/ Family Camping Tent - Need Suggestions
Looking for some advice regarding tents.
Looking for family tent (4) for use in campsites, able to stand up inside. and enough space for medium size gas stove/table, plus small table and couple of chairs to sit out of the rain.
Also is there a particular company you rate highly. I was thinking of either outwell or vango.
I've got an outwell oakland m, its perfect for me and the mrs as we can stand fine. Perhaps one of the bigger models for a famil? Our family tent is a vango diablo 600. Its huge!
Yours for £130 - bargain
however.....if cash is no prob then have a look at these:-
i`m planning on replacing my icarus 400 in a few years time with one.
Vango Beta 450
New for £107 with Taunton Leisure
It's huge and cheap. I've used mine in the UK, France and Spain and found it to be great value for money. Room for a small table and chairs in the porch (which has a ground sheet you can fold back). Doors on two sides.
Wild Country might be worth a look, too - more suited to UK weather than hotter trips (zip down fronts like a mountain tent, rather than open porches)
FIRE RESISTANT FABRIC? Not all tents are fire resistant and you might want to check the spec before you buy if this is important to you.
> however.....if cash is no prob then have a look at these:-
> i`m planning on replacing my icarus 400 in a few years time with one.
A friend of mine has one of these, him and his missus lived in it for six months, great piece of kit.
There's loads of tents in contention, you have to work out what you're doing with it, and how you're going to transport it, store it, dry it out etc.
You can get good enough cheap ones at go outdoors atm for under £100.
They go up quick, pack down small but less weather resistant.
Big modern tents are extremely bulky and heavy, so need more looking after.
The wild country ones have a tarp ('temperature moderator') if you're going somewhere hot to cool them down a bit, of course you could just fashion your own.
IMHO large tent technology has hardly improved in several decades, the only innovation worth mentioning is poly/cotton outers that are less prone to rot than 100% canvas.
The old style canvas bungalow tents still remain the stand out choice, although unfortunately they stand out for looking old fashioned and unsophisticated to the non-cognescenti.
The heavy weight canvas is better in strong wind (nylon is incredibly noisy in wind)and strong sun. The frames are stronger and lighter than modern tunnels that have introduced cross bracing poles that make them frame tents in all but name.
The only drawbacks are bulk (although many nylon mega tents are bulkier) and trying to dry them afterwards.
Thanks for the suggestion but I already have a Beta 450 which is what I will replace with my new tent, reason being is I can't stand in the 450.
Bought a second hand Robens cabin 500 on UKC - they don't make it but the cabin 600 is the newer model and Blacks have it on sale.
Great tent - 6'2" husband can stand up fine in it. Plenty of ventilation for the summer with protection over, so you can leave them open in all but the worst rain! Withstood a massive prolonged thunderstorm in the Pyrenees this summer, with no leaks when many other around were failing and our old Vango would have had rain coming in the bottom.
Thanks for the reply winhill.
Main use if for me and my gf (or me on my own) to camp for anything from 1 night up to a to 2 weeks at a time. But I like the extra space of a 4 man tent. But at the same time don't want a massively over sized tent, especially as some places charge you depending on the size of your tent.
I did originally consider one of the very cheap tents you can get, but after reading quite a few bad reviews about them. Decided I didn't want to go completely bargain basement.
Main use will be UK use car camping so weight isn't an issue. But good taped seams are needed with reasonably water resistant fabric. Although at the same time if weather is really bad I'm sure we'd pack up and just come home.
Drying would possibly the only difficulty, although I may be able to take it to work and dry it one one of the large indoor spaces we have.
After some research tonight I'm considering the Vango Calisto 400 and Royal Hampton 4 or possibly one of the Outwells.
The loving area is high enough to stand in and fits our table and (three) chairs with bags of space. Pitches fly first so good in poor weather.
I used to sell tents for a living and saw a fair few models (and their returns) and settled on the Khyam as it's a much sturdier proposition than Vango, Lichfield et al!
Plenty of endorsements on here in the searches.
I've got an Outwell Oakland that I use for longer trips with the missus. Loads of room, and stood up to a pretty hefty storm when pitched by an idiot (me) on the highest bit of Garth Farm campsite....
just hope that's a bit more soundproof than the average tent!
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