But what happens when your OzTent gets wet?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 19:48
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I have an Oz Tent for fishing trips and love it! It's stood up to high winds and rain but, the radar is showing red and coming my way. I can hear thunder around 20 km to the north. I love a warm night in the tent when it's raining but I have to be home tomorrow morning and what's coming my way is going to be heavy.

I'd appreciate hearing from RV3 owners. How hard is it to get a very wet OzTent on the roof of a 150 Prado with a 2" lift (on your own)?

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 20:01

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 20:01
I think you will find it easier than you imagine. I have loaded a wet RV4 into the Ozpod on an 80 Series with a 2" lift, and whilst it was a bit of a struggle, I got there.l I am not a muscle man, but did not find it that hard. RV3, being smaller will be a little lighter. I also "think" the fabric in these tents does not hold water in the way that canvas does, so being wet does not mean it will be significantly heavier. That is my opinion based on my own observations, and others more enlightened will certainly correct me if I am mistaken.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 20:34

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 20:34
Hi Skull

Well the good news first......you will stay as dry as. We have had over 110mm of rain dumped on us on our RV4 over on KI a couple of year ago. Next morning there was a water ring of grass over 5cm high completely around the tent, and not one single drop of water inside the tent.

The next morning there was a slight breeze and it did not take long to dry the tent. I have loaded our tent many times by myself, just lean it against the side of the car, and then lift it up onto the cross bars.

Keep dry and get a few photos of the storm and put it up tomorrow.


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Reply By: Skulldug - Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 21:30

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 21:30
Thanks guys.

So far so good.

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Follow Up By: Member - Michael A (ACT) - Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 19:55

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 19:55
Ive had my RV5 for about 10 years now in all conditions - extemely windy strong heavy constant rain (3 days) lightning etc I think we have seen it all and the oztent has handled it without a problem.
Now to lifting a wet tent on to a 2" lifted prado by yourself shouldnt be an issue. My 12 year old son lifted it up by himself wet or dry and my wife who herself is 60kg soaking wet can do it by herself. So I shouldnt see any issues for yourself.



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Reply By: Skulldug - Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 22:12

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 22:12
Thanks all,

Packed up dry after a night of storms nearby. Nice to know the Oz tent doesn't add weight when it's wet.


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Reply By: Bellowr - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 08:09

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 08:09
I cut a section out of my Roof rack (special made rack just over 2 metres to fit the tent) and installed a "roller" on an axle. I lean the RV4 against it and up she goes. Easy, wet or dry.
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Follow Up By: Skulldug - Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 18:25

Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 18:25
Thanks Bellowr. I find I have to get smarter as I get older.

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