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What tent do you use?

Discussion in 'Tents' started by InSanE, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. Poppa

    Poppa Member

    Lot of Oztents and Black Wolf jobs - I might have to move into the 21st Century.
    Hal Saul swag and hoochie or the old Southern Cross centre-pole tent seem a bit basic. I guess old habits never die, or more likely, teaching old codgers to use new stuff is bloody frustrating for all concerned.
  2. Les PK Ranger

    Les PK Ranger 4x4 Earth Contributer

    Mate, nothing wrong with your current kit if you are happy with it, and the job it does.

    The old canvas tourer tents are bombproof, and really just about as quick as putting up the others . . .
    The oztents need pegging down / out, and if adding walls take a lot longer than 30 secs.
    Same with turbo tents, you need to throw a fly over (all of them, non integral ?) and peg all down securely.

    With your SC tent, maybe a side pole kit would be worth the $49.90 on special from SNOWYS at the moment to keep the floor clear / more flexible setup inside.

    Me. Even in fairly inclement weather, I manage pretty well under the side awning with a simple flat swag on a single stretcher, comfy as, and off the ground :)
  3. wayno70

    wayno70 New Member

    Just got a Colman 6P instant up
  4. barcher

    barcher Well-Known Member

    Recently purchased an oztent rv4, whoever thinks that they're quick has never owned a centre pole tourer tent. Nothing wrong with the oztent it's just that they bang on about being a 30 second setup. Start by unstrapping it off the roof rack, if windy you still have to peg it before set up. Reckon I could do the centre pole tent in less than half the time especially pack up time.
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  5. Albynsw

    Albynsw Well-Known Member

    I think the centre pole tents are underrated. They pack up a lot easier and are a much better shape and size to take with you as well.
    The price is a lot better too.
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  6. oldlux

    oldlux Well-Known Member

    @barcher @Albynsw I'm with you blokes on the center pole tents, quick an easy.
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  7. TomKat121111

    TomKat121111 New Member

    We just upgraded our camper trailer to a Austrack 12' tent. it is awesome easy to set up and with adequate ventilation for the tropics.
  8. Lost1?

    Lost1? Member

    Coleman 5 man tent. I only take it if we are going to stay in one spot for 2 days or more. Takes about 20 minutes to set up. Comfortable enough with 2 stretchers and 2 small tables undercover, which is good for the sort of weather we get at times down south.
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  9. LurchWA

    LurchWA Member

    I hear ya never leaves ya that's for sure
  10. Silveredition

    Silveredition Member

    We use 3 tents for different trips.
    The smallest is an all screen Blackwolf dome that has the same footprint as my swag. 2 poles that cross over and no pegs as the swag holds it down, and I have a good bug-free sleep... great for quick roadside sleeps or fishing / Marroning trips.. IMG_3092.JPG
    The next is a 3x3 Great Outdoors Drysdale canvas touring tent. We have had this for close to 20 years and absolutely love it! Quick to set up, rain and wind proof. We have just outgrown it with 2 daughters. We still use this for trips that we will be doing overnighers, or where we stay in one place for only a few nights. IMG_2335.JPG
    Our newest is a Blackwolf twin 240 lite. 3 rooms and the additional screen room for the awning. We all love this tent, but it does take a bit of time to setup. This is used on our annual Exmouth trip where we stay set up for a week to 10 days. IMG_0021.JPG
  11. Poppa

    Poppa Member

    The tents look great Silveredition, but I would really like to hear more about the well-used and well-loved Quinnie. Classic boat.
  12. Silveredition

    Silveredition Member

    Thanks Poppa! I love that boat!! Been in the family since about 1986... I should do a write up about it on here somewhere...
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  13. Hillsdweller

    Hillsdweller Member

    Currently using a Black Wolf 240 Plus.
    Heaps of room for two (and more at squeeze).
    Had a BW 210 Lite for a few years and never failed in any conditions.
    Not cheap, so shop around or buy at shows as display model (mine was half price...).
  14. boobook

    boobook Well-Known Member

    I've had tons of tents including a Black Wolf and have a southern cross 11 x 9 touring tent.

    IMHO the black wolfs are totally over rated. They still take a lot of space and aren't much easier to set up or tear down than any tent.

    As to touring tents I spent a fortune on my Southern Cross. It will last forever, especially since I have only used it a couple of times. Next time I would spend $300 on a "disposable" cheap touring tent. If I get a decent offer the Southern cross will be up for sale. It has the works with it.
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  15. smitty_r51

    smitty_r51 Well-Known Member

    Coleman 9cv for set up camp trips, between the four of us we have a week reversed drill that can have it up in 15 including bedding or down in 12 (if there is a storm coming)

    Been going 6 years with no issues in rain or wind.

    For quick camps these days we have the swags. jolly swagman shiralee xl which i bought for me and one of the kids has now claimed. A jolly swagman bluey dome for the other child, although we have put an extra hoop in it as it sagged on his face. In hindsight i should have got another shiralee for the features, this one just doesn't work as well i think.

    Finally me and the missus have a Sahara drover double

    All 3 swags managed 48 hours of torrential rain last year in tassie with no leaks and nobodys bedding got wet.

    Just packing them on the car for the weekend actually :D
  16. Hillsdweller

    Hillsdweller Member

    Maybe its my old scout training, but tents up and down is in the technique (and every tent is different) - some take one person, some take an army...or a troop of scouts at least...
    I always peg the corners first and from there its a piece of cake - even the BW 240 Plus by myself is under 10 minutes from whoa to go.
    I can still raise a traditional ridge tent single handed, it just takes a bit of practice and technique - I used to teach scouts to tie knots and pitch tents blindfolded - once its mastered, its there kinda like riding a bike.
    Each to their own, that's why some love the Oz 30-second Tents, but tolerate the need for a roof rack to carry them.
    Others like the easy up with centre poles and sacrifice some floor space or lightweight and roomy - I had a big multi dome once, paid a lot of money for it and it only took one night near a beach for the fibreglass poles to be splintered beyond use, hence the move to something a bit more rugged.
    I have some very small tents for hiking though :)
    Whatever people use, as long as it works for them, that's the main thing - happy trails, may your bedding stay dry and the bugs stay on the outside :)
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  17. darb

    darb Well-Known Member

    I've still got the RV5 , which i use traditional small swags inside of, but i have to say I have done something I never thought I would ... moved into a "tent swag" in the Darche Dirty Dee 1400

    It is SO fast to setup and take down, poles wrap down with it ... talking a minute or less usually. The reason this model got me, was the design ... Free Standing, the roof stays in tact even when you have sides open whereas most tent-swags would allow whatever is on the roof to "fall in" ... also with the half sized doors ... and we sleep with our heads up the "feet end" .. it means when you get in and out, you aren't disturbing the top half of the body of the person next to you ... and you can sit up, get boots on, and get in and out whilst still having protection and such even if its raining.

    near vertical walls, full queen size bed (well, longer than a queen size mattress, slightly narrower though ... either way tons of room).

    Bloody love it, mostly for how fast and convenient it is.

    Last edited: Sep 27, 2017
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  18. MGF88

    MGF88 New Member

    Kings Touring RTT. Really comfortable and nice views from being up high.
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  19. Hagared

    Hagared Member

    Just had my first trip away using the new tent a Darche AT-4 that uses airpoles.

    Very impressed with ease of setup and pack down. Great usable space. Weather was very calm and dry so not info about stability in wind and rain. Still it would have to be pretty bad considering the ease of setup for me to go back to the old dome tent!
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  20. Biesel

    Biesel Active Member

    Oztent RV3 and southern cross canvas swag.

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