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23/7/2010 at 7:32pm
 Location: Essex
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Hi all,

I am going to be taking my kids away on my own for the first time soon, we are all experienced campers but dont fancy putting up a vermont xl with a 8 and 5 year old as helpers !!!

So im looking for a good tent for the 3 off us, i like a bit of space and headroom and have a budget off around 200. Have seen  an Oakland L which looked good but small but also seen a vango Orchy 500 which also looks good although a bit put off by the reviews on here !

Any good advice would be much apprecieated



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23/7/2010 at 7:37pm
 Location: Cheshire
 Outfit: Cabanon Guadeloupe
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Hypercamp Eldorado for around 150 delivered.


23/7/2010 at 7:44pm
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I have a vango sungari 400 and think It's great, plenty of headroom (i'm 6ft 5)

Ours was 170 in march, so should be cheaper now


23/7/2010 at 8:00pm
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Thanks for the fast replies.

Forgot to say i want a sig, like the look of the  Sungari Thanks.



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23/7/2010 at 8:14pm
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I looked for my friends earlier in the year and they decided on a Vango Icarus 400 or 500. That has a SIG and they found the 400 model on the internet for about 120. It looked a good buy to me for the money. It has fibreglass poles and looks easy to pitch


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23/7/2010 at 8:50pm
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You can get the Icarus 500 for 130 and considering it's the one you can stand up in, it's definately worth it. I would say the Icarus 500 is you ideal tent


24/7/2010 at 6:34am
 Location: Berkshire
 Outfit: De Waard Lepelaar & Outwell Alamosa
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Hi skipp66

How about an Outwell Virginia 5?

Basically it is a Minnesota 4 with fibreglass poles rather than steel. Very easy to put up, good HH, good all round space and well made.

Yeomans sell them for 179 - here http://www.yeomansoutdoors.co.uk/products/tents/5-6-man-tents/outwell-virginia-5-tent.aspx

Regards

TT



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24/7/2010 at 8:53am
 Location: Devon
 Outfit: Outwell Nevada M + Sunncamp Omega XL
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The Outwell Nevada M is just within your budget if you shop around and is bigger than the Oakland.
Other options include the Gelert Lakesbury 5 or the Icarus range eg: Vango Icarus 600.
They are all good tents so It's going to come down to personal preference in the end.
If you are pitching 'alone' I would choose a tunnel type rather than a dome and don't go too big.


24/7/2010 at 11:41am
 Location: North Yorkshire
 Outfit: Holi * Perran 4 * Airedale 5
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We have the Licata 400 as our weekend tent which you can find for less than 100.

I can pitch it solo (I'm a short, unfit mum of 3) and it is perfect for me and the 2 littlies (aged 8 and 4) to use when OH can't get away with us.
SIG, standing height, massive windows, very quick and easy to erect, good ventilation, spacious living area, decent size bedroom which can be divided with curtain, fits on a standard pitch (tent measures 4.8m x 3m) and I have recently bought a universal canopy to give me even more space!!



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24/7/2010 at 7:51pm
 Location: Essex
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Thanks for all the advice,I have been to PJ in romford today and had a good look at the nevada and the Icarus..... im leaning towards the Outwell as have had a Monty 6 and Vermont Xl with no problems at all even in the worst scotish storm ( deltas are great).

My only worry was pitching on my own but im sure a few practice runs will be in order.



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24/7/2010 at 8:06pm
 Location: Sunny south coast
 Outfit: Columbia 600 Bude 4
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There was a Icarus 500 on ebay the other day for 109 - brand new from retailer.

 



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01/8/2010 at 9:50am
 Location: Essex
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Well, got a smaller one at last !!. went for an Artemis 500, got a great deal on a display model. Tent, canopy and carpet for 120 from Allweathers.

Checked it out very carefully, no rips or tears, all zips ok, and it has steel poles rather than fibreglass so is quite sturdy too.

Off to Exmouth on weds for a week so will take lots of pics and do a review, as there is only 1 review for this tent so far  hope thats not  a bad sign !!!



01/8/2010 at 11:36am
 Location: Devon
 Outfit: Outwell Nevada M + Sunncamp Omega XL
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Looks like a good choice of tent, not sure why it's not more popular. Look forward to hearing your views on it.
Definitely a good choice of location (guess where I live).
Which campsite are you staying at?


01/8/2010 at 9:15pm
 Location: Essex
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Hi Lancman,

We are of to the NT site at Prattshays farm, Looks ok from the reviews apart from the sewage works lol !!! just hope the wind is in my favour  otherwise the kids will soon be moaning. But got 7 nights for 12.50 a night, which is fab for a week in Devon in August



02/8/2010 at 3:37pm
 Location: Devon
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Well I never, that site is 2 miles from my house and I never knew it existed!
Anyway, I have checked it out for you and it looks fine. Quite small, slightly sloping with what appears to be just basic facilities - but you know that already.
It should be nice and quiet and I didn't notice any unsavoury smells. Your pitch has a nice big RESERVED sign on it so you should be OK! Have a nice week.


03/8/2010 at 6:30am
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Thanks for having a look for me  I think there are about 30 pitches so will hopefully be nice and friendly, the warden has been very helpful on the phone so i cant wait.

This time tomorow ill be trundling around the M25 with the kids saying " are we there yet dad" !!!!!!

 




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