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Message posted by Cravendale on 18/9/2017 at 3:13pm
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Hi everyone,

We are going camping for 9 months from March 2018 in the USA with 2 small kids (2.5 and 4). Will be driving around and frequently changing campsites, hopefully not more than every 2 weeks.
So I have researched tents in the US and frankly I prefer UK brands which I cant seem to get in the USA, like Outwell, Vango etc. In particular I like a set up with 2/3 partitioned bedrooms, a living space and an extra covered space at the front for kitchen etc.
What I need from this amazing forum is advice form people who have done a similar thing. I cant find many reviews of tents when they are being put up/taken down so frequently.

Anyone out there fancy telling me of their experience? DOesn't need to be related to travel in the USA, coz if it all turns to crap over there and the pound drops any further we may just be doing this in the UK or Europe!

By the way, budget is not more than about 500 pounds

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Just a thought but would the price of shipping a tent to USA not be a bit scary? If you could source a suitable tent over there the money saved would up your budget .
Coleman are quite popular in USA...and very reasonably priced in my opinion.Worth a look?

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Also check out Walmart....you could have a new tent every week at those prices!

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if we go to the US we will take it with us on the plane. Ive had a look at Coleman but they don't have the room configuration that I am after. Feel free to correct this if you know differently

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Ive checked out the Ozark trail tents and whilst they have the rooms I am after I am concerned that they will not stand up to such heavy usage over 9 months continual camping with 2 kids!

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Just to clarify, when I said 500 pounds I was thinking maximum that I am willing to spend, so am also thinking a more expensive tent that I can get second hand.

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You have so many issues... first any tent that is within your budget in the style you want will be made of a 70-75 denier polyester which will fall to bits (UV damage) half way through your trip.
Canvas tent will last but is way out of your budget and the weight of it would be way to much for hand luggage.
The sort of tents you will need is a fully ventilated tent with loads of mesh which is designed for the US climate. UK tents will be like an oven.
My advice is you won't get what you want here in the UK at the price you want and the weight you will need. So except that, visit a good camping store in the US and buy something designed for their climate and on your budget expect to throw the first one away half way through your trip and then buy a second tent for the second half of your trip.

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thanks for the advice Gary, agree there is a lot to sort out with this one.

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When you arrive in the States you will be rushed needing a tent for that night and probably only be able to find a hypermarket. Get something cheap and probably nasty knowing that you intend to buy something better once you can find better camping stores and have the time.
The nicer tent you take your time choosing will probably wear out over the period of your expedition so you will have a spare tent in case of emergencies.

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Do you have Costco membership in the UK? If so its valid for the US as well.

Go to the first Costco after you land and buy whatever tent they sell (If your going March time its a good chance they will have them in stock at that point but December might be another matter).

If it falls to bits at any point take it back for a full refund and get another. Even if you bring it back to the UK and it falls to bits 5 years later take it back to Costco uk and they will give you the full purchase price back converted to sterling at that days exchange rate.

ps recommend Hiking the Narrows at Zion National Park as my kids and I loved wading up the river for a couple of hours although yours are a lot younger so may just enjoy splashing at the first bit rather than trying to walk to far.

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I would purchase in the states and be looking at a poly-cotton for endurance. The light weight fabrics will not stand up to the wear a tear of a 9 month trip.

In fact I'd consider a campervan with a sturdy awning. I bet you could negotiate the HIRE of one over there.
At least with a camper you'll have a solid base if the weather is cruel.

Also consider a trailer tent, again with a hard sleeping area. Check out OPUS.

   

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Quote: Originally posted by Cross Camping on 21/9/2017
You have so many issues... first any tent that is within your budget in the style you want will be made of a 70-75 denier polyester which will fall to bits (UV damage) half way through your trip.
Canvas tent will last but is way out of your budget and the weight of it would be way to much for hand luggage.
The sort of tents you will need is a fully ventilated tent with loads of mesh which is designed for the US climate. UK tents will be like an oven.
My advice is you won't get what you want here in the UK at the price you want and the weight you will need. So except that, visit a good camping store in the US and buy something designed for their climate and on your budget expect to throw the first one away half way through your trip and then buy a second tent for the second half of your trip.


Consider cotton canvas, polycotton bought in the states?

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I had a look at American eBay and there were some very nice second hand canvas tents within your budget. It would be magical co-ordination if you could find one to buy and collect close to your arrival airport or first intended camp!

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As everyone else above has said - a polyester tent just wont be suitable. It wont be suitable in March, it wont last the time you are there and for the time it does last it will be damned uncomfortable.

I'm guessing you'll also have to hire a car? It'll have to be pretty big to take the 4 of you, camping and clothing stuff for such a long trip and so on.

What is your plan for when the weather is just awful? High winds? Another storm/hurricane? Torrential rain?

Why not consider hiring a motorhome instead? It is going to be way more comfortable whilst driving as will have much more room in. You wont need to buy/take a fridge/coolbox, or heater or cooker or any of the loads of other things which will already be built into a motorhome? It will be far more comfortable in poor weather. Knowing the americans it will probably have aircon.

Nothing to stop you buying a cheap costco/walmart tent too for when the weather is perfect - but it will only take a short time to put up because you wont need to unload all the aforementioned equipment into it every night.

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Message posted by BobCat10 on 09/10/2017 at 10:42am
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A motorhome with an optional awning even, this would have you prepared for anything...good plan!


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