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Message posted by MissesT on 28/9/2014 at 9:28pm
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Oooooh - they are huuuuuuuuge!   But sounds like it's worth leaving the children at home to fit them in the car!!!

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Message posted by dk168 on 28/9/2014 at 9:35pm
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Mucker,

Admit defeat and get a trailer.

DK

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 28/9/2014 at 9:38pm
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Quote: Originally posted by MissesT on 28/9/2014Thanks Mucker. Can it be too warm to use them then - what sort of temperatures would you say?

Thanks for the info.




That's a little unfair of you, MissesT! We are all so different, afterall!


Anything above zero, I will sleep in short footy shorts, and short sleeved footy type shirt... no socks.
Muckerette, however, may have thermals on anywhere below 7 or 8 degrees.

Below zero, I might have to consider thin thermals (long johns and long sleeves) and maybe a standard pair of socks (thick/thermal are too warm for me in this sleeping bag, although I do wear them around the tent). At these temps, Muckerette may well have two sets of thermals... and a fleece... and thick socks... and a wooly hat... and has even worn gloves!!

To be fair to her, there are thyroids playing their part... but she's always been nesh, anyway!   

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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

Message posted by Mucker1884 on 28/9/2014 at 9:40pm
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Quote: Originally posted by dk168 on 28/9/2014
Mucker,

Admit defeat and get a trailer.

DK



But I don't need one... I can get everything in... by the skin of my teeth, admittedly... but it's in!



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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

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Message posted by MissesT on 28/9/2014 at 9:45pm
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Do you have a tent in there are well Mucker and a roof box?

Message posted by Mucker1884 on 28/9/2014 at 10:17pm
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No roof box. Everything's inside... but it is a large 7 seater car... the back two seats are out permanently, to give a decent boot. Middle 3 seats get folded down for our usual (weekend) trips, but get taken out for 2 weeks in France.
We put our Food cupboard in by the side door... fully erected and loaded up, ready to just carry into the tent!    . The tent and poles go in the other side door, on top of the folded down seats... along with clothes boxes and occasionally a bulky Coleman Xtreme cool box.

The only things that go outside, are two bikes, on the tow bar.

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

Message posted by Mucker1884 on 30/9/2014 at 10:38am
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IT'S HERE... IT'S ARRIVED... I'VE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED...














































Imagine the euphoria when the tent arrives!!   

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

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Message posted by epa611 on 30/9/2014 at 12:50pm
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We're also going down the Karsten route for ease of pitching - the Palamos just has too many pegs and we're not getting any younger (or so the wife tells me!).

Probably going to go for a 300 with EA, CA, RA, with midge netting and an extra window.

What's the panles thoughts on getting the zip for another pod added ebven though we won;t use it - would it help with resale in 4-5 years when we trade down to a motorhome?

Thanks.... Paul



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May: Cycle Tour of Machrahannish, Gigha & Arran
Jul: Culzean Castle C&CC
Sep: Black Forest Camping MUELLERWIESE, Germany
Oct: Red Squirrel, Glencoe
Nov: Koln (for Christmas Markets)

Message posted by dk168 on 30/9/2014 at 1:17pm
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epa611,

Even thought I camp mainly with just the dog for company, I am having the mod on my 300 to take the SE or another pod, for future proofing purposes, just in case I need to expand for whatever reason(s).

As James at CTS had advised, it is important to get the pod right first time as it is difficult/expensive/not possible to have it altered at a later date, depending on the modification required.

The Karsten hopefully will be my last tent before I move to the dark side in 6+ years (I am hoping for 10) before I have to get another car suitable for towing a van.

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

Message posted by hankakampa on 01/10/2014 at 12:33am
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i would recommend getting the extra zipper fitted to your 1st pod - it gives you the flexibility later on IF you decide you want the sleeping extension or another pod attaching.

however, something to keep in mind is that you can buy your 2nd pod with the neccessary extra connection door to your 1st pod, if the need for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc pod arises as you get used to your tent.

my existing pod has just the main door, but when i order my 2nd pod, that will of course have 2 doors - 1 to connect to my existing pod and the other door will be the exit to the awning / extensions.



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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 01/10/2014 at 6:19am
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After a hell of a lot of umming and arring, we have decided against a second door mod.
Would have had an SE (and a smaller main pod) had they been long enough for camp beds. As it doesn't, that option is out.
We then considered having something like a 280 as a bedroom, but eventually convinced ourselves we don't like the look of it.
Neither do we like the look of the spare door on the side, when not in use.
Ultimately then, we simply HAVE to make the 350 and awnings work for us!!
As there is no chance of a growing family, it'll always be just the two of, so that's one positive for this decision!

Just hope nothing else will make us regret it! Keep 'em crossed for us!

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2013 = 36 nights
2012 = 21 nights

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Message posted by mjdb on 01/10/2014 at 10:08am
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epa611, I think if you have no use for the mod, either for an extra pod or sleeping extension i personally would not do it.
I don't think the get back from selling on will equal the cost of having the mod done.
Also every ones needs are so different i don't think any of us have the exact same set up ???
So many get sold just as the main pod i don't think you will have any issues selling your set up as is required by you.
Enjoy your Karsten ...when you get it we all do.

Maddie

Ohhh & photos .....it's compulsory don't ya know

Message posted by MissesT on 01/10/2014 at 11:10am
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We also thought about resale values but decided against a mod that we wouldn't use. We have ordered the 350 + awnings. We weren't that keen on the look of the extra door - I think that wall comes in a little. I also didn't like the idea of another entrance to the sleeping pod around the corner and out of sight as it were when we are enjoying the summer sunshine/campfire.    My children will soon be wanting to sleep in their own tents, no doubt, so hubby and I can look forward to enjoying all that space in the 350 all to ourselves.

Horses for courses and all that.    

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