light weight tent

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I am in need of some advice. Early next year Pat and I intend taking our daughter on a caravanning holiday for quite a few weeks. Problem is that we only have two single bunks in the van and propose buying a tent which I will use. Requirements are light weight, must be able to stand up in it, easy erection and spacious enough to take a good sized stretcher. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Cheers, Nev.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 09:46

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 09:46
you could try one of these, we have one we use occasionally
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSmAdzkFP2E
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Follow Up By: Member - wicket - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 09:48

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 09:48
forgot to mention that it does come with a fly but the bloke in the video hasn't bothered, takes another minute or two
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Follow Up By: Member - Don & Kathie M (TAS) - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 12:10

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 12:10
X2 for this tent. It is the one we use when touring the outback in winter.
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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:30

Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:30
Excellent tent for summer. Super quick to put up/down.

However its useless in the rain as the nylon wicks so easily. If you pack it away wet, it will instantly leak next time you put it up.
Used one for 3 weeks in the Vic High Country. Only two days without rain so the damned thing was water logged. Most miserable camping I've ever done
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 12:20

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 12:20
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While the pop up tents like the Coleman / RV, etc are fairly quick, they can still be heavy and bulky, difficult to fit in.

We have used a Malamoo3 tent quite a bit now, and once you master the repacking / folding, they are VERY quick, easy, and robust enough with a groundsheet of shadecloth to protect the floor.

These might be ok for a stretcher in the larger size ?
Guess you'd have to check that out, or get a low stretcher :)

The 3P tent

The video

These are made in other sizes, 2 person, 3 person, and the 4 person, plus a few other brands (cheaper) and styles more like hiking tents.

We find the Malamoo3 is perfect for 2 of us, using the large double swag (1450mm wide) it fits in perfect length wise, and we have a little room each side for our bags too.

Snowys have the best pricing I have found for these.
They also offer included shipping Aust wide.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 13:18

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 13:18
Oxtents are not cheap but very easy to erect and have standing height. I believe they even have a "connector" to allow it to join to caravan.

Maybe worth considering?????

Alan

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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 13:18

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 13:18
That was Oztent of course

Alan
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 13:58

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 13:58
Its the height requirement that doubles the pack , however we went thru same thing and found only 1 which is readily available and its 1.7m high so wife can stand up and change in it.

I can to but it messes up my hair.


The BCF version is called ->

Wanderer Cascade 4 Dome Tent

Currently on special on EBAY at $69 bucks
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Follow Up By: OBJ - Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 19:55

Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 at 19:55
If you can tone down your beehive hairdo you might find standing will be a little easier both on you and your hair.
:)
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Reply By: Member - neville G (QLD) - Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 08:06

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 08:06
Thanks for all that information, it looks as though the Coleman ticks all the boxes, I will try to find one in town and have a good look at it.
Thanks again and a happy Xmas to all.
Cheers, Nev.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 08:28

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 08:28
Nev, the Coleman instant up tent ticks boxes for stretcher use, and ease / speed of setup / take down.
As for lightweight, that is something some can differ on, the 4P on the Coleman site is on special now for $216, but is a smidge under 10kg.
Better than RV and Black Wolf types which are up around the 20kg to 25kg, and upwards of $800 - $1200.
All of these might be bulky to carry, some are in bags up to a couple of metres long.
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Follow Up By: Member - wicket - Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 10:16

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 10:16
les
that tent is on sale here for $139.00 but i'd pay the extra for the one with the fly $209.00

http://www.snowys.com.au/Tents-Shelters/Touring-Tents/Coleman-Instant-Up-Tents.aspx?c=1&sc=3&ssc=79
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 12:01

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 12:01
Snowys is a great spot for tents, should have checked there myself !! :)
They seem to have included shipping in all their pricing too, which makes a big difference, especially on those larger heavier tents.
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Follow Up By: Malcom M - Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:31

Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:31
Useless in the rain. The nylon wicks and leaks
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Reply By: Member - Tony F8 - Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 17:57

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015 at 17:57
Trialled the new Coleman Instant up 6 Gold in july this year before its release in
Australia's, approximately 15kg all up, full head height, very quick set up, about 4mins and able to withstand 100kph winds (not that I think I would want to be in a tent in those conditions). It also has a circular ventillation system, I was skeptical, but with it open you could actuaaly feel the cool air being drawn in at floor level.
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Reply By: howie - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 02:23

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 02:23
i have used a blackstump instant tent for years, great bit of kit.
works like an umbrella, has a dual skin (permanently attached).
i own a 3P instant EURO (loads of room for a single person)
i could erect about 4 of them in the time it takes for 1 x coleman 'instant' LOL
usually just peg the base at the 4 corners in fair weather.
http://www.instanttents.com/shop/three-person-instant-tent-euro
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Reply By: Malcom M - Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:45

Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 10:45
You say you want to go away for several weeks . You need to plan for unexpected weather then.

The Coleman Instant Ups are simply brilliant and we have two of them. However they are completely useless in the wet for any extended period as the nylon wicks so easily. If you pack it away wet, it will instantly leak next time you put it up.
My son and I used one for 3 weeks in the Vic High Country. Only two days without rain so the damned thing was water logged. Most miserable camping I've ever done.

Due to that we bought a Darche AT4 instant tent for the wet times. This is a canvas tent so does not leak or mind being packed up wet. Has heaps of headroom (Oztent does not). Its different in that its an inflatable tent. You peg out the ground floor, attach the supplied pump to its 'poles' and pump it up. Takes less than 60 sec to fully erect the whole thing. Heaps of headroom, easily get 4 people in it. Being canvas, it doesn't need a separate fly but it does have a front awning attached.
Due to its inflatable poles, its like a Tardis, bigger on the inside, the poles bow out at the sides so you have a heap more inside room.
Just used ours on a 2 month Cape York trip and its now our permanent tourer / wet weather tent.
http://darche.com.au/product/at-4/.
Being inflatable gives you a bit of paranoia so we also bought a spare pump. Bit of a pooh if you can't pump it up. Was also concerned about punctures but the poles are kevlar and Darche have a video of inflated poles being driven over by a loaded 4by. Pretty bullet proof.

We bought it from WildEarthhttp://www.wildearth.com.au which was cheapest tat teh time. However when you join, they give you 10% off your first purchase plus we got free delivery so it was a bargain price.

Worth a look.
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