Designed to suit tents with low ceilings, the Oztent Gecko Stretcher offers tons of width at a portion of the height of standard stretchers.
Ive had these stretchers for a few years now. In the bag its heavy but that also translates to me as heavy duty and sturdy. I found putting on the end bars very tight and difficult at times and kind of stopped using it. When I have the stretcher set up its a great bed, but my experience of them has me wondering if I can get same quality sleep from an alternative product thats not a struggle everytime you put the end bars on. I own Oztent RV5, the big goanna chairs etc and they are all great products with many years of use. The stretcher while sturdy/ heavy duty and confortable, I find difficult and at times fustrating fitting the end bars on a very tight stretcher. In hindsight maybe I should have other stretchers which are easier to asemble. Im a huge fan of Oztent and have many of their products, just the stretcher isnt winning big points with me over the struggle to fit the end bars.
We tend to agree, the end bars can be tricky as they can be a bit tight. I've asked a few of my teammates here who own Oztent stretchers and in case you weren't already aware, they've suggested attaching the shorter end bar first which will make it easier attaching the longer bar.
I hope this helps. Laine :)
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Quality from Oztent.
Very stable and comfy.
I like Oztent gear - quality products.
Snowy's pricimg was great and delivery prompt.
Couldn't be happier - I'll be back.
Graduated from swag on the ground to swag on the stretcher. Easy set up and pack away. Some of my mates have now graduated to the swag on the stretcher as we are starting get on in years. Great value and high quality
Previously bought the bigger version & they are both a good fit for our 6 person tent...2nd one took a bit longer to deliver, but it still arrived in time for our trip. My only beef with this stretcher is the struggle getting them back into their respective bags. Nonetheless like the stretchers, the bags appear to be very durable. Overall, pretty good units.
Well built, solid minimal sag, it's padded but I found a 2-3cm of extra padding made the bed very comfortable, would recommend this bed.
Easy to set up and very comfortable. Rocks a little bit but that's no problem 😀😀👍
Great stretcher. Easy to assemble. Snowys deliver was prompt and efficient. We've dealt with others to our detriment. Will go with Snowys now for all our camping needs!
Easy to put up and take down, super comfy and sturdy. Is heavy and large size makes it a tight squeeze in car boot. Just remember a mat on cold nights.
Easy to put up and take apart, very comfortable, would recommend this to anyone wanting a really comfortable camp bed
Hi, we are looking for a stretcher bed for our 2.5yr old daughter when we go camping. We were looking at this one with the possibility of adding the Oztrail Camp Mat - Code 36276. Would these suit and go together? Would the mat tie to the stretcher so it didn't move around when she rolled? Thanks
These are great choices as the camp mat os 60cm wide so would fit well inside the side poles of the 80cm stretcher.
In regards to tying the mat in, we don't have anything specially designed for this but you could simply use occy straps or webbing straps with adjustable closures at either end of the mat so your little one is comfortable in the middle.
We share blankets
I've just had a look at the display models, and the head and foot bar of the Goanna stretcher sticks out 4cm, so if you put them together there will be an approx 8cm size gap between the two stretchers.
You may still be able to share bedding if the blankets etc are a queen size but there will definitely be a noticeable gap due to the head and foot bars.
I have seen people using both widths. I do want the matt to fit inside the frame
If you're going to go for a mat that fits inside the frame (under 66cm) then the best option would be the Oztrail Camp Mat as it's going to fit the width and length of the Gecko really well without any overhang.
There is also the EPE Sim Camper F35 which is a self-inflating mat, but that option isn't going to provide as much cushioning as it's a little bit thinner than the Oztrail Camp Mat.
Keep in mind that there is a little bit of padding inbuilt on the Gecko stretcher so the mat you use on top doesn't have to be very thick.
I've got an Oztent RV3, and currently use a pair of Exped SIM comfort 7 mats, but want to upgrade to something more comfortable (one of the mats keeps deflating!) and easier to pack away. Will two of these fit in an RV3 lengthways, not across the tent? (ie one end at the opening and the other at the sloped end? Thanks, Damo
We have a tent that has a room 170cm wide. We have a 100cm wide aerobed mattress that is about 20cm high. I wanted to use this next to the air bed in the same room. Can you please let me know if you think they would fit. I think the air bed would need to go up the leg of the bed but I'm not sure that this would work?
We'll have the stretchers right beside each other but are concerned that there won't be room for the length of the stretchers because of the shape of the back wall in the Oztent. Cheers!
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