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Old 09-10-2005, 11:01   #1 (permalink)
Julian Pollard
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Anyone used one - anyone got one for sale/


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Old 09-10-2005, 18:01   #2 (permalink)
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On Sat, 10 Sep 2005 17:45:51 +0100, "Julian Pollard"
<julianpollard@freeuk.com> wrote:

>Anyone used one - anyone got one for sale/
>

Yes to the first, Doubtful to the second.

What do want to know?

Neil

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Old 09-11-2005, 09:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Oztents

Are they as easy to put up (and stay up!) as they claim

Do they have a built in groundsheet (one seems to be offered as an extra)

Are you pleased with yours


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Old 09-11-2005, 17:01   #4 (permalink)
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In article <1126452030.93546.0@despina.uk.clara.net>, "Julian Pollard"
<julianpollard@freeuk.com> wrote:

> Are they as easy to put up (and stay up!) as they claim
>
> Do they have a built in groundsheet (one seems to be offered as an extra)
>
> Are you pleased with yours



G'day Julian....

I've had one for nearly three years and used it well.

Your q's..

1. Yes, even easier. I lay a light tarp on the ground first. ( 30
seconds!) Oz-tent pack on top. swing sides. pull up 10 seconds. ........
It's up !!!
Pegging takes a few minutes, but all cords are pocketed in tent... you
just pull 'em out and knock 'em to a peg.

2. The tent does have a plastic 'well' which keeps out crawlies and water.
as I said above, I always throw a small tarp on the ground and base the
ten on this...... Keeps it from any holes, ground junk and ground moisture
so it's 'fold away' clean.

3. Yeah.... I think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
I think the newer ones have an extra pivot in the frame so they're not as
long when packed ( mine's 2 metres!) It fits inside the 110 but just
intrudes a little between the front seats. be great if it was
'shorter'..... One day I'm gonna make a container to put it on the roof !
:))
I'd also like it a little deeper inside. The next model from mine was. but
it was also longer when folded.

For speed and ease of 'put up' it's great. And it's totally secure from
weather and crawlies..... I reckon this outweighs the 'packed away
length'. ............

==example!!!...... We dropped into an area in the southern highlands of
NSW ( Oz.) about two months ago. it was cool, bit of a wind, and getting
late in the afternoon. Another happy-camper had driven in about the same
time.

I opened the back door. Threw the tarp on the ground, slid out the Oz
tent, outfolded the sides and pulled it up !!! It was up !! Then a few
minutes securing to pegs.
The 'other' campers were still putting theirs up half an hour later while
I watched with a beer in hand with all preps _done_ !. Theirs sure had the
advantage of being 'packed away' more compactly, but I'm pleased with
mine! There _are_ a few modifications that I'll make, when I get around to
it, though. In all..... it's OK !

Hope this helps.

..... frodo.
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Old 09-11-2005, 17:01   #5 (permalink)
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"Julian Pollard" <julianpollard@freeuk.com> wrote in message
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> Are they as easy to put up (and stay up!) as they claim
>
> Do they have a built in groundsheet (one seems to be offered as an extra)
>
> Are you pleased with yours
>
>


I don't own one, but have seen it demonstrated at a 4wd show.
Their claim of 30 sec. setup looks about right- including getting it out of
its bag.
Both the RV and the microfast tents just pop right up.
Very different styles though- the micro is like a hiking tent with a weird
loopy pole arrangement, the RV is a strong canvas tent to go next to your
4wd.
Yes they have built-in groundsheets!
Neccessary in Oz to keep out the creepy-crawlies...
Check them at www.oztent.com.au

The optional extra groundsheet (if it's for the micro) would be to protect
the lightweight floor, just like my proper hiking tent. Their site doesn't
list them.
You might do better asking on aus.cars.offroad for user experiences


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Old 09-12-2005, 02:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Oztents

Thanks Frodo and Natalie

Frodo - I think the guy with the other tent was me (beamed over from the
UK!) I have an Autocamp (or some similar name) which fits nicely onto the
back of my 90 but takes a wrestling match to put up


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Old 09-13-2005, 03:01   #7 (permalink)
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In article <1126512939.18474.0@spandrell.news.uk.clara.net>, "Julian
PollardPOP_Server=pop.freeuk.net" <julianpollard@freeuk.com> wrote:

> Thanks Frodo and Natalie
>
> Frodo - I think the guy with the other tent was me (beamed over from the
> UK!) I have an Autocamp (or some similar name) which fits nicely onto the
> back of my 90 but takes a wrestling match to put up



Hehhehheh.....

This couple's tent had all these 'push-through' springy ( fibreglass?)
rods that they were still putting through the maze of channels after mine
was up and all stuff inside ! and...Then they had to get it _"UP"_... and
_then_ run around and peg it. Like upside-down umbrellas!! And the 'domed'
shapes meant 'hands and knees' towards the sides. .... Looked good when it
was up, though.... sort of a cross between a fantasy lunar habitation site
and the Sydney Opera House.
The Oz-tent is like a bloody great matchbox !!! _Very_ functional but not
a real lot of aesthetic attraction. On the other hand , what's wrong with
a rectangular prism ?

I also have a couple of small "A" tents with flies that you just lay out
and then crawl into and slip up the two alloy poles and spacer. It sits
limp until you guy it. Then it's OK. They pack into less than a metre by
around 200 mms round pack. Made of 'Japara'... and quite light with the
alloy poles. Y'can walk with 'em !!

Trouble with "A"s is the 'down sides' and lack of room when your
'inside'.... One advantage of the Oz-tent is its 'stand up' height all
around. It's a "room" in which you can put your stuff easily and dance
around in !! But they _are_ different horses for different courses!

I reckon that speed of erection and 'stand up' height with max room are
two _great_ plusses of the Oz tent. But you wouldn't carry it anywhere....
well no more than 30 metres anyway. The internal frame ( the folding alloy
struts that make its erection so simple), _plus_ the fact that it's a
medium weight canvas.......... I mean...it's not a 'backpackers'tent'
Hahhahhah.... its gotta bit of weight. But hauling in and out of the 110
is no prob at all. It's ruggedness means you don't have to take much care
either ( as you would with Japara!)

BTW... congrats on the Ashes. Your blokes played better.( Gees, they've
been at it for a generation, eh !!) I reckon you all can nurse that little
urn for close on another four years. Then we'll take 'em back for another
_eighteen_ or so...... And _Take_ 'em back, too. Hehhehheh..... So enjoy!

Gees, I dunno.... first the Rugby , now the Cricket. Heyyy....You mob
being fed better than you were, or something!! :)) Next it'll be the
frig'n swimming !! ( in ya dreams!) Hehhehheh.

Best wishes....

..... frodo.
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Old 09-13-2005, 14:01   #8 (permalink)
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Frodo

Definitely it was me putting up tent!!!!!!

The Ashes - Wonderful!!!!!!!

Julian


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Old 09-13-2005, 14:01   #9 (permalink)
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On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 16:20:17 +0100, "Julian Pollard"
<julianpollard@freeuk.com> wrote:

>Are they as easy to put up (and stay up!) as they claim
>
>Do they have a built in groundsheet (one seems to be offered as an extra)
>
>Are you pleased with yours
>

Yes! I've not actually timed it, but it is just so easy, even single
handed.

If a strong wind is blowing, it's best to pitch it with the rear
sloping edge into the wind and peg the rear corners, or get someone to
hold the windward side guy BEFORE the whole tent is pulled up and the
frame locked.

I got the RV4 and reflective fly sheet a couple of years back. I have
since added the high side panels and the front panel. With all the
panels in, it's effectively a small frame tent - without the hassle!
The fly sheet also provides three useful external shaded areas around
the tent. Adjustable telescopic poles are a nice touch too - means
you can lower a corner for wind shedding or rain run-off. With huge
areas of insect mesh and massive ventilation availability,
condensation has never been a problem.

The weight and packed size might put off some, but the convenience and
speed with which it is deployed are, for me at least, worth that
sacrifice.

The fabric is very substantial. The thick pvc built-in ground sheet
probably contributes significantly to the overall weight, but is easy
to clean, and also dead easy to repair with McNetts Seamgrip.

Yes! It was my own fault for not inspecting the ground thoroughly
enough, and I missed a very sharp flint and by purely bad luck, placed
the camp bed leg right over it :o( I doubt if anything could have
resisted puncturing with my weight pushing a wooden bed leg onto a
flint. It only made a very small cut which was quickly and
permanently repaired with Seamgrip.

I think the optional extra ground sheet you mention is to cover the
area outside the main tent, under the canopy/awning area. I
usually(although not always) use a piece of ground sheet big enough to
cover the area underneath the main tent, and the outside area as well.

Am I pleased with it? Yes, very much so!

HTH

Neil

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