Southern cross Vrs Freedom Tent?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 08:48
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Just deciding between a Southern Cross & a Freedom Tent, in the extended touring range. Freedom explorer Vs Ultimate Deluxe. I have 2 Adults & 2 Kids.

I haven't see the Ultimate Deluxe demonstrated so only in the cattlelog. Have anyone got experance with both or seen both together. The Freedom Explorer is new & they are within $250 diff over in WA.

Weekend camping now Kimberlies long way off.

Thanks in advance Kev
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Reply By: Redback - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 09:34

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 09:34
Mate no offence but have you looked at the OZTrail Tourer 10 plus 1/4 of the price and just as long lasting and strong, made from the same weight canvas, as the ones you mentioned.




Oztrail leisure products

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 09:57

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 09:57
No I haven't but will check it out Thanks
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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:24

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:24
I have mates with both Sourthern Cross and the Oztrail, one each and i'm buggered if i can tell them apart for quality and strength, just thought i'd through a 3rd choice, you could buy more beer with the savings, LOL ;-))

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member - bushfix - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:27

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:27
PE floor v PVC tub floor Baz. But I've had a 10plus tourer for a while and she's a beaut.
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Follow Up By: Mick - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 20:24

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 20:24
I say buy Australian - SC is made in Bayswater Vic and if ever you need repairs the factory is here in Australia. Difficult for them to compete with overseas workers who work for $1 an hour though - no chance of them ripping us off - just a genuine Aussie company making a quid!
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Follow Up By: Redback - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 11:14

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 11:14
Mick as far as i'm aware Oztrail is australian and is made in NT and WA by Whittaker & sons
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Reply By: pprass - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:21

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:21
"......1/4 of the price and just as long lasting and strong, made from the same weight canvas..."

I just can't believe that the OzTrail can be as strong and made in the same way as the Freedom or SC tents - and just 1/4 of the price. If that is the case then Freedom & SC are just ripping us off with their claims of superior fittings (zips, poles, eyelets, flyscreens, floor etc). Time will tell I guess as to how these OzTrails wear and what, if any, faults will show up.
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Follow Up By: Redback - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:29

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:29
I just can't see how a tent 3x3 could be worth $2000, i don't want to know how much the larger ones are, anyway, only a suggestion for him to think over and look into, he doesn't have to choose one, if he feels that the others are better then buy them to each his own i say.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 00:07

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 00:07
Redback, "I just can't see how a tent 3x3 could be worth $2000" try looking at campertrailers they go up to $50k & your still under canvas for that price.
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Follow Up By: Redback - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 08:15

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 08:15
I think there's a little bit more work and canvas that goes into a camper top, but you are right in that some campers are way over priced for what you get, our camper is alot bigger than 3x3 i can tell ya, but the trailer was the dearer not the canvas, we have bought canvas and made swags and a box trailer top of 7x5 and 5' high and it was from good quality canvas also have done alterations to our camper (the other half is a seamstress) so we know canvas and other materials.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Redback - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 08:34

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 08:34
Rox i just did a search of Southern X to get a price on their camper tops they are $6500 +, most camper manufacturers are between $3000 to $5000 and some like Primus (overseas company) are $1600 6x4 and $2500 7x4 for a basic top.

I will be doing a bike camper very soon making it ourselves i have done some pricing and i think we can do it for around $2800 that includes the extras you need bolts screws poles etc.

Baz.
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Reply By: Member - Col G (WA) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:23

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:23
The camping shop in Erindale Road, Balcatta near WA Salvage has some of the Freedom 'Range on display in his shop, I have one and to me the canvas seems heavier than the one mentioned above. Good tent can recommend it. Nice chap to deal with as well.

Cheers

Col
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 14:07

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 14:07
I was there last night just want to see a sothern cross in the flesh b4 I buy
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Reply By: seqfisho - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:29

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 10:29
I have had a Freedom extended tourer for the last 8 years, its been brilliant and through everything including a mini cyclone one year at Elliot Heads with 110kmh winds and 100mm rain in an hour and it remained standing and not a drop of water inside despite having 100mm + of water up the walls outside sorrounding the entire tent.

It has been one of the best camping items I've ever bought.

Glen.
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Reply By: maroni - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 11:02

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 11:02
Speaking of tents, saw this tent in tom price a couple of years ago , was a family ten, but it was in a circle and you just flick it out, like those beach shelters but it was a tent , can't remember the name, anyone know ?????
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 14:05

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 14:05
I think there's one in the trader section!
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Reply By: Allan3198 - Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:22

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 17:22
Rox

I have an Orion that I bought from Grangers camping store in Melbourne. Had it for 7 years and it was really good value and has stood up in many blows. I'm now looking for a camper trailer and noticed on Tambo's web they also have them.

Worth a look.

Al
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