Pump up tents, swags etc?

Submitted: Monday, Jan 16, 2023 at 22:38
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I am looking for a quick to erect and small to carry tent, suitable for overnight stops just for 1 or 2 people.

I have a 30 second tent RV4, with the fly and front panels etc but that is a bit of a longwinded setup and pack down for just an overnight stop, more suitable for stays of 2,3 nights or longer.

I have seen other traveler's use those pyramid style tents and I thought I would research that kind of thing.

So I go to the local tent shop, and the guy showed me these tents which pump up with an air pump. He didn't have one set up but there is a video of set up and pack down on their website.

They really do look quick and easy to set up and pack down, roll up small and light enough to just chuck in the back of the car.


Are they too good to be true? What if you get a blow out? Can you fix a puncture in them or doesn't that happen?

The tubes feel really solid when inflated.

Just wondering what others experiences are with this type of tent/swag, do they break easy or hardly ever?

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 07:24

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 07:24
You have the best tent available already Wooly! Why would you want to change?
For a quick overnighter, just pop the tent up and reverse the car to the tent's front.
You don't need to erect the front awning, or side panels for a quick stop if you want to save a bit of time.
An Airtent (Also by Oztent) may provide more compact storage but achieve no other benefit that I can think of.

Another option could be a Swag for a quick overnighter. We have slept in swags in downpours without the adding benefit of a side awning. It's really a no brainer.


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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 07:26

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 07:26
Hi Wooly,

No experience with the “air tents”, but like you I have my doubts about them staying up. If you do happen to to get a leak, it could deflate with you in it overnight. I would also be wary with regard to repairs being a permanent fix.

I also have an RV4, and used it quite a lot for camping on motorcycle trips. I find it very quick to set up the tent, only about 5 minutes from getting it off the trailer to having it erected. Of course that is if I do not use the annex walls. From the time we stopped for the night, I could have my whole camp set up in less than 30 minutes, including tent, camp bed, table and chair, stove etc. I would only use pegs and ropes if it was windy, then it would take longer, but only about another 10 minutes.


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Reply By: Dusta - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 12:54

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 12:54
while i don't own one the whole principle of air struts is solid. I kite and have been using bladders in huge winds of 30Knots plus and they don't deform. Struts are also very tough . If i was going to get a swag again i would definately get one as they are quick to inflate and will give as much support as any of the flacid poles that come with swags currently.

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Reply By: Member - rocco2010 - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 13:18

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 13:18
I don't own an inflatable tent or swag but I've seen them and spoken to people who have them and read and seen reviews on line.

Most people seem happy with them.

The most common complaint I have seen is that the pump may not be that durable.

I have a newish Darche swag with fragile(ish) poles which will most likely be my last buy.
If I was in the market the pump up swag would get serious consideration.

Good luck with the search.

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Follow Up By: Dusta - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 at 12:58

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 at 12:58
rocco do you have a dirtydee ?

i had a 1400 and now a 900 and both centre hoops have snapped . Love the swag , hate the poles so my next swag will prob be an air swag
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Follow Up By: Member - rocco2010 - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 at 13:06

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2023 at 13:06
Gidday Dusta.

I have a Dusk to Dawn. The alloy poles require careful handling. Broke one early on and the newer models now use composite material.

One thing I will say about Darche is that the extendable ridge pole lost its ability to lock tight (if that makes sense) and my warranty claim was approved in 24 hours and a replacement sent.

Gives you confidence in the brand.

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Reply By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 21:02

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2023 at 21:02
My mate uses a blow up swag and seems to like it. I've not been impressed enough to even try it. It doesn't roll up small and light in my opinion. He pumps it up with his tyre compressor and makes an unholy racket in an otherwise quiet campground sometimes.
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