I am sure every camper knows the benefits of having a compact camping kit. The less you carry and the more organized you are, the less job you have to set the camp up and you can begin your holiday in the bush sooner! A couple of months ago I wrote about how I TJM equipped my Hilux for exploring the Zambian bush and this past month I’ve taken my exploring across the border with my family of 5 on a 5400km trip in 2 weeks through Botswana and Namibia.
In order to prepare for the trip, I spent the last few months converting my double cab Hilux to a full time camping “machine” with all of the essentials to be fully equipped to travel this journey. I had to think practically, saving all the space where I could so that the vehicle is light, yet at the same time has all that I needed to be comfortable. My biggest challenge was how I would accommodate my family of 5 in a tent that is both quick to set up and at the same time does not take up much space. I still needed to have enough room to load my fridge and all the accessories needed for 3 kids and 2 adults for a period of 14 days on a 5400km journey… not an easy task!
I searched the Internet and found a brand of tents called EEZI AWN. The EEZI AWN brand has been in the business of tents for the last 29 years and exports their products all over the world. I decided to look at all the options available with EEZI AWN and found exactly what I needed.
This was a rooftop tent with drop sides that allows a top and bottom area, which had enough room at the top for 3 kids and a separate area to accommodate my wife and I. At the same time the tent is not very heavy and is made of 100% rip-stop canvas to withstand the cold conditions that sometimes go below zero in the Namibian desert during the winter months that we were traveling.
I also needed some shade cover for the spots where we would be camping in the desert country where there is no shade so this called for an Awning. I found the perfect sized Awning compatible to fit on my aluminium canopy so that we could have some shade cover when we needed it. When all of the equipment arrived at Autoworld and our workshop team installed it we had quite an audience around the car. They thought I was crazy and planning a trip to Mars with all of the accessories on the car! Unfortunately I did not reach Mars! But the EEZI AWN equipment worked so well and it passed the test as my wife and kids did not complain of the cold and are all looking forward to my next destination so I am working on my maps again!
I realized that there must be many campers out there facing the same problems that I experienced. So in our quest to continually care for our customers and expand our outdoor product line at Autoworld we are delighted to announce that we are now the official dealers for EEZI AWN tents & Awnings in Zambia. Our first shipment of EEZI AWN tents will be arriving in Zambia soon. We will shortly have the tents on display in our showrooms so all of you keen campers can come and have a look for yourselves and I’m confident that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.