Swags - known any good ones & who makes them ?

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Looking for a good swag with the fancy fly screens etc. Want to also be able to sleep under the stars with a screen to stop the mozzies and unwelcome intruders - don't like sharing my swag with funnel webs and snakes.
Have seen Down under, Jolly swags and also Burke & Wills. I do like the burke & wills swags especially the Redgum.
What other makes are out there and what do people reckon are the best ?
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Reply By: robb - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 20:08

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 20:08
Try this one mate... i have one and love it.

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Reply By: Oil Drippa - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 21:56

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 21:56
Whichever swag you settle on , one thing to look at is access to inside is it on top or on the side ? I have one of each and the one with the acess from top is a pain in winter as when you open up everything gets wet , doona pillow ect , you can't get in without tracking mud/sand ect inside as well .The side access is 100% better as you unzip the flap lift up and slide in , everthing stays dry and you can take your boots off and refit under the side flap .
My swags are A.O.L and cost on average $375 each they are 14 ounce canvas wwith YKK zips .I have traveled W.A. and all over the NT for 3 years and they were great . The only let down was comming home to pack my kit away for another 2 years of saving til the next trip !
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 09:59

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 09:59
Couldn't agree more about the side access. If I get to choose again, I will go for that option.
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Reply By: outback ted - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 21:58

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 21:58
Hi jeff

I have owned a Remlap swag since 1990. They are made in South australia and available direct from the factory.

When ever I am in a camping shop or at a 4x4 show etc., I look at the latest swags and the day I see one that I think is superior I will buy it.

If you want special features or something added on they will do it.

Check them out at www.remlap.com.au


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Reply By: Phil G - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 22:06

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 22:06
I've updated my swag recently to the Jolly Swag, Drover XL. Triangle shape, Side entry, insect screen and just hangs off the bullbar - doesn't have those crazy hoops. I like the quality and looks genuinely waterproof.
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 07:01

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 07:01
Jeff I have 3 swags 1x southern cross double 1x sothern cross single and 1x down under single.
To date cant fault them I have found you just have to work out little ways of avoiding the mud in the swag etc.

All the best
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Reply By: Coops (Pilbara) - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 07:46

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 07:46
Mallee Swags are made in WA and myself and all my mates have 'em without any complaints at all.
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Reply By: equinox - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 13:36

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 13:36

I have heard that the folks at "Cane River Station", out near Onslow make good swags.

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Reply By: Member - Willie Sydney - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 18:59

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 18:59
I have an Ultima swag . It is a sqare cross section - the two sides and the top are mesh . There is a seperate flap goes opver the top to cover the whole lot when it rains .

I have camped through the heat of the N.T. with it and it was really good . It has a tie point at each end where you can tie it off to a bull bar and a tree or use two small tent poles - I made mine out of fishing rod blanks .

Now the bad news - all my mates want one and the guy in Queansland who made them seems to have disappeared .


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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 19:16

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 19:16
I've got a Brook Swag - can zip myself in and have fancy fly screens and don't have canvas directly on top of me. They are made at Crystal Brook in S.A. Very happy with it.
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Reply By: Member - Rick (S.A.) - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 20:02

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 20:02
Have a look at:


Go to 4wd equipment, & read my article on swags for more tips. The article is about 5 years old, but still relevant.

Many of my mates, and I, now are using Candy Canvas swags. Good designs.
Go to www.candycanvas.com.au. Not the best web site, bur VERY well made gear.

Finally, my last tip is to get a patch of old tarp or similar to put under the swag edge. If you get a piece about 900 x 900 and slip it under the edge of the swag, it will protrude to a square about 600 x 600. Stand on this to take your boots off, get changed on, store torch, clothes etc on. You will find bits of dirt, seeds, grass stems, burrs etc in the swag are avoided this way. Store the small tarp in the swag as you roll it up. It takes up no more room this way, and is ready when you are to emit the odd Zedd.

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Follow Up By: Jeff (Beddo) - Sunday, Jun 06, 2004 at 19:08

Sunday, Jun 06, 2004 at 19:08
Thanks Rick and everyone for your replies - there is certainly plenty out there - am quite interested in what Candy Canvas has to offer in way of swags and also that dual cab slip on unit they have - looks real good - better than others I have seen at shows.
Thanks again everyone.
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Reply By: awill4x4 - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 20:56

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 20:56
Beddo, like a few other here I also have Southern Cross camping products. I have one of their Trekker tents approx 14 years old and still in tip top condition. I also have 2 of their single swags about 18 months old.
One thing I like about their swags, is the fact that they are free standing and don't require tying back to trees, bullbar, etc. they also have a hoop above your legs so the weight of the canvas isn't pressing down on them.
At the last caravan show they had on display their new "dome" swag, and if I were in the swag market now this would be the one I would buy.
Check out their products on http://www.southerncrosscanvas.com.au/accessories.htm
Then click on swags.
Regards Andrew.
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 22:27

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 22:27
If you have a look at the dome swag, you will see a small cover over the end of the swag. I have had one of these made for my Sar Major Discovery, keeps the rain out of the end, allowing you to have the top done up completely, and still having all important air flow.
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Reply By: mid life - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 11:32

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 11:32

I bought a Burke & Wills Red Gum after looking at heaps of swags, have only had it about a month now but did use it on Moreton Is and I must say it was great. Am planning a trip to the Simpson Desert end of this month thats why I got it.


PS don't get the double there just too big when rolled up.
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