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Hi, I am potentially looking at getting a Tent - I am a first time camper and would be used on a weekend for a break with my partner and taking a small dog too - Does anybody have any reccomendat… Read More
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3y, 1m agoPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
Hi,

I am potentially looking at getting a Tent - I am a first time camper and would be used on a weekend for a break with my partner and taking a small dog too - Does anybody have any reccomendations? or any good deals for the 1st time tent buyer or tips for taking dogs camping

Thanks in advance
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3y, 1m agoPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Pop to Go Outdoors, they have everything there and have lots of tents set up in season, so you can have a proper look around.
#2
Borrow one if you can , you may hate it
#3
Get one with a sewn-in groundsheet. Depending on how much time you want to spend in the tent (or how good the weather is going to be), get one with standing room and a living area. Get one with a hydrostatic head, minimum rating 3000HH - anything less will probably let water through given the amount of rain we get. Get one bigger than 2 person if there are two of you since you want room for all of your gear (and dog). I would go 4-man if I were you. Depending on the weather, it might be a good idea to get one where the flysheet goes up first, and then you attach the inner sleeping compartment. This is handy for when you are pitching the tent in the rain.
Get an inflatable mattress (and pump). Practice erecting and breaking down the tent before you go. Loads of info/tent reviews here: http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/

Give me a budget and I can try to recommend one for you... you can't go far wrong with Vango in terms of a decent tent on a budget.
#4
Definitely try and get a four man if you can afford it. It depends on what your overall budget is. It's maybe worth going to somewhere like Go Outdoors or Decathalon to have a look at the tents up and get a feel for what kind of size/style you want.
#5
bought one of these last year

http://www.toysrus.co.uk/Toys-R-Us/Outdoor-and-Sports/Playhouses-and-Tents/Play-Tents/Atlantis-3-Tent%280097927%29?searchPosition=3

from this deal on HUKD

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/gelert-atlantis-3-man-tent-34-99-delivered-was-99-99-with-code-printed-voucher-instore-1593911

3 man tent but plenty of room for two - we used ours at two festivals last year without any issues - easy to put up and reasonably easy to carry around to site

EliTom
#6
gumtree has loads of peoples tents for fraction of retail cost well worth a look as well.

but as stated above would avoid huge outlay until u try it once or twice.. everyone loves camping in sunshine but bit of rain changes everything...
#7
We recently started to go camping 2 of us and our Labrador, we bought this and it it great value for the money and plenty of room.

http://www.tesco.com/direct/gelert-corona-6-person-family-tent/215-2859.prd?pageLevel=&skuId=215-2859

£5 off with voucher code TDX-HCWA when you spend £40 on selected Camping at Tesco Direct. Excludes Sellers. Expires 30/06/14.

Edited By: gazza0903 on Jun 23, 2014 15:55
#8
Yep 3 or 4 man tallish tent with separate inner liner giving plenty of room for you and your kit, check the the weight as it depends on how your carrying it and your budget.See if theres one with a bit room as you walk in where its possible to change out of wet stuff like boots etc so it wont get into the sleeping area.Take plenty of pegs and a small rubber mallet because the ground may be either very soft or extremely rocky.

Edited By: arachnoid on Jun 23, 2014 16:57
#9
I think everyone is assuming you are driving to your campsite?

If cycling or backpacking you will need to look deeper into what you need (and pricier).

You will also need to take into consideration eating... will you cook yourself or go to cafes/shops for food/snacks and if you cook yourself - food storage

As most have said by slightly bigger but you don't need head high (that's just poor man's caravanning) but maybe secondhand to start with

It's all about whether you want to go cheap local holidays (at the seaside) or true backpacking it style (hiking across hills n valleys) to get the right equipment
#10
philphil61
I think everyone is assuming you are driving to your campsite?

....

and taking a small dog

Kinda tricky on foot or bike....

It's hard to say without knowing your budget as camping needs more than just a tent, but I'd personally go on eBay (Or other classified site) and buy myself an older 4 berth Cabanon, easy to put up and if looked after will last for many many years and will return more of your investment if you don't like it.

Everyone we know who camps and has a dog uses a canvas tent, warmer in the cold, cooler in the heat, easy to put up and maintain, they can cost a little more and some are just out of this world.
#11
I've just put up a tent on ebay, considering it cost about £400 its not going for much, so ebay is a good place to look for a nice saving.
#12
Likely2
philphil61
I think everyone is assuming you are driving to your campsite?

....

and taking a small dog

Kinda tricky on foot or bike....

Then you are lacking common sense and intelligence - it is possible to use trains and buses to travel across the country and if cycling it is possible to use a trailer

Cars are not the only form of transport!
#13
Aldi will be selling tents and camping equipment from Thursday 26th
#14
philphil61
Likely2
philphil61
I think everyone is assuming you are driving to your campsite?

....

and taking a small dog

Kinda tricky on foot or bike....

Then you are lacking common sense and intelligence - it is possible to use trains and buses to travel across the country and if cycling it is possible to use a trailer

Cars are not the only form of transport!

Excuse me....who said it wasn't possible....yet another obnoxious rambling one handed keyboard warrior who thinks he knows everyrthing....kinda ironic as it seems you need to get out more....why don't you just ask adam how he's travelling instead of trying to impose your sadness about transport methods on deaf ears, you need to find a better therapist matey, your wasting your money....

Now, anyone else want to help the OP instead of listening to this rubbish....


Edited By: Likely2 on Jun 23, 2014 23:04
#15
Likely2
philphil61
Likely2
philphil61
I think everyone is assuming you are driving to your campsite?

....

and taking a small dog

Kinda tricky on foot or bike....

Then you are lacking common sense and intelligence - it is possible to use trains and buses to travel across the country and if cycling it is possible to use a trailer

Cars are not the only form of transport!

Excuse me....who said it wasn't possible....yet another obnoxious rambling one handed keyboard warrior who thinks he knows everyrthing....kinda ironic as it seems you need to get out more....why don't you just ask adam how he's travelling instead of trying to impose your sadness about transport methods on deaf ears, you need to find a better therapist matey, your wasting your money....

Now, anyone else want to help the OP instead of listening to this rubbish....


If you want to bitch - go here - if you want to criticise my comment amd then try to ridicule my reply with an even more sarcastic response might I suggest getting a higher level of education than pre-school then taking a MBA in sarcasm then you might be able to back with something of value

Edited By: philphil61 on Jun 24, 2014 02:02
#16
Don't forget to check the waterproof rating, some of the cheap tents wont stop a light shower getting in.

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