ExplorOz Newsletter - 285


Edition 285: 28th March 2013

Hi ExplorOz Reader,

Happy Easter long weekend to everyone in the ExplorOz Community. We've tried out a new format for this fortnight's newsletter, and would love to hear your feedback, so please let us know what you think by emailing us at info@exploroz.com.

Updated Solar Power Article and New Book Range

The ExplorOz Solar Power Article has just been updated by author Collyn Rivers. This article covers every aspect of solar and its design and installation in RVs (camper trailers, caravans and motor homes), and has been updated to include advice on new technology.

Read this article.

Also added to the Online Shop are Collyn's immensely popular guidebooks (many now in their 2nd or 3rd edition), focusing on solar power, electrics, and practical tips and advice for owners of campervans, motorhomes, or camper trailers.

 See the full range.

Hanns Track - A Brand New Adventure!

This is the first 4wd trip book to invite travellers to traverse the exclusive native title country of the traditional owners
- the Ngaanyatjarra People. To date, fewer than 100 people alive today have travelled the off-track section of this trip.

This is seriously remote adventure and a magnet for 4WDrivers seeking a new challenge.

In a loop starting and finishing at Laverton WA, this 1250km trip traverses dune systems and breakaway country, visiting ranges, gnamma holes, stunning rock outcrops, Aboriginal art sites and remote tracks established by Len Beadell.

Available from the ExplorOz Online Shop here.

Places Now on Our Mobile Site

In our recent survey, 73% of respondents said they’d like us to add Places to our mobile site. So you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve managed to do just that! Take a look at the new changes to our mobile site at – m.exploroz.com

One of the most important features of the new system is the ability to search for places nearest to you, sorted by distance. Utilising the massive ExplorOz Places database, you're sure to find what you're looking for, whether it's a caravan park, remote bush camp, or just your closest town.

For more information about the ExplorOz Mobile Site, read this blog.

Upgrades to ExplorOz User Treks

The User Treks section has just been updated to the new site format. This section of the site now has the same display and search funtions as ExplorOz Treks, making it easy for you to find and download files useful to you.

With the ExplorOz User Treks system, your Off-Road navigation is about to get a whole lot easier and more interesting! For further information on how to find, download and use files in User Treks, read this blog.

If you are interested in how to create your own files, please see this blog entry.

Hema's Great Desert Tracks Atlas & Guide - Edition 3 - Just Arrived!

Whether you're a desert lover or just someone looking for a serious 4WD journey, this informative guide with its complete atlas of easy-to-follow maps, is an indespensable companion. Features information on 20 of Australia's deserts including 25 4WD treks through them, complete with details on access, permits, camping and history.

There is plenty of essential pre-trip reading on how to prepare for your trek, safety in the deserts and desert travelling techniques. Background information on geology, history, major habitats and desert plants and animals make this the 'must have' Australian desert guidebook.

Available from the ExplorOz Online Shop here.

Get $50 off Delorme inReach satellite communicator/navigator

The Delorme inReach Satellite Communicator has the ability to deliver 2 way messaging and once paired with a compatible iPhone or Android Smartphone or tablet, becomes a 2 way communication device which can be utilised anywhere on earth. Using the Iridium satellite network it offers complete global coverage. It also enables topographic mapping to be displayed on your device, so you can turn your phone or tablet into a GPS naviagtion device too!

For 3 days only (offer ends 31/3/13), you can get $50 off this item, simply by entering the code: FB_Offer_032013 in the Promo Code field in the shopping cart.

So don't miss out, purchase your Delorme inReach now.

Don't Forget to Have Your Say

There are still two weeks for you to complete the first in a series of ExplorOz surveys for 2013.

This will shape the content, tools and products available on ExplorOz for the near future, so don't be shy, tell us what you want! We're already implementing changes that have been suggested in completed surveys! And, when you complete the survey you go into the draw to win a Boiling Billy 4WD Pack, valued at $95.

ExplorOz Super Specials and Members Only Sale

Don't miss out on huge savings on our Super Special items (shown left).

And there are still plenty of bargains available in the ExplorOz Members Only Sale. This is your chance to save 25% off RRP across 300 product lines in the ExplorOz Online Shop - but you must be a member first to qualify, join now.

View the full range ofMembers Only specials.

Adventure is Not Without Risk!

Sometimes you just have to slow down or stop for a while.

No matter what your age, fitness level, or circumstance, there may be a time when the right decision is to not go ahead.
Member Terra told us this week that time has come for her now. You can read about it in her Forum Post.

David has slipped a disk in his back in early February and is struggling to cope with everyday activities (see his blog entry), and Michelle had a crash off her mountain bike on the weekend and is expecting knee surgery (see her blog). We also send positive thoughts for a quick recovery to the family of Member – Kev & Darkie who have cancelled their Mount Moffatt trip that was listed in the Members Trips & Gatherings section, due to serious ill health.

We're sure there are many more unfortunate stories just like these within the ExplorOz community too and our hearts go out to anyone else affected at this time. Sometimes luck will be against you, and sometimes we make mistakes that could be avoided. Try to ensure you don’t take unnecessary risks this holiday period whether that be on the road, using power equipment, playing sport, or just around the home. Stay safe everyone - David, Michelle and Adele (The ExplorOz Team).

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