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CAMPING – TENTS AND SWAGS

Tents, swags, pegs and hardware.

Inflatable tent and car-topper range

Inflatable tent and car-topper range

GentleTent is an Austrian-based company that now has representation in Australia. The GentleTent GT range consists of different air-inflatable models to suit most camping requirements.

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Backtrax hard-shell roof tent

Backtrax hard-shell roof tent

Roof tents can be a pain to erect and to pack away, but a hard-shell, electrically opening and closing unit eradicates all this hard work. We tested a Backtrax unit and were very impressed with it.

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Coleman Instant Up tent

Coleman Instant Up tent

Coleman reckons its Instant Up range can be set up in under two minutes from a small carry bag and each tent has a 100km/h wind rating.

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Jet Tent Maverick

Jet Tent Maverick

The Maverick was released in 2014 and was an instant success. We’ve been testing one and we love it. It has now replaced our RV-5, because it’s easier to pack into the various road-test vehicles we evaluate for our Buyers Guide.

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Inflatable tents and swags

Inflatable tents and swags

Darche’s Air-Volution tents and swags have no poles, relying instead on inflatable tubes or ‘air-poles’. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t lend us a tent to test.

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OzTent Malamoo Mega

OzTent Malamoo Mega

OzTent’s Malamoo is the Tardis of the tent world, magically expanding from a round flat pack into a roomy tent for a couple, or a cosy space for a couple and two kids.

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Foxwing Awning and Rhino Rack

Foxwing Awning and Rhino Rack

As the name suggests this awning opens up to look like the wing of a fruit bat, with fabric stretched between supporting ribs. The Foxwing is another OzTent product, but is marketed in conjunction with Rhino Rack. It seems to be a great symbiosis, because OzTent knows all there is to know about camping ‘housing’ and Rhino is the expert racking company. Together, they can fit a Foxwing to any vehicle.

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Jet Tent by OzTent

Jet Tent by OzTent

OzTent is justifiably famous for its revolutionary 30-second tent design and the company has added a Jet Tent product line-up that doesn’t erect as quickly, but is much easier to pack inside a vehicle.

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OzTent RV-5

OzTent RV-5

OzTent’s RV-4 was released in 2005 and quickly became a top seller. The OzTent people were asked by many customers to make a bigger tent, but they didn’t want the folded package to be any bigger or much heavier. We tested an early model RV-5 and liked it so much we bought it.

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Roof-top Tents

Roof-top Tents

Roof-top units can be ideal for 4WD tourers who don’t want to tow anything. A typical roof-top camper weighs around 50kg, plus the weight of the rack, so is suitable to clamp to the roof of a large 4WD.

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Swag, Tent or Camper Trailer

Swag, Tent or Camper Trailer

We’re assuming at the outset that you’re going seriously off road, so a camper trailer has replaced a caravan on your potential purchase list. That means your choice is between swags, tents and camping trailers.

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Turbo Tent Trio Tested

Turbo Tent Trio Tested

We always like to test gear on long bush trips, so when we heard that two of our group would be bringing their Black Wolf Turbo tents on a bush adventure we grabbed a test one so that we’d have a trio to compare.

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