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Message posted by Lindyloo15 on 05/12/2009 at 10:50pm
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I have a Vango Apollo which is great just not enough living space during bad weather, and really like the tunnel tents. Especially the Outwell range but they seem to all be 2 person pitching. Has anyone tried to pitch one alone? Any recommendations?

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Message posted by Speedcamp on 05/12/2009 at 11:15pm
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Hi

Take a look at Yeoman Outdoor's utube video of pitching the Outwell Montana below. This may answer your question, although I don't know if it can be done for all tunnel tents. We aim to try it next year for our Vango Columbia 600. Both have steel poles which may help.

http://www.youtube.com/user/rachelmark1526#p/a/f/0/iwPkZ872vbw

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I have pitched the Montana 6 all on me own-some Didn't find it a real problem Took me about an hour,hopefuly will get quicker the more I do it

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IMO there is a difference between whether you CAN solo pitch and whether you would want to. Solo pitching in your garden on a nice sunny day is one thing. Solo pitching on a site, in a stiff wind and/or rain after a two hour drive is something completely different!

In many cases you will be putting a lot more stress and strain on poles by solo pitching so don't be surprised if you break poles and make sure you know how to fix them on-site.

Would you have someone with you who could help for a few minutes?   Lots of people leave their kids in the car for 20 minutes to get the main part of the tent pitching over with.

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thanks for comments. I do pitch the Apollo on my own, no kids. I go with my dog and he is not much help. Will continue to look at the tunnel tents for next season. If you see me out there on my own feel free to offer a helping hand, ha ha   thanks everyone.

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Hello Lyndyloo,

I have an Outwell Carolina 3 and erected it on my own with little trouble. There is a Yeomans video on Utube showing one man erecting it in just over 6 minutes. Took me a little longer than that being the first time I had erected that tent

I took a look at your tent in the tent reviews, and your photos. You seem to have done a good job for your first trip. I would be very interested to know where that campsite is...looks very nice. I would have been inclined to turn the tent round the other way so you have views of the river though.



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I can do my Outwell SunValley 6 solo *.  The way in the video (end poles first, then middles) makes it a lot easier.

* BUT always prefer to have two people - it's hard work! If it's windy or rainy, two people is a must (that flysheet can turn into a big sail in the wind and gets a LOT heavier very quickly in the rain).



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like bob says i can pitch my carolina 3 solo in about 20 mins

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I have pitched the Bear Lake 6 on my own no problem, its easier with two of course but can be done solo

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theres no way in hell I could pitch our Norfolk Lake on my own. It is just far too heavy and I wouldnt risk damaging it. Im sure someone will come on and say they have done it - I'd love to see that. I applaud you Woofers for getting a BL up, you should post a video on youtube to show how its done. It might give me an idea how to get our monster up.

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i can easily manage the monty on my own as long as its not windy! The Gelert horizon was a breeze on my own. Top tip roll tent out feed the poles in, then bash in a couple of pegs at each end before trying to pull it up. then when you get the first hoop up you can hook the guy straight on the waiting peg

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Thanks everyone, I will go ahead and check out the utube link, then get the Outwell tunnel tent that I want. It is good to hear I am not the only one that does this on my own. Cheers. Linda

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Sorry Linda but we all seemed to have missed that this was your first post, so welcome to the forum.
We are a friendly bunch here, things are very quiet at the moment as not much camping going on but this place is buzzing in season. Help and advice readily given, even if you dont ask for it. There are lots of solo campers here and group meets if it takes your fancy.

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I used to have an Outwell Colorado 8 and could pitch it on my own in perfect weather conditions. No way in wind.  PamJ

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thanks, seems the consensus is give it a go, so I will. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to answer. Lindyloo

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Hi and welcome, Lindy. I think the consensus is that its ok/safe to put up a larger-sized tunnel tent on your own in windless conditions. Happy camping!

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