Which Tent?

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 11, 2001 at 00:00
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I am having a problem in deciding on a tent. I need to replace my 8 year old geodome tent, due to my own stupidity. packed up wet, waited for the rain to stop to take it out and you guessed it, totally stuffed!
Problem is there is too much choice. Do I go for another geodome, but bigger to accomodate the growing family? Do I spend megabucks on an extended family touring tent? Two growing kids and a wife who wants 'all the luxries of home' are making it too hard. What are all the Exploroz folks in similar situations using? Typical use is for long weekends, maybe at most one week away at one spot. Have hired a 'tent on wheels before', I guess that's what spoiled the wife.
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Reply By: Steve - Tuesday, Sep 11, 2001 at 00:00

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2001 at 00:00
Spoil her rotten! Buy an AUSSIE TRAVELLER roof top tent and never regret the day you spent a few more dollars and bought something really good!!

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Reply By: Joe - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2001 at 00:00

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2001 at 00:00

I reckon that your best bet is to save up and buy a camper trailer - we hired one after a friend bought one and raved about it, and now my wife has unilaterally decided that a camper trailer is the only civilised way to go.

(Thank you Neil ! Not)

However, if you are able to stick with tents I would suggest that you get yoursellf another geodome tent with a large annex area that you and the family can sit and eat in. But - I would also suggest that you get one or more small dome tents for the kids. They are cheap at $50 from K-Mart and ideal for giving the kids a sense of adventure, keeping their mess out from underfoot and giving you and the wife a little privacy (nudge, nudge) and some time and space to have a quiet coffee.

We put our kids (we have two) into one tent when they were younger - say 5 or 6 years old. We gave them separate tents as they grew older and started fighting more!

It works like a charm.

Don't worry about using cheap tents - if the weather is foul you will be bringing them into the main tent anyway to keep them from being frightened. As they get older they can actually be kept occupied and happy by erecting their own tent(s). This is something that gives them a real sense of achievement too.

Good luck whatever you choose.

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Follow Up By: Col - Wednesday, Sep 12, 2001 at 00:00

Wednesday, Sep 12, 2001 at 00:00
Joe,Camper trailer, definetly not! I think I will go for another goedome. Problem is there is so much choice and I don't know what is a good or a bad one anymore. I have two Kmart 3 man domes, The kids in their owen tent since they were 3 & 7. Bought the second one in an emergency when I discovered the condition of old faithful two days before our last camping trip. Now the kids are 7 & 11 the two domes will end up as his and her tents very soon I think.

Any advice on which brand?

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Reply By: Steve W Alice Springs - Friday, Sep 14, 2001 at 00:00

Friday, Sep 14, 2001 at 00:00
Talk to Ken at Freedom camping in Melbourne or check out their website. We have a family tourer it is possibly a bit heavy duty but is an excellent tent. All the bus touring group use minute tents. which are similar but more square. Our tent has a centre pole which can get in the way but the later models have poles that come up from the sides to the centre position so all the tent space is useable. You can even get special flywire which will keep sandflies out - costs a bit extra though. The design is similar to a lot of other tents but the special features have been incorporated from experienced campers so make sure you look at why they are better not just the price. Make for more enjoyable camping.
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Follow Up By: Col - Monday, Sep 17, 2001 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 17, 2001 at 00:00

I have looked at the Freedom family tourers, and they look good, very similar to the Southern Cross tents. Will keep it on my list to investigate further.

Anyone have comments on the Tanami or Serengetti tents?
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Reply By: Annie- Sunday, Sep 16, 2001 at 00:00

Sunday, Sep 16, 2001 at 00:00
Dont' know if this any help to you, but I have a fairly basic camper trailer (Outback Canvas), that I used to tow behind a Suzuki Sierra for sale, around $2,700. It has a queen size bed on top of the trailer, the kids can either sleep on mattresses on the floor, or you can get an add-on annexe for around $500 (I think), it's just on 2 years old now, we used to use it for weekends/weeks away and one 6 week trip up north. It was great, but as I have a disabled child even the 10 minutes set up time was sometimes a bit too long, so now we have a troopy camper (which is fantastic for us).
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Follow Up By: Col - Monday, Sep 17, 2001 at 00:00

Monday, Sep 17, 2001 at 00:00
Thanks Annie, but, no I am not likely to buy a camper trailer. Two key reasons are: I have nowhere to store one, I am aware of the limitations of where you can go with them.
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Reply By: Nicholas - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2001 at 00:00

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2001 at 00:00
Colin, have a look at this month's 4X4 Monthly magazine. They have a major road test of many leading brand tents. I have just got rid of my Oz-tent and bought a Tanami Tourer and am wrapped! Happy camping!
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Follow Up By: Col - Tuesday, Sep 18, 2001 at 00:00

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2001 at 00:00
Nicholas, I have never seen the Tanami 'in the flesh'. Does it have the space for a double air bed and two single stretchers? I can't tell from the ads I have seen. Do you know where one can be checked over in Sydney? Is it only available through camping direct online?

Lots of questions I know, and I appreciate your reply.


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Reply By: Greg - Thursday, Sep 20, 2001 at 00:00

Thursday, Sep 20, 2001 at 00:00
Col everything is a compromise. The only way to go when doing long touring trips is a good offroad hard floor camper trailer. I also have a roof top tent which I have had for 30 years. They are great but you can't go anywhere once camp is set up. I use the roof top for the hard yakka trips and carry a simple to erect tent for long stays where I want to use the vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Col - Thursday, Sep 20, 2001 at 00:00

Thursday, Sep 20, 2001 at 00:00

Why a hard floor camper. They have the least amount of room for accomodating the family. The most spacious camper trailers are the soft top varieties.
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Reply By: Colin - Friday, Nov 02, 2001 at 01:00

Friday, Nov 02, 2001 at 01:00
An end to the story:
Ended up giving in to the wife and kids and purchased a Coleman Northstar 8. It takes 30 minutes to put up, but it is a bloody great tent. Packs up well, not too heavy, lots of space and lots of shade.

Reasons for choosing:
1. Wife demanded a 2 room 'family tent'
2. Wife didn't like my preference for the Southern Cross family tourer. Reason: only one room!
3 I was too gutless to just buy what I wanted. (Like to keep all my body parts intact)
4. I refused to buy a traditional 3 hour to set up cabin tent.
5. Life is a compromise! What the heck

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