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Camping comfort

Discussion in 'Camping Australia' started by Ninga, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Hey Kombi fam.

    With Bus Stop just around the corner, we will be dusting off all the camping gear. One thing we find every year is that our sleeping setup isn’t quite right. Even after a few beers, the comfort lacks.;) We tried the swag setup and not only is the mattress just too thin, it’s a bulky item to pack, particularly with all the kids gear they just can’t leave at home!
    Last year I purchased a cheap air mattress but I got what I paid for... a total flop!
    Just wondering what others tent dwellers use without waking up hunched over looking like your walking under chopper blades. :D
    Thanks all.

    Just hope to have Vera on the road for Bus Stop but that’s a story for another thread! :confused:

    Chrissy.
     
  2. Miss Rosie

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    Camping stretchers from Anaconda.Annex from Oz Trail!!
     
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  3. Barry

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    That is what we use with a 20mm roll of foam
    You need this so the hinge in the middle doesn’t night into your hip.

    The stretches are “harpsichord” and take all of a minute to set up or pack away

    We went through that air mattress stupidity and this is just so easy and a good nights sleep
     
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  4. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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  5. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Just forget about sleep, and party on 24hrs a day for the duration....... ;)
     
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  6. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    You got to put air into it.;):p sorry had to say it!:rolleyes::)
     
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  7. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Haha! We usually have a good attempt at that, Grant! :D
    Sounds like a much better idea to me. ;)
     
  8. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    :D I knew something was wrong!
    It’s tough being blonde. :D
     
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  9. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info Miss Rosie and Barry. :)
    Are the camp stretchers reasonably compact once packed up?
     
  10. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    About 500 long x 250 wide x 150 deep?

    Pretty compact
     
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  11. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    My go to these days is a hammock tent. But Malacoota will probably see Anita and the kids in the bus. And me on a self inflating mat. I find the mats are uncomfortable to sleep on, but actually quite good for the back normally.
     
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  12. Ninga

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    Hey Brad,
    Kicked out of the bus for snoring? :D
    I wondered about the self inflating mats... like the idea but have heard a couple of people say they don’t pass for comfort. Hadn’t heard of a hammock tent. Sounds cool.
     
  13. Roo

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    Hi Chrissy, when are you guys heading over the hill? We’re leaving Thursday morning and have plenty of space if you need any gear taken down. We’ll be going past your door!
    What’s happened to Vera?

    Cheers
    Roo
     
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  14. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Hey Roo!
    We will leave early Friday, all going well.
    Vera has had some more surgery done and now needs some tuning. The other delay we have is the rego... waiting on club rego to return. Never seems to be a smooth run prior to Bus Stop! ;)
    Thanks so much for the offer mate. I’ll start getting all the gear out early next week and play a game of Tetris to try and fit it all in. :D
    We will be just a couple of doors up from you at Mallacoota so it will be tops to catch up!
    Cheers Roo,
    Chrissy.
     
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  15. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Wanted to say thanks for the advice. Ended up buying these stretchers from BCF, mattress included. Fortunately on sale too! Didn’t get to try mine out until we got home because Joseph stole mine while at Bus Stop :D but had a very comfortable snooze. Kids now request them set up every Friday night for a little camp in the lounge room, haha.

    Cheers. :) 204E3BAF-66BE-4C77-98C7-00B4FE9417C6.jpeg
     
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  16. Barry

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    I have no idea why people persist with blow up mattresses.
     
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  17. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    Because they haven’t asked the right people about a better option. ;)
    Glad I did or we probably would have gone down the same path again too. Might also look at investing in the bunk style camp beds for the kids now. :)
     
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  18. Barry

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    Friends we go camping with got one of those “thick” double mattress air beds.
    They are both........ large

    Yep - middle of the night in the middle of the bush “bang”
    Scream and laughter in the night

    The mattress sprung a leak and was going down quickly.
    They were floundering and couldn’t get out.
    Had to wait till it had gone completely down before they could get up.

    I laughed the rest of the night and they had the shits as they had to sleep on a flat bit of material.
     
  19. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    :D:D Would have looked like beetles on their backs, haha!
    The other pro to the camp beds is you don’t feel the air pressure from the other body moving during the night. One gets out of bed and you hit the ground, then get back into bed and you’re almost catapulted out! :D
     
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  20. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Got some bunk beds you can have Ninga. 26 & 22 yr old not coming camping with dad anymore:(! You going to Old Bar?
    Cheers
     
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