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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:

Modern tyres are more puncture-resistant than ever, so many cars simply don't come with a spare tyre as carmakers claw
There has been some confusion over Land Rover's unusual, but not unheard of approach to GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) for
Caravans are heavy, big, and slow compared to a car by itself. This brings them into conflict with another set
So you want to tow a heavy trailer? Generally, you're better off with a wagon than medium ute because the
What's the LC300 like to tow with compared to the LC200? Well, I've towed 3000kg with both and so far,
Wondering what the specification differences are between the models? Here's a complete run-down of the differences, direct from Toyota. Prices
My latest webinar interview was with the owners of Saber Offroad, a small but increasingly well respected company focused on
There's plenty of mistakes made on racetracks, and they can end up rather expensive or painful. So I'm analysing a

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.