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Message posted by eldraco on 14/3/2017 at 5:32pm
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I got my 5m bell from these guys...
http://https://belltentboutique.co.uk/products/5m-canvas-bell-tent?variant=36187514631

They were absolutely brilliant from start to finish.
From what i remember the floor and tent material was the highest waterproofing of available bells when i was looking (last year)
Rope guys. top quality pegs.... weigh a ton :D and extra rock pegs.
Zipped in floor.
I can put mine up on my own from out the bag in 20 min.
I only got the tent as i had bought a hd tarp a month before so made my own awning out of it and a couple of poles etc

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Message posted by geoffprinter on 14/3/2017 at 5:40pm
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To be honest I cant remember if or what pegs came with it. I have never used any of the pegs that have been supplied with any tent we have owned. Its just too important an item to scrimp on. We use rock pegs and additional deltas when needed in all types of ground we have camped on. We do also have some hand made wooden pegs for the Bell, these are more for their look than anything else.

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Quote: Originally posted by antrepat on 13/3/2017
Quote: Originally posted by lidds0 on 13/3/2017
I'm not sure if your post is in response to mine

I have one question: what is a PIG?!



Sorry, no, it was in response to the other contribution about the tent for sale on Amazon.

PIG - pegged-in groundsheet. I think this is the traditional method, where the groundsheet is pegged through eyelets and a "sod cloth" to make a seal. Canvas Tent Shop's bell tents are PIG with a hessian sod cloth, but others seem to be plastic, although the groundsheet is usually only a lightweight one.

Cabanon have an excellent reputation but I get the impression that the quality of their tents is surpassed only by the prices! I would happily buy one, but I can't afford to pay 1000+ for a tent. 600 is steep enough, but I trust it will last a lifetime.



That price is in euros, not pounds. But, still a bit more costly than the competition, I'll agree.

I actually nearly bought one towards the end of last year, when they were being advertised at around 850 euros on the Cabanon website. I hestitated, and they put the price up.

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I got a 3m bell from Soulpad last year and was happy with the customer service, the pegs were not jut thin wire ones there were V pegs too. It has full SIG and the general finish was very good.

As for Cabaonons, yes they are tiptop. We got a Guadeloupe second hand on eBay, at less than half the price of a new one. It needed one small repair for which the seller included the necessary repair kit. So that was a great bargain and I like the windows and full height door, along with built in porch. Others on here have successfully fitted a stove in a Cabanon or Dutch pyramid tent.

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Message posted by antrepat on 18/3/2017 at 5:48pm
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Quote: Originally posted by lidds0 on 14/3/2017

That price is in euros, not pounds.



The way things are, there isn't a lot of difference anymore...

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Message posted by Cledry on 20/3/2017 at 9:19am
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I'm having the same issues, I'm after a 5m one with ZIG and a flue hole preferably in 320 - 360g canvas to rent out. I can't seem to find a single site that gives those specs.

Message posted by memories on 20/3/2017 at 9:22am
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Cledry.   Pukkatents meet your spec.    Having researched, and haven't stopped yet.    Will be buying a 5m pretty soon.

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Message posted by Cledry on 20/3/2017 at 9:41am
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I've just looked at pukka but it doesn't say if it comes with a flue hole.

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Oh, ok, I was looking at the bundle with the awning. Duh. Thanks, I'll give that one a bit more attention (y)

Message posted by memories on 20/3/2017 at 10:17am
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Cledry.   They definitely do, saw one pitched Saturday at their location. Nice.

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Blacks of Greenock Solace is 320 g/m and has as an option, a large awning. Comes complete with inner tent, and both a heavy duty and lightweight groundsheets. See review section.

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Message posted by NdBuk on 18/4/2017 at 1:44pm
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Hi antrepat - Good summary of suppliers there. I'm going through a similar thing trying to work out what is actually different about the various identical looking tents at different prices etc.

Just one quick question, you had boutique in your list - was that BellTentBoutique or BoutiqueCamping?

I have to get some use out of my last tent purchase yet so will probably look to get a 5M bell at the end of the season (if there are any decent sales / offers) or early next year. We are camping with some friends who have got a new 4M bell from BellTentBoutique this year so will have a good nosey at theirs then... Apparently they found the owners extremely helpful with their questions though.

Ta.
-Andy

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Quote: Originally posted by NdBuk on 18/4/2017
was that BellTentBoutique or BoutiqueCamping?



Bell Tent Boutique. We went for Dusky Deer in the end, because the information on the Web site was clear and didn't require any deduction of details like peg quality (you could moor the Titanic to these ones), the tent was 320g/sqm canvas with mesh doors, and Joseph couldn't have been more helpful. First outing last weekend and we're delighted. Need a stove, though - froze on Saturday night!


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Message posted by NdBuk on 18/4/2017 at 3:55pm
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Thanks for that.

I hadn't heard of Dusky Deer before I saw your post. I see what you mean about being very clear with their technical info too!

That's definitely another contender when it comes to purchase time...


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