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Pwig

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11,419 posts

158 months

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Anyone got any experiences?

Worth having? Much better than camping? How long do they take to put up etc?

Tom_C76

1,022 posts

76 months

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The one we had years ago was an absolute nightmare. Great in theory, but when you have to pack up in the wet everything gets drenched from the wet canvas. Not helped by our one having a solid lid which squeezed all the water into the bedding below.

Mikeyplum

1,241 posts

57 months

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Bought one a couple of weeks ago. Its a Sunncamp 350SX - paid £440 for it and it came with a lot of extras (Electric hookup, Portaloo, Table, Toilet tent, pup tents etc)

We took it away to the Gower this weekend and it was awesome! It was pissing down with rain when we arrived and the main trailer tent went up in less that 10 minutes. Then the awning took about another 20 minutes. It was all set up and ready to chill out it after about 45 minutes.

We stayed two nights and must have had about 8 hours of nice weather. After pissing down rain, the sun dried out all the canvas in about an hour and we opened up the awning. Then, it pissed down until we packed it away. Not ideal having to pack it away wet, but luckily, when we got home it was lovely weather so unfolded it outside of the house, laid the awning out on the patio and was dry within a few hours.

Ours was a godsend as all the other party (10 of us) all had 4/6 man tents with not a lot of "living" space. So our 3.5m x 4.2m awning became the communal gathering spot smile

I would highly recommend one :thumbsup:

Will add some pictures up shortly for you!

ETA - Pics:




Edited by Mikeyplum on Tuesday 21st August 15:47


Edited by Mikeyplum on Tuesday 21st August 15:48

leyorkie

423 posts

64 months

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Have you got the space to store one? If so go for it.
Normally you have a kitchen compartment and all your pots, pans on other stuff lives there all the time, very handy and easy to organise.
If you get a tent as big you will probably need a trailer to carry it round in anyway plus tables, chairs etc all that stuff stays in the trailer so all you need to pack is clothing and personal items.
Many are wired up which puts you into realms of luxury that tent dweller envy, fridge and lights.
They can be slow to erect but practice makes perfect and for overnight stops you can put up just the sleeping area.

We used one for a clubhouse at race meets lots of space to stand up and move around very handy if the weather is iffy.


Oi U

167 posts

34 months

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We had one of these back in the '80s and it was brilliant. You could erect it in less than a minute and pack it away wet without getting contents wet. It was also very easy to tow.

http://www.holtkamper.com/en/flyer/

We used it for more than 20 years, towing it all around Europe and down to the Red Sea.
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Pwig

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11,419 posts

158 months

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Mikey thats great, where did you get that from?

Mikeyplum

1,241 posts

57 months

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It was local to me but advertised on Gumtree. You find that a lot of people who sell trailer tents upgrade to caravans so doesn't come with a lot of extras. Luckily for me, the guy I bought it off was packing it in altogether so came with everything.

There are two different types of "trailer tents" if you like. There are Folding campers, which is basically a caravan with a canvas folding roof. All the kitchen fridge etc are permanently fixed inside the camper. These are usually larger and braked trailers which are mostly 6 berth. They hold their money though. For the same money, we could only afford an 80s model whereas our trailer tent is a 2004 model.

You then have the Trailer Tent, which only comprises of the two fold out beds fixed in the trailer. The kitchen is then attached to the back of the trailer ready to be slid off and plonked in the awning... These are usually 4 berth but you can get additional pup tents that situate beneath the two fixed tents. Each pup tent can be 2 berth (if the people are incredibly small). The awning is massive and gets bigger depending in what model you buy.

All in all they are brilliant little things and are a great starting point for camping if you are not fond of a tent.

I would keep an eye on the likes of eBay, Gumtree and Preloved. As well as taking a look on some owners clubs (I know Conway) have one. Depending in your budget, a lot of caravan sales take them in as part ex for caravans but they tend to be more expensive.

crikey

1,561 posts

99 months

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We've got a Conway Clasic Trio and it's fantastic. There's a pic over on the show us your gear thread but I'll put some more up tomorrow.

Mikey's summed it up well.

Chrisgr31

8,973 posts

143 months

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As a matter of interest why have a trailer tent instead of a caravan? Still need to tow and store it?

SwanJack

1,461 posts

160 months

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Mikeyplum said:
Bought one a couple of weeks ago. Its a Sunncamp 350SX - paid £440 for it and it came with a lot of extras (Electric hookup, Portaloo, Table, Toilet tent, pup tents etc)

We took it away to the Gower.......

Edited by Mikeyplum on Tuesday 21st August 15:48
That looks like 'Hillend' (Llangenith) to me. Superb beach.

Superchickenn

217 posts

58 months

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SwanJack said:
That looks like 'Hillend' (Llangenith) to me. Superb beach.
That it is :-)

10 of us camped (12 inc 2 kids) weather was a bit rough at times but overall a good weekend

Oi U

167 posts

34 months

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Chrisgr31 said:
As a matter of interest why have a trailer tent instead of a caravan? Still need to tow and store it?
Trailers are much easier to tow. You can see over the top of them, they are hardly affected by cross-winds and though it's not legal, one that is braked can be towed at the national speed limit.

crikey

1,561 posts

99 months

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Oi U said:
Chrisgr31 said:
As a matter of interest why have a trailer tent instead of a caravan? Still need to tow and store it?
Trailers are much easier to tow. You can see over the top of them, they are hardly affected by cross-winds and though it's not legal, one that is braked can be towed at the national speed limit.
Not just much easier to tow, massively easier, so much so I even let the wife drive sometimes wink

Mine lives in the garage when not in use so no storage fees and no having to go and fetch it when we need to use it.

2 bigger than double beds with no rebuilding each night. More space than a lot of caravans with awnings. Significanly less maintenance required. Less to go wrong. Less wearing on the car.

Caravans obviously have their advantages, but the above is why we weny for one.

Keyser Soze

14,449 posts

79 months

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Oi U said:
Chrisgr31 said:
As a matter of interest why have a trailer tent instead of a caravan? Still need to tow and store it?
Trailers are much easier to tow. You can see over the top of them, they are hardly affected by cross-winds and though it's not legal, one that is braked can be towed at the national speed limit.
You can also put it in your garage rather than have a caravan on your drive which is why I am looking at one

Mikeyplum

1,241 posts

57 months

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SwanJack said:
Mikeyplum said:
Bought one a couple of weeks ago. Its a Sunncamp 350SX - paid £440 for it and it came with a lot of extras (Electric hookup, Portaloo, Table, Toilet tent, pup tents etc)

We took it away to the Gower.......

Edited by Mikeyplum on Tuesday 21st August 15:48
That looks like 'Hillend' (Llangenith) to me. Superb beach.
10 internets for that man! biggrin Was a superb weekend, in contrast to the ste weather! irked

Keyser Soze said:
Oi U said:
Chrisgr31 said:
As a matter of interest why have a trailer tent instead of a caravan? Still need to tow and store it?
Trailers are much easier to tow. You can see over the top of them, they are hardly affected by cross-winds and though it's not legal, one that is braked can be towed at the national speed limit.
You can also put it in your garage rather than have a caravan on your drive which is why I am looking at one
I don't have a drive, although I could fit a caravan on the street outside my house, I'd rather not. Plus, we can't quite stretch (budget wise) to a caravan so the TT is perfect! As you can see from the pics below, its fits nicely in my garage, with room to fit my car alongside it. I can also unfold it to dry it out should it be packed away wet biggrin. I have just installed an electric space heater (the types you get above shop doors) which I will use to help dry out the canvas if it's wet!

ETA Pics:-
Tucked in the garage:


Folded out to dry in the garage:


Edited by Mikeyplum on Thursday 23 August 13:32


Edited by Mikeyplum on Thursday 23 August 13:33

crikey

1,561 posts

99 months

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The only decent side shot I can find of it, fully erect it's 6.4m x 4.4m.



This is the kitchen unit that fits onto the back of the trailer, the white board at the bottom is actually the back of the trailer, when it's folded up to hold the pots and pans and stuff in it has the number plate and lights on the other side of it.



The other side showing the pop up wardrobe we use and the bedroom section.



Packed up and ready to roll.


Gusbang

196 posts

83 months

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I have a Cabanon Stratos that I'm thinking of selling, if your interested email me.


Balmoral

30,067 posts

136 months

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I've never really understood them, yet I've worked in the industry and have sold them too.

All the disadvantages of a caravan, with few if any of the advantages.
All the disadvantages of a tent, with few if any of the advantages.

Caravans are great, but they have their disadvantages, tents are great too, but they also have their disadvantages. Combine both sets of disadvantages together however, and you have a trailer tent!

The equation doesn't seem to work the other way around, you can't really say a trailer tent has the advantages of both a caravan and a tent. Although if someone wants to have a crack at it, go ahead smile

I get the 'built-in' aspect of it, over towing a regular trailer with a big tent in it, if that's the usual way you transport all your camping gear if it won't fit in the car, and I get the fact that it can have a small storage footprint, but otherwise, they're a genuine mystery to me confused

pwiggles my love, just get a nice caravan.

Mikeyplum

1,241 posts

57 months

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Balmoral said:
I've never really understood them, yet I've worked in the industry and have sold them too.

All the disadvantages of a caravan, with few if any of the advantages.
All the disadvantages of a tent, with few if any of the advantages.

Caravans are great, but they have their disadvantages, tents are great too, but they also have their disadvantages. Combine both sets of disadvantages together however, and you have a trailer tent!

The equation doesn't seem to work the other way around, you can't really say a trailer tent has the advantages of both a caravan and a tent. Although if someone wants to have a crack at it, go ahead smile

I get the 'built-in' aspect of it, over towing a regular trailer with a big tent in it, if that's the usual way you transport all your camping gear if it won't fit in the car, and I get the fact that it can have a small storage footprint, but otherwise, they're a genuine mystery to me confused

pwiggles my love, just get a nice caravan.
I looked at it this way. We wanted to go camping or caravanning but we couldn't afford a caravan. So, we looked at tents. We would need quite a large tent because a) I have 2 kids and b) the misses is fussy. The latter also mean we would need the cooking gear, so little hob, kettle then the cutlery, pots pans etc. Then there's the associated paraphernalia that comes with the kids. When I thought about what was needed, I though fk I'm gonna need a bd trailer to pull all te stuff. So I started looking at trailer tents. For the same sort I money you get about 3 times the camping footprint, with a small enough footprint to store easily in my garage biggrin

Simples wink

R TOY

1,573 posts

116 months

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We used to go holidaying with friends who had a trailer tent! . our entertainment on arrival was having a beer in our caravan watching them falling out erecting it. smile
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