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Just Announced - Garmins New Overland Navigator

May 182019

Garmins New Overlander Navigation device, Due out later in 2019

See website for details Garmin Website

 

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General
Physical dimensions 7.84" W x 4.79" H x 0.93" D (19.9 x 12.2 x 2.4 cm)
Display size 6.0" W x 3.5" H (15.2 x 8.9 cm); 6.95" (17.7 cm)
Display resolution 1024 x 600 pixels
Display type multi-touch, glass, WSVGA color TFT with white backlight
Weight
15.4 oz (437 g)

Battery rechargeable lithium-ion

Battery life up to 3 hours

Drop rating MIL-STD-810
Dust rating IP5X
Magnetic Mount
AMPS plate RAM ball adapter

Maps & Memory
Preloaded street maps
3D Terrain
Downloadable satellite imagery Yes (U.S. only)
Downloadable USGS Quad Sheets
Includes map updates
Internal storage 64 GB
Data cards microSD™ card (not included)

Sensors
GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Barometric altimeter
Compass

Outdoor Recreation Features
Preloaded topographical maps
Camera Features
Backup camera compatible yes (BC™ 35)

Navigation Features
Garmin Real Directions™ landmark guidance
Millions of Foursquare® points of interest
TripAdvisor® ratings for points of interest
Route shaping through preferred cities/streets
Voice-activated navigation (operate device with spoken commands)
Includes traffic no (optional traffic cable accessory)
Lane assist with junction view (displays junction signs)
Bluetooth® calling
Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads in the U.S. and Europe)
Driver alerts for sharp curves, school zones, red light and speed camera warnings and more

Advanced Features
Wi-Fi® map and software updates

RV Features
Specialized RV routing
RV Parks & Services directory
Road elevations
Speed limit changes
State border notices - RV
Sunrise/sunset times - RV
Mile marker info - RV

Overlanding Features
Pair with compatible inReach® devices
Track recorder (breadcrumbs)
Compatible with Garmin Explore™ for waypoints, tracks, route and activities
iOverlander™ points of interest
Ultimate Public Campgrounds
Pitch and Roll gauges

NEW - Midland M5 CB Radio

May 062019

Following on from Cobra & CRT Midland have released a hidden base unit one hand mic controlled CB radio. This promises to be another fantastic unit as with all Midland radios.

Available from Knights CB radio Price around £115.00

Link to Knights Website

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New "one-hander" from Midland, easy to hide away with all the controls in the mic.

Multistandard to cover all EU countries, the radio will work on FM on the UK and and both AM & FM on the EU band.

The radio has dual speakers - one in the radio and another in the mic, with the option to turn the one off in the mic if not required.

Another unusual feature is the speaker/mic socket on the side of the mic. This allows you to connect an external earpiece or headset to the mic. This is standard Kenwood wiring.

FEATURES, FUNCTIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS:

Midland innovates communication with the M-5, “CB in the mike” to always have everything in your hands. The controls are placed on the mike, which also has an LCD display to see channels, bands and settings. The extremely small size of the CB and the die-cast metal structure make the M-5 virtually indestructible. The USB plug on the front of the device allows to easily charge any electrical device, as well as cell phones or tablets.

• Band: Multi-Standards (8)
• 40 Channels AM/FM
• Output Power: 4 Watt AM/FM
• Die-Cast metal body
• Controls on the mike
• Selectable Multi-Colour Backlight (7 colours)
• Manual Squelch 28 levels
• Digital Squelch at 5 levels
• RF-Gain
• Scan Function
• Indication S-meter RX-TX
• Sliding and/or Tilting Fastening Bracket
• Lighter Power Supply
• USB Socket for Charging Electrical Devices
• 2-Ppin Kenwood Socket (for Microphone)


PACKING INCLUDES:
1 Pc of Transceiver
1 Pc of Microphone with UP/DOWN
1 Set of Mounting Screws
1 Pc of Mounting Bracket
1 Pc of Power Cord with Cigarette Lighter Socket
1 Pc of User Manual in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Polish and Romanian

Midland PMR446 Vehicle Radio

May 062019

Finally a PMR Radio perfect for the 4x4 vehicle, Better than a handheld giving the CB radio feel in one tiny compact unit. Introducing the Midland GB1 PMR 446 radio.

A PMR446 radio for use either in a vehicle or as a base station.

The radio has a magnetic mount antenna which is permanently connected to the radio.

Supplied with a cig lighter power lead to power the radio.

Ideal for use either car to car or in conjunction with PMR446 handhelds.

An optional PC lead & software allows the radio to have expanded frequencies & higher output power, for use where licence conditions permit (programmable from 440-451MHz).

 

Link to Buy the Radio from Knights  Price around £125.00

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Technical specifications

General
Frequency range: 446.00625- 446.09375 MHz (PMR446)
Working temperature: -20°/+55° C
Operating voltage: 12Vdc ± 10%
Operate mode: Simplex
Dimensions: 100x85x22mm
Weight: 220g
Antenna impedance: 50Ω
Duty cycle: 5/5/90%

Transmitter
Frequency stability: ±2.5PPM
Output power: ≤500mW ERP
Max frequency deviation: ≤2,5KHz
Audio distortion: ≤3%
Adjacent channel power: < 60 dB
Spurious radiation: Within European legal terms
Occupied bandwidth: Within European legal terms

Receiver
RF sensibility: <0.5μV@20 dB SINAD
Audio distortion: ≤3%
Audio response: 300Hz ÷ 3KHz
Adjacent channel selectivity: Within European legal terms
Intermodulation rejection: Within European legal terms
Spurious response: Within European legal terms
Blocking: Within European legal terms

Showering On The Road

May 062019

As we all know one of the battles of off-road adventure driving is hygiene. After hours of driving in a hot vehicle and erecting tents and awnings there is nothing better than a nice shower to wash away the days grime. 
Below are a few options which suit the job perfect, from simple systems such as the boundaryTec shower Coil which needs nothing more than a campfire or a gas stove to warm the water to the more complex permanent installed Bushranger heat exchanger style. All these units do the job perfectly, its just down to you to decide which fits you best. Either way you can be assured of a nice fresh shower camp side.

Links are provided to the manufacturers websites

 

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Link to Waterport Website

 

The 3.8L Day Tank pressurized Shower

 

SELF PRESSURIZING
The Day Tank™ takes the hassle out of manually pressurizing water by conveniently absorbing the water pressure from your house. Simply plug your garden hose into the tank’s quick connect and your Day Tank™ will automatically pressurize as it fills.

HANDS FREE USE
Need both hands to clean your camping dishes? We thought you might. The Day Tank™ comes with a nozzle holder and trigger lock to provide you with hands free running water. Blast your gear clean with ease and keep your equipment looking like new.

MULTIPLE MOUNTING OPTIONS
The Day Tank™ has 3 available mounting options: hitch mount, bar mount, and bed rail mount. These mounting options allow you to mount to virtually anything you can think of: roof baskets, trailer hitches, ATV bars, RV ladders, boat railings, truck beds, roll bars, airboats, bike mounts…the list goes on!

9 PATTERN SPRAY NOZZLE
Our multi pattern nozzle turns your pressurized water into a swiss army knife. Use the mist spray for hot days on the boat, jet rinse to spray the mud from your tires, shower setting for getting the salt off you skin, or center spray for cleaning dishes on the go. Life is full of messy situations, we have you covered.

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Link to Roadshower Website

 

The Solar Shower of the Future is Here!

Imagine enjoying the comfort of 4, 7 or 10 gallons of glorious hot pressurized water on your motorized travels. Road Shower is like adding plumbing to your vehicle rack. With the Road Shower you can have instant and easy access to pressurized water wherever you go without the hassle of propane, pumps, or long set up times. Hot or cold, the Road Shower has many uses: from the camp hose for dishes, a pressurized jet to rinse off dirty gear, a gentle spray for the pets, or for extra drinking water. It can be filled and pressurized by simply attaching and filling with your garden hose. Or you can fill it with water from a jug or hose and pump it up with a compressor or bike pump.
Model Comparison Chart ------- Road Shower 4 - 7 gallons ------Road Shower 4S - 4 gallons -------Road Shower 4L - 10 gallons.

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Link to BoundaryTEC Website

Portable Water Heater and Camping Shower

The ShowerCoil water heating system delivers temperature-controlled hot water ready in minutes so you'll never need to go without a hot shower!

Simply fill and hang up one bag with water, interconnect and apply heat to the coil with either a camp fire or stove.

SureTEMP™ Thermostatic Temperature Control gives you control and flexibility, allowing you to preset the temperature you need. In 10-15 minutes you'll be ready to shower with 4 gallons of hot water at just the right temperature.

One filled shower runs for 8-9 minutes at full flow and can last up to four showers when water is conserved by using the integral flow control valve on the shower head attachment.

The system stows away compactly and weighs less than two pounds. No batteries or pumps needed; just add water and heat. Gravity does the rest.

Efficient, simple and lightweight, the ShowerCoil system provides a hot shower just about anywhere!

Updated 1530A System includes 15L Universal Bags, lined with BPA-Free food-grade polyurethane. The large capacity bags may alternately be used to dispense drinking water* for larger groups or base camping. Also ideal for use as a large capacity reservoir* for third party inline gravity water filters.

(*1690 Hydration Kit required)

Features

Accurate Thermostatically controls water temperature for comfort and convenience - Adjustable from 85°F to 115°F.

Fast Heats 4 gallons (15 L) of water in 10 - 15 minutes.

Lightweight Complete system weighs less than 2 pounds.

Versatile Operates with either a camp fire or a stove.

Simple & Dependable No batteries or pumps needed. Just add water and heat. Gravity does the rest.

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Kampa Geyser Gas fired Pumped Shower

Link to Kampa Website

Enjoy the pleasure of instant continuous hot water on tap - anywhere! Ideal for camping, caravanning, expeditions, outdoor sports, outdoor catering, dog shows, equine wash, beach huts etc.

Enjoy a refreshing shower - even on remote campsites without a shower block. The Kampa Geyser includes a shower head with 2.5 metres of hose.

The adjustable water temperature heats up to 25 degrees centigrade above the water inlet temperature - for higher temperatures the heated water can be re-circulated into the system.

Gas powered, the Geyser works from most popular butane/propane/campingaz cyclinders with the appropriate regulator (as the regulator required is specific to your preferred gas bottle and size, the regulator is not included)

The Geyser comes complete with a strong carry case with carrying handles for easy storage and transport.

Weight: 4kg
Size: 310 x 245 x 300mm
Pump hose length: 1.5 metres
Shower hose length: 2.5 metres
12v DC lead length: 5 metres
Heat Input: 5kw
Heats to 25 degrees above inlet temperature
Automatic ignition

Please note: This item is for OUTDOOR USE only and should not be used inside a tent or awning.

 

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Vehicle Installed pumped Heat Exchanger Shower

Link To Bushranger Website

 

The Bushranger® Vehicle Mounted Hot Water Shower is an essential product for any adventure, use as a shower, to wash dishes or filling your reservoir. Mounted inside your engine bay, there are no bulky parts to carry and no complex set-ups to go through. Simply plug two quick connect hoses, drop one in some water and hook the shower head up above your head and you’re ready for the hot flowing water.

The hot water shower is self-priming and features a fully serviceable quiet marine grade pump, easy-to-fit plumbing, and wiring kit, and 100% copper heat exchanger with a bleed point. Comes complete with universal mounting brackets.

Volume: 12L per Minute

Dimensions (pump): 160mm x 160mm x 200mm

Dimensions (heat exchanger): 120mm x 80mm x 340mm

Weight: 5.4kg

Warranty: 1 year

Note: Heater hose is not included in this kit.

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Travel Buddy Oven

May 052019

The Fantastic Australian Travel buddy is now available from Fourby Priced @ £269.99 - Used by UKOL members and also frequently used by the Australian 4wd action magazine crew 

Link to Site 

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Product Description
Fast Food takes on a new meaning with the Travel Buddy. This portable, lightweight, 12 volt oven can cook, bake and warm foods while you travel.
Simply load the Travel Buddy up with pies, pasties, sausage rolls, pizzas, hotdogs or a pre-prepared meal and plug into your car's cigarette lighter socket, set the timer and while you are driving or parked, your meal is being heated or cooked.

Features

- Heat a meal on the move
- Fitted with a 2 hour timer to protect from battery failure
- 12 Volt DC 10 Amp
- Insulated stainless steel
- Manufactured and designed in Australia
- 190 degrees celcius+ after initial warm up

External Dimensions
Height 190mm
Width 320mm
Depth 280mm

Internal Dimensions
Height 100mm
Width 265mm
Depth 250mm

Specifications
- Insulated Steel Body
- 12 volt DC 10 amp 120 watts
- Fitted with 2 hour timer
- Free standing or mounted

Ideal for:
- 4x4 Activities
- Camping
- Tradespeople
- Transport
- Caravans
- Boats
- Touring
- Farmers, etc

Please Note: As this unit draws 10 amps, we have found that the female plugs in a number of vehicles are different sizes and without a firm fit, this can cause overheating in the plug. For best results, this unit needs to be hard wired.

10A is a serious power draw, we suggest a large battery bank if you intend to use this oven while stationary and while not getting charge from the vehicle engine.

What 3 Words App

May 052019

This fantastic app has now been introduced to Police, Fire & rescue services

Addressing the world
what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. We have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.

The service can be used via the free mobile app or online map. It can also be built into any other app, platform or website, with just a few lines of code.

Link To Website

 

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