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27/8/2013 at 11:07pm
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Mucker,

The tarp and windbreak will not go up when I go camping in the colder months when it is colder with less daylight hours, as I am unlikely to sit outside for long.

Hence I call it my "nice" weather set up, as in the warmer months when the days are longer.

keithnwend143,

The trailer is taller than the car for certain, and my colleagues have also commented about the trailer being bigger than the car!

I believe it is a good size for my car.

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28/8/2013 at 1:16am
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we too have a summer and winter set up, during the summer the big 3x4m tarp goes up for both rain and sun protection. But during the later months we will use a a smaller tarp pulled down to avoid the wind , but still keep the rain out


28/8/2013 at 5:50am
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Ah, thanks DK.... and Chappers!

Similar to us then. We don't cook in the winter, so don't bother with tarp..... and use EHU for heater & kettle.
My previous comments about set up were for "normal" (May to Sept) camping..... no idea why!

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28/8/2013 at 9:36am
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For the Easter trip this year, although it was dry and sunny, it was very windy and cold, hence I did not bother with the tarp and windbreak, and I sat next to the kitchen stand where I had shelter from the wind, and could feel the warmth from the inside of the tent when the heater was on.

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28/8/2013 at 10:05am
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Quote: Originally posted by RTS5 on 27/8/2013
Get yourself a cheap tarp and mount it over the door, which gives you rain cover when unzipping/zipping in the wet, and an outside kitchen area. The windbreak behind protected the whole area from the wind.




RTS5 I really like your setup love now the tarp comes down and you don't really need a windbreak. But can I ask, do you actually have that Decathlon tarp from your link? From what I can see in your photo, you seem to have a guy line attached right in middle of the tarp but I can't find a tarp that has this attachment!
It also matches your outwell tent so well

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28/8/2013 at 10:12am
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28/8/2013 at 10:23am
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We cook in our Poly cotton tent. But I have issues with doing so! I won't fry anything so bacon is out (OH has mastered cooking it on the BBQ outside ) I pull the whole unit away from the edge of the tent to boil the keetle etc and open up the window for extra ventilation.



In the weekend tent all cooking is done outside just under the extension.

If we take the tiny tent out then we usually cook in the back of the Range Rover/Land Rover.

I do like the look of these utility tents and so long as they don't induce a furthur cost I am very tempted to go for one!!! How much tidier would that make everything!




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28/8/2013 at 10:41am
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Quote: Originally posted by sam on 27/8/2013Great pics. thanks for sharing guys. We cook in our tent and have done for years. We've just bought a porch which will be used for cooking.

The Tarps look fab but do you leave your gear on show? I'd be worried about some opportunist taking something thats left out.

Also, some of the pics have mats outside the tent that appear to interlock. What are they called and where would you get them from?

Sam
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Never had a problem with anything goig missing but we do camp at smaller sites. I think I'd be a bit more cautious at a larger commercial site.


28/8/2013 at 10:46am
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Quote: Originally posted by *Poppy* on 28/8/2013
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RTS5 I really like your setup love now the tarp comes down and you don't really need a windbreak. But can I ask, do you actually have that Decathlon tarp from your link? From what I can see in your photo, you seem to have a guy line attached right in middle of the tarp but I can't find a tarp that has this attachment!
It also matches your outwell tent so well


Hi Poppy
Yes it is the decathlon one. We used the windbreak there as it was very windy on that pitch (we moved it further around behind the tarp after this pic). Other places we have used it without one and had no problems. It is actually a sort of brown/green but did tone in well with the tent (we don't have the tent anymore )


28/8/2013 at 11:13am
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Quote: Originally posted by keithnwend143 on 27/8/2013
Nice idea with the tarps! Was looking to get a porch/canopy on our Voyager 6 but not too sure.
The tarps look like less to pack away/lug about.

Dk, your trailer looks bigger than the car!
Mucker, I see you have a camping chef, do you do toast on it? I got rid of mine because the toaster was rubbish.



Hi Keith - we also have a Voyager 6 and used the extension for the first time last weekend - prior to that, we used a tarp and windbreak...

The big advantage to using the extension is that it fits properly over the front of the tent, so you don't get rain in when you open the door - we actually left the front door of the tent open for the entire weekend, just the mesh closed to keep out the bugs, despite 36 hours of incessant rain.

The porch isn't as flexible, and the thing that I did miss having was the tops of the windbreak poles to hang things on, but I would definitely recommend the porch/extension


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Quote: Originally posted by Valk_scot on 27/8/2013
Even my canvas tent has a patch of slightly greasy, slightly bacony smelling canvas on the roog above the kitchen area!



Ha ha ha. I can see this becoming a minor problem in ours. It's not something we're worrying about too much though.

The main issue that would concern me is carbon monoxide build-up and for that reason we don't use the gas stove inside at all - just the wood-burner.


28/8/2013 at 1:36pm
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Quote: Originally posted by tentage on 28/8/2013

The main issue that would concern me is carbon monoxide build-up and for that reason we don't use the gas stove inside at all - just the wood-burner.




Why would a wood burner be safer when it came to carbon monoxide build up, I ask myself? Especially since it would be on for a significantly longer time, possibly even overnight?


And on the topic of Elf & Safety, there's very few (as in none) fire buckets visible in the pictures of kitchen setups above. Am I the only person still faithfully setting up a fire bucket when I go camping?



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Quote: Originally posted by Valk_scot on 28/8/2013
Why would a wood burner be safer when it came to carbon monoxide build up, I ask myself? Especially since it would be on for a significantly longer time, possibly even overnight?



Because it has a proper flue. As long as the flue pipe isn't cracked, or the stove door left open, the CO risk should be pretty low because all the fumes are ducted out of your tent. Conversely, all the fumes from a gas stove end up in your tent.

In case of fire, we also pack a dry powder fire extinguisher as it's the safest for use in confined spaces.


28/8/2013 at 1:56pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Valk_scot on 28/8/2013
.... And on the topic of Elf & Safety, there's very few (as in none) fire buckets visible in the pictures of kitchen setups above. Am I the only person still faithfully setting up a fire bucket when I go camping?



Not a bucket, no, but I have a small extinguisher always hanging on the side of my cooker stand.
Ok, it may prove to be a bit too close to the source of a fire, should I experience one myself.... but at least my neighbours may benefit from it, if they had a fire!! :-)





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28/8/2013 at 2:21pm
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Quote: Originally posted by RTS5 on 28/8/2013
Hi Poppy
Yes it is the decathlon one. We used the windbreak there as it was very windy on that pitch (we moved it further around behind the tarp after this pic). Other places we have used it without one and had no problems. It is actually a sort of brown/green but did tone in well with the tent (we don't have the tent anymore )


Thank you ... off to get myself a tarp tomorrow

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I always have a fire bucket

Never been used in anger as intended, touch wood, but has been used a few times when I've caught myself a saucepan or bbq.

TT



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