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Subject Topic: Opus Camper - any comments?
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Message posted by Claregirl7013/7/2016 at 12:53am
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We have this year replaced our Outwell Vermont and trailer and various camping furniture with a 2006 Pathfinder with awning and awning annex (there are 5 of us).
Whilst I loved our Vermont, I have to say that the comfort of the Pathfinder is super. We were just away this past weekend on a trial run before we go to France in a couple of weeks, and in the awful weather that we had, it was fantastic. We have to perfect the setting up of the awning to reduce drafts, etc, but in the howling wind and pouring rain the main cabin was very cosy (without a heater) and having the onboard toilet in that weather was priceless!!
Roll on France!

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Message posted by Rich Cripps12/8/2016 at 10:16pm
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Just come back from 2 weeks in France with the Opus and it has been fantastic!

Easy to put up and take down. If you take them up on their try before you buy option (as we did) you can put down and up the next morning and see what it's like to tow.

If I had one niggle it would be with the awning. Absolutely fantastic once up but it does take a while to put up and take down which rather takes away from the speed at which the camper itself goes up and down

The other 'negatives' referred to in previous replies are all valid but have not bothered us at all and given the choice we would buy it again.

Message posted by Derbian17/10/2016 at 7:39pm
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just packed the Opus up for the winter after a lot of use over the year and it's worked out just as well as I'd hoped. Stood up to some really atrocious weather in North Wales without any problems although after a couple of days we did zip the roof windows up.   Actually seeing the rain hammering down solidly for 48 hours is too much.

As previous poster has said some people might find some of the negatives annoying but you learn to work around them as the sheer amount of space inside more than makes up for them.   

An earlier poster did make some comments about the white upholstery but that hasn't caused any problems and it's easier to keep clean than the fabric in our previous campers.

Was initially concerned that there wasn't a grill under the stove but ended up buying a small electric oven/grill in place of the microwave and that works very well.


May have a look at an air awning for next year as so far we've only used the sun canopy.


Only comment is that if you are under 6ft you need a folding step to reach the zips for the roof windows.






Message posted by Darrengood17/10/2016 at 7:52pm
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Thanks for all the comments!!
Went for it & got a fully monty package with air awning! :)
Only managed to try it out in sept for a weekend since buying in late Aug
But the weekend we had was great!
Can't wait to try it next year & get used to it...agreed about reaching the zips but hey that's a minor issue!!


Message posted by mrpooter23/10/2016 at 10:36pm
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Must admit I'm interested in the Opus, partly because it looks cool and I'm a shallow that way, but mainly because it is quick to erect and spacious. We're looking for something that we can put up easily for 1-2 days while we hike a Wainwright or two then move on. I'm seriously considering the air version for that reason.

We don't need a wardrobe or extensive furniture - we'll be mainly in walking gear, t-shirts or a pre-ironed shirt in a shirt folder . I can boil water if need be, so some of the home-comfort aspects of the Pennine trailers I feel we don't need. Like most folks feel, the cinema is just a marketing gimmick - but the heater for mornings and the cassette loo for night-time/off park sound great.

I'm very interested to hear more opinions from owners on what they think of their purchase.

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Message posted by Blue Sky Pennine24/10/2016 at 2:06am
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There is now a very detailed review of the Opus on my blog, if you want to take a look at that.

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Message posted by mrpooter24/10/2016 at 10:13pm
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Will do - thanks!

Message posted by mrpooter24/10/2016 at 10:20pm
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Sorry Blue, where is the blog - I clicked your homepage but a blank page resulted - thanks

Message posted by Blue Sky Pennine24/10/2016 at 11:10pm
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That's because this site blocks me and anything to do with my blog or web site. If I, or anyone else, links to it, they freeze our accounts and lock us out.

If you just Google 'Blue Sky Opus', it will take you straight to it.

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Message posted by mrpooter25/10/2016 at 4:43pm
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It's interesting because I am coming from a tent, not a caravan. I don't really want a big awning out front, which is part of the attraction of the Opus. Looking at the YT videos of Pathfinder, Dandy etc they all look a lot more long winded to erect and have facilities which are very nice but more suited a week long holiday than jump in the car and whizz up to the Lakes (it's only a 1/5-2 hour drive foe me).

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If you're coming from a tent, then I would have thought you would have considered them to all be pretty quick to set up. My biggest tent used to take 2 - 3 hours to set up, all in (including all furniture etc).

I can set the average Pennine camper up, completely, from scratch, in 10 - 15 minutes. I now have a Pennine Pathfinder, which is about as long winded as it gets, with toilet compartment etc. It takes about 20 minutes, all in, due to the extras, like the toilet compartment. I wouldn't have said that 20 minutes was too much for a weekend break (bearing in mind that includes filling of water container etc). Granted, an oven isn't something I really need for a weekend away, but I struggle to last a whole weekend without using a toilet so I find that a really useful addition, and well worth the extra 5 minutes or so to get it all set up (even though I never missed it before I had one). I think you'll struggle to find any folding camper that takes more than 5 or 10 minutes longer to set up than an Opus. They are all pretty similar.

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Message posted by Burlstar03/11/2016 at 11:03am
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I was at the 2016 NEC caravanning show and saw the Opus again with air technology on it. That looks good but shame they did not have the air awning. 15k is not expensive compared to a new caravan. The new Swift basecamp Starts from 15k and that is tiny but it has a Loo lol
We upgraded from a Outwell Bear Lake 5 to a Raclet Moovea. We did this to cut our set up and pack down times which always took 2/3 hours in the Outwell. There is 4 of us in our family so we bought the extra Raclet awning and bedroom annex. We went to South of France with it and was great BUT That awning and Bedroom annex still took us nearly 2 hours to set up with everything else.
The weather was great in the South of France as always. another bug bear with French Trailer tents is that when you add a extra Awning they don't have zipped in ground sheets. So we improvised. Not what we expected.

We got rid of the Raclet last year as we experienced another design fault when camping in Norfolk. When it rained the awning just collects water on the roof and leaks through the seams.

So the design faults with the same sort of set up times as with the Outwell made us get rid. Now we are tentless the first time in 12 yrs and I hate it. All trailer tents look a bit staid lately. Except the Pathfinder folding camper that looks great but it is big.

I am looking at 2 day one night hiking trips in the UK with my 9 yr old son.
I hope he likes

Carry on Camping

Message posted by mrpooter14/11/2016 at 9:36am
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Must admit we've been checking out the Basecamp which looks great with addition of the loo/shower, warmer insulation and better appointed. Against that vs Opus you have loss of a permanent sitting area separate to bed and having a caravan no matter how small in the garden. Leaning towards BC now though...

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Base camp looks good reminds me of the Airstream Basecamp which i think is much better equiped. But 5k more expensive. The only thing against it that it only sleeps 2 no good if you have 2 kids

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Blue Sky Penine's very detailed analysis was helpful as far as his experience went.

However saying:
Opus are to folding campers what Holtkamper are to trailer tents; brilliant design and look great, but very expensive and with one or two issues, when living with them on a day to day basis. For example, the Holtkamper Kyte will set you back over 17 grand, and yet it only has one double bed, so not great for a family (although, of course, you can add the bedroom annexes).
is said more from rumour than experience.

I had a Holtkamper for many years ( albeit not a Kyte) and the design features meant an air conditioned, lightweight, easily and very quickly erected, spacious and extremely comfortable camping experience. Used in the Pyrenees at -7C and 40C in South of France.

It was definitely designed functionality over frippery.


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Message posted by Blue Sky Pennine15/11/2016 at 10:03pm
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To be fair, it was said 100% from experience. Both Holtkamper and Opus are, undeniably, the most expensive models of their genre, and the Kyte (as well as most Holtkamper models) has only one raised bed (which, in my 'actual' experience is very high, as well, not that that is much of an issue for most of us). Those are the only statements made about the Holtkampers. They are, indeed, loaded with excellent features, however, like the Opus, some of the basics are a little lacking. That isn't rumour, it's both fact and experience. Both the Opus and the Holtkamper are exciting and different. They wont suit everyone, especially those on a limited budget, and, in the case of the Holtkampers, I still maintain they are better suited to a couple, especially if you often camp with adult friends, as we do, when the lack of a second 'proper' bed would, I suspect, be more noticeable.

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