the house

Germany's Sunlight makes camper vans for outdoor adventure. Its marketing materials and social media are loaded with photos of vans hauling gear against backdrops of big waves, toothy peaks and rushing rapids. The Hymer Group brand cranks the action level up a few notches with the Cliff 4x4 Adventure Van, a concept camper that supports bikers, skiers, climbers, surfers and other escapists, with climbing wall-style roof access, a rooftop wakeboarding winch, inflatable boards that work as extra beds, and a gear-storage system that doubles as a roof-mount hammock stand. This might just be the most fun van on road, dirt or snow.

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