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Can you help me find a cheap and cheerful one-night/festival tent?

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nomoremagnolia Sun 16-Aug-09 16:12:49

Can any of you nice campers help me?
I need a cheap and cheerful tent to fit a double airbed which costs as little as possible but doesn't leak! I think those are our only criteria, but tbh I don't know what I ought to be looking for. We really only want somewhere dry to crash out when we've drunk danced too much and I've been looking online but am a bit bamboozled by all the different tents and I have no idea which ones are good and which are a false economy!
Thanks in advance

Pixel Mon 17-Aug-09 00:13:00

I once took the kids away for just a night with their school friends (and mums) and didn't want to bother putting up our big tent so I got a cheapy two-man tent from Tesco. My dcs were quite small for their age so we put a double readybed in there and all squeezed in together. It was cosy but ok.
I must admit I was expecting disaster as it was pouring with rain when we arrived and the field was already sodden but it stopped for about an hour while we put up tents. We didn't even start getting tiny leaks until about 5am and that was after it had rained all night so I was pleasantly surprised, especially as our friends' 'proper' Millets tents had started to leak too.
I'm not sure I'd want to camp in it for longer than one night, but it did only cost about £18. This was a couple of years ago so I don't know if they still do similar ones.

Furball Mon 17-Aug-09 07:53:11

Have you seen the pop up ones like

vango or gelert - argos have some with really funky colours

troutpout Mon 17-Aug-09 18:14:31

This is good value

There are 2 mans for even cheaper too on that site.

Slubberdegullion Mon 17-Aug-09 19:16:25

ahh look trouty got here before me.

Having spent ONE WHOLE NIGHT in the Jersey M I can vouch fully for its marvellousness grin

disclaimer: night spent was wind and rain free.

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 20:07:16

Thanks guys, I was wondering if the £15/20 ones were too cheap to be true..
I don't really want to spend more than £25 but have seen a vango dart 200 here for £25, is that good? Also need it for this weekend! Can I get it in RL anywhere that cheap??
Better go and measure the air bed to be sure it fits as well

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 20:13:50

by 'in RL' I meant where I can go to the shop, and I've just seen the link on that site to thier stores, sadly none are near me.

Washersaurus Mon 17-Aug-09 20:39:21

You can get them from the Yeomans stores for the same price - is there one near you? Good idea to call them first to check they have one that you want.

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 20:47:14

There are no stores near where I live, we could drive past a store on the way there, but I think that's a bit risky!!

Slubberdegullion Mon 17-Aug-09 20:50:14

If you are driving by then check they have them in stock and ask them to hold it for you.

You might want a quick demo of how to fold them down though. Popping up is a doddle grin

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 21:01:38

Are they good like that - keeping one by for me? I guess we could go via tesco/argos if it all goes pete tong...

Washersaurus Mon 17-Aug-09 21:03:33

I'm sure they would hold one for you no problem. Where are you going? Sounds good grin

Ponders Mon 17-Aug-09 21:12:56

We bought the Gelert one for DS's Leeds expedition for £25 from a local supermarket - £25 for the Vango one seems like an excellent deal & I'm sure they'd reserve one for you, magnolia.

(Folding DS's down won't be an issue though, Slub - he doesn't do folding down - it will stay on site hmm Well, unless there is blazing sun all weekend which is highly likely. Not.)

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 21:18:54

I've just had a look at their delivery details and I can order it online for in store collection at no charge. Having read the reviews I think I like the £30 Jersey S one - am I getting carried away? Should I stick to the £25 one? We're off to a festival a friend is hosting on his farm. Bands, beer tent, mud, the works!

Slubberdegullion Mon 17-Aug-09 21:19:51

lol @ he doesn't do folding down

Slubberdegullion Mon 17-Aug-09 21:31:58

They are probably much of a muchness magnolia. Is the vango a double skin?

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 21:39:45

I have no idea what double skinned means (well I can guess it has two skins, but is that good or bad?) blush

oneopinionatedmother Mon 17-Aug-09 21:44:21

double skinned means fly sheet (waterproof outer) + inner (usually cotton)- makes it warmer. good IMO.

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 21:49:04

vango is single skinned ,can't find out at the mo about the jersey one

Slubberdegullion Mon 17-Aug-09 21:53:04

jersey is a double, well the M is. Get the jersey, for an extra £5 you will be avoiding getting damp from condensation.

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 21:53:51

I can't find any reviews of the vango, plenty of positive reviews of the jersey. Did I say I like to do my research before buying anything? I would love to buy a tent called vango on the recommendation of MN though

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 21:56:43

Looks like jersey s is double skinned, I guess that is the better one?

nomoremagnolia Mon 17-Aug-09 22:03:33

Thanks for your help, I think I'm convinced on the merits of the jersey one
I told DH that MN would know

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