Is there a tent I can put down by myself?

(35 Posts)
spookysal Tue 01-Jan-13 13:15:36

I want to camp with the dc this year. I have never camped before. They are 2 and 5.

I don't plan to go far from home the first few times so I can get used to it and we will probably only camp 1/2 nights at a time.

The only hitch in my plan is that I need a tent I can pitch and take down by myself. Is there such a thing?

I've looked at pops up but have read they are very difficult to take down.

What's the best tent for me?

labtest Sat 05-Jan-13 19:27:49

Cinch do a really good pop up tent too. They are a British company based in the lakes I believe.

CarriedAwayAnnie Sun 06-Jan-13 18:54:23

Hi labtest, Do you have a cinch? I'm thinking of getting one for when I go to Camp Bestival with dd1 this year.

Another recommendation for Quechua tents. Dead easy to put them away once you get the hang of it, and there are video clips online to help. Ideal if you arrive in the rain - the kids can be inside a dry pitched tent in two minutes. If you use the Base Seconds ones they have the advantage of being modular, so a) you can add an extra pod as the kids get to an age when they need more space, and b) they are easier to dry bit by bit in a small space.

Tunnel tents are doable single handed but need a bit of practice first. I pitched our Kampa Filey 6 with just me and a 3 year old last summer. You need to peg the back first, then lift each hoop one at a time, guying each one towards the front of the tent as you go. Once all the hoops are up you'll need to do the guys again in the right place. Bit of a faff though! (but I love it for longer camps...)

Whatever you end up with, you'll probably find that you get people offering to help you pitch, especially if they spot that you're on your own with the kids. Friendly bunch, campers. grin

Ineedmorepatience Sun 06-Jan-13 21:38:42

Another quechua pop up fan here. I have a 4.1 which easily sleeps me and 2 Dd's.

I love it and can pitch it and put it down by myself.

Ask the staff in decathlon to show you how to put it away or find the video online.

Happy campingsmile

spookysal Sun 06-Jan-13 21:48:45

Sorry for being dumb but what does modular mean?

paneer Sun 06-Jan-13 22:19:39

Another Quechua single parent camper here. Very so so easy to pitch and put away. This is the one I have. Dead easy to put away.

I have said it here many times before, I can easily put this away, but my Tesco pop-up beach shelter has been back in its bag ever since it got taken out!

But I do long for a Bell tent, they are so pretty smile

CarriedAwayAnnie Mon 07-Jan-13 09:46:29

I think the Quechua tent could be the tent I go for. I just hope I mange to get the hang of taking it down!

Thanks for the replies smile

DottyDot Mon 07-Jan-13 09:51:22

I know they're not the most beautiful tents in the world, but I love my Khyam rigidome tent here. I picked up a second hand one from ebay for £100 a few years ago and it's still going strong. The poles are all built in so it clicks together and then folds back down - like a big umbrella grin.

I've taken my ds's away on my own since they were 3 and 5. It's got two separate bedrooms, a big main bit and a porch. It literally takes about 5 - 10 minutes to put up and the same for putting away - love it!

Modular means you can add bits on. We have a Base Seconds Full as a living space, with dd in a Seconds 4 joined onto one side and me and small ds in another Base Seconds joined to the other side. If we're only going for one night we just take one of the Base Seconds and all squash in. When ds gets older he'll get his own separate bit as well.

paneer Mon 07-Jan-13 19:58:16

It's really easy to take down once - but practice a few times before you go anywhere and watch the youtube video loads. If you have a smart phone, make sure you have it with you just incase you need to watch it!

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