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Subject Topic: Single parent - 1 person pitch tent help Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by contrarylass06/6/2015 at 8:39am
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Hi all,

I'm a single Mum with a nearly 2 yr old escape artist. Complete newbie to camping and hopelessly impractical.

Trying to find a tent...

Looking at vango icarus500, quechua 4.2 and Khyam chatsworth so far. Any advice?

I'm looking for something with 2 bedrooms next to each other with an optional divider. Ideally dark inner pods to aid sleep and I'd like a sewn in ground sheet.

Budget also an issue. Oh wise ones HELP!

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Message posted by Fiona5806/6/2015 at 9:10am
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Hi
We started off with an Icarus 600, if you go on you tube there are videos of this tent being solo pitched. Good luck happy camping

Message posted by romany girl06/6/2015 at 12:33pm
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The Quechua are quick and simple tents to erect, and very cosy and dry, we bought one out of our local Decathlon sale for our Daughter who is also a single parent with two small children both under school age.
The problem comes though when she wants to pack it away, due to its 'Pop-up' design, its not very easy to wrestle with it alone to get it into its circular bag, and once it is in, its still quite a large package at around a metre in diameter and too big to fit flat into quite a few car boots, or indeed under the front benches of our caravan, even though the pack is only about 10cm thick.

With hindsight, we wished that we had bought her one of the smaller model Outwell tunnel tents, a mini version of our old Winfield, which was quick and easy to pitch, and very storm proof and dry.

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Message posted by RichJean+Ellie06/6/2015 at 4:12pm
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Depending on your budget, by far the easiest type of tent to pitch on your own would be an inflatable tent. But they do tend to be expensive compared to the normal poled variety.

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Message posted by OldRex06/6/2015 at 6:26pm
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Of your options, I would advise the Icarus - it is a good tent but lighter and much cheaper than the Khyam (as you are new to this I wouldn't advise pushing the boat out until you get a feel for your personal requirements).

As Romany Girl said the Quecha are easy to pitch but harder to pack up solo. No doubt you have seen the videos on Youtube. Also - and this is important for many - the Icarus has a sown in groundsheet but the Quecha does not.

Of course whatever tent you choose, you still will still need eyes in the back of your head watching the little 'un.

When my boys were that age I used to give them a couple of rubber hammers and some plastic pegs. That kept them occupied for hours, well - long enough to pitch a tent anyway. Of course, I would then have to pull out all the pegs out that they had hammered in.

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Message posted by bobbyg06/6/2015 at 9:52pm
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I have the Icarus and wouldn't fancy trying to pitch it myself - especially if there is a wind of over 1mph !

Message posted by OldRex06/6/2015 at 10:58pm
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If you peg the corners before you insert the poles its easy, and actually safer than the Vango instructions.
Make sure the front door is open and the corner straps are loosened, start with the pole nearest the door and work backwards.
If it is windy, guy out the poles as you go.
This video shows how its done.
Cross Camping Method
I use this method to pitch solo all the time. Allows Mrs Rex to take the nippers to the playground so I can crack on without any "help"

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Message posted by MOWWD07/6/2015 at 7:23am
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Maybe a secondhand pyramid tent would suit you. Easy to erect by one person. One central pole plus door frame.

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Message posted by Daisy_bell07/6/2015 at 8:45am
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I went for the pyramid tent option too for ease of putting up. There are a lot of pegging points though so I underestimated the time that would take, but that's just my tent.

Message posted by HEJC7207/6/2015 at 1:22pm
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My 2 friends both have the Icarus 500 and they can pitch it solo.
I have the Easy Camp Licata 400 which again can be pitched easily by 1 person.

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Message posted by ladycake07/6/2015 at 2:45pm
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i can pitch the icarus 500 solo too! i`m only a diddly thing (5 ft 2)so if i can u can. top tip on pitching it:
main front door leave open (i have the mesh on it closed). the corner peg straps have loose. pitch from front to back and its a cinch. i also have the bedroom pod always attached, so its up in half an hour!

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Message posted by paul+kate s-o-t07/6/2015 at 4:06pm
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Out of the tents mentioned it would be the Icarus
If you could stretch your budget though I'd be looking at either
Vango flux 500 airbeam or vango genesis 400 or 500 discontinued know but a flux sold on eBay last week for 129

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