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Terrain Expert
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PostSubject: Newbie/Beginner   Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:38 pm

Speaking to one of our regular contractors today and he asked for some advice, so I thought I would throw it out to the forumites for opinions and thoughts, he has said all opinions are valid and appreciated.

He is looking to do some touring and taking on a proportion of off road driving, he has a Toyota Hi-lux crew cab with a seperate hard top and is a reasonable off road driver, it is equipped with two sets of wheels and they have AT's on one set and pure off road tyres on another, he has a hydraulic winch and recovery equipment and full underbody protection as its necessary with his job. He is looking to try out a little touring in the UK first and if he likes it he will look to travelling further afield into Europe, and would like to do this with the minimum of expense to see if he and his wife like it, if they do they will look to either buy an expedition vehicle or convert one. They will be travelling either as a pair, or as two pairs with his brother and his girlfriend, they want to do this while they're young and before settling down with a family.

My suggestions are:

Buy a decent quality tent in the mid range as they come in a variety of shapes and styles and they can have two bedrooms, most are easily and quickly erected, and they can buy kit over the next few months, it would be cheap to do this and camp and if they don't like it they can sell everything off to recoup some of their cash. They have the vehicle and carrying capacity in the back of their vehicle to carry all the kit they need for more than basic camping so they can carry chairs and tables, and even a camp kitchen which simply needs its legs fitting and connecting to a gas bottle.
He has a large back lawn (1.1 acres) and can do a dummy run by setting up the tent and living in it for a weekend to see how they erect everything and can live to see what kit they may need for their jaunts.

All suggestions and ideas welcome, and they thank everyone in advance.
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Terrain Master
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie/Beginner   Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:23 pm

For me, advice is not to try and take everything, even if you have the room, you will find you will not use it all, and just be moveing from one place to another and then bring it home after giving it a good ride around the country.

Been their done it and got the T shirt.

As he says trying in the garden first he will find out his needs, and not his wants.
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Tom Mc

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie/Beginner   Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:10 am

I would recommend they go for a quick erect tent from the Khyam range of tents. Very good quality, they are indeed “quick erect”. The last thing you want as an introduction to camping is the hassle of trying to thread elasticated, sectional tent poles through tiny tunnels of cloth in the middle of a gale or rainstorm! This method can also prove costly because if rushed, the fabric can easily be torn so you’re left with a damaged tent from Day One. Far better to spend a bit more on a quick erect Khyam, which believe me does exactly what it says on the tin.

After their inaugural trip, if camping is not for them, Khyam’s sell for good money on ebay or similar, so they will recoup most of the outlay anyway!

And yes, a dummy run in the back garden is essential.

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie/Beginner   Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:50 am

1.1 acres !!!! best we all turn up and camp out. He can try out all of our gear at once clinking teacups
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie/Beginner   Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:22 am

Alls ounds like sensible advice. The Toyota would be a good choice to stick with methinks. easy to adapt.......there is a link on FWDC which is interesting to follow;


Sometimes my wife calls me Victor......
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