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We haven’t bought our Cali yet, but that won’t stop me looking for accessories.

I not a natural camper, so anything for an easy life e.g. I’m lazy! Therefore when I read on here about the Quechua Base as an alternative to an awning I thought that it would be the tent for me...trouble is it’s discontinued and on eBay they go for top dollar.

I’ve had a good look around for pop-up alternatives, but the only thing I could find is a soon to be released product by a company called ‘Cinch’...does anyone have any experience with their products?

I’ve had a look on their website and they appear to specialise in smaller pop up tents, but that is soon to change when on 12th March 2018 they launch a new bigger tent...The Pod.

Looking at the images it seems very similar to the Quechua Base, so once it’s launched on Indigogo, I’ll then be able to see if it could be a genuine alternative.

For the moment though, I’d appreciate it if anyone could point out any other options?
I had a cinch tent in my camping days and it was brilliant, I bought the 4 man version and couldn't fault it, you get everything you need in the bag. It's well easy to put up on your own but practice in a private area where nobody can see you first to take it down and fold back up again because there is a knack to doing it and if you cock it up on a campsite wiv people around, you wil be providing the days entertainment. Seriously tho they are well put together, very waterproof and well sealed for the night time. Altho I had the 4 man it would be a bit of a squeeze but ther was only me and my dog and I had loads of room. I had a Honda accord estate in those days and it just layed flat in the boot. When I put it up for private sale I sold it within a few days of advertising it. You can't buy them in the shops and they only sell once or twice a year so if you are thinking of getting one get your order in quickly cos they soon go. Hope this helps.
 
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Would you believe that I still haven’t received my Cinch! Hub...I am due delivery in late April, which would make it 14 months from order! Along the way there have been lots of false promises and so many excuses...the latest was the delivery was delayed due to Chinese New Year :confused:
 
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I’m still waiting too, let’s hope it’s worth it. . Think it should arrive just after a big trip away, oh well it means I’ll have to fit in another trip just to try it out.
 
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Email this morning, delivery delayed again until May 20th/23rd.
 
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View attachment 30889View attachment 30890Update: As Cinch! appear to trade only though crowdfunding sites, today (12th March 2018) marked the start of their 2018 campaign on Indiegogo...

https://igg.me/at/cinchtents/x/18313436

As promised the new range of tents includes the Quechua Base alternative, which Cinch! call the Pod...you’ll notice the similarities between the two tents, I think the sizes are similar too.

The price for the next 24hours is $275, which according to current exchange rates is roughly £200.

It’s a bit more than the old Quechua Base, but Cinch! seem to include a ground sheet. The price then goes up $50 for the following 29 days when the campaign closes.

I’m going to back the campaign as it looks a decent lightweight alternative for folk who don’t want an awning, but still need somewhere to store kit whilst on camp sites.
Could be made by the same people who manufactured them for Quechua.

Pop ups are really good, but only if you can remember how to pack them away or have Internet to check on YouTube. My mate has one and the time she saves popping it up is negated by the time it takes to get it in the bag (oh, and the cursing!!!).
 
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Hmmm.
Sounds to me like they are taking the wee wee...
Which is a real shame as the base camp is brilliant.
Get onto Decathlon and tell them to start producing them again.
 
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I emailed Decathlon.....View attachment 43407
Just looked at this Quechua. It’s just a pole and sleeve awning with a sewn in groundsheet, like many others available. l would recommend a driveaway awning as it’ll be a lot more flexible, you can have it stand alone or attached. If you have a wind out awning (and space where you’ve pitched) you can also roll that out and attach the driveaway to that or attach right up to the van.

We have a few different awnings for different camping situations but mainly use:
  • An Outdoor Revolution, pole and sleeve, Outhouse Handi - for very short trips where we only need some extra storage space and room to cook, hang wet coats/boots and dry the wet dog.
  • A Khyam, quick erect, tourer - for longer trips where we want a little more space for sitting/relaxing in as well. For extra long trips we have an extension to this (opulently known as “the west wing”).
Both of the above are easy to set up on my own.

Here’s a pic of our old Toyota with awning wound out about 1m and Ikea shower curtains at the sides for rain protection and/or privacy. Just tie them up for light, better view, ventilation, etc. Good thing with this is that if you drive away you don’t have to get back into the exact same place. As long as you’re straight you can tension the awning “tunnel” when you reattach so no sagging, rain pooling or wind flapping. Will be doing this next week on our new Cali.

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Personally, I don’t like a sewn in groundsheet. They get wrecked on gravel/hard standing if you don’t use a footprint undersheet and in summer I like to just have grass underfoot. Also some sites insist you lift or turn groundsheet every day/few days. On grass if it’s wet or cold I would rather have a separate groundsheet that I can easily lift and move independently.
 
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Outdoor revolution Outhouse handi xl driveaway. 2 poles, peg out attach to van and driveaway. If you need a small unit the footprint is only 2x2m + the tunnel. Attach to a wound out wind out awning and have extra space.

More expensive than the Quechua but I think it’s worth it to connect to the van and get that extra space and or weather protection.

 
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Hi,
Not received the Cinch yet. Got an email last week (Wednesday 12th) to say that I should be getting a dispatch/tracking number within the next 5 working days. Disappointed that still waiting for confirmation.
 
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Outdoor revolution Outhouse handi xl driveaway. 2 poles, peg out attach to van and driveaway. If you need a small unit the footprint is only 2x2m + the tunnel. Attach to a wound out wind out awning and have extra space.

More expensive than the Quechua but I think it’s worth it to connect to the van and get that extra space and or weather protection.

I have the Cayman Tail, same setup with 2 poles and very fast to pitch and take down.
 
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Outdoor revolution Outhouse handi xl driveaway. 2 poles, peg out attach to van and driveaway. If you need a small unit the footprint is only 2x2m + the tunnel. Attach to a wound out wind out awning and have extra space.

More expensive than the Quechua but I think it’s worth it to connect to the van and get that extra space and or weather protection.

Forgot to mention that of course with all driveways you can stay detached, so more options and choices as to layout and setup.
 
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Interesting aspect of crowd funding seems that they invest a lot in product design and marketing but don’t seem to be geared up to cope with the logistics of actually delivering the product when it’s a success.
They seem to be getting a bit of a kicking on Facebook!
Hope it’s a success though as it does look like a good alternative to the Quechua Base Seconds, which I have,
 
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