Dec2203 replied on 05/09/2016 10:26

Posted on 05/09/2016 10:26

You all must be getting fed up of my posts by now. However we have just come back from our first holiday in the trailer tent. So thought I'd tell you all how it went, the wife isn't convinced trailer tents are her thing yet but we may get their at some point. 

Well, I took delivery of the Quickstop SE on the 15th Aug and managed to have a quick look around the unit, however didn't get chance to put up the awning looking at videos we managed to have a vage idea how it all goes Unfortunately their was no instructions So a phone call to Raclet UK who managed to advise me and the help of this site. 

The day of the holiday, I was already off work so managed to pack the car and trailer etc while my wife was at work we was on our way to a small site in Twywn, Mid Wales. This is a lovely site been a few times now, however once we arrived our one year old son was hungry well to be honest we all was so got the main Unit unfolded then come the fun of the awning, it seemed to take forever neither of us really new what we was doing as such but managed to get it up and then realized we was missing the small centre pole that holds the awning flap up and i don't think I had got the canvas taught enough looking at other awnings. But all in to get fully set up it taken about 1hr and half. Then we couldn't get a sky signal or a digital tv signal. 

The next few days was great, however then came the wind and rain, everything was ok apart from feeling like it we was going to take off wasn't expecting to move so much the canvas was very noisy hoping to get it out and try setting it up again on a nice day once we have the replacement pole from raclet which our dealer is sorting Asap. 

Hoping to try again in nicer wether, with instructions. I must admit I did enjoy it and the beds was awsome just think I need more experience setting up etc very difficult with a teething one year old who recently had his immunizations so bit stressful. 

Packing away was nice and easy, although it had to be packed wet and its raining today so will have to be dried properly tomorrow.

JayEss replied on 05/09/2016 12:39

Posted on 05/09/2016 12:39

Practice makes perfect with trailer tents.  I watched someone pitching theirs at a festival we've just been to and it was so quick that if I'd blinked I may have missed it

Friends have one and I was surprised to see them throw the awning canvas over the trailer part, build the frame and then pull the canvas back over it.  It's the opposite with a caravan awning

ValDa replied on 05/09/2016 13:06

Posted on 05/09/2016 13:06

We had a trailer tent, and it took several 'holidays' in it, before we got it right - the tension, the awning, and poles..........  It's a learning thing, and when you do get it right it's a good feeling.  However, it's much nicer in a caravan where you just arrive and everything is already in place!  We're in the sun at the moment, and everything is outside and we don't even have an awning or a sunshade up!

DSB replied on 05/09/2016 13:29

Posted on 05/09/2016 13:29

We came to a trailer tent from a large frame tent.  In comparison it was a breeze to put up - ours was a Conway.  The worst weather we had was at a site (no longer there) called Blue Channel, between Folkestone and Dover up on the cliffs somewhere.  It was so windy, folks in tents were packing up half way through the night and going home.  In the morning we were one of only a few units left - the rubbish bins were full of bent poles and torn 'canvas'.  We managed to get away with one tiny tear in the canvas which we got repaired straight away.  All in all, this was out worst experience by far, but we had some lovely holidays in the trailer tent - especially in France and Germany.


SteveL replied on 21/09/2016 08:03

Posted on 21/09/2016 08:03

We came to caravanning after 30 years under canvas, like Valda said, it's nice to have everything in place, but our canvas holiday home was much more spacious! With practice we could have our 6 berth fully set up in under two hours, so keep going Dec2203. Practice makes perfect. It'll be even better when your youngster is big enough to help

Hendy replied on 06/08/2018 00:34

Posted on 06/08/2018 00:34

Our daughter has just bought her first tent and we went with them on their first short trip to be there as `back up` as we have a motorhome.  I am pleased to say they had a great time and really enjoyed themselves and they are now looking for somewhere to camp with their two children aged 4 and 7 in the October half term holidays. 

I have looked at different sites that take tents but none of them seems to have any availability for the half  term and I am wondering whether this is because they are already fully booked or don`t cater for tents at that time of year.  I will be ringing head office to check on this.

I also wondered whether anyone could recommend anywhere particularly with interestinglocal places to visit for young children.  I have a few sites in mind, Ferry Meadows, Burford and Longleat which I am going to contact but would welcome any recommendations.


brue replied on 06/08/2018 08:49

Posted on 06/08/2018 08:49

Try Trewethett Farm or Hillhead the pitches are open till later. Hillhead has EHU and good extra facilities for families.

SteveL replied on 06/08/2018 09:41

Posted on 06/08/2018 09:41

It is worth remembering, with all this talk of the heat wave continuing into October, that October half term weather can be very variable. Probably less so in the south west, but night time frosts are not unusual. So a decent sleeping bag, not a lightweight summer one would be a worthwhile investment. Alternatively some extra blankets or a duvet. 

Personally I would avoid Trewethett in October. Our sons joined us there in Mid September in a tent. The tenting area is great, but very exposed to westerly winds. At only 4 and 7 high winds could be quite frightening. They have certainly frightened me on occcasion when we tented.😀