Newbie - needs advice on tent

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Newbie - needs advice on tent

Postby robynb » Sat Jan 20, 2007 3:52 pm


I am a single mum going camping for the 1st time with 2 young boys. Can anyone recommend a good tent thats easy to erect - looking for something reasonably large (eg 3m x 3m).

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Postby Derek Bullock » Sat Jan 20, 2007 4:11 pm

I gues it depends how much money you have to spend. Give us that detail and it will make it easier.

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Postby Scolers » Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:10 pm

The age of your sons would have a bearing on the style of tent too ... ie. a square 3mx3m tent has a pole rght in the middle so is only suitable for two ppl.

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Postby robynb » Sat Jan 20, 2007 5:15 pm

I was thinking up to $500 but if I can get a tent that puts itself up would pay double that LOL
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Postby elpaulos » Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:41 pm

You can buy a good first time tent for $100-$200. But I'd stick to the cheaper ones for the first one though. Head to your local camp shop. They'll give great advice.

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Postby gqpatrol » Sat Jan 20, 2007 7:09 pm

We have an Oztrail Tourer 10plus. It is huge. We bought for about $400 delivered, (ebay). It is very simple to put up, one pole in the middle, and a ridge pole at the back. Can fit at least 2 double matresses, plus a few singles. Only downside is it is a bit bulky, but if you take a trailer, boat or roof rack, should be no problem. Being canvas it is very comfy to sleep in. I don't have any photos but an internet search should find some pics. Good luck :grin: Dimensions are 400cm x 305cm x 210cm High . Pics are here - . If your boys are young the smaller versions on this page eg. Tourer 9, might be suited.
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Postby mytribe » Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:09 pm

If you have an Anaconda store handy, they've got great cheap tents.

We have 2 spinifex ones and an Oztrail.
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Postby robynb » Sun Jan 21, 2007 8:08 pm

Thanks everyone. I went to Anaconda today and they've almost sold me on their Spinifex ones. I looked at the Derwin and another just a bit bigger - 6 metres x 2.8 metres.

I'm thinking that I'll need the extra room as I have a 5 and a 2 yr old so will need to spend a bit of time in the tent.
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