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Message posted by Ivan Dobsky on 06/8/2017 at 7:43am
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Hi guys, noob here; we've never camped before but are planning our first trip. I have a question about sleeping pods. We have a Vango Icarus 500 and I'm worried that the sleeping area will be too light and my 4 year old will be awake exceptionally early. I was thinking of placing a black out tent such as a QUECHUA ARPENAZ 2 in the sleeping area for him. My wife is concerned that it would be too stuffy for our son because it may effect air flow because it's inside another tent. Does anyone else use a tent within a tent or is it a bad idea. Any suggestions gratefully received.

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Hi,

We are currently camping in Cornwall. Due to some really bad weather last Tuesday/Wednesday someone on site moved a pup tent with a young child into their tent. This was into the porch area so not quite the same as in a bedroom pod but they are not having any issue with it.

Also onsite someone is using a popup tent within a caravan awning with no issues, again not quite the same but could give you an idea.

I'm not sure of the layout of your Icarus, can you drop that section of the bedroom pod, if not just use it with the door open.

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Message posted by sue.too on 06/8/2017 at 11:33am
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How about draping the existing inner with blackout material or a blackout curtain?

Or I read in a different post thin weed control fabric from Pound land.

Lots of parents must hAve their own answer to this problem!!

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We have found its us who wake up early especially when its a warm morning as the sun hits the tent! its either the light or heat that gets us up, while the kids lie there with red cheeks and mouths open snoring there heads off

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It could be rather hot and stuffy. Draping blackout material could be a more simple solution. I used to have a piece of light silky black material that was cut to size, with ties on the corners, and when putting the bedroom up, I attached it to the points where the bedroom toggled up to the tent. I made it to fit the half of the bedroom that needed to be shaded.

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How about a test run in the garden, to see how the kids sleep. It may not be an issue.

Our kids sleep through wind, heavy rain, cold and hot nights, even thunder, while all the above and we are awake! They wake up later than they do at home as all the fresh air and excitement wears them out.

Message posted by BRYANMITCH on 07/8/2017 at 6:36pm
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If your Icarus is a recent one it may have the Vango blackout bedrooms already..and as Suetoo mentioned earlier..the weed membrane stuff is very good for laying over the inner tent roof.Very cheap to buy and it takes so little space you can leave it inside the tent when packing up..weve used it for years on various tents.
I think the tent within a tent would be close to being in a sauna on a warm sunny morning!

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An alternative solution would be to take a toy drum and a plastic trumpet.It wouldnt darken the little campers bedroom--but at least everbody on the site would be up at the same time and would have to go to bed early! A couple of days and the whole site would slip into a nice sleeping pattern. Let us know how you get on...and also which site and when!!! Cheers

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Message posted by Ivan Dobsky on 08/8/2017 at 6:06am
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Thanks for the replies. I've seen some ripstop blackout material on eBay that is also breathable so I think I'll try that and attach it to the sleep pod toggles.


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