| Topic: Hello from a newbie
Message posted by dk16817/5/2020 at 1:57pm
Outfit: MWB VW Crafter PVC Location: Devizes Wiltshire
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|Site Nights 2021:|| 24|
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Welcome to UKCS!
When I started camping in a tent in 2006, I found C&CC has loads of useful information.
And yes to joining them to save of non-member nightly pitch fees if one decides to stay at their club sites even for a just once or twice a year.
If I were to go back in time to start procuring my kit from scratch again:
* I would not have bothered with an air bed and would have bought a camp bed and add a self-inflating mattress (SIM) on top.
* I would have bought a Coleman 428 Dual Fuel 2-burner stove so that I could use it all year round, and not bothered with the suitcase stove or Cadac Safari Chef that uses gas canisters
* Dutch Pyramid tents in cotton canvas can better withstand stormy weathers. They are quieter in the wind, cosier and less draughty too (for those with a zip in groundsheet [ZIG]).
* A portable loo like Kampa Khazi is very handy, especially at night when it is chucking down outside and the facilities block is some distance away.
* Definitely use an extra tarp as additional groundsheet.
* A carpet in the living area add cosiness.
* A tarp/canopy and learnt how to put it up using the Ridge Line method helped to increase seating area outside the tent with ease (do not be tempted to leave it up unattended/overnight unless light wind and good weather is a certainty).
* A thermo-electric cool box is a must for me personally. I would advise getting a good one that can cope with the increasingly hot weather. Check the operating temperatures and pay particular attention to the maximum differential that it can cool from ambient. The cheaper ones like Campingaz 28L and the one I bought from Lidl a couple of years ago can keep food chilled below 8 degC which is the minimum safe limit when the ambient temperature is about 24 degC outside (based on a differential of 16 degC), and don't forget a tent will be hotter inside!
* A thermostatic heater of no more than 2kW with different heat setting is another must have for me as it can be nippy in the evenings.
For C&CC club sites in the North and Scotland, I liked Conkers in Derbyshire, Eskdale in Cumbria; and Glencoe in Scotland (Nairn was nice, however, Glencoe was nicer). Don't think they have golf on site, sorry!
I would advise deciding on your needs and wants for the type of camping that you intend to do (e.g. fair weather only, or 3/4 seasonss etc.), and search for information in the appropriate sub-forums.
Only you can decide with regard to the size of the sites and perform your own due diligence based on your own level of risk tolerance. Some like big sites with lots of organised and supervised activities for children to allow their kids to mingle with the others, whereas some parents do not want their kids to be out of their sights at all!
Maximum allowable tent size varies between sites, therefore, it is imperative to check with the site before booking. C&CC does state the maximum allowable tent size on their Jumbo Pitches, however, I do not know the dimensions off the top of my head, sorry!
- Treat life events like a dog: If you can't eat it, play with it, or hump it, p1$$ on it and walk away!
- 2021 - 12 sites / 40 nights booked so far
- 2022 - 2 sites / 9 nights booked so far
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