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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:44 pm 
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yeah 5 would be about right

they seem to think you want to sleep with your hands by your sides and legs perfectly straight :lol:

find another bag to put it in too , it seems to take a lot of practice to get the tent back into its original bag , many fail :lol:

ground mats are crap . we have a blow up mattress . ahh shite , that means ill be spending about an hour pumping the fooker up :cry: and the pump squeeks :oops: we also use a duvet . im now starting to think all this crap isnt going to fit in the car with a bike too :lol: :?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:20 pm 
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If you're using it as a base for car camping, weight isn't an issue and nor is size, really.
I have a bloody enormous Eurohike tent, complete and resplendent with two bedrooms and a full size stand up porch. You could keep all your bike stuff in one bedroom, have all your friends round before bedtime, and have a private sleeping space if you want to sneak off with the current Mrs Kaiser. :wink:
Last time I used it was when I walked up Snowdon on a cold, wet February weekend. Was blowing a gale, but it kept up beautifully.
I'd have to go round to my dad's and put it up to check everything's still there, but I'd be happy to do that if you're interested in a look at it. And you can buy spares for it at Milletts if that's something that worries you.
It was about £120 IIRC, and it's only been used for about four or five trips. Yours for £40, plus whatever it costs to post?
I want light weight from a tent for my many bike tours, so I use my old (1980s) Vango, although I bought a North Face tent from the CTC forum a while ago cause it was cheap. If I was buying a new tent, it'd be a Saunders, but I have to wear out the others first, and with the Vango that's proving hard to do - they're a shadow of their former selves.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:00 pm 
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I've got this for camping.....

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and use a khyam motordome, that docks as a awning....

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it's a bit like a vw, but cheaper and japanese, with a big diesel....
not really that much better than camping..... but it means you can endure a bit more of the elements than just a tent :shock:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:26 pm 
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Jeezz.....camping, tents....mobile homes...havn't you heard off 5 star hotels :roll: :wink: :lol:


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i have one of these , but mines blue and very rusty . lack of money keeps it from the road :(

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im not going to have any camping stuff in it . enough room for a few bikes and you can sleep in a hammock thing in the pop up . it has a 5speed tunnel so when money allows ill take out the xflow and go for a pinto , possibly with bike throttle bodies and electrickery engine management . i also have a spare welded diff if i get bored :lol:

free tax too 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:40 am 
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Harryburgundy wrote:
Jeezz.....camping, tents....mobile homes...havn't you heard off 5 star hotels :roll: :wink: :lol:

Exactly :lol: :lol: :lol:
I went to Alaska last year with wor lass to help with her field work. Tried always to avoid camping, but due to the location we ended up camping :evil: After 5mins in the tent, there was a load of commotion outside, someone had spotted a bear, roughly 30yds from the tent...... :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

Cut it short: after throwing up and a 2hr drive i ended up throwing the credit card at the problem, 5 star hotel and one of the greatest nights sleep :D

Ok, extreme circumstances, but i'm sticking to not camping :lol:


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You have no idea what you're missing. Nights looking up at the stars... I have an ex-army sniper bag, a sort of waterproof sleeping bag with arms. You wouldn't want to do it for more than a night, but sleeping under the stars in it is magical.


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A few years ago I went to the Alps and camped over night at 9000 feet. You won't find any hotels up there. Although the "huts" are more like hotels than huts.

It really depends upon the type of camping I'm doing as to which accommodation I use. If I'm going with a few of my mates in a car then I'll take a 2/3 man tent. If I'm carrying everything myself then I'll use my bivi bag (like an oversized gore-tex sleeping bag).


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:53 am 
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Beware of:
1 big tents. There's more air inside to warm, so usually they are colder.
2 Pop ups etc - they don't have much holding them up, so tend to collapse in strong winds. You NEED guys and pegs.
3 Ultralight tents - they sacrifice weight for robustness. If there are two versions, go for the heavier one, it'll last longer (unless you are adventure racing etc)

Vango, Terra Nova, Vaude etc make good solid tents that will keep you dry in horrible conditions, but still don't break the bank.

Don't buy a 'festival tent'. They are the tent equivalent of that Apollo full susser for £79.99.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:10 am 
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Outdoor Megastore is the clearance warehouse for many of Europe's leading camping, tents, skiwear, walking, hiking, caravan and outdoor specialists, or maybe try this but this is little cheaper site than other tent industry...






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