Easy to erect tent for 4-5 people

(5 Posts)
TheSconeOfStone Thu 16-Mar-17 18:31:15

I'm not sure I'm going to find what I'm looking for. We currently have an Outwell Nevada L which is nearing the end of it's days. DH has joint and muscle pain (arthritis and possibly something like fibromyalgia). We're finding the pole bending bit of tent erection tricky as I can't manage it myself. We tried with a Vango airbeam tent last year but didn't get on with it, it bent and buckled in the August high winds in Cornwall last year, so sold it on.

I'm reluctant to try another air tent. Wondering if a steel frame tent such as an Outwell Montana would be easier to put up. We have a dinky 4 man lightweight tent for weekends but need somewhere with more living space for summer holidays. We have a van that sleeps 2 so living space is the priority for the tent. Two bedrooms for preference so I have a home for my porta potty.

Any ideas?? The obvious choice would be to pack in the camping but DH would see that as a sign of weakness.

attheendoftheday Thu 23-Mar-17 18:17:29

I find my 5m bell tent very easy to erect on my own.

PopGoesTheWeaz Thu 23-Mar-17 22:40:22

i second a bell tent, though tempted also by the touareg tent

SoulAccount Sat 25-Mar-17 10:15:26

Is weight an issue?

Pyramid tents are simple to erect, and have bedroom compartments, indoor and outdoor porch space, and are known by the Dutch as storm tents because they stand up to all sorts of weather.

But, as they are canvas they are heavier to lift in and out of the car etc.

Have a look at the Obelink website for the Hypercamp Palamos.

They have windows, unlike bell tents, and a full height door.

The Monty is a massive tent.

Can you go to a local tent specialist and look at tents set up, and maybe they would let you have a go with steel poles and see if you can manage them better?

I am sure there is a solution and you don't need to give up camping!

BarchesterFlowers Sat 25-Mar-17 13:03:15

We have got a pyramid tent, a Dewaard Albatros. It is bloody heavy. I cannot lift the canvas alone either from standing or in and out of the car. It is completely invincible, but the poles are not light and putting them together is not a one man job or a job for the feeble. I am fairly strong and I wouldn't attempt it on my own.

We also have a tipi tent which is a one man job and up in less than ten minutes. You can get bedrooms for bell tents.

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