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Message posted by purplebean on 04/10/2017 at 9:43pm
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It is far too quiet on here I need something to fill the time that I am having to wait.

So I have two tent kits, a less than a week kit and a more than a week kit. I use different tents for both. Soon I will use the same tent just the pod for less than a week and add the awnings for longer.

I have been whiling away the hours thinking through the less than a week kit and working out what to change. We will have more space than in our small tent but less space in the car So I have to justify any new purchase and work out how the heck it will go in the car (no roof box for shorter trips)

Think I might burst soon

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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 04/10/2017 at 10:13pm
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Yeah... we're all bored now, Purps. Don't think this thread will last much longer.

Should've bought the Karsten years ago, when we were all still excited!!


On a serious note, I've just booked us in for 4 nights over New Year. Not the first time we've been on hardstanding, but the first time for our Karsten!
The hard bit is actually only 3m wide, so around 10" each side will overlap onto the grass, which means the all important four pressure points... the corners/base of the tubes... will be on grass.
I'll bung and extra layer or two underneath, and have absolutely no concerns. They do show these pitches as being available for all unit types, including tents, so I presume whatever the surface is, it'll be tent-friendly!

Just renewed my tent insurance earlier today... £112.
Gone up just £9 since the first one in Oct '14. I can live with that!


Oh... Purps... Have you decided on a name yet? Do you know the sex?

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2017: 31 nights/7 camps
2016: 32 nights/8 camps
2015: 38 nights/11 camps
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

Message posted by quilly101 on 05/10/2017 at 4:12pm
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Who do you insure with? My last quote was in the high £200's so I didn't bother.

Message posted by mwhitcher on 05/10/2017 at 5:03pm
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Bolt onto the house insurance £15 for me👍 £6500 karsten, £2500 esvo and £2500 anssums trailer also kit.....

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Message posted by purplebean on 05/10/2017 at 5:19pm
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Our current stuff is on the house insurance. Will need to ring to add the Karsten when it gets here

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Scarborough April 2 nights
Drayton Manor May 4 nights
Flockton July 2 nights
Norwich August 7 nights
Annstead Farm August 7 nights
Annstead Farm September 2 nights

Message posted by Mucker1884 on 05/10/2017 at 6:54pm
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We use Shield....

when we set it up in 2014, they couldn't differentiate between tent and awnings, so it was all lumped in as a tent.
I noticed this year's renewal forms showed £3.5k tent value, and £zero for awnings/extensions/canopies etc, so I got the wording changed to £1750 for the tent value, and £1750 for the awnings etc.

The camping insurance we originally had (pre-karsten) with our house insurance stated that whatever it was that we were claiming for had to have happened whilst the tent was in our possession/we were in attendance. That was no good for us if someone drove over our tent, or it blew away whilst we were out... and there's not much chance of it being stolen whilst we're sat in it!!


I'm a lot more relaxed when we leave it on site now we're with Shield, although as always, the proof is in the claim... which we haven't made as yet, and long may that continue.

I've budgeted for approx £100 per year for ten years, on top of the 3.5k purchase price, so £4.5k over 10 years = £450 per year, at 30 + nights per year. So less than £15 per night, per couple... That's what you call budget accommodation!

...I'll probably risk it without insurance for years 11 to 25, as it'll probably only be worth the same as a new big polycotton Outwell by then!

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2015: 38 nights/11 camps
2014: 34 nights/10 camps
2013: 36 nights
2012: 23 nights

Message posted by mwhitcher on 05/10/2017 at 7:10pm
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Iíve had to unfortunately make a claim via the household before and it was sorted and money in bank within 3 days!

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Message posted by quilly101 on 05/10/2017 at 7:49pm
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My massive quote was with shield......

Message posted by Jim1977 on 05/10/2017 at 8:48pm
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Some pics of the brand new Karsten tent, the Lacerta:









Looks like the sloping front wall and porch are based on the new awning we saw recently for the 300 and 325 pods, and can be removed in the same way as a CA and FW for flexibility.

Further back some nice wardrobe storage and a FFW which can be removed to open things up into the front awnings. A ZIG can be added into the front awnings.

I wonder if this is a replacement for the older tunnel tents, bringing it more into line with the style of the Opera? The older tunnel tents could be specced with a combi awning, not sure about on the Lacerta.



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The storage looks good, not better than my pod though

even if I haven't got it yet

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Hertford Easter 5 nights
Scarborough April 2 nights
Drayton Manor May 4 nights
Flockton July 2 nights
Norwich August 7 nights
Annstead Farm August 7 nights
Annstead Farm September 2 nights

Message posted by Sleeper17 on 06/10/2017 at 5:05pm
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Sleeper post!

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2016 : 9 Camps 45 nights
2015 : 6 Camps 28 Nights

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Quote: Originally posted by Jim1977 on 05/10/2017
Some pics of the brand new Karsten tent, the Lacerta:









Looks like the sloping front wall and porch are based on the new awning we saw recently for the 300 and 325 pods, and can be removed in the same way as a CA and FW for flexibility.

Further back some nice wardrobe storage and a FFW which can be removed to open things up into the front awnings. A ZIG can be added into the front awnings.

I wonder if this is a replacement for the older tunnel tents, bringing it more into line with the style of the Opera? The older tunnel tents could be specced with a combi awning, not sure about on the Lacerta.






Looks as though the sleeping area is very roomy, on first glance.

I wonder too if the combi awning will fit. You would think so, but you never can tell. I can't locate anything saying it is an option. I am sure time will clear that up.

Looks like Karsten are coming up with a few differing tent option on tent designs.

Still lovely materials and anybody liking a poled tent will no doubt appreciate the easier zips on the pole sleeves.

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2017 : 9 Camps 52 nights
2016 : 9 Camps 45 nights
2015 : 6 Camps 28 Nights

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There must be a reason why they have avoided using air poles on their tunnel tents. They use them on their work tents and caravan awnings, and even their folding campers, so it must be either a weight or cost thing. That, or they feel it is just as quick to pitch with poles as air tubes?

It's a shame as if the tunnel tents were air tents I think the interest would rocket.

I think for me though, having made the move from tunnel tents to the unique pod and awnings, I'm not sure air tubes would convert me to one of their tunnel tents, the pod is just that bit more individual / unique / iconic looking

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The problem with the tunnel is that they always slope at the back. With the pod you get better usable space from the walls on all sides

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Scarborough April 2 nights
Drayton Manor May 4 nights
Flockton July 2 nights
Norwich August 7 nights
Annstead Farm August 7 nights
Annstead Farm September 2 nights

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Quote: Originally posted by Jim1977 on 06/10/2017
There must be a reason why they have avoided using air poles on their tunnel tents. They use them on their work tents and caravan awnings, and even their folding campers, so it must be either a weight or cost thing. That, or they feel it is just as quick to pitch with poles as air tubes?

It's a shame as if the tunnel tents were air tents I think the interest would rocket.

I think for me though, having made the move from tunnel tents to the unique pod and awnings, I'm not sure air tubes would convert me to one of their tunnel tents, the pod is just that bit more individual / unique / iconic looking




Jim, I had same thought process regarding both the non use of air in the poles and loving the pod over tunnel.

I would say it will be a great option for those that are "deranged" and find the pod an unusual design!

Wonder if James knows why no air poles. I will have to remember and ask.


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2017 : 9 Camps 52 nights
2016 : 9 Camps 45 nights
2015 : 6 Camps 28 Nights

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Quote: Originally posted by Mucker1884 on 04/10/2017
Oh... Purps... Have you decided on a name yet? Do you know the sex?



I told hubby it needed a name, he gave me one of those looks hahahaha

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Flockton July 2 nights
Norwich August 7 nights
Annstead Farm August 7 nights
Annstead Farm September 2 nights


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