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Subject Topic: Hi Gear Zenobia 8 Nightfall Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by Orionsbell via mobile 15/5/2021 at 2:26pm
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For background: Iím a novice camper as an adult (went loads as a kid and loved it), single parent with two children, aged 6 and 8. Older child has additional sensory needs. Iím likely to be going camping either alone with both children, or with my mum (so need a tent to fit at least 2 single adults and 2 children).

Having looked at lots of different options Iím thinking of getting the Zenobia 8 Nightfall. While itís an 8-berth tent for possibly as few as 3 people, I think that as my kids get older I will really be grateful for the extra space. I also like the idea of my mum and I being able to pull down the divider and have separate rooms rather than having to share. It doesnít look too difficult to put up (both kids can help hold poles etc.).

What are peopleís thoughts? I guess my main concern is - am I sensible to consider a tent of this size in my circumstances, or am I being completely over the top and ridiculous?

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Message posted by Mitchamitri17/5/2021 at 8:29am
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We had a higear Kalahari 8 for 3 of us for 5 or so years (fantastic value for money), now we have a kampa studland 8 for the three of us - with the extra extension on the end.   Advantage of both designs over some other tents are options that mean your bedroom isn't directly next to your children's.   Makes for better sleep and more privacy ;-)
Both tents are possible to put up on your own with some practice.

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We have a Kalahari 10 for 4 of us (and sometimes 1 small dog) with a porch . We have 2 daughters, one of whom has some additional needs too. We bought bigger to give us all some extra space and the option of a small room just for her if she needs some space to herself for some quiet time .

I think youíll appreciate the extra space if you have any wet days or any days when your little one just needs some time in the tent to chill out.

Fingers crossed the weather dries up for next week now 🤞

Message posted by RachlN7622/5/2021 at 1:12pm
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We have a big 7 man tent with built in porch for two adults and two children with ASC.

My kids are much older now, and Iím not sure what your child with sensory needs is like, but my Ďbeen there, done thatí advice would be that easy to pitch is quite important.

You think theyíll hold poles, but they get bored, or the wind flaps and they freak out, or itís wet and they canít deal with the texture etc etc and suddenly youíre on your own pitching a massive tent whilst simultaneously chasing children round a field! Great entertainment for neighbouring pitches, but not a relaxing start!

Iím very short, and I canít pitch that massive tent on my own. Not a chance. But I can manage our mode size 6 man Vango Isis. Just.

Iíve never had an inflatable tent, but I wonder if that might be easier?

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