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Message posted by annlondon29/10/2021 at 9:46am
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Iím brand new to camping. I used to trek in my 20s but then working life got in the way. My OH and I have recently retired but he spends 24/7 playing golf now and with no holidays in sight Iíll go insane if I donít get out. I play golf too but once a week. Next year he has lots of golfing days away so I have to make a plan. I love walking and nature and want to start travelling around the UK. I will be joining the solo camping WhatsApp group in due course.

When it comes to camping, I suspect I might be a bit of a wimp when it comes to the cold and wet. I was thinking of getting a Napier Sportz Dome-to-go Tent. This means if the weather gets bad I can creep into my car. However, I suspect that some campsites donít like cars backed up to tents or is it a case of getting the right pitch?

Is this a bad idea or is it workable? I have a hatchback car, not an SUV.

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Message posted by Fiona W via mobile 29/10/2021 at 10:08am
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Welcome to UKCS. This topic has been covered in previous threads, so have some fun while OH is golfing by exploring the Search function.
And the answer to your question is yes. Itís sleeping in a car without a tent that may sometimes be a problem, not just with some sites but with issues like condensation.
Given the cost of golf club membership plus the equipment, youíve got the equivalent budget for a comfortable camping experience.

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Message posted by Memms29/10/2021 at 11:18am
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It wouldn't be for me. We have a car with a tailgate and tried a set up with a tailgate tent. I have to say I hated it! Both the tent and the car were really cold. There was a huge draught under the car which I couldn't block off and it was gappy between the car and the tent which made it all cold and wet. Plus the condensation, it was not a success.
But I love tent camping so I would get a tent which was tall enough to stand up in and space for a comfy chair. Some windows so you can zip up if the weather is bad but still have light and a view. Get a carpet and in colder weather use EHU and take a little heater. You'll be really cosy!

Message posted by annlondon29/10/2021 at 8:18pm
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Thanks, I had a go but wasnít very successful. I think what I find frustrating is not being able to search the whole forum or can you? I tried using the word tailgate in the sub-forums but only found a couple of posts.

Golf isnít as expensive as people think. Iím looking at the sort of gear I might need to get started and my eyes are starting to water! And thatís just tenting. Iím a bit of a gadget geek so Iíll wager this will cost me more than golf!

However, cheaper than staying in hotels after the initial outlay and Iím looking forward to meeting people although I think like many of the people Iím reading about, happy with my own company too.

I do find the whole solo thing quite daunting which is why the ability to just jump into my car is appealing. Iím sure Iíll feel less anxious once Iíve gone on a couple of trips.

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Message posted by SmedmorDCH30/10/2021 at 9:01am
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Morning, Try your search for Boot Jump/Boot Jumping, may give your a few idea's.

regards David.

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Message posted by annlondon31/10/2021 at 2:05am
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Thanks, David. Found a bit more.

Have spent hours looking at tents now and still canít decide. If I knew I was really going to do a lot of camping I would probably bite the bullet and buy an air tent which would be easier for me to erect on my own. The Kampa Brean 3 Air Tent looks like a fabulous tent that would suit me but not sure I can get myself to pay so much at this point. I just donít fancy buying a tiny tent - I think that would put me off from the start.

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Welcome,

You can search the whole forum.

Where it asks you to "Search Forum" scroll down to the bottom of that box and select "All Forums"

Hope that helps.

The Campa tent is probably less than a decent set of clubs I would have thought.

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Message posted by woodman231/10/2021 at 10:48am
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Have you seen this on Ebay?

Message posted by annlondon31/10/2021 at 3:41pm
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That looks great but it looks like the poled version rather than the air.

Message posted by annlondon31/10/2021 at 3:46pm
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Ah, so thatís how I search the whole lot - thanks.

My golf clubs are 13 years old and still going strong. Probably works out at less than £50 a year. I bet most serious campers here have gone through at least 3 tents in that time.


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