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Unread postby Tessa G » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:26 pm

What a lovely thread. After many years we are going back to camping and have picked up some wonderful tips here.
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Unread postby mizzbee » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:34 pm

I have also learned a lot here. One of the handiest tips was the use of long nails and a hammer from ecojunkie. I use the nails to make a pilot hole and then bang in the last approximate inch of my pegs. It works beautifully.

Rooies mentioned something about a car valve instead of pegs. Maybe it is something to try, but I haven't a clue what one looks like. :redface:
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Unread postby Tessa G » Wed Nov 12, 2014 3:41 pm

No I dont either Mizzbee and will leave that up to SO to look into, but the nails and washers is a very good idea. The pegs that were sold with our tent are ridiculous. We owned a caravan many years ago and have done a good few trips to KNP and remember the hard ground.

Its amazing how you forget things when you are no longer camping and then read about it and suddenly its a, 'oh yes of course' moment.
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Unread postby NetEk » Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:54 am

You know that thing that goes bump in the night well that's me falling over every tents rope between my tent and the ablutions........ So I put "glow sticks" on my tent's ropes (no not everbody elses) I get them at China Mall for R60 for a 100. They work like with a chemical reaction you just bend shake and they glow lasts 2 sometime 3 nights.

The kids love to play with them aswell and they come with a little tube that you can make a "braclet" for around the rope.
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:05 pm

You can also put reflector tape on the pegs or ropes. That works quite well, but of course you need some light around to reflect!
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Unread postby spargish » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:31 pm

NetEk wrote:You know that thing that goes bump in the night well that's me falling over every tents rope between my tent and the ablutions........ So I put "glow sticks" on my tent's ropes (no not everbody elses) I get them at China Mall for R60 for a 100. They work like with a chemical reaction you just bend shake and they glow lasts 2 sometime 3 nights.

The kids love to play with them aswell and they come with a little tube that you can make a "braclet" for around the rope.


Great tip NetEk!

I have also seen people use pool noodles that have a hole down the middle that they put on ropes so you can see them. I think you can get quite a number out of one noodle. I'm going to be trying that out this December.
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Unread postby Tessa G » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:31 pm

Can someone answer this for me?

We are thinking of buying one of those battery operated fans. I feel the heat quite a bit, so need a fan camping in summer and we would really like to try Tsendze next year December, (we always travel to Kruger at that time of the year because of work commitments)

Are these any good, or are they just a gimmick?
Are the batteries rechargeable and approximately how long do they last?

Would appreciate some sort of feed back if anyone has ever tried them out.

Thanks :)
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Unread postby Rooies » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:53 pm

Someone mentioned glow sticks which make me think of a fishing trip we went on. This one guy had weak bladder so he had to go to the loo a couple of times a night. Because he was at a strange place, he was afraid that he would not find the toilet in time during the night, so he built himself a 'runway' from glow sticks from his bed to the loo. One mischievous guy redirected the runway to this guy's fishing tackle box. :shock:

There were some cleaning to do the next day before the fishing could commence. :doh:

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Unread postby NetEk » Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:58 am

Tessa G wrote:Can someone answer this for me?

We are thinking of buying one of those battery operated fans. I feel the heat quite a bit, so need a fan camping in summer and we would really like to try Tsendze next year December, (we always travel to Kruger at that time of the year because of work commitments)

Are these any good, or are they just a gimmick?
Are the batteries rechargeable and approximately how long do they last?

Would appreciate some sort of feed back if anyone has ever tried them out.

Thanks :)



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Unread postby mizzbee » Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:24 am

Netek, do you have any more details regarding the solar pack.

I would like to buy a portable solar panel. The mini ones that charge cell phones, etc. There are various types out there and I was wondering if they are worth it. Anyone ever used one?.
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Unread postby NetEk » Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:33 pm

My mom bought one from Builders warehouse basically it has a solar panel the size of about a A4 book and the battery box, which we leave outside during the day to charge then the kit came with 2 lights and the battery box has a usb port that we use to charge phones and to run the fan on. You get the fan at computer shops (desk top fan). Tip: don't charge your phone while charging the battery pack then it doesn't have enough power for the liights tonight.

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Unread postby mizzbee » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:12 pm

Thanks for that info NetEk. I will check it out. It might be more than I need, but just the thing.
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Unread postby onewithnature » Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:19 am

Definitely something that we'll look into for our next trip; thanks, NetEk. :thumbs_up:
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