Geo-family 4 tent at Rays Outdoors

Submitted: Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 13:34
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Before I drop the hard-earned on this tent, is there a valid reason why I shouldn't? Can pick one up in a couple of weeks for $350 (normally $500).

We're after a tent that can comfortably handle us and our dog, or us and another couple, as well as allow for an insectproof area. It will probably be used for a weekend away each month, so a couple of nights in the one spot. Already have a small 2 man hiking tent that is just too small for when the rain or insects set in, but still good for quick overnight stays. I love my wife dearly, and we're late twenties/early thirties, so a touring tent with a pole in the middle isn't an option :-)

Still open to the possibility of a touring tent with an open floor, but I like the space this one will give us. The "Kimberley Extended Tourer" at Rays is a possibility, but I haven't seen one erected anywhere to suss out, and the price is a bit up there.

Basically would like to hear from anyone who's owned a Geofamily and found any issues with it.

cheers
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 13:35

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 13:35
Just in case anyone found anything in that post mildy offensive, I was thinking of my grandparents who still toured Oz until they were in their seventies!
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 13:40

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 13:40
come on, try pole dancing in a dome tent!
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 13:41

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 13:41
touche!
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Reply By: Trev88 - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 14:37

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 14:37
Hi Scubaroo

I have a double geo which has two areas 3mx3m + 3mx3m takes me and the wife (and were in our fourtys just so you young ones might be quicker LOL) 20 to 30 min to errect. One end sleeping with plenty of windows. the other insect proof and plenty of openings so you can have good shade regardless of the set up position.

On display at Snows at richmond road will st you back $500 Ther abouts and only weighs 25kg.

I think its and oz tent with about a water resistance of about 3500 or 4000.

We wnet through a terntial hail storm in mt beauty and not a drop in side.

recomend it as worth a look

TM2CW

Trevor
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Reply By: rob&kev&roo - Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 23:46

Monday, Jul 25, 2005 at 23:46
if you do go the tent option go the tourer if as murphy always says it will go wrong and one of the unbreakalbe poles in your dome tent breaks your stuffed in a touer you can use any branch cut to length.remember you get what you pay for and tents are no different, we decided on the southern cross ultimate trekker not the cheapest tent around but fufilled our needs, roomy strong simpleand quick to erect and aussie made. just a thought
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Reply By: patosonit - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:14

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:14
I have the Wild Country Geo 6, it has been a fantastic tent. We use it in all conditions and never had a problem. It is certanly strong enough as it has survived 4 Bathurst 1000's with out a problem.

Best part about the Geo is the extra room on the front, we use this as storage and come in through the back door so people cant see what we have.

Hope this helps a big 2 thumbs up from me.

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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 12:29

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 12:29
Thanks for the feedback. Roughly how long does it take to put up? One or two person job?

cheers
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Follow Up By: patosonit - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:07

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 11:07
Hi Scubaroo,

The 6 person can be put up by 1 person but it is a little tricky. With 2 people it takes 15 minutes. The longest part is pegging it out. I also have had a touring tent but i downsized my RIG so i needed to save space. I agree with everyone else that touring tents are much tougher and if you plan on living in it or using it for long periods of time in high sun / UV areas you should by canvas. But for size, weight, features, usable space, and value for money you can go past dome tents
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Reply By: Big Trev - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:26

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:26
I suggest you go and look at Southern Cross Tents for a few (but expensive) options. I reckon they make the best tent by far. Southern Cross Tents
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Reply By: Big Trev - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:27

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:27
I suggest you go and look at Southern Cross Tents for a few (but expensive) options. I reckon they make the best tent by far. Southern Cross Tents
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 12:26

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 12:26
Hmmm - nice, but way out of our pricerange. Maybe when there's a couple of sprogs to house in the tent.
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Follow Up By: Big Trev - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 13:02

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 13:02
Yes they are, but please remember the golden rule "what you pay for is what you get"
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 13:23

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 13:23
I know (I don't like buying things twice), but to get something of roughly the same square footage, I would have to go for something like the Ultimate Deluxe, which at $1450, is a bit of a jump from $350. They also have centre poles which I personally dislike in a tent, although with some of their designs, there's still plenty of space beyond the pole and it wouldn't be as big an issue for me as it would be in a square touring tent.

Rays have a very similar design without the centre pole, called the "Kimberley Extended Tourer", but I'm yet to see one in person to judge the quality.

cheers
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 13:27

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2005 at 13:27
I will also backup SCross tents.
The best bit is you can sell them in 10 yrs time for more than you paid...

You always see them selling for top $ thats *IF* you find them forsale.

also go the sidepole kit, I too hate the center pole bit..
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 11:40

Thursday, Jul 28, 2005 at 11:40
Ended up buying the Geo-family 4 this morning at the Rays sale - $350. Decided that a canvas touring tent will be an luxury for in a couple of years time - too much spendoola for our current needs.

Cheers for all the suggestions/advice.
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