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Message posted by mjdb on 15/9/2014 at 4:26pm
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We have never guyed any of them ...but up till yet have always used the FW but we don't guy that either ....so when hubby n me watched vids of the newer style awnings being put up we kind of had that thought ....is there an advantage ??

when we attach each part of the awning the previous part can stand on its own ...without guys so made be no advantage ?.

Not sure how it would stand to windy weather ...but that said we would guy everything that we thought necessary ....if there is somewhere to attach the guy to !!!

hankakampa 2 tents at the same time ?? now thats just greedy lol ..hope you having a good time .

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Message posted by achy on 15/9/2014 at 5:47pm
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For me the new style was important as I could have a zip in groundsheet, not essential for me but hubby likes it in colder weather. The awnings have stayed solid in very windy weather. I presume if yours were changed then guying points would be added?

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June 1 night (garden camp)
July 15 nights
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September 4 night
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Message posted by mjdb on 15/9/2014 at 5:58pm
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We don't have the ground sheet ...i see why you do though as its your main living area as we only uses our for cooking storing & in the wet weather to eat.

Having the SE is a bonus for us as we have still quite a large area in the main pod for 'living' too.
Not sure about guying points i would think they would have to put eyelets or something there ( if they aren't already ...really can't remember there being any ! )....so I'm leaning more to thinking why fix something if it's not broken.

Will have to go into Karsten at some point during the holiday ...would just be down right rude if we didn't !! , maybe even a quick nip into Vrijbuiter at Zaandam on the way from the ferry ...we do almost pass by the doors lol well we are on the motorwy that goes passed there haha.

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Maddie - it was 5 tents last week at a deserted site - owner didnt mind at all lol

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 21/9/2014 at 10:01am
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At the end of July, we came back with "Berry marks" (??) on the near-white roof of our Frinton. Our one and only feeble attempt of cleaning with brush/sponge and water (only) doesn't seem to have improved matters, but will have another go sometime soon. (Maybe a trip in October?)

Just got back from two weeks in France with the Filey, and just seconds before we dropped the tent, I remembered I hadn't zipped up the side windows. (These are 95% see through plastic, with a 3" strip of mesh across the top). In I stepped, to attend to the matter, and within a matter of seconds, I managed to tear the mesh from the zip!!!!!
It may be "sew-able", but it doesn't look easy, and certainly wouldn't look pretty, if it does get "mended"!
May well affect whether either/both tents get sold at all... and would certainly affect any relative sell-on price(s)!!

All I can say is... Thank God I have a new tent on order!!!


... Great to catch up on the latest Karsten shenanigans, and particularly the latest pics.

... counting the days 'til mine arrives, now.

Laters... got an over-full car to empty... and a lot of stairs to conquer!!


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2014 = 8 x trips so far = 30 nights... and counting.
2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

Message posted by mjdb on 21/9/2014 at 7:45pm
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Welcome back Mucker hope you & Muckerette had a good time.

not good with the window problem .....is the tear plastic from mesh ...or a seam to do with the zip?

If it's plastic to mesh could you not use bias binding ? presume you would have to sew this ..depending on how it's torn ...or tenacious tape to make a water tight fix?

I would think as long as the fault was described before a sale then buyers are aware & then they can make a choice on whether to buy or not.

Not sure about the cleaning problem ...not had any marks on our tents that couldn't be sorted with a light brush or a gentle rub with cloth & water.

Maddie

Message posted by Mucker1884 on 21/9/2014 at 9:49pm
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Thanks Maddie.
Had an absolute blinding time, thanks... just uploading pics now... and have just submitted the site review.

I'm pretty sure the rip was where mesh connected to the zip, but it was literally the last act, before dropping the tent, it was scorchio, and time was getting on. Was more concerned about getting a shower and heading up the road, and didn't even get my phone out for a pic!
I'm sure we'll sort it eventually, but the garden's currently a building site, and work's going to be hectic for the next few weeks, so it'll have to wait, for now. Wasn't planning on doing any selling until spring anyway... if at all.

I expect we'll get the Frinton out again next month, before Kakia () arrives, so we'll have a good go at the stains whilst it's pitched then. If it proves that more advice is needed, I'll post the query, with pics, on a less important thread than this! LOL!



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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 21/9/2014 at 9:54pm
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Here's a question for you folks that have been lucky enough to sleep in such fine surroundings...

I notice (from pics) a few beds that seem to be pushed against a wall, or two.
Do we need to ensure no contact between bedding and tent wall, or am I being guided by myth and legend?

It's just that I've always had a bedroom inner, to date, so contact with the wall hasn't been an issue, as far as damp/wicking is concerned.
Best if I know for sure, before mine arrives!

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2014 = 8 x trips so far = 30 nights... and counting.
2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

Message posted by PlanetWilson on 22/9/2014 at 7:27am
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A few pages back I reported having a leak which turned out to be some air beds piled on top of each other then pushing against the tent wall. I don't think a small brush against would do much but longer and I think water is drawn through

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Our bed is very close to the wall but i do make sure that it is not touching.
I would think that through the night maybe quilt or waving leg / arm may touch the walls but we haven't had a problem ... i think prolonged pushing contact would cause dampness or water drips ?

Maddie

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Thanks you two.
Pretty much as I expected, but worth a double check, I thought.
Cheers.


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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

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Message posted by dk168 on 22/9/2014 at 1:32pm
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My attempt to save towards a Karsten is not progressing well, and it is certain that I am not going to be able to place my order at the end of Jan 2015 as originally planned.

Realistically, it will be end of Apr or May 2015.

Nevermind, better late than never!

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It will be Sept 2015 before I can even think of ordering mine I just cannot justify it when we need our three piece suite reupholstering and a new hot water tank

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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

Message posted by dk168 on 22/9/2014 at 8:41pm
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purplebean,

Yup, other life's priorities get in the way of camping for us both.

DK

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Feb '15 - Devizes C&CC
Easter '15 - Salisbury C&CC
Jun '15 - Birchwood
Jul '15 - Silver Sands, Cornwall
Sep '15 - Fforest Fields
Dec '15 - Devizes C&CC

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