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    Hi Guys,

    Took a stroll through checkers yesterday and saw that their tents (bush baby is the brand) are reasonably priced. Has anyone tried them? Any feedback please?

    The info on the side was as follows:

    one the first one:
    (i think this was a 3-4 man dome costing around R400 to R500)
    Cover: 190T polyester with PU2000MM
    Floor: 115g PE floor
    Poles: 8.5 mm fiberglass
    carry bag: 150d oxford polyester

    The 2nd I looked at:

    This if I remember was a 6 man twin dome type with the middle entrance costing around R800
    - clip system attachment for quick assembly
    - 190T polyester PU1500mm for fly sheet
    - shock corded 9.5 mm fiberglass poles
    - Waterproof rip stop polyehtylene
    - U.P.F 50+ UV protected.

    I got the above info from a pic I took with my cell.

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    I'm not sure about their tents, but I'm using two of their mattresses. It was about R50 cheaper than any other place, so I thought I'd take the chance - not disappointed yet.

    W.r.t tents...I'd rather go for the CampMaster range at Makro / Game - also cheap (especially when there's a special on), and the brand has proven itself as a fairly decent value-for-money brand (used mine for about 8 years, and only bought a new one because of changed requirements - kids growing up)

    That said - I'd also be interested in real world feedback on the Bushbaby tents
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    Eish - did an online search and saw 3 to 4 complaints about their products on hello peter. Most on their camping chairs.

    JJ - saw your pics in another thread about tents etc you have the bush tech. You still happy with it? What sort of price did you pay (pls PM me if need be).

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    I always think you get what you pay for , Having said that , we bought a rechargeable camping lantern with remote (non led) for R130-00 from checkers, quality was great, other lanterns like this start at 200 odd rand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cordell.dutoit View Post
    Eish - did an online search and saw 3 to 4 complaints about their products on hello peter. Most on their camping chairs.

    JJ - saw your pics in another thread about tents etc you have the bush tech. You still happy with it? What sort of price did you pay (pls PM me if need be).
    Cordell - the price is in that other thread, but I think it was around R3,500.
    I'm still happy - we'll be going to Kruger National Park next week, so maybe ask be after that .
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    The last two items I bought was rubbish, the chair lasted about a day with only my 10year old sitting in it, and the butane gas stove was broken when I took out of the box. I'm taking both back and would rather spend a bit more tom and get something that would last longer.

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Think Im gonna keep clear of them.

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    I've had one of those 2 man tent now for as long as I can remember I use it for my biking camping and there's nothing wrong with it
    My blow up matresses was also from checkers and also nothing wrong
    So hey I don't know
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    I just bought 1 for R1,300 at Checkers. I am hugely impressed.



    Then I found this add on OLX

    http://eastlondon.olx.co.za/5-man-bu...-iid-506828155
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    Campworld (Jurgens Caravan outlets, Kempton Caravan etc) are having a sale on camping stuff at the moment and some of their stuff looks really nicely priced.
    Jeep, there is only one.

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    I recently bought a bushbaby gazebo tent at Checkers Hyper for R1599.
    To be honest, I was really skeptical to buy such a cheap tent, and even took my old tent with the first time we went camping, just for in case.

    What a pleasant surprise the whole experience was!
    The tent really has some well thought-out features, and for such a cheap price!

    pros:
    Really easy pitching, all the poles are the same - no reading of manual or figuring out any color coding.
    50+ uv protected ripstop material.
    Top cover for the sleeping section.
    Lots of space inside (in my case, for two persons with a 3 month old)
    Back door that can fully open, with flysheet (really necessary for any tent if you're not pitched under a tree)
    It was surprisingly dry inside during the nights, even during some light rain (usually I would expect wet sidewalls that would leak through)
    It fitted inside the bag when I rolled it back up again!

    cons:
    The supplied pegs are quite tiny (bring your own proper pegs).
    No string supplied for tying down in bad weather, so again bring your own.
    The steel poles are quite heavy, but what's the alternative: thin aluminium poles?

    Now, I haven't yet experienced a weekend with really bad weather to be able to give you full feedback, but when I do I will definitely let you know! It stood fast during some wind gusts. I also can't tell you how long it will last, and if you'll be able to find spares. But even for my k-way tent I wasn't able to find replacement poles, and had to buy a whole set of different ones. At least you'll be able to buy a couple of these tents for the same price as one expensive one .

    I'm surprised that I couldn't find much feedback online?
    This tent definitely deserves some feedback!

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    You'd be surprised to know what other brand equipment comes out of exactly the same factory as Bush Baby Their goal was to provide well priced, and fair quality, camping products backed by a good warranty. Perhaps a bit more aimed at the recreational campers rather than the hardcore guys.
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    the same as buying campmaster just paying less

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    I recently replaced my Oztrail camping chairs ('well known make, 150 kg load capacity and should last long'...??) which I bought for R699 each with two of these Bush Baby camping chairs (unknown "cheap make" 150 kg load capacity) at R299 each (special, normal price R349) and I must say that I am impressed.
    The Bush Baby chair is more comfortable and the places where the Oztrail failed, are better
    designed on the Bush Baby - actually seems that BB copied and improved on the Oztrail?
    Even the BB carry bag is stronger than the Oztrail!!!
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    Hey guys

    I know this as an old post and hasn't seen activity in a while but I'm interested to know if there is any more feedback on BushBaby Tents. I am looking at replacing my CampMaster as it has no ventilation, bought in December 2014. We are now looking for something bigger but the budget it still an issue. GF's sister and friend bought a BushBaby dome tent and they seem happy but one source of feedback isn't really too much to go on.
    There are great Natural Instinct tents out there too but at the moment none grab both of us and that's recipe for drama later.
    So widening the playing field with less known brands.
    So BushBaby

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    Not sure about the tents but all my other camping gear are made by bush baby and I have had no issues with their products.
    My camping chairs are now about 6 years old and still going strong.
    My 3 gazibo's are still in use and gas braai is still going strong.
    No matter what the product brand you buy it will last long if treated correctly and yes you get what you pay for.
    IMO Bush Baby are good products and are good competition for the other brands.
    They have some innovative designs at the moment.
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    I'm looking at getting either a bushbaby 6 sleeper tent or a Coleman one... Price difference is 25% and negligible IMO. I am leaning towards the latter but am i right??

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