Cut-price, comfortable camping
INVARIABLY, when fathers are called to spend time with their children in the school holidays, many are drawn to the call of the wild.
With energy reserves never before seen by their spouses they arrange, pack and fuss in a demonic way to ensure a successful camping trip.
Mates are invited, wives are left behind, eskies are filled and the road trip begins.
Shoppers keen to participate in this age-old bonding ritual can relax in the knowledge that affordable equipment can be found in the camping section of Weekend Shopper.
Shoppers can afford to make their trip ultra comfortable or as Spartan as they can handle.
Serial campers will no doubt be attracted to the likes of a new, never used Primus Ecco eight-man, dome tent with three rooms selling for the bargain price of $250.
A variety of tents on offer range from a two-man Cougar tent including waterproof cover, all pegs and carry case for as little as $25 to a 2.3m x 3m tent with annexe made of heavy canvas for $150.
Campers not used to roughing it will be happy to know that for as little as $20 they can buy an air bed with a pump in good condition.
Or a folding camp bed complete with mattress in as new condition for $50 and foam mattresses from $25 for a single.
Single sleeping bags start at $15 each.
Eskies are also available and vary from the garden variety foam esky for $3 each to a coldroom style heavy duty esky for $150.
There are also state-of-the-art Electrolux fridge/freezers with a host of mod-cons for sale.
These range in price depending on size and condition. For example a Waeco 80 litre in perfect condition is offered for $775.
Shoppers keen to enhance their outdoor dining experience will appreciate an electric cooking console, a new unit connected with 240/12V solar for $140, or a twoburner gas stove for $20.
Those who cannot live without a hot shower can purchase a portable Coleman shower for as little as $380.
For families looking for the five-star adventure Weekend Shopper offers heavily discounted generators.
Last but not least - to get you out of the woods - Porta potties start at $50.