Which Black Wolf Turbo?

Submitted: Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 21:23
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Hi all,

Just seeking advice as to which Turbo tent I should purchase for a family of 4 (2 adults 2 kids under 10).

I am tossing up between the Turbo PLUS 240 and the Turbo PLUS 300. I can currently get the 300 cheaper on snowys so am leaning that way a little although I'm concerned it is a bit overkill.

Sleeping gear will be single self inflating mats for the kids and a double self inflating for the mrs and I.

Thoughts please folks??
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Reply By: Member - William B (The Shire) - Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 21:32

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 21:32
Hi,
I have a black wolf turbo 240 and find with the 3 of use once our change of clothes is in the tent we have no spare space.
The bigger the better.
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Reply By: ian - Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 23:56

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 23:56
Hi Ben01
You can't have too much space, and the 300 is cheaper. The 240 is a bit smaller to pack in the vehicle, but if the 300 fits, get it. I have one. great tent.
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Reply By: Ben01 - Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 15:59

Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 15:59
Thanks guys for the replies so far.
Neither will fit in the car so it will be a roof rack job - bit of a mission getting 30 to 35kg up there but I'm sure I'll manage.
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Follow Up By: tim_c - Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at 12:17

Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at 12:17
Have you considered the "lite" version? They are probably about 10kg lighter by using nylon instead of canvas. I think they are usually a couple of hundred dollars cheaper too.

They won't be as tough as the canvas, but unless you're camping perpetually, nylon will still last many years if looked after.
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Reply By: Top End Az - Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 22:12

Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 22:12
We have the 300 (not the plus), there is 2 adults and 1 teenager for us. It's a good amount of space, it is a heavyish cumbersome tent but fits in the back of our Dmax dual cab with canopy (just). We find we set up quicker than many camper trailers. However getting on a roofrack depends on how many ailments you cope with.
I saw a 240 last week at El Questro and agree it's a bit small for us. They are great tents, easy up and down, go the extra space and have the versatility of a 300. When it's the 2 of us and it's raining there is space for table and chairs inside with the 300.
We find by having self inflating mattresses on stretchers (just BCF gear) you gain storage under the stretchers for your bags and gear and frees up the space.
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Reply By: LAZYLUX16 - Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 22:45

Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 22:45
Try a Darche Airvolution tent they are like a Tardis inside .Just a thought I have one !
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 23:44

Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 at 23:44
We had the 300 plus lite before getting the Tvan. The tent is now used by our son, wife and 2 kids - its a good size for that size family. Sounds like you might come from Adelaide - check Rays outdoors at the moment - selling off all stock and still have some BlackWolf tents at 50% off
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Follow Up By: Ben01 - Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 13:06

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 13:06
Hi mate cheers for the reply.

I'm actually from WA - a Rays near me was having a closing down sale but only had the 300 (not plus) for about $1200.
Currently snowys has the 300 plus for $1300 free shipping which is a bargain considering bcf and the like sell them for $2050.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 21:14

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 21:14
My son got a 300 in the Ray's closing down sale in Devonport (Tas) for $700; might be worth checking other stores, unless the sale is now closed off.
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Reply By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 02:29

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 02:29
Also have the 300 plus lite. Great tent that should have enough room. Except perhaps if you get trapped inside by wet weather.

Two hints:
1. When you get it out of the bag for the first time take careful note of how it was packed (photos or video!). They do fit back in the bag quite well- if you roll it up correctly.
2. When we were camped at Marla, the next group were in Turbos. When we were packing up they suggested leaving the fly attached. Then it's even quicker to pack, unpack and erect.

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Follow Up By: tim_c - Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at 12:12

Friday, Aug 05, 2016 at 12:12
The biggest problem I have packing ours up is getting the air out when I'm trying to roll it up. Other than that, you've got to be pretty lazy rolling it up for it not to fit in the bag - heaps of spare space.
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Reply By: bigden - Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 15:14

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 15:14
I am another one with the turbo 300 for use by the wife and I. It's a great tent,so easy and quick to set up. But it is so big and heavy to carry. I've thought about getting something smaller for overnight stops, the turbo 240 is not much smaller or lighter packed
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Reply By: Top End Az - Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 15:54

Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 at 15:54
When I was looking for my 300 turbo, I noticed online they were about $850 or so a couple of years ago. I went into my local camping store in Darwin and it was $1500. I told the owner of the store as I was talking to her that I wanted to buy and support local business and that they were cheaper online and I'm not on mining wages.
She called someone (probably her supplier or distributor), and she came back and said she could do it for $950, which I agreed to. You won't get this at BCF but it doesn't hurt to ask local stores.
Another tip when packing them up, although the bag size is generous, Once folded up I use a couple of cam straps around it all to tighten and compress it all up, and it fits in the bag so much easier and quicker
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