What is your favourite camping gear?

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What is your favourite camping gear?

Unread post by kam111111 » February 17th, 2016, 5:05 pm

Hi guys,

would be interesting to know what is your favourite camping gear. I made a vid of my 5 favs. But would be interested to see more useful gear, we are looking for a good mattress at the moment.

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Direct link: Top 5 favourite camping gear - icemule cooler, coleman stove, tent and torch, oztrail light

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Unread post by the-viking » February 18th, 2016, 4:12 am

Ok..... Attempt number 8....... :irked: not bothering with images as the site kept dropping.

Great vid btw :thumb:

Re Mattreses..... You'll find a lot of folk on here rave about their 'Self Inflating Mattreses', or SIM's as they are abbreviated.
I share that rave. We have a 100mm and 75mm each. 100mm if we are directly on the ground in the tent and the 75mm in the Swags. In my 40 odd years of camping these have been our most comfortable option. We are not one of these couples that need to sleep together when camping so we dount do double anything; especially on an air mattress!!!!!!

For us:
1. Our Coleman duel fuel gear. Double burner and single burner stoves and our Twin Mantle Lantern.

2. Glind 'under bonnet' Shower System that's plumbed to the front of the Bullbar. No need to pop the bonnet.

3. Our 50ltr Waeco Fridge.

4. Our Kamp Rite Oversize Tent Swags.

5. I'll have to say it would be the way I've designed the back of the car in general.

Cheers. :)

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Re: What is your favourite camping gear?

Unread post by nilla60 » February 18th, 2016, 8:06 pm

What I'm most fond of:
1. Petzel LED headlamp. Yes, you can get cheaper ones, but this one has lasted for years
2. Stainless steel billy. So much nicer after years of tin and aluminium ones
3. My Primus cooker. Nearly as old as me, in cold weather those butane ones are like trying to cook with a Bic lighter
4. My well loved and seasoned cast iron pan. Better than any teflon and been so many places
5. Camp grill. Toby bar and bolt with a home welded grill. Packs flat and adjustable/versatile.

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Unread post by the-viking » March 6th, 2016, 9:17 am

Well kam111111; Id have thought this would have gotten more of a response. Sooo I'll expand and add another 5 shall I?. :)

1. My Bush Ranger Super Max compressor. Its permanently mounted behind the fridge and turned on and off by a switch down near my feet. As I get out of the car I just tap the switch with my foot and the same to turn it off. The hose is permanently connected and lives under the right rear passenger seat.

2. My Leatherman 'Wave' Multi Tool. Love love love the one handed operation for the blades as well as its quality.

3. Our little single 30w LED flood light with magnetic base. This again stays permanently plugged in. When we set up camp I just place it on the smaller barn door of the Poo via the very strong magnet. Its our main light for directly behind the car where we cook and usually sleep.

4. Our 2 Led Lenser P7 torches and our 2 Led lenser P7 Head torches. Amazing light from such small torches. I got rid of our 2 12v 100w halogen spotties. We use the torches for spotting wild life now and the head torches of course for around camp and so on.

5. Our 2 Coleman Chairs to which I made a small timber board that connects between them acting as a table. The chairs are about 400mm apart when the board is attached. Great for when we do a cheese platter with dips and what not. Works a treat.

So what other gear 'Floats ya Boat' kam111111?

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Unread post by Shann Low » March 6th, 2016, 1:55 pm

Smart phone & Credit card! I phone the motel and book a room - camping is for you young bucks. I want air con. hot shower, cold fridge freezer & comfortable bed & flush loo not to mention TV & lounge chairs etc.
I used to camp, but I'm just to old and ornery for that crap any more. :lol:
Seriously If I don't get a good nights sleep you don't wanna be round me the next day!
So a decent van is what $80K?
Versus a 5 star motel room for $200?
It's a no brainer.

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Unread post by the-viking » March 6th, 2016, 6:47 pm

Crikey Shann, why is camping suddenly 'Crap'….? :confused: lol; and why is an $80K van the comparison?….. Sheeesh! It's like you're anti camping now; or didn't you have a good night's sleep when you wrote this? :D ;)

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Unread post by Shann Low » March 6th, 2016, 7:25 pm

I could get down on the ground to sleep - ONCE - then you'd need 2 or 3 of you to get me back up the next day!
I am like a turtle on its back once i am down - i am there for the count!.
The whole POINT (for me) is NOT to get down such that I can't get back up in the first place!
I was young once & I enjoyed camping but these days, I traded my membership with "sons of anarchy"for membership with "Sons of Arthritis"! :lol:
Man has to know his limitations - getting ones ambitions confused with ones capabilities ain't pretty!
Motel room it is for me... I am all for sitting round the campfire with a cold beer, in a nice easy chair.... but when its sleep time the best place for me is in a soundproof room (coz I snore like 10 batsurds)!.
Camped with a crew of fishers once on an Island....
Next night I go looking for my tent... and couldn't find it... :confused:
Everyone else just grinned and pointed... and away in the distance about a mile away, I see my tent all on its lonesome erected on the beach....
Turns out my snoring kept everyone else awake ALL NIGHT!
I do not suit camping, I have come to conclude.
Me and motel rooms were a marriage made in heaven! :lol:

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Re: What is your favourite camping gear?

Unread post by the-viking » March 7th, 2016, 7:24 am

Mate I totally understand and without going as far as to ask your age, we all get there eventually and have to hang up our tents. I'm about to turn 54 and these days I'm sleeping in a Stretcher Swag and run a CPAP machine form the car to the Swag….. lol :D Yep; a CPAP machine. :lol: for I too am a horrific snorer and was banished to deep within the bush on many occasions or into the car. I also suffer the occasional sciatic attack.

Anyway; lets get back on track in relation to kam111111's Post. What's another lot of fave's in your gear kam? Not to leave you out shann, what were yours? :)

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Unread post by typhoeus » March 7th, 2016, 9:33 am

Jaffle Iron!!

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Unread post by the-viking » March 7th, 2016, 10:32 am

Ok.... Lol. We're after 5 items or do you just want to go x5 for the Jaffle Iron? Lol :D and btw, ditto on the Jaffle Iron, we love our irons, however I'm not into the double irons. Also not into feeding them into a fire any more, especially in summer. We do ours over the stove burner these days hence why I prefer the single ones, we have a system. I'm might chuck them into the coals in winter now and then but rarely.

Now I might get a few eye rolls on this but something I discovered was that to really help prevent the Jaffle from sticking to the Iron, even though ours are super seasoned, once I close the iron I remove the crust with a wire brush. Trust me, it works. Lol. :crazy:

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Re: What is your favourite camping gear?

Unread post by rmoore » March 7th, 2016, 12:57 pm

Hmmm, top 5 eh?

Probably, off the top without too much contemplation:
1. long-handled post hole shovel - 1,001 uses
2. Petzl headlight - indespensible
3. stretcher & swag - hard to beat & certainly not sleeping in a tent
4. 12 V fridge. I have 3 so always got the right size for the job
5. 18 V (quality) power tools including drill, angle grinder & rattle gun - Incredibly useful from tyres to repairs.

But I did find this file on my computer from 2013:

4wdadventureoz Travel Writer and Photographer on facebook. 10 December 2013.
15 Free camping mods you can't live without?
What are the 15 best mods to your van to make free camping a breeze? Why are they so important? What are the common upgrades that you come across all over Australia?

I'll address my response to free camping in general as I have a trailer (not a camper trailer) but not a van:
1 - Long handled shovel - ground levelling device/anti bog device/fire device/lever/lifting device – e.g. camp ovens from fire to bench/toilet hole device.
2 - LED camp lights - low power drag, tough, bright light.
3 - LED headlight - best all round item in an outdoors camp. Don't buy the cheapies.
4 - 12 Volt system, rechargeable by tow vehicle.
5 - 12 Volt fridge - use with cryovaced food for maximum time away from towns & re-supply points.
6 - Rims & tyre interchangeable with tow vehicle makes for much greater flexibility when tyre troubles strike.
7 - Firelighters - makes life so much easier when free camping and relying on a fire for cooking/focal point/warming/socialising.
8 - Big plastic ‘fisherman’ tubs, with lids - to stop dirt ingress, for organising, storing & shifting multiple smaller items.
9 - 3.6 x 6 m minimum size tarp (poly or canvas) & aluminium poles for shelter from sun/wind/rain.
10 - Treg hitch or similar - allows flex of trailer; way better than a 50 mm towbar ball.
11 - Electric trailer brakes; once you have used 'em you'll never go back to hydraulic.
12 - Milk crates, as they are cheap & fantastic steps, containers, emergency seats.
13 - Jerry cans or long range fuel tanks so you can stay free camping and away from towns/fuel top ups for as long as possible.
14 - Small tool kit of pliers or multigrips, wire cutters, screwdrivers x 2, adjustable shifter, pocket knife along with 100 mph tape. Stored for quick & easy access (e.g. under driver’s seat), you'll be surprised how often you reach for this cheap & simple toolkit.
15 - Garbage bin bags- get the tough ones; keep the mess & smells away from you. Bundle the rubbish up, seal it, store it out of the way & forget it until you pass a tip at the end of your free camping adventure.

Easy question to answer, really ;-)
Mazda BT50 DualCab XT auto, new in April 2012. ARB bar, side rails, steps, suspension. Redarc trailer brakes. Anti-spinifex plate. Lightforce HID's. Extra 5 micron fuel filter. Custom Al canopy on ute. Designed as a touring rig.

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Unread post by kam111111 » March 14th, 2016, 6:18 pm

thanks the-viking! Great list! I enjoyed reading all of the posts :D Wanna go camping now

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Unread post by the-viking » March 15th, 2016, 1:12 pm

Mate the wife and I are so hanging to go camping its not funny. Now the weather is a bit more bearable we are seriously considering it. Got to get a new Auxiliary Battery first, mines given up the ghost. I'm actually as of today believe it or not going over and checking all the gear. I'll fire up the cookers and lantern, check the chain saw and so on and so on..... I enjoy doing it. Winch has been done so thats a good start...... :thumb: :)

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Unread post by the-viking » March 15th, 2016, 2:32 pm

Hi remoore.
Mods hey?
1. Glind shower 'out' and 'inlets' plumbed to the face of the bulbar with a marine grade waterproof on off switch.
2. Water thermometer with temp settings that will alarm when the shower water reaches your desired chosen temp. Saves walking back and forth all the time pulling the hose out to feel the temp.
3. Two permanently mounted 20ltr water jerry's. Both with gravity feeding hoses. One to the rear of the car and one to the rear left side door.
4. 'On' 'Off' switch for the permanently mounted compressor in the back cargo area. The switch is mounted down near my right foot. I just tap it on and off with my foot as I get out and back in.
5. Overhead Elastic netting going from front cabin to over rear seating. Great for putting light items like hats, jumpers, pillows etc. This is an old Army thing. The Landrovers use to have them.
6. Decent length of nylon rope. To this we attach our Colman Lantern and then hoist it up over a branch at a reasonable height above the camp site. This creates a nice almost Full Moon effect. Obviously needs trees which more often than not we have. Iv also lined the underside of the lanterns top with silver foil to exaggerate the light downwards.
7. In the Nissan Bullbars there is the cutout for the Warn Winch control box. Iv now got a Tigerz II. This time Iv got the box down enough to have a hinged aluminium lid with magnetic catches. This helps protect the box from weather and flying stones and whatever. Works a treat!!!
8. Inside my camping chest that resides on the cargo area draw system, Iv made draw systems for cutlery, spices, pots and pans, hooks for the Jaffle Irons and more.
9. Having all my wiring for my Tom Tom and Magellan neatly running through Auto conduant. No messy wires.
10. Going to get some raised eyebrows on this one. To explain, my wife was going to throw it out because she thought it was broken but it just needed batteries so she bought a new one. I'm talking about a Auto Hand Soap Dispenser. Being the Tinkerer that I am I rigged it up on the inside of the back door just above our water. :D Shut up....... We like it. :p

I'll leave it at 10 for now. I'll chuck up some more later. :)

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Re: What is your favourite camping gear?

Unread post by TLC60S » March 15th, 2016, 10:22 pm

the-viking wrote:Mate I totally understand and without going as far as to ask your age, we all get there eventually and have to hang up our tents. I'm about to turn 54 and these days I'm sleeping in a Stretcher Swag and run a CPAP machine form the car to the Swag….. lol :D Yep; a CPAP machine. :lol: for I too am a horrific snorer and was banished to deep within the bush on many occasions or into the car. I also suffer the occasional sciatic attack.

:)
I couldn't narrow any of my camping gear down to my favourite until I read the Viking post above & thought about how much my CPAP machine has changed my camping. I too was a very very loud snorer until I got my CPAP machine.
Back in 2005 I was camping in a caravan park in the Central Queensland Gem Fields when some guy 4 sites up told us how he was going to slash our camper & throw me in the river during the night cause of my snoring & I think he meant it.
When I went camping with friends, none of them every wanted be within 100 meters of my camp.
My snoring was that loud that once while camping with friends from Queensland up at Moogerah Dam, my mate got in trouble for snoring cause they couldn't believe it was me from such a distant away until everyone all around narrowed it back to me.
So for me it is definitely my sleep apnea machine cause it has saved my life in more than one way.

Cheers TLC60S

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