I didn't realise how mental camping had got.

I didn't realise how mental camping had got.

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AlfaPapa

255 posts

127 months

Monday 14th June
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Mr E said:
If going to goodwood and load split across multiple cars, duck pond and picket fence.
You forgot the:
- bunting
- flag pole and flag
- Baby George Grill
- Previously pilfered martini glasses
- folding bicycle
- Pimms and
- everyone's favourite extra large cow bells

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We have two standards of camping (plus the aforementioned 'Goodwood camping'):
1. Wild camping.
Salewa Litetrek pro ii, Alpkit pipedream 200, thermarest neoair, MSR e-bivy, Alpkit Kraku + Mitimug and a petzl bindi head torch

2. Car camping.
Large 4 man tent, 2x Alpkit dozers, Rab 4 season sleeping bag, pillows, cadac safari chef, alpkit brewkit (for fast cups of tea), plates and cutlery, insulated mugs and an inflatable cool bag full of food.



MKnight702

2,553 posts

181 months

Monday 14th June
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Tent?

My daughter just slings a hammock between 2 trees wobble

Mr E

20,021 posts

226 months

Monday 14th June
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AlfaPapa said:
You forgot the:
- bunting
- flag pole and flag
- Baby George Grill
- Previously pilfered martini glasses
- folding bicycle
- Pimms and
- everyone's favourite extra large cow bells

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I went down that list going ‘check’ ‘check’ ‘check’
You missed cheeseboard.

Hello you. How are you?

Eric Mc

115,450 posts

232 months

Monday 14th June
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Is there some sort of camping snobbery on display here?

Is it that some people want to disparage those who camp in a different way to the way they themselves might do?

I think camping is for everybody at every level. If you want to use the equivalent of a Hilton Hotel on wheels - fine.

If you want to sleep under a hedge - that's also fine.

take-good-care-of-the-forest-dewey

1,581 posts

22 months

Monday 14th June
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Eric Mc said:
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If you want to sleep under a hedge - that's probay best left to SF folks.
EFA

Edited by take-good-care-of-the-forest-dewey on Monday 14th June 13:57

Aunty Pasty

116 posts

5 months

Monday 14th June
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Eric Mc said:
Is there some sort of camping snobbery on display here?

Is it that some people want to disparage those who camp in a different way to the way they themselves might do?

I think camping is for everybody at every level. If you want to use the equivalent of a Hilton Hotel on wheels - fine.

If you want to sleep under a hedge - that's also fine.
I wouldn't have thought so. Many posts are just illustrating the various levels of camping that can be undertaken. It can be as cheap or as expensive as you can make it and it also demonstrates how equipment can just accumulate over several years.

Petrolism

395 posts

73 months

Monday 14th June
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Camper vans are the way to go for us. 4WD, fridge, stove, sink, seats 8, sleeps 4 comfortably, dining room by daytime and room to stand.
Carries a bike on the back, so my wife can drive and I can explore country roads. My days of camping with an enduro bike & drinking warm water, are long past. LOL.


chopper602

1,816 posts

190 months

Monday 14th June
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After many many years of camping (all without electric hookup) we decided to upgrade to a motorhome and love it.

To ensure we could still camp, in 2019, we took all the camping gear etc and three adults in a small 35 year old car to Croatia. We made it there and back and had a marvelous time.



In 2020 we exchanged the motorhome for a newer one . . .

Eric Mc

115,450 posts

232 months

Monday 14th June
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I make no apologies for my motorhome travels (which aren't that extensive to be honest). I'm going overseas next week - to the Isle of Wight smile

djsmith74

264 posts

117 months

Monday 14th June
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Petrolism said:
Camper vans are the way to go for us. 4WD, fridge, stove, sink, seats 8, sleeps 4 comfortably, dining room by daytime and room to stand.
Carries a bike on the back, so my wife can drive and I can explore country roads. My days of camping with an enduro bike & drinking warm water, are long past. LOL.

That’s awesome. Didn’t realise TRD did their version of the Hiace. And it looks like it’s running on Watanabe’s. I’d love to know more about it if you have any more details / pictures.

Jim on the hill

4,752 posts

157 months

Monday 14th June
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Petrolism said:
Camper vans are the way to go for us. 4WD, fridge, stove, sink, seats 8, sleeps 4 comfortably, dining room by daytime and room to stand.
Carries a bike on the back, so my wife can drive and I can explore country roads. My days of camping with an enduro bike & drinking warm water, are long past. LOL.

Something very cool about this

Newarch

322 posts

4 months

Monday 14th June
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Hi ace looks the business for camping and holidays, like a VW camper but you don’t spend half the trip waiting for roadside assistance.

My mate took a horrible Bongo van to the south of France a few years back, it broke down so comprehensively that he got flown back to Blighty. The Bongo is still there afaik.

I’m going camping next weekend, don’t really enjoy it these days struggle to get comfortable, camped with the kids in the back garden last year and woke up with my cat sitting on me.

bristolracer

4,600 posts

116 months

Monday 14th June
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chopper602 said:
After many many years of camping (all without electric hookup) we decided to upgrade to a motorhome and love it.

To ensure we could still camp, in 2019, we took all the camping gear etc and three adults in a small 35 year old car to Croatia. We made it there and back and had a marvelous time.



In 2020 we exchanged the motorhome for a newer one . . .
That looks ace
How long did the drive down take?

Ive done backpack to large tent to camper van to caravan back to camper van and am currently thinking of getting a tent !
Having moved to north Devon,the lure of camping has died off as theres plenty to see on our doorstep but the call of a European trip is strong but it will only be with what fits in the Wifes Toyota Aygo

chopper602

1,816 posts

190 months

Tuesday 15th June
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bristolracer said:
That looks ace
How long did the drive down take?
Ferry to Rotterdam, then first day down around Frankfurt, day two very bottom of Germany, then day three across Austria and Slovenia to where we were going in Croatia (2cv World Meeting near Zagreb). There was a group of about 5-6 cars. We did a more leisurely trip back after the meeting.

Teddy Lop

5,443 posts

34 months

Tuesday 15th June
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I used to get called a tart for having an airbed and cold boxes at festivals back in the day! Mind soon turned to jels when I was still cracking open cold beers on the 3rd day.

Now with the Mrs we have so much damn crap it hardly fitted in the old car (BMW coupe), we bought a Forrester late '19 with half an eye on these trips, which of course has never been used in anger!

aka_kerrly

11,925 posts

177 months

Tuesday 15th June
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djsmith74 said:
Petrolism said:
Camper vans are the way to go for us. 4WD, fridge, stove, sink, seats 8, sleeps 4 comfortably, dining room by daytime and room to stand.
Carries a bike on the back, so my wife can drive and I can explore country roads. My days of camping with an enduro bike & drinking warm water, are long past. LOL.

That’s awesome. Didn’t realise TRD did their version of the Hiace. And it looks like it’s running on Watanabe’s. I’d love to know more about it if you have any more details / pictures.
Somewhat Ironic that having just read the topic about the TRD edition GT86 and finding hardly anyone knows much about TRD an one guy goes around calling it a Turd I clicked on a camping topic and there is a TRD camper!!!.

Yes TRD do indeed do bodykits for the Hiace range (have done for years) and Petrolism's one is freaking AWESOME!!

For me camping is a KYHAM 3 man tent which I've had over 20 years and is one of the best investments I've ever made. For anyone who gets fed of camping due to pissing about building poles & threading them through bits of fabric look at the KYHAM range. They work like umbrellas , you open it up an it all clips into place, the tent is up quicker than most people can get a groundsheet down.

Kit wise, roll matt, good quality sleeping bag, pillow ( cannot count how many times I've forgotten a pillow an used my sleeping bag cover stuffed with a Tshirt) a head torch, beers, mini camping stove, 2l water bottle ,plate/cutlery and that's pretty much it.


toon10

5,280 posts

124 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Stayed at Dubfest a couple of years ago in a basic 4 man tent. Luxuries included an airbed, pillow and quilt. My mate turned up in a tent about the size of a 3 bed semi. They had an inflatable sofa, full on gas BBQ and most luxuries associated with a good hotel. Then my next door neighbour turns up in a similar behemoth tent. They brought a pop up tent to house their portable toilet too. We packed up and were away in a matter of half an hour. They must have been there an extra day just putting everything back in the cars.

Hol

6,231 posts

167 months

Tuesday 15th June
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We used to go camping a lot with groups of friends before we had kids, and thought we were upper clash with a second hand frame tent, matching sleeping bags and equipment left over from my cub-scout days.

We now have a self inflating tent that pretty much only gets used for Silverstone, which means we also have the electric hook up stuff. This allows us the benefit of an electric cool box for beers, bacon and eggs.
But, I have seen some people taking it to the extreme.


If I am on my own for a show, or boat trip on the river its an old two man tent, bedroll and that same left over camping equipment from the scouts.

croyde

18,230 posts

197 months

Tuesday 15th June
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I posted earlier about camping in Cornwall for work.

Well it was baking hot Sunday and I pitched my tent lunchtime then went for a walk on the beach at Gwithian. Got my toes wet and sat in the sun.

Had lunch and a couple of pints at the pub then went for another walk inland.

Back to site and a snooze in the car as tent was too hot.

Read for a while still trying to adjust to a much slower pace of life, and talked to my neighbours.

The sun set around 930pm and it rapidly got cool. Retired to tent and got into sleeping bag.

This 2 man pop up from Decathlon was quite tiny despite being marked XL. Couldn't even sit up straight which I could do easily in my last pop up from a tent brand like Vango, although this one packs down smaller.

Fitful night's sleep thanks to it getting pretty cold and got up at 6am, as it was already sunny, for a stroll down to the little wooden shed with a loo.

Bit of faffing sorting my equipment for a Mocha pot coffee but it makes it all worthwhile when you sit there with a hot drink watching all the other campers get up and about.

Then the mist came, along with drizzle and it got cooler.

Had a shower of freezing cold water in the other wooden shed then decided to pack up and leave to seek the sun further East.

Now in the New Forest in a nice expensive hotel room with a massive walk in hot shower hehe

Anyone want to buy a one day used tent smile

Dan_The_Man

886 posts

206 months

Tuesday 15th June
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Did a week round Normandy with my brother in a WW2 jeep, 2x tents, sleeping bags, roll mats & a gas stove.
Found 2x discarded camping chairs next to a wheely bin on day one so they came in handy.