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.