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Subject Topic: Is this a good deal (icarus 500) Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by teantoast05/5/2014 at 8:04pm
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Hi,

We are a family of four about to embark into the camping world.

I'd already bought a rubbish tent but have seen this and it's caught my eye.

There are inners on eBay for 30.

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Thanks in advance

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Message posted by paul+kate s-o-t05/5/2014 at 8:34pm
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to be honest an iccy 500 to hold four people would be tight in my opinion
but it all depends on what your using it for ie weekends or week long stays

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Message posted by teantoast05/5/2014 at 8:49pm
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Oh really? I thought they looked quite spacious but I know nothing at all as yet. Is is only two adults and a 1&3 year old though to be fair. That one went for a little more than is been hoping to pay but there's another I'm looking at. Don't want to spend too much starting out but I know it's important to get something half decent.

I imagine to begin with at least it would be no more than a few days at most.

Thanks for your reply 😄

Message posted by jackie_s05/5/2014 at 9:01pm
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I think it depends what you are sleeping on. Hubby and I have campbeds and with a dog in an icarus 600 there wasn't a whole lot of room left.

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Message posted by teantoast05/5/2014 at 9:05pm
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This is a minefield 😖

I'm so keen to get going!

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Message posted by paul+kate s-o-t05/5/2014 at 9:16pm
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with 2 little ones i suspect you will be opening the whole bedroom up
will you be sleeping on airbeds,self inflating mats,campbeds or roll mats
these are great little tents and with the kiddies being so young i think it will just be big enough to test the water so to speak
space wise think about all the extras you need to take with you as these soon eat into the living space and also the sleeping space
the iccy is classed as 5 berth so as you say there are 4 of you plus clothing and all the baby stuff in the bedroom
then all the seating plus tables and toys and all the other bits and bobs you will be taking not to forget cooking
imho i wouldnt think there would be much room left over for moving around and if the weather is bad you would soon feel cramped having to sit in the tent

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Message posted by teantoast05/5/2014 at 9:36pm
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Yes we would be, probably an air bed for us and SIMs for them with all manner of blankets etc underneath both.

I think something sound to get us going is all we need, just looking at the millions of tents available is mind boggling. However, I'm sure no matter what we get we will get it wrong and I don't want to not be able to move.

Do you have any recommendations?

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Message posted by Wibsey05/5/2014 at 9:48pm
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When we where looking for a tent when our 2 where young, the thing I wanted was bedroom pods next to each other, and even now I like this set up in our 7 man tent... Yes 7 man for 4 people and a dog our kids are 15 and 13 and we have enough space for cooking, eating and playing a board game if the weather is grim.
Have you thought about going to a camping shop with a tent display, get in some, let the children have a run around and see how you feel about size.

Message posted by MandiNKel06/5/2014 at 7:13am
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It depends how much you want to pay!
I found the Iccy 500 ideal for 3 adults but we have a large canopy for it which is ideal to have all cooking things under and gives that extra space.

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Message posted by teantoast06/5/2014 at 9:33am
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Yes, I'm now looking at 6 man Wibsey, feel so daft for buying a four man one thinking it would be ok. First lesson learnt!

There's a GO near here so I think we will take the kids up at the weekend because tbh they don't even really know what a tent is, I've been showing them pics so they'd be excited to see some in the flesh. Are they usually ok about kids going inside them etc?

MandiNKel, I'm now thinking the 600 might be ideal for us, I really like the lay out of it. I don't want to be paying much to be honest, ideal 100 second hand but I think I'm going to be looking at more like 150. Love the look of the new Isis but it's a bit out of budget for a first tent.

Thanks all.

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Message posted by rsp206/5/2014 at 5:09pm
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yes you can take your kids into the tents that's why they put them up so people can look at them to see if its the right tent for them.

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Message posted by Campernic06/5/2014 at 6:09pm
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Quote: Originally posted by teantoast on 06/5/2014

There's a GO near here so I think we will take the kids up at the weekend because tbh they don't even really know what a tent is, I've been showing them pics so they'd be excited to see some in the flesh. Are they usually ok about kids going inside them etc?




Just try to bear in mind that although a tent might look massive empty, it will be full of chairs, beds etc and it won't be so massive then. Try to picture where the table will go, chairs around it, all the airbeds. Go as big as you can.

Have you thought about getting an old fashioned canvas frame tent from Ebay? They might be bulky to pack with all those poles but they are great for space, I have one and it is called a bungalow 6 - and that's a pretty good description!


Message posted by Wibblywobbly06/5/2014 at 7:00pm
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A good rule of thumb is to get one on the basis that you require at least 1.5 berths per person. Eg Each person has sleeping space for themselves, plus 50% of a person for their clutter. So a 2 berth will suit one person, a 3 berth will suit 2 people, a 6 berth four people etc.

The snag is that as the number of berths increases, so does the clutter, as a 4 person family with a 6 berth tent will probably have a larger camp stove, chairs, and all sorts of other family gear with them.

The best way to figure out how much room there is would be to go somewhere like Go Outdoors, and get the whole family in a tent. Is there enough room to lie down comfortably without touching the sides, where will the clutter go?, if it's raining, is there enough room to spend time under canvas with chairs, a table, the kitchen etc?

You will be amazed how a large empty tent suddenly feels small when it's got people in it.

Hope this helps.

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