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kp64zl

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This is our set up from Ardnamurchan last week.

It's a Vango Kela III that I got second hand.

It did reasonably well - leaked a bit in the heavy rain and was a pain to pitch (solid rock ground was the issue not the awning)

However I think I would like something ever so slightly bigger -- any opinions on what I should look at?

Likely to be used from anything as basecamp tent (e.g. for evening 'hanging out') for a bunch of climbers who are otherwise sleeping in small mountain tents (whilst I'm comfy in van :)) to a family holiday

Would like something reasonably robust for all season trips.

thanks

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westfalia

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This is our set up from Ardnamurchan last week.

It's a Vango Kela III that I got second hand.

It did reasonably well - leaked a bit in the heavy rain and was a pain to pitch (solid rock ground was the issue not the awning)

However I think I would like something ever so slightly bigger -- any opinions on what I should look at?

Likely to be used from anything as basecamp tent for a bunch of climbers who are sleeping in small mountain tents to a family holiday

Would like something reasonably robust for all season trips.

thanks

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Was that after you was burgled.:)
 
LemonDrop

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This is our set up from Ardnamurchan last week.

It's a Vango Kela III that I got second hand.

It did reasonably well - leaked a bit in the heavy rain and was a pain to pitch (solid rock ground was the issue not the awning)

However I think I would like something ever so slightly bigger -- any opinions on what I should look at?

Likely to be used from anything as basecamp tent (e.g. for evening 'hanging out') for a bunch of climbers who are otherwise sleeping in small mountain tents (whilst I'm comfy in van :)) to a family holiday

Would like something reasonably robust for all season trips.

thanks

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Hi @kp64zl

Not sure if it's the sort of thing you'd consider but we have the Khyam Dub Hub XL which is roomy and very flexible: It is 5000HH, has 2 fully zip off sides and a clip in bathtub groundsheet (not sure if you are after sewn in?) which means it can either be used like an event shelter (very open) or can be fully zipped up with the ground sheet in if the weather is poor. Once you've got the knack it's easy to put up and take down, but it is a large pack size.
 
Damon18

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Our setup in a rather wet Cahors in June of this year.
Everything goes in the trailer for trips of over a week as we have 2 rather large dogs who,take up a lot of space in the Cali. I sleep upstairs and the other 1/2 with the 2 dogs in the awning.

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Vango Palm ( bought from forum shop) 2 adults and big black lab ... we find it very useful, to sit of an evening, if it gets very wet it's roomier than the van and helps with storage if you fancy a drive away without packing up. It takes up about half of the boot lower space but is light and easy to erect IMG_2048.JPG
 
kp64zl

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This is what I saw at a campsite recently - Vango Sapera -- like an extended Kela - doesn't seem like they make them any more unfortunately.

Does anyone know of anything similar available? I think I like the fact it's at right angles to the van rather than parallel like the Galli.

Was also reasonably impressed with the airbeams..(would be interested to hear any views as to whether thought more robust than poles)

Amused by the 0% off on one of the camping shop websites!

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Joker 1299

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This is what I saw at a campsite recently - Vango Sapera -- like an extended Kela - doesn't seem like they make them any more unfortunately.

Does anyone know of anything similar available? I think I like the fact it's at right angles to the van rather than parallel like the Galli.

Was also reasonably impressed with the airbeams..(would be interested to hear any views as to whether thought more robust than poles)

Amused by the 0% off on one of the camping shop websites!

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That’s what we have. It’s great but a bit too big for some regimented sites, particularly when attached to the extended wind-out!
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kp64zl

kp64zl

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That’s what we have. It’s great but a bit too big for some regimented sites, particularly when attached to the extended wind-out!
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Thanks. I generally avoid regimented sites!!

Your picture shows exactly what I'm hoping to achieve - nice one
My feeling is that awning such a pain to put up down transport etc might as well go the whole hog and get a massive one (my Quecha pop up gazebo useful for shorter trips etc instead)

shame they don't make these any more...
 
BayCatOne

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This is not mine but saw it on a site outside Lübeck this summer and thought I’d share it as it was something we were thinking about getting.

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Joker 1299

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Thanks. I generally avoid regimented sites!!

Your picture shows exactly what I'm hoping to achieve - nice one
My feeling is that awning such a pain to put up down transport etc might as well go the whole hog and get a massive one (my Quecha pop up gazebo useful for shorter trips etc instead)

shame they don't make these any more...
Yeah, me too!

It’ll be coming out again this weekend. Setting off tomorrow for four days camping at the Cadwell Park British Superbikes weekend. It comes into its own at events such as that.
Hope you find one. You might be lucky and find someone with old stock or someone looking to downsize!
 
homerorchid

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Has anyone got a "Quick Erect Kyham Motordome Tailgate Awning" and if so how do you get on with it? Pictures would be great if poss, thank you
 
Norfolk Jim

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We have a grey Sheltapod 1 year old and only used once. We found it sat too far away from our van (sorry not a Cali yet) IMG-20180508-WA0003.jpegand was too big for some sites we visit. It is for sale if anyone interested. We have bought a small Vango airbeam which is perfect for us.
 
Eremita

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This is not mine but saw it on a site outside Lübeck this summer and thought I’d share it as it was something we were thinking about getting.

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My setup too. I had a proper drive away tent (don’t even remember which) and sold after using once. Too many cons for me. Now I’m happy with all decathlon stuffs. If I’m staying in the same place for a week or so, I bring with me and use a Base seconds 4.1. A room for storage (expecially car childseats) and one for living. 15 minutes to assembly e 10 to dismantle. If I’m going for a shorter vacation, Arpenaz base M gazebo. Cheap, easy and quick to install (5 minutes, even less to dismantle). For both tent I spent less than half of a drive away tent.
 
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BradHat

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Australia
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I don't have any pics but use an Oztent and side panel as a drive away type awning, works a treat and is practically bulletproof.
 
threetone

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Tested the Q base M for the first time this week.
Loved the options it gave us, setup time was 20 minuten. Very bad i know, i need practice!
Tent was nice though

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Andy1150

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Outwell Pace, as it does not fix to the van you can have it as close or as far away as space permits, using the wind out awning as required
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