Tent recommendations?

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Tent recommendations?

Postby Nix » 12 Jan 2013, 19:12

We're going camping in July and our old tent is not really suitable. It's a 12 man, three bed tent that is just too big and complicted for a 2 night camping trip. I thought maybe we should buy one that suits our family more. All the 5-6 man tents seem to have two bedrooms, so dh H and J would have to share, I don't like the idea of H and J in a 'room' of their own. And I will obviously be with the baby. What do I need to look out for?
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby va.x » 12 Jan 2013, 19:16

Some of those sizes have a removable wall between the 2 bedrooms so you can just have 1 big room, much better. Ours is a vango, Tigris 600, iirc.

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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby MumtoMonsters » 12 Jan 2013, 19:16

We've got a Vango Icarus 500. The 600 would be better for you.

The living area is all at the front, the sleeping area is all together at the back. It can be divided into two bedrooms by a curtain, but we use it as one big sleeping area so we're all in together. It'll give you enough sleeping and living space. It's really easy to put up - we did it in 30 minutes on the first attempt and we'd never camped before.
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby Spanner » 12 Jan 2013, 20:29

We also have the tigris and camping friends have the icarus. Both are good and can have one big sleeping compartment.
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby biccytoria » 12 Jan 2013, 20:49

We too have a vango with a removable divider, we have the divider up at Aidan's bedtime then remove it to have one bedroom when we go to bed.

For a two night trip make sure you get something with an integrated groundsheet to keep it simple when putting it up and putting it away
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby camper » 12 Jan 2013, 21:33

Our last tent before we left the UK was from Decathlon and it was great - cheap and much sturdier than you'd expect for the price. It was a tunnel tent, which I prefer to Dome tents for ease of assembly and they don't feel so much like they're going to take off in the wind and rain. It was one big sleeping room with a porch at the front. You really need to get yourself to a tent showroom and have a good look at some while they're up, then you can hunt around online for the best price!
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby Morlyte » 12 Jan 2013, 21:37

Ours is a Vango Kasari 800. Its HUGE, you can have 3 bedrooms but we generally use one bedroom, then have a big open space but we keep an area as the kitchen, which is where a bedroom would be but without the divider. We can stand up in all areas of the tent. However the only downside is, is that we do have to book super spaces in some campsites.
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby realsLINshady » 13 Jan 2013, 08:57

We have an Outwell Oakland XL - and the two bedrooms can be unzipped to make one big sleep compartment.

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It takes about 45 minutes to put up and DH can even manage it by himself.
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby weasley » 13 Jan 2013, 20:59

va.x wrote:Some of those sizes have a removable wall between the 2 bedrooms so you can just have 1 big room, much better. Ours is a vango, Tigris 600, iirc.

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Snap and it's ace. You can have two or three rooms depending on whether or not you use the divide. We usually all go in the large compartment minus the divide and use the little room as a wardrobe. Once number 3 is involved we'll prob have one adult + 2 children in the big compartment and one adult and smallest in the other room until the oys are old enough to be in by themselves.
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby A_W » 13 Jan 2013, 22:52

No tent recommendations but OMG you're planning a camping trip and just about to have another baby! Are you crazy or camping mad??? :wink: :scream :wink:
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby Nix » 14 Jan 2013, 10:24

Thanks for the recommendations! I will get pricing up our options.

AW- it's a friends birthday event, he's really into camping. Will probably be 10-20 adults all camping side by side and my friends are great with H & J so I don't have any worries about camping with them. They've chosen a really child friendly camp site. And baby will be pre crawling/early blw/mostly boobie feeding so it's the easiest time to go really! When we camped with H last he was 18 months and I was 6/7 months pregnant and I don't remember it being too difficult lol.
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby Nix » 24 Jan 2013, 15:43

After considering costs etc-I am thinking of going for a Vango Odyssey 5 person tent -this one http://www.argos.co.uk/m/static/Search/ ... 022821.htm

I think 5 person will be enough to make it last a good few years for us, the kids are pretty small. The groundsheet is linked in and it's under £200. Does anyone have this one?
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby PolarBearGirl » 24 Jan 2013, 16:11

I haven't got that one but have on outwell vacanza vancouver 500 which is almost the same size/layout and is fine for the four of us, it's a bit smaller than the outwell oakland xl (vacanza were made for Argos one year) in the living area but we got an oakland extension to give us a bit more room for longer holidays, since you have a larger tent the 5 man is probably perfect for shorter trips, we found we had enough room to read/play games/eat indoors, but you probably wouldn't want to do it for long!

I would recommend the vacanza if you can get one cheap from ebay still, we got ours for £120 + pp and it's great!
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby ToothFairy » 24 Jan 2013, 21:06

We always have a tent at least one man bigger than we need IYSWIM. Both our tents are 6 man.
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Re: Tent recommendations?

Postby Spanner » 25 Jan 2013, 06:39

It looks on the small side to me for 5. But then i used to take ou:r travel cot and high chair so don't exactly do minimal camping!
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