Tents that can grow.

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Does anyone know of a good tent that is quick and easy to put up and pull down, is tall enough to stand up in and take 2 stretcher beds and also extend by way of zippering on extra panels to create a second/more room?

Currently we use an Oztrail Tourer 9, it's pretty good, but it can't be extended, once it's raining, you're stuck inside. The awning over the door is junk really.

What we want to be able to do is put up a basic tent for overnight stops, but be able to add/append to it and have something a little larger for stops longer than a single night.

Or! Does anyone know how I could rig up a tarp over the Tourer tent that wont blow away and leak??

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Herbal - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 13:26

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 13:26
Oztent - here -> http://www.oztent.com/

They have models with zipped wall panels.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 16:00

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 16:00
Siringo I have the Oz tent and that as mentioned above has extendable panels. I also have a centre pole Oztrail Tourer tent and agree th efront door awning is about as much use as mammaries on a bovine. What I did was put the tent hard up against my car's side awning and this worked quite well for an overnight stop or longer if I wasn't moving the car.

With my Oz tent that fits perfectly under the height of my awning.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 16:33

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 16:33
Gidday

I have a black wolf turbo tent and like the oztent you can get extra awnings and side panels and what have you. While the basic tent is quick to put up the extra bits are probably too time consuming for an overnight stop. They are also quite large packed up, the awning bag for mine is as big as the tent's though much lighter. And we are talking bulk dollars as well, nearly as dear as the tent.
I guess that's not much help, but I don't know if there is an easy answer, if I could work it out I might make millions.

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Reply By: Siringo - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 16:45

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 16:45
Thanks for the replies folks. I've looked at both the Black Wolf and the Oztent, they both look excellent. Isn't the Oztent about 2metres long packed up? That could be an issue.

Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Herbal - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 17:07

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 17:07
Yes, the Oztent is long and bulky and heavy...But so to are all the quick erect tents.

The thing is...to have quick erect, the actual tent frame or if you like poles, need to be built in...Catch 22. You can have one big and heavy bag with quick erect. Or 2 or 3 smaller and lighter bags that total about the same weight without quick erect.

If you want to be able to extend the tent with zip on walls and have quick erect, then bulky is your choice...Unless you want to go camper trailer !

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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 17:53

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 17:53
Herbal got it right.
The black wolf turbo in a bag is a little bit shorter than an oztent but still bulky and heavy...
It's all about compromise I guess.
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Follow Up By: Member - Coldee - Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 19:03

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 19:03
Was going to get the OZTent but too long unless it is put on the roof at almost 2 metres.

Black Wolf is still bulky but fit easily inside the tub of the ute. About 1200 x 40x 40 cm

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Reply By: philw - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 17:24

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 17:24
Southern Cross touring tents have a decent attachable awning.
They are made in Australia and are far better quality than the imported Oztent's and Black Wolf's. If looked after,you could hand one down to your grandchildren.
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 08:02

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 08:02
We also have a Southern Cross tent with extension awnings etc which is now about 15-20 years old and is still as leakproof etc as the day it was bought.

Very bulky thing to carry but it sure does work.

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Reply By: chisel - Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 20:33

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 20:33
There's also the jet-tent. Similar to blackwolf - can enclose the awning.

Have you considered having a gazebo or other shelter separate from the tent?
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Reply By: Member - DingoBlue(WA) - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 09:04

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 09:04
We used to take a small tent that's big enough to stand up in and takes two Jumbo stretchers for overnight camping. Cost approx.$100.00 and is a very small package.
If we intended to stay in any one place for a week or so, we then take a larger 8 man tent. No need to try and get a compromise.
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Reply By: Siringo - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 09:23

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 09:23
Thanks all for your replies and help.

I stumbled onto the video on the Oztent site that has Ron Moon shwoing you all about the tent. One question I had was, how heavy is it packed up and how easily could I get it up on the roof rack and back down. I reckon Ron's about my height and fitness and he didn't have trouble, so that question is answered.

It's not a bad video, it even showed that Oztent have a panel you can zipper onto the awning and slide the other side through some slide rail that's attached to the side of your van or vehicle. That's exactly what we have and exactly what we want to be able to do, plus the side panels, so I think it's off to Oztent for us.

Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 10:07

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 10:07
Dead set you're asking some ridiculous questions.

Going off your original post, yes the oztent would be ideal for what you need. As for "how easily could I get it up on the roof rack and back down", how does anyone here know how high your racks are, and what your level of fitness is?

Do your own research and check the website for how heavy it is, then make your own mind up if you can physically do it.
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 10:16

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 10:16
I'm sorry to have upset you Penchy, I'll run all my posts by you from now on before I click Submit, just to make sure I don't upset you.

I guess you think I must be quite thick, funny, because I think you're not as sharp either because you wasted your time posting a worthless abusive comment.

And for what it's worth, posting this question constitutes 'doing my own research'.

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Follow Up By: Herbal - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:16

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:16
Just ignore him, Siringo :)

That penchy is just a troll.
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:17

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:17
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:29

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:29
The only thing I have heard is to put a Board on the roof racks first to support the entire length on the OZ tent instead of just two spots of the roof rack.
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Follow Up By: RedCherokee - Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 21:52

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 21:52
If in doubt, find your nearest camping store or BCF and go pick one up. If you can lift that above your head, then good onya.

I have a jet tent, and we put it on the back seat as no way the pair of us can get it up on the roof without major effort. We also have a Coleman coastline 6. It weighs 10kgs and packs to about the size of a sleeping bag. Much to our surprise, by the time you take into account the full setup and tear down times for the two tents, there isn't a lot in it. But the Coleman takes up a lot less space in the vehicle. Set it up under the awning if you need extra space. In all probability I'll end up selling the Jettent and keeping the Coleman.

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Reply By: yarda - Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:18

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 12:18
Hi Siringo,

I have the Oztent RV3 with the side and front panels, the bag for the tent is the same as the larger RV4 so I find I can easily fit the tent and panels in the one bag. ( check the bag sizes on the current tents)
It sets up quick, real quick if the front roof ropes go to your roof rack ;-) and the panels zip on easily. It has held up faultlessly to big storms, heavy rain etc.

I have seen pictures of Oztents joined front to front, so check with the makers as I'm not sure if it needs a small joiner zipped in, but it gives you the option of 2 tents and 2 rooms. The rooms don't have a floor but you can easily set something up if needed.

Negatives - yes the bag is long, roof rack only and a base board is recommended (you can get a special pod to carry them in), that's the only negative I have. But it's a small negative.
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Follow Up By: Siringo - Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 13:33

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 13:33
Thanks yarda, great info there, much appreciated.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 15:41

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 15:41
Have a look at this link. A fair way down the page you will see Campmor Safari Bella Vista Tent. They seem to have what you are looking for.


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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 15:44

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Here is the manufacturers web site.
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Reply By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 20:41

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 20:41
Oz tent...tried em all..it'a a no brainer!
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Reply By: Siringo - Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 08:40

Friday, Nov 01, 2013 at 08:40
Thank you all for your help.
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