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Okay well I'm someone that hates bugs etc, but camping just sounds like its so much fun and a great family holiday. Can anyone recommend good brands etc, I would one that has separate rooms etc, but just wondering about brand and price, total amateur here.
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Wednesday, 6 January 2010 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, 7 January 2010 7:44 p.m.
The canvas ones tend to be heavier and much more expensive, but I think they also tend to last a lot longer. If you are just getting into camping it wouldn't be a bad idea to get one of the newer large dome types, as it's less of an investment in case you decide that camping is not for you. Then in a few years when it rips, or the poles bend or whatever, you can look into a large canvas one. A good idea is to look around the campground and ask to see some other people's tents - they will usually happily show you the features and you can do some comparison shopping before going shopping.
When you are buying your canvas tent plan for the future as it should last you many years and get one as big as you can afford.
Thursday, 7 January 2010 7:27 a.m.
Haha from my experience the canvas one's don't tend to smell. Maybe you were in one that was put away damp? That can cause any tent to go mouldy and root- not cool!
The canvas tents are generally harder wearing and alot more sturdy then alot of the cheaper light weight tents around. Because of the pole set up they are often more spacious aswell but I guess that comes down to the individual tent :)
It all depends on how much camping you want to do I guess.
Thursday, 7 January 2010 7:05 a.m.
So what's the difference between the canvas ones and the other kind then? when I was little I remembered the canvas ones smelled is that right, or just a bad memory, ha ha
Thursday, 7 January 2010 6:08 a.m.
Camping is great fun! I have been every year since I was 2 years old and my parents still have the same tent they used way back then.
Alot of it depends on where abouts you are and what sort of weather/conditions you can expect to be camping in. I highly recommend the larger canvas tents rather than the newer dome type variety, we have had both and really noticed the difference. They are often more spacious and a lot more hardy if the weather decides to pack it in. The poles are large strong metal ones so you don't get knocked around so much should it decide to blow something wicked like it did for us this xmas.
I'd leave it for a few weeks and keep an eye on Trade me. Plenty of people try camping, decide it's not for them and then put up near new tents for sale for reduced prices. I bought our latest tent for $500 second hand and it retails for around $1800. It has been used twice an is in emaculate condition. It's a Great Outdoors canvas job and is fantastic!
The other place that sells these larger canvas ones is Smiths City.
Thursday, 7 January 2010 5:45 a.m.
That looks really good, any idea on how waterproof/windproof it is etc?
Thursday, 7 January 2010 2:16 a.m.
just found a picture of the tent http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/catalog/sports-outdoors/camping/tents/Navigator-South-Opoutere-Family-Tent-10-Person?SKU=1293953
Thursday, 7 January 2010 2:14 a.m.
My husband just bought a tent at the warehouse on special for $419 it's enormous has a central room which opens on either side to get into the tent and becomes a canopy roof when open + 2 side rooms which both come with divider walls if you want to turn it into 4 smaller bedrooms or 2 small and 1 large etc. You can stand up in all areas without hitting your head on the top of the tend and the central room has enough space for a table and chairs so if it's bad weather it's not clastraphobic being trapped indoors.
It was super easy to put up and I can see it's going to last us for years to come.
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