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CHOOSING A TENT

Choosing the right Tent can be very difficult without the correct information or knowledge. In the majority of camping stores the sales staff quite often are not campers themselves. At Freedom camping we pride ourselves on our knowledge and experience gained from 30 years of camping and Outback Travel.



A simple question such as "Where do you go camping?" is a sure way of knowing that the information given is correct. If sales staff recommend the purchase of a dome tent, again it would indicate that they are not serious campers. Remember when choosing a tent 'Experience is Priceless'.

A TOP QUALITY TENT IS EASILY RECOGNISED BY THE FOLLOWING:

1. Ask the salesperson "is the tent waterproof?" If the answer is no, and a waterproof tent is important to you, contact us at Freedom Camping.

2. ZIPS ARE PROBABLY THE HARDEST WORKING PART OF A TENT. It is therefore necessary to use the best zips available to ensure a long service life. YKK zips are recognised as the most reliable zips, which is why Freedom uses only YKK zips on the tents. If a manufacturer is not using genuine YKK zips it means they are prepared to compromise on overall quality. Look for the letters YKK on the zip and a 5 year warranty. "Your guarantee of quality."

3. SEAMS All Freedom touring tents have the walls secured to the floor using internally sewn seams. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, any rain falling on the tent freely runs to the ground with little chance of pooling and subsequent leaking. Secondly, there is no flooring materials exposed to the elements. Some tent manufacturers utilise a method of extending the flooring material for about 15 centimetres up the wall of the tent. This is known as a mud wall. This allows the sun's ultraviolet rays to beam onto the poly type substance of the floor eventually breaking it down. This means that the entire floor must be replaced at great cost.

4. DOUBLE WEBBING AT CORNERS In addition to internally sewn seams, Freedom touring tents feature double webbing attached to metal "D" rings at each corner. Double webbing distributes the tension between two distinct pulling lines at right angles to each other and prevents seam opening. In the unfortunate event of the webbing breaking, the tent can still be erected using the other one.

5. SPRING LOADED POLE Freedom touring tents feature a unique Spring Loaded Centre Pole. This means that the centre pole is not fixed but moves in unison with the wind. The result is the buffeting effects of the wind are absorbed within the pole taking the tension off the ground pegs. Tents utilising the Spring Loaded Centre Pole are virtually impossible to blow down. Just ask Freedom Tent users. A conventional telescopic pole is rigid once the tent is pitched. Continual buffeting from the wind can result in corner pegs pulling out of the ground and the tent collapsing.

6. "D" ZIPPED DOOR" Freedom has been using a system of zipping the tent door in the shape of a "D" since 1976. The major advantage of using this system rather than a Velcro seal at the bottom is in the prevention of unwanted guests such as snakes, spiders, scorpions' etc. from entering the tent. Also, the zip system does not retain dirt and grass as Velcro does and will continue working in all conditions. "D" zipped doors are easily moved out of the way for easy access.

7. Most imported tent frames are manufactured from lightweight rolled steel frames which has little structural strength. Rolled steel is easily recognised because of the seam in the steel. Top quality tents use tube steel for greater strength.

8. CAMPING TENTS (CASCADE, RESORT, and FIESTA) most imported tents use a system, which has the centre ridge, pole outside the tent. This means the tent hangs within loops or a sock type system. With this type of design, the tent can sag when wet, allowing water to pool and enter the tent at either the corners or roof seam. Freedom tents have the ridgepole supported internally. This is a much better system allowing every drop of water to run off eliminating the ridge as a potential leak spot.

IT JUST GETS BETTER

Tent fabrics have come a long way since the early days, when 100% cotton was all you could buy. While a percentage of cotton remains a vital ingredient in a good tent fabric, 100% cotton fabrics for tent usage are just no longer acceptable because of the inherent weakness of shrinking, fading, leaking and mildew which result in a very short life span. All of these problems have been drastically reduced by developments in modern Poly-cotton fabrics. 20 years ago, Poly-cotton fabrics were introduced to the Cascade, Resort and Fiesta tent range. These models have gone on to dominate their market positions. All Freedom tents come with a 5 Year Guarantee

COMMON MISINFORMATION:


TOP QUALITY

The above information was supplied on a brochure with a competitors tent. This may be true of their tents and is true of many tents on the market. Our top quality tents made in Australia and New Zealand have superior waterproofing as the canvas used is impregnated or coated with waterproof substance and will never need to be reproofed, EVER.





Here are some of the exceptional features found over the entire range of Freedom Camping tents. You can read more about these features by clicking here.

Made in Australia and NZ Waterproof
5 Year Guarantee 3 Way Window
Large Sleeve Billabong Canvas
Bradmill Canvas Ripcheck Canvas
Double Layer Roof D-Ring Corners
Fire Retardant Insect/Reptile Proof
Internal Frame Sandfly-proof Mesh
Large Pocket Power Cord Access
PVC Seams Rain Flap
Rolls Up French Seams
Side Windows Spring-loaded Pole
YKK Zips Zip-around Windows


FREEDOM CANVAS

Many tent buyers...particularly less experienced campers do not look far beyond a tent fabric's waterproofs and, of course, it is a very major factor. More experienced campers know from bitter experience that the ability of a fabric to breathe is also most essential to comfortable camping. These two factors are somewhat contradictory but are both extremely critical. Some fabric makers claim excessive waterproofs (much more than necessary) and as a result the fabric is unable to breathe, causing moisture condensation to form within the tent. Others claim sufficient breathability but are insufficiently waterproofed for extreme conditions.

Bradmill Canvas

Bradmill canvas is simply the best canvas you can buy. The longest expected life span of over 30 years. The most breathable canvas for the the cold or the heat. The best waterproofing due to been impregnated with the waterproofing. No need to reproof the canvas. Blend of 65% polyester 35% cotton. Used on freedoms top tents for the past 20 years

Coolabah Canvas

Coolabah is the highest quality, light-medium weight, blended polyester/cotton Dynaduck@ tent fabric available. coolabah is a very tightly constructed fabric as it is woven from fine yarn counts. The material is designed specifically for higher quality tents and campervan roofing and walling. 750mm hydrostatic test rating. Canvas made in Australia.

Ripcheck Canvas

Ripcheck is a tough composition of a 65/35 polyester cotton mix, with the additional square matrix of Ripstop threads. The feature alone gives it superior tear and tensile strength versus other tent fabrics.

Waterproofing

This is measured by a hydrostatic head test whereby we test the amount of water required under pressure to penetrate the fabric. These test results are expressed as a minimum and not as a maximum as some other companies would advise. "Bradmill" has a hydrostatic head test result of 400mm (minimum) which is the correct balance to stop the most fierce storm from penetrating the fabric to keep you safe and dry.

Weight

Freedom Tourer tents are built using robust double layer 12 ounce & 10 ounce canvas roofs. This gives the additional strength and wears capabilities needed in touring style tents.




 


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FREEDOM 20 CHECKLIST


1. Waterproof?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
? Ask
2. Spring Loaded pole?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
3. YKK Zips?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
? Ask
4. Locking Zips on Windows?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
5. Internal Wall to Floor Seams?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
6. "D" Zipped Door?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
7. Double Webbing Wall to Floor Corners?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
8. Fibreglass Reinforced PVC Floor?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
9. Heat Welded Floor?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
? Ask
10. Reinforced Corners?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
11. Reinforced Strip on Windows For Internal Frame?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
12. Sand Fly Proof Mesh?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
13. Fire Retardent Mesh?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
14. Double Tab Power Cord Entry?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
15. Appropriately Internal or External Zipped Windows?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
16. Zip Down Storm Flap?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
17. Internal Pocket?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
18. Zip Round Windows?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
19. 5 Year Guarantee?
Freedom
Yes
Competitor
No
20. BEST STAFF WITH THE BEST KNOWLEDGE?
Freedom Camping
YES!!!