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Trailer tents yay or nay???????

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MilaMae Fri 05-Sep-08 16:16:33

Good ones,bad ones.

How much.

Reversing with one,is it a prob?????


Skramble Sat 06-Sep-08 00:32:17

Never used one but I would say with any trailer that size reversing can be difficult because it is small it flicks round quicker. But don't panic if you get backed into a corner they are easy enough to unhook and re-attach once you are facing the way you want to go again. Similarly on site pull up as close as you can then man handle into position.

Chocolateteapot Sat 06-Sep-08 08:47:49

Personally think folding campers are the way to go as quicker to put up (our Dandy takes 10mins) but there are some trailer tents eg combi camp and camplet, raclet quickstop that are quick.

It is apparently a good time of year to be buying one as they are cheaper. I am rubbish at reversing so would unhitch rather than try where any one can see me.

Have a look at the trailer tent and folding camper section on ukcampsite, loads of stuff on there.

martini82 Sat 06-Sep-08 08:55:55

used a trailer tent for the first time this year. it was more comfortable than an ordinary tent. it did take a while to put up although it was our first attempt and i was 6 months pregnant and was running around after my other 2 ds's so was mainly done by my dp on his own! we have the suncamp se350 it did the job very well! it was very light to tow and just like a average trailer to reverse. We are looking to sell our as we have no where to store it!

mamaolivia Sat 06-Sep-08 10:15:49

Hello Martini, where in the world are you (roughly) cos may be interested in getting a trainer, could you pm me?

RubberDuck Sat 06-Sep-08 10:35:31


We have a folding camper (A Pennine Pathfinder) and it is AWESOME. The really important bit is beds off the floor and a proper mattress. (Oh, and I can claim we take the kitchen sink with us on holiday perfectly truthfully grin)

You can get towing lessons fairly cheaply, I believe, if you're nervous. The most obvious bit is if you reverse you turn the opposite direction to what you expect. BUT do check your license - if you passed your test a while ago, you are automatically allowed to tow, but newer licenses don't included towing and I'm not totally sure what the cut off date is.

RubberDuck Sat 06-Sep-08 10:38:10

Camping and Caravan Club Manoeuvring Course

Are You Legal? - Cut off date was 1 Jan 1997 where you have to take an additional test to be allowed to tow.

RubberDuck Sat 06-Sep-08 10:39:24

(although it's towing over a certain weight so you might be all right with a trailer tent - we're over with our folding camper I think, but our licenses were issued before that date).

MilaMae Sat 06-Sep-08 18:02:16

Errrrrm what is a folding camper blush blush blush

I feel I ought to know.

Is it a camper van,thanks for all the info.So you'd all recommend them???? We're going down that route as can't fit tent,3 kids and heap of camping stuff in car anymore. Was wondering if a trailer tent could be the answer.

Thanks grin

Chocolateteapot Sat 06-Sep-08 18:21:32

It's a bit like a cross between a trailer tent and a caravan. The beauty of them is that they are much smaller to slow, easy to tow and use less petrol. You can put up just the main cabin and don't need to bother with the awning.

Mine is pretty basic, has two double beds, a couple of chairs with a table between them, a gas cooker and a sink. But some of them have fridges, cupboards and toilets, I think Rubberduck's one has a lot more than mine so am going to nose on Ebay.

This is similar to mine except I am very sad and have reupholstered the cushions and made flowery curtains and put in a new floor. The DCs use it as a play house and DH occasionally uses it for an office.

Rubberducks Pathfinder is much more luxurious, here's one

Skramble Sun 07-Sep-08 22:42:27

With most normal cars and trailer tents you can tow this combnation on a newer licence. It would have to be a fecking hge trailer tent to be over the limit.

"Category B vehicles may be coupled with a trailer up to 750kgs MAM (allowing a combined weight up to 4.25 tonnes MAM) or a trailer over 750kgs MAM provided the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle, and the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes MAM."

martini82 Mon 08-Sep-08 13:35:11

sorry its taken ages to get back to you i'm in kent

milkybarsrus Tue 09-Sep-08 17:24:56

Snooping on here martini82 when I should be cooking for the troops blush. May be interested in your trailer tent. I'm in kent too. please email me with any details and pics if you have them. would much prefer to get one off someone on mumsnet than joe public grin.

bert74 Tue 09-Sep-08 20:16:23

Trailer tents are so great, we've just come back from 8 nights in Dorset and have used my inlaws 'Dandy' it comes with a gas hob and a sink, so if you want cheap hols, you have got everything you need included inside to do cooking etc.
Highly recommened, we had a fab time and our son who is 21 months loved every minute!!!

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