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Message posted by CrankyMammy on 28/3/2015 at 9:53pm
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Hi Jim 1977
Going Karsten green here with envy, it looks great. Glad to hear you didn't need to wrestle with the beams.
Thanks for the pics.
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Message posted by blythespirit on 28/3/2015 at 10:00pm
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Hi guys, we have just purchased a Karsten 350 pod.  I wondered what the 2 wire pegs were for!  We sold our trusty Trout Lake last year as I was finding it too difficult to pitch and strike due to failling eyesight.  We missed it so much, we hope this tent will prove easier to strike than the tunnel tent but still as solid and spacious.  Can't wait for the weather to warm up a bit.  We used a footprint with the Trout Lake, just to keep the zig clean, as it was too heavy to hang on the line and hose clean - Should I put a tarp under the Karsten, or will it just collect water?  I will try and remember to hook on the top guys before inflating if I think they'll be required. 

Message posted by Jim1977 on 28/3/2015 at 10:18pm
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Teewf - glad your first pitch went well too, thanks for the carpet advice. Look forward to seeing how it looks, enjoy your first trip next week.
CrankyMammy - thank you, really chuffed with it and was a relief it went up so easily given the gusty weather :)
Blythespirit - welcome, I would still use a footprint both for keeping the tent clean and for extra protection, especially as the Karsten has a sewn in groundsheet rather than the zip in groundsheet of the Trout Lake
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Congrats blythespirit we too use a tarp as a footprint under our Karsten & SE keeps things nice & clean & just a little extra protection for the sew in ground sheet of the tent. Makes it easier when packing away too as you have something to roll the tent upon rather than maybe muddy wet grass & the tents ground sheet can be wiped off as it is rolled.

Have you just got the main pod or do you have any extensions too ?   I know nosey but we women need to know these things !

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Thanks for the photos of the plastic deltas Jim1977. Looks like they should work a treat.

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I'm not jealous that folk are now getting their new tent's up... but I am about them going up twist free, first time!!


Welcome to the Klub, Blythespirit.
I'd echo the recommendation for a footprint under the pod... or for any tent, for that matter. Even a cheap thin one will add a tiny bit of extra protection, and any will keep the SIG clean/dry.
I have a basic, thinnish tarp. Some go for super thick pond liner. And there's a vast array of options between the two.
The choice is yours, but I can't come up with a single reason for not having one at all.

I noticed your comment "...we hope this tent will prove easier to strike than the tunnel tent...".
If that's your main criteria, I have a sneaking suspicion you will be dancing all the way home with it on your back! Tent's don't come down any easier than a Karsten!!   

Enjoy!

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2015:
Done: 4 nights/2 camps
Booked:
Easter: 3 nights at Tattershall Lakes.
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

Message posted by mjdb on 29/3/2015 at 11:12am
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What a difference 1 more awning makes !
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Looks like it has a barn door & that the old awnings have been changed to the newer type. Very different looking rain awning too ? Don't recall seeing 1 that goes down the sides like that 1 does!


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Welcome blythespitit
You will be delighted with your new tent.
Sorry I can't comment on the wire pegs as my tent is ancient!
I have used mine with a ground sheet that does not quite fit and found it a lot easier to fold and wipe the bits that had been covered with the sheet given the weight when folding the tent. Also was trying to avoid kneeling on the canvas and flicking the bits of grass on to the canvas.
Guess what's on my ever growing shopping list??!!
Wishing you many happy days in your new holiday home
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Jim I would be interested to know what you think of the carpet. Looking on the Attwoolls website it looks very much like our blue carpet that we use n the awning. It is OK for the awning but the threads pull and I would never buy another one. It would be good to know if yours is better quality that the one I have. (I would buy that green carpet again but Outwell no longer use that material)



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April Sheriff Hutton 3 nights
May/June Sheriff Hutton 3 nights
July garden 1 night
August Minstead Manor Farm 1 night
August Moreton 23 nights

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Hi Purple, at this stage I have gone for the Karsten rubbery carpet, I wasn't sure about the Attwoolls carpet as 100 was a lot to spend on something unseen. Had a proper look at the 2 grades of Karsten carpet while at CTS and felt the better one would be ideal. If we did get a carpet later on, the Karsten one will be ideal for use on grass in the awnings instead.
Teewf has got the Attwools grey check carpet so will be able to help on the quality of it.
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I realised after I posted that you had not said you had bought it. One of those duh moments

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May/June Sheriff Hutton 3 nights
July garden 1 night
August Minstead Manor Farm 1 night
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Quote: Originally posted by mjdb on 29/3/2015What a difference 1 more awning makes !
here

Looks like it has a barn door & that the old awnings have been changed to the newer type. Very different looking rain awning too ? Don't recall seeing 1 that goes down the sides like that 1 does!

Maddie





I think someone needs to reach up and sort that cross-over out! Not seen anything like that before. Maybe those fitted bungee things have weakened a little over time?




Not keen on at least 4 odd shades of beige, but love the 3 awnings... I'm so tempted to get another EA, but I really can't see us filling that lot, so I just have to be sensible!!...




Still not overly keen on the side door, and wouldn't go out of my way to pay extra for one, but if it came as part of a package like this, it certainly wouldn't put me off. It is an option whether to use it or not, and besides, with all that wall space, you could almost certainly afford to leave a bit clear (of furniture) to use the door...




Love that RA... very much tarp-like in appearance, which I like... a lot! What I'm not keen on about the current combi-waffle, is that it comes right down to ground, so emulating another full awning almost, or just a little too "Busy" looking when raised. Still unsure about it, to be honest.
I'd already planned to pretty much emulate this sort of tarpology when we finally get around to a full set up, (Leaving my proper RA off, of course) but that will probably have to wait until France in September, and even then, will probably prove overkill, space-wise. Mine will come forward 2.85m (depth), and at 4m long, should look similar to this across the width, but of course, I'll have to make do with just tucking it over the front awning pole and guying back. Nothing as extravagant as this, with it's fancy zip connection!




Throw in the SE, of course, and you are probably looking at a set up easily comfortable for a family of six... if not more!




I've no idea what expense and hassle it would entail, to get that lot back to the UK, (unless you are friends with Maddie, of course!) but all in all, at that price, and in that condition, that lot is one hell of a bargain, and someone, somewhere, is odds on to come away with the deal of the century!
Quality, retro, and oozing class! Superb!


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2015:
Done: 4 nights/2 camps
Booked:
Easter: 3 nights at Tattershall Lakes.
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

Message posted by blythespirit on 29/3/2015 at 10:39pm
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Thanks for the advice about the footprint.  Tarpoflex do one the right size, I'll see how that goes and get a thicker one when I can.

 

I used the plastic delta pegs on our Trout Lake but found them difficult to bang into stony ground.  We have bought the pod to start and will add an awning - if we find there's room in the car for it!  We bought the aerotex carpet from CTS but my wife says it doesn't look as cosy as the Outwell one we used to have.

 

I am unable to inflate the tent before using it, so will have to pray it all goes well on the day.  Does anything have to be done to the roof ventilation prior to inflating the tent?  Someone mentioned something about bungies, are these already in place?  James said there was a video but that's not going to help me - perhaps I should just get my wife to read the manual, it's probably got lots of nice pictures.  Well at least we got a free Karsten pump to blow the thing up, so it should be a doddle.  Must remember to attach those top guys first though.  I'm recalling our very first campsite - where they gave us a lovely shady pitch under some trees and then having to move pitch next day to avoid the tent being covered in bird***t.


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The top vent/cover is all set up for use.
The mention of extra bungees is for if you want to undo two of the existing connectors and fold the cover right back, fully exposing the mesh to the sky.
I'd therefore only concern yourself with that option if you are going further south than the Vendee in July/August!
Worth looking into for future reference, but for this first trip at least, I think it will stay cool enough not to worry!

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2015:
Done: 4 nights/2 camps
Booked:
Easter: 3 nights at Tattershall Lakes.
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

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