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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 03/5/2015 at 7:37am
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Welcome to the forum, LirheaLi.

Can't exactly help re the carpet, as we just used what we already had, and I doubt that it would be available now anyway, as it's specific tent has since been discontinued. Almost a perfect fit too... folded over one way as it's a few inches too long, and a bit short in width, leaving about 5" uncovered up each side. For the record, ours is from a Kampa Filey 6 classic (pre-air models). If it's an actual carpet you want, as opposed to the rubbery/holey type, I guess all you can do is compare living areas of other tents, and find the nearest match available.
This may help, but it may be in need of an update, and you'll almost certainly end up needing to fold a too-large carpet (or cut and hem, if you have the skills, of course.
It's always worth keeping an eye out for This sort of thread.
The first link by Maddie (mjdb) above seems to be heading in the right direction, if you want the complete floor covering... and at a brilliant price, too!
Good luck, and let us know what you end up with.

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2015: 7 nights/3 camps so far.
Booked Aug: 3 nights Linwater CP, for Ed. Tattoo/Festival.
Planned Sept: 12 nights at RCN La Ferme du Latois (+ 2 Overnighters)
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 03/5/2015 at 7:39am
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Quote: Originally posted by achy on 02/5/2015
Hi guys! Well my beautiful Karsten is now for sale on here and fleebay :-(
Will I still be permitted membership of the Klub as a previous owner?



Good luck with the (reluctant!) sale, Achy.

... Oh, and it's a yes from me, at least!



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2015: 7 nights/3 camps so far.
Booked Aug: 3 nights Linwater CP, for Ed. Tattoo/Festival.
Planned Sept: 12 nights at RCN La Ferme du Latois (+ 2 Overnighters)
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

Message posted by Mucker1884 on 03/5/2015 at 7:48am
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Jim:
I know what I meant to ask (but was waiting for you to use yours) (Just having a Sunday morning re-cap, as you do, and got reminded of it!)

(This goes to anyone else who has this option, of course, but I'm not aware who has, sorry!)

What's your thoughts on the zip AND velcro across the bottom of your door(s)?

As you know, we omitted the velcro for the zip, as didn't feel both were warranted. No regrets here of course, and I suppose I'm only asking for the benefit of others thinking ahead.

I just got the impression that when the door is "flopped" closed, the velcro will cling together, and then impede the smooth running of the zip (by not being perfectly aligned?)
Have you had to "rip open" the velcro in order to zip it up, or is all going to plan? Indeed, can you get the bottom zip started ok, without having to tug the velcro apart?
Is it worth anyone else considering having both?
Thoughts?

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2015: 7 nights/3 camps so far.
Booked Aug: 3 nights Linwater CP, for Ed. Tattoo/Festival.
Planned Sept: 12 nights at RCN La Ferme du Latois (+ 2 Overnighters)
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

Message posted by Jim1977 on 03/5/2015 at 8:52am
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Hi Mucker
Am pleased with having both, but have not used the tent enough yet to give a conclusive answer I think. We just use the Velcro in the day, and shut the zip if going out for the day or when going to bed. The Velcro does grab which is both a good and a bad thing at times! :)

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Cheers Jim.

Yeah, I must admit, when looking them over at the displays (Pre-purchase), I just got the impression that the velcro was "too good" (What an awful thing to say! ) in that it might cling even when trying to finish off closing the side zips (to the door), never mind the bottom one. I'm guessing of course, and I suppose I should have tried opening/closing the door a few times at the displays, when I had the opportunity!)

Muckerette immediately prefered the zip option, and as the bottom of the door has a decent overhang, I didn't see the need to go for both. (We obviously zipped the bottom almost permanently through the winter, but I guess from now until October, it will only probably get zipped at bed time?)
I've even found the window foils a tad "clingy" what with me wanting them to be perfectly aligned! :-) Better than them blowing off though... obviously!

Different for the awning ZIG connection, of course, (which I doubt we'll actually use!) where the super-strength of the velcro comes into it's own.

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2015: 7 nights/3 camps so far.
Booked Aug: 3 nights Linwater CP, for Ed. Tattoo/Festival.
Planned Sept: 12 nights at RCN La Ferme du Latois (+ 2 Overnighters)
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

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I'm with you on the window foils! That Velcro is like none I've encountered before!

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Achy , good luck with the sale of your great Karsten tent, im sure it will be snapped up in no time & enjoy your caravan hols.
There will always be a welcome in the Klub for you i'm sure.

Mucker & Jim .......didn't you know it's
'Extra Klingy Karsten Velcro'

Maddie

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Compressor in Aldi - suitable for a 350?
Hello!
Would this be suitable for a 350? It's 49.99 in Aldi from May 7.
We have put up our Karsten only once so far, using FIL's compressor;
https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/thur-7-may/product-detail/ps/p/portable-compressor-1/?pk_campaign=uk_product_newsletter&pk_kwd=2015-05-01_17-34

Planning our 2nd venture in a few weeks before we head to France at half term.
So far, so good...
Thanks
Kate

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Pretty sure it would be okay, others on here have used it successfully, albeit on a 300 pod rather than a 350.

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Not had any pics for a bit!

Put the EA on for the first time today. Wanted to cut an old tarp I had to make a groundsheet for the awnings, just in case it was needed.

Here's the FW attached, but fully tied back at the top and sides. The groundsheet will need some eyes adding on the cut sides, but it looks like you can get kits cheaply on ebay.

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A different way of using the FW:

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Nice one Jim.
Didn't realise you could tie back the whole FW. Looks good! And the "one side only" opening could well prove advantageous in a decent storm!

Now... correct me if I'm wrong Jim, but did you not bother with the awning ZIG as you didn't expect to need/want one? So this is for an actual groundsheet, as opposed to being a footprint? Are you wishing you went for a ZIG now? Are you considering buying one? Is this a footprint, and you've already ordered a ZIG? Too many questions? Am I being too nosey?

It looks like we will be going in the opposite direction... bought a ZIG, but now don't expect to use it... but we may well change our minds yet, of course. Who knows?


EDIT:
Sorry, Just read your first line again, re "... just in case it's needed".
Think we'll take our ZIG to France in September... for exactly the same reason!

(I have a new (still in it's bag) cheap footprint, that needs to be reduced slightly to suit Pod + CA + EA, for if we do use the ZIG. Need to fold/tape or cut that some time during the summer.)

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2015: 7 nights/3 camps so far.
Booked Aug: 3 nights Linwater CP, for Ed. Tattoo/Festival.
Planned Sept: 12 nights at RCN La Ferme du Latois (+ 2 Overnighters)
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

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Nice photos Jim, do you not have pegging points/hoops on your front door ? Can't seem to see any or do i need to go to spec savers ? lol

Maddie

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Mucker, no ZIG on order :) Still intend the awnings to be open onto the grass.
If we got stuck with a muddy or dusty grassless pitch I cut this old tarp up to give us an option to cover that lot over. For a normal nice grass pitch will just use a run of those Aldi grey interlocking tiles up to the door.
Maddie, no, there are no rubber pegging points along the bottom of the FW door (although there are on the sides of the FW). Instead there are 3 metal D's (the same sort as at the top middle of the awnings). I was a bit nonplused by these as only a wire peg would fit these D's to peg the bottom of the door down. This is what I have done to create the side opening in the pic. There are also 2 vertical D's at the very bottom of the door, not sure what they are for, zip locks with a catch on the side wings maybe, have not noticed, but all other zips have a zip lock so maybe that's it. There are also D's half way up the side wings by the door as secondary guying points.
Think I'm missing some rubber pegging points on the door?
Jim

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Just looked back to page 125, Karkampas FW is the same as ours, so I guess that is how they come now....

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Quote: Originally posted by Jim1977 on 05/5/2015
Mucker, no ZIG on order :) Still intend the awnings to be open onto the grass.
If we got stuck with a muddy or dusty grassless pitch I cut this old tarp up to give us an option to cover that lot over. For a normal nice grass pitch will just use a run of those Aldi grey interlocking tiles up to the door.
Maddie, no, there are no rubber pegging points along the bottom of the FW door (although there are on the sides of the FW). Instead there are 3 metal D's (the same sort as at the top middle of the awnings). I was a bit nonplused by these as only a wire peg would fit these D's to peg the bottom of the door down. This is what I have done to create the side opening in the pic. There are also 2 vertical D's at the very bottom of the door, not sure what they are for, zip locks with a catch on the side wings maybe, have not noticed, but all other zips have a zip lock so maybe that's it. There are also D's half way up the side wings by the door as secondary guying points.
Think I'm missing some rubber pegging points on the door?
Jim



Same here then, Jim, re the grass, except we just bung two holey squares in front of the door.

Did the EA have a top central D ring, as per the CA (as per previous discussion re single temp guyline)?

Even my narrow flat doors have pegging elastics across the bottom, so it does seem a little unusual not to have them on yours...





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2015: 7 nights/3 camps so far.
Booked Aug: 3 nights Linwater CP, for Ed. Tattoo/Festival.
Planned Sept: 12 nights at RCN La Ferme du Latois (+ 2 Overnighters)
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

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