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Unread 16th March 2012, 08:09 AM
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Default Tent or Swag? Gas or Butane stove?

So for a single guy trying to save space (fridge/esky & dog) and comfort would you go for Swag or Tent?
And which swag is best?
I currently have a hiking tent which is awesome! and I use either a double oztrail self inf mattress (when had a GF) or my hiking self inf single (thin). The double mattress fits behind the front seats going across so it doesnt move when I squash it down.

Any advice on brands or gas over butane?
I only have a Trangia for my cooking currently, which is amazing! I was thinking of getting a SMALL gas bottle and a 2 burner stove.

I could cont as I am for a while but Id like to do a trip to Fraser Island once I have a lift.
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Personally I favour a tent but I really think that comes down to personal preference. A disadvantage of swags (not sure if some or all?) is when rolled up wet they get the mattress wet.

A few people have gone for the cheapo twin burner gas cooker with disbosable gas bottles. I think you can even get em from Bunnings.

I still like my 20+ year old MSR (still working great although had a prob a while back when the jet sooted up & I didnt have the cleaning needle. But hey...its 20+ years old!)
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Swags take up more room than small tents but unless it is pouring rain I prefer them. Much quicker to set up and pack, i love the open air feeling on a clear night which makes star gazing so enjoyable. The el cheapo gas stoves are convenient, but in proper camping weather the cold air it is said to adversely affect them.
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As soon as you buy a good swag murpheys law states that you will get a girl who loves camping and won't fit in the swag.

I'm currently in love with my rooftop tent.
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Just got out of relationship so not a new one TOO soon! and I will go by self now and then so swag still good. Have tent and double mattress for if I do do with a girl.
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Just get a double swag
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Make her get her own swag?
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Make her get her own swag?


Now where's the fun in that!
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Get a rooftop tent, im currently in the process of trying to snipe one on the cheap, chicks dig rooftop tents, the ladder allures them, its like a clothing store to them...
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Personally I think swags are far more comfortable, especially when made up as a bed rather than using a sleeping bag in them as I tend to toss and turn a bit and find it less restrictive. The downside is swags are bulkier and heavier.

I recently sold my swag as I have a camper trailer now so figure I was unlikely to use it again and it was taking up a lot of room but for lighter camping I still have my solo tent. I can carry my tent on walk in camps and I couldn't do that with my swag.

Butane vs LPG, I prefer LPG. Most servos out of main city metro areas can still fill LPG bottles. The butane canisters are a lot more common now but still not as common as servos so if you run out of fuel, I think it'll be easier to find LPG. Added benefit of LPG is you can get a hot water system and have hot showers. You can even get gas lanterns if you wanted to so more versatility with LPG.
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