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Message posted by blythespirit on 23/7/2015 at 8:26pm
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Hi Maddy, sorry to hear about your mom passing away.  Tony.

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 23/7/2015 at 8:45pm
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Sorry to hear your news, maddie, but great to have you back.

to you and yours.
xxx

We're off tomorrow, (for 3 nights) with some family members, and as the weather's not looking particularly great, I'm expecting to have a set up we've not used yet... Pod, CA, EA, open front but with our 4x3 tarp hooked over the front, rather than the RA (so we can all sit under together, out of the rain.

Bear with us, and hopefully by about Tuesday, we'll have some different(ish) photo's to help get you back "in the mood". Hopefully, If I time it just right, I'll be taking them during the one hour of sunshine we're expecting!

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Message posted by mjdb on 23/7/2015 at 9:16pm
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Thank you to you both
....n Mucker hope you have packed your waders . Have a great time n happy birthday to Muckerette.

Maddie

Message posted by staffies on 23/7/2015 at 10:28pm
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Hi Madie, really sorry to hear your news.

Thanks for the welcome ... whilst we are new to Karstens we went to camping giving spent 50 years under canvas or aluminium!

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Message posted by Gazrow on 23/7/2015 at 10:30pm
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Such sad news, Maddie.

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Message posted by Jim1977 on 24/7/2015 at 6:46am
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Maddie, so sorry to hear of your loss.
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Quote: Originally posted by KarKampa on 23/7/2015
Staffies
We are pleased with our FW, it does protect stuff inside like the fridge and electrics generally and give more space.
We had a big storm in France in June and I think everything in the CA would have been soaked without the FW
Also as Jim says the aerodynamics of the tent are much improved with the sloping FW
It's also easy to roll up the large door or both sides as well if you want it open
We don't have the zip in bathtub, seems a lot for a ground sheet
That's the advantage of the Karsten though, everyone can have it the way they want it.

Decisions, Decisions!


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Message posted by KarKampa on 24/7/2015 at 10:09am
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Hi staffies, just the two of us. We are retired and hope to make more travels around Europe. We have just returned from five weeks in France and last year spent eight weeks in Spain & Portugal.

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Quote: Originally posted by KarKampa on 24/7/2015
Hi staffies, just the two of us. We are retired and hope to make more travels around Europe. We have just returned from five weeks in France and last year spent eight weeks in Spain & Portugal.



Hi Karl
Same as us although my wife is younger and works as a teacher ... but that means 4-5 weeks summer hols. We really aren't going to camp much in UK save for 2-3 days here and there.

Over the years I have built up a pathological hatred of clobber when camping so are looking for Spartan minimalistic simplicity with comfort!

I think we will settle on pod plus CA plus RA and hope that's sufficient!

Message posted by KarKampa on 24/7/2015 at 1:53pm
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Hi Staffies, Fully understand your position.
In the '70s we visited some french friends who took us camping to the Dordogne. Impressed, we returned home and bought a similar frame tent(pic on page 149) as did some english friends. Over the next couple of years buying more bits of camping kit our friends acquired a trailer to put it all in. We bought a Vango Force 10 Mk4 put the camping kitchen and stand in the garage and got a Gaz Bluet stove (single burner in tin box). Our idea being that if didn't fit in our car it wasn't going. When we had children we went back to our frame tent until they were old enough to sleep in their own tent. At that point they got the Vango & we bought a cotton dome.
When the children stop holidaying with us we didn't camp for 8-9 years until I semi retired and we bought a Vango Carrera 4 (polycotton tunnel tent) as my wife didn't fancy the crawling in and out( a bit like Mucker though he egresses) Had that tent for 5 years including two month long trips to France plus last years 8 week trip to Spain.The zips all gave up on that trip and we bought the Karsten last Sepember after seeing one in Portugal.
We do now have a large car (Volvo V70) because we like carrying a fridge but no roof box or trailer.
A brief history of our tents

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Really funny how similar our paths and tents are Karl!

Will post pics after first UK camp in next 2 weeks! I'm hoping first pitch will be relatively easy!new a Outwell blue fridge with red handle arrived today ... matches blue of Karsten! So it begins! 😉

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I'm not sure if any of the other Karsten Klubbers have got very young kids like us, but one thing I forgot to mention in my review of our first week in the Karten was the zip between the pod and SE. Like all the awning zips its a single zip that zips from top to bottom, one on each side. The zip can be opened from both the outside and inside, and because it is not a double zip, you can't move the zip up out of reach in the closed position.
On the first night we put our 2 year old to bed and dropped the side door to make it darker and less distracting for her to go to sleep. About 10 mins later we heard a zipping and went straight in. She was out of her bag and undoing the SE zip! Needless to say for the rest of the week we put her to bed with the side door rolled up to keep an eye on her until she was asleep.
If you have small children it might be sensible to attach a long bungee or some string to the outside zip so that it can be pegged down or tied to a nearby D ring, so that it cannot be unzipped from inside by busy fingers.
The thought of them unzipping it and wandering off into the night is not a good one....

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my condolences, Maddie.

We're getting ready for the off tomorrow morning. It is tipping it down, and ferry delays are expected tomorrow.

Our Multipla, Bugly, is fed and watered, the Trelgo trailer is comfortably full with everything except the pod and a couple of Bromptons, and I'm looking forward to experience how our Kristen copes with temperatures in the mid-thirties in the Ardèche, if the Accuweather forecast is to be relied upon.

My wife just remarked that the tent and bikes is worth about three times as much as the car carrying it.

Back in 3 weeks. TTFN

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Sorry to hear you news Maddie, I hope you can get a few days away with maybe some peace and quiet to reflect ((((Maddie))))

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August Minstead Manor Farm 1 night
August Moreton 23 nights

Message posted by hankakampa on 25/7/2015 at 11:00pm
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May I add my condolences to you too Maddie & hope that some time away camping will help you to remember all the happy times and make you feel better over time.

Nice too this thread doing so well after all this time!
Seems to have more views than just about any other thread on this forum!

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Message posted by staffies on 28/7/2015 at 11:50pm
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We've bought a Ring Automotive RAC700 Air Compressor to inflate the pod. It runs off the car battery but I saw an adaptor being used that allows it to be run from EHU ... can anyone recommend an adaptor as they vary in power draw?


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