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Message posted by DebsK on 14/4/2019 at 12:36pm
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Hi. I've recently become single again, and no longer have access to a nice comfy caravan! So I need to buy a tent, just for me and the dog to holiday in. But if only it were that simple! I have a very small car (Hyundai i10) so not much room, once my dog is in it. I'm no spring chicken, am only 5 foot tall and rather weedy! My budget is equally weedy! My children (grown up, all campers, all with nice big Outwell tents!) reckon I should get an air tent. However, these are so big and heavy, I'm not sure I can fit one in the car. My personal favourite is a poled Kampa Brean3, but the kids reckon I'll never be able to get the poles in the rings. So, any arthritic, short, slightly feeble ladies out there who camp alone who can advise on the best tent to pitch? It HAS to have standing height - I definitely can't spend a week crawling around a little tent with a big dog!
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Hi Debs, my daughter is in a similar situation ie; her the dog and a Nissan micra to put it in. She uses the Coleman instant tent.click here with a little tarp from Aldi I gave her to give a bit of outside shelter. If you google it there are plenty of videos about it. Shop around to get the best buy.

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Think 3 man tent for one man and his dog. Being small and not so high they are easy to put up.

If you preffer a little extra height think gothic arched tunnel tents.

A Vango Ark might suit you: https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/tents/p/Vango-Ark-300+/3113

If you want a better (mountain) tent with an extended fly sheet then the Vango Pulsar might be the thing: https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/tents/p/Vango-Pulsar-300/3334



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Bearing in mind, the comments above, and thinking polyester for lightness, I'm thinking along the lines of Slumit Gobi or Grizzly (https://www.slumit.co.uk/product/slumit-grizzly-4-man-tent-with-flashframe-pitch-system/0
Flashframe tents?

Or a polyester bell tent? Very simple.....
(I'm saying all this as one who prefers cotton/polycotton, but horses for courses? Polyester is a lot lighter....)


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Welcome! I'm just over 5' and a bit creaky and I have an Aztec Mardi Gras 3 berth tunnel tent. It's a few years old now - don't knoow if they're still available, but that style works for me. I can put it up okay on my own as it's quite lightweight; it has not let me down so far. I can stand up fine in the living area and stand up a bit hunched in the bedroom. Something to bear in mind is that on a site there's usually someone around - staff or another camper - who would be happy to help with a stubborn ring and pin system.

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I had my eye on the HiGear Aura Elite as my next easy solo pitch tent but the have discontinued it.

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Quote: Originally posted by DeborahTurner on 15/4/2019
I had my eye on the HiGear Aura Elite as my next easy solo pitch tent but the have discontinued it.



https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/392276254015?ul_noapp=true

Is that any good?

Looks like return stock, they say no issues, worst case if there is, return it for refund. Just pitch in garden and test with hosepipe :D

I am a sucker for steel poles so that looks great to me.

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The Kampa Brean 3 sounds perfect (I've got my eye on it as a full height stand-up-able in tent, just can't decide whether poled or air is the way to go).

As for getting the pins/poles connected, I connect one side and rough peg it down so it doesn't move then, as I bend the other side's pole to the pin I brace it with my foot and then just offer the pin to it (unless I've misunderstood what you mean).

I camp solo too but, as hedgehugger said, you do get offers of help from other campers.

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The Kampa Brean 3 looks great!

I can easily but up both my solo camping tents by myself but the Vango Kalu has been discontinued (Grrr, what an excellent small tent it is, so sturdy with one steel pole and small pack size) and the Obelink Eldorado definitely does not pack down small. And I can barely lift the bag if the Poles tent and pegs are all in.

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Thank you, everyone! Lots of great ideas here and my Ebay feed is now full of searches! I will let you know what I end up with! I'm a little apprehensive at camping solo for the first time ever, but it will be an adventure!

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Handy vid by Gary Cross RE: getting the pin in - https://youtu.be/dOsg0NZOKbQ

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Thanks from me for that link TimCESmith. I'll be giving that a go on my next camping trip - looks even easier than what I do

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As a nervous solo camper if you get to choose your own pitch go close to someone that looks stable and friendly.
Take 2 chairs as if you are expecting someone to show up at any moment.

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take a look at our Abberley 2 berth, it's such a cosy and cute looking tent, more than suitable for you and your dog. It fits me and my fox red labrador just fine. Just need to find a doggy sleeping bag for him now!

https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/articles/view.asp?id=824

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What's a doggy sleeping bag?

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i imagine its a sleeping bag where your dog can snuggle up next to you in, i doubt its a thing though :(


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