Owners Manual

Owners Manual
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Sportiva 4 Sw
Assembly Instructions .............................. 4
Disassembly Instructions
and Folding Instructions ......................... 7
Warranty ...................................................... 8
Prolonging The Life Of Your
Tent/Shelter .............................................
Products and Parts .................................... 3
Fast Set up
Important Safety and
Care Information..................................... 10
Replacing the Shock-Cord
in Tent Poles ............................................. 12
Understanding Waterproofness........... 14
Strong &
Zips............................................................ 15
OZtrail advises you to read this owner’s
manual fully and to set up and fold away your
beach dome before first use to ensure all parts
are present and to become familiar with the
operation of your beach dome.
Sportiva 4 Swift Pitch
The new Sportiva 4 is a totally integrated family
tent design. The inner tent, pole frame system
and for the first time the fly are fully integrated
with swift pitch technology and the tent can be
taken from carry bag to fully set up in secondsthe ultimate touring tent.
Designed to assemble quickly and easily with
only one person
Heavy gauge 16/20mm steel instant frame with
ABS plastic hubs
No assembly as inner tent and fly are fully
integrated into frame
Silver coated UVTex2000® polyester Fly provides
long term sun protection
Integrated tabs lock the tent and guy ropes
together structurally
Heavy duty Polyester floor with reinforced
corner patches on peg tab points
UVTex2000® Fly fabric with extra PU coating to
resist penetrating rain
Factory taped Fly seams and storm flaps on all
zippers for added security
Heavy duty polyester bucket floor elevates floor
seams above ground level
Ultra fine No-See-Um insect proof mesh keeps
out the smallest insects
Excellent air flow through side windows and
large front and rear doors
Inner window and door covers control
temperature, ideal for cold to tropical conditions
Packs away easily into its heavy duty carry bag
for transporting and storage
Efficient storage with sidewall organiser pockets
and loft organiser
Prepared for 12V with cord inlet, cord holders
and light attachment point
Product Code: DTE-SPS4-C
Thank you for purchasing a quality
OZtrail product. Please keep this
Owner’s Manual in a safe and dry
place, it contains information and
helpful information.
The following parts are included for
Product Code: DTE-SPS4-C
Part Description
1 x Inner tent complete with
frame and fly sheet
2 x Steel awning poles
1 x Pole bag
24 x Pegs
1 x Peg bag
1 x Tent carry bag
Due to our policy of continual product
development, specifications, parts and
features of the product may vary from
details within this Owners Manual.
We recommend that you set up this product
before you leave for your trip. Check that all
parts are present and that you familiarise
yourself with the assembly and disassembly
of the product. If you have any questions, your
OZtrail dealer will be happy to help you.
Assembly Instructions
Step 1 Choose the Site
Select a sheltered camp site protected from the
wind that will not allow water to pond under
the tent floor. Clear a level area of all stones,
twigs, etc.
corner wall pole and extend the pole to its full
telescopic height until the locking pin locks
into place as indicated in Figure 4. Repeat this
process for the other three corner wall poles as
you walk around the tent, the tent will stand up
during this step.
Step 2 Lay out the tent
Unpack the contents of your tent. Release
and remove the webbing straps around the
packed tent. Carefully unfold and lay out your
tent ensuring that you have the door facing in
the direction you require. Open out the frame
and extend poles as much as possible without
Avoid pinch points when opening or closing the
tent frame. Be careful not to twist or force the
frame assembly when unfolding the tent. It is
not necessary at any stage of tent assembly to
apply more than a small force on the frame. If
a small force is not sufficient to carry out each
described step, then realign the frame and try
Figure 1
Step 3 Standing the tent up
Before extending the corner wall poles to their
full locked height, check the alignment of the
corner roof poles and the central roof hub is
facing upwards in the middle of the tent as
indicated in Figure 1. Locate the cord coming
out the side of the centre hub and check the
cord is not tangled around frame, as indicated
in Figure 2. Now pull the cord and with your
other hand pushing up on the lower part of the
hub assembly, the lower and upper hubs will
lock together as indicated in Figure 3.
Now locate the corner wall poles, begin at one
Figure 2
Figure 3
Assembly Instructions cont.
Step 5 Guy rope and peg
Peg out the guy ropes attached to the fly, make
a loop (about 30 to 50 cm long) with the slider
on the end of the rope and peg out as far as
possible from tent. Ensure all peg down points
are utilised and all guy ropes are attached
firmly and remain firm as indicated in Figure 7.
If required use remaining steel awning poles to
set up front or rear awning.
Figure 4
Step 4 Peg down the tent
Peg out the inner tent at the four corner peg
points. These peg points are indicated in Figure
5. Anchor the tent to the ground by inserting
the pegs through the webbing loops at the base
corners of the tent at an angle of 45 degrees as
indicated in Figure 6. Firm but not tight.
Figure 7
In severe conditions the tent should be
Figure 5
Figure 6
Assembly Instructions cont.
Disassembly Instructions
Step 1
Release guy ropes and remove pegs from tent.
Remove pegs with a claw hammer or peg puller. Do
not remove pegs from the ground by pulling on tent
base as this may cause damage to the tent.
Step 2
To collapse the tent, ensure the windows and
doors are open to allow air to escape from inside
the tent. Begin at one corner wall pole and release
the locking pin holding the telescopic pole in it
extended position as indicated in Figures 8, the pole
will retract to approximately half height, repeat this
process for the other three corner wall poles as you
walk around the tent.
At no stage is it necessary to apply any
excessive force to achieve any of the
above steps. The frame is tensioned, but
if the correct action is applied the Swift
Pitch tent will pack up with little or no
force required. Excessive force will result
in damage to the frame and this is not
covered by warranty.
Reach over and pull down on the lower hub
assembly as indicated in Figure 9. The tent will
collapse during this step.
Step 3
Collect and gather the tent and frame into a
compact cylindrical bundle with only ever using
a small force at any time. Ensure all loose fabric
is folded within the edges of the tent frame as
indicated in Figure 10.
Figure 8
Step 4
Once the tent bundle is rolled up, place the tie
straps around it and secure firmly but not tight and
place into the tent carry bag with peg bag, pole bag,
instruction booklet and other miscellaneous parts. If
the tent won’t fit into carry bag, unroll and roll again
paying more attention to folding the inner tent
fabric more carefully and ensuring air has escaped
successfully during collapsing the tent.
Figure 9
Figure 10
OZtrail warrants this product against defects for
a period of two years from the date of purchase.
OZtrail will repair or replace the product, at its
discretion, should a warrantable defect arise
within the warranty period. If the exact model
is unavailable a model of equivalent nature
will be substituted at our discretion. This
warranty excludes faults and failures caused by
improper use and abuse; fair wear and tear; or
failure to follow instructions regarding care and
maintenance. Products used for a commercial
nature are not covered by this warranty against
defects. A warranty may be claimed by returning
the product to its place of purchase, with a
detailed proof-of-purchase clearly showing the
date and detail of the purchase. You may also
contact OZtrail Leisure Products, by phone: 07
3193 1110, or in writing: PO Box 1110, Eagle Farm
QLD 4009, by email: warranty@oztrail.com.au. The
benefits under OZtrail’s warranty against defects
are in addition to other rights and remedies under
law in relation to goods.
Our goods come with guarantees that cannot
be excluded under the Australian Consumer
Law. You are entitled to a replacement or refund
for a major failure and for compensation for any
other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage.
You are also entitled to have the goods repaired
or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable
quality and the failure does not amount to a major
For more detailed information and an explanation
of these terms see www.oztrail.com.au/warranty
Accessories shown may be for display
purposes only and not included with the
product. Due to our policy of continual
product development, specifications and
features of this product may vary from
what is stated.
Helpful Hint:
Avoiding Mould and Mildew
You should always pack your products both
clean and completely dry. In many climates
there is a risk of Mould or Mildew damage
to materials that are not packed away in a
dry state, this condition is not covered by
the warranty. After each camping trip, clean
you products with warm soapy water and
allow them to dry completely after rinsing
them with fresh water.
Caring for your shock cord
Shock cord is designed to help you
keep your tent poles organised and to
allow quick assembly of the poles. Over
stretching the cord or dropping the poles
will cause shock cord failure and this
condition is not covered by the warranty.
Insurance, your protection against
the unexpected
Most people have product problems from
unexpected sources. Extreme weather is a
good example of an unexpected problem.
Make sure that you place you expensive
Camping Products on your Home and
Contents Insurance policy. Most good
Insurers will cover the Storm damage
to your tent or other products that falls
outside of the warranty.
Prolonging The Life Of Your
Temporary use only. Although our fabrics are
treated for extra UV resistance, continuous
exposure to sun light will reduce the life
of the fabric. Fading of colour is an early
warning sign. OZtrail products are not
designed as permanent dwellings or
During rain always lower awnings to avoid
water ponding.
Never store a wet and/or soiled tent/shelter;
as mildew and corrosion can form. Always
allow the tent to dry completely before
packing and stowing. If mildew occurs, use
a soft bristle brush or sponge with mild
detergent to clean it off. After beach use or
wet weather treat all zips, poles and pegs
with silicon spray.
The elastic shock cord within the poles is
provided for easy assembly of the poles.
The shock cord is not required for any
structural reason. The poles and tent
perform perfectly well without the shock
cord. Age, over stretching and mishandling
may cause failure. Shock cord is not covered
by warranty. It’s easy to replace, see the
instructions on page 12.
Sometimes the zipper coil bursts open or
does not close. This could be due to wear
or metal fatigue. The problem can be easily
fixed, see the instructions on page 15.
Always carry a roll of heavy duty tape for
simple repairs to small rips, cuts and ash
burns. This not only blocks the hole, it will
prevent further tearing. Heavy Duty tape is
also helpful for emergency pole repairs and
many other uses around the camp site.
When removing pegs, do not use the
webbing or corner of the tent as your
handle. Either use another peg, a peg
remover or the claw of a hammer hooked
under the peg to remove them.
Once you get your new tent home, it is
important to condition the tent. Simply
pitch your tent and wet it down with your
garden hose until the fabric and all seams
are saturated. Pay particular attention to the
seams - the thread swells when wet and blocks
the needle holes. The needle holes also shrink
around the thread. The fabric also benefits
from this because the fibre swells into the
weave and the waterproof treatment settles
within the fabric. Let the tent dry completely
before repeating this wetting and drying
process until there is no leakage during hosing.
Always pack your tent away dry.
Frame- Steel with plastic componentry
Tent- Polyester
To remove marks, use a soft brush or sponge with
fresh water and mild detergent only and rinse
with fresh clean water. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Never pack away damp, dirty or wet. After beach
use or wet conditions wipe down all metal
components and zips using fresh water, dry
thoroughly and treat with silicon spray.
Important Safety and Care
Please read before setting up your tent/shelter
Fabrics used in the construction of OZtrail tents/
shelter are treated for fire retardant properties.
This treatment reduces the rate at which the
fabric will burn. The fire retardant fabric will still
burn if it comes into direct contact with a flame
or extreme heat.
Do not pitch the tent/shelter near a camp
fire or any other flame source
Do not use candles, matches or any other
flame source in or near the tent (this includes
stoves, cooking equipment, lighting and
heating appliances)
The application of any foreign substance to the
fabric such as some water proofing treatments
or insect sprays may render the fire retardant
treatment process ineffective.
Only use recommended water repellent
compounds on the tent/shelter fly
Do not spray tent fabrics with insecticides
The following pages cover several safety tips
that will help you avoid some of the common
hazards encountered on a camping trip.
Gas, fumes or lack of oxygen within the tent/
shelter could result in unconsciousness,
brain damage and even death.
Always ensure your tent/shelter is well
ventilated. Even on the coldest night do
not close every vent, window and door.
A well ventilated tent not only maintains
healthy Oxygen levels but also reduces
condensation build up inside the tent.
Do not use fuel burning, oxygen consuming
devices inside the tent. This includes candles,
gas lanterns, kerosene lamps, stoves,
cooking and heating appliances.
Do not use gas appliances of any kind inside
the tent/shelter.
Always exercise care when using electricity
and electric lighting in and near tents/
shelters. Only use 12 volt lighting.
Important Safety and Care
Information cont.
To prevent injury caused by your camping environment
Do not pitch your tent/shelter on an area
that could get flooded
Do not pitch your tent/shelter near cliffs in
case of collapse or rock fall
Do not leave your tent/shelter erected in
strong winds - collapse the tent onto the
ground and seek refuge in your vehicle
Do not pitch your tent/shelter under trees
with dead branches or under trees known to
drop branches
Tent Pole and Shock Cord
Figure 11
Tent Poles and Shock Cord are similar to
the Tyres on your Car, they require both
maintenance and replacement from time
to time after unexpected damage. Over
stretching, dropping and age are the most
common causes of shock cord failure. Excessive
curvature during tent assembly or during
periods of high winds is the most common
causes of pole failure. By maintaining both the
Poles and Shock Cord you will be ensuring that
you get the best performance and life out of
your OZtrail Tent.
To maximise the life of your shock cord never
drop the tents poles during transporting.
When packing poles into their carry bag be
careful not to settle them by tapping them
vertically on a hard surface.
Replacing Shock-Cord
See Figure 11
Step One: Measure and Cut
Measure the length of the Tent Pole. You should
use a length of Shock Cord roughly two-thirds
the length of the Tent Pole. This will ensure that
the Shock Cord has the appropriate amount of
Step Two: Threading the Pole Sections
Tie a large knot in the end of the Shock Cord
length. This knot needs to be large enough
to stop it passing through the tubular hole in
the pole sections whilst you are threading it.
Thread the Shock Cord through the tubular hole
in each pole section.
Tent Pole and Shock Cord
Replacement cont.
Towards the end of the Pole Length it may
get quite hard to thread the Pole Sections as
the Shock Cord is stretching. To help avoid
this, place all of the sections you have already
threaded on the floor. Stretch the Shock Cord
through them until you have much more than
what you need for the rest of the sections to
thread. Place your foot on the Shock Cord
at the end of the last Pole Section you have
threaded. This will maintain the stretch and
give you plenty of Shock Cord to work with.
Step Three: Tying Off
Once all of the Pole Sections have been
threaded, you will need to tie a large knot in
the Shock Cord, much the same as we did at the
start. This Knot needs to be sufficiently large
to stop it pulling through the hole. Once this is
done, trim the excess Shock Cord at each end.
Replacing Tent Pole Sections
Much like Flat Tyre on your car, a broken Pole
Section is an annoyance that can be easily
Cut the Shock Cord to enable you to remove the
broken Pole Section. This is also a good time to
replace the Shock Cord as well.
Measure both the diameter and overall length
of the Pole Section. Once you have these
measurements, you will be able to organise a
Pole Replacement kit from your local Camping
Goods retailer. You may have to cut the
replacement pole to length. This can be done
with a Hack Saw easily. Lightly sand the cut
edge to remove any sharp edges.
Once your new pole is cut to length you can
follow the ‘Replacing Shock-Cord’ directions to
get your Pole Length complete.
Helpful Hint Be prepared for unexpected
breakages, always carry a few spare pole
sections that match the diameter of your tent
poles as well as some lengths of replacement
shock cord. These items are available at all
good Camping retailers.
Understanding Waterproofness
Know your tent
OZtrail tents are manufactured from waterproof
and water repellent fabrics. However, with the
addition of seams, zips and other desirable
features a recreational tent will not be as
waterproof as a car, house or other solid
The following are common examples of how
water can enter a tent: -
When warm moist air meets cooler air,
condensation occurs. The tent/shelter fly forms
an impermeable layer between the inside and
outside conditions. The moisture inside the tent/
shelter condenses on the fabric. Sometimes
in cold conditions it appears that the fabric is
leaking when in fact the cause is condensation.
Condensation can be reduced if the tent/shelter
is well ventilated.
All care is taken in the design to cover zips. At
times wind driven rain could force water under
the flaps and through the zips. To minimise this,
make sure all doors and windows are closed
with the flaps covering the zips.
If the ground is very wet or water pools under
the floor, downward pressure of standing or
kneeling on the floor could force water through
the floor fabric. To prevent this, do not pitch the
tent over hollows and make sure water drains
away from the tent.
A well pitched tent on level ground is
structurally strong and most waterproof.
During prolonged periods of rain and wind
it may be necessary to tighten guy lines and
reset the tent pegs and attend to drainage
around the tent. Sagging and incorrect
pitching weakens the tent structure and
could allow water to pool on the fly placing
undue forces on the tent causing leaking and
When using the zip, hold the pull-tab
between your thumb and forefinger with
your thumb facing you.
As you are closing the zip clear the way
in front and under the zip slider using the
back of your hand, and cup the zip slider
underneath with your remaining 3 fingers.
Use this action for opening or closing. Keep
the fabric clear of the zip slider - zip and unzip
The most common reason why zips burst open
is that the zip slider does not close the coil
tightly enough. Wear and tear may cause the
gap marked A to open up. See Figure 12.
By simply ‘crimping” the slider together at
points B & C with a pair of pliers, this solves the
problem most of the time. Crimping in other
planes is worth a try if B & C does not work. This
is to be done when the zip slider is still attached
to the zip in the open position. See Figure 12.
Pull the fabric bit by bit out of the slider. Do
not try and pull all the fabric in one go. Do
not force the slider or the fabric.
With use, the jaws of the zip slider can open
ever so slightly. When this occurs the slider
does not compress the zip teeth or coil
together tightly enough and the zip bursts
open or does not close.
Undo the zip and with the slider at the end
of the zip lightly crimp the jaws of the slider
together. Try top to bottom axis first and
then side to side axis.
Figure 12
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AUSTRALIA • Made in China
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