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PostSubject: Beds?   Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:23 am

What do people normally sleep on or recommend (Twende not allowed to play as he has a hotel suite on wheels Razz ) ?

We have a 3/4 size airbed but looking at getting a couple of camp beds (like the OzTent stretchers). A 3/4 bed is just a tad small for the 2 of us - I fuss about too much in the night, apparently scratching chin . Anyone else use stretchers, or are air beds the way to go still?

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PostSubject: Re: Beds?   Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:46 am

We had OzTent stretchers, in our Oztent we just used a good sleeping bag, if really cold put a throw or big blanket on top. clinking teacups 
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PostSubject: Re: Beds?   Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:08 am

We checked out the OzTent stretchers when we lived in South Africa and they seemed very comfy, but the only place we can get to here and re-test them is Norwich - which is a bit of a drive (and cost!) from Kent. Wish we could find somewhere closer to test them again.

Instead we're looking to check out GoOutdoors and another camping store in Essex (near Southend) where they have similar beds. Kampa? Will have to see how we get on affraid 

Some forums sites mention 'fishing' beds too - these look big and comfy. The Essex camp store seems to have some of these too.

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PostSubject: Re: Beds?   Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:05 am

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Instead we're looking to check out GoOutdoors and another camping store in Essex (near Southend)
If it is the one on Canvey Island, they do have a great selection of goods. clinking teacups 
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PostSubject: Re: Beds?   Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:14 am

Jas knows all about these fishing beds. He's into fishing so knew about them long before the 4x4 fraternity found out about them. Hopefully he'll be along soon to explain.

Wasn't there a thread on the forum about a year ago about beds?

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PostSubject: Re: Beds?   Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:50 am

I did have a look around for a similar thread but couldn't find one. I'll have another mooch study 

The Essex store we're hoping to visit is Leigh on Sea, but we may well try to get over to Canvey Is ... an 'overseas' adventure geek 

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PostSubject: Re: Beds?   Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:16 am

Roamingman was right, the store on Canvey was large and well stocked thumbsup 

We checked out quite a few different bed types in the end and plumped for self inflating mats. We get the Wideboy XL from Kampa. We were really sceptical about these mats before seeing them in real life (I mean, how can 10cm hold my not inconsiderate bulk) but boy, were we wrong.

We had planned on maybe a camp bed with one of these mats on top, but the mats on their own should be fine. We've had a practice lie a few times (tongue) and seems very comfy. Proof will be after 2 weeks camping in France geek 


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PostSubject: Re: Beds?   Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:19 pm

I use a set of folding foam mats with 3'' thick foam. Just ordered the pre-cut foam sections from E-Foam online and then stitched up some cotton-canvas covers. They fold in half to stow away. They do take up a fair bit of Tembo's limited storage space but after a long day a good rest is worth it. I slept on folding cots in the military for up to six months on deployments and without some type of mattress they can be a torture device after a while.

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PostSubject: Re: Beds?   Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:28 pm

I can't believe you actually drove past our door and did'nt pop in for a cuppa Sad 
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