Advice on canvas tent brands

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:46
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OK So following the good advice I got on canvas tents I've decided I'm going to buy one, I'm just wondering about different brands and stuff. I know that to a certain extent you always get what you pay for so I'm not looking to just get the cheapest one I can find... but I'm wondering how much difference it makes.

I've been looking at an oz trail 10x8 cabin tent, the cheapest price i've found online is like 600 bux, but I've seen the same size tent by brands like kookaburra and granger for less, I'm just wondering if I go for a cheaper brand am I going to regret it?

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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:57

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:57
The best are made by Southern Cross Canvas

Here:

http://www.southerncrosscanvas.com.au/

With cheaper ones you are compromising on the quality of the canvas and the quality of manufacture.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ingo57 (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:49

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:49
second that!
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Follow Up By: madcow - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:26

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:26
i'll third that but Freedom are great as well.; BUT ther are not the cheapest.
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Follow Up By: curious - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 18:02

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 18:02
I'm another Southern Cross fan. I had to think seriously about the $1200 purchase price but the quality is superb and I use it a lot. I've had several tents, currently have 3 different sizes and shapes but using the SX reminds me how well it's made and how well it works every time I use it.

I'd suggest if you can get the use out of it, then Sourthern Cross will end up being the cheapest over time. Even if you don't buy SX, look for a quality construction and material.

- Peter
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Follow Up By: Old Johno [NSW] - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 19:51

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 19:51
We have had a SX for 9 years now, paid top dollar but do not regret it.
Have travelled a lot of the deserts in Oz, given it a real hammering, been through dust, thunderstorms, heavy winds etc... & would not swap it. Pain $1,050 9 years ago but is still going strong.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ [wa] - Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 23:20

Saturday, Mar 21, 2009 at 23:20
Umm, I bought a Southern Cross CT back in 1997, the quality of the canvas, fittings, zips and stitching was still brilliant even when I sold it last year after being used for months on end each year up in the far North West.

Now I'm looking with interest in this thread, as I will be soon replacing the Southern Cross CT with a light weight 2 room 'tent'

Mainey . . .
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Follow Up By: madcow - Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 07:57

Monday, Mar 23, 2009 at 07:57
We also have a 97 model. It has been everywhere with no dramas and is about to be sent on a 5 month trip to WA travelling the Kimberley region if it ever stops raining. Leaving at the end of April.
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Reply By: wendys - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:46

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 13:46
We have 2 canvas tents made by Australian Canvas Company, Bayswater, VIC. The big, rectangular tent was bought from them in 1994. It has had a lot of use, in tough places, over the years - most recently in Kimberley in 2007. Is tropical weight canvas. We have never needed anything repairing on it, it is so well made. Even the zips are the original ones. Is easy to put up - 3 cross member poles, 6 upright ones, plus 2 for verandah. The side ones are all same length, so it could be put up in the dark - our previous, el cheapo tent had a million different pole bits that only went together one way and was a nightmare!
Bought a second, dome, style tent from them in 2000. We use this when only staying 1 or 2 nights in a place. It has fibreglass poles.
Reckon both will last the rest of our lives.
The big tent cost us about $1200 at the time. We used to calculate the cost of accommodation in it: first night was $1200, second made it $600 a night, and so on. Stopped when we got to under $5 - as said, it has been used a lot.
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:29

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 14:29
That means you have spent at least 240 nights under canvas since you bought it then hey


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Follow Up By: wendys - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 15:55

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 15:55
Yep - stopped counting a while ago. Back in 90's we were dedicated tent travellers and it got used most school holidays. Then early retirement co-incided with hip replacement for He Who Drives and the caravan entered our lives. But there are some very nice places we don't want to tow anything, so tent/s travel with us too. The big one had its most recent outing when it was "home" for several weeks through the Bungles and Kimberley - its second such Kimberley trip. The most out of the way places it has been pitched are Mussellbrook (not a typo), Pungalina, Silver Plains, Vrilya Point, Boggy Hole, Tully Inlet.....
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Reply By: howie - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:03

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:03
i have the oztrail tourer 10+ which was around $400 for years.
a quick google found them from $459 to $639 in price.
(ebay Item number: 230327341462)
southern cross and freedom tents are better quality admittedly, but quite some price diffference.(too much IMHO)
(southern cross ultimate trekker $1850?
ultimate deluxe $1750? that can't be right)
best bet is to find out which store has a good selection and see for yourself.
if you go for a centre pole tent, my advice is to get one with the extended rear, gives you heaps more space.


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Reply By: Member - Rick P (NT) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:29

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 19:29
Just a thought, but what about the OzTrail Tourer Tropical. I have been told it has only just come on the market and it's about $280-$300. It's 2400X2400 with the centre pole which makes it pretty easy to put up, you can get the optional side poles. It's not a true canvas but I have been told it's pretty good. All up weigh 10ks. Happy camping
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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 20:11

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 20:11
At least have a look at the Black Wolf Turbo tents. There has been many posts over the years about canvas/touring tents and a search will bring up lots of reading.

I did this before purchase and it helped me make my decision and I'm happy with what I have.

You will still need to do a bit of shopping around and get the shop attendant to put it up and down a couple of times with you to see how easy/difficult it is and how time consuming and/or frustrating it is to put it up and pack it away. After 2 months of doing this every day the extra $$ spent will be well appreciated.

Cheers,

Mark
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Reply By: matske - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:32

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:32
have any of you guys had any condensation problems with a southern cross tent??? i am about to sell my oz tent due to condensation probs.. i like the ultimate 9 southern cross
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Follow Up By: Harry - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:59

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 21:59
The factory made fly should solve that problem
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Follow Up By: trainslux - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 22:16

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 22:16
Hey Matske,

which model oztent do you have, were looking for one.

Ps, keeping the vents open to breeze helps with condensation in tents and swags.

Trains
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Follow Up By: matske - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 22:37

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 at 22:37
its an rv 5 mate
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Follow Up By: curious - Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 07:05

Thursday, Feb 26, 2009 at 07:05
I've got a Southern Cross Ultimate 10 (slightly larger than U9). Never had any problems with condensation, guess that's the canvas breathing properly. If I'm using a lantern inside the tent (usually use fleuro), I prop the top vent open with small sticks to assist ventilation but it's never formed condensation inside the tent even in humid wet weather or overnight sleeping.
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Reply By: BR - Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 18:39

Friday, Mar 20, 2009 at 18:39
should look up the "ORION" range, distributed by Tambo Campers, melbourne, better than any of them and comparing quality, a bargain at their prices.
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