The more I think about it the easier it seems .
Probably an aluminium internal frame. For sure, you'd want a bit of protection from strong wind; something you'd normally have with low altitude (leisure) camping. That's one of the considerations when setting up any tent though; what direction is the wind blowing (if it is, set the back into it), morning sun, midday shade, gentle slope or hump etc. , and of course widow makersounds like the larger ones can crumple in the wind
I'd want that particular model darche tent. If not that I'd probably go the rv3, that would be if cost was the consideration. That particular model darche (in whatever size) seems to get the best all round reviews, and has heavier canvas (320gsm). They too have internal frames, which can get bent as you pointed out. For some reason you don't seem to hear about it - maybe the lower profile?If you’re ever out bush and it starts raining for a couple weeks, having somewhere with a bit of room inside while you sit it out will be a luxury .
I think the rooftop tents look overpriced too . Though bargains can always be found if your patient , I see them on gumtree sometimes , and some models will be more user friendly . Some more like small trailer tents so a bit bigger .
you will have to weigh up the different advantages . Some canvas tents don’t have enough ventilation for the tropics .
people sell swags up here hardly used for the same reasons .
even a mozzie screen , well ventilated dome swag can be too hot , if the canvas only zips down to waist level . Or the floor tub is too high obscuring the breeze .
good place here in the tropics to buy stuff for down south in colder climates while your on holiday in the north .
hardly used warm clothes and wool blankets too where there is little to no competition for them . Buy them in the opposite season and think ahead squirreling them away for later .
Good thing to have walking the dog in cities to give them a drink , sports ovals or lots of places when traveling around where the taps are removed .
I think electric cars are for city and town folks . Does not interest me at all .have been mulling over the portable power thing. After staying in Derby where there is free camping. We were in a rental that we've been using for the past 5 years or so. Folk in the camping area that is next to the house have been pinching electricity from this place apparently. It happened while we were there too - a bigarse winnebago. Very cheeky. We contacted the owner to see if he allowed this, and no he wasn't aware of it.
This got me to thinking that tolerance for travellers wanting electricity is going to wain quickly, especially as more forms of transport become battery operated.
I was thinking of a generator to charge the power station (power station is just a lithium ion battery pack with connectors, inverter etc in various sizes).
Then I thought of a hybrid vehicle - basically this is power station and a generator all in one. They generally have a huge lithium ion battery which would charge an e bike, fridge - everything. When the battery needs charging the small internal combustion engine starts up and charges. The beauty of this setup is that it is all integrated and built to work together, so should be fairly efficient, easy and trouble free.
The other thought on this is that we're currently in a transition era; pretty much still at the beginning of it. There aren't charging stations widely available yet. So having a hybrid seems like an ideal choice for say the next 10 years?
Ideally we'd really like a van. Ford have one that is available overseas. Most vans are huge - we don't need huge; our current 2lt econovan is big enough. Something that we can carry two mtb's and a staghound would be fine. It's a pity that suzuki does not import their apv anymore; one of those in hybrid form would be perfect and should be big enough to tow the trailer we have in mind (around 400kg total?)
I'm interested to hear anyone's thoughts on this re the hybrid vehicle idea and power supply for off grid camping. The ford transit is rumoured to be here in 2023. We can use our current van till then.
The Ford Transit Custom plug-in hybrid van offers around 26 miles of electric driving range and nearly 92mpg fuel economywww.drivingelectric.com