Two Men and a Tinnie - Camping Solutions pls?

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Planning a trip around South Oz, WA, NT and back home to Vic.

Tow Vehicle: 200 Series Landcruiser
Boat: 7M Alloy, Center console
Crew: 2 Middle aged men (not the Brokeback Mountain kind either)
Duration: 2 Months, perhaps 3 months

Problem: Trying to work out the best Camping Solution for the both of us out of what we have.
There will be a Roof Top Tent on the Landcruiser, so that is one guy sorted.
Ideas for the second person...?

I'm thinking we could some how use the flat space in the back of the boat?
Or should we Swag it?
Or just take an additional 2 Men Tent, like an Oz Tent, for the second person?
I guess, if we were beach camping in WA, the boat might even stay in the water for 5 days or so.

Will be trying to make it as cheap as possible, but there will be the odd Motel stay, or On-site van. But to make it economical, Free Camping is our best option.

I guess we are like All 4 Adventure, only they take 2 vehicles.
With our 1 Vehicle, with perhaps a RTT.... Has anyone seen a good solution for 2 mates.

Thanks :)
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Reply By: Member - Ross N (NSW) - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:04

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:04
Hi Salty Dog,
I have seen Oz Tent destroyed in high winds.
The aluminium struts can get mangled but in most weather conditions i'm sure
They are fine.
My personal preference is for a centre pole tent like a Sthn Cross.but beware cheap imports.
Swags aren't my first choice but a lot of people love them.
Whichever way you go I'm sure you will have a ball.
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Follow Up By: Salty Dog - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 13:07

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 13:07
Yeah, i'm not a real swag person either.
Not sure why, had a bad experience once.
Too used my comfort now.
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Reply By: friar - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:16

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:16
Travelled with a mate on several fishing trips, roof top tent & awning, mate sleeps under the awning on a camp stretcher with inflatable mattress,which slides in to the roof top tent when travelling,no rolling up,mossy net a must to go over the stretcher ,if needed. friar.
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Reply By: Salty Dog - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 13:14

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 13:14
Thanks fellas
All good ideas.

I guess, what i've been wondering, is because the boat has so flat much room, i've always wondered if someone hasn't invented some kind of awning/tent/thing for the boat itself?

I like the idea of being off the ground, especially the further north we go.
I like the idea of being water proof for rain
I'd like the space
And i like fast set up
But my failings with the boat idea will be keeping insects out

So then i went back to a Tent idea.
The Swag under the awning might be a good option.

EDIT: Actually, now i think about it, perhaps an awning off the vehicle with all its sides to make a tent is the answer, then a stretcher type bed in there?
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 13:44

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 13:44
Salty

You can get awning/tent/screen house combos relatively cheap now.

One source is 4WD supa centre (www.4wdsupacentre.com.au).

I can't attest to there quality, but it will give you an idea of what is around.

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Follow Up By: Salty Dog - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 14:01

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 14:01
Yeah cheers mate
I actually noticed some on special from OzTrail

http://www.raysoutdoors.com.au/Product/OZtrail-Deluxe-RV-Tent/341580?gclid=Cj0KEQiAhNnCBRCqkP6bvOjz_IwBEiQAMn_TMbNWXwmg5qsYe8gyWDprw2Bwc7E1_bNNKxf0pUV_mkQaAvv58P8HAQ

Yes, i am familiar with 4WD Supercentre, its what i see on every 4WD these days
I think they are taking over Australia :)
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 13:48

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 13:48
Don't know why I didn't think of it before...

You can also get a skirt for most RRT to for a room under the sleeping platform. Definatelyenough room for a stretcher and a swag - depending what else you may want to put in there.

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Reply By: Grizzle - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 14:19

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 14:19
I did the Cape with a mate in a rooftop tent in 2014, tent was great but two guys not quite so. Kimberley last year with another mate and we used swags but set them up on stretcher beds so they were above ground. Very comfortable and easy to get in and out of.

Both trips were a month long.

If its only a choice between the two I would definitely go for the swag option.

Of course I'm sure there are other options as well.

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Follow Up By: Salty Dog - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 14:35

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 14:35
Thanks mate

Yeah, most of my regular swag using friends have all got the stretcher beds for them now.
They really rate them. Saying they are much more comfortable.
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Reply By: Iza B - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 15:53

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 15:53
Hammocks!!! Did a similar kind of trip to Darwin not so long ago. Three guys and a boat. Couple of months. So much smaller and easier to handle than swags. I suggest some research if considering the idea. Hammocks today are not like the traditional vision of canvas strips in banana shape. Rain cover is easy and being out of the mud is a bonus. Much cooler than swags and no condensation issues. No creepie crawlies to share the ground with. Smart people don't need trees either.

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Follow Up By: Salty Dog - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 16:01

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 16:01
There's a problem straight outa the gate, i'm not smart :)
Especially not after a few destination beers.

Thanks for idea, i'll have a look
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 16:32

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 16:32
Salty Dog

My Brother and I often go outback together in my Troop carrier .

I sleep in the troopie and my Brother has a reasonable quality tent with a memory foam mattress that he sleeps in ,Works well for as and it is nice and simple.
I found RTT,S are not really very user friendly and are heavy , you could easily do what I do and sleep in the Cruiser , it wouldn't take much to set up .

Have a good trip .

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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 17:13

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 17:13
Would be hard to go wrong with a centre pole tent for the co-expeditioner - we used one for years (still in the shed getting dusty...kids might use it). About 2m x 2m base, one pole up in the centre, rigid roof hoop about 600mm x 600mm, 4 ground pegs and quality canvas....very quick up and down and stows quite flat. Ours has breeze mesh on the door and window for hot weather. A ton of room for one bloke and all his goodies.
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Follow Up By: Salty Dog - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 18:48

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 18:48
Thanks mate
Ironically, i have a VW Centre Pole tent from Circa 1972
I have used it on a few trips, it was easy and back then, there was none of this so called 4WDing stuff.

So i appreciate what you are saying.

Although, it wasn't mice proof and during a mice plague in South Oz
I will never forget
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Reply By: PhilD - Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 21:33

Monday, Dec 19, 2016 at 21:33
It depends how much stuff you carry in the boat! My son and daughter in law have a 6.4 m tinnie hardtop with full travel covers, and sleep on a Queen mattress on the deck. Unzip covers if too warm. They have 2 V berths up front but prefer the deck for overnight stops.
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 11:22

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 11:22
Personally I hate the roof top tents. Extra drag means more fuel and climbing in and out a pain in the butt. I,d get a quick set up Coleman 4 person tent each, a stretcher, a good quality self inflating mattress with small compressor pump for quicker inflate and deflate. . To set up would take total of 15 mins.Not much more time than a roof tent takes. Same to decamp. Have your privacy and total weight of ech kit would be less than 25kgs. Chuck them in the boat and head out and camp on beaches at night.
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Follow Up By: Salty Dog - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 12:45

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 12:45
Now there is another idea i had not taken into consideration.

As there is some Islands 25K out of the WA coastline that we want to go and stay at
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 15:08

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 15:08
Salty

Just check before you plan your stays as some of these will fall under Marine Parks. Not sure which ones or if there are no camping conditions that apply. It's just a long way to travel and find out you can't stay.

Department of Parks and Wildlife WA would be the place to call to check conditions.

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Follow Up By: Salty Dog - Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 15:23

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016 at 15:23
http://mackerelislands.com.au/
Yeah, i think we may have to use their accom. for this island.
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