30 Second Tent Tested
OzTent’s RV-4 was released in 2005 and quickly became a top seller. The OzTent people were asked by many customers to make a bigger tent, but they didn’t want the folded package to be any bigger or much heavier. We tested an early model RV-5 and liked it so much we bought it.
The RV-5 is a wider and deeper version of the RV-4 but the aluminium frame still packs down to the same two-metre length in its bag. Another important consideration was the famous OzTent ‘30 seconds to put up and pack away’ feature and our testing shows that there has been no change to the erection process.
The RV-5 is made from waterproof, rip-stop, poly-cotton canvas and the floor is made from heavy duty heat sealed PVC.
All OzTents are guaranteed waterproof and are covered by a two-year warranty. Like other new OzTents the RV-5 comes with meshed side windows and a zippered power cord opening.
The window openings are closed by zippered panels that also have Velcro strips. Guy ropes are needed only for strong wind conditions and are attached to the tent, stowed in small Velcro pockets.
The bagged tent with its standard inclusions weighs in at 22 kilograms and the bag measures two metres by 300 millimetres by 200mm. There are balanced centre handles for a one-person carry and end handles for a two-person lift.
When erected it measures 2.6 metres square, with headroom of 1.9 metres at the doorway. The awning extends two metres from the front of the tent.
The basic RV-5 is packaged with two aluminium awning poles, a bag of heavy duty pegs and a waterproof carry bag and is priced at $1099.
After a short trip with the RV-5 we opted for side covers for the awning area and a front panel. These canvas and mesh pieces convert the awning area into a meshed dining space, with access ‘doors’ on either side. In this form it comfortably withstood a night of 30-knot winds without undue flapping.
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