OzTrail V's Wild Country

Submitted: Friday, Jan 13, 2006 at 22:53
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G'Day All,

Went looking at some tents today. As a comparison, I can buy OzTrail 9X9 touring tent from Grangers for $269, while the Tanami Tourer 9X9 from Rays is $599.

Strange thing is these tents look identical except for the brand, (both bottom right on the front).

Could it be they are made in the same factory with different brands?

Am I just being cynical?

Regards

Rolande
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 08:14

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 08:14
>Am I just being cynical?

Probably not, however there is one way to investigate this a little further: on the display model set up in the store find a small area of the tent fabric which is fairly well hidden from view (and ensure you are too) then poor a small amount of Coca Cola (NB. you _must_ use Coke - Pepsi et al will not work) onto the fabric of the tent. You will have to allow 5 to 10 minutes but closely observe the area you poured the Coke onto and note the _rate_ of colour change of that area - it won't be huge but it will become noticeably lighter.

Next do the same thing to the tent in the other store and again note the rate of change. If the two are within about 20% of each other it is almost certain the same dye base was used for each tent and due to the individual nature of the water supplies to the various Chinese factories a similar dye base is almost proof that they came from the same factory - not 100% but probably about 85%. Let us know how you go?

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:56

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 09:56
Mike,

If I caught anyone in a store I owned pouring Coke on a tent to "check the dye fade rate" they would want be fronting up to the cash register with the cash to buy the tent within about 10 seconds of being caught, or they would be taking a ride down to the local station for vandalism.

What a thing to say.
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Follow Up By: howie - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 10:38

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 10:38
through to the wicketkeeper!!
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Reply By: jo and mark - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 10:17

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 10:17
We bought a new tent for our Fraser trip so I had been scourering the shops and junk mail before hand. BCF had one tent we liked for $279.00. Being the shopper I am surely I could get it cheaper.. I went to Tentworld and they had the exact same tent made by Oztrail. (by the design of the one at BCF I assumed it to was made by Oztrail but it ad the BCF logo on it instead.) I picked up the exact same tent (and a better colour!!) at tentworld for $179.00.
I too checked out the stitching and fabric and all and to me the difference in price at BCF was because of their logo on it.
Saving of $100 bucks.. bargain and it allowed me to buy a new gas cooker with what I saved.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 09:59

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 09:59
Thanks for the hint, will follow it up

Rolande
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Reply By: howie - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 10:24

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 10:24
hi rolande, cannot help you on the cynical bit, but i might be able to help out. i am not sure what state you live in, but i have an oztrail for sale. it is a recent purchase i was 'obliged' to make but it is superfluous to my requirements. by the way, the staff in the camping store i got it from, i found to be unhelpful and rather threatening.
anyway, the tent is an ex-display model that has never been used and is in near new condition, apart from a small coke stain on the bottom right hand front, but i don't think anyone will notice it.
regards howie
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 12:29

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 12:29
You're good! :)

We should meet for a beer... or maybe a Coke? :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: rolande- Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 15:06

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 15:06
Hmmmm.......

Always wondered where that stain on my last tent came from.

:))

Rolande
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Reply By: howie - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 16:23

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 16:23
jokes aside, as well as my camper i do possess an oztrail tent (no kidding).
i liked the quality of the freedom but i could buy 3 X oztrail's for the same price.
have you considered the oztrail 10 plus tourer, it gives you that extra space behind the centre pole and from memory was about $410 (without coke stain) last july.
ps. i'm not selling it either.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 10:01

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 10:01
G'Day Howie,

The tent is just for my driving holidays, have a CT for the longer stays.

I have just disposed of an old external frame tent because it gave me the chits every time I had to put it up.

"Four pegs, one pole, all set to go" is what I am after now

Regards

Rolande
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Follow Up By: howie - Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 11:55

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 11:55
the tent i mentioned is a " four pegs ,one pole" except for the extra rear extension. depends if you need the extra room i suppose, you can always get the kit that does away with the centre pole.
have always wondered if the side pole kit affects the tents stability.
regards howie
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 12:04

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 12:04
G'day Rolande,

I can't coment on the High Country tent but own an Oztrail Tourer 10 Plus and she's a beaut. As howie mentioned, there is an extended rear, this only adds another minute or so to put up but you may be happy with the Tourer 9. They will pack sqare flat however, may not be a prob for you but should take into acct when choosing. It suits my 95 Prado nicely, last thing in (standing up) before I close the rear door.
You should also be able to do better that $410.

cheers.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 20:45

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 20:45
The tourer 9 will be fine, only two of us and the cooking gear stays in the vehicle, with an awning out the back.

Will look for best price

Regards

Rolande
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 18:59

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 18:59
The oztrail is good value. I don't use it much as I consider the 5 minutes erection time too much but the kids have given it a hammering in the backyard and it keeps bouncing back at em.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Jan 15, 2006 at 16:03

Sunday, Jan 15, 2006 at 16:03
Things do change as we get older Ray, that which once took just a few seconds may now take some minutes, something we must all accept - well... most of you anyway.... :)

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Ozzy - Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 22:12

Saturday, Jan 14, 2006 at 22:12
Hi,
I bought the oztrail tourer 9x9, all I can say is, I seasoned it when I first got it (soaked it and let it dry a couple of times), the first trip I took it it on was a wekend of torrential rain and wind. What a top tent, no leaks, didnt blow away, I highly reccomend them.
Oz
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 10:03

Monday, Jan 16, 2006 at 10:03
G'Day Oz,

thanks for the reply, will look into it further

Regards

Rolande
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