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Message posted by paul196614/7/2019 at 11:51am
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we have decided to sell our old van as we don't use it as much as we thought and its just taking up a lot of space on the drive. we are looking at getting an older trailer tent thats big enough for a family of 4 plus dog. our budget is around £500. Are there any older models we we should avoid? also are some models easier to put up than others? so far i have seen a suncamp 350 being put up on utube which did not look to dificult to errect. any advice appreachiated as its all new to us.

Message posted by wongers15/7/2019 at 8:17pm
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all tt's are quite long winded when it comes to errecting.the main cabin is fine, but the awnings are big and hevay. there are quick erect tt's but not in your price range.

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Message posted by DarrenElbrow via mobile 15/7/2019 at 11:47pm
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A folding camper would be simpler to set up than a trailer tent

Message posted by navver16/7/2019 at 9:18pm
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For your budget look at a Dandy or Riva as they are now known. Almost caravan like inside with some wooden walls, wooden door, proper caravan windows and caravan furniture. The covering is insulated PVC which can be packed away wet and left wet, and is warm in winter and cool in summer.


Message posted by mystery.tipster21/7/2019 at 9:11pm
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A folding camper is the same a a trailer tent when it comes to setting up, main unit unfolds quick on both and the awning takes longer on both. The quickest setup you can get is a Camplet albeit rather small or a Combi Camp. Both these units have the kitchen outside the main unit which can or canít be a preference depending on the user requirements. I would suggest looking on YouTube to have a look at various models being set up

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Message posted by fiona f21/7/2019 at 9:55pm
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Hi,
Having had both a trailer tent & a folding camper, there is a big difference! We are sat outside our folding camper in France with just the cabin erected. We have a cooker, fridge, toilet, 2 settees & 2 double beds, the only pegs are around 1 bed for storage. 30 minutes set up. The trailer tent cabin needed to be pegged all round & really needed the awning for longer stays. Had a camplet & hated it, sold it after a year!
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Message posted by DarrenElbrow via mobile 22/7/2019 at 9:42am
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Quote: Originally posted by mystery.tipster on 21/7/2019
A folding camper is the same a a trailer tent when it comes to setting up QUOTE]
Thatís not true at all. A folding camper can be set up and waterproof without the need of attaching an awning.or involving any form of pegging out.
Our Conway Challenger takes 15-20 minutes to set up in its basic form, without the under bed skirts attached ( this only involves a minimum of 8 pegs to secure. The skirts are only used for storage at night for chairs etc, and our fridge) the only think similar to a trailer tent is that they are both canvas and fit in a trailer


Message posted by katycymru23/7/2019 at 6:48pm
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Quote: Originally posted by DarrenElbrow on 22/7/2019
Quote: Originally posted by mystery.tipster on 21/7/2019
A folding camper is the same a a trailer tent when it comes to setting up QUOTE]
Thatís not true at all. A folding camper can be set up and waterproof without the need of attaching an awning.or involving any form of pegging out.
Our Conway Challenger takes 15-20 minutes to set up in its basic form, without the under bed skirts attached ( this only involves a minimum of 8 pegs to secure. The skirts are only used for storage at night for chairs etc, and our fridge) the only think similar to a trailer tent is that they are both canvas and fit in a trailer





Agree. We thought we could just use the cabin for overnight stops on out TT, but it's completely impractical to do. Leaning towards a caravan at the moment, but think our last trip in the TT is imminent


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Message posted by fiona f23/7/2019 at 9:16pm
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Hi,
We did use our trailer tent without the awning but with a sun canopy we had made, only in France though where we had a better chance of decent weather. We had a Trigano chantilly & chose to have one with no kitchen- we had all the gear anyway, which made it lighter. We still wouldnít use it for an overnight stop though but would with the folding camper

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Message posted by Watson Family09/8/2019 at 1:14pm
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Having gone through the different kinds - tent, trailer tent, folding camper and caravan (not in that order!), I would definitely recommend a folding camper. Easy to store, easy to tow and manoeuvre, cabin is super quick to erect and has everything in it for a weekender/overnight stop. A trailer tent is definitely NOT easy.
We are a family of 6 and do put the awning up but after practice it only takes abut 15-20 minutes and then the time to peg it out (hubby does that whilst I unpack inside the cabin). In my opinion a folding camper is the best of every world!!

Hope this opinion helps.


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Message posted by paul196609/8/2019 at 3:53pm
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we have decided to stick with the van for now, although it will eventually be scrapped due to damp and windows cracking, hopefully we will get another couple of years out of it then will definitely look at folding campers as they look ideal for what we want, the van has bunk beds and as the kids are getting bigger they are not practical so two doulble beds would suit us better.

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We got a Pennine Pullman. Plenty on eBay. As long as the canvas is good and there's not massive signs of damage or rust they're pretty bomb proof

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