Good day all
By way of introducing myself, I’m from that tiddly bit of real estate, that, like an after-thought when this spaceship Earth was being designed, was super-glued to the tip of Africa that goes by the name South Africa.
Aesthetically it’s a rather pleasant place, and, consequently, I’ve done a lot of “let’s-go-there” type of touring around.
These days I do so in my 2002 Landrover Discovery that I have re-configured into a 1 person stealth / boon-docking (I appreciate the difference) camper that is 100 % OTG (off the grid).
Power: - 300w suitcase solar panel, & 100A deep cycle battery,
Cooking: - Mostly a 2 burner propane, with some neat alternative devices. As well as, sometimes organic fuel (barbeque)....
Toiletries: - Toilet: - is a frame seat & plastic bag between the rear & front doors (which forms the privey- screen), and for those late night issues, a 3L ex swimming-pool chemical (HTH) bottle.....
Shower: - 2 options, either 12v submersible 12V pump or elevated solar bag on a gantry with a pulley to lift the heavy bag – all on off-side and assembles on a bracket on the roof-rack.
Blackout curtains: - I came up with a rather clever design and sewed “pockets” out of waterproof woodland – cammo print that go over the window on the outside and inside, and creates a nice cozy woodland interior.
Refrigeration: - 50L Waeco compressor fridge & freezer (same as a Dometic), and I have a full length 1.8M (6’3”) bed that I’m able to sit upright on, so it’s quite comfortable.
Water: - 65L (13gal) bulk tank on the Roof-rack with a 15L container inside.
Kitchen: - I’ve gone the tailgate chuck-box route and re-purposed a fishing tackle backpack & a small side-table frame covered in rip-stop canvas...
I’ve got photos of all of this, as well as of my adventures.
My last adventure was to register and complete the ben 10 ECO passes challange which i did in 4 days out of the 7 allowed... You can google that, search BEN 10 ECO PASSES..... It was spectacular, and included most of the highest gravel passes in South Africa... But that’s a tale all on it’s own, and little to do with Coleman. Again if somebody’s keen to know, I’m ahppy to post.
But to not bore you, as all of this has little to do with Coleman per –se’ I’ve refrained from posting them, again, if asked, I would gladly do.
Having given the background, why I locked-and-loaded onto this forum.
For some weird reason, That I not even I understand, I collect tents and camp cooking paraphernalia I have a rather eclectic & large collection of both, and includes some very fine examples of both bad designs and excellently designed units.... I think I’m here in the 40 tents and well over 100 camp-cookers.
My cooker collection ranges over Optimus / Trangia / Gaz globe trotter and many many more (surprisingly no Coleman)!
As for tents, I specifically like A frame, 1 – 2 person ridge tents, Got 3 different Marachel’s Several backpacker Kestrel 2 & 3 tents Several different Sea-king and a Swiss bow tent that uses cane poles, so it’s very old, and a plethora of other examples, ranging exo-skeletal / internally framed / bow / ridge / bivy / bivy tent cross over...
For me it’s more about the design be it an example of good design or example of bad design, rather than the brand
In my “treasure-hunting” adventure last weekend I came across a Coleman springbar 4 sleeper, at a charity shop that I support (In donations; out Sell) and snapped it up for 180 ZAR.... You do the math’s I think the exchange rate is what? 17 ZAR to the USD? No matter, a wack of a bargain non-the-less.
So I visited aunty Google, found a picture of exactly what I got, and viola! It was tied back to a post on this forum....
Unlike where you guys are over the big blue pond, we don’t have the luxury of picking & choosing, we have to take what we get and make it work, consequently, I’m just thrilled that it’s complete and is in fair condition, one zipper along the bottom of the entrance is being replaced and I have a small issue with the clips o the vertical poles, so here I am, and, I have some questions & need some advice: -
1) What’s the vintage?
2) The plastic clips that lock into the slots of the vertical poles seem to be worn out, and don’t positively “lock” into the slots. Here in SA, spares are....... Well let’s just say scarcer than the proverbial chicken’s tooth, so how do I get them to work?
I’ve thought of putting a suitably sized hose clamps around the clip and bracing them like that, but perhaps there is a better way?
Anyhow, that’s it for now, looking forward to hearing from you chaps,
PICTURE, SAME AS WHAT I GOT,