Isuzu D-Max

A Journal of our Travels

A Journal of our Travels

We ordered our Isuzu D-Max in August 2021, knowing it would be a while before we saw it. It finally arrived in April 2022.

It is a Dual Cab SX 4x4 manual with HiDrive Canopy, GVM upgrade, and more to come.


The D-Max has been fitted with a HiDrive canopy. It is a 2 door, not 3. This allowed us to edit a spare wheel Carrier (fold down) and jerry can holder on the rear.

The canopy has been fitted with compartments for storing our equipment and supplies.

A fridge (CF-80- Dual Zone) will be fitted soon, along with a battery,

Taken care of by a HiDrive 3500Kg tow bar and Redraw ToPro electric brake controller. A standard 7 pin connector is used.
Anderson plugs will be fitted to take care of trailer battery charging (SB175).

We have fitted a Foxwing awning to give us shade when we are out and about.

We carry a range of recovery equipment to improve our chances of self recovery should we get stick somewhere.

Long Handled Shovel

A basic recovery item. Also useful around the camp.

Snatch Strap

A useful item when there is another vehicle available to assist. They can be dangerous if precautions not taken.
Do NOT us shackles to join straps.
Only attach to proper recovery points on vehicles (NOT towball).

Recovery Tracks

These are laid on the ground in front of the tyres to assist with traction.

I have only used them at home when I became bogged in the front yard after record rain.
Recovery Tracks in use

High Lift Jack

Able to lift the the vehicle much higher than a standard jack. Useful when the vehicle is sitting high off the ground, and allows road building under the vehicle.
Care needs to be taken as they can be very unstable.


We have a Bighaul hand winch in the BT50. A hand winch has the advantage that it can be used to pull in any direction. It does not need electrical power to operate, but it does need physical effort.
Used as last resort.


Not just for recovery, but very useful for removing logs across the track, and also for cutting firewood.
Stacks Image 285

Air Compressor

We have a Bushranger Max Air Compressor which enables us to re-inflate the tyres very quickly.

More details to come.

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