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Message posted by Tigermouse on 30/9/2017 at 1:32pm
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Some of you may remember my post from a couple of months back asking for tent suggestions after my old one gave up the ghost. The Kampa Burnham 4 was suggested, it's the closest in spec to my previous one (a Vango Midas 400) and despite many internet searches and visits to various camping outlets I haven't found any other alternative which suits my needs.

I've just found this one on ebay (sorry, I can't do a proper link)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-2015-Kampa-Burnham-4-Tent-Groundsheet-/122722747717?_trksid=p2385738.m2548.l4275

It's the cheapest price I've seen for that model and even has free postage but I'm wondering about the fact that it's been stored unused for two years. Would it degrade while being stored or will it still be in 'fresh out of the shop' condition? The seller has 100% feedback, so is this a good bargain or could I be buying a load of trouble?

So over to you guys - what do you think?

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Thanks Bob

I emailed the seller to ask where the tent has been stored and he's just replied that it's been stored in the loft, so presumably it hasn't been subject to any damp.

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It's listed as 'new' but the ad states it has 'been put up once to check parts were all there',which means it should be listed as 'new, other' or even as 'used', since it's been pitched.

Since they've pitched it, one would hope they've done so correctly and not caused any damage, then packaged it up safely, put it away bone dry and stored it properly. But, it's not a new tent now because it's been pitched and re-packaged before putting into storage in unknown conditions.

It's possibly worth a punt, but I reckon the price should reflect that it's not new. How much did they cost new, do you know? And, it might possibly be worth taking a look at it before handing over the cash, if that's at all possible.

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The item specifics define it as:
     
'New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where packaging is applicable). If the item comes direct from a manufacturer, it may be delivered in non-retail packaging, such as a plain or unprinted box or plastic bag.'

Bit naughty that, as it is not unused and unopened, is it?

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Looks like it was 139.99 new, with free carriage.

Sorry, but since it's been pitched I reckon 80 - 90 is a more reasonable price for a tent which cost under 140 brand new.

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That was just one outlet though and they no longer have it available. The cheapest new one I've seen other than that on the internet is 199 at Highbridge Caravans and the actual Kampa website lists it new at 219.99 - for the spec I would think about 200 is about the right price for a new one. Unfortunately I haven't a cat in hell's chance of seeing this one before buying as it's located down south.

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Hmmmm... 200 for a brand new, never-opened one with a warranty makes one which has been pitched and then stored for 2 years worth...whatever it's worth to you ( Sorry I can't be more help!)

Just one observation... the photo in the ad has been taken outside. If I stored a tent in my loft and got it down in order to sell, I'd probably photograph the tent bag in my living room or kitchen. Begs the question if it genuinely has been stored in the loft, possibly (just call me a cynic!).

I just reckon the price should make it a bit more of a bargain, given that there's no warranty and a bit of risk attached.

On the other hand, it might be perfect...


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P.S. It's listed as 'new' so, if you make an offer and have it accepted then pay via Paypal, if it then seems anything other than new you can send it back for a full refund, no?

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That's one reason I'm asking for opinions and not just jumping straight in - the listing says 'no returns accepted' and although I always pay for any ebay purchases via Paypal I'm not sure what the procedure would be if I got it and it turned out there was something wrong with it.

I'm going shopping now so it may be a while before I reply to any more comments

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Message posted by Bob61 on 30/9/2017 at 4:17pm
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I would go via the ebay disputes procedure if you have to rather than through Paypal. I don't use ebay or paypal now but I gather paypal are not too helpful.

Have you looked in Gumtree for tents near where you live that you can go and see?

130 is a lot of money to risk for a tent you can't inspect that has been erected then bunged back in it's bag and stored in a loft. No heat gets into a loft if it is well insulated don't forget and if it is anything like mine it can feel quite damp at times...probably better than a shed though!

I am sure you can do much better than that for 130 - 200 for a brand new tent with guarantees. I bought mine online for 200 I think from Norwich Camping (you like them don't you ) and I've had no problems.

Obviously if you want a vis-a-vis style like you have had before, you are limiting your choices.

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Message posted by Tigermouse on 30/9/2017 at 5:28pm
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You must have been reading my blog Bob

Vis-a-vis works better for me with having the dogs as there's no way I would want them sleeping in a bedroom right next to me, plus I use the bedroom they have for my loo and storage so the living area doesn't get cluttered up.

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It looks as though you could get a Coleman Ridgline new for less than that.

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Doesn't have a fully sewn-in groundsheet though and that's an absolute must - I wouldn't consider using a tent without one, especially after my recent experience of very wet weather.

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Fairy 'nuff. I don't like full SIGs myself. Each to their own.

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The Coleman Ridgline might be difficult for one person to erect due the the crossover poles but Coleman tents are usually good quality, especially their latest models.

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