Tent or camper trailer

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Hi all,
Planning a trip to Arkaroola and then along Oodnadatta track next year and having never done the track before would a tent suffice (Oztrail 4V Tasman) or would an off road camper trailer be better? We are planning on a September trip in 2015. I have no problem with a tent, but was wondering about creepy crawlies (not snakes so much, eight legged things). Any opinions greatly appreciated!


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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 14:04

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 14:04
From that perspective no different to any other places you travel.
I have seen a lot more snakes than spiders in that area but not of concern in my opinion
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Reply By: Ian and Pen - Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 17:11

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 17:11
You won't have a problem with either tent or trailer your choice, might be a bit cool in september in Arkarool (one of our fav places in the whole of oz) but fire wood at campsite plentiful.
Keep the tent zipper closed and you won't have a problem. Just as many creepies in your garage at home.
Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought stupid than to open it and remove all doubt

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Reply By: Member - VickiW - Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 19:16

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 at 19:16
Hi, I live at Arkaroola & have to say haven't seen an excess of spiders or snakes - so just take normal precautions by keeping the screen closed.

btw September can be cool, but the days can be pretty warm - a nice time to visit.

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Reply By: Member - Brenton H (SA) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 10:17

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 10:17
Just a few comments for what they're worth, others may disagree:
A camper trailer is still a tent..its attached to a trailer ..but still a tent...no gain there.
Had a camper trailer back in the 70's when they first came out and the kids were young. Pain in the ass sleeping. Every time one of us had to get up to the children and/or take a pee would have to crawl over the other person to get out of bed. The newer models are higher up and have a ladder. Same problem except now you get to fall off and break your ankle. Not good to try if hungover and sleepy.
We eventually sold it and my wife vows to never have another!
After a series of 'divorce tents'...you know the type huge, heavy and take an hour to put up we eventually bought an Oz tent several years back and have found it excellent especially for those camps where you are on the move each day. We have 2m stretchers (which allow your clothing bags etc to go underneath and save space) and alpaca Dounas.
Getting up at night is just like home..pull the Douna back, legs over, and stand up..easy.
Also quick to set up. Went camping with mates a few years back and stopped late in the after noon to camp on the only available space which unfortunately must have been an old creek bed with a layer of rocks just under the dirt. We had the oz tent up in 2min flat. Not necessary to peg it down as it has an internal frame but one mate with the camper was in strife. Tried for an hour to peg the tent area down in the rocky ground and had to move twice and sank 3 tinnies before he eventually got the tent up.
Don't worry about snakes and spiders..probably more in your back yard. Big ants are far worse.
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Reply By: noelene/peter b - Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 19:59

Sunday, Jun 15, 2014 at 19:59
Like most, we started with the tent, then moved on to the camper trailer and now have invested in an off road hybrid (rigid walled camper trailer).
Quite frankly it's about your age and stage...of them all I loved the tent (Oz trail) but am now pleased to have the additional lux. of the hybrid. Your trip will still be in the chilly months esp Arkaroola and as the cold really permeates up from the ground then bed socks/ hot water bottle/ and (eek) a beanie will keep you warm at night and travelling without towing will be simpler. Creepy crawlies don't like the cold!!
Noels and Pete
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Reply By: Member - Stanley D - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 22:24

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 22:24
Dear Ranger 77.
Had a great time at Arkaroola and cannot wait to go back. We had a tent last time but the ground was so hard that we couldn't get the pegs in. We ended up in a
'donga' (Gilli Cabins) as it saved the blood pressure and limited the foul language. The experienced campers there use a 12 volt drill, connected to the aux. battery, with a masonry bit attached to first drill the holes and insert the pegs- long and arduous job!
With a camper trailer one can use your 20 litre water containers as weights at the corners, not attached to the trailer, if you cannot get the pegs in.
The Gilli cabins are simple but comfortable enough with the shower block just a short walk. The BBQ,s are OK but need to be cleaned as some people do not bother to clean them up after use and the left over fat is revolting.
The food at the 'Native Pine' was like what one would get at the local pub- wholesome and really not that expensive, considering where it has to be transported from.
The Ridge Top tour is worth the trip.
As for the arachnids, just spray around the area with some eucalyptus oil each day to form a barrier. It keeps them off- bio-degradable and will not kill them. It is also good for insect bites and to spray your footwear to keep them fresh.
Have a great time and there is plenty to see at Arkaroola and the surrounds.
regards, Stanley
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