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Subject Topic: Comanche Montana v Combi Camp
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Message posted by JK98 on 13/10/2010 at 12:58pm
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We're frame tent campers, but hubby has decided that we can extend our camping season if we had a Comanche Montana or Combi Camp with beds off the floor & a solid floor living area for short breaks.

Now, I love the look of the georgian style windows on the Montana, but other than that I really don't know the differences between the two. We're looking at second-hand, and are not fussed about having a kitchen unit attached. 

So come on Montana & 4-berth Combi owners, convince me which is the best one to go for & why.



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Well, we have a montana & would like a combi camp, does that help  .

To be honest, The main reason we want a combi camp is because of the slide out awning poles, the montana has a naff hook type attachment & the poles are big & heavy, most of them do not fit in the box & have to go on top of the trailer. 

 The model with the underbed storage would be nice  . The under bed storage on the newer montana's is very small & arkward to use.

And you can leave the awning zipped on if you like with the combi.

When towing the Combi has better weight distribution with the kitchen on the back.The montana, even with carefull packing, can tend to be nose heavy.

With either one it's great to whip it open & have a bed for the night with no pegging down. Any stays longer than 1 night we put the awning on.

Just my 2 cents worth



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Thanks Suzi. I didn't know about any of those problems, so your input is a great help.

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You are welcome, ask anything you like about the montana

You will love having a real bed   We do.



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Message posted by greenhill on 13/10/2010 at 7:26pm
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We bought a combicamp this year, ~20yrs old but with brand new canvas, mattresses and inner tents. On our version we don't have the telescopic awning poles, kitchen, under bed storage, all of which I would love but was not realistic on our budget. If you can afford a combi with the telescopic poles and under bed storage I would go with for that but does depend on budget as it's only the last few years they've had the telescopic poles. I slept much better on the "proper bed" and really like the hard floor. The awning is cumbersome and we're thinking for weekends to get a day tent to use with the main unit however we wouldn't need to with a more modern combi,

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So far then 2-0 to the Combi. From the comments so far, I think I may have to forego the lovely georgian windows on the Montana, and go for the Combi for more practical reasons

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hi we had a montana they are copys of the combi but we loved it ,had many a weekend and holidays in it 19092008144.jpg margate picture by 2ern52ann

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Message posted by bernie bann on 13/10/2010 at 8:29pm
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04102008023.jpg blackpool picture by 2ern52annwith awning up in blackpool boy did it rain but dry as a bone inside

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Message posted by JK98 on 13/10/2010 at 9:41pm
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May I ask what year your Montana was manufactured? It hasn't got the georgian effect windows like the 2000+ ones, yet it looks in fantastic condition.

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Ours is the same as Bernie bann & is 2002.

Don't know what year you have seem those georgian effect windows, do you have a picture ?

BTW the 2010 montana lx has had a complete revamp (canvas wise).

Have you checked out the website.

http://www.rcomanche.com/en_noticies.asp?g=en_model_montana

Having looked at one in 'the flesh' it doesn't look as well made as the old ones they have added silly ties & toggles for the window flaps, the inner tents have a huge gap inbetween ? open to the rest of the tent. The awning is very high. We need a step already to put ours up.

But it looks real nice, I like the colours & you can now add another awning to the other side of the trailer part (over the tow bar) & there is now a door on that side as well. 

Also have a nosy in the combi camp forum.

Don't get me wrong the montana is great, if we can't find a combi at the right price we will continue using it ( with a few mods). It's a lot cheaper than the combi & a great way to get into TT's.



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There was one with georgian effect windows on ebay recently, a 2001 model - hope the link works

Thank you for the link to the Comanche website. I don't like the look of that big gap between the beds either - there's only two of us, but we intend to sleep in the centre of the beds, so that each of us has room to get out during the night (it's an age thing ) without climbing over the other one.

From the replies so far, I think I'll look out for a Combi as preference, but if the right Montana comes up at the right price......................



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Cool, that looks like a steal. ( well compared to spanish prices)

We paid lots more than that  , next one will probably be bought from the UK, the prices are much more realistic.

 Never seem one that colour before, would be a good starter, then if you like the set up sell it on & look for a combi. Like we are



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We have a combi camp & love it, it is so easy to put up, we leave the awning zipped on it takes us about 20mins to set up the main unit plus awning.... 

We started with a camplet but prefer the solid floor on the combi, we then had an Eriba puck but the awning was a pain to put up & you need one because the puck is so small ! by the time you've made the bed up there is no where to move .... another great thing about the combi is the fab big bed so cozy & you can leave it up so no making beds up every day !

The kitchen is also great, built in fridge, cooker, sink & usefull storage.

Storage under the bed is also a great plus.

We do have a drive tarp so also use the roof rack ... I don't travel light even it's only for 2 nights  you can get loads of info on the combi if you look on the combi camp forum    


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Quote: Originally posted by JK98 on 13/10/2010
May I ask what year your Montana was manufactured? It hasn't got the georgian effect windows like the 2000+ ones, yet it looks in fantastic condition.
it was a 2006 end of season and the 4 of us sleeped in it no probs

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Message posted by bordercaz on 15/10/2010 at 9:22pm
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Combi Camps cost more than Commanches but they are much better quality. They are also easier to open due to the balancing of the rack - I think Commanches open floor & rack together, so heavier to lift?

Check out the Owners forum:

http://combicampers.forumup.org



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Message posted by JK98 on 16/10/2010 at 12:39am
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Thanks for all the info  I've joined the Combi forum, and I'm slowly getting through the topics - working my way back in time, so to speak

Do the older Combi's have storage under the beds, or is that only on the newer models? Can't seem to find this info on the Combi forum.

 



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