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Subject Topic: *does happy dance* I have a new tent! Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by Hedgehugger25/6/2011 at 6:05pm
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Reading the thread about camping exhibitions in Cheshire whetted my appetite and drove me along to the nearest tent display this morning, at Burton Nurseries on the Chester High Road. Had a browse but didn't see anything that grabbed me, so went into the shop to buy a little folding table (as you do...). Chatted to the woman on the till about my need tor a tent I could pitch myself and be able to stand up in, and she recommended the Vango Tigris 400, which she used herself. I hadn't seen it in the outdoor display because it was tucked away into a corner, so I went back, had a good look, went home, dithered - and went back after lunch to buy it. Paid 159.99 which seemed like good value, after fishing around a bit online for options and reading the UKCS reviews - wonderfully useful facility, that!

Am going to have a practice pitch in the next day or two - hoping the breeze settles a bit for my first attempt! - but she assured me it was straightforward. It'll be a very tight squeeze putting it up in my garden; much better in my daughter's. She and family will no doubt get as much use out of it as me, in due course. It'll seem like an absolute palace after my trusty old Peakland Monsall - but oh, the bliss of being able to stand and stretch and have somewhere comfortable to sit when the weather's iffy, and in the evenings! Going to Rynys for a few days soon hope to give it its first outing then.


Message posted by Rossco25/6/2011 at 6:41pm
Outfit:  Outwell Idaho XL     Location:  Central Scotland
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Aw, I love it when someone gets a new tent - reminds me of how we felt when we finally decided the Idaho was the one for us.

Good luck on your first pitch, and many happy camping trips in her!

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Message posted by Camping nutcase25/6/2011 at 6:44pm
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I know the feeling.    It is going to be the end of July before I can use my new tnt out,   Not even been able to try it in the garden for one reason or another.

Message posted by Bonnie + Clyde#25/6/2011 at 7:04pm
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Been thinking of getting a new tent also.  Let me know how you get on.  I'd like to have a tent that I can put up on my own and give me and the dog somewhere to chill.  I'm on a budget, had been looking at a Gelert Atlantis 4 but not sure if I will be able to do the poles etc. on my own.  Well, enjoy your tent x..

 



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Message posted by HEJC7225/6/2011 at 7:24pm
Outfit:  Holi * Perran 4 * Airedale 5     Location:  North Yorkshire
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I know how you feel - it's very exciting.

Hope you have lots of happy camping trips away in your new tent.



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Message posted by mantrachant25/6/2011 at 7:24pm
Outfit:  Eldorado Cabanon Etna too many others     Location:  Somewhere in a field camping.
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The Tigris 400 is a lovely little tent and it is very easy to erect. I have done it on my own and I'm only 5 foot. Enjoy your holiday in your new tent.

Message posted by Catalan7425/6/2011 at 8:45pm
Outfit:  Outwell Hartford XXL & Virginia 5     Location:  North Wales
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Hey! Congrats!! Great feeling.......so excited for you!

We went with our friends to the Yeomanns exhibition at Blakemere today and they ended up getting the Outwell Vermont XL, footprint and carpet. And as my mate has an iphone she was able to get match prices on it all! 699 for the tent and 120 for footprint and carpet! Even though it wasn't my money (or my tent sadly!) it was still very exciting and am so very jealous. But we have 2 Outwells and they blamed us for them 'having' to buy an Outwell as they like ours.

Enjoy many camping sessions in your  new tent...



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Message posted by Hedgehugger25/6/2011 at 11:34pm
Outfit:   Aztec Mardi Gras 3      Location:  Wirral
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Thanks for your good wishes, folks! Outwell prices are way out of my reach, and I fancy pitching one alone would be beyond me, even if I could afford it.

I'm 5' 2" so am reassured, mantrachant! Lovely little tent? It's massive compared with what I've been using, I will feel very spoilt in it.

Bonnie, I've been putting up a dome on my own for ages, which involves a lot of runnng around when the pins keep popping out. The woman in the shop explained that if I pinned the back end of the Tigris down, then inserted the three poles while it was laid flat and then grabbed the guys at the front (ouch, that sounds well dodgy!) and pulled the lot upright, it would work. Presumably once you've done that you have to whizz round hammering in pegs sharpish. Practice makes perfect I guess. There would be room for a Great Dane or two to relax in this living area, which is light. The Tigris has an 'eyebrow' porch over the side door, to help keep rain out. I notice the Atlantis doesn't have that - worth bearing in mind, if weather is iffy.

Should buy a footprint asap - need to treat this tent right, as it will be shared with daughter and family, and I want it to last a long time!



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Message posted by newbie-campers26/6/2011 at 7:02pm
Outfit:  outwell wolf lake 7     Location:  s.wales
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know how you feel, been grinning like an idiot all day as we bought our new tent today too.
just asked hubby "if theres nothing on tv tonight shall we watch the outwell video about the wolfe lake" amazingly he said yes

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tent and gear all packed away now and making plans for 2012

plans so far..
Easter..Nantcols
August..Bristol balloon fiesta
August..Cornwall..of course!


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