There are few up to the challenge of travelling solo through some of Australia’s most challenging desert landscapes – but thanks to their trusty Maxxis Bighorns, one Brisbane family has pushed the limits through some of the Simpson’s toughest extremes.
Going Overland’s Adam Romaguera (along with his wife and two kids!) is no stranger to extreme 4×4 adventuring – with his heavy-duty GQ Nissan Patrol and Maxxis tyres perfectly matched to take on the sand dunes, vast sandy plains and everything else this notorious desert threw in his path.
“We run Maxxis Bighorns – and travelling solo for six days towing a camper trailer through the Simpson Desert we would not have trusted any other tyre. Even though the tyres had already been through the Gulf of Carpentaria, taken a trip to Cameron Corner and then tackled all the hard stuff on the Tele Track at Cape York — we knew our family would be safe and they would get us home.”
Carrying a total weight of about 4.5 tons (including 180L of water and 200L of diesel, two double inflatable kayaks, food and camping gear for two weeks, plus spares and recovery gear), the Bighorns more than stood up to the test. “We had absolutely no issue with our Maxxis tyres – great traction and even having them on 14psi, they never popped a bead.”
Modifications to Adam’s Nissan ensure that the family is ready for every challenge and can set up camp in the remotest setting. Mods include lifted springs and shocks, airbags, heavy duty steering and control arms, a front air locker, a BIG Turbo and 3-inch exhaust. The rig also has a custom alloy radiator, rear draws and fridge slide, roof racks, ARB bull bar and 12000 Ib Ironman winch, along with Dual batteries, LED lights and a 75L auxiliary tank. Add to this the resilient Bighorns — which have now done 35,000km and are still going strong – this is a 4×4/camping combo that doesn’t miss a beat!
And for this adventuring family, 4×4’ing is not only about conquering desert terrain.
“We love everything from tough weekends up at Landcruiser Mountain Park (Jimna, QLD) to remote touring in the middle of nowhere – and get out into the Outback whenever we get the chance. Picking the kids up from school and towing our camper trailer along Fraser Island – there are so many options, we’re never out of new places to explore. The nights under the stars are amazing and the isolation is something everyone should experience!”