Start by looking for the box that says postcode and in the box to its left choose "Caravans en Kamperen" from the the dropdown menu.
Then enter your search term in the box to the left of this. Tick the box "Zoek in titel en beschrijving" so you search in the descriptions as well as the titles.
Use Babelfish Translator to translate any text you want. It is a literal translation of the words so you have to re-order the words to make sense sometimes and the odd word is not translated but you can often guess by context. See example (best done in a Steve McLaren Dutch accent)
"Orlando 6 4 up to 6 persons comfortable from the blank family tent with binnentent. By the skilful luifel it is well possible cook. Sees as new. YOU can come set up him always and examine. He is still entirely groovy. And stands if a house, also if it pours and storms. Three times use. Original purchase price 650. Do a nice offer."
If you are interested in any tents you find then click on the "email deze advertizeer" button with your questions and/or bids.
(Don't use the on screen bidding system, this is used by jokers who bid £50 for a £2000 de Waard.)
I sent my questions in English and the Babelfish translation into Dutch. The people who replied did so in perfect English
I would ask:
1. How old is the tent.
2. How many weeks has it been used for.
3. Have you owned it from new (hindsight has shown me this affects the accuracy of the answers to the 1st two questions)
4. Is the tent in good condition.
5. Is there any mould or black marks on the canvas.
6. Have you any recent actual pictures of the tent pitched (hindsight again).
7. How much would you accept for the tent (This gets round any bidding nonsense, some prices are nearest offer, some are offers above the amount etc, and you can always offer a lower price if their initial response is high)
8. What is the packed size of the tent (use this to get a quote for shipping before you send any money).
9. Will you pack the tent for shipping.
Send money to a bank account or paypal not by Money transfer services or cash
I got my tent from there, it did turn out to be a different tent to the Barbados as I bought it blind (see question 6) from an idiot, but an honest one who genuinely thought her tent was a Barbados and refunded half the price so as it was as good as a Barbados left me with a bargain De Wit Orlando (The description above is from its bigger brother currently being advertised).
Luifel is canopy.
binnentent is innertent.
Grondkuip is groundsheet.
Afritsbaar Grondkuip is built in groundsheet (not sure).
Zischermen are side panels.
Vaste is big
The Cabanon pyramids are branded De Wit in Holland and use a slightly higher grade canvas 300gm/m2. (The Barbados is also marketed as a 4 man but is the same size and design as the Cabanon 6 man version) You can get most of the floorplans from the manufacturer websites or from google images.
Hope this helps anyone who wants to buy a Dutch canvas tent.
Post last edited on 05/06/2009 20:08:22
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Quote: Originally posted by edna clouds on 05/6/2009
Fantastic advice! Thank you. I didn't know De Wit were really Cabanon. How weird. Sooner or later I'm gonna get me one of those lovely pyramid tents. Mmmmmmm....
Only the Cabanon Pyramides. I think De Wit bought the designs and manufacture them themselves in their own canvas.