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    Widdler
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    hi, we are new to this site, we are new to camping, can anbody help us out with what tent to buy, we have a budget of about £250." we see the name diablo comes up alot is this a good start.

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    Andy, asuming you are really looking for some meaningful advice, you really need to supply some more detail on the type of camping you'll be doing, locations, number of people, etc etc. In fact, the more info you can give the better the advice you will receive.

    Oh, and welcome to OM.

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    Andy,
    Welcome to the site, and to camping. What tent to buy depends on several factors, but the most important are where and when you intend using it. Obviously it also depends on how many people you want to fit in it, and whether you are car based or carrying it on your backs.

    If you can give us an idea of these then I'm sure the collective experience of OM can come up with the right tent for you.

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    hi we did say we are new to this, it would be for two adults and two children ages 7 and 9. we will only be using in this country between april and sepember. we will be useing are renault espace to carry this tent on are trips.

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    Would you need separate sleeping 'areas' for the children? Are they different genders? Are you particularly tall and would need a large porch doorway to walk in and out of?

    When you're looking at tents - think about one thing that may be mentioned - the 'HH' or 'hydrostatic head' - that means how much rain can fall before you get soaked - many 'valley tents' sold at places such as Millet's have an HH of only 1,500 - not much use in England unless you can guarantee dry weather - which obviously you can't. Look for at least 3000.

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    I recommend you have a look at this website:
    www.ukcampsite.co.uk

    They have a lot of tent chat more biased to car camping with children and you will probably find more advice on bigger family tents.
    I would recommend Vango tents, but do go to a good camping shop where you can see them put up on display. Happy Camping!

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    The Diablo is a large family tent made by Vango. It has a porch leading omto a large central area and satellite bedrooms rediating off. It also has a sewn in groundsheet. It is a geodesic design. This is a very good tent and was the best of its season when it came out a couple of years ago.
    The disadvantage is the bedrooms are low and so getting dressed in them is difficult, its easier to step out into the communal area to be able to stand up and pull on your jeans. It has now been superceeded and details are best found on the Vango site. Vango are a quality make, better than Outwell etc. You may think about a tunnel type tent for example the Vango TBS Vista which has lots of space and headroom throughout. Buy your tents from The Outdoor Shop they always seem to be the cheapest and saves a lot of web browsing.

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    Assuming your not after one of those things that resemble a small house - and cost a fortune.
    Have a look at the Vango Venture 500, you might find the partition a bit flimsy but the tent itself is solid (and heavy) they sell online for about £95

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    Try the Wynnster Buzzard 4. It has 2 separate 2 person sleeping areas, double skin, integrated ground sheet, plenty of space and only about 12 Kilos.
    Oh and you can usually get it for under £120.

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    Oh and pitch fly first. Handy when it's p.....g down when you get to the campsite.

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    i'd reccomend a wild country tent for family camping.

    after spending the weekend carcamping in the lakes i can't remember how many of the vast, multi-room hangers we have seen have come with split poles, incorrect parts, not enough pegs, wrongly sized internal 'rooms' and just shabby construction that has really put a dampner on some families weekend. most of these tents retailed for between £90 and 200.

    we - the wife, the sprog and i - use a wind country monsoon 4 man, 3.5 season tent bought from the terra nova factory shop website for £140. half price because its an ex-display model that has been displayed once.

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