FAQ's

1. General Set Up.

Essentially your new swag is a tube structure (can be set in a triangle or dome or neither, just as a flat bed, or you can have 1 end up and 1 end down).

Head and Foot are identical so to assemble you fold the canvas over till it meets the groundsheet, then zip up the large side zip first, then after getting in to the swag you zip up the mesh screens head and foot.

Most people nominate 1 end as the foot with a different colour rope then leave this permanently zipped and enter in and out through the head.

A good idea is to then tie off approx. 5mtrs of rope to the middle eyelet head and foot so that you will always be able to tie your swag off to a tree or fence if you want to, if you want to be super organized perhaps you could take some ground pegs but these are just 1 extra thing to carry while the fish are biting.

Both ends are meshed and the mesh ends (like lenses in a telescope) are sewn in to the base at head and foot with a zip around the upper canvas section. They can be unzipped if you want a flat bed swag shape.

The large zip down 1 side, most people use it for assembly only, but can be used as access zip in emergency.

(Good Tip) If you are planning on using your swag on hard ground there is a thing you can buy from Target or Warehouse Stores called a Hiking Mat, about 6mm x 60mm x 1800mm should cost approx $7, they are excellent to put between your mattress and the built in groundsheet as they give you that bit of extra padding AND completely stop ground cold coming up into your back and hips as they are a closed cell foam construction. We have had plenty of good feedback from customers using these.


2. Poles FAQ?

A rough rule of thumb is that swags are for sleeping in while
tents are for living in. Swags are meant to be quick and easy
to put up in all weather or even if you just want to start fishing
before the light goes. The last thing you want to be doing is stuffing
around setting up camp. Equally on a cold wet morning you want
to be on your way quickly without fuss. For these reasons we advise
people to just use rope. You leave the rope (approx 5mtrs) permanently attached to the head and foot of your swag and upon arrival just tie the head off to a fence, tree, whatever is handy. If it looks like rain or is a hot night, tie the foot end off as well. About the only other thing you might want is 2 or 3 ground staking pegs.

Having said that if you prefer poles, particularly if you are going to be in
one spot for a while or if you just prefer the greater room inside they afford you, your Viking Swag has all weather toughened eyelets for 'A' shape style rigid twist lock poles AND special double strength sleeves built in at head and foot for flex poles for dome shape(open one side, stitched on other).

We can supply you with a 2 set of new, head and foot supa-pole twist lock, hard structural aluminium poles and rope sliders (they are made locally by Supa Peg at Yatala and are probably the best rigid pole on the market) or you can get standard flex or straight poles from any K Mart store quite cheaply.

We did a big survey last year and found that most people never used the poles or forgot them and wanted a swag they could use without poles.

Your Viking Swag has been designed to be simple and easy to put up (and down) in all weather and all conditions, if you forget or break or don't want poles, it is just as easy.

On a personal note we and a lot of other people in the camping goods manufacture are not overly impressed with the long term strength of industry standard fibreglass flexible poles.
The main reason we make our swags with sleeves to fit them is that they are popular with customers who like the shape but aren't aware of the breakage rate. We are currently sourcing a better type of flexible pole.

That is why your swag has been designed to be put up in a number of different ways so that you are not restricted to one particular style or way.

The flex poles most suitable for your swag are a standard 7.9mm flex pole most common in camping industry. Most large Kmart and Target carry some version of these. They are approx 600mm each and you need 3 per end (4 for Doubles) plus elastic rope.

The pole we most recommend however is the new lightweight twist lock rigid straight poles from Supa Peg at Yatala. We much prefer these new rigid adjustable twist lock poles and if you want these we will pass them on to you for pretty much what they cost us.

They are very, very good and will pretty much last forever and are very quick to put up and down.

Again, we did a big survey last year and found that most people never used the poles or forgot them and wanted a swag they could use without poles.

3. Sleeping Bags FAQ's.

We have managed to secure a very good Australian Designed Brand Name true minus 5 degree rated Full Length Sleeping Bag, (no hood which makes it better for all swag users), which zips down side and across bottom to open out to doona.

Two can be zipped together to make a double sleeping bag for those lucky enough to be sharing the cold nights with a warm body other than the dog's.

The specs are 74cm x 190cm, Total Weight 1.55kgs, Outer is Breathable Polyester Taffeta, Inner is AZO free airweave Cotton/Polyester, fill weight is 2 x 150gsm (which basically means it is quick drying, light and long lasting).

It has been designed for conditions ranging from hot tropical nights to cold frosty mornings and includes the following features... Breathable Polyester, Auto lock Zips, Zipper Guards, Zipper Draft Excluders, Velcro Closures, Laminated Construction and latest Insulating Fibres.

Remember that you gat as one of your bonuses 3 x $20 gift vouchers for these true minus 5 degree sleeping bags you can share with family or friends.

All your friends have to do is mention your name, when ordering, and we will do the rest, (you will also receive a little gift when they order as a big thank you from us for spreading the word about Viking Swags).

Through us normally $67 plus delivery, NOW with your discount voucher only $47 plus delivery. They are really very good. I bought an earlier model 2 years ago and still love it!

4. Canvas, Mesh and Groundsheet Care.

You DO NOT need to wet your canvas before use as it already been "prewet" but if you want to for extra settling then first take out the mattress and dry your canvas in the shade rather than direct sunlight.

Your swag is made from industry grade strength materials but it still pays to take care to dry it properly any time it becomes wet so as to avoid mould.

Also when you roll up your swag it is a good idea to brush off any dirt and leaves as you roll.

When you return from any trip take out your mattress and air and dry your swag thoroughly before storing it.

You DO NOT need to put on extra waterproofing on your canvas as this will affect your swag's ability to breathe and lead to condensation.

(Good Tip) Never leave your swag unattended near an open fire or in the back of a ute as we hear many stories of swags lost both these ways, seriously.

(Good Tip) If you are using your swag in particularly wet weather, it is a lot more pleasant, if you are going to be camped in 1 area for a while, to tie a tarp over head. This gives you a bit of breathing space when you get out of your swag and makes for a better camp.

Cleaning your swag should be with water only, DO NOT use soap or chemicals and avoid harsh rubbing as the waterproofing CAN be rubbed off.

Your mesh screens have a small weave pattern for consideration where the smallest insects are a problem and have excellent tear strength.

5. Repairs

Repairs can be made to all parts of your swag in the event that they get torn or damaged. We carry a clear sticky product called Greenhouse Repair Tape, costs about $9 for a 25mtr roll (50mm wide or 100 mm wide) which we recommend be set on the inside and outside of the tear. Major repairs we can fix here at the workshop.

 

6. Miscellaneous questions?

Yes both ends are meshed. Essentially it is a tube structure that can be set in a triangle or dome or neither (just as a flat bed), or you can have 1 end up and 1 end down. Head and Foot are identical.

Yes the mesh ends (like lenses in a telescope) are sewn in to the base at head and foot with a zip around the upper canvas section. They can be unzipped and folded away if you want a flat bed swag.

Yes there is a large assembly zip down 1 side, most people use it for assembly only but can be used as access zip.

Yes we update the website pretty much every day so if it is on the web when you order it is available. If we sell out of something we will let you know before you order but as of this morning it is all current.


Yes, all bonuses and upgrades are included for extra long swag orders.

Just a tip, if you are planning on using your swag on hard ground there is a thing you can buy from Target or Warehouse Stores called a Hiking Mat, about 6mm x 60mm x 1800mm should cost approx $7, they are excellent to put between your mattress and the built in groundsheet as they give you that bit of extra padding AND completely stop ground cold coming up into your back and hips as they are a closed cell foam construction.

You may want to talk to me about getting wind flaps sewn in at head and foot, most people choose not as the biggest concern is condensation. Usually only for use in high country, cold wind Victoria and Tasmania. Cost is Plus $25.


Where is Your Shop?

We do not have a shop anymore and this is one of the big
ways we are able to offer the swags so cheaply.

There are no staff costs, retail rental and all the other million other costs
that most camping outlets have to pass on to the customer.

Remember that we have a 100% happy, money back guarantee but more
importantly we go through a whole list of questions when you ring to make
sure you are getting the best swag for you and where you want to use it.

Call anytime direct 0403 777 827 or email support@SwagsAustralia.com

Thanks

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Stephen Henry

SwagsAustralia.com
VikingSwags.com
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Brisbane, Australia.

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