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26/8/2020 at 11:35am
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Hi. My husband hates putting tents up and taking them down. Ideally he'd love a caravan but I LOVE being in a tent. Initially I managed to talk him into a trailer tent but after seeing our friends airbeam tent, he's agreed that he'd be happy with those (yay!).

However, I just want to be sure that we are choosing the right thing. Part of me still says the trailer tent is worth considering. Only problem is, most are really fiddly and time-consuming to erect which is what he hates. We found the ideal trailer tent (Trigano Alpha) but it's so expensive. We've been looking at second hand but nothing comes up anywhere near us and those we've travelled for have not been very clean (smell-free. It's put us off second hand (also the fact trailer tents seem to come right out of the 70's in terms of styling!). I could stretch to about £4,500. Maybe even £5000. Is there anything in that price range I might have missed that's quick to erect?


26/8/2020 at 11:46am
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What about this.

Would you have space at home to store it, open it up?

Is a Pathfinder too big?

What kind of car do you drive?

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26/8/2020 at 1:16pm
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We have a BMW 5 series. She'd pull almost anything.

We could store it but I'm not a fan of folding campers. I really like wild camping but not a chance my husband would go for it. He likes his comfort, I like none. A trailer tent is really as far as either of us are willing to compromise.

Secretly I'm hanging out for someone saying there is nothing quicker to pitch than the Alpha. Since it's price prohibits purchase, I'll get to buy an airbeam tent instead


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We have a Jamet Dakota which we LOVE ! The only downside we find is the awning poles. All in it's taking about 2 hours to get fully setup. Doing a bit of research sunncamp have an air volution holiday 300 which is an inflatable trailer tent. Worth a look? We are looking at a Jamet air but can't justify another 4 k on top of what we have if we were to sell ours for 3k


27/8/2020 at 7:53pm
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A few things...

Canvas tents can be big and heavy but they are so much more comfortable in all conditions as they breathe and donít sweat (condensate) like many of the plastic ones.

Like any tent, camping does not end until you know the tent is fully dry. So factor in the space and need to open it up when you get home.

We have a trailer tent almost as big as they come, and we are often up with kettle on before camper vans and caravans. Co-operation and a bit of practice is what is needed

Our tent has slatted mattresses off the ground and is very comfortable

Electric hook up with a fan heater, Wrong on so many levels but does get you through some of the coldest spells. I remember one Easter clearing the snow before we could pitch!

If you have rug-rats then seeing them running around making new friends has got to be worth it

Good luck


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27/8/2020 at 8:33pm
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Have a look at a Dandy or Riva (just renamed). They are a cross between caravan and tent and may keep you both happy.

http://www.rivadandysales.co.uk/


30/8/2020 at 11:55am
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GaryM999. Thanks! I love camping. I've done it most of my life but hubby really hates the putting up/taking down. I'm trying to make it as easy on him as I can so he's not miserable. He loves it like I do once we are all set up. He'd be happy with a caravan but it's not for me.   We have kids but they are older now so doubtful they would come with us often. They used to love it when we had our tent when they were little.

Navver - thank you. I've looked at both but folding campers are not our thing. We prefer more space since we have 2 big dogs and will be occasionally joined by 2 teens. We'd rather go with either a trailer tent or a tent tent . But thank you.


30/8/2020 at 7:28pm
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I guess keep looking. We looked at a few makes but kept coming back to Trigano.

They go up quick
The ZIG zip in ground sheet keeps the wind our and grounds the canvas
The quality of the canvas is good.
Much of the range have add-ons, extra bedrooms, sun canopyís, pup/dog tents. So you can take what you need when you want it.
Finally being a trailer you can store a lot of the gear you need in it meaning more space in the car and quicker to get away when the whim takes you

Ours has the kitchen, many donít like them for various reasons but we love it. Running water and loads of space to cook.


11/9/2020 at 8:48am
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Have you looked at a Conway Cardinal hard top, it can be set-up in 10mins
kettle on.The awning up in 15mins very spacious 6 berth Roy.

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11/9/2020 at 10:24am
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Why not consider a proper caravan as with a budget of about £5k you can get one in reasonably good condition? You arrive on site and in less than 10 minutes you can have all the comforts required.
You do not have to use main sites as there are plenty of Certified Locations on farms to give you that wild camping feeling. I must admit that the term "wild camping" always amuses me as most people probably have never camp in the wild in the UK as it is not wild anywhere.
Certified Locations or Certified Sites allow a maximum of 5 caravans or units at any time. Although the majority have electric hookup there are many in ideal places that do nto have electric hookup and just have a water connection and the Elsan point.


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Look at Karsten inflatable tents. Nothing can beat them for ease of pitching and versatility. Camping Travel Store are offering a discount at the moment too.



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