Change Shelter Help Needed.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:05
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Does anyone know of the site?
There is a site on the NET with instructions for folding up these 'Change Shelters".
The type that come packed in a circle, complete with fibreglass rods/poles.
Our old unit folds into a circle with relative ease. (Fibreglass has memory it seems).
The new one just simply will not packup.
Before I take to it with sissors - and pack it back into the bag in tiny bits - would appreciate any help.............Keith
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:09

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:09
Is it a Ray's Outdoors one?
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Follow Up By: Keith_A (Qld) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:35

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:35
I've called it all sorts of names - but as yet, no reply.
I believe the constuction of the brands to be almost identical.
They fold into a circle (3 actually). - or at least they do before you take them out of the bag. Folding them up - its every man for himself.
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Follow Up By: Tony Shaw - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 21:53

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 21:53
Hey Guys,

check out this site,

http://www.oztrail.com.au/downloads/2005-06/EnsuitePU.pdf

It's quite an easy way to do it specially if your shown in person but it's still a little confusing in the pics. Why not take it to your nearest camping store and ask them?

Cheers, ToNy!
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Follow Up By: Keith_A (Qld) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:04

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:04
Tony - you're a champion. Thanks.
I'll keep the sissors close by (just in case).
Funny that our old unit folds up very quickly. Almost do it blindfolded.
The new one - fights like a tomcat. Perhaps with time it can be trained :)-
regards...............Keith
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:48

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:48
They may look the same, but some have fibreglass frame, others steel!
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Follow Up By: Tony Shaw - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 00:16

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 00:16
If anyone is looking at buying one of these i would recomend getting the round fibreglass frame. They cost slightly more than the ones with the flat steel frame but having the round fibreglass frame means the pack down alot easier.

If you have the on with the flat steel frame sometimes, especially if you've been strugling with it, gets twisted inside itself. You can tell it's twisted if you fold the shower flat so you have one big oval and then put it on the ground and it doesn't sit perfectly flat. To get rid of this just open the whole shower up to it's full size and shake nice and hard.

What ever you do don't force or struggle too much with the ones that have the steel frame as you can do permanent damage.

Once you do work out how to do it, practise it lots and then practise it everyday for at least a week then you'll never have a problem again.

Cheers, ToNy!
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 13:31

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 13:31
Hey Tonyshaw., Have to laugh, packing the shower tent up!! they get to "L" in the pack up on that site, just check out the guys expression on his face , the guy is exhausted. I bet he's saying Where did i put the ------- carry bag!!! Michael
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:12

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:12
Keith, is that a Microfast unit?? I have a time with mine also. Many time i have come home with the thing folded in 2 circles and not the 3 needed to get it into the bag. Then i struggle with it at home!! I guess the neighbours know when i am trying to get it back into the bag by the language LOL!!
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Reply By: Mike Harding - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:18

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:18
I can put you on to a lady who is an expert at folding these things up. It took her a mere 15 minutes, some brusied ribs, some words even I didn't know (and that's not many! :) assistance from two other people and a few prayers but then, in a jiffy, she had the thing in the bag - easy....

Mike Harding :)
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:47

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:47
hmmm, that rings a bell.
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Follow Up By: Mrs Wombat - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 19:19

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 19:19
It took her 15 minutes hey? Another lady told me you had a tendency to exagerate time and certain things that seemed to her to only take 3 seconds you had actually claimed were all night sessions. Hahahahah.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 19:51

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 19:51
hahaha, LMAO
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 20:24

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 20:24
That's women for you - you give 'em perfection immediately and they're still not satisfied! :)

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PS. I won't mention what another wombat told me... (btw where _did_ you manage to find the zebra? :)

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Follow Up By: Mrs Wombat - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:00

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:00
A sheepish Zebra rang on Monday night and it appears things may be getting back to normal in the zoo.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:08

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 21:08
Daft buggers :)
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:45

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:45
I have it down pat. Just fold the top bit down to the bottom bit and then twist the other bit and presto lol.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:52

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 18:52
That easy HUH ! Next time i try mine i will be wearing my full face helmet !! LOL!!
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Follow Up By: Member - uncle - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:32

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 19:32
Yep very easy once you see phisically how it's done,those instructions are a pain in the butt. Jodie does ours in less than 30 secs.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:13

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 22:13
Yep,

I don't have any trouble either.

You just need to remember to cross your arms after folding the smaller end (top) to the the larger end (bottom)

Grasp the sides with arms crossed, then uncross them and hey presto!
You end up with dual loops or rings, one inside of the other.

My "utility" tent actually has the instructions on a label sewn to one of the side seams, if one has forgotten how.

It's so easy once you have "the knack" that someone should issue a diploma in crapper tent folding.
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Reply By: eerfree - Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 21:23

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at 21:23
You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out ..... you know the rest !!!!

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Reply By: cuffs - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 13:52

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 13:52
I was at Ray's when a staff member was demonstrating how to fold it up, he just walked forward twisted his arms & presto all packed up. He then asked me to have a go, I said get a new one out of the package & show me again, 10 minutes later I walked off while he was sweating & still going, they seem to develop a memory after a while.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 20:55

Thursday, Jun 01, 2006 at 20:55
Hi Cuffs,
I took one back to Rays in West Terrace because it wouldn't fold up. But they had one staff member who was good at doing it and he showed me how. It was nothing like the instructions. But if I haven't done it for a few months, I soon forget it. Had to make sure that all the frame was not twisted, then hold the base under your foot, whole you double it up, then turn one side in......or something like that :-)))
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Reply By: Member - Brian H (QLD) - Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 05:44

Friday, Jun 02, 2006 at 05:44
I just checked that site out and there is no way I'd remember all those steps to fold it up ............... camping is to releive STRESS not compound it lol.

If I had one I can see it now my family heading for the hills if i even attemped to fold it lol. My wife bought me one of those ones for the windscreens many years ago ..... its resting in peace..... so am I lol

I know my limitations LOL

Brian

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