Tents which one

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the bear lake , 780 will be better if you put it up on your own both have good weather ability but my advice is to bey RV then you have the best of both worlds weather and comfort
 
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Wish i had the money mate to buy a pimp'd out RV,it's a tent next year or no holiday!

I'm looking at the Hartford as they're selling it for half of what is advertised for.
 
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its a good piece of kit but i watched a family strug like f with one last summer,in the end i gave a hand. I held up great right through that crap weather we had. but I prefure Aircon, central heating and a hot shower that I dont walk miles for .I camp 48 weekends a year, the other weekends are for rugby. And I use a lot of rugby club carparks as overnight stops
 
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Snips,

I brought the Bear Lake for the ACC's family holiday this year and it was well worth the outlay. Hot weather, the tent is coolish (ish), and in the rain completely waterproof.

The only problem we found was we went to buy the carpet and Outwell manufactured them wrong (so we were told by our camping shop).

If you are at a BFPO address i know a good shop who deliver tax free, or failing that, they give 10- 15% off.

Hope that helps.
 
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snips450 said:
Hello,

Thinking of buying a tent for next year.My local camping shop have the following tents on offer.

Outwell Hartford L

http://www.yeomansoutdoors.co.uk/products.asp?recnumber=3327

Outwell Bear Lake 6

http://www.yeomansoutdoors.co.uk/products.asp?recnumber=780

Both are ex demo models and they are in very good condition considering they've been out in the weather all summer.
Has anyone else got one of these tents and what do you think of them?

Cheers

Jim

I contemplated buying your first choice earlier on this year. I decided against it because


1. It was bigger than we actually needed.

2. There was only me and my technicaly retarded wife to erect it.

3. It didn't have a sown in groundsheet, which could enable the dog to squeeze out of the tent any time she liked and eat a lamb somosa from the neighbours BBQ.

If you don't have a dog, I would say point No 2 is the one to consider.
 
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The_Honest_Man said:
I still have my old Force 10 from Vango, I swear by it even though it is in Adventure trg orange!!!!!

Did you know the designer (who later invented the buffalo jacket) chose orange rather than green because it cast a light inside "slightly more romantic" for the seduction of the opposite sex?

You don't get that kind of depth of thought from Millets' designers, now do you?

I stick to a Vaude MkII. It has taken the worst the Ogwen valley could throw at it in winter before now, but you wouldn't want the whole family in it.
 
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geraintpillock said:
The_Honest_Man said:
I still have my old Force 10 from Vango, I swear by it even though it is in Adventure trg orange!!!!!

Did you know the designer (who later invented the buffalo jacket) chose orange rather than green because it cast a light inside "slightly more romantic" for the seduction of the opposite sex?

You don't get that kind of depth of thought from Millets' designers, now do you?

I stick to a Vaude MkII. It has taken the worst the Ogwen valley could throw at it in winter before now, but you wouldn't want the whole family in it.
I remember having them when I was a Scout! They were green though :D
 
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I went back up there this morning to have another look at them both.

The Bear Lake is blooming huge...but might be easier to erect than the Hartford L,as it would be me and OC Hse trying to put it up,But I like the design of the Hartford with the Pods on each end.

Only prob with the Hartford L is I've found and small repair on the porch.

They've now given me a price of £120 for the Hartford L and £260 for the Bear Lake.

Do I buy the cheap one and get more kit in the sale or buy the all singing and dancing one and have to wait till next year to buy the rest of the kit/equipment?
You just know that if I get this wrong I won't hear the last of it!!! :D


HELP!
 
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May not be the size you are looking at but I bought a Vango Storm 400 about eight years ago and have used it a couple of times a year since. Took it out this summer and the sewn in ground sheet has become completely porous! Put anything down on it or kneel on it and the waters just wells through it. Great design of tent with lots of good features but completely useless.
 
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Blacks own-brand tents seem to be of reasonable quality; true, they don't have an indefinite life-span, but they'll last a few years. Quasars are very good; not cheap, but properly cared for will last for ever. Don't make the mistake of buying something the shape of a garden shed; that type of tent tends to be hard to put up alone (there's a reason large tent erection is a favorite command task...) and will be easily damaged by strong winds.

If the groundsheet is fcuked then just put a poncho down first. I do that anyway; saves cleaning sheep sh1t off my tent.

Has anyone asked why you haven't tried to persuade the other half that bashas truly are the way forward? Bring a few more ponchos and you can even have walls :lol:
 
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snips450 said:
Wish i had the money mate to buy a pimp'd out RV,it's a tent next year or no holiday!

I'm looking at the Hartford as they're selling it for half of what is advertised for.
Build your own then; jarrod 248 did. Have a look at the Self Build people
 

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Sorry but i dont do do it your self , ill stick to my CI 565 on a Fiat 2 1/2 ton Ducato, costly but comfortable
 
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Bravo_Zulu said:
Has anyone asked why you haven't tried to persuade the other half that bashas truly are the way forward? Bring a few more ponchos and you can even have walls :lol:
I did mention that but she looked at me with a thousand yard stare and said "just try it!" :D

Anyway can't do anything till I get paid on Friday,knowing my luck I'll go up there and they'll both have been sold.
 
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My Misses and I got a tent this year to go away at weekends so we can have some more time together

We ended up by chance going in to Town and Millets had a Tent show/sale on. Where by tents we reduced and they were throwing an extra 10% off.

The first tent we saw and like was an Outwell Montanna 4 (sadly no longer made). It had many great features, Inregral Ground Sheet, 5000 Static Head waterproof, a side porch/entrance door, Double bedroom that can be zipped into 2 or rolled back to 1 to make extra living space, seperate opening for Electrics. To name but a few.

I hadn't heard of outwell so went back home and did a load of research on the internet which conviced us even more that that was the right tent. So we went back beak the guy down to knock another 5% off for MOD Discount. We accepted and went to buy.
The tent should have been £250 - 15%
But it was marked up as £225 on the till less the 15% so we threw the money grabbed the recipt and ran.

All in all we have been really impressed with it and the whole outwell range. Sadly the Montanna 4 is no longer made due to it being a very expensive small tent. So they have replaced it with the Minnesota 4, which doesnt have the zipped up porch, or the same waterproofness

We have since brought , an extension to give us some extra external living space and me some dry cooking space we ended up haveing to buy a Minnesota 4 to fit which it does well.

We have also brought as well from outwell purly because their stuff was on offer when we were looking to get exra stuff and accessories
Outwell Sleeping Bag
Outwell Tent Heater
Outwell Wind Break
Outwell Footprint Ground Sheet

Overall we have really been impressed with outwell stuff it is really well thought through and put together and their whole range is great. BUT beaware of buying some of their larger tents. They are massive and may not fit on to a standard camping pitch and you may require 2 pitches to set it up and may therefore be billed 2 pitches.
The Caravan & Camping Club have big issues at the moment with the larger outwell tents, and some sites wont let you on or put you on a Caravan pitch which is larger and charge you the full price of it due to the tents size and use of a caravan pitch.

Reall y have a look around at the various tents. There are lots out there.
Yeomans
Outdoor World
Riversway Leisure

Are all good suppliers very reasonable and helpful with an efficent service

Any queries PM me
 
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easesprings said:
beaware of buying some of their larger tents. They are massive and may not fit on to a standard camping pitch and you may require 2 pitches to set it up and may therefore be billed 2 pitches.
The Caravan & Camping Club have big issues at the moment with the larger outwell tents, and some sites wont let you on or put you on a Caravan pitch which is larger and charge you the full price of it due to the tents size and use of a caravan pitch.
Thanks for that easesprings!

Any idea on how big a normal sized tent pitch is?
 

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