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Message posted by Neil63 on 22/2/2014 at 6:29am
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Hi all,
Thinking of moving up to a pathfinder sometime this year but have a few questions I'd like to ask.

1. I know they weigh1000kgs fully laden but how easy are they to manoeuvre by hand e.g. In the drive and final positioning at a site

2. I've viewed some videos on you tube but in practice how long does it really take to erect the main body plus all the internals and sit down with a glass of wine? and how much extra time to erect the awning ?

3. When booking a pitch do you use a hard standing or grass?

4. Is it possible to put up/ fold down by one person?


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Message posted by blueexpo97 on 22/2/2014 at 7:04am
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1. Fairly easy, me and the wife could always manage.

2. Can of worms opened springs to mind. You will get loads of varying answers on this one, from the ridiculous(15 mins)to the more realistic(45-60 mins)

3. Have used both, but have to admit to prefering grass with the FC.

4. Yes, it just takes longer, not sure how much longer for the 15 mins brigade, probably just another 2 or 3



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Remember it's a D in Duke, unless you're a Nissan.

Message posted by Neil63 on 22/2/2014 at 7:16am
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Thanks blue, do you reckon I could get the legs down, canvas up and secure and be in the dry in 10/ 15 mins? Then there's no rush to get the rest done

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Practice photo

Does any one else have access to all my photos on photobucket when they click on the above link or is it just me as it's my account?
If you do have access to all my photos then how do I prevent this?

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Message posted by blueexpo97 on 22/2/2014 at 7:37am
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As long as it's level, then probably at a push yes. Obviously you will still have leccy, water and the interior to construct after that. Then truly relax and of course crack one open

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Kabbes>>nettz>jackjon>michell8>fixings>arpajon>ronplatt>ludovine>ern2sec>goffroger
Remember it's a D in Duke, unless you're a Nissan.

Message posted by Alan Chilestone on 22/2/2014 at 7:47am
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Hi Neil, will echo what blueexpo97 says, particularly on Q2, legs down beds out canvas secure could be done in 15 mins. Yes you would be in the dry but with not a lot of room to move, particularly if you have as much stuff as we carry!
About an hour for the whole lot is more realistic. You might get the whole lot done in 15, but you would need to rush and might make mistakes, and let's face it, you will be on holiday so who needs to rush!

As t o your other questions, can usually move on own on a roadway, two of us on site, hs in early and end of season, grass in high summer and abroad, set up by one person, yes.

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Hi,I can push my loaded pathfinder on my own on flat tarmac but not on grass or a soft pitch. I can erect it alone ( no awning ) in 30 minutes. My good lady and I upgraded from a trailer tent and have never looked back. I must admit after two years of ownership we now have decided to fit movers to the unit. This makes things safer and easily manageable for one person.
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Only access to the one photo.

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Remember it's a D in Duke, unless you're a Nissan.

Message posted by veema on 22/2/2014 at 9:44am
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The two of us could easily maneouvre our crusader (same as pathfinder) on both grass and tarmac...think we would have struggled on our own when on site.

The putting up in the rain was the final straw for us and what made us change to a caravan. I don't know if the pathfinders are the same, think they are, but once you take the transit cover off, the beds and the inside of the camper are exposed...we had to put it up in heavy rain last year and we were soaked to the skin, but we managed to get the beds up and over and the canvas over in superquick time and there were only a few rain spots on the beds...so I think you can get it up and be in the dry in no time at all, but it's getting the rest of it right...correctly tensioned, water, waste, electric etc. The pull out style beds on the older units meant that the inside was always protected by the canvas.



We always preferred grass.

I could put the cabin up by myself, think we would have struggled with the awning with just one of us...

We really enjoyed our times in the fc.

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if you go for a pre 2008 crusader they still have the slideout beds and to me these are still the best system.
i have a conway cruiser so no toilet,and can have mine up on my own in less than 10 mins.
as to keeping the insides dry my canvas if fully attached so no rain can get inside.
if all i want is a dry space it's drop the steddies pull out the beds, job done.

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Thanks for all the replies.

Wongers, I've just watched a video on the crusader. That certainly is another one to think about. I like the pull out beds and internally it's just the same as the pathfinder.
Looks like I'll just have to try both if I get the chance and then decide.
I need to upgrade from my sunncamp as it takes 2 hrs to put up and you always need the awning.

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It all depends on the size of your family, but if you can get away with it, a pathfinder (or Crusader) with a porch awning is simples.
The porch awning, minus the poles, remains zipped to the FC and just thrown onto the roof when you are folding the FC up.


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Hi Neil

We normally take 30 mins between me and the wife to put our pathfinder up (with 2 kids to amuse also!), normally the two of us unfold together, I put the inside basically up (5mins) then I carry on outside with water,electric bed skirts and toilet, while other half sorts the inside and opens the wine/puts the kettle on!

If we put the awning on that's is probably normally an other 30 min job

The camper itself you could do on your own no problem but prob add 15 mins.

I can move the camper alone but as said above on grass or slop two is much easier !

We normally go for grass pitch as we like to peg the skirts on and especially if your using the awning.

All in all we are very happy with our pathfinder and can't wait for spring ! Cheers

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Yes I tend to agree, with what everyone has. Not too bad to move about on a flat concrete surface, but on grass 2 is easier unless you want to put your back out, as once you start loading it up to the max weight it gets very difficult.
As for putting up just over 30mins from the jacks down, can be a pain sometimes but it's all part of the fun, especially when you realise how big they are inside.
Brilliant in the sun pig to pack up in the rain.
It's all horses for course and everything has it draw backs.
But other than that you don't regret it :)
I go for grass pitches, in weekend stay I don't even bother with the skirts under beds.
As for putting it up it's pretty simple, after first attempt you can easily put up yourself ( with the gas struts) and pack away.
Awning takes some time and is a pain on shirt breaks, but it's only same as a caravan in that respect.

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Maybe I'm in the minority but I really enjoy setting the camper up!

I would say that we have pretty much everything sorted in an hour, though we haven't tried it in the rain yet...

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Although packing up in the rain can be a pig, erecting the FC and packing it up in really hot weather is just beyond us as we found out last June when we stayed at Melrose.
It was an exceptionally hot weekend and now that we are in our mid sixties, that W/E trip was the last straw as far as the FC went.
Even after we got it up and had a rest and a cuppa, we had the fan on full belt just trying the keep the inside cool-ish.
I can't imagine what an FC would be like during the summer on the continent. It must be unbearable.
FC's are definitely for the younger and fitter generation.   

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