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Message posted by Virsec29/6/2022 at 5:26pm
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Quote: Originally posted by lidds0 on 29/6/2022
I second the advice regarding ventilation. If the budget won't run to canvas, look at Decathlon / Quechua tents as they are made for this climate, with double roof panels and excellent ventilation. There's an inflatable Fresh&Black model on offer at the moment(here).



Thank you, will check them out.

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First camping trip in France for us was with the Outwell Troutlake 4 poly cotton tent in 2012. It did surprisingly well in the heat. Plastic tent in the heat? Not for me any more. Once you go cotton itís hard to go back.

Message posted by Virsec01/7/2022 at 4:45pm
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Quote: Originally posted by SoggySteve on 30/6/2022
First camping trip in France for us was with the Outwell Troutlake 4 poly cotton tent in 2012. It did surprisingly well in the heat. Plastic tent in the heat? Not for me any more. Once you go cotton itís hard to go back.



We know now we have bought the wrong kind of tent, even for the UK, looked today at some lovely ones in a local independent store; lots of decisions to make, now even considering air ones! Cotton ones may be a while off though :(

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There is no different tent requirement UK or Southern Europe. Wherever you are camping buy the best tent you can afford. Down here in the Dordogne most tents I can see are Decathlon air tents cost 200-500Ä but this would be because Decathlon is about the only place you can buy tents in France apart from cheap tents from supermarkets & plenty of those about as well.

It is the Dutch that seem to go in for really expensive canvas tents like Dewaard or Karsten & they use them in Holland as well as Spain etc.

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Message posted by Virsec02/7/2022 at 4:58pm
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Quote: Originally posted by billy on 01/7/2022
There is no different tent requirement UK or Southern Europe. Wherever you are camping buy the best tent you can afford. Down here in the Dordogne most tents I can see are Decathlon air tents cost 200-500Ä but this would be because Decathlon is about the only place you can buy tents in France apart from cheap tents from supermarkets & plenty of those about as well.

It is the Dutch that seem to go in for really expensive canvas tents like Dewaard or Karsten & they use them in Holland as well as Spain etc.



Thanks Billy.

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We're camping in the south of France at the moment. The temperature has consistently been above 30 degrees and is forecast to reach 35 on Monday. There's no way I'd camp in a synthetic tent with SIG - ideal for UK weather - in this heat, unless on a totally shaded pitch and in a tent with exemplary ventilation.

We're in a cotton canvas TT and we're not using the ZIG on the side awning, opting instead to use bolon and leave the canvas sides up off the ground to improve ventilation. We have both front and rear doors open and every vent.

So yes, you can use whatever tent you want in the south of France but, if you want to be comfortable, think about construction and look at how much ventilation you can achieve.

For info, used cotton canvas frame tents last for years if properly cared for, so don't discount buying one if you can see it pitched and if you've got enough space to carry (they're bulky and heavy).

Message posted by Virsec03/7/2022 at 11:27am
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Quote: Originally posted by lidds0 on 02/7/2022
We're camping in the south of France at the moment. The temperature has consistently been above 30 degrees and is forecast to reach 35 on Monday. There's no way I'd camp in a synthetic tent with SIG - ideal for UK weather - in this heat, unless on a totally shaded pitch and in a tent with exemplary ventilation.

We're in a cotton canvas TT and we're not using the ZIG on the side awning, opting instead to use bolon and leave the canvas sides up off the ground to improve ventilation. We have both front and rear doors open and every vent.

So yes, you can use whatever tent you want in the south of France but, if you want to be comfortable, think about construction and look at how much ventilation you can achieve.

For info, used cotton canvas frame tents last for years if properly cared for, so don't discount buying one if you can see it pitched and if you've got enough space to carry (they're bulky and heavy).



Oh sounds like you've chosen a good week! Thanks for your advice, will have to go back to the drawing board! Send over some sun.


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