Oztent Owners Thread




Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 98
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    41
    Posts
    4,268
    Thanked: 333

    Default Oztent Owners Thread

    Thought I'd start this thread to hopefully combine information related to Oztent's. Anything such as advice, tips, best practices, do's and dont's, questions, photos and maybe even modifications, can be added for discussion purposes and knowledge sharing.



    My first question then is quite a simple one but one that's been bothering me for some time now as we gear up for a three week trip to the Northern Cape and Kgalagadi in October. What mattress to be used in an RV-3 tent? I have a self inflating one which is fine for me but I'm looking for some comfort now as well and want to make sure my wife is happy with the mattress I take. Would a 'blow-up' mattress maybe be better? Is the base of the Oz Tent strong enough for stretcher legs (I know you can get padded feet for them as well), as I don't want holes in the tent floor. Now space is not plentiful in the FJ Cruiser, so not sure about stretchers anyway.

    What do you use?
    Ross

  2. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to RMackay For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Senekal
    Age
    60
    Posts
    195
    Thanked: 11

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    We are using the RV 5 version with Instinct stretchers. We have used this combination for in total 18 days in the desert and coast line, just sand camping sites. No problem
    Regards
    Dirk

    www.rtsradio.co.za
    www.midland.co.za
    Office : 061 015 0000; 061 714 0003; 061 714 0003
    Cell : 083 75 000 57

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to DBothma For This Useful Post:


  5. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Centurion
    Age
    42
    Posts
    126
    Thanked: 8

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Also got the RV-5 with stretches very happy with the setup
    I am just missing the poles for the front flap, don't know where to get these
    2015 Ford 3.2 4x4 Auto
    2012 Conqueror Companion

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to Clyde For This Useful Post:


  7. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    41
    Posts
    4,268
    Thanked: 333

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Also got the RV-5 with stretches very happy with the setup
    I am just missing the poles for the front flap, don't know where to get these
    Have you tried 4x4 Megaworld? Maybe even Outdoor Warehouse?
    Ross

  8. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Walker Bay
    Age
    75
    Posts
    8,805
    Thanked: 813

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    When we use stretchers in any tent plastic coffee lids etc provide some additional protection.
    Last edited by Paul Dold; 2017/08/09 at 10:44 PM.

    ďAfrica changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same." - Ernest Hemingway

  9. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Paul Dold For This Useful Post:


  10. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    JBay
    Age
    57
    Posts
    1,214
    Thanked: 238

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Used my RV-4 over many years plus some of the front extensions and extra cover. I also use an extra tarp underneath the tent, it keeps the tent's underside so much cleaner and reduces damp too. Easier to clean the tarp than the bulky tent.
    Good product, and other than being bulky, little to fault...
    A normal inflatable mattress is the last style of mattress I would use.... What about the thicker, larger self inflating mattresses?
    Patrol TB48
    Patrol TD42T
    Ex-4x4-partners:
    105 Cruiser
    80 Cruiser
    60 Cruiser
    Tdi Defender
    2.8D Hilux

    http://4x4africa.co.za/

  11. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    41
    Posts
    4,268
    Thanked: 333

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiri View Post
    A normal inflatable mattress is the last style of mattress I would use....
    Thanks, may I ask why not?
    Ross

  12. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Port Elizabeth
    Age
    46
    Posts
    3,027
    Thanked: 390

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by RMackay View Post
    Thanks, may I ask why not?
    They are often referred to as blow-down mattresses.

    We use 2 stretchers in the RV4. more packing space underneath and easier to get dressed when having a stretcher to sit on.
    2004 Defender 110 Td5


  13. The Following User Says Thank You to Sawdust For This Useful Post:


  14. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    JBay
    Age
    57
    Posts
    1,214
    Thanked: 238

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    My main 2 reasons: When cold, you need as many blankets below you as you need for the top - no insulation. And even the smallest leak sends you to ground zero, where the self inflating style keeps doing most of their job.
    Patrol TB48
    Patrol TD42T
    Ex-4x4-partners:
    105 Cruiser
    80 Cruiser
    60 Cruiser
    Tdi Defender
    2.8D Hilux

    http://4x4africa.co.za/

  15. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Kiri For This Useful Post:


  16. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Struisbaai
    Age
    58
    Posts
    398
    Thanked: 524

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Carmaquip sells very nice self inflating mattress.Have a look at their fold up bass/stretcher as well.Very comfortable and folds up nicely.You wont be sorry.
    2015 Land Cruiser 79 D/C V8 Diesel Turbo
    1983 Suzuki SJ 410 SOA.
    Bush Lapa Boskriek No 607 - Die Kriek

  17. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to LC Man For This Useful Post:


  18. #11
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    On your screen
    Age
    52
    Posts
    2,458
    Thanked: 150

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Been using a RV4 for quite some time now. This, together with 2 x Oztrail stretchers works very well for us. As mentioned, packing space underneath the stretchers and enough space to stand while getting dressed.

    This together with the 270 degree awning really makes life easy when you are overlanding.
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    [B]Johan Prinsloo

  19. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to JP For This Useful Post:


  20. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    41
    Posts
    4,268
    Thanked: 333

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by LC Man View Post
    Carmaquip sells very nice self inflating mattress.Have a look at their fold up bass/stretcher as well.Very comfortable and folds up nicely.You wont be sorry.
    Thanks, will look them up.
    Ross

  21. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Cape Town
    Age
    41
    Posts
    4,268
    Thanked: 333

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JP View Post
    Been using a RV4 for quite some time now. This, together with 2 x Oztrail stretchers works very well for us. As mentioned, packing space underneath the stretchers and enough space to stand while getting dressed.

    This together with the 270 degree awning really makes life easy when you are overlanding.
    Thanks JP. Do you put anything under the stretcher feet to prevent damaging the tent floor?
    Ross

  22. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Port Elizabeth
    Age
    46
    Posts
    3,027
    Thanked: 390

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    I use conveyor belt squares under the feet. Probably a bit overkill.
    2004 Defender 110 Td5


  23. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Lanseria
    Age
    54
    Posts
    166
    Thanked: 28

    Wink Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JP View Post
    Been using a RV4 for quite some time now. This, together with 2 x Oztrail stretchers works very well for us. As mentioned, packing space underneath the stretchers and enough space to stand while getting dressed.

    This together with the 270 degree awning really makes life easy when you are overlanding.
    Love that Ranger JP!

    PS! I have no intention to hi-jack the thread, just love that RANGER.

  24. #16
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Centurion
    Age
    55
    Posts
    1,193
    Thanked: 254

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    Also got the RV-5 with stretches very happy with the setup
    I am just missing the poles for the front flap, don't know where to get these
    I got from 4x4 Megaworld Menlyn a few years ago.
    Make it happen!

    2018 Mobi Lodge

  25. #17
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Bloemfontein
    Posts
    307
    Thanked: 108

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    I noted that most of us have gone the 2 x stretcher route for pretty much the same reasons. Afblaas matrass just does not cut the cheese when you have my girth!

    On a separate note. Have any of you suffered broken hinges on your RV frame?


    2014 Toyota Hilux DC 4x4 - Legend 45
    2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited - Mountain Edition (Sold...)
    Bloemfontein

  26. #18
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Centurion
    Age
    55
    Posts
    1,193
    Thanked: 254

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    We have the RV5 with extra room and fly sheet, and stretchers. Our stretchers have slightly bigger and rounded feet, so we don't add anything below them. Still, on sand I might.

    Few tips so far, for the general flavour of the thread:
    o The base unit really erects quickly, but if you start adding the extras it can take quite a while to set up or pack up.
    o adendorff.co.za has a nice 3x5m tarp for use as a groundsheet under the tent. Folded double for base-only, or folded open for the whole tent+room. R225 iirc.
    o Cure the tent properly before camping in the rain. Then cure it some more.
    o If you add accessories, ensure that you join the velcro strips properly to avoid rain ingress.
    o We pack the tent zipper-side down on top of the roof rack, also against rain.
    o Another forum member mentioned that he managed to bend the tent frame by overtightening the tie-downs on the roof rack. I find Frontrunner's "Stratchits" handy, but still take care against overtightening.
    o Stretchers also go on the roof rack. Handy to bring some black bags for tent and stretchers, again against the rain.
    o The gauze on the windows is very fine (against tiny ozzie midges), and so hampers ventilation to some extent. You may need an extra fan.
    o When packing the tent up, it can be easier to stand the tent upright first, and then bag it from the top. Also take care to roll the tent up tightly first. . Credit to Paul Dold for that tip.
    o The fly sheet is quite effective.
    Make it happen!

    2018 Mobi Lodge

  27. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Toccata (Roelof) For This Useful Post:


  28. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Location
    St Francis Bay
    Age
    55
    Posts
    54
    Thanked: 30

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    RV 5 with Carmaquip self inflating mattress's
    Very comfy 14 day camping trip on the trot
    43deg. temps in Namibia and no issues with ventilation but bedding is linen not cotton
    Cured the tent as per mnfg. instructions but have not yet had it in the rain
    Travels on roof rack with lockable tie downs
    Fantastic combination

  29. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to mike morrison For This Useful Post:


  30. #20
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Hartenbos
    Age
    59
    Posts
    1,721
    Thanked: 268

    Default Re: Oztent Owners Thread

    When looking for strechers for a RV3 just check the stretcher length. I still battle to get ones that fit one left, one right, as they mostly are a centimeter or two longer than the distance the RV 3 has back to front. The floor is 2000mm front to back, but the back starts sloping forward immediately from the floor, so at bed platform level you have less than 2000mm. If you squeeze in a bed you might put strain on the door zips and battle to close them with too long a stretcher.
    Cobus
    2010 Jimny

  31. The Following User Says Thank You to jab2 For This Useful Post:


Page 1 of 5 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •