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Subject Topic: Porch Envy ! How big do we need ? Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by westcountrycat17/5/2020 at 11:12am
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Hi All,

Getting fired up about camping after lockdown, we have a great tent but the porch area is naff.

We saw some great tents last year and had really bad porch envy

We want a 5 or 6 man tent, not massive but with a nice big porch area so we can sit in chairs or small table and be out of the rain and be able to cooking in light rain.

Found one with 125cm and then sloping down another 100 is this ample to you think,

What size porches do you guys have that you feel comfortable doing this with ?

And is it better to have one integral to the tent or do you have extensions ?

I don't want to go to a massive tent but do want a good porch :)

Thanks All

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Message posted by Caligula17/5/2020 at 6:05pm
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Why not buy a tarp? Cotton, polycotton or plastic......and then adapt to suit?
I have one 16sq metre polycotton tarp that I can use happily with several different large (bell, pyramid) tents, and a smaller lightweight plastic one for bivvying or when I'm on my own in the lavvu or something similar.....

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Message posted by seanfdh17/5/2020 at 7:08pm
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We use a tarp or an event shelter. The tent's just a bedroom really. If you've got younger kids that may not be practical though. Some pics:







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Message posted by Caligula17/5/2020 at 8:10pm
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Exactly (big fan of the Fairbanks tent!)

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Message posted by westcountrycat17/5/2020 at 8:35pm
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wow, they all look superb :)

Message posted by dk16817/5/2020 at 11:38pm
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A tarp is very versatile, check out the Tarp Origami thread for advice and inspirations.

My own tarp effort with my last tent:



The ridge line method is easy to learn, and attaching the tarp via carabinas would aid quick take down and re-attachment.

I strongly advise against keeping a tarp up unattended during the day and overnight, unless one can be certain of good dry weather with only light winds.

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Message posted by Caligula18/5/2020 at 7:48am
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A smaller version of teepee (polish lavvu) and cheap tarp for the solo camper...........just all goes to show that with some inventiveness, a tarp can be adapted to pretty much anything? And tarps come in all sizes and materials and specifications.............



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Message posted by westcountrycat23/5/2020 at 8:19am
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All Amazing Ideas, thanks everyone :)

Message posted by purplenel via mobile 27/5/2020 at 8:14pm
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We just bought an extension. I know itís less versatile and does need pitching but for us it gave us a nice kitchen diner! We love it. They donít make them for our tent but we bought an Outwell universal one.

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Message posted by westcountrycat05/6/2020 at 10:45am
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Oh, wow,thats great purplenel !

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