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03/8/2009 at 12:41pm
 Location: Hitchin
 Outfit: 5m Ultimate Bell Tent
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My OH has a theory that you can always tell a brit on the campsite well before looking at the car reg or listeing to them speak because their tents will be huge.

And to be fair, his theory held out at four different french campsites. The giant tents always belonged to the brits.

I reckon it's because our climate means we expect to be huddled inside away from driving rain. Even if we're off abroad we feel the need to be prepared for the worst summer weather we know. What do you think?




03/8/2009 at 12:56pm
 Location: Cambridgeshire
 Outfit: Aztec Galeria 6
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Well we have a Galeria 6 (for 3 of us and lo is only 3 years old!) so holds true for us.

I agree about the weather - even though we have been really lucky, when the evening or mornings have been chilly we have appreciated the extra living space to huddle in! We are goign to take the plunge and go to Brittany next year - any tips for novices venturing over the channel for the first time gratefully received!

 

 



03/8/2009 at 1:21pm
 Location: south west
 Outfit: Outwell idaho XL
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I agree , we have an idaho xl for 5 of us and the large living space was what made us buy it . Its essential with 3 kids in tow to have room for them to play inside if its really bad weather and lets face it we don;t have the best summers.


03/8/2009 at 1:35pm
 Location: swindon
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My theory is more space means more comfort and the more areas you can stand up in your tent the more comfort.  We used to have a 5 man Coleman sahara that was just about right for the 2 of us, now we've got kids we've got a trailer tent.


03/8/2009 at 2:58pm
 Location: Basingstoke
 Outfit: Outwell Montana 6 & Extension
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I agree with the weather/space scenario. I am optimistic by nature but also a realist with the weather. The more space... the more comforts you can have with you.



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03/8/2009 at 3:11pm
 Location: West Yorkshire
 Outfit: Khyam Kansas 8 and too much gear
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Yep I go along with that, we have an 8 man tunnel tent for four of us.. I love having the space and room for all the extras just in case it rains, oops why did I say "just in case", it always rains when we camp in this country!!!

Niki

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03/8/2009 at 5:47pm
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Also....and let's be honest here...Brits love a display of consumerism more than other European countries.  eg Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton bags and conspicuously branded sportswear is much more prevalent in UK.  So I guess, for some, the same goes for tents?



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03/8/2009 at 6:55pm
 Location: Cambridgeshire
 Outfit: Comanche Montana
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I agree totally too...

We have just got back (sob!) from 2 weeks in the South of France, and was REALLY obvious exactly how materialistic we Brits are....

On the ferry, the amount of -worth of Cars and caravans would have been astronomical! Massive, brand-new looking vans with huge cars tugging them.... in comparison to the French 'vans which in a large number of cases didn't even look road worthy!!! lol!!!

That said, we went with the massive BL6 (+extension! lol!!) which we concluded was a total waste - and we should have taken the teensy Cabanon, as realistically we only went inside to sleep and lived the rest of the time outside.....

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03/8/2009 at 7:06pm
 Location: Teesside
 Outfit: Challenger Sport 524 + Volvo V90 D5
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I suppose it depends on the sort of hol you want.

For me it should be good value per night - meaning I can have thre or even four weeks where a more expensive holiday might be only a fortnight.

Even with our Vermont I'd be surprised if we have a grand's worth of gear - it's been amassed over years at sales, not bought en masse in a camping supercentre.

But if 40K of motorhome is your bag - well it's a free world.

 



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03/8/2009 at 8:23pm
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It is a weather thing! The french are used to living outside and we're used to being inside!
We have one tent that we use and it's been suitable for scottish spring/autumns and french summers! We need to be prepared!!


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03/8/2009 at 9:37pm
 Location: East Sussex
 Outfit: None Entered
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Weather was a factor in us wanting a tent with a big living space. Dogs was another factor!


03/8/2009 at 10:03pm
 Location: Yorkshire
 Outfit: Elddis Xplore
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Yep - weather is the deciding factor for us too.  We wanted a large indoor space for if we were 'tent' bound due to our English summer.  If it's sunny all day then, yep, it's a waste of space, but when it's non - stop drizzle.....

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03/8/2009 at 11:14pm
 Location: north-east-lincolnshire
 Outfit:  5m bell tent and several cabanons
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our orchy 5 looks huge but in reality its not that big really, the living space is ideal for me and hubby but i would nt fancy 4 of us sat in there and the bedroom is just right for the double airbed, and a bit of room to manouver round. what makes our tent look so big is the canopy which i couldnt live with out for cooking in,

again the monty 6 looks massive but it fits us perfectly with out being on top one another.



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04/8/2009 at 12:31am
 Location: wales united kingdom
 Outfit: terra nova.eureka.quechua.Hennessy
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As a single camper at present,i prefer small to medium size tents.If i manage to get friends etc,i want a big tent,as they are more fun and have a lot more room.

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