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Subject Topic: My First Tent Berghaus Air 6XL or Other ? Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by SeriousDave via mobile 13/3/2022 at 12:37pm
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Hi, as my title says it's my first tent and I haven't a clue what to get, i have walked inside a 4XL on display at go outdoors as I liked the look of the 6XL but they don't have one up in-store, other than the Berghaus Air6XL can anyone recommend anything else or is the air 6XL my best option Thanks 👍

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Message posted by Monty1513/3/2022 at 2:31pm
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I can't (or won't really!) pick someone else's tent for them, it's such a personal thing. But a few tips that experience has taught me.

With an air beam tent, when packed they are often bulkier and heavier than a equivalent poled tent (poled tents can have weight/bulk split with separate flysheet/pole bags - air beam is what it is, all in one big lump!), ABSOLUTELY make sure you can lift/manhandle/transport (will it fit in car!) when packed!

I've two now rather old (steel) poled tunnel tents, one 6 berth, one 5 berth, both are pretty heavy and bulky, but I can split the poles from the flysheet to make handling easier. I've also got a largish air beam awning for the caravan, so plenty of experience of both types.

Separate porch areas are a Godsend! They enable you to keep wet/muddy gear and cooking separate from your main living/sleeping space. An open ended porch is better than nothing, a porch that can be enclosed with it's own door/wall to keep out the elements is the best option. Last thing you want is to be dragging wet cloths/boots etc. into your main tent space, it makes EVERYTHING (including clean/dry cloths, towels, bedding etc) damp, causes lots of condensation to drip off inside of flysheet and things never dry out!

Read the blurb/instructions to see how many people are necessary to erect/break down the tent, some tents are a nightmare!

If you do opt for a air beam tent, try to find one where each airtube can be (by valves), or is isolated from the others, so than in the event of a leak only one tube deflates NOT the whole tent!

Decent head height is something you will come to appreciate, being doubled over inside a tent or constantly brushing head on condensation soaked flysheet/beams/poles becomes tiresome, bedroom areas are less important as you spend less time on your feet. If considering camp beds (as opposed to airbed/sleeping mat on the ground) ENSURE bedrooms are large enough to accommodate them, stated sizes will be at ground level, sloping walls will reduce effective dimensions noticeable and often mean that bed/head/feet will be in contact with walls, and walls move/flap! - makes for very uncomfortable sleeping if you are in contact with walls or they keep brushing against you!

Extras like carpets and footprints make a big difference, but don't get too hung up on custom fit ones unique to the tent. Picnic rugs, general tent carpets etc. that cover the main floor area are just as effective and often a fraction of the cost. Footprints are nothing special, a cheap builders tarp will do the job just as well BUT it does need to be cut/folded so that it is around 100mm/4in INSIDE the perimeter edge of the tent groundsheet to stop rain wicking under tent and partially defeating the point (which is to keep tent groundsheet dry and mud free so that when packed up after trip it keeps flysheet as clean/dry as possible).

Plenty more of tips I'm sure, and others will no doubt chip in.




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Thank you much appreciated

Message posted by WeeAlD via mobile 13/3/2022 at 7:28pm
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We have an Airgo Horizon Solus 4 berth and also saw it on display in Gooutdoors, we liked the look of it and it fitted our needs.
Next we searched out for it as packed and checked the weight, we tend to pack the footprint, carpet and pump separately in the car, both for ease of erecting the tent with everything to hand, and also for filling up those small spaces to maximize what we can carry in car.
It works for us, you need to find what works best for you.

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Message posted by TraceyD via mobile 20/3/2022 at 1:26pm
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After a two year adventure into air tents we're reverting back to poles this year. We've just bought a Khyam Family 6, beautiful big tent with lots of open space and 3 bedrooms. We liked the fact it has a large attached porch. If you wa t air then the airtek 6 is exactly the same layout.

As someone said above, its a very personal thing, everyone wants different things from their tent. Best to look at what people are suggesting znd see what suits your requirements.

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I have the air 4.
I really miss having somewhere to put wet gear . But when I tried yo lift the air 4xl I couldn't do it. They are massive I have an estate car and it takes up a lot of boot space.
Pumping up is OK but if the valve gets knocked as you are removing the pump the whole thing deflates.
Also condensation in the bedroom pods are bad in a morning .

Message posted by Mitchamitri25/3/2022 at 3:25pm
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Everyone has different needs but some basic rules:

1) If there is a porch/awning available separately for your tent BUY IT.   If the porch /awning isnt available at the time you plan to buy simply don't buy the tent. The internet is packed with people "HELP!!!   I bought this tent but can't find the porch for it, anywhere...." (guess what, thats why the tent was on offer)

2) Check you can lift it and fit it in the car

3) Buy a tent bigger than the official "sleeps" number, everyone knows this - but also assume a big dog takes up the same room as 2 people.

4) Don't buy too much kit up front.   You dont need sleeping bags and camping pans when a duvet and pans from home will do.

5) The old adage always spend money on good shoes and a good bed applies.

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Message posted by SeriousDave via mobile 25/3/2022 at 5:22pm
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I bought the Zempire Aero TXL Pro in the end, the spec was to high to ignore and it looks fantastic


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