Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby Scotty on Sat 1/Nov/14 7:18am

I'm going to take the family camping. It may kill me and possibly bankrupt me, but goddammit Imma gonna do it!

In what will hopefully become a family tradition, I'm going to start with a decent tent, has anyone got any good recommendations for a decent canvas tent?

I'm currently going back-and-forth between the Freedom Millbrook: https://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/LIR ... amily-tent

and the Coleman Tasman: http://www.colemannz.co.nz/products/coc ... d-pole-set

Both are the same price, but the millbrook has seperated rooms at the back for bedrooms, which might be handy in the future. Does anyone own these? How have you found them?
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby Bigfoot on Sat 1/Nov/14 7:29am

Something from MEC. #nothelpfullatall
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby E Dogg Capizzle on Sat 1/Nov/14 7:33am

Motels can be nice. :)
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby Tinkerbell on Sat 1/Nov/14 8:07am

Why a preference for canvas (genuinely interested). I've got a Kathmandu tent mansion (2 rooms plus covered patio) and it's been great for many things, plus super easy to put up/ take down
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby Mickyfinn on Sat 1/Nov/14 8:08am

buy the best canvas you can afford...
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby phunk on Sat 1/Nov/14 8:16am

We got one of the beyond nylon tents last year, slightly smaller than the ones on there now. We mulled the canvas option but figured them too heavy and cumbersome, remember you will be putting it up and down yourself as Celia wrangles the smalls...
super happy with it.
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby Scotty on Sat 1/Nov/14 8:35am

I just like canvas jobbies and metal poles for the better headroom and usable space. I've always found geodesics to be a bit shaky in the wind.

But yes, much easier to wrangle.
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby phunk on Sat 1/Nov/14 8:38am

This is what we got, plenty of headroom for me at 6ft http://www.torpedo7.co.nz/products/T7RT ... amily-tent
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby thorg on Sat 1/Nov/14 8:56am

E Dogg Capizzle wrote:Motels can be nice. :)

This.
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby Slim on Sat 1/Nov/14 9:01am

Scotty wrote:I just like canvas jobbies and metal poles for the better headroom and usable space. I've always found geodesics to be a bit shaky in the wind.

But yes, much easier to wrangle.



since when did you need head room?

I'll check with my folks I think there is a good condition canvas tent floating around in the collection somewhere that hasn't been used in a while that could be a good deal. They use a caravan now, and we just use a two person dome if we are camping.
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby Bigfoot on Sat 1/Nov/14 10:18am

If you get a big enough tent, you can probably convince C on that whole unimog plan :thumbsup:
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby thorg on Sat 1/Nov/14 11:30am

Convert the back of the surf. Serious. You know you'll use it more than a big tent. You got tools, and c can sew good. Between the two of you, you could work out something awesome.
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby Scotty on Sat 1/Nov/14 12:12pm

Part of the plan is to convert the surf into a big powerplant. Dual battery kit with inverters. Dedicated sockets and lights in the tailgate.

Don't know about a sleeper platform on the roof though.
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby dwgknz on Sat 1/Nov/14 1:34pm

Scotty wrote:Part of the plan is to convert the surf into a big powerplant. Dual battery kit with inverters. Dedicated sockets and lights in the tailgate.


It's not camping with electricity!

One of the key advantages to canvas is lasting repairs and the ability to make modifications (if you can still find a good canvas sewer). I remember my olds added removable walls to the veranda of the tent one time, then another veranda another time. Tent is 30 years old and still strong as and no leaks.
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Re: Taking The Family Camping - Good Tents?

Postby thorg on Sat 1/Nov/14 1:48pm

Scotty wrote:Part of the plan is to convert the surf into a big powerplant. Dual battery kit with inverters. Dedicated sockets and lights in the tailgate.

Don't know about a sleeper platform on the roof though.
think fold out (removable) kitchen from the tailgate, and a cover that extends from that. Enough for you (and c) for a simple get away a bit remote. Then a side extension for a kids room. Could do soooooo much. . .
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