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Life’s too short for boring cars

I’m Robert Pepper, a journalist specialising in 4X4s, sports cars, towing and camping. This is my professional site where you can find out more about what I do and check out some of my work – I make videos, write books, blogs and articles, and maintain an active Facebook page. Here’s my latest writings:

BRAKE TRACTION CONTROL is a wonderful invention, braking individual wheels so vehicles can keep moving forwards. Toyota, VW and Land
We've had revolutions before. At some point in the distant past, Grog and friends, living in temperate climates and on
The last few years has seen a lot of turmoil in the RV industry through the COVID years and now
Here's the TL;DR. The federal Government has passed a new emissions scheme, the New Vehicle Efficiency Standard, which sets emissions
Worried about your roofrack load limit, or your car's roof load limit? Every vehicle has a roof load limit, which
NEVER WINCH AND DRIVE! LET THE WINCH DO THE WORK! YOU WILL OVERRUN THE CABLE! SHOCK LOAD! SHOCK LOAD! Sound
Following a tipoff from someone in the industry, the ACCC investigated Offroad Animal and MSA 4x4. It found both had
This is the support blog post for the videos covering how Adaptive Terrain Systems work. I'm including here clarifications and

And more about what I do:

Video

My YouTube Channel is where I create videos explaining how things work, techniques to use and plenty more. It’s a bit different to the average automotive channel. I don’t do hyped-up enthusiasm, insincere product promotions or gush about awesomeness. I also interview people with interesting things to say for my webinar series.

Facebook

I’m proud of my Facebook page where a small but loyal group of people interested in my work discuss all sorts of related topics. It’s a tough crowd at times, so knowledgeable but fair.

Calculators

I’ve written two calculators, one for towing weights and the other for tyre sizes.

Books

I’ve written four books, and you can find more about each of them on this site:

The 4WD Handbook – a very comprehensive book on offroad vehicles, covering how they work and lots of different driving techniques.

The 4WD Glovebox Guide – designed as a field reference for offroaders on trips, covering key driving techniques and instructions such as tyre repair. The Glovebox Guide complements the 4WD Handbook which is more detailed.

4WD Treks Close to Melbourne – describes twenty offroad trips accessible to all levels of driver and vehicle, each of which is less than two hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

GPS Vehicle Navigation in Australia a specialised offroad navigation book.