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LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Tue 24-May-11 15:29:08

Having palpitations. Please tell me it'll be worth it. I just pressed 'purchase' and parted with £439 for a Soulpad 5000-hybrid. Please tell me it will last forever, we'll love it, it'll be DH's best birthday present ever and I won't regret it? Please?

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Tue 24-May-11 17:20:42

No-one then? Arrghh!

Lovecat Tue 24-May-11 20:52:49

You will love it forever. I bought the exact same tent last year in a similar fit of button-pushing madness and have never regretted it.

It is sooo lovely! I am so happy with it, the only drawback to it that I have found is that I then went and spent squillions on lovely things for the inside of it, to keep it pretty... grin even DH, the man what hates camping, loves it.

Have fun... grin

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Tue 24-May-11 21:00:15

Ah thank you, that's exactly what I wanted to hear.

So, what pretty things do you have for it?

MisSalLaneous Tue 24-May-11 21:48:53

You will love it, seriously! We have the 4m one, and even dh was convinced once we've slept in it the first time. Can never go back to non-canvas.

Hmm, can't really advise about accessories, as I've so far avoided most glamping type things, but we do have the tarp, which is brilliant for when it rains. I'm tempted to buy the bug net thing for summer.

Oh no, I'm lying, we have a hammock from there. Not exactly a tent accessory, but we always use it when camping in the woods. Just feels right with the tent.

oranges123 Tue 24-May-11 22:15:02

We haven't got a soulpad bell tent but do have one from Obelink (and I think the spec is the same). As Lovecat says, you will LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. They are fab and nylon tents will never be the same again - very noisy and too hot for one thing.

We only have a 4m one and I am thinking we should have gone bigger so am v envious of your extra metre.

You will definitely need lovely rugs, cushions and throws. And, of course, the dreaded bunting. And pretty tables, hurricane lamps and tea light holders. We have all of this but, unfotrunately, there never seems to be enough space in the car to bring it all. We are just buying a new car so, fingers crossed, that is about to change...

Enjoy your lovely new tent - are you taking it away this weekend?

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Tue 24-May-11 22:20:36

Oooh the bug net looks good. Might wait and see on that though, v expensive.

I've bought some solar fairy lights as extra bday presents, and a big comfy chair for me (new addition will be 5 weeks when the secret surprise camping party takes place).
Not really sure what else we need, usual camping kit I guess. Going to try and take plastic tubs with lids for clothes/food etc. and throw-type things so they can be made into pretty tables.

One thing I have noticed in the pics is that the groundsheet seems to pucker up all over the place. Do I need rugs?

Any idea how big the bag with the tent in will be? Just trying to figure out how much room I'll have in the car (bearing in mind travel cote AND moses basket etc..)

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Tue 24-May-11 22:22:41

Thanks oranges smile

How many hurricane lamps, do you think?

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Tue 24-May-11 22:24:03

No, it's a present for DH, his birthday's in July and will be a surprise for his party, but as I'm having a baby in 3 weeks I wanted to get it early.

MisSalLaneous Tue 24-May-11 22:45:09

Well, I'm sure carpet will be nicer, but we never have space, so we take hessian (bought for floor protection when painting!) to throw on floor as I don't like the plastic feeling, plus then a tiny rug for as you enter (hessian moves around too much). I have decided to take double sided tape with next time to stop the slipping issue. If I had loads and loads of space and camped near car, I might have taken a carpet, but not worth the hassle imo if not. If you're going to camp far from your car (we often camp in woodlands), it might be worth getting a small Ikea type trolley that would be flat in boot of car, so won't take any space.

Oh, and take hot water bottles, and a lot more (warmer) clothes than you might expect. If you're an old camper, ignore me - it's just one of those things I really didn't realise beforehand.

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Tue 24-May-11 22:54:00

Yes, I feel the cold, so warm clothes is a must. And duvet. And lots of blankets!

We don't seem to have a camping kettle or specific pans, so I might see of his parents want to get him those for his bday present...

I'm going to see how much ruggage we can fit in the car. Love the thought of lots of rugs.

lifeistooshort Tue 24-May-11 22:59:24

Good for envy now

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Tue 24-May-11 23:26:58

Sorry lifeis! I'm pretty jealous of myself! Apart from cars and houses, I don't think I've ever spent so much money in one go. Still finding it difficult to cope with such a momentous decision!

Lovecat Wed 25-May-11 00:13:22

Yy to solar powered fairy lights! I have airbeds in ours and cover them with lovely vibrant cotton throws during the day so they're like sofas to lounge about on. I've got a smallish rug - about 2.5m by 1m which goes between them and got some trunk type boxes from tk maxx to use as side tables/ storage.

The ponciest things I've bought have been some Emma Bridgewater melamine plates and bowls which are so pretty they cheer me up every time I look at them grin

I have also got a dragon-shaped windsock in shades of red and purple but this is a purely practical purchase as we go to festivals and need to mark the tent (ahem).

What I really want need now are some cushions and a.tablecloth to disguise my cheapo tesco camping table grin

Ooh, and the 5m hybrid packs into a sausage about 1ft by 3.5ft, about 8ins thick. Hth!

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Wed 25-May-11 08:58:45

Ah, we've already got the flags sorted, from many festival years together. Even have a fishing pole (telescopic flag pole) after many attempts at building one robust enough to last a whole festival.

Need a camping table. think I might just use our smaller patio table for the party, but will deffo invest soon.

Thanks for the dimensions, that's really useful to know. smile

oranges123 Wed 25-May-11 10:01:20

If your DH is anything like mine (very keen on gadgets) a kelly kettle might be a good present from his parents. It's not the quickest way to boil water but it is definitely the most fun (DH has now invested in a small axe for cutting up snall bits of wood which makes it even more so). And it seems to fit with the whole bell tent lifestyle too (falls over with the weight of all that glampiness).

oranges123 Wed 25-May-11 10:15:40

Oh missed your question re hurricane lamps. We have two metal ones - one each for DH and I round the fire and I suppose you could hang them outside the tent entrance on hooks which would look nice. I also recently got a small red one from the pound (or 99p?) shop. Haven't tried it yet but it looks ok. Don't know if they are still doing them though.

needanewname Wed 25-May-11 10:18:37

You will absolutely love it!

We too have the Obelink version, went camping in it for the first time a few weeks ago and it is so much better than our old tent.

Its just the best!

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Wed 25-May-11 10:39:13

YAY! smile

3rdnparty Wed 25-May-11 14:57:47

am very envy dh won't entertain a bell tent bah humbug - but that is definately the one I'd get with the ZIG - fairy lights and bunting don't look the same on an Outwell!

MisSalLaneous Wed 25-May-11 20:59:33

3rdnparty, any chance you could trick you dh into trying it? I've got special nagging skills so didn't bother with the whole magic trickery business, but dh was very skeptical about bell tents. The fact that I made him drive all the way to Holland probably didn't help either... But, and here's the important bit, one night in it and he has been defending canvas to all and sundry since. He even admitted, nay, offered outright, that I was "right after all". grin

What about camping in one as a treat / surprise weekend break? - there seem to be more and more places offering those on a prepitched basis. If you're South East, Welsummer is a lovely little site. We've only ever camped there with our own tent, but they have 2 tents that you can hire, and for a decent price. I've just had a quick look - it's £45 for tent plus then normal per person camping fee - not all bad to persuade dh see if you like it. Lovely place, you can have campfire, etc.

Otherwise, if you've got money to waste, you could do a proper glamping one at Jollydays or somewhere similar? Mind you, the glamping would have put dh off, so depends on person really. I'd love it! Then again, for that price you could just buy it and try for yourself, I guess.

needanewname Wed 25-May-11 22:47:08

The thing that did it for my DH was the amount of time it took to put up our old one (and taking it down!) We have a friend who turned up at the site an hour after us and had his up well before. He also now admits I was right all along grin when will they learn we're always right!!!

3rdnparty Thu 26-May-11 07:53:08

MisSal - unfortunately for me buying a bell tent (fortunately if your dh) we have an outwell Polycotton (Bear Lake) so apparently we get all the canvas benefits -cooler , warmer not stuffy lovely to lounge around in even when hot - with all the practical benefits of Tunnel set up - he is convinced wont be able to walk around in a bell tent grin 6ft3 - I do really like the Outwell - the desire for a bell is purely aesthetic I think - also like the idea I could put it up myself....

Welsummer looks fab may try and get there to at least droolgrin

3rdnparty Thu 26-May-11 07:57:18

I think Jollydays would kill the idea stone dead and he might just spontaneously combust -or starngle himself triping over the hurricane lamp and landing on teh bunting grin - Welsummer much more cup of tea esp with fires...

needanewname Thu 26-May-11 10:10:26

3rdnparty - wait til he's sick of it taking forever to put up then mention the bell tent idea again. My DH is 6ft2 if that helps!

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