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Message posted by leeatgolf8123/7/2011 at 12:40am
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Hi All,

me again, am due to be going on our first family camping holiday soon. I think I've brought all the essentials and if I'm honest we have glamped !!! it a bit, else I'd never have persuaded wifey to go.

Few questions, hope you can help-

What are the best airbeds and cheapest place to get them? We had Tesco's middle of the range ones and they're flat by the morning.

Lighting ??? We have two kids, what's the best type of lights and lanterns that are reasonably priced and good quality / fit for purpose. They seem to range from 5-50.

Heating ? - a few people have strongly recommended some kind of internal heater, particularly with the kids as it can get very cold. Again, seems to be tons of different kinds. Any help greatly appreciated. Gas or electric. Battery operated. Wind up ????

 

 


Message posted by arsenaldes23/7/2011 at 12:51am
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Hi

Dont believe you have bought the essential there will continue to be essential to buy

Thats the joy of camping

Are you going to use a pitch with an Elecric hook up

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Message posted by dk16823/7/2011 at 8:31am
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Personally, I believe it is worth paying a bit more to get a better airbed, like Coleman.

As for lanterns, head torches are great for kids.

As for inside the tent, I would recommend a rechargeable one, or one that is battery operated, as it is not recommended to use gas appliances inside a tent.

I favour the look and design of Vango's ECO 15, as it can be powered by solar energy, 12V, 240V as well as winding. If I were to get a lantern today, it will be this one.

As for heaters, personally I would use an electric fan heater with variable temperature and fan settings, safety cut out, and can be used as a fan alone etc., with no more than 2kW of maximum output at the highest setting.

With this you would need to get an Electric Hook Up (EHU) Kit, and one should be able to pick up a good one for about 35 GBP with 3 sockets.

With EHU, you can then use one of those hanging work lamp for inside the tent (if it has a hanging point).

Good luck and have fun!

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Message posted by subaqua23/7/2011 at 9:13am
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i can heartily recommend "readybeds "as an airbed. have agoogle for gelert rechargeable remote lanterns . they come with 230V and 12V charger. and the remote is great when you are lying in your bed and need to switch the light off.  

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Message posted by adandemsmom23/7/2011 at 9:34am
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We use Coleman Comfort beds - no problems in 3 years.

We use an EHU so have a small electric fan heater (around 20 from Argos).

 For lighting we use an electric clip on light for the main area of the tent. We also have a rechargeable lantern which we use outside and in the bedrooms.

 



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Message posted by Greengael23/7/2011 at 9:59am
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I would definitely recommend the electric hookup. I have been camping for twelve years and this is the first time we have had electric and what a difference it makes..especially to the wife. Even little things like being able to charge your phone is invaluable, never mind the fan heater, the electric lights, the travel kettle (another must have no need to faff around with gas just to make a cup of tea).

Just be sure of your amps and power usage. The site we are currently at supplies 10amps of current which is 2400w. Don't over-do the appliances at the same time as it may make you a little unpopular. In other words don't run your big electric lights draws, like your fan heater and kettle, at the same time.

Message posted by Foote Family24/7/2011 at 7:32pm
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I can recommend the Aerobed Active double airbed. We got ours from Argos this year and paid 99 (brochure price 119) very comfortable and easy to put up and down. Packs up easily into its compact bag too.

Message posted by cindy00724/7/2011 at 7:59pm
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we also have the Aerobed Active double airbed, purchased ours from Argos in the sale at 69.99, its great.

We also have EHU so have a fan heater also from Argos, and a clip on light with low enegy bulb for the main light. For the kids we have small tourches for going to the loo at night.

The spending will never stop, as you will see something, want something, or need something its called camping.

Have fun and enjoy.



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