Yeah, have a good trip.
I give it a week
Yeah, have a good trip.
I give it a week
If you end up with a normal not pop-up tent and are putting it up and down loads, buy a compression stuff sack that is easy enough to stuff the tent itself into, and rather than rolling the tent up to fit it into the original bag, just bung it into the stuff sack and then do the straps up. Stops the tent getting creased, and it means that taking the tent down is a really quick job - we got it down to well under 2 minutes from fully pitched and pegged out to being packed up in the rucksack for our 2 man tent. Great if you are in Scotland being eaten alive by morning midge clouds. It also seems to take up slightly less space compressed than in the original bag.
Again, thanks all.
Ideally trying to get a 4 man, 2 separate rooms, with a central dining area. Something like this;
Although it has mediocre reviews. Pop up would be nice, but expensive. Hopefully a "normal" tent won't be too much faff as we'll get well practised at putting it up and down! My current 2 man tent, which I was impressed by how quick it went up/down, has clip on poles (rather than slide through), which cheaper tents wouldn't have I'm guessing.
Get a single dual-fuel burner, like the Coleman 422, off eBay for about £40 used. Plus a bottle of Redex fuel additive to keep it running sweet on unleaded. Jerry can for fuel. Some form of seal-able bag for it all to stop the car and our clothes stinking of fuel.
Take my current camping stove for screw on canisters for boiling water etc, and buy a bunch of screw on canisters before we leave. If we run out or can't find replacements once in Europe, buy pierce-able canisters and matching stove (hopefully find a cheap one).
Sleeping mat -
Happy to spend around £40-50, so going to try find a used Thermarest or similar.
- Would we regret not taking sleeping bag liners?
- We'll be getting a big waterproof duffel bag and anti-slip matting, and some hefty straps to hold it to the boot. I'm hoping (depending on shape of tent); tent and cooking gear in boot, clothes and sleeping bags in duffel bag on top of boot.
Tempted by something like this (although I'm put off by the separate ground sheet and 15mins put-up time)
or splash out on this (although I can't see how it's any bette);
This looks good actually, although more than we want to spend..
On stoves forget the coleman - they have a habit of flaring up( and failing like mine did)
Either a primus duel fuel ( my favourite and current stove )
Or a MSR whisperlight international which I had previously great stove but a bit on/ off with no in between
They will cost around £120 but you can ebay afterwards and get most of your money back
They run on anything and are easier to live with and apart from petrol pack up into the palm of your hand, just carry a gerry can for car and stove
DONT COOK INSIDE AND GAS YOURSELVES
The big advantage for the Decathlon tent is that they have shops all over France,and their aftersales service is excellent,spare poles etc easily available,a cheap British tent may prove difficult for spares in the event of a problem.
forget both those argos tents.
nightmare to put up , nightmare to put down.
not worth the hassle.
Gah, I thought the Coleman stoves are pretty good? Read lots of good things about them..
Argos tents have been forgotten..
Fair point about Decathlon, but we don't plan to spend much time in France at all, so not too much of a benefit I don't think.
Duane from my experience I would go for a normal tent modern ones go up in no time and they are much more sturdy. I put my 2 man tent up in pretty much all weathers on sides of mountains in less than 5 minutes. I would forget those argos tents they look crap.
My experience with Decathlon tents has been good Pennine Way with a £70 one!
Experience with Vango tents has been great as well I would definitely recommend the Omega range my 12yo sister reckons shed can get either the Omega 350 or Omega 600 up in under 10 minutes by herself.
When it comes to stove I would get something stable with a high power output.
Right, we were pretty close on getting a 4 man non-pop up Decathlon tent, but we are now tempted by 2 2man pop up tents, and a Decathlon tarp;
General idea is to face the tents to each other, and put the tarp between them.
Popup tents will be a lot less faff to pop up. If we are tired, wild camping, or the campsite charges per tent we can both cram into one. Tarp can be used for whatever, on the beach etc. Totals up to about the same as one Decathlon 4 man.
Any thoughts? We're heading to Decathlon tomorrow so will see how 2 tents fit into the boot of the MX5.
Keep it simples ...
Put up 2 tents seperately
1 tent between you and take the piss/take your time/take the birra and enjoyyy .
Why put up 2 tents ??
Unless you pull ...
on a serious note - I survived wit` burd for 3 weeks. Travelled down to the south of France in a tiny overheating 1972 MGB-GT, adventures galore - I kid you not (guns and polis )
Top time , no-one died, big, nay , BIG fun had and no one died.
Lighten up and just enjoy the trip !!
BTW - Sleeping bag, bottle of wine and a field ... try it, you might learn a little
Because 2 tents gives us the option of setting both up if we have time/can be bothered, or just one if we're too tired or in a rush.
Haha don't worry, we're lightened up, just keen to make sure we're vaguely comfortable for a months camping!
Yeah we've already sorted a boot bag, on the cheap though - 100l waterproof holdall for £20, big straps for £15, and some anit-slip mat for £5
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