touring tents

Submitted: Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 01:53
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Any comments please on what, or what not to buy.
I am looking for a quick set up for two people.
thanks
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Reply By: old-plodder - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 08:01

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 08:01
We have been using a 9'x9' touring tent for over 20 years now.
Good for one night stands, and for a few days.
We also take a big tarp to go over the lot if the weather turns really hot or wet.

Basically we like it because :
1. we can stand up in it (now we are getting old changing laying down doesn't work as well and we end up laughing at each other, the sights you see!)
2. Has front and back windows for ventilation and flow through dust in the wrong wind. (sorry, memories of the last trip)
3. front zip is a 'D' zip, undoes top left, right across the top, down and then back across the bottom. Others prefer other configurations.
4. It is new zealand made, good canvas seams and zips.
5. It has a single outer frame, and not a centre pole.
6. two of us can out it up in less than 10 minutes. (takes 20 to 30 minutes for us to stop and be set up with the billy on the stove, or first beer depending on temp)
7. Have tried an igloo tent, but we are old fashioned.
8. It packs reasonably small. Have made a bigger vinyl bag so it is easier to pack and unpack.

A few other things too, but I am having a seniors moment.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 12:28

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 12:28
Sounds like the tent we use now. My mates call it the "circus tent" because it's bright orange and green. Lovely colour (NOT). But I got it for $100 bucks second hand and I LOVE it!
Just two poles 1 on each side (outside the tent). So easy to setup. Missus, myself, 7 year old boy and baby comfertably fit in it. (the boy has got his own dome but for 1 nighters it's not worth stuffing around with).
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 19:43

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 19:43
You didn't go into details of what beer you drink!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - gimme (QLD) - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 02:04

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 02:04
Thanks for your input, I appreciate you taking the time.
Do you think that the centre pole set-up is less stable?
What brand did you end up getting.?
I like yourself do not like the idea of dome tents, particularly as you mentioned having to crawl around to get changed, been there done that with my son and daughter.
Regards,
Michael
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 07:34

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 07:34
G'day gimme,

as long as your four corner pegs are in soundly and your cp is extended and tightened correctly, you have no probs with stability. My kids run around inside the tent, grabbing the centre pole, no probs yet, it is a pretty firm set up when properly in place. You could always get the internal side poles if you want to do away with the cp. Even for a spontaneous "can we camp in the backyard tonight Dad" occasion, I find it easier to whack up the cp tourer than the &$#&@# little dome. Less than five mins (and they are inside laughing.
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Reply By: ianmc - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 08:16

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 08:16
Hard to beat the canvas 9x9 centre pole or inside frame safari style by Freedom or Sthn Cross . Had one for about 20 years & nearly as new. Get one with a tough vinyl floor, not the cheap poly tarp blue stuff which breaks up.
Some much cheaper imports around which look OK!
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Reply By: flappa - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:05

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:05
If you want something that will last many many years , and in all likelyhood , get the majority of your money back if you ever went to sell it , be able to withstand practically any weather thrown at it . . .

Southern Cross would be the pick.

Downsides would be . . . Expensive intially (about $1000) , and heavy (about 20 kg)
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Reply By:- Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:30

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:30
I have a Southern Cross Ultimate 10 for sale 3.0mx3.0m sleeps 3/4 (but 2 gives more space for gear, Weight 17kgs Height 2.26m, one centre pole, rrp $1090, in perfect condition heavy duty floor, price $750 plus freight from Western Australia, if you are interested please email me and I will make enquires about freight.

Regards Ron
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Follow Up By: Member - gimme (QLD) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 23:18

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 23:18
Ron,
Thanks, but no thanks. I wasn't looking at something that big.
Regards,
Michael
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Reply By:- Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:32

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:32
Sorry forgot to leave my email wombat@e-wire.net.au

Regards Ron
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:44

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:44
www.dgimarkeitng.net/tent/tent.html

You wont do better than this for the $... Ask Eric he bought 2.. Im gettin one in a few weeks too.
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Follow Up By: flappa - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:49

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:49
check your link T

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:56

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:56
Thanks flap.

bloody typo - try this link now.

LMAO
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 10:28

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 10:28
one of those going on ebay for under $220 at present, 10 hrs left. started at $1.00.

I've got an Oztrail tourer 10 plus. Great value, performing well so far, can put it up by myself in five mins. paid $330.
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Follow Up By: AdrianLR - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 21:15

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 21:15
Bushfix, where did you get the 10 plus for $330? D/camping is $399 + freight. The best I've seen was a place on the Gold Coast for $349 but they didn't have any stock

Thanks Adrian
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 07:36

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 07:36
chinwagging with a merchant at a camping show :)
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 19:30

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 19:30
Look in the Trader section .... Tanami Tourer seconds for about $290.00, very good value!
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Follow Up By: warndu - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 08:41

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 08:41
hi
The Tanami tourer fact second is a great tent. Look up the reviews on the pagero clubs home page for mor info. The bars from the centre pole provides heaps of space in the tent and is a doddle to put up by yourself. I've had swags for years and used to laugh at tents but now I can set up and secure all my gear in 5 mins no bugs, no crows no dogs no worries.
Regards Warndu
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Reply By: 80scruiser - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 21:03

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 21:03
Try these COI I love mine and the price is right. I bought mine from here Good people, good service and good price.
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Reply By: Harry - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 21:34

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 21:34
Gidaye gimme,
Well I went through the same process as you are now going through and I finished up with an Oztent. I had a few tents over the years but this one is pretty bluddy good. It takes me longer to get it out of the truck than it does to put up and if there's no breeze around then don't need to peg it straight away.
It sleeps my wife and I very comfortably awning out the front if you want it out otherwise leave it rolled up, large rear window which can be left open without rain coming in.It's secret is the internal frame which all folds up and stays inside the tent. they said it was a 30 sec. to erect and it does just that.Storm guys attached in little pockets front and back. I also purchased the extra sides that attach to the awning and that allows me to get the back of the truck in nice and cosy for cooking if the weather turns sour.Have a look at the website and see for yourself.
Will take hard weather and vinyl floor is tough as. Can get an optional fly to go over if you want.
Did the Canning last year with it and it was all what they claimed it to be.
Not cheap but good gear isn't, comes in around the Southern cross price.
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Follow Up By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 22:00

Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 22:00
gimme,

ditto everything Harry has said, a ripper tent only drawback is length when folded away usualy need to carry on roof racks.

Definately worth checking out.

Browny
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Reply By: Member - gimme (QLD) - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 02:09

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 02:09
Thanks to everyone for their input. I have a better idea of what to narrow it down to.
Regards
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Reply By: Harry - Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 19:43

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 19:43
Hey Browny,
Oz fits into a Troopy real easy :>))
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