Camp Beds

Submitted: Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:31
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Am looking to buy 2 camp beds for my kids and having never bought these items before would apreciate any advice as I need to pack them away in my camper trailer. They currently sleep on swags but I would like to get them up off the ground.
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:47

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:47
Do you mean you're going to put the swag on a campbed?

I don't like campbeds - unless you have a thick mattress between you and the campbed you'll get cold from underneath. Having tried just about every camp sleeping device know to man I would recommend a 100mm thick self inflating mattress - about $100 and warm and comfortable. They are a little bulky when rolled up.

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Of Mice & Men - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:49

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:49
Hi Buffer,
We have camper trailer as well & kids, we got the Coleman bunk beds. The kids love sleeping on them, you save on floor space because they are a bunk bed. We don't completly pull them apart anymore when packing up, they are stowed on top of our matress because they lay down flat, quick to set up as well.
Regards, OM&M.
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Follow Up By: Laura B - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 13:48

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 13:48
We always used those bunk beds as kids but ours were made out of potato sack canvas and were terrible to sleep on and very noisey......

Good idea with laying them flat on the matress.....

I would say a self inflating matress but if you want to get them off the ground these bunk bed type of ones are the only thing that i know of that would do the trick...make sure that they can be used singley too!!

Laura
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (Kununurra) - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 14:43

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 14:43
We use oz trail bunks,there great and leave plenty of room in the camp trailer.These originally didnt fold flat but after I made a mod to them they now fold flat ,they take maybe 2min to set and same to pack up.Rated to 100kg from memory.
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Follow Up By: Grungle - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 18:40

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 18:40
We have the coleman brand (I think) bunk beds as well in our camper and just remove the uprights and twist the pole support outwards to stow the fully assembled individual beds. Have photo's at our website. We then put the kids sleeping bags on top followed by a tarp for protection. Nothing has even looked like rubbing through after more than 18 months.

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David
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Follow Up By: Arkay - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 20:19

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 20:19
Canvas beds! Gee, pure luxury. When we was kids all we could afford was chuck straw on the ground. When we couldn't afford straw just twigs. Gee, them twigs sure hurt. Sorry, must be those 2 botts Cab Sav tonite done this.
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 21:55

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 21:55
Try as I might I can't find the kids beds on your website - lots of other good stuff though. Nice looking site.

Can you please post a link to the bunk pics??

Dave
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Follow Up By: Grungle - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 11:50

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 11:50
Thanks Dave,

There is a photo of the beds stowed on top of the main bed at http://members.optusnet.com.au/~grungle229/Patrol/pictures/camper/interior2a.jpg (Exloroz won't let me link it as it recons the link doesn't exist). Unfortunately I don't have any photo's of the beds erected but they sit on the hard floor of the camper to the right and fit facing front to rear.

Regards
David
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 13:14

Sunday, May 14, 2006 at 13:14
Site Link

Could they be the OzTrail ones from the advert above? Coleman don't list a bunk product on their website.

By the way is the www.oztrail.com.au site broken, or is it just me? It loads but none of the top or left side bar links work.

Dave
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Follow Up By: Grungle - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:31

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:31
Hi Dave,

I think your right. They are a navy blue colour and look exactly the same as the Oztrail ones but without the safety rail. They are well built, very sturdy and pack up well. I think we paid around $99 on special around 18 months ago. The kids don't complain of any cold coming up from underneath either (have -5 degree sleeping bags).

Regards
David
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Reply By: Nav 8 - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:51

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:51
We have two camp stretchers we bought at a camping shop a couple of years back. The only brand name on them I can find is, Great Outdoors, but they are a lightweight stretcher that collapses into a bundle same as a fold up chair and about a mtr long. When extended and set up that takes about 3 seconds they are of a similar shape to the old shearers beds if you know what they look like, eg raised at the head end. They are extremely comfortable to sleep on and I would recomend them to anyone. cost each when we bought them was $110.00.
Regards Nav.
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Follow Up By: Richard W (NSW) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:24

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 07:24
Just have purchased a Great Outdoors "Goliath" stretcher at the camping show to put under my Oztrail "Mitchell" swag and it fits perfectly. Mainly to get me up off the ground away from ants and other unwelcome wildlife. Works a treat as is a lot more comfotable than the ground even on the 70mm foam mattress.
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Reply By: Member - David J (ACT) - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 15:41

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 15:41
Bunks are good, we've used a set for our kids for many years, and with the CT we just remove the upright bars and leave the rest together and stack on top of our bed. However now that the kids are 10 & 12 they have graduated to self inflating mattresses, they take a little extra room on the floor during the night but through the day we just stack them on top of each other if we want more room.

When buying a set of bunks just make sure they are stable when put together, have seen a few types that look like they will collapse if any weight was put on them.

Kerrie
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:05

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:05
The camp stretchers get pretty cold. Better to have a self inflating mattress on a groundsheet.

We use the DMH mat for the daughter, which rolls up slightly smaller than your average swag. Usually stow it flat on the top of the camper mattress.
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Reply By: flappa - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:25

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:25
We use stretcher Beds , OzTrail. The ones that are about 50cm off the ground. Provides plenty of room underneath for storage for kids bags.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:34

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:34
BORROW SOME BEFORE BUYING AND TRY THEM!!!!

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