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Message posted by TimCESmith on 14/3/2019 at 7:06pm
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Thanks Mucker, that's fab. I do worry about how my valve discipline is going to work out!

In the mean time, this is the weather forecast for where we're going to be on Saturday:



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We have definitely been camped out in such windy conditions in the Karsten but have never tried to pitch when so windy. For your first camp and without having the chance for a trial pitch Id definitely stick to just the pod if the winds are anything like those on the forecast. Personally, Id be writing this coming weekend off :-(

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Thanks Dave. The forecast for when we arrive is a relatively benign 12mph, and the scary numbers are for gusts rather than sustained wind. Plus there's good shelter available on the site. Fingers crossed!

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We are up and guyed and in one piece. Not sure how well I�ve done it yet because we arrived in the dark. Pod + SE. Fabulous tent. Hurrah!

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By heck Tim you're brave! I would want a 40amp supply on site so I could run 4 fan convectors and 3 oil filled radiators! Well done!
You asked about the Karsten Campout in May....you'll need to speak nicely to James & Suzie who run the Camping Travel Store (Karsten importer) and ask them if you can attend. Enjoy the weekend.

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Quote: Originally posted by TimCESmith on 15/3/2019
We are up and guyed and in one piece. Not sure how well I�ve done it yet because we arrived in the dark. Pod + SE. Fabulous tent. Hurrah!





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Quote: Originally posted by TimCESmith on 15/3/2019
We are up and guyed and in one piece. Not sure how well I�ve done it yet because we arrived in the dark. Pod + SE. Fabulous tent. Hurrah!


Hard core - well done!! As above, in your situation, we'd have written this weekend off for a first camp in a new tent.

Talk of 40amp supply above reminds me; are you aware of the EHU cable entry point (just above the base, below the window on the left hand side)? Saves having to leave gaps in door zips for the cable. One tip for using is putting a break in the cable close to the consumer unit - this way you only have to pull a small length of cable through the hole rather than having to pull the whole lot through (potentially wet and muddy when it comes to packing away).

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Thanks Dave and Jo. The cable entry is certainly well hidden! Id spotted the location on one of Muckers photos and set the 10yo to finding it whilst I pegged. That kept her occupied for ages.

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Please tell Jo the bunting is on the other side

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Quote: Originally posted by TimCESmith on 16/3/2019
Please tell Jo the bunting is on the other side


Yeah, yeah - I believe you

Looking good (especially given it's your first pitch and in the dark!). With a few tweaks and practice, so long as the ground is reasonably level, you will be able to get the side walls a lot flatter. Personally, I'd put the pegs a bit closer to the tent and follow the line of the tubes - this will also give you a bit more flexibility to adjust when you add the various awnings, etc., and change the amount of pull from the front.

Are you going to try the front awnings out this weekend as well?

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Thanks Dave. I think I put the wrong guys on the wings - M, not W? I remember you warning me about it, but errr not the details! Original plan was to put the lot up this weekend but then I saw the forecast and chickened out.

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Sensible decision about not putting everything up this weekend!!

Guys labelled as:-

Wi - wings x 8
S - low tube x 4
M - mid tube x 4
L - high tube x 4
D - door/rain awning, etc. x 2

Other guys not labelled but, either way, the M/L/D lengths are useable/interchangeable for most guying points other than the wings or low tube points.



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Thanks again Dave. I had to go and check on that guy line as Im a bit of a fusspot when it comes to lining them up. Can confirm its a trick of the lens! I can also confirm to those who were worried, the new Karsten smell is very much in evidence.


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