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    We bought the Senior Bow in March 2017. At the time, this was more expensive than the Safari + Veranda by around R400. But the differences were worth it.

    Especially that rear vent makes a huge difference to the livability of the tent, as for once you're not standing with your head in the dark, and can have it open with complete privacy, depending on how low you zip it down.

    We used to slack off the rear guy ropes of the veranda and flip that part of the flap over the top. Now you could actually see outside when standing up - and have a skylight when lying down .

    Ventilation is also improved. The hot air which gets trapped in the top of the tent can now escape, and if there is a breeze, it usually is not at knee level but rather face level, so this feature takes advantage of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJJ View Post
    We bought the Senior Bow in March 2017. At the time, this was more expensive than the Safari + Veranda by around R400. But the differences were worth it.

    Especially that rear vent makes a huge difference to the livability of the tent, as for once you're not standing with your head in the dark, and can have it open with complete privacy, depending on how low you zip it down.

    We used to slack off the rear guy ropes of the veranda and flip that part of the flap over the top. Now you could actually see outside when standing up - and have a skylight when lying down .

    Ventilation is also improved. The hot air which gets trapped in the top of the tent can now escape, and if there is a breeze, it usually is not at knee level but rather face level, so this feature takes advantage of that.
    Yes, ventilation wise it makes a HUGE difference. Also, those "windows" that can close from the inside, is really beneficial in many respect and is to my mind not even negotiable.
    You realize the benefit of both only AFTER you have used the tent.



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    There are some Tentco bow tent specials at Camp & Climb today, i.e. Safari Bow Senior at R4999,00 and Safari Junior at R4 100,00. I've just checked on the classifieds whether I can't get a used Safari Junior at a good price, otherwise I'll buy it online tonight at that price, about a R400,00 discount.

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    Outdoor warehouse has the Tentco Senior Safari Bow at R4499. That is a seriously good price.

    https://www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za/p...afari-bow-tent
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    Hi everyone thanks for the advice..!!!

    I've checked out all the black friday deals...and while tempting I decided I first need to go have a look at the tents myself to be able to make an informed decision. I also see that there is a caravanning and camping convention in Feb 2020 at Gallagher estate which I'll definitely attend.

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    Lots of good advice already given, a couple of key points to add:

    1. A tent with a roof vent makes a big difference in keeping ventilated when it's hot and windless. I would definitely recommend that you keep that in mind when selecting.

    2. Ripstop canvas and steel frame. Although this is a bit of extra weight, it allows you to camp almost anywhere, whereas nylon tents (or other polymer materials) are not very good in windy conditions in particular (west coast, Namib etc) as well as heavy highveld-type storms.

    Tentco quality is great. I have no reservations recommending them. I have no experience with other canvas makes so cannot speak firsthand.

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    I was in the same boat this year. My son is now old enough to enjoy camping so I decided to take the plunge. I bought a second hand canvas dome tent (3x3m Greensport kaudom with a 3x3m extension for R8000). I decided on canvas because of durability and strength. I think my advice would be to look for a good second hand one because tents can be really pricey and if it doesn't work out you can always sell again and not loose that much. Also it makes it easier to try different options if you need to. Canvas tents are heavy and probably harder to setup but if you don't like pitching tents, don't buy one setting up should be half the fun. I also think the dome tents with an extension works well because the tent is just for sleeping and storing your bags whilst the extension serves as kitchen, shade area, packing stuff, etc. Your are suppose to spend time outdoors and not in the tent so bigger is not always better. Decide why you want to go camping and buy according to those needs.
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    Ok. I thought you were camping in Australia... 😜

    Quote Originally Posted by Marindasn View Post
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    Ive literally been researching and reviewing for weeks now. Weíre a family of 6, but I camp alone with 2-3 of my kids at any given time mostly. My old tent is a Natural Instincts SiŽsta II but I need help to put it up. Itís got two rooms which I love and it massive. However ive just bought the Coleman Instant Pitch 10 man tent because sukkeling with a tent is the biggest pain in the butt of camping. I chatted to a user here ZX10- he has one and after hearing what he had to say I bit the bullet. I practiced on my lawn and it took me 15min to put it up and down (without the rain fly) itíll definitely be easier to get it in the bag with two people but itís not impossible for one. Itís big, my husband can stand in it- heís 1.87m. I canít wait to use it. Watch YouTube videos. Especially with little kids setting up camp and breaking down needs to happen fast imo. Their patience run out and they want to go play and explore, not hang around for two hours waiting for me.

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    Hi

    I have a Tentco Sahara Junior and I have camped in high wind and heavy rain and never had a problem. We close up the front "veranda" to form our kitchen and inclement weather area. If I were you I would get the Sahara Deluxe and see how it goes. If you need more enclosed space just get the sides for the "veranda area". Weight does start to become an issue but not that bad.

    Enjoy your return to camping.
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    If you really want to make the right decision you have to compile a list of your expectations and requirements.
    If you want to go hiking in the mountains you will need a totally different tent from camping for a week or two by the seaside or overlanding in winter to overlanding in the wet season.
    The following worked very well for me:
    I used a small nylon that I could not sit upright in for hiking. Then I used a three roomed Preddy for the seaside. Then I used a 2,4m proper canvass dome for 20 years of overlanding. Now I overland in the wet season and the requirements are totally different. So much so that I am now building my own tent.

    What I am trying to say is that you must first tell us about your expectations, then only can we give you proper qualified advice. All you are getting now are opinions on their specific circumstances and requirements that may be on the other side of the spectrum from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conrady View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Sorry if this topic has been discussed... if you know of such a thread please comment with the link.

    So for foreseeable future we have decided to start camping again. Kids are now old enough to really start enjoying camping and since myself and my wife used to love camping when we were younger I'd like to give them the same experience. Wife is onboard and now its time to start looking for a decent tent...

    Since we have been out of the camping game for a while now I honestly don't know where to start looking for the right tent... this is where I need your advice

    I am aware of most of the big brands (Coleman, tentco, campmor, oztent etc).

    1) Do I go canvas of nylon? Weight is probably a consideration; however I would prefer sturdiness and longevity over all out weight savings.
    2) If Nylon any suggestions on a quality brand? Canvas is covered by tentco and campmor (great quality from what I have read)
    3) We are 4 people (4yr old twins and us two). Do we go dome tent with an extension or lodge type tent? (I'm trying to figure out if a lodge tent is just overkill in terms of weight and setting it up)
    4) Any suggestions on where to buy? Do I look at used tents?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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    The question is really a moving target.

    All depends on your intended camping, frequency of
    camping, mode of transport and budget.

    When we were a wee bit younger, our twin boys
    were five to six (they are fifty one now), and our
    two door 4 x 4 bakkie was merely a means to get
    to our mountain hiking and rock climbing destinations,
    the problem was solved with a single military
    style back packing tent with aluminium poles,
    later with two of them.

    In the intervening period, the solution was simply
    a caravan (we went through two generations)
    and the tent/gazebo supplied therewith.

    In later years we had to make do with air
    conditioned chalets and no tents.

    Recently we had to resort to some camping
    having embarked on a guided 4x4 off road
    trail where no trailers were allowed, and
    our budget did not extend to either equipping
    or renting an off road camping vehicle with
    a roof tent.

    We started off with a cheapy, 3 Person Bush Baby
    Colorado Dome, frame tent which looked good
    and was easy to pitch and strike in our complex
    apartment handkerchief size garden.

    Alas, about three weeks ago when we put it to a
    real test in the Kgalagadi, that tent was blown down
    on three out of six nights, and the fibreglass
    poles were irreparably damaged. That tent
    was subsequently returned for a refund.

    It was quite embarrassing on the one night
    when two lionesses and their four cubs may
    have knocked themselves out laughing,
    watching us from less than twenty meters
    away in our unfenced camping site, and
    were probably deterred from considering us
    as suitable for a pre-breakfast snack because
    we couldn't have smelt too good, being not
    particularly well washed.

    An identified main problem with many tents
    is that they usually come with pretty flimsy pegs,
    too small to hold reliably in sandy soil and too
    weak to be driven into a harder one.

    This, however, can be remedied by getting or
    making bigger and heavier duty pegs.

    The fibreglass pole construction is vulnerable,
    even in the more expensive tents.

    The choice of a lighter nylon, rather than
    heavier canvass tent may partially depend on
    how long you intend to stay at each camping site.
    A canvass tent would be more suitable for trips
    where you pitch the tent and stay for at least a
    few nights, rather than one night at a time.

    Nylon tents would tend to be lighter, and if cleverly
    enough constructed, cooler in the summer heat
    while longevity may be comparable to the canvass
    ones.

    Unless you are going camping with a big trailer
    and both of you are very fit, and staying a few
    nights at each site I would not recommend
    using a canvass tent.

    There is also a question of price. The tent we
    used first recently would have been lovely, had
    the poles been sturdier and the pegs much more
    substantial. At a price of under R600 it would
    be cheaper than the nightly camping fee at some
    camping sites.

    We are now test driving a Coleman Four Person
    Dome, frame tent, which goes for about R1000.
    We separately bought some sturdier pegs, and
    the supplied poles appear a bit thicker and
    sturdier.

    We looked at many other, more expensive tents,
    some three to four times the price. Except for
    aluminium poles, they don't seem to be much
    better constructed.

    We also looked at some off-road trailers, one
    which appears sturdy enough and has a built
    in roof tent (but nothing else) can be bought
    new for about forty thousand rand. It won't
    suit our geriatric lifestyle, because, some of
    our intended future off road trips do not allow
    trailers.

    BTW: Despite our relatively lightweight tents
    we obtained a suitable power cable to connect
    to power points available at some camping sites.
    A light weight USB fan which can be used as an
    evoperative cooler when topped with water can
    even be used when mains power is not available
    if your vehicle is equipped with an extra battery
    as it draws very little current.

    Despite misgivings mentioned above I would
    recommend initially going as light and as
    cheap as would appear to serve your purpose,
    as if they fail you may be able to get them
    replaced, or refunded, or simply write them off.

    Always consider expected weather and terrain
    before selection.

    We wish you, your wife and your twins enjoyable
    camping.

    Unfortunately, because most of our grandchildren
    are eleven time zones away it is not practical for
    them to come along on our camping trips.

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    Just also note...........a 2.4 or 2,5 metre Dome is MUCH easier to pack and pitch than a 3m. Dunno why, but it just makes a hige difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans 90 View Post
    If you decide to go canvas, I have 2X 3X3m Tentco Snr bow`s that is for sale. I am also in Secunda. PM me if you are interested.
    Me and my wife are also campers.How much do you want for you 2 tents?
    I will pay cash if I buy.

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    I have made a bad experience with glass fiber poles, too many years ago.

    Make sure you get a sturdy tent with steel poles. My Greensport Etosha (2.5 x 2.5) is now 18 years old and still doing well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.F.Burger View Post
    Me and my wife are also campers.How much do you want for you 2 tents?I will pay cash if I buy.
    PM me your no, I will phone you

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