Got My new oztent AV3...whoohoo.

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:23
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I received my new AV3 Oztent yesterday and of course set it up imediately in the back yard as you do, it went up as easy as the display ones I've seen at the 4wd shows, and with all the pegs banged in and all the guide ropes pulled tight it really seems a quality wind proof unit. I was after something quick and easy for overnighters as well as something reasonably comfortable and roomy for extended stays................I might have it

Happy Days.................Browny
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:37

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:37
Now Browny - it is most important that you sleep out in it tonight - don't forget that!!2001 Landcruiser 100S Turbo Diesel
"We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing"
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:53

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:53
Small things amuse...................Willem

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:59

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:59
...... and I have a small thing...2001 Landcruiser 100S Turbo Diesel
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Follow Up By: Browny - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 15:08

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 15:08
HeHe, Sorry to disapoint, but packed it away after only an hour or so, I didn't want the local birds crapping all over it before it has even left the neighborhood, must be a few K's from home before it gets Tagg'd...(-:

Browny
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Reply By: ross - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:55

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 22:55
Browny how big and what did it cost? I ve been thinking I would like to get a fast tent for overnighters and put the old 3 ring circus tent away for longer stays.
Ive seen them advertised but never come across them at 4x4 shows
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 23:31

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 23:31
We found one in the trading post second hand and paid $500... it's the up market one with side panels for the awning etc. They don't come up often though. Word of warning.... they take up a very large space to carry. You need a long area about a foot wide. It's a bit heavy to hoist onto a roof rack, but okay with a helper. [that's onto a big 4WD of course]. They are quick... but so are igloo tents. Check out www.oztent.com Royce www.funshow.com.au
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Follow Up By: Aandy(WA) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 00:26

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 00:26
Ross I would advise you to check out the range of locally made centre pole tents. They are much quicker to put up than the oztent, as they only need pegs around the base and one centre pole. No ropes are needed. They are more compact for packing too. They also seem to be the most used tent at all 4wd destinations I've been to which is always a good indication. Freedom and SouthernCross are both worth a look and there are other brands too. By all means give the oztent a look but the "30 seconds" which they claim for erection doesn't include the ropes and pegs!
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Follow Up By: Browny - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 15:31

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 15:31
G'Day Ross,

$799 smackas for the AV3, they come in 4 sizes, the AV3 is 2.4 wide, 2 deep & 1.9 meters high at it's highest point + a 1.9 meter awning, as people have mentioned there draw back is that they really need to be carried on a roof rack as they are still 2 mtrs long when folded away, but It's only 18kg so I found I can throw it up on my racks quite easly, I have a GU Patrol with a 2 inch lift (I'm 6'3), what made me go for the 0ztent rather than a centre pole is, no centre pole and there are heaps of zip on extras available if I want to add at a later date + they are designed four use with 4x4's by backing right up to the awning and unloading stuff directly from your rear doors into the tent. There are a few little things like that wich all go to keeping me happy.......!!
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 17:05

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 17:05
Aandy(WA),

You actually don't even have to put the pegs in to put it up, the frame runs 3 sides around the base and adequately "nails it to the ground" until the (inevitable) rain subsides. Much better for that reason in sand too....try keeping a center pole up.
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Follow Up By: Chris (W.A.) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 22:16

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 22:16
Browny, we reverse the cruiser up to the front of the oztent as well. Tailgate acts as the kitchen bench with fridge access etc.

I don't know for certain but I'm pretty sure the centre pole tents don't have the additional luxuries of big awnings, and the screen room which we setup up for the longer stays.
We've bought the largest back in July (Ranger model) and never look back at the previous domes we've owned.
You don't need any pegs unless it's windy or weather looks dodgy and screen room is the perfect kitchen/dining for the missus especially when the mozzies are biting.

It may need to be carried on a rack but when you really look at it you're pushing sh*t uphill if you don't have a rack for long treks especially with a carload of kids. I'd sooner have a rack to store bulky tarps and other light gear rather than a trailer that I've seen some get around with.

RegardsNice southerly coastal fishing trip someday.
Chris
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Reply By: Jeff (Beddo) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 21:17

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 21:17
We got the Oz tent and have done Cape York and kimberley - one was for 8weeks the over nine and we camped most nights. When no wind about you don't need the pegs or awnings etc - so it is 30 secs. But with the awning etc you can run the back of the car right up to it - so your in the shade etc all the time. I'm happy with it though it is a little bulky & heavy.Cheers, Beddo
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Reply By: ross - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 21:30

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 21:30
Thanks for the replies to my question regarding oztent.I like the idea of no centre pole and fast erection.Being the sole driver its not fair being behind the wheel since early morning and having to struggle with a tent before you can get some sleep so maybe this will improve it.
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Reply By: Arkay - Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 10:02

Thursday, Jan 29, 2004 at 10:02
Re. centre pole tents. A friend of ours has one (a tourer tent) and as he & the missus like to sleep on a double mattress they have purchased an arrangement which has two side poles to a centre top frame instead of the centre pole. Beats banging into it in the middle of the night (the pole) too. Cost was about $90 which I thought was a bit expensive. Purchased from normal tent supply outlets.
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