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MrsWembley Thu 09-Jun-16 20:26:21

Please come and give me your handy tips!

Bumpinthenight Thu 09-Jun-16 21:18:04

We bought one a couple of months ago! Loving it!

My handy tip is to remember what the previous owner said when talking about the fact we needed to buy a waste water tank before camping....Fortunately a pink bucket did the trick!!

MrsWembley Fri 10-Jun-16 00:44:06

I think ours comes with?

shock I hope!!

We pick it up in a week, so we'll find out...

MrsWembley Fri 10-Jun-16 12:49:45

Do we get carpet for the awning?

Bumpinthenight Fri 10-Jun-16 17:44:56

We bought ours off Ebay. It didn't come with a carpet. The previous owners bought a breathable groundsheet for the awning so I assume the original owners didn't get one either!

hormental Fri 10-Jun-16 17:46:42

How exciting!!

MrsWembley Fri 10-Jun-16 19:06:00


And do we need an electric blanket? How much cooler is it off the ground?

profpoopsnagle Fri 10-Jun-16 21:22:23

We have a trailer tent, so similar to a folding camper. Having camped 'properly' for eeons, it did take a bit of getting used to the trailer tent, there are a few differences.

We don't have a carpet, occasionally if it's cold, we use 2 very large picnic rugs but we have found the awning groundsheet a little thicker and therefore quite warm.

The whole tent is bigger, so it can be much colder than a normal tent, plus there are gaps where drafts get in. However, you can cosy in an area if needed at night.

We have fold out beds and I have found them as warm as sleeping on the ground (if not warmer?). But our mattresses are quite thick, so maybe something to check.

We're able to keep a lot of stuff in the trailer, both big items like tables/kitchen unit and small like gubbins. This has been our main difference, on a camping trip we now just* pack clothes, sleeping bags, food, a few bits and bobs and head off. Likewise on return, not having to put camping stuff away in loft/cupboard is awesome.

We bought a few bits to keep in there- it has almost been like kitting out a second home. But we do use it a lot 5-6 weeks at least every year, so useful to have stores or washing up liquid etc left.

*I say just, still takes hours to pack!

MrsWembley Sat 11-Jun-16 01:07:00

Thank-you, Prof! That's good to hearsmile

I am looking forward to being able to store stuff in the cupboards throughout the summer...

glamorousgrandmother Tue 14-Jun-16 21:31:23

We got one last year, it's very roomy but cosy too. The main problem is packing up wet. We have so far avoided this although we did have to stay an extra night in Cornwall last year to dry off. If you pack away wet you have to open it up again a day or two later to avoid mould.

There is a Facebook group - The Trailer Tent and Folding Camper group. The people on here always have plenty of useful advice.

MrsWembley Sat 18-Jun-16 20:19:37

Thank-you for that onesmile

DP picked it up yesterday and we popped over to the storage place to have a proper look. Took the curtains down for washing. Realised we'd need a Hoover!

He told me this afternoon that he'd signed us up to the Camping and Caravan Club...I am officially

Milliways Sat 18-Jun-16 20:34:41

If you are not confined to school holidays, join ACSI. We have booked some amazing French campsites really cheaply. They are all €13-19 /night for pitch, tent/van, 2 adults and electric! We even booked one of the UK sites in Cotswolds, ready to pay £15 as forgot it was €15, and their exchange rate was very much in our favour! It's also a great way to find sites not generally advertised here.
If you book a ferry, the camping clubs always guarantee you cheapest price too.

MrsWembley Sat 18-Jun-16 20:42:00

Milli, unfortunately we are, although using an INSET day for a long weekend next weekendgrin

We're talking about taking it to the continent next summer, though. Is it any use looking at that for then?

Solo Sat 18-Jun-16 21:00:19

I'm dead jealous! I don't have anywhere to keep one or I would have one sad

Milliways Sat 18-Jun-16 22:06:50

The ACSI discount is for low season, so up,to about 10th July depending on site, then from Sept. However, the app is still useful for finding sites, allows you to email the sites in English and gives links to their websites. A lot of the municipal sites are listed. (App is payable though if you are not a member , but only a few pounds for each country)

I would recommend the ViaMichelin free app for route planning. Tells you the toll free routes so you can compare, and we have always found it accurate, allows you to gauge how far you can go.

MrsWembley Mon 20-Jun-16 20:42:13

Does that include Easter?

Cheers for the info!grin

MrsWembley Mon 20-Jun-16 20:43:45

Solo, we've got it stored in a caravan storage place. Dirt cheap! There must be something round your way?

Milliways Tue 21-Jun-16 22:48:27

Some, but not all sites cover Easter. Most sites seem to be open 1/4 - 31/10 with discount from 1/5 - say 4/7 then 1/9-30/10, but other have discounts from 1/4. They all decide when to offer the discount, but we are booking with one site with no discount, but because we liked the site having found through ACSI.
We are off next week for 2 weeks, staying at 4 sites, 3 with discount (costing 13, 15 & 17 euros a night all in each!) the 4th site is costing 168 euros for 5 nights, but is on the beach on an island.
Not sure if I would have joined though before the kids had left school and we were free of peak season only holidays.

MrsWembley Wed 22-Jun-16 19:49:17

Sounds very reasonable!wink

So it could be good for Whitsun breaks? Still feels odd having to think about school holidays, even having had to for the last three years!

Solo Thu 23-Jun-16 00:22:56

smile Not that I know of. Will keep it in mind though ~ thank you. In under 8 years, I'm going to buy a smallish cheap motor home and go travelling!

BoatyMcBoat Thu 23-Jun-16 01:06:56

We had one about 10 years ago. It was wonderful, I loved it. Sadly, dh didn't love it and we ended up selling it sad

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