We love camping, the outdoors, National parks ... as long as you have something comfortable to sleep in at night.
Our trusty hiking tent served us well for years, it kept us warm and dry and gave us shelter while we travelled for 3 months all around beautiful New Zealand. Unfortunately it only slept two.
Then there were three, we squeezed in when she was little but we needed to upgrade. A bigger tent from Rays did the job for a few years, although it was a bit squishy, especially when it was wet.
When we went around Australia, we upgraded.
Our poptop Sunwagon served us amazingly well for 18months, towed by our 4wd it went places no vintage Sunwagon should go. We stopped travelling around Australia when number two arrived. After some serious travelling the Sunwagon was a huge fix it job, a garden ornament, and finally we sold it. Oh how I miss it.
We got the old tent back from our friends but it started to disintegrate, zips broke, leaks began.
We wanted to go camping with the five of us but were on a tight budget.
We bough the $99 Aldi tent, how bad could it be?
Very bad, very wet family of five. We have found all the Aldi camping stuff to be terrible - leaking mattresses, broken lamps .... DON"T GO THERE
Ok we thought, we won't be so stingy next time
Lashed out and got a big spacious Oztrail Sportiva family tent for $400 on Ebay after much research. It arrived in excellent condition, we were optimistic.....
On its first camping trip we had very heavy rain and - it leaked - not a full soaking Aldi leak, but a keep you awake worrying kind of leak. The space was great (4 rooms) and you could stand up in it, but we had some concerns.
We erected the tent this week before an upcoming camping trip to Wilsons Promontory - to check all was ok. We found a small hole and bought a patch to fix it.
not a Hurricane,
but some serious wind gusts,
a foul hurly burly kind of day,
that broke two poles in two,
and tore two giant holes in it,
What a waste!
Hazel- Dene cursed winter away his week and I would like to say similar things to the wind and to tents! %^%%$%#*&(()&%^$%$
It's not really a disaster, tents can be replaced, it's only money.
Can anyone suggest a good tent for a family of five? I'm thinking canvas after this experience but I hate their weight and bulkiness, and we're on a budget. I hate to think we're going to add any more to Landfill - checking out Ebay at the moment.