If you’ve ever tried to share a stretcher with anyone else but yourself, then you know that it’s more than just a little bit cramped. Get your kid a nice big grown up bed to sleep on for your next camping adventure, that way they can get a good night’s rest – and so can you.
A stretcher is great because it provides the elevation that mimics sleeping on a bed, allows for more space for storage underneath for your gear and for bonus points – keeps you up off the ground and away from bugs and other floor dwellers. Throw on a nice squishy sleeping bag, a pillow and a device to keep them occupied and you’ll be relaxing by the campfire in peace in no time.
You can make the most of this piece of camping gear by whipping it out for sleepovers, or when you’ve got an unexpected guest coming to stay.
Got this for my daughter and it is great, light and easy to put up and she likes it better than her old air bed.
I bought 3 of these for my kids 3, 5 7 for a weeks camping trip over christmas. I bought these online without having seem them in store first and if i had of i would not have bought them. I found them to be dangerous to put up the W shaped legs require a lot of tension to get them to seat properly into their slots. the first stretcher i put up i thought the leg was in the slot however it was not in properly and due to the tension required to make them it into the position the leg flung up and hit me in the face leaving a perminent scar above my right eye.due to being cast ion the beds are very heavy for what they are and take a long time to assemble. my kids said they did not find it comfortable to sleep on either, my 7 year old is only ~25kg and said he woke up with a sore back and did not like sleeping on in.
I'm sorry to hear that the stretchers you picked out for your kids were a bit of a flop. Having a comfy nights sleep is super important on a camping trip, especially to help keep the kids under control - which would've been tough.
If you're game enough to give it another crack on your next camping trip, the once-taut polyester will be a bit easier to slot into place as it softens the more you use it. As far as comfort goes, it might help to give the kids a soft sleeping mat to sit on top of the stretcher (they start around $30 each).
I hope this helps - if you have any other questions please get in touch with us (1300 914 007). Laine
Excellent service from Snowys as usual, however this stretcher was very disappointing - threw it in the bin at the campsite after our first trip with it, simply wasn't worth bringing home. Once it is setup it is ok (we only bought it for the dogs), although it isn't exactly sturdy, however it is the setting it up where the product falls down. It is very difficult to force the legs into the holes on the stretcher frame, and when they are in place they don't really feel like they are securely in place. It could potentially be quite dangerous as the legs are steel and when forced into the holes in the frame you need to use quite a bit of force, and as a result they have a lot of tension on them when in situ. Coupled with the feeling that they don't really lock in place, you half expect them to fly out at speed. My wife and her friend were simply unable to force the legs into position, so expect to use quite a bit of energy when setting up (if you can even mange setting it up). I appreciate that this is an affordable stretcher and you get what you pay for, however it is just a poorly designed product and is not fit for purpose. A shame as Zempire generally build good gear.
I'm sorry to hear that your new stretcher has given you so much grief.
I agree, most stretchers with wire legs are super tough when setting up the first few times as the polyester is taut out of the box. It's too bad it didn't make the ride home (which I don't blame you btw), it just would've been a lot easier to set up once the material softened after a few times.
Please let me know if I can do anything to help find a better alternative for your dogs. Laine :)
I bought this for my daughter to sleep on when we go camping and it's the perfect size, easy to assemble and sturdy. She's spent plenty of time playing on it during the day without any creaks or groans. I've even sat on it (despite being some 25kg above the recommended weight) and it didn't complain! The only negative which is of no consequence to me is that when it's packed up it's a bit heavy. As we drive to our camp grounds that's not an issue but if you were planning on hiking with it that may be a factor to consider.
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