Time for a new Stretcher. Recommendations??

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I've been camping on and off for at least 30 years on some old vinyl stretchers my Dad bought many, well at least more than 30, years ago. There's still nothing wrong with them, but there now is with my knees and back.

So I'm after any recommendations for new stretchers that sit 400-500 mm off the ground and, well, let's just say that maybe ones rated at 100KG capacity aren't quite good enough.

Also I'm not looking at ones with bars at the ends, coz I'm sure I'd end up with my skull on one and ankles on the other every night I got into it.

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 21:26

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 21:26
Gidday

I decided a few months ago that sleeping on the ground was getting a bit hard so I went for a Roman Rapid Deluxe. Multi leg design that sits fairly stable and at 214 cm long and 84cm wide and 55 cm off the ground is suited to a full sized male. Rated to 110kg ... is that enough?

Only used for one weekend so far with a thermarest on top but was very happy with it.

Good luck with the hunt.

Cheers

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Reply By: Member - Michael A (ACT) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 21:32

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 21:32
Have a look at the oztent king goanna stretcher rated to 150kg and costs 119.00. The site is www.oztent.com.au under the furniture dropdown menu

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Follow Up By: Siringo - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 09:07

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 09:07
The goanna has bars at the ends.

Looked at the Black Wolf stretchers last night. A bit priced but they look pretty good.
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Follow Up By: Member - Michael A (ACT) - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 09:14

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 09:14
the reasonI mentioned the 'king ' goanna is that it is 6'10" long between bars

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Follow Up By: Siringo - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 10:13

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 10:13
Oh, I didn;t pick up on that, thanks for pointing it out, much appreciated. I'll take another look ;-)
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Follow Up By: harry & the hobbit - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 12:47

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 12:47
We have recently used the oztent goanna for about 4 weeks camping tour and found them excellent used with a self-inflating mattress. I,m 6ft 2" and 100kg. They are however pretty heavy to carry and tricky to get back in their bag. Picked up at the 4x4 show for about $90 each
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Follow Up By: Honky - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 12:57

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 12:57
Also recommend the Goanna's as they have a bit of padding so just a sleeping bag is quite comfortable.
There is another one in the group that is a bit longer. Might be the Gecko
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Follow Up By: lbudgie - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 23:19

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 23:19
how about
http://www.wildearth.com.au/buy/black-wolf-turbo-bed-deluxe-camp-stretcher/tube
i got a stretcher ( not one of these ) from cabelas a while ago. its a great bed, but its too wide for one of the two tents i use so will flog it off.
im 6'3 and well a few roasts more than 100kg and will look at one of the above.
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 09:32

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 09:32
I've been looking at the black wolf, it looks like it's pretty well designed and is supposed to pack up easily, it's up the top of the list currently.
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Reply By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 07:52

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 07:52
Hi Siringo,

My only advice is to go for a high rated (150kg) stretcher. I'm 105kg and the shock loading if you "flop" onto it would be immense. The 150kg ones are the only ones I've seen that can take it.

Cheers Wilko
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 09:34

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 09:34
Yep, my thoughts exactly, I wouldn't expect a 100KG rated bed to last too long.
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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 11:24

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 11:24
Yeah it didn't last long at all (Only used it about a dozen trips) only happened one night after a few too many but we dont live in a perfect world.

Ive bought some webbing (similar to seat belt but not as wide) and used it to support the legs. Ive gone from one foot to the other to help support.

Cheers Wilko
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Follow Up By: Wilko (Parkes NSW) - Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 11:25

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013 at 11:25
Have you thought of making your own, Be heavy but last for years/decades.

Cheers Wilko
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