SEMA – Global Media Award for MSA 4X4 Towing Mirrors

SEMA - Global Media Award MSA 4X4 Towing Mirrors

The Award was presented to Shane Miles MSA 4X4’s Director, at this year’s SEMA Show, held in Las Vegas in November.

Gold Coast, Australia (November 25, 2019) – MSA 4X4 Accessories, the Aussie company renowned for making some of the 4WD Industry’s most innovative products, has just been awarded a Global Media Award for their newly released MSA 4X4 Towing Mirrors! The Award was presented to Shane Miles MSA 4X4’s Director, at this year’s SEMA Show, held in Las Vegas in November. The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, with over 2,400 exhibiting companies showcasing over 3,000 of the industry’s newest products!

The SEMA Global Media Awards Program recognises those companies that manufacture specialty products and accessories that would have mass appeal to consumers around the world. The products are voted on by a prestigious group of around 30 international journalists from 19 countries who serve as Global Media Award judges.

Four Mirror Positions of MSA 4X4 Towing Mirrors

Built for work & play! — MSA 4X4’s brand-new range of patented Towing Mirrors extend your field of vision for towing/reversing or launching your boat at boat ramps, whilst being unobtrusive for everyday driving!

MSA 4X4’s highly anticipated new patented Towing Mirrors are designed to offer enhanced vision when towing, whilst being unobtrusive for everyday driving. “We’re extremely proud that our new Towing Mirrors have been recognised by the international media” explained Shane Miles. “It’s taken years to develop a mirror that, when not towing, was not disproportionate to the styling of the vehicle, and matched the size of the vehicle.”

MSA 4X4’s new patented Towing Mirrors feature a unique design with a large single mirror that pivots on an extremely heavy-duty extension slide, that allows the mirror to be returned to its normal, “non-towing” position, to avoid the extended mirrors permanently protruding off the sides of the vehicle. MSA 4X4 stand behind the high-quality build and design of their new Towing Mirrors with a class-leading 5-year warranty.

The stock of these award-winning new Towing Mirrors will available in Australia from early December 2019, with pre-orders being taken through MSA 4X4’s stockist network. These new mirrors are on track to quickly become one of MSA 4X4's most popular product ranges!

Partnering for Safety both on and off our roads

MSA 4X4 are committed to the safety of our customers. From our rigorous crash testing to our ADR compliancy, we are confident in the knowledge that our products are as safe as they can be.

With the introduction of our new MSA 4X4 Towing Mirrors, we've taken the next step and have partnered with Driver Training Course Providers to help properly equip our customers with the knowledge and skills to safely tow their caravans / camper trailers / boats and trailers!

MSA 4X4 Cape YorkIncluded with every MSA 4X4 Towing Mirror is a mirror hanger, which includes our special offer of 10% off driver training courses from participating providers. Visit https://msa4x4.com.au/drivertraining/ for more information!

“This is a great initiative to provide even more incentive for people to consider driver training courses to gain critical knowledge and experience for when towing. Whilst the courses will help with towing-specific information, additional topics we cover include “Outback Rules of the Road”, and basic road-sharing tips which all contribute to helping to improve the safety and experience of all road users.” States Dave "Dingo" Darmody, Founder, Director and Principal Instructor at The Australian Offroad Academy.

Vic Widman from long established 4wd training organisation Great Divide Tours applauded MSA’s approach to assist people with driver training. “Being part of this initiative was a no brainer , more and more people are getting into the 4wd travel field, especially as our population grows older and as our young families realise there are huge benefits to doing the Big Lap with the family. But driving a four wheel drive and towing an off road trailer or van, does require a whole new set of driving skills. With over 30 years of training and tagalong tour experience under our belt and what many consider the best 4wd training centre in Australia, Great Divide Tours is more than happy to be part of this fantastic initiative”.

“This initiative ties in perfectly with who we are here at MSA 4X4.” Explains Shane Miles, MSA 4X4’s Director. “Safety is at the forefront of what we do. If I wouldn’t install a product into my vehicle with my family in it, then I don’t expect our customers to either. MSA 4X4 Customers invest in quality products for their vehicles and when it comes to towing, we believe that an investment in the skills to safely tow is priceless for all road users and our families.  If this initiative saves one accident, then it’s been worthwhile”

We are working hard to be able to offer participating driver training courses right around Australia, so if you are a provider, or can recommend a provider who may be interested in joining in this initiative, please contact MSA 4X4 via www.msa4x4.com.au or email [email protected]

Australia’s Next Generation Towing Mirrors by MSA 4X4 – Available Now!

MSA 4X4’s patented towing mirrors are a must-have for caravaners as they provide full vision for the length of the caravan or trailer being towed behind your vehicle. If your standard mirrors can’t provide that unobstructed view past the caravan or trailer, our towing mirrors allow you to see the road and traffic behind, and to the side of your vehicle.

When we set about to develop our MSA 4X4 towing mirrors, our mission was to create a towing mirror design that offers enhanced vision, doesn’t vibrate, and can withstand all that Australian roads and tracks can throw at it, whilst being unobtrusive for everyday driving!

“The key was to design a mirror that, when not towing, was not disproportionate to the styling of the vehicle, and matched the size of the vehicle. Our new MSA 4X4 towing mirrors feature a clever, aerodynamic design with a large single mirror pivoted on a sturdy extension slide, that provides excellent towing vision with very little vibration.” – Shane Miles, Director of MSA 4X4.

Features include:

  • Offers four different mirror positions for any situations
  1. Un-extended (non-towing) horizontal position
  2. Un-extended (non-towing) vertical position
  3. Extended (towing) horizontal position
  4. Extended (towing) vertical position

   

  • Extends field of vision for towing/reversing or launching your boat at boat ramps
  • When rotating the mirror into the horizontal position, the mirror’s actuator automatically adapts, allowing you to retain the standard adjustments (up, down, side to side) from your vehicle’s standard mirror adjustor
  • Can be adjusted to suit the viewing angles and preferences of any driver. Vertical and horizontal adjustment caters to drivers of differing height and seated positions.
  • Simple to fit. MSA 4X4’s towing mirrors mount onto your vehicle door in the same position as your existing mirrors.
  • Large, single mirror allows you to see your caravan/trailer sides, without being confusing for everyday driving.
  • Slightly curved glass for even more vision, but not too curved that its distracting.
  • Extension is perfect for enhanced visibility for towing, but its unique design allows the mirror to be returned to its normal “non-towing” position to avoid the extended mirrors permanently protruding off the sides of the vehicle.
  • Unique pivot design allows the mirrors to maintain normal everyday position dimensions, whilst allowing for easy further extension.
  • Designed to fold inwards or outwards when bumped into carparks or when in contact with trees and other obstacles around the vehicle.
  • Market leading 5-year warranty.
  • Injection moulded and die cast aluminium components deliver a high-quality towing mirror to withstand Australian conditions!
  • Designed for towing caravans, camper trailers, trailers, boats and horse floats.
  • Available to suite a wide range of tray backs and towing vehicles including popular models from brands such as Ford, Jeep, Toyota, Holden, Isuzu and Volkswagen. Click here to find the right fit for your car.

Try MSA 4X4’s towing mirrors for yourself. Buy them online now!

The concept of the mirror is the subject of pending patent applications in Australia and overseas, including Australian patent application No. 2017268622 and international patent application No.  PCT/AU2017/051320, as well as a granted Chinese utility model No. 20172162844.

The shape of the mirror is also covered by Australian design registration No. 201614622 and pending Chinese design application No. 201830077185.5.

Relief from Back Pain with MSA 4X4’s Adjustable Air Lumbar Support Systems

Logging the klms can be exhausting for anyone, but its even more painful if your back is hurting through poor support. A lumbar support helps to promote good posture by filling the space between the lumbar spine and your car seat, thereby supporting the natural inward curve of the lower back.

MSA 4X4’s Patented Air Lumbar Support System provides adjustable support where and when you need it most! Its quick fit design enables it to be installed and removed in a matter of seconds, allowing for easy transfer between vehicles. Its fully adjustable air inflated bladder insert allows you to position the support to suit you perfectly! You can even install up to 4 internal bladders aimed at multiple support zones.

In addition to the additional back support whilst sitting, take breaks where possible to allow you to stretch and walk around a bit. Whilst an MSA 4X4 Adjustable Lumbar Support won’t cure any underlying conditions, its simple design is inexpensive and can provide short-term relief during car rides.

The MSA 4X4 Air Lumbar Support Systems come with a Lifetime Guarantee for peace of mind and are available from all good 4x4 outlets. At RRP $109 for the canvas and $129 for the genuine sheepskin design, the MSA 4X4 Air Lumbar Support System quickly pays for itself.

Click here for more information

MSA 4X4’s NEW Driving Mirrors Built for Work & Play!

Extended towing mirrors are an essential addition to many 4WDs as they provide full vision for the length of the trailer or caravan being towed.

MSA 4X4 have designed, and are currently extensively testing, a brand-new range of towing mirrors that extend your field of vision past the trailer, for towing/reversing or launching your boat at boat ramps, whilst being unobtrusive for every day driving.

Shane Miles, the man behind MSA 4X4’s unique products said, “I think ‘towing’ mirrors is a restrictive description for an ‘all-round driving and towing mirror’ like ours. ‘Towing mirrors’ are great for towing, but annoying when not required. Whilst 4WDing on tracks when you’re not towing the van, or simply parking at shopping centres and in garages, regular towing mirrors can be a hindrance.”

We’re very proud of our eye-catching fleet of branded 4WDs that are all used for real-world testing of our product range and pride ourselves on the build of these company vehicles. We obviously put a lot of thought into the accessories installed onto each of them and found ourselves in a position where we needed to look at installing towing mirrors onto some of our fleet, but nothing currently available in the market suited us. Not one for compromising on the perfect solution, we then set about designing what we wanted in an all-round driving and towing mirror.

The key was to design a mirror that, when not towing, still looks proportionate to the size and styling of the vehicle. We needed to design a set of mirrors that just look right! Our new MSA 4X4 Driving Mirrors feature a unique design with a large single mirror that pivots on an extremely heavy-duty extension slide, that allows the mirror to be returned to its normal “non-towing” position, to avoid the extended mirrors permanently protruding off the sides of the vehicle.

 

Features include;

  • Four different mirror positions for any situation:
  1. Unextended non-towing horizontal position
  2. Unextended non-towing vertical position
  3. Extended horizontal position
  4. Extended vertical position

 

 

  • When rotating the mirror into the horizontal position, the mirror’s actuator automatically adapts, allowing you to retain the standard adjustments (up, down, side to side) from your vehicle’s standard mirror adjustor.
  • Simple to fit
  • Large, single mirror to allow you to see your caravan/trailer sides, without being confusing for everyday driving.

  • Unique pivot design allows the mirrors to maintain normal everyday position dimensions, whilst allowing for easy further extension.
  • Can be adjusted to suit the viewing angle and preferences of any driver. Vertical and horizontal adjustment caters to drivers of differing height and seated positions.
  • Designed to fold inwards or outwards when bumped in carparks or when in contact with trees and other obstacles around the vehicle
  • Market Leading 5-year Warranty
  • Tested & Approved ADR Compliant
  • MSA 4X4’s Driving Mirrors mount onto your 4WD door in the same position as your existing mirrors.
  • Injection moulded and die cast aluminium components deliver a high-quality towing mirror to withstand Australian conditions!
  • Designed for towing caravans, camper trailers, trailers, boats and horse floats.
  • Mirrors will be available to suit 13 Models initially, with more additions planned to suit popular tow vehicles.

As part of our testing, we had new mirror prototypes on our MSA Amarok featured in the current series of 4X4 Australia Magazine’s DVD series 3. The fact that most viewers haven’t realised that the Amarok’s mirrors aren’t standard mirrors, really proves that our design works!

The new range of MSA 4X4 Driving Mirrors are still currently undergoing extensive testing and should be available in the second half of 2019!

The concept of the mirror is the subject of pending patent applications in Australia and overseas, including Australian patent application No. 2017268622 and international patent application No.  PCT/AU2017/051320, as well as a granted Chinese utility model No. 20172162844.

The shape of the mirror is also covered by Australian design registration No. 201614622 and pending Chinese design application No. 201830077185.5.

MSA 4X4 Driving Mirrors, built for work and play!

Travelling with Pets this Summer

Our furry (and some not so furry), friends are like family, and holidays just aren’t the same if you’ve had to leave them behind!  More and more accommodation providers and caravan parks across Australia, are understanding of this, and are starting to accept dogs.

Before you head off on your next trip, there are some measures that can be taken to help ensure the safety and enjoyment of your 4-legged friend, as well as other holiday makers in the area.

Be Prepared!

Taking the time to prepare for your next road trip with your pet will help towards a safe and relaxing holiday for everyone involved!

Microchipping

If your dog is microchipped & registered in one state, and is lost in a different state, his microchip details may not be automatically available for a vet to look up.

Currently, there are eight microchip databases in Australia. If you’re not sure where your pet is registered, you can check here: http://www.petaddress.com.au/ . If you don’t know your pet’s microchip number, you can contact your local vet, local council or animal welfare shelter, who can scan your pet and supply you with his microchip number.

Ensure your pet’s microchip details are also up to date, so that if separated, you and your pet can be reunited again as quickly as possible.

Something else to consider, is that whilst a microchip provider may be Australia wide, it doesn’t necessarily mean that its registered with the Australian Vet Association. This means that if your dog is found and taken to a local vet, its microchip details can’t be looked up. Some older microchips used may also not register on the newer scanners, so its always a great idea to get your microchip checked.

ID Tag

Always have an ID tag of some sort on your pet. Whilst Microchipping is great, depending on where you are travelling, it can take days for someone to get to a vet within opening hours to scan your pet. A tag on your pet’s collar with your up-to-date phone number is a more immediate way of being reunited with your beloved pet.

Legalities

RSPCA figures show that every year around 5000 dogs are injured or killed in Australia, as a result of falling from a moving vehicle. Restraining your dog will help keep him, and your family safe in the vehicle.

Demerit points and fines vary across Australian states and territories, so a quick check of the laws that apply to transporting dogs by road in the relevant states, can help save you from an unwelcome fine!

Vaccinations, Treatments & Potential Health Risks

Its always advisable to ensure that your pet is fully vaccinated before leaving on your holiday, as there is always a risk that they come across unvaccinated animals on their travels. Keep records of your pet’s vaccinations and treatments as some accommodation providers will request it.

All tick and worming treatments should also be up to date. Ask your vet if there are any potential health risks for your pet that you may not be used to, such as Paralysis Ticks, Cane Toads, Snakes etc, that may be relevant to the areas you’re planning on visiting. A vet check-up will help ensure that your pets’ health and fitness is in good condition before you leave and gives you a chance to stock up on any necessary medications to last your pet through his holiday!

Make a list of vets located on the way to, and at your destination, in case of an emergency.

Online Communities & Facebook Groups

Joining relevant groups and communities can become invaluable sources of information and support, prior to and during your travels. “Australian Caravanning / Camping Travelling with Dogs” is one such Facebook Group where members offer their experiences as well as recommendations for pet sitters, pet-friendly accommodation providers, and more, for the areas you are thinking of visiting!

Plan for toilet breaks

Allow for plenty of toilet breaks during your road trip, to avoid any accidents inside the vehicle. Keeping your pet on a lead in new environments, will help keep them safe if they become frightened or panicked at any unfamiliar sights or sounds.

Motion sickness

If your pet isn’t used to road trips, avoid feeding him in the hour or two before you set off to help keep motion sickness at bay. Protect your car seats from accidents with MSA 4X4’s Premium Canvas Seat Covers! These seat covers are 100% water, dirt, mud, kid & pet proof, certified ADR compliant, include reinforced high wear areas for longevity and polycotton lined for maximum protection of your car seats, providing a complete barrier between the canvas and your soft factory seat.

Pack everything!

Familiarity and routine are important to your dog, therefore taking his bed, some if his favourite toys, usual food and water bowls, as well as his usual dog food and favourite treats will help provide familiarity in new surroundings.

Other items include leashes & harnesses, poop bags, crates / barriers or temporary fencing options, a towel to dry him off after swimming or baths, something to provide shade and a dog-friendly First Aid Kit. Always keep a supply of bottles of fresh water, in case you don’t have access to a tap.

Practical external storage solutions

Light, bulky items such as dog beds, blankets, swags etc can be packed easily in MSA 4X4's Half Pack Rooftop Bag! Manufactured from 15oz canvas, our Half Pack is the perfect size (50cm W x 140cm L x 30cm H) to fit on your roof rack whilst still allowing plenty of room for your tent and other items to be secured next to it! The MSA 4X4 Half Pack is easy to use with a fully attached seat belt harness system and YKK chunky zip with double metal sliders on 3 sides. Simply open the back of the pack to put your light, bulky items in, push them forward, zip it up and you're off!

Wet or dirty items can be securely stored outside of the vehicle in MSA 4X4’s 55ltr Rear Wheel Bag! Perfect for trips where you don’t want muddy or wet gear inside your vehicle. Its unique “Anti-Drop” harness system keeps your gear and bag from drooping behind the vehicle; extra zippered and reinforced pockets on each side offer more storage and its drainage hole releases any fluid. The Rear Wheel Bag can also be padlocked on to the well with a lock strap for added security!

Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle

Too many dogs are still left to die painfully every year from being left in a hot car. They can die very quickly from heat stress. Do not leave your animals or children in the car – especially not in summer.

Racy Face

As much as our furry friends look cute wearing their “racy face” out the window, the rush of air is apparently harmful, along with the risk of objects flying up and injuring them.

When you get there

When you arrive at your destination, help alleviate any anxiety for your pet, by allowing him to familiarise himself with his new surrounds.  Try and keep to usual routines around meals and walks, to help him adjust.

Keep your dog on a lead to help ensure the safety and general well-being of other families, pets and wildlife, but also for his own safety, as someone else’s dog can still be a threat to yours, even if you’re confident that your dog will respond to training cues like “come” and “stay”.

Be prepared for anything to happen and remain vigilant of other animals in the area, young children and other potential risks that may cause harm to your dog. Livestock and kangaroos can injure or kill your pet when kicking in self-defence. Many accommodation providers will stipulate that pets are not left unattended at any time; if you are planning on visiting a national park or somewhere not pet-friendly, a local pet-sitter, doggy-daycare, or even certain vets may be able to look after your pet, so that you can enjoy your day with the peace of mind that your furry companion is safe and secure.

Not everyone is a dog person and ensuring that your dog isn’t annoying others in the area is a great step towards more and more accommodation providers becoming pet-friendly. Be aware if your pet is making unreasonable noise and address it immediately – especially at night! Always pick up and dispose of droppings, not only at your pet-friendly accommodation, but also when you’re out and about. We don’t want a few irresponsible pet owners to spoil things for the majority.

Keeping a watchful eye on your pet ensuring that he’s safe and happy, will help towards a happy holiday for everyone!

MSA 4X4 Granted US Patent for Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System!

MSA 4X4 Accessories has been granted a United States Patent (Patent No. US 10,076,188 B2) from the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office for our Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System, which excludes others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States of America or importing the invention into the United States of America.

Currently, the United States Patent and Trademark Office receive over 500,000 patent applications per year and are well known for their in-depth examination process on all patent applications.

MSA 4X4 is a long standing Australian company who are extremely passionate about providing innovative and quality four-wheel-drive products, and our new Drawer System is evidence of that. No stranger to registering our intellectual property and enforcing our patents, our Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System is fully protected in patented features; this new patent includes 42 claims supported by 22 pages of detailed drawings!

Some prominent patented features include; The patented “Pro-Glide” system which utilises the side of the drawers and the frame as the actual slide unit, meaning that no usable storage space inside the drawers is lost to traditional side slide runners. The over extension design using custom sealed bearings removes the need for additional slide components, maximising storage space, whilst enabling the drawers to bear heavy loads (crash tested to 250kg per pair) and be relatively maintenance free.  Its patented “stay-open block” prevents a fully loaded, open drawer from unexpectedly slamming shut whilst still in use, as well as doubles as two electrical contacts, that when the drawer is open, create an electrical circuit without any moving wires to power the included LED strip light which faces into the drawer!

Shane Miles, the man behind MSA 4X4’s innovative product range states that “this patent validates the years of R&D that have gone into our Drawer System, as well as enhances our intellectual property position in one of the largest markets in the world. We are now in a position where we can defend our IP and secure our position in a global market”

He continues “The unique features presented in our patented Drawer System have re-set the benchmark and continue to reaffirm our position as a market-leading, innovative Australian brand”

The Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System is a hard-wearing, stylish looking new storage system, that is ingeniously engineered, and precision built using innovative patented features to provide incredible durability, access and ease of use!  Its introduction into MSA 4X4’s range has also opened the door for customers wanting the complete MSA 4X4 storage solution fit out, which includes Drawers, Drop Slides, Fridge Barriers, Tourer and Basket Pack rooftop bags, Seat Organisers and a multitude of canvas storage accessories.

For more information on MSA 4X4 or any of our products, visit msa4x4.com.au

Correct techniques for recovery gear

Everyone gets bogged, eventually. If you haven’t yet, then you just haven’t explored enough!

It’s important to plan for the inevitable by investing in quality recovery gear and considering how you are going to store it all. There’s no ‘best’ off-the-shelf recovery kit. Whatever you find pre-packaged should be considered as a starting point from which you will customise to suit your needs.

Before we get too caught up in straps and shackles, the team at The Australian Offroad Academy have put together some valuable information. Let's start with recovery points…

Recovery Points.

It’s a sad fact that just about every 4x4 manufacturer lets us down in this regard. I’m sure that it would only be a minor cost to Mr Toyota or Mr Holden to supply us with a pair of rated, engineered recovery points at the front and rear of our 4x4s. Fortunately for us, the Australian Aftermarket has stepped up and is creating engineered solutions for most modern 4x4s. Some of these are simple, vehicle specific, bolt on offerings, others are part of an integrated system for mounting bullbar and winch. Whichever path you take, be sure that you are not just using a generic product, but rather one that is built for your vehicle.

Straps and things

There’s a literal rainbow of recovery straps to choose from out there. Some made by trusted Australian companies who are here for the long haul, others are simply repackaged generic gear that can be purchased by the pallet from any of a number of Alibaba style market places. Considering that you will be committing the success, or otherwise, of recovering your pride and joy on this equipment, is saving $20 on a no-name brand, a sound choice?

Your rainbow of straps should comprise a handy collection of both dynamic (stretchy) and static straps. When you are out shopping at your favourite, reputable 4x4 accessory store you’ll see that there is a recommendation printed onto the packaging (and on the tag) of every Snatch Strap. It will bear the words “You should choose a strap that has a breaking strain between two to three times the vehicle’s Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM)”. It will go on to say, “You should choose the strap which suits the lighter of the two vehicles used in the recovery process.” What this is saying, in a long-winded kind of way, is that Bigger is NOT Better in the world of dynamic straps.

We should consider the strap to be the fuse in our recovery setup… It’s far better that if something is to let go, that it is the strap, rather than a vehicle component or recovery point. Almost everyone, unless you are in a Jimmy, Rav, Xtrail etc, or an F250 or GMC, should be purchasing the 8000kg strap. Please understand that putting a trailer on your Landcruiser does not magically increase the strength of your chassis or recovery points - with, or without a trailer, your LC200 requires an 8000kg strap. It’s no coincidence that this is a common size across all of the reputable manufacturers, as it is the size which suits the greatest range of vehicles.

Next to your Snatch strap, you’ll likely have an equaliser strap (and if you don’t, you should). There’s an amount of misinformation and partial truths out there regarding the use of an equaliser strap - which is a topic all of its own. Suffice to say, that so long as you use a 3-4 meter (at least) strap, you will not be putting undue side loading on your recovery points. Utilising a continuous loop strap is not suitable as an equaliser.

Somewhere in there you’ll also locate a winch extension strap. These come in a range of lengths and strengths for a variety of uses. It’s likely that the first time you are thoroughly stuck, and have used up all of your available gear, you’ll be going shopping for a few more of these very handy straps.

Of course, without something to attach your winch too, it’s little more than a decoration (if it’s a cheap winch, it’s probably just a decoration anyway). Wrapping your cable or rope around a tree will destroy your cable, and will ring bark and kill the tree - your recovery kit should include a Tree Trunk Protector. This is a wide, static strap which distributes the load over a greater surface area. I prefer to carry the longer version (6mt) to get around the base of those bigger trees comfortably.

Of course, it’s super important to keep all of this gear clean, dry and very importantly, away from any petrochemicals and UV. At the first sign of damage it’s time to discard the strap before it fails and costs you a windscreen.

Article written by The Australian Offroad Academy.

The Australian Offroad Academy has been offering accredited and recreational 4x4, side by side and quad bike training around Australia for 13 years. Dave, the Director, is a registered teacher with specialities in outdoor and environmental education and brings minimum impact driving practices to all terrain types. In recent times, you may have seen Dave on episodes of What’s Up Downunder, Great Australian Doorstep, The Offroad Adventure Show and Creek to Coast, in QLD. The Australian Offroad Academy builds and conducts education 4x4 demo tracks at Caravan and Camping shows throughout regional Queensland and interstate.

How to use an MSA 4X4 Fridge Drop Slide

One of MSA 4X4’s most popular products, is our Patented Fridge Drop Slide! Whilst there are multiple variations on how to use our Drop Slide, we thought we’d demonstrate how its designed to be used.

Click here if you'd prefer to watch a video demonstration.

Firstly, unlock the slide by placing the key in the lock and unlocking it, and then turning the lock handle anti-clockwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unclip the handle and push it all the way down, being mindful to always keep downward pressure on the handle.

  

Press down on the blue lock release lever and place slight downward pressure on the handle, while pulling the slide cradle out forwards. Do not release downward pressure. Once the tray is moving, you can release the blue lock release lever.

When the slide is at full extension and in the “locked out” position, slowly release your downward pressure off the handle, allowing the slide platform to lower.

 

While this is happening, the handle will start to raise.

 

The slide platform will lower as far as the bump stops, or in most cases, just above the tailgate.

Your Drop Slide is now completely in the lowered position and its handle can be folded to the rear for easy opening of the fridge lid.

 

To raise the slide tray, reach up to the handle and pull down towards the front with both hands.

 

 

Pull down until the handle stops.

Ensure the keyed travel lock is in the unlocked vertical position whilst this is happening.

While maintaining downward pressure on the handle, push down the blue lock release lever, and start pushing the fridge tray back into your vehicle.

Again, once it has started to slide back in, you can release the blue lock release button on the side.

Once the slide platform clicks back into its stowed position, where the slide stops, fold the handle up and push it into its retaining clips to secure it for transport.

It is recommended that the lock on the slide is key locked while in transit.

 

If you have any questions or would like further assistance using your Drop Slide, please contact our friendly team on 07 5594 6664!

Things you should never do in a 4WD

We all have one crazy thing in common in the Offroad world, we have an attachment to our vehicles not shared by our workmates with Camrys or Falcons. We see our 4wd, whatever the brand, and whatever the level of modification as more than just a way to get to work but also, and more importantly, our way to escape - to escape to a quiet countryside setting, the beach, or an epic adventure that you will be talking about for years. 

There are so many amazing, awesome, memorable and unique things that you can do in your 4wd that the list of practices to steer away from is, by comparison, very small - however, here’s a list compiled by our friends at The Australian Offroad Academy.

Don’t be a Dick.

It’s not cool to use the size of your vehicle to try to intimidate other road users. We all, from the smallest i20 to a laden B Double, need to share the limited and valuable road resources available. Expressing some kind of ‘ownership’ due to your bullbar or impressive size doesn’t help to win friends amongst our car driving friends, they’ve already, clearly got their own problems to sort out, don’t add to them!

Rolling Coal

Really? How is this even a thing? Have you not seen or heard anything about this little thing called particulate pollution. There are millions of people who would love to live in the clean air conditions that we take for granted… Adjust that fuel pump waaaay back and leave the soot for chimneys.

Tyre Poke

Yeah, it’s illegal, and it’s illegal because it’s dangerous… uncovered tyres create ridiculous spray in wet conditions and throw rocks and stones a long way, in any direction. Not only are you throwing rocks at your own car but your tyres are picking up debris and potentially throwing it forward into the path of oncoming traffic at potentially greater than your ground speed. Of all of the ways that we modify our 4x4s, this one is definitely in the ‘for show, not go’ bucket.

Drive in wetlands

We all understand that there are places reserved for the long term good of an ecosystem. In some locations there’s signs too big to ignore, in other locations we need a bit of situational awareness - remember that it is the driver’s responsibility to understand the tenure of the land that they are on - “there was no sign” is not an acceptable excuse for being somewhere that you shouldn’t have been. Wetland systems begin at the line of the highest of high tides in creeks and estuaries. There are some tell-tale plants which are a giveaway, but the presence of salt tolerant couch should tell you that you are already too far in. Wetland systems are delicate and their damage through isolation of species leads to a breakdown of the ecosystem. No wetlands = no breeding areas for fish = no fishing.

While we are discussing coastal environments;

Drive on Dunes.

Frontal and secondary dunes on our accessible beaches are a critical part of keeping our beach systems thriving. Creating new tracks through dunes creates a vulnerability which can see the dune system compromised and undermined in adverse weather conditions. A healthy dune system has almost complete coverage of hardy, salt tolerant, pioneer plant species and will support larger trees and shrubs. We’ve all found that perfect camp spot behind the dunes on the beach sometime in our adventures, without the plant species, there’s no dune, and nowhere to camp.

There’s a pattern here isn’t there??

We are so fortunate to live in a country which has wide open spaces within just a short drive of even our most populated centres… But there are so many more people now, and so many more people with 4x4s looking to enjoy it. Now, more than ever, we need to understand that as 4x4ers we have certain responsibilities. We understand the need for Bullbars, but the bloke in the Camry that you tailgated doesn’t. We get how important it is to make good tyre choices, but the guy whose windscreen you just smashed doesn’t. No-one understands the desire to produce soot - that’s just weird.

If you’d like to take your grandkids fishing, or beach camping then we have the responsibility now, not later, to do everything that we can to preserve, and even enhance, our coastal and estuary locations.

Article written by The Australian Offroad Academy.

The Australian Offroad Academy has been offering accredited and recreational 4x4, side by side and quad bike training around Australia for 13 years. Dave, the Director, is a registered teacher with specialities in outdoor and environmental education and brings minimum impact driving practices to all terrain types. In recent times, you may have seen Dave on episodes of What’s Up Downunder, Great Australian Doorstep, The Offroad Adventure Show and Creek to Coast, in QLD. The Australian Offroad Academy builds and conducts education 4x4 demo tracks at Caravan and Camping shows throughout regional Queensland and interstate.