Oztrail touring tent questions

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 22:50
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We are not in the financial range for Oztents or Turbos etc so I'm looking at the Oztrail 'tourer 9 plus'. We lug a bit of gear around and we are two adults, a 6yo and a 2yo.

I have considered the dimensions and found that we should be able to get my wife and I beside each other and the two kids in the remaining space without having to go for the kit that eliminates the centre pole.

We want to retain the quick set-up due to a change in life-style which means we will probably do more frequent shorter trips, as opposed to trips with our dome tent which takes more than half an hour to set up (which is fine for longer stays).

How have others found this brand of tent in terms of longevity, ease of set-up and pack-down, general user-friendliness.

Any other suggestions welcome

Cheers

Brian
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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 22:56

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 22:56
"and we are two adults, a 6yo and a 2yo."
Pretty advanced stuff for a 6yo LOL
Sorry Brian, I did see the comma just chose to ignore it .
I've always found the dome tents pretty nifty amd easier to set up than anything apart from a swag. Yours must have been a real doozy.
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 23:53

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 23:53
LOL, I matured early....

I feel like a 6yo when I'm setting it up with my my kids... It's one of those two room things and the kids think it is great fun running over the top of it while flat and trying to set it up. Having kids is the doozy LOL
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Reply By: John S (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 23:27

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 23:27
Brian,

We have an Oztrail tourer 9 plus, and found it very easy to setup (and pack up too), we did get the extra kit to remove the centre pole - worth the $60 on the space you reclaim.

Setup is around 10mins without raising a sweat. And when you pack it up, it does actually fit back in the bag first go - pack up takes around 10mins too. We liked these tents so much, that we bought an Oztrail tourer 9 for the boys (7 & 5) - I only need to help them with the centre pole, the rest they can do. I was surprised on how simple they are to setup - like you we have a big tent for extended stays, which takes 1hr to setup & pack up which we don't use anymore.

These tents pack really flat, so they don't take up lots of space. We only got ours at Xmas, so i can't comment on their lifespan, but the quality alone should give you many years.

You wont regret the purchase.
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:11

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:11
HI John,

That is great info. When you say they pack flat can you give me some dimensions? The reason I ask is I have spent so much time researching tents that it is hard to keep track of details. Some sites give you a pack size of 90 x 45 x 32 and then say that they pack flat? It's not that important because either will work for me. I'm just curious.

Cheers

Brian
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Follow Up By: John S (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:18

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:18
Brian,

Ours packs down to 85x75x15cm, which still has the 4 ridge poles in it. Since we usually pack it under other stuff, it ends up around 10cm thick. You can remove the ridge poles and roll it up if you prefer, but I rather have large flat stuff on the roof. With a bit of messing around, you can get the dimensions down more - but hey, it fits in the bag that comes with it - thats always a bonus.
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Reply By: KennyBWilson - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:01

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:01
We got a Oztrail tourer 9 plus, but not happy with it and won't be using it again,
The first one we got didn't leak until the wind ripped the awning off and then it did leak, it got replaced but we have used everything out there to seal the seams and stitches but it still leaks big time. I wouldn't recommend it my enermies.
I'm sure some people are happy with it and didn't go through the crap we did , we must have got the lemon model
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:19

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:19
Hmmm,

Thankyou for the feed back. I presume you are talking about the awning that extends from the front and that somehow it affects the waterproof integrity of the tent. Did the water come through the front of the tent that the awning was protecting?
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Follow Up By: marq - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 05:47

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 05:47
I agree - this tent leaks big time.

Have you considered a camping trailer or 2x oztents or blackwolf 2 room
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Follow Up By: John S (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:20

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:20
I must be lucky - never had an issue with leaking. Even brand new when we set them up, and conditioned them.

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Follow Up By: KennyBWilson - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:34

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:34
The first tent was fine , it didn't leak .

Also when the awning is up and when it rains the water runs down the side of the zipper and when you open the door uip all the water comes inside, to stop this from happening I always zipped up the awning at night If i know it might rain
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:50

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 08:50
marq, I considered them all until I realized I had 10c in my pocket :-))

About this leaking issue; do any of you know if the production of these tents has changed hands which may be the problem? Seems strange that some leak and some don't....

regards,

Brian
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Follow Up By: timothy - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 09:15

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 09:15
Mine leaks along the seams too, have conditioned it and tried heaps of stuff to seal it but nothing has helped. Bought it at easter this year.
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:38

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:38
Thanks Timothy. Are you saying that it doesn't just leak from the awning?
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:04

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:04
What a horrible dome tent you must have.... can't imagine a dome tent taking more than 10 mins to set up.

Just get a couple of smaller domes..... 5 mins each! Separate bedrooms... nice.
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:53

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 00:53
LOL It's not horrible once it is set up lol It is a combination of factors; two adults that have listened to 'are we there yet, are we there yet, etc and then trying to thread the fibreglass poles through a double dome tent while the youn'ngs are spinning out of control due to the stuff you have fed them on the drive to keep them entertained....We are VERY BAD parents lol

Agree with the separate bedrooms; only a couple of years away. We already have a small dome for the kids from a life we had that seems so long ago :-((

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Reply By: Member - 120scruiser (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 11:56

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 11:56
Just to throw a spanner in the works, have you looked at the COI Primus range?
I have had a 3m x 3m tornado for years. Its been everywhere, across the simpson, high country, and even weathered a storm on Fraser. We don't use it as much anymore because we have the camper trailer but it has been great and the same to set up and pull down as most of the touring tents. You will pay a bit more than the Oztrail but worth everycent. In the high country we had 4 days of constant rain and not one drop inside except for the water that came off our shoes.
Probably worth a look.
I think 4x4 equip in victoria sell this range or at least I know Ian used to.

Scott
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:34

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:34
Thanks Scott, I will check them out.
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Reply By: Leroy - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 13:22

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 13:22
I bought a tourer 10plus and bang for buck it's not too bad. We have 2 kids also and the extra room comes in hand especially if it rains. Quality wise it's no Freedom tent but should be ok for a few years. We did have a corner ring pull out on the 3rd outing but it was sus from new and I did notice it. The tent was replced but it would of been an easy repair. The thing doesn't leak unless you have the front and rear awnings out and the water runs down in the rear window or through the front door zip. So in heavy rain close up everything and you should be right.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:36

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008 at 20:36
Hi Leroy. I am considering that model as well. Thanks for the extra tips.

regards

Brian
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Reply By: Member - BUNDY BOY (WA) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 15:51

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 15:51
Hay there Brian........have the 10 plus .....great tent...a few mins to put up. don't need to put ropes out for a quick overnighter ...miles of room.....had mine for a few years now ......not a prob with it....only thing i found that could do with inprovment ..was the front flap..or awning as called .could be a bit bigger. so when it rains.....and you enter tent ...the water doesn't fallow you in .....but good all-rounder tourer
Bundy
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Follow Up By: Bware (Tweed Valley) - Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 19:05

Monday, Jun 16, 2008 at 19:05
Thanks Bundy, I appreciate the feedback.

regards

Brian
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