Touring Tent

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Hi everyone, I am in need of a touring tent. By that I mean a tent that is easy to set up (a few minutes. w/out heaps of poles & ropes) We are planning a few trips & want basically an "overnight tent". I cannot afford an RV4 or similar so probably looking at something up to $500. I would welcome ideas from members. The tent should be about 2m square with a similar height. We do not want to use swags!! Thanks Rob.
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Reply By: Mark H16 - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 18:18

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 18:18
A centre pole tent will be want you need, couple of pegs, whack up the centre pole and you're done.

I have an Oztrail, works well.
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Follow Up By: Mark H16 - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 18:19

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 18:19
Forgot to say, you can oftern pick them up on special. I got mine at BCF on sale.
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Follow Up By: Member - There Yet - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 18:43

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 18:43
I second the oztrail. We use it when the van cannot go off the beatin track. Very easy set up and dismantle.

Cheers Kerry
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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 13:27

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 13:27
Agree that the Oztrail centrepole tent is a great unit but it does require more than a "couple of pegs" if you want it to actually stand up. :-)
We often only peg the 4 corners and chuck the awning over the top if only overnighting and weather is fine.
BTW - the awning is pretty useless on any of those tourer tents so a tarp for rotten weather is wise.
We bought the additional set-up to avoid using the centre pole but is only used when more than one night planned. It does make life easier inside because that centre pole does get in the way a bit.
The use of stretchers will provide extra storage room - bags etc go under the stretchers, thereby leaving the floor space free.
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Reply By: gbc - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 19:33

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 19:33
I got an instant up tent from BCF to fill a need. Wanderer 4 I think on one of their sales and was well under your budget. We were pleasantly surprised. Fast to put up and down and fit for purpose as well!
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Follow Up By: gbc - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 19:41

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 19:41
Forgot to mention it needs no guy ropes unless it is cyclonic, and usually just the 4 corner pegs.
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Reply By: Tony F8 - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 21:00

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2014 at 21:00
Back the oztrial x2, not the same quality as a southern cross, but have had one for10 years and has not failed me yet, its all in how you treat what you have.
Cheers.
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Reply By: Les PK Ranger - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 09:27

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 09:27
Yep, as mentioned above the OZtrail tourers are great . . . about half way down this page Oztrail tents and get the side pole kit to give you an open floor area !! : )
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Reply By: Mark T6 - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 14:05

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 14:05
I have a Black Wolf Turbo Tent, bought new for $699 so maybe a fraction above your budget but they are just fantastic. I have seen good ones on E-Bay / Gum Tree that have very little use under $500, so maybe sacrifice new for second hand but go better quality.

I can get mine up in about 2 mins, and as long as you know how (ie read the instructions), I can pull ours down, roll in up and back into the 4WD in about 4 mins and its been through some horrendous storms and never leaked a drop!!

We use it for remote camping, take the caravan to a point and then head off in the 4WD, and I like it most because it can be stored across the back seat (or in my case where the back seat isn't when we go touring) rather than the Oztent which is longer and has to go up top.

Happy camping

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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 14:27

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 14:27
X1 for the Black Wolf Turbo Tent. Ours is a 210 x 210. Unbelievably strong - was the only tent standing after a dust storm at Birdsville a few years ago. Everyone elses was rolled into a ball in a corner.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 15:45

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 15:45
Just be aware there are two versions of the various Blckwolf Turbos - the normal one and the Lite. The only real difference is the material used - the full version is top notch ripstop canvas where the Lite is a lighter high quality material. This not the cheap material used in cheaper "plastic" tents.

Depending on what you want both versions are top tents and easy and quick to erect.

Garry
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Follow Up By: philw - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 17:32

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 17:32
We bought a Dune Eyre 10 x 14 flex bow canvas tent. They also do a 10 x 10. They are made of quality canvas and have a thick vinyl floor.
They are based on the legendary U.S. Springbar tents and offer great value for money.
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Follow Up By: Kiwibound eventually - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 19:54

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 19:54
We have a Black Wolf Turbo Lite 300 which is the lighter canvas. We have now had it for over three years and have used it many times including during a crossing of the Simpson Desert requiring us to erect and take down daily. Like Mark T6 says above, it is easy and quick to erect and dismantle, often no need to put in any pegs as it is freestanding and with bedding inside will not go anywhere. We have been completely dry in torrential conditions. We bought new from BCF at a very reasonable price, and if we were to sell, it would attract a reasonable resale price. Certainly worth you checking out this model - we recommend 100%.
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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 17:37

Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 17:37
You may find a RV3 second hand in your price range.I have a RV4 and there are a great tent.Had the Black Wolf Turbo and it tore a ground peg strap the first night.They at least refunded me fully.

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Follow Up By: Mark T6 - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 13:39

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 13:39
I should add the one I have now is the second Black Wolf Tent I have owned, the first was a 240 but it was only big enough for the two stretchers and not much else, so a mate bought that one off me and we upgraded to a 300, this can fit the two beds and plenty of room at the front to pack gear and stand up in.

We mainly just use four pegs, although of a storm is coming there are many other tie down points....neither tent has ever had an issue in high wind / rain or in Kalgoorlie last year hail!!

If the weather is right we don't even bother putting the fly up, but if we have to add in on its literally throw it over, plug in at four sides (and in the case of the bigger option then putting up the awning) and wham bam thank you maam its ready to roll.

I do not have anything against the Oztent, no doubt another great product BUT for me (at my age) far far easier to throw in the back than have to lift onto the roof, and THAT is the real downside of the Oztent....you can't fit them inside your fourby (well maybe a Troopy without the backseats!!).

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Follow Up By: Member - Grundle (WA) - Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 17:19

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 17:19
Yes agree Mark they could be a touch shorter,mine fits down the centre of my Patrol,with the seats lowered,though i take the lid off the centre consol so it sits lower and i can still use the consol.I agee as we get older things become more chalenging.

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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 20:56

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 at 20:56
Another vote for the Black Wolf - well worth the cost, and easier to stow in your vehicle than the OzTent.
We've had ours for a few years now and have used it in all sorts of weather conditions when not towing the camper - including the Simpson crossing and locations from southern Tas to Queensland.
Very easy set up and pack up.









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Follow Up By: 19738662 - Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 10:58

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 10:58
Thanks everyone for the replies,sorry for the late post,had computer problem. Regards Robert
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