Novice camper, need tent buying advice.

(6 Posts)
elfycat Sun 08-May-16 22:03:09

OK, not so much a novice as a camping-averse .

We used to have a tent, which was used when a friend had a party and had a mini campsite at the bottom of the garden.

That tent sadly expired (it was my husbands from before we met... 16 years ago) and my friend is having another party next month. I need a new tent and it must:

Sleep 4, adults, one of whom was recently descended from a grizzy bear in terms of height and build. 2 are smallish children, for now. I suspect they will grow a lot.

Be able to be put up by one frazzled, camping-averse woman, with the possibility of 5 & 7 yo 'helpers'.

Be able to tuck back into a smallish shape and be stored in a garage, coming out every now and then and being fairly reliable.

Ideally have:

A separate bedroom and small sitting in area (ie somewhere I can pretend to have space away from the DDs, and drink wine while crocheting)

I don't want to spend a fortune, but if a few extra pounds brings ease or comfort then I'm happy to spend a bit more. I'd rather get all the enjoyment possible out of the experience low expectations of joy Probably not over £200 and preferably under £100 to give you an idea.

Fourormore Sun 08-May-16 22:06:52

I'd have a look at the Hi Gear range on the Go Outdoors website. If one you like is over budget you could try seeing if it's for sale on eBay.

elfycat Sun 08-May-16 22:38:44

Thanks for that. There's a couple of tents that might be of interest smile

Pengweng Mon 09-May-16 13:03:18

We have this one www.gooutdoors.co.uk/hi-gear-spirit-6-tent-p321215

It's pretty study and easy to put up, it only took DH and I 30 mins to do the first time and now it's around 20 mins tops to put up. We got the footprint and carpet but if it's only for occasional use then i'd not bother. It gets bonus points for fitting back in the back the first time round too. Normally I have to refold a few times to make tents fit.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Mon 09-May-16 13:08:42

Out well Montana.

winewolfhowls Sat 14-May-16 08:32:55

Outwells are good because they come with big bags to get it back in!

If I were you I would get a better brand like Outwell or van go second hand, people sell bundles of good condition gear on preloved or gumtree. Because your kids may decide they want to go camping more often !

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