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PostSubject: Oz Tents or similar   Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:54 am

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anyone know of any suppliers of Oz Tents, or anything very similar, in the SE London/Kent/Surrey area? I'd like to see some of these tents in the flesh and have a play, but no idea where I can do this.

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:59 am

I have the Oztent RV3.

As it is a single skin tent you do get some condensation if you don't leave vents open.

I bought mine from Norwich Camping and Leisure.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Oztent-RV-3-/281073289878?pt=UK_SportsLeisure_HikingCamping_Tents_JN&hash=item4171460a96

I live near Ramsgate ct10 if you want to see it 'in action'.

Here it is....


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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:51 pm

Nowhere near you unfortunately, but if you ever get over Gloucestershire way ...

www.boab.biz/oztent_home.htm

BOAB Ltd.
Unit 4 Willow Court
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Really nice people run BOAB - thoroughly recommended.

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:54 am

Mac wrote:
I have the Oztent RV3.

As it is a single skin tent you do get some condensation if you don't leave vents open.

I bought mine from Norwich Camping and Leisure.

I live near Ramsgate ct10 if you want to see it 'in action'.


Thanks for the offer to view Mac - I might take that offer up some time - very kind.

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:53 am

We stock the full range of Oztents. Have a look HERE

We are the only supplier of Oztents who display them at all major 4x4 shows.

Normally have RV1,2,3,4,and 5 out along with Tagalongs and Foxwings awning in various combinations.



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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:24 am

4x4overlander wrote:

We are the only supplier of Oztents who display them at all major 4x4 shows.

Normally have RV1,2,3,4,and 5 out along with Tagalongs and Foxwings awning in various combinations.

Brendan

Hi Brendan, nice website. Those tents look great. Halifax is a bit of a drive for us but we're planning to go to the overland show later in the year so we'll look out for you there Very Happy

The Foxwings look interesting too - would love to see a car with one of those set up.

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:36 am

Well if Halifax is a bit far for you Razz It is a bit wild up north you know!


OK a bit closer to London is the Bristol and West Show in June and the HUBB show at Donington end May/June. Since these are smaller shows we will not have every combination on display, but the Foxwing will be out.

Then there is the Billing show in July where we will have quite a few tents up.


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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:09 am

Mac - you don't seem to have a roof rack on your Disco. How do you carry your RV3? Does it fit inside the vehicle? Could it fit inside even if you don't carry it that way?

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:45 am

If your serious on buying the Oz tent do it, The £150 pounds or so you save isn't worth it in the long run. I thought I would be clever and save some money and buy one of the cheaper copies (Terrain tent which is exactly the same as the Land Rover branded one).

After living with it for two years I wish I would have got the real McCoy, its better made and little thing like the ground sheet zips out on mine which sounds good but the fabric on the zip wicks moisture like nobodies business and before you know it puddles form in the corners. The tents upper however is supremely water proof and it's not bad but not an Oz tent.

I know the Oz range are not cheap but the old adage buy cheap and buy twice came home to haunt me.

And I know Brendan you did try and tell me but would I listen adore I am not worthy

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:29 am

I'm with you WideFormat ... I def think the OzTent is for us but I'm now thinking about storage and how we travel with it. RV4, side panels, the front bit and happy camping Smile

I'm sure I read somewhere that you could get a roof box to fit it in but not sure. I'd rather carry it in a vehicle, but as we're hoping to get a Disco 300 TDi I wasn't sure if it would go inside. Probably not bawling

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:34 am

My Terrain tent is 2mts square when pitched and 2mtrs long when packed it fits in my long wheel base Frontera with the front passenger seat tilted back but won't fit in the D2 as the passenger seat doesn't fold as flat.

I have been toying with the idea of the Oz basket and then I could attach an awning to it for day time stops.

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:08 am

Somewhere in this forum - and I'm not sure where - is a previous discussion about OzTents and how to carry them. Roamingman may know where as I believe he joined in the chat.

As I recall, I'm pretty sure he carried an OzTent in his Disco 3 but it would have been a struggle in a Disco 2 ... I think???

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:03 pm

Sorry for delay.

I carried the oztent inside my disco. It sits on a sleeping platform in the back (no seats) and comes through and sits on top of the cubby box (arm rest). It's not ideal but security wise you can relax when wandering off from the vehicle for any length of time.

I do have a roofrack for the disco (see photo) which I use in Scotland and France. I also have lockable straps which secures the tent to the rack. The straps have wire in them so you couldn't just cut them.

This may give you an idea of the setup. If we wanted to sleep in the back we simply moved the oztent across on top of the cooker, engel and passenger seat. Hope that helps.



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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:41 pm

Yes we had a RV4, and it went inside our D3, I tried in our D1, it will just fit, but as above will intrude onto the cubby box, did look into have it up to roof but was struggling for fixing, but I believe the D2 is a bit longer. Not an issue now the last show we went to was Convoy for Heroes 2012 and it was raining and wet, and we found really hard to pack up, but we are both partially disabled and we did have a lot to pack away, camp kitchen camp beds sleeping bags water WC both sides and front canopy, food and other related stuff, no problem for young and fit people, I am 65 wife is xx.

The Oztent is a great piece of equipment. clinking teacups
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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:30 pm

I too can reconmend the oztent, bought yoda,s rv4 and then used it for 4 wks camping in france,spain and portugal last summer.
as the kids occupy the rear seats had to carry the tent on the roof of the 110,just used a bicycle combination lock when leaving the vehicle any where dodgy.
must admit was supprised with the condensation issue but once we got into the habit opening all the vents no further problems



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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:31 pm

There's a RV-4 currently on ebay -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Oztent-RV-4-OZ-Tent-Australian-up-in-30-seconds-sturdy-and-versatile-/300893937155?pt=UK_SportsLeisure_HikingCamping_Tents_JN&hash=item460ead1e03#ht_214wt_958

Currently on £301 but that won't last as there's still 2 days to go. Worth keeping an eye on I suppose.

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:44 pm

2 days left, 19 bids already ... me thinks this is gonna go much higher angry

I think I'd rather pay a premium for new for something that is going to keep the missus comfy - no point me skimping as my future happiness would be at risk!

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:49 am

Very wise.

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:32 am

Just be aware that if he cannot find the poles...they are not cheap to buy. Also the guy ropes in the bag do not look like Oztent ones which have an 'easy use' locking mechanism which is one of the reasons the tent can be put up so quickly.

I considered a larger oztent but prefer the flexability of my Oztent delux screen room on the RV3. It can be used as a stand alone gazebo. The quality of materials is not as good as the RV3. But it's less than half the price. (see below).


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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:41 am

That looks a great set up Mac. I'm trying to be patient (not something I'm good at) and want to get the new car first, then will start to deck it out. Chap who's looking for me has a Disco due in next week that we should be able to check out next weekend all being well clapping

Wife is nearly as excited as me ... she's thinks she's going to get to play with my new toy - she's going to be so disappointed laughing pound

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:58 am

The guy ropes are in the pockets on the tent, they are extra ropes for some think else. clinking teacups
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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:33 pm

yep, I'm assuming those are the ropes for the awning tent poles (that he's lost). But they should also be orange with plastic locking mechanism.
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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:22 am

Impatience won today ... drove up to Norwich and bought the RV4, side panels and front panel. I say I bought, the wife was so impressed that she got the card out and made the purchase adore

It was a tight fit, but with the Kia's back seats down the tent even at 2 mtrs long still fitted in. Not a long term way to transport it, but at least we know we can use it this year before we get the main vehicle decked out. Will be playing in the garden tomorrow.

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:36 am

Ha, just couldn't resist, don't blame you.

Did you buy it from Norwich Camping rather than Brendan at 4x4 Overlander then? Saw Norwich Camping on ebay. Was there a price difference in the end or was it just a matter of mileage?

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PostSubject: Re: Oz Tents or similar   Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:57 am

TBH, I've no idea if there was a price diff. We just drove up to Norwich Camping and had a nose around. The chief guy was around (Steve) and he spent ages with us showing us how it goes up and down, showing us loads of different style of tents etc.

He had the Jet tents too (they have a sale on those at the mo) so he demo'd those to us too, and whilst they were virtually half the price of the OzTents, for ease of use it was really a no brainer. If we were looking for a tent to stay up for 3-4 days then move on, the Jet would have been fine, but for potentially up and down every day the Oz won hands down.

He had these 'blow up' tents too which were quite funky. No good for us, but very clever.

For London / SE based people Norwich is easy enough to get to in a day (took us 3 hours to get there). If we lived further North then we would likely have gone to Halifax, but for us the distance was just too much I'm afraid.

At least we haev something to sleep in now if we head up to the overland show cheers1

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