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Message posted by dantheman88 on 04/10/2013 at 9:59am
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Me and my wife love camping we have a large 8 person tent and it is a struggle to say the least to set the large tent up and look after the dog when it is just the 2 of us. we like the space of a larger tent and we sometimes go camping with a couple of friends so that is easier.

next year for our 2nd anniversary i want to take her (the wife) on a camping tour of Scotland (Her family is Scottish), just me, her and Jack (The Jack Russell X Pup), i did want a small caravan for this trip, but towing limits and expense prevent this so i will require a trailer tent, that if all goes well will be stripped and overhauled for regular holidays 

Issue 1 expense: i want to keep it a supprise and a large chunk of money missing from the account is going to look suspect and knowing me i cannot think on the spot and will say something idiotic. does anyone have a tent they plan on scrapping or selling cheap, (PM with info and photos if possible) i do not mind some work i am a mechanic by trade so can put my hands to most problems.

Issue 2 weights: i only tow with a small car with an 85% match of 860kg and unbraked limit of 400kg braked max 1000kg, i am a able tower, my first driving lesson was with a large twin axle caravan tugged by a Disco on private property.

Sorry if this is in the wrong place and i know i have not posted in a while been buisy with new house and some other private issues.

 

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Completely overhauling a scrapper is going to be more expensive than buying one in reasonable nick,especially if the canvas is poor. A nice old conway or cabanon could be got for less than a new Outwell tent. Weight wise,you are well within limits for most if not all unbraked tt's,and definately ok for braked ones. Most tt's are no easier than tents,despite what the adverts say,and the quick (ish) erect types tend to be pricey. Lack of a zig can be a problem if your dog is an escape artist,very few older units have them.

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a trailer tent can be quick to set-up if you get one with a sun canopy that can be attached to the main sleeping area. I used to do this with my conway TT when touring and wanting quick overnight stops. it has a side panel to keep the kitchen unit dry also. However in the end I brought a folding camper to make those overnights so much quicker and the TT is for sale.

towing the TT is far easier than the Folding camper as the body of the trailer is narrower than all cars. and with both units you have the benefit of masses of space inside the trailer for storage which means more room for you and the dogs in the car. I also have a front storage box and luggage rack on my TT for even more storage and carrying bikes.

personally i think the TT is much easier to put up than a tent especially in the wind because it is a very solid structure and does not try to fill up with air and blow away like a tent, when on a small or awkward pitch you know where the TT will be when erected, which in my experience putting tents up in the wind it was a bit pot luck :)

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i am going to start looking now on Gumtree, Free ads and Preloved for free to collector or sub 100.00 trailer tents, can any one else think over other places to find them?

The dog escaping will not be an issue as during the night he is in a den to prevent such an event, the wife on the otherhand.....

Thank you for your replies.


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For that type of money you will be looking at spending a lot more money once you have it.
You can get decent ready to go ones from 250.

Even ones falling apart are going for more than 100 as the chassis as a standalone trailer has a value.

Most problems arent with the trailer but the canvas and awnings.

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 my plan is slowley falling apart

I may have to spoil the surprise and look at buying a good one, or hire a caravan for 2 weeks.

In the mean time i will keep hunting one will come up i am sure of it.


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Perhaps I shouldn't own up to this, but in order to keep the surprise, do what I do, take a small amount of money out of the account a number of times over a few weeks and save it up. This way there is no large amount coming out in one go.

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After much searching I picked up a 1988 Conway Challenger FC for 420.

That has a maximum weight of 550kgs and is braked. I've been advised by a friend who has a Tow Bar Fitting company, that the Trailer on it's own is worth 250/300 due to it being plated for 550kgs.

The canvas has been patched, but is completely waterproof, as I found out, whilst camping out in heavy rain and winds, on Anglesey.

The cabin can be erected as a stand alone unit, it has a Double bed on one side, and a convertible double/couch on the other.

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Naughty Shirley!!

Dan ... not sure what p[rice range you are looking at ... Maybe a folding camper will be quicker and better for you?
Some Pennines on Pr-Loved for sale under 1K ... but maybe you don't want to go that far?
You can have a Pennine up and kettle boiling in fifteen minutes ...plus, no pegging out to do (until/unless you add the awning).

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Quote: Originally posted by nanashirley on 04/10/2013
Perhaps I shouldn't own up to this, but in order to keep the surprise, do what I do, take a small amount of money out of the account a number of times over a few weeks and save it up. This way there is no large amount coming out in one go.

Wife checks everything, maybe lack of trust? or i buy stupid things?

the hunt goes on


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I found this what do you think?



http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/nimrod-trailer-tent/1033986135

Thanks

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The foam to replace the cushions will cost you a fair bit, we were quoted 100 to replace ours.

We did get a 2002 Trigano Cheverny GL for 350 and with some cleaning and tinkering ended up with a great unit.

How about something like this

You can use all your camping gear, so no extra costs, and would be so easy to pack up and move from site to site if you wanted to stay in different places.

Nanashirley, you are sneaky pilfering your own money......love it

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I would use air beds and we are always buying new gear so no issues there.

The on in the link is OK but again may be out of price range.

Free cycle next.

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be really careful of getting one really cheap as we've just had to fork out 126 for tyres for our recently purchased tt (they were supposed to be in good condition but were 12 years old and not looking their best and a very odd size) so in the long term it may not be the bargain you are looking for. I would be upfront with your wife when you take out the bits of money and explain it's for your anniversary present, she'll be flattered that you're already thinking of it (most men tend to forget) Good Luck.

p.s. I've just got us a tt called an Inesca Marbella, you could get the version called Lover (2 berth version)

http://www.preloved.co.uk/adverts/show/109178283/trailer-tent.html

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Quote: Originally posted by dantheman88 on 04/10/2013
I found this what do you think?



http://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/nimrod-trailer-tent/1033986135

Thanks



At 70, what's to lose!

You can inspect the wheels before paying ... If you are good at repairs/tools/etc ... seems like a very good project, to me.

You could always get a brand new canvas or acrylic cover made (not too expensive ... several companies have been quoted on here).

You could end up with a very decent outfit for a pretty small price!

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Go for a Dandy. You can get one for 500 and old ones last for ever. Not canvas but solid side and end walls with PVC roof and side wings. Can be put away wet and left wet. Warm in winter and cool in summer.

Comfy settee and beds, on board cooker and sink. No pegging. Trailers are all braked.

What more could you want.


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