Scruff9252 when I get my spare pennies Im aiming for one of the teepees that can have a fire in the middle!
Been trying to justify one of those (I assume it's a Bell tent). They look great and seem to have loads of advantages and I especially want one of their portable stoves.
Only thing that puts me off is it's difficult to divide the sleeping area to keep dogs off the bed without losing the nice center candle lights
Anyone got any experience of the Vango Odyssey, and particularly (in any model) their "linked in" ground sheet system which may off the best of both issue mentioned?
We haven't got an Odyssey, but we have got an Orchy 600 which shares a lot of features.
The liner to split the sleeping area in two doesn't seal all the way round, it just clips in, in a few places. Fine for us, but may be something to consider.
The groundsheet is built in (we also got a footprint to go with it). Looking at this video:
it looks like the groundsheet on the Odyssey can be removed if required, which seems like a good idea.
The thing I would say about most of these kinds of tents, is that the door lean inwards. If the tent is wet & you open the door on our Orchy, lots of water pours in - it is very difficult to keep the interior dry. We use it for long weekends away so stumped up for the large canopy (which was bloody expensive compared to the tent!) but it has made the tent so much more versatile. We attach it to the front of our tent and it makes a nice living area with space for cooking and allows you to get out of the rain, open the tent up without worrying about water pouring in, taking your shoes off with somewhere dry to leave them, before stepping into the tent.
I'll see if I have any pics of it up.....
Coleman are excellent tents & very well made. Our current tent is an Outwell Montana 6. Not cheap, but about as good as family tents get. We've camped in Octoberr & even in a large tent, providing its got a sewn in groundsheet, a 1kw fan heater keeps it nice & warm. You do need a covered area in which to take boots off etc, & cook. Also the comment about sloping sides is a good one. We bought an extension canopy for our Montana. Having a full height tent means that you can sit & eat in comfort etc, regardless how crap the weather outside.
But, the best investment you'll make is a Coleman Double Air-Bed. So comfy.
All this sounds great but it's certainly not light weight camping.
We have a caravan also & as nice as central heating, double glazing & a walk-in shower are, if the weather is good I love the tent.
This was a few years ago...
Those Bell Tents look ace
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