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Camping for the 2020 Season

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by skifree, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. Rabid K9

    Rabid K9 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    She certainly wasn't coming to raid your coffee stash.
     
  2. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver A Local

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    Went out to Skippers Canyon one night with my brother in law and another mate a few years ago. Had hand held spotties and mounted. Rabbits and possums out of control. We removed a few but would've have needed a nuke to get them all. Absolute pests and at plague proportions.
     
  3. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Took the new van out for a shakedown this weekend. Was very lux being able to stand up inside. Not too many at island bend Saturday given the weather forecast and snow cover.

     
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    Good roof pitch for snow shedding!
     
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    coolair One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Welcome to the Avan club.
     
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  6. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver A Local

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    Good roof pitch but no Cricket Pitch.
     
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  7. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    I see what you did there LOL
     
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  8. Darb

    Darb Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Couldn't find the thread on "swags" (might be merged into this one where the darche dirty dee is mentioned), anyways, recently grabbed myself a 23Zero Bandit 1400 ... it's basically like a dirty dee, but more head room at the tapered end, and importrantly you can open/close/control ALL outer doors/surfaces. Plus the end portals have double or triple flaps and gusetted, so you can control airflow and have airflow in heavy precip without issue.

    Also comes with an optional fly... which isn't difficult to erect, and i reckon it keeps a lot of heat / dew / precip off, plus you could chuck stuff under it. Unsure how it'd go in decent wind, untested as yet



     
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  9. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    When does a swag stop being a swag and become a tent?
     
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  10. Darb

    Darb Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Twag? Swent?
    Have seen many an argument about that on FB. Semantics really but amusing how frothy some blokes get over it.

    I call it whatever the manufacturer calls it. To my mind, if you can roll your mattress and doona up with it, it's a swag.

    Comfortable versatile & fast setup sleeping aparatus takes too long to say after a few rums.
     
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  11. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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  12. Darb

    Darb Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    the swags dont need a tarp or fly @Moondog55 , have had dirty dee and 23-0 bandits in horrible rain without a drop getting in.

    The 23Z set me back $450 which i thought was pretty decent value for a super-swag/twag/swent (quality 75mm HD foam in it too, which is ironically the most expensive part these days). They're built pretty well (a lot of complex stitching), decent canvass and good design

    btw re "traditional" swags, can't go past these handmade, australian made (with the only australian canvass maker still existing) beauties. Got one for each kid. I want one but apparnetly we have enough "camping shit" in the house ??!?

    They cost more than the super-swags :)

     
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  13. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    I had a Candy Canvas [ Adelaide] swag years ago, super tough with a 40 ounce nylon/vinyl bottom, waterproof yes but I got wet every time I got out to get dressed, the only down side to swags. Great if I still had a truck or the old Ford Falcon ute
     
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  14. Darb

    Darb Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ah yes i see what you mean. yeah any small sleepoing space is going to suck in inclement weather.

    I tend to tuck swag next to vehicle awning if there's a "bit" of rain around, but if it's going to be constant rain then yep anything swag based is going to suck without some sort of extras.

    We use an RV5 oztent with front room acting as a kitchen ... girls sleep in the RV5, myself and the boy have a queen super-swag each.

    But man the setup is a pain in the arse and has me reaching for a caravan.


     
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  15. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Love the pic, The Modern Oz Camping Family At Play.

    :):cool:
     
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  16. Darb

    Darb Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    doesn’t show the stress. The stress I tell you of a 3 year maniac daughter who was firstly constipated and power spewing in between nuclear meltdowns for days , then the complete opposite of Constipation for the second half of trip.
     
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  17. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ahh kids, you can have em.
     
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    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Was tempted to buy a canvas swag for sleeping in the backyard during this covid lockdown. We have a Southern Cross Canvas tent made locally so looked at their swags....crikey, they are *very* expensive! Beautifully made though with Aust canvas. Couldn't justify though.
     
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    Darb Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeh not cheap. A bit of Australiana though, I got these two for the sprogs as I feared the husband and wife team wouldn’t be around forever. Very nice swags and mattress, familiar bed for them at beach house sleepovers and such

    infact I’ll be borrowing the daughters one this weekend at Sons scouts camp (inside tent, wet weekend forecast). Even has pink frozen doona rolled in! To go with the custom ladybirds we had sewed in (by Murchison)

    plus they have a limited edition blue one tempting me

     
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  20. Rabid K9

    Rabid K9 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    'Swent' has a certain ring to it?
     
  21. Darb

    Darb Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    with a sveedish accent definitely
     
  22. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Very windy overnight at the bend and down to -2. Thought we might have been blown away a few times LOL

    Having the van is proving to be very lux, even had sourdough for breakfast.
     
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  23. Moondog55

    Moondog55 One of Us

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    Isn't that small gas canister a little close to the heat source?
    Hot buttered toast is a real luxury, I am slightly jealous.
     
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  24. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    A-van looks great, but stretching the definition of camping IMO. If it gets you to the snow, it's sure ok.
     
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