What tent do you use?

my review after fark all:D........sold my oztent,and gone back to pop up,there way overated,heavy cumbersome pita,some mornings of packing up,geez it was a hard work,lifting that mis-shaped sausage roll onto the roof racks,strained me back,lol.....3o seconds my arse,what a con job,has anyone tried hammering pegs in granite????And don't get me going on the annexe,all the side walls,front walls,zippers,vlecro,splitter poles,blardy,blah another pita,lol.And the biggest annoyance is the fung swaye,lol,your lying arse about,flippen sideways,not front to back,no wonder I would wake up like an hibernating bear after being disturbed.
Once I use to rave about it,you know that thing you do to yourself after you've been shafted and you cant admit it,you wanna convince yourself it was a good buy when all along deep down you know the truth.so on ebay it went for some other gullable, believe the hype,unfortunate sucker who snapped it up........Sorry.
 
:)oh but you can spend another 140.00 bucks for a fly,more velcro and zips and pegs,another 30seconds worth,:D,and yes never could relax after walking 300metres to the lookout thinking some lowlife was helping themselves to my bedroom.
 
I bought an Aussie made Southern Cross 10' x 10' with the verandah etc. way back in 1994. its been every where, survived cyclones, down pours, hot sun, possum droppings and misuse and its seen the kids grown up to have their own families. was expensive, but like tools, money saved on cheap tools is soon forgotten when they dont work

I still use it on a regular basis when going on prospecting trips and only takes a few minutes to put up. the only down fall being heavy canvas is a bit heavy when stuffing it into the tent bag then lifting it into the back of the truck
 

darb

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my review after fark all:D........sold my oztent,and gone back to pop up,there way overated,heavy cumbersome pita,some mornings of packing up,geez it was a hard work,lifting that mis-shaped sausage roll onto the roof racks,strained me back,lol.....3o seconds my arse,what a con job,has anyone tried hammering pegs in granite????And don't get me going on the annexe,all the side walls,front walls,zippers,vlecro,splitter poles,blardy,blah another pita,lol.And the biggest annoyance is the fung swaye,lol,your lying arse about,flippen sideways,not front to back,no wonder I would wake up like an hibernating bear after being disturbed.
Once I use to rave about it,you know that thing you do to yourself after you've been shafted and you cant admit it,you wanna convince yourself it was a good buy when all along deep down you know the truth.so on ebay it went for some other gullable, believe the hype,unfortunate sucker who snapped it up........Sorry.
I have an oztent but this cracked me up
 

stevemc181

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I love our oztent RV5, we only peg it down if its windy or inclement looking weather. Don't own the awning or fly kit, but I think the fly would be worthwhile if camping in the type of climate that induces condensation. We haven't had an issue with condensation and just make sure there is plenty of ventilation. We used it on our last 6 week trip across the middle, setting it up nearly every day. The packed length is a bit of a pain, but the missus and myself get it up on to the roofrack no drama's, once you work out how to pack it, it's easy to get back in the bag.
We used to use a Malamoo Pop Up, but they suck if the weather turns to shit and no room at all to stand up and get dressed. The Oztent isn't great for standing room but it does the job.
 

darb

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For those with RV's ... i recently found out you can get a cross pole at the front of the awning, and two forward poles that brace the whole awning to be sturdy with no tie down at all ... Tentworld sell them. Why the hell oztent don't sell them normally i dont know ... my only criticism of the rv series really has been that the awning (and side walls) were flimsy and required tie down with guy ropes to have any semblance of structure.

As to tents, some fresh pics of our RV5 vs our pair of darche swags which we use for one nighter trips mainly

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99pc chimpanzee

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Im looking at the Oz tent now but after reading 99pc chimpanzee's thoughts im not so sure now haha.
:DI have seen they now have the "eyre"model,maybe lighter....Its not just the 30 second oztent that is overated its the pop up range too,take the malamoo mega around 3-350 bucks and its claim to fame is its front vestuable to keep your "gear out of the weather',what a joke,the front flap is not zippered along bottom and if you forget to prop up the bottom flap so it goes under the awning/front flap,if it rains the water pours in like the overflow at snowy hydro.....not to mention an easy entrance and hiding place for snakes and critters to make a home amongst your clothes in the night,and no internal hooks to hang a light...simple design yet overlooked by oztent.The reviews on snowys go in the same vain as my observations,so maybe they listened cause the new range which have a different name,now have a full zippered front panel..HOORAY.credit to them there.

Happy Camping when not in an Oztent,:p
 

boobook

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Im with 99pc chimpanzee. But with Black Wolf. They appear to be quick and easy but they are too bulky and while the actual tent sets up quickly, the fly takes as long again.

Packing up is a nightmare, why can't tent manufacturers spend another 50c and make the bag a little bigger. Getting it in the bag takes ages.

Im going back to a simple center pole tent. A cheap thin one, not like the ever lasting Southern Cross that sits in my garage because it is too heavy.
 
But with Black Wolf. They appear to be quick and easy but they are too bulky and while the actual tent sets up quickly, the fly takes as long again. Packing up is a nightmare.....
Hmm, canvas or nylon? I find the nylon packs pretty well now I have the technique down but is 2 ppl to do well. We have the plus which is more awkward. Space in the bag is fine for nylon. Main tips
Setup:
make sure to mark the fly corners, I used a texta to write on the tent, this speeds things up heaps
Packup:
- grab fly in middle of each side (2 ppl) and roll it into a big sausage, fold that and fits into bag easy (put main tent in bag first though)
- door must be tied open so as to let out air
- after folding up main tent, loop webbing on bottom of legs around frame 'knees', this keeps it bunched and then just 'roll' the tent to compress the air out of it, strap it and should go into the bag pretty easy (when I remember to loosen bag straps)

Glad I didn't buy the canvas, too heavy!
 
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