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Message posted by prettypiglets12/8/2011 at 7:34am
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Hi Everyone

I have recently joined this site which is great with lots of info and I am already excited about camping,,, We are hoping to go for a short break bank holiday Monday to Shell Island but need to get a tent first!!!.

There is just the 2 of us but would like a tent we can stand up in, plenty of space to have a table in living space, biggish windows, goundsheet attached and space to store things like stove, clothes, food etc. so I thought a larger one and use one of the sleeping pods to do this.

We was thinking of the tents below so we can have lots of space, but I read on of the threads that some campsites charge you double prices if you have a large tent. Outwell Michigan 6 person Tent 2011 or Outwell Nevada L.

So looked at this one Outwell Caroline M 3 berth (169.97 go outdoors)  but not sure where you store other items?

Just wondering what everyone else does.

 

Many Thanks for any replied

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Message posted by LittleRuby12/8/2011 at 9:26am
Outfit:  Outwell Carolina M Kampa & Wynnster     Location:  Wigan
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The Carolina is a great tent but like you say the only storage area is the living space, but if theres only two of you then you will have ample room because its huge.
Have a look at the reviews there are lots of photos to see if it would work for you.

If you'd like to 'hide' your stuff then go for something with 2 sleeping areas, i've not being paid attention to whats upto date in tents this year but i'm sure someone else can recommend one.

Message posted by MairiJ12/8/2011 at 9:41am
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Hi Mandy,

The Nevada L is not big enough to be charged double, or the Michigan, not on any camp sites I've been to anyway - I would think the Nevada would be ideal, although possibly the M, with the option of a front extension, would give you really flexible space. My other suggestion would be the Glendale 5 as it has 2 living areas.

Let us know what you go for,

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Message posted by Fairywings7578112/8/2011 at 9:44am
Outfit:  Vango Eclipse 600 Airbeam     Location:  Cambridgeshire
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I have an Vango Icarus 500, great tent with the things you are looking for.  I am also new to camping and wanted something easy to put up with built in groundsheets and the Icarus has fitted the bill nicely.  I have also purchased the enclosed front canopy for extra space for longer trip or when we take the dog.

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Message posted by simon196312/8/2011 at 1:39pm
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vote here for the vango icarus 500 thats where i want to go one day shell island

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Message posted by victoria112/8/2011 at 2:04pm
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I have the Vango Icarus too, and there's three of us. The Icarus is a box ticker, it's quick to put up, it's full head height throught, even in the sleeping areas, it's reasonably priced, it's got a few design ideas like a mesh panel for the doors and a darker inner compartment so you don't wake up too early. Overall you couldn't go too wrong.


Message posted by bizzielizzieuk12/8/2011 at 3:38pm
Outfit:  Raclet Herald Trailer Tent & Awning     Location:  Kirkham Preston Lancashire
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We have just purchased an Outwell Nevada M from Go Outdoors, as it is ample for two adults, Oh 6'+, and one samll dog. There is three entrances, three big windows, a large living area, & a universal 2+3 sleeping pod that can be either opened up to create a large sleeping pod,( as we will be doing), or one of the pods can be unzipped to create more stooge space. Built in groundsheet, hydrostatic head of 4000 and a super windproof system, check it out on Outwell's webpage, where they have a YouTube video walking you through the erected tent, and another video demonstrating how you pitch the tent. Excellent spec. and great value for money for a tent:)


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Message posted by the-laughtons12/8/2011 at 3:48pm
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When trying to chose a tent, it is a really good idea to go and look at some that are erected in a tent display. There will be a camping/outdoor store somewhere near you ( Go Outdoors for a start) that will have a reasonable selection to walk about in. This way you really can get a good idea of the space available. The general rule of thumb seems to be, to get a tent with 1 or 2 more berths than the number of people who will be in the tent.
And once you are at a camping store, you will find loads of items you never knew existed, but you absolutely MUST have. It becomes an obsession !!

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Message posted by CanvasCol12/8/2011 at 4:02pm
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Another vote for the Nevada M from me. Theres 3 of us & the dog, loads of room especially with  the extension. We were drawn to it being a light colour so its very airy inside & the huge windows are brilliant if its bad weather & you're stuck inside.

 


Message posted by STIB200314/8/2011 at 6:50pm
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Shell Island is known as a tent breaker, I have an Icarus and wouldnt take it to Shell, it just not strong enough and I wouldnt trust the fibreglass poles to take the strain.
Maybe look for a steel poled tent?. (Missouri etc)
Or a Vango Force 10

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Message posted by prettypiglets14/8/2011 at 9:36pm
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Hi Everyone

We decided on the Nevada M which we purchased yesterday together with the footprint and carpet. The only problem we have is we tried to pitch it in the garden but its too big for our lawn as we have a tortoise house which we will need to reposition on the garden in order for us to air the tent when we come home. I am right in thinking this should be done before storing away?

Also after reading more of the reviews for Shell Island we have decided not to go there for the bank holiday in August, the mention of strong winds have put me off. We are looking at Tenby/Saundersfoot as we know the area having previous holidays there.

I just also wanted to say a big thanks for everyone replies and how valuable the information on this site is.

Thanks

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Message posted by arsenaldes14/8/2011 at 9:54pm
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Hi
You need to make sure your tent is totally dry inside and out before you put it to bed for the winter so anywhere you can dry it will be fine

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Message posted by john#mel#3kids!15/8/2011 at 9:36pm
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shame you not going to shell,we went last month and it was effing brilliant.


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