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(22 Posts)
mckenzie Tue 18-Jun-13 08:58:45

are they any good? We'll only be in it for one night (we being the 2 DCs and me)
We don't camp regularly (DH doesn't do canvas sad) so I thought this might be a good idea. I won't be cooking or entertaining in it. It's just for sleeping in.

hz Tue 18-Jun-13 09:38:56

It depends which one you get. If you want to be sure to stay dry if it rains go for a double skin one like the Quechua ones. You can get cheaper but these ones work! So quick and easy to pitch, bit of a knack to folding up again but you just have to learn it.

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 18-Jun-13 09:39:42

They are great. Easy to put up obv and easy to take down once you get the hang of them. Personally I think Decathlon do the best range. With other brands you need to be sure you are getting a double skin tent to avoid condensation.

They are a bit of an awkward shape to carry when folded (big disc) but fine for car camping.

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 18-Jun-13 09:41:00

X-post! Quechua are the Decathlon brand OP btw.

mckenzie Tue 18-Jun-13 10:47:04

thanks guys. I have just reserved a Quechua one and I'll collect it tomorrow smile
As for taking it down, if necessary I'll just have to smile sweetly as some of the more experienced campers and ask for help huh?

MummyPigsFatTummy Tue 18-Jun-13 11:21:02

Good idea, although other people's help can be worse than useless if they do not have a pop up themselves (even to the point of damaging a tent).

Try looking at the videos on the Decathlon website (or googling as most of them are on You Tube). Whenever we get a new pop up, we take it in the back garden with the laptop and practise following the video. That way, we don't have a nightmare at the site.

hz Tue 18-Jun-13 13:40:36

If you are a reasonably logical person you should be able to work it out from the instructions on the tent. But MummyPigs is right watch a video and practice a few times (only takes a few moments) and you will save yourself any stress.

Blu Tue 18-Jun-13 13:46:29

Collect your tent when the shop is not busy and ask the Decathlon staff to show you how to fold your tent - they are happy to do this smile

Do not do what I did and try and put your tent up in the spare room and then discover there is not enough space to fold it down again...

FannyBazaar Tue 18-Jun-13 21:56:10

I'd heard they were damn near impossible to pack away quickly and easily. Poo to that! I found a stray one bouncing across the field at the end of a festival last year and managed to round it up and twist it back into a circle in no time! I handed it in to the salvage neatly presented! Would have taken it with us if we weren't already caring loads.

Blu Tue 18-Jun-13 21:58:51

The tiny ones are a doddle.

I grappled with mine at first, not being good with instructions, and having ordered online so no help in-store, but now find it v easy indeed, on my own.

Wolfiefan Tue 18-Jun-13 22:05:16

Ha Blu me too! Do get staff to show you. We got a 2 person one from millets. Great trick that really helped (involved kneeling on it at one point!) YY to video too.

mckenzie Tue 18-Jun-13 22:43:31

thanks very much guys. I'll ask them tomorrow if they have time to show me but if not, i'll watch the videos before I go. Luckily, I won't be pushed for time when i take it down. It's a local scout's campsite so if necessary, I can go back for it the next day smile

paneer Tue 18-Jun-13 22:47:55

study the youtube videos on how to take it down and put it in the bag. have, practice a couple of times too.
my pop up is so easy to stuff back into the bag, but you do forget.

Blu Wed 19-Jun-13 14:04:35

In our nearest Decathlon they have demonstrations and competitions to see who can fold pop-up tents the fastest.

Blu Wed 19-Jun-13 14:05:24

Which Quechua tent did you get, mckenzie?

mckenzie Wed 19-Jun-13 14:15:35

I'm about to put it up on the garden and then see if i can put it down!!

Blu Wed 19-Jun-13 19:33:40


Illumin, indeed!

mckenzie Wed 19-Jun-13 21:59:19

I didn't get to put it up in the end, I was worried it looked like it was going to rain. sad
The video on you tube makes collapsing it look really easy but from my experience of a pop up sun canopy, I know that's not going to be the case.
Normally I'd ban all our family gadgets and computer equipment from camp but this weekend, the i pad is going to have to come with us, fully charged!!

SilverSixpence Thu 20-Jun-13 06:50:47

We did a practice with our Quechua last weekend. We did need to consult YouTube a few times before we managed it but think it should be ok to do now we know the trick. Dont think I could do it alone

mckenzie Thu 20-Jun-13 22:10:50

That's good news silver that you managed it after a few attempts. Thankfully our scout group is uber friendly and full of really lovely people so I'm sure I'll get some help.

SilverSixpence Sun 23-Jun-13 22:54:23

We just came back from camping, DH and I managed to get the tent down very quickly once he listened and did it my way.

ravenAK Sun 23-Jun-13 22:59:44

Pop up tents are completely straightforward to put away...

Until you have to do it in front of a field full of strangers, that is. grin.

We have a 2 man for the kids mucking about in the garden, but I must admit I think a trad tent is sturdier & less likely to rip.

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