After reading plenty of reviews on here and making the decision to take the plunge and get an inflatable tent I've bitten the bullet and bought a Kampa Croyde 6 Classic Air.
After it arrived I was a bit shocked to say the least at the size of the bag an am now a bit worried that it isn't going to fit in the boot of the car which conveniently doesn't arrive until next month (Jaguar XE) so I cant even try it until then. There is no tow bar to pull a trailer and I wouldn't fancy even attempting to put it in the roof box.
Can anyone put my mind at ease who is in a similar situation and has managed to pack theirs in the boot or give me an idea of where it will fit when I can finally go and try it out?
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It is a big bag, I bought one a couple of weeks back at the new sale price. I have an xtrail so less of an issue, other than it takes half the boot.
You don't have to load it in the tent bag, you can always fold it so it's a bit wider and not so tall. Just use the bag for storing at home. May need to take a little more care loading and unloading, or wrap it in old duvet cover with lots of packing tape. Not exactly stylish, but always a way if the heart is willing.
Thanks for the replies. I had a feeling the roofbox would be a must as the wife likes some of her comforts when we are away. I'm used to having an estate car with trailer so space wasn't really an issue.
I felt the same as you when mine arrived Broadside. I knew it would be bigger than my current tent (Nebraska XL) as it was all in one bag but I wasn't prepared for the box that arrived and my first thought was it may have to go back.
Decto, I hadn't thought about packing it loosely and sorting it when I got back. The only time I've done that before is if the tent needs drying out when we get home or we've been trying to escape the weather.
Thank you both though, you've helped put my mind at ease for now. We are hoping this tent will last us for a while now and maybe even get to experience a trip or two across the water.
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Yep agree roof box is a must, we have a volvo V70 and use every nook a cranny to pack stuff, the shelves come out where the spare is and shoes and tins, in fact anything we can fit it goes in there, under the seats there's stuff.
We have recently cut back on our kitboxes so have made room enough to see out of the back, we split the seats down, dog has single seat and the double is folded down.
The tent is very heavy but my son lifts it into the boot and we back everything around it.
But we do actually glamp when we go away for our main holiday so probably take too much anyway.
I bought a sunncamp invadair 600 deluxe and I was also shocked at the pack size. I have a ford focus estate and it takes up virtually the entire boot. The 8 person Kalahari only takes up about a third of the space
Plus the air tent is incredibly heavy and the style of straps on the bag make it virtually impossible for 1 person to lift and carry. However once it is where you need it to be then it can be erected by one person.
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For anyone else who is looking to buy a tent and reading this make sure you check the pack size on the retailers website, the info is always there, better still talk to the retailer as they may be able to direct you to the right tent for you and your family. You need to remember most independent retailers have years of experience and no matter how much research you do you will of missed something in your research.
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I had looked up the pack sizes online and watched quite a few of your you tube reviews to help me narrow down my choice but without seeing the tents in the flesh or talking to someone in the know I don't think I was fully prepared.
I've watched a couple of the pitching and putting away videos and I'm going to try a trial pitch over the next couple of weeks to make sure I at least look like I know what I'm doing when it gets its first run out in the spring.
Packing down is fairly straightforward and if the bag is one of the oversized ones most tents come with these days you have quite a lot of leeway in them. Basic steps to pack down are:
Make sure all the doors are open, including the bedroom doors
Pull out all of the pegs apart from the 4 corner ones (if there is no wind you can even pull those out too)
Starting from the rear beams, let the tent down
Throw the guylines into the middle (unless you have tied them up). If there is a canopy then fold this back to the start of the tent. Try to keep the tent as straight as possible.
Working from the opposite side to the valves and using the bag as a size guide fold the tent over to a little smaller than the bag. Squish air out then keep doing the same, working towards the valves and squishing air out as you go.
Once it is folded then roll from the back towards the front, pushing as much air out as you can as you go along (this is where it helps to have 2 people). Roll it as tightly as you can.
If the tent came with any ties then before you finish rolling put the ties underneath and roll the last bit so that the tent is sitting on top of the ties, then tie them up. Bring the bag to the tent and fit the bag over the top of the tent, then roll it so the tent is inside the bag and you can do the bag up. Job done!