Trailer Tent - it's the way forward!
Thursday, 6 June 2013 | Admin
As it's almost summer holidays, I thought I'd kick off a series of blog posts about holidays and specifically camping.
With 4 kids, holidays are going to be expensive whether in the UK or abroad. And as we're now tied to holidaying in school holidays, even a cheap package deal is going to be £3000+, at least. Luckily we've always been keen campers and pre-kids were happy to pop off in our little tent for a couple of weeks at a time.
4 children later and we still love to camp. In saying that, we're fair weather campers, however as we live close to the ferry terminal, popping across to France is an easy option with generally much better weather than we get in the UK.
On having kids we upgraded our 3 man tent to an 8 man version, but we found that by the time you get everyone in, space was still very limited and camping is no fun if you're constantly tripping over stuff / children / wellies. In addition my lovely husband was getting fed up of sleeping on air beds which left him feeling achey and sore next day.
Campervan / Caravan / Trailer Tent
At one stage we were considering a campervan, but it's be the size of a bus to fit everyone in and then we'd have difficulty in parking it up for the majority of the year. Plus if you go somewhere and want to go out for the day, you all have to go out in the 'van which is a bit of a hassle. Or tow a car on the back of it - we saw a hulking great Winnebago type thing towing a Volvo a few years ago which was astonishing...
A caravan has similar storage issues and husband wasn't keen on having to tow one either. And I sort of think that toilets in caravans are gross. And the sinks are a bit pointless as most people seem to use the campsite sinks for washing up as there's more room?
After investigating alternatives, last year we invested in a trailer tent which has revolutionised our camping experience! A trailer tent for those of you who are uninitiated in all things camping, is pretty much exactly what it says. A tent, which folds out from a trailer and generally contains beds with proper mattresses which are raised off the ground, so just that bit more comfy.
Benefits of Trailer Tent over a normal tent
In summary, if you've found yourself overflowing from your tent, or that foreign package holidays are just getting too expensive, why not consider a trailer tent? They can be picked up from a few hundred pounds each and go up to a few thousand. But if you consider that our 3 week holiday in France last year cost us less than £1000 (for ferry and pitch fees) then it's money well spent....