Swags

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Hi all, i'm looking at purchasing a swag in the near future, and would like any oppinions you mite have on 'em. I am looking at getting one of the Downunder ones, the Jabiru top dog?? Has anyone used one of these swags?? Any other recomendations of brands to look at?? It needs to be fully screened. Any replies appreciated. Cheers.
Tristjo.
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:09

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:09
Before buying new ,have a good look around for 2nd hand ,as soon as it starts getting cooler there are plenty of near new up for sale , you will save big $ Peter York4x4
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Follow Up By: tristjo - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:13

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:13
thanks for that, mate..... I've just picked up the trading post!
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Reply By: Member - Robert - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:15

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:15
tristo i have a downunder brumby double deluxe @ carrabee double self inflating matress . used it in the simpson last july & it was great plenty of room to move around and sooo warm didn't us sleeping bag on 2 nights would recomend to any one.

ps would always use swag but boss likes her cumfort , she didn't come to simpson.

hope this helps bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:18

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:18
should be carabee jumbo mat not double.
bob
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Reply By: Truckster - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:23

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 16:23
Dude.....

HIRE ONE AND TRY IT FIRST!!!!!!!

They arent for everyone....

Then start lookin!
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Reply By: ERIC from Cape York Connections - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 18:03

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 18:03
I spend up to 50 days a year in a swag my swag of choice is a southern cross single that is when I am on tour on my own . when the family come with me the kids have a down under swag each the wife and I have a southern cross double . With the down under swags i find them a bit small in sholder room because Im a big bloke.
All the best. Cape York Connections
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Reply By: goodsy - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 18:14

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 18:14
Agree with truckster here.
Try one first. They are quick to set up but I find that I never get as good a nights sleep when using it compaired to a tent. Another thing They are water proof but you will get very wet getting in and out of your swag when it is raining. I found this a pain in the ass. As it does rain quite alot in the high country.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 21:13

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 21:13
Tristjo, The choice of a swag can promote the same debate as tojo/nissan, cooper/bfg. Have always used a tarp, good quality, 10 x 8, or 10 x 12, with thin mattress, and a couple of R M Williams bush rugs, along with a couple of other old blankets that have been in my swag since mid 60's.

This suits me, and even the Wife doesn't mind sharing it. but when it rains, I'd rather under a big fly or even in a tent. Take truckster's advice, hire one and try it. They are ultimate for outback areas, but don't think I'd have one on the coast. Hooroo...
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 22:11

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 22:11
You can't beat a swag. Some of the best nights sleep I've ever had have been in the old canvas swag - best view of the stars, although the moon can be like a streetlight when it is overhead. When the ground is bit dodgy (centipede infested) or uneven I put the swag on a folding stretcher (made in China -from BBQ's galore). A bit of old carpet beside the swag and a folding chair to put your gear on make it like a home away from home. The carpets good for when you get up for a slash and don't want bindies and prickles in your feet for the next two weeks. Above all, while everyone else is fooling around with tents and inflatable mattresses, you can be staring into the fire with a Vitamin B in your hand as the swag only takes seconds to unroll. You could help the people with tents but after a few days you think ' bugger em'. They will have the last laugh when it rains. So go and buy it tristjo - you won't regret it for a minute.
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Reply By: Truckster - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:21

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:21
I now have a REALLY SMALL 2 man tent! but I call it 1 man, you have the advantage of being able to get dressed in it still if its raining.




its good, 5 mins with 1 pole to set up, rolls up to about 12in long, and 4in round... $120 it cost, LOTS cheaper than swags, and not much more hassle to setup.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:23

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:23
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:23

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:23
tent
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:25

Thursday, Mar 13, 2003 at 23:25
Well for some reason I cant get the link to work... somethign on the page code.
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anyway this is my tent

http://truckster.offroad.au.com/pics/crapola/tent1.jpg
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Reply By: Coops - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 10:17

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 10:17
I have a Wedge Style in a Double from Mallee Swags and it's the best nights sleep camping by miles. I don't have to worry about the weather though but I've never been cold in it.Coops
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Follow Up By: Ben T - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 17:25

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 17:25
Howdy

I have a single and a double Darche swag. The single I have had for yonks and love it. I used to use it alot when I was away with work so it has traveled in the back of the ute coverd in materials etc with no ill effect. The double I bought because I wanted to travel and just stop for a night and not have to set a tent up. It took a couple of nights to get used to as it is a bit tight compared to a king size bed. However once accustomed, the cheese and kisses slept realy well. I have a roll out awning on the side of the car so if it rains you stay dry. Incidently I was in a terrible down pour in the sigle and didn't get a drop of water in, however the canvas ovbiously got wet then the wind started and I nearly froze because I couldn't get out to get a nextra blanket. Moral is always have a blaket inside the swag.

The only problem with them is in summer, they can get a bit hot.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Coops - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 17:30

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 17:30
Mallee's Wedge has plenty of air flow for the summer as it has full length screen on both sides and at front with the ability to zip up from the inside again if it rains.Coops
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Reply By: tristjo - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 17:20

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 17:20
Thanks guys, you've made it an easy choice, a swag it is.....Mite have a look at those Brumbys..... Cheers fellas.
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Reply By: Truckster - Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 18:12

Friday, Mar 14, 2003 at 18:12
$130 you can get this


I did over a swag... $100-300 cheaper, and takes no more time to put up, and I can get dressed in it without gettnig out and getting wet.. Still can put shoes and boots under the fly to stay dry..

I'm fat, and u could fit 2 skinny mongerals in it if you wanted, or a fat bloke and a slab!

Again, try a swag before you buy, hire 1 for a weekend, or there could be a cheap one forsale in the Trader section!

Good luck.
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Follow Up By: tristjo - Saturday, Mar 15, 2003 at 01:55

Saturday, Mar 15, 2003 at 01:55
mite have to look into that....Thats a nice GQ you have there mate..... A nissan man like myself, eh?
Cheers all.
Tristjo
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