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We've just bought our first family tent!

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YouthworkersWife Wed 24-Apr-13 21:11:31

We've just bought a vango icarus 500 - I'm so excited and just had to share it with someone!

Pre-kids we have always had a tiny 2man one-room jobby. Now we have a proper family tent with a 'living space' and the possibility of 'separate bedrooms' when the kids are older. Not just that but you can actually stand up straight in it. And sit in it if it rains ... the possibilities are endless.

This is grown-up camping isn't it?

chipmonkey Thu 25-Apr-13 01:20:25

Oh yes! And well done for getting a Vango. I was silly enough to buy a Skandika and while it's OK, I am sorry I didn't go for a Vango.

Blu Thu 25-Apr-13 12:15:47

Very exciting!
Where are you planning on camping, do you know yet?

My Vango tent has been in some terrible weather and is still going strong after 8 years.

YouthworkersWife Fri 26-Apr-13 18:07:26

We're planning on easing the little one in gently and starting with a week at a youth festival, before heading off to anywhere more 'proper camping'. Also we're out of practice because we've not camped since DS1 was born (3 years now).

But I am very very excited about new tentage! I now just have to reign in my desire to buy new everything.

headlesslambrini Fri 26-Apr-13 18:11:46

just saying

<whistles innocently>

Slubberdegullion Fri 26-Apr-13 18:28:36

Great tent the Icarus smile

YouthworkersWife Fri 26-Apr-13 19:29:25

Not helpful headless - not helpful at all. My willpower is staying strong (despite the much smaller and much more portable gas cooker I saw the other day).

Heinz55 Fri 26-Apr-13 19:40:20

We were twelve years out of camping (probably as good as camping virgins at that stage) Youth when we headed off for two weeks in France last summer. It was the best (but also possibly the hardest work - but STILL the best) holiday we've ever had with kids. It was such a complete holiday in that everything takes more time. The kids adored it. I don't think I could ever go back to mobile home "camping" - while the kids are small anyway. And I have never slept (post kids) so well as I did in those two weeks under nylon!! Congratulations!

MrsWembley Fri 26-Apr-13 19:42:44

Ooh, I remember this was us a couple of years ago when we did this, from a three-man dome from Blacks to a two-bedroom + living area from Outwell. It's quite a culture shock, especially when you go from something you could put up on your own in 5 minutes to something that needs 2 people minimum and a half hour head start.grin

Having somewhere to sit in the rain is a godsend. Get a little heater too and you can get going earlier in the year, or be still going later!

mummymacbeth Sat 27-Apr-13 12:34:53

congrats! that's the tent I am hankering after so i am a small bitenvy . we are all camping virgins though, so I am at the 'should we, shouldn't we' stage.
hope you have many a pleasant night in your new tentsmile

noyouhavehadawee Sat 27-Apr-13 14:44:07

we have that tent its great and i can pitch it myself too, we bought a porch awning extension for ours last year which really mans it up some grin

gordyslovesheep Sat 27-Apr-13 22:38:40

I love my Icarus grin

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