Hi There, I have a camplite 5 and have been looking for a canopy to fit for a while. Can you let me know the exact model of the Vango 400 closed extension? and it it a front or side canopy? DH needs to be convinced before I can go ahead and buy a canopy. I'd be ever so grateful.
I think the weekend part would be down to 'space'. We went from a wild country monsoon 4 to the camplite as we wanted something we could stand up in and have a bit of sitting space if it was raining. We have 3 children, but they were quite young then. We have used it for up to 3 weeks as a time, it's great for touring as it was 10-15 mins set up (we tend to fit in 5-6 campsites). Last year we were doing a different sort of camping- staying for more nights in fewer places, plus the kids got bigger so we added a vango closed extension which fitted really well. (we got a vango 400, as the best fit). You could use a tarp for extra space too.
We also considered a khamsin but they were out of stock when we purchased which helped- we were torn between the two. Incidentally we have since bought another tent- a polycotton eureka number (finally persuaded DH from wild country!) but we can't find the courage to get rid of the camplite as it fills a niche for that 'quick' light tent.
Thanks for your help Prof . We have had a trisar for about 15 years and loved it but now looking for a bigger lightweight family tent. Just a bit worried because the Laser Space 5 didn't have taped seams and they told us wasn't that long lasting (despite being £900). We tend to camp in Scotland and don't want anything that can't cope with the wind and rain we sometimes get and so the fact that they keep calling it a weekend tent makes me wary and needing reassurance!
We have a wild country camplite (5) which is similar, think it was the model before. Wild country are a very good brand, they are a sister company to Terra Nova which does a lot of expedition camp tents. The camplite is very light, so ideal for touring. The bedrooms are quite narrow, in comparison to say Outwell tents but ok for SIMs.