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Subject Topic: Trailer tent v FC
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19/4/2016 at 2:02pm
 Location: lincolnshire
 Outfit: conway cruiser
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Another thumb up here for porch awning. We also leave the curtains in when folding....and roof lining is folded to the middle and left clipped on.

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19/4/2016 at 2:10pm
 Location: Northern Ireland
 Outfit: Sterckeman Alize Concept CP480
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In case anyone isn't aware: (For Pennine/Conway owners)

Leave the bed pods clipped up .... zip down the end windows and put the mattress/bed retaining straps through the window panel.

Leave all curtains up .... if you still use curtain poles/rods in those silly little loops that drag the roof cover out of shape: drill holes in the three main uprights and sling your curtains with curtain wire between them (same system as the curtains for the bed pods) ... then, no weight on the ceiling cover and it will sit beautifully straight and unwrinkled!

Leave the ceiling cover fully clipped up.


20/4/2016 at 5:15pm
 Location: West Midlands
 Outfit:  Karsten
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We've had everything over the years, end up going in circles, from tent to TT to FC to caravan, God knows how much money we've lost 😳

We've had a folding camper and a Camplet trailer tent. I don't think there's much in it tbh, you do have more storage in the folding camper which is good, but awnings are still fiddly (causing major rows in our case, lol) and the downside for me was a wet pack up, I hated having to open it all up again at home. But a big folding camper would give you a lot more room and comfort than a trailer tent, they kind of feel like a caravan, when your sitting inside it. Plus I found the beds more comfy than the trailer tent 😀

Now we've been living abroad for 3 years, due back in UK this summer. I'm trying to decide what we need to buy! We love camping, but there never seems to be something that ticks all our boxes, hubby wants a caravan, I want a tent and son wants a trailer tent!

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20/4/2016 at 7:15pm
 Location: Northern Ireland
 Outfit: Sterckeman Alize Concept CP480
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Nothing ever ticks all the boxes!
Compromises are there whatever and however you choose to holiday on land ...
Hotel
Appartment
Gite
Motor Home
Caravan
Fc
TT
Tent
Al fresco
All have their good and bad points ... the important thing is to list what you want out of your hols and then try to match against what each delivers ... whichever gives you most ticks might be the right answer.


20/4/2016 at 10:22pm
 Location: essex
 Outfit: Swift Challenger 570
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Like MZZY we have had them all we have a folding camper now I think this gives the best all round from tents to caravan, it fits in a garage unlike a caravan but it has comfort and stability like a caravan and unlike a trailer tent, storage space is also good and it tows with a smaller car. The trailer tent we had was great we had good times in it but after the trailer is set up theres further setting up of cooker stands folding cupboards etc, awnings are fiddly I don't know if they are all the same but our trailer tent awning zipped on from the top due to its weight it made it hard work to hold it in place while connecting the zips but on our folding camper it zips from the bottom so much easier. Whatever you decide on it will be great

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21/4/2016 at 6:42am
 Location: West Midlands
 Outfit:  Karsten
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Yes, totally right!

Although I've noticed that there doesn't seem to be many new folding campers being produced now, plus the prices have gone up a lot!!

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25/4/2016 at 9:36am
 Location: Yorkshire
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Quote: Originally posted by mzzy on 21/4/2016
Yes, totally right!

Although I've noticed that there doesn't seem to be many new folding campers being produced now, plus the prices have gone up a lot!!



You're right Mzzy. And there were reports of leaking when Pennine switched to the new Isabella canvas (probably resolved now but it did make me wonder if they're as good nowadays as they once were).

I don't think there's any such thing as the 'perfect' setup. Last year, after spending a week or so touring France in a pop-up tent, then a fortnight in our Cabanon, we by chance had a few days in a ready-pitched tent in the Dordogne (everywhere was muddy when we arrived so we couldn't face pitching either the small tent - too cramped in poor weather - or the bigger one -too much hard work as it was likely to get wet and muddy - so we went for the Safari tent and it was bliss!)

I was a bit put off camping at the end of last year but am looking forward to getting out there again now. If finances would allow I think we'd go for another small caravan (hubby says he'd go for a motorhome, but that's more about lottery win than reality!). Then again, it's not just the purchase price but the servicing and insurance costs, and the depreciation.

So, we'll be sticking with a tent for now. Although I do still think about getting another trailer tent (no idea why - we sold the last one after realising it was going to have to be stored for 8 months of the year!)


25/4/2016 at 10:36am
 Location: Redditch
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Quote: Originally posted by lidds0 on 25/4/2016
Quote: Originally posted by mzzy on 21/4/2016
Yes, totally right!

Although I've noticed that there doesn't seem to be many new folding campers being produced now, plus the prices have gone up a lot!!



You're right Mzzy. And there were reports of leaking when Pennine switched to the new Isabella canvas (probably resolved now but it did make me wonder if they're as good nowadays as they once were).




They have been resolved now, fortunately. The problems originally arose when the Isatex canvases were introduced, however, the current Isacryl fabrics have had no such problems. The quality is, actually, a lot better than it once was. As Pennine expanded rapidly, they did have some quality issues for a while, which might have been one factor in the demise of the company, but the new owners have stripped everything back, to just four variants of, effectively, two models, and have concentrated on getting everything right, which they seem to have done.

If I have one minor critisism of the later models, as opposed to the earlier ones, it's in their decision to go 'all electric' with some of the systems. Many of the older models had dual fuel heating and hot water, but current ones are all electric. Seems a little strange, to me, that you're paying up to 14K for a camper, and you cant use the heating or hot water unless you are on EHU. Other than that, I would say pretty much spot on.

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