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Message posted by jollyjojo08/9/2010 at 7:36pm
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Now being the proud owner of 3 tents, I am in a dilemma...which one do we use this weekend?

Our faithful Hartford XXL, which can only be put up in dry weather as it is the old design whereby you put up the inner tent before the flysheet, it also has nowhere to cook in it....not good with the rainy forecast.  On the plus side, we can put it up with our eyes shut and it is SOOOO airy and spacious

or our little compact Attwoolls Fairford Deluxe which we bought specifically for weekend use, but again was bought with fair weather in mind and has nowhere to cook and not alot of room for sitting inside if the weather is wet.

lastly our brand spanking new, not even out of the box yet Outwell Vermont XL.  Which is light, spacious, has room for cooking, room for lots of people and BEAUTIFUL, but I have never put it up before and I will only have my mum for assistance.  Also not sure it is a good idea to take it away without trying it out first, but if I have to put it up to try it in the next few weeks, should I just take it and use it?

Oh the decisions, it was much easier with just one tent!


Message posted by reggiewac08/9/2010 at 8:17pm
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Quote from Friends-

"My wallet's too small for my fifties, and my diamond shoes are too tight."

Take them all and see which you fancy on the day. Or maybe pitch them all and then sit and chortle at the mere mortals who only have one tent.

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Message posted by rooks08/9/2010 at 8:40pm
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now thats tent snobbery? lucky buggers

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Message posted by jollyjojo08/9/2010 at 9:44pm
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I wasn't bragging, just in a general dilemma. 

The Hartford is being sold to help pay for the Vermont, just thought it might be used for one last trip

Was hoping for some advice on whether others would take a brand new tent, on a trip without having put it up first.......or would I be better off taking less practical but trusted tent.

 


Message posted by James Watt08/9/2010 at 9:46pm
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jollyjojo it's a 'No Brainer'.

Take both the Vermont (it needs an airing) and the Fairford for back-up.

Take lots of Ground-Hogs, to use them on the Vermont.
Therefore keeping the Vermont pegs in perfect condition, should there be a problem requiring return.

I did that with my Virginia 5, and still use the Ground-Hogs rather than the plastic Outwell pegs.

Don't make out the Vermont is a 'Magic' tent, peg ALL the guylines, ensuring the rear of the tent takes the brunt of any breeze.   

Well you did invite advice after all. LOL

Then you can look at the other tenters, and say "they're there with their old ones, and I'm here with my new one."

Go on! You know you want to.

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Message posted by jollyjojo08/9/2010 at 9:53pm
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Thank you James

I did ask for advice and thoughts and appreciate any that I get, for instant.......what are Ground Hogs?

We always always peg out all the guidelines on out tents.....why wouldn't we?  They wouldnt be put there if they werent meant to be used.....or are you telling me that the Vermont is rubbish and is likely to blow away in the slightest breeze?


Message posted by Tidburyboy08/9/2010 at 9:56pm
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Take the Vermont, it would appear to be the best option. If you were a newbie camper I'd say take the one you're used to putting up.

(And do people REALLY care/covet what tents other people have? How very sad if that is really true)

Message posted by FriendOfOwls09/9/2010 at 12:40am
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Quote: Originally posted by Tidburyboy on 08/9/2010



(And do people REALLY care/covet what tents other people have? How very sad if that is really true)

I covet other people's tents, but in a good way.  It's not envy so much as tent lust.  I love my 4-berth poly tent, which is just the right size and weight for us, but that doesn't mean I don't lust after a huge canvas bit o' lovely I see on a campsite, or a nifty little mountain pop-up which somebody pitches in 30 seconds!

We all have our favourites, but it's great to mentally play the field...

FoO


Message posted by Sceptical Camper09/9/2010 at 9:04am
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Quote: but I have never put it up before and I will only have my mum for assistance

Personally, I'd feel uneasy going on a trip with a tent that I had not pitched before. Quite apart from the potential pitfalls of pitching an entirely unfamiliar tent, a campsite miles from home is not the best place to find that a pole is broken or that something is missing!

So I'd be inclined to take one of the tents you know is 'tried and trusted'. Perhaps you could take the Hartford or your Fairford to camp in but also take the Vermont along to do a trial run secure in the knowledge that if it didn't work out you still had one of your proven tents there ready to use?

Message posted by Catalan7409/9/2010 at 9:32am
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I'm the opposite I'm afriad....as I'd have to take the Vermont as the excitement of a new tent to me is like Christmas morning!!! I was like that with my Virginia 5! I have the Hartford XXL and it's ok when we go with the 5 kids but it's a mission even though we've put the thing up loads - especially even more of a chore now we've got the smaller tent as DH loves the fact the beer gets out earlier and with far less angry banter between us! I just couldn't cope with the temptation of a new tent sat in a box if I had the chance to go use it!!

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Message posted by jessicaw09/9/2010 at 9:42am
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I was in this position last year and took both the old and the new tent. It took a long time to pitch the new tent which is what we used in the end, and I didn't do a very good job and it was cold and a bit lopsided, the last time I pitched (my third proper attempt) was a far better pitch!!

It is nice to try out a new "baby" but yes I'd take something else as backup. My other concern would be the weather at this time of year. Yes you are worried you won't have anywhere to sit if it's raining but watch the wind, I'd be inclined to go with slightly sturdier tents ie smaller if there's any chance of bad wind.

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Message posted by Splinter6609/9/2010 at 10:33am
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Take a shufty here. It may give you the confidence to take the Vermont but don't expect to be able to do it in under 10 minutes or solo.  The guy is pretty amazing and following his method shaved 30 minutes off for us putting up our montana.

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I am so impressed that people have space to take two mega-large tents?

I would take the older ones - you know they don't leak, if its windy and they get trashed you won't cry and you know how to put them up so that will be less stressful.


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Message posted by jollyjojo09/9/2010 at 6:20pm
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Thank you everybody for your replies. 

 As the children are now travelling with somebody else, and we have the back seat we can put things on, we are going to take the Vermont and the Fairford as a back up....just in case

 

Jo


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Quote: Originally posted by FriendOfOwls on 09/9/2010

Quote: Originally posted by Tidburyboy on 08/9/2010



(And do people REALLY care/covet what tents other people have? How very sad if that is really true)

I covet other people's tents, but in a good way. It's not envy so much as tent lust. I love my 4-berth poly tent, which is just the right size and weight for us,but that doesn't mean Idon't lust aftera huge canvas bit o' lovely I see on a campsite, or a nifty little mountain pop-up which somebody pitches in 30 seconds!

We all have our favourites, but it's great to mentally play the field...

FoO




Of course you are quite right FoO, I did mean "covet" in a negative way. For example, I love the Bell Tents but would not for a moment be (really) jealous of the owner.

I personally think a campers most precious possession, is the simple desire to get out there and just go camping! Now as far as I can tell, we are all pretty equal in that regard.    

Message posted by James Watt09/9/2010 at 7:16pm
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jollyjojo.
           'Ground Hogs' also called 'Rock Pegs.

I bought my 23cm ones from Halfords. Pack of 8 for 3.99 GBP.

The 'wires' that came with my Dome tent soon got bent.

I didn't fancy getting my new Outwell plastic ones dirty, so never used them.

Hope it's not too late for you, to get a pack or two to try out?

Kind regards James

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