Last month you heard from the Autoworld Chairman, Noble Findlay and this month we'd like to introduce you to our Purchasing Manager, David Findlay. David is absolutely passionate about everything to do with exploring the Zambian wilderness and most weekends he is out with his family of 5 discovering something new. He'll be sharing some of these adventures with you through our Explore Zambia news category which we are launching today. On that note, we hand you over to David… The African bush is really a great passion of mine, be it fishing, hunting or trailing through the great Zambian wilderness in a 4x4. There is no better feeling than driving through the bush in a vehicle that is fully equipped for any off road conditions. There are not many gravel roads in Zambia that my vehicle has not traveled on! A few years back TJM Australia signed an agreement with Autoworld to take on the sole dealership for TJM off road products. TJM is a company that specialize in off road suspension and accessories that range from shock absorbers to bumpers, 4x4 compressor pumps, winches, roof top tents and everything 4x4 under the Sun!
I had the privilege of having my vehicle fitted with all the TJM products (which you can see in the image above) to both advertise and test them at the same time. After fitting the off road suspension which includes shock absorbers & coil springs as well as air suspension on the rear leaf springs of the vehicle, I am now able to travel at higher speeds on gravel roads with better steering control. I am always towing a boat and the vehicle is excessively loaded carrying camping gear to accommodate my family of five so I also fitted air bellows. These are little air bags that fit between the rear leaf spring & the chassis of the vehicle allowing you to inflate or deflate them and in the process they increase or decrease the height of the vehicle. It is a must for those that are always carrying heavy loads or towing a trailer. With no modifications to the vehicle all these parts are readily available at the Autoworld Downtown branch!
For all those campers we all know how great it would be to have a camp set up in seconds so that your camping & fishing holiday can begin. Most campers in Zambia are traveling to the bush towing a boat so an off road trailer or caravan is not an option. I spent hours researching to find the perfect solution for this and I'm pleased to tell you that I've found one...
An Aluminium 4x4 canopy may just be the solution! They come in many designs and can be custom built to suit your needs. With the canopy that I have it has a built in kitchen and work top area so camping equipment can be easily opened or stored away in the shortest possible time. Above the canopy I installed a TJM roof top tent that can be set up in a matter of minutes. This tent has a built in mattress saving lots of space. With all of these products installed on my 4x4 I am able to get to where I want to go with confidence and set up my camp quickly leaving me more time to relax and play with my family in our beautiful Zambian bush.
For those of you interested in the 4x4 accessories or any information relating to your 4x4, feel free to send us an enquiry and we can give you all the advice you need.
David Findlay Purchasing Manager