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  • Pandabloke
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    Well, it has been the last trip out for Sunny this year, I think. Two good long weekends have convinced me that buying her was an excellent idea. Not only has it reignited my already strongly burning camping enthusiasm, but it has given me options of campsites to visit and also added a certain variety to my hobby. I have spotted a couple of campsites that only take tents, so next year I plan to visit those, just because I can!

    I haven't invested much in Sunny. I bought a tarp and some poles to make a very useful sun canopy, I purchased a decent groundsheet/tent carpet, an inflatable airbed and pump in a Go Outdoors sale and made a 12v power pack to charge the iPhone, the iPad mini and the Mac and I am fairly sure that with careful use, Poopy Power, as it is known, will easily last a week. I use my Trangia for cooking and everything else is borrowed from the Hettie the C15 Hylo, before leaving. I have made a thorough check list to ensure that I don't forget anything.

    To day as I packed her away, I did so very leisurely as I wanted to ensure the canvas was completely dry before rolling it up. I have to repair one spring link petween 2 leg poles and then that will be it until the spring.

    If all this talk recently in this section has given you any enthusiasm whatsoever to purchase a tent again, I urge you to do so, as it really has been tremendous fun.

    Roll on the spring!

    Panda

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  • Rob B
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    Very smart Pandabloke

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  • RUToyota
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    Looks good..and great value..

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  • Pandabloke
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    And a few more......

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    Panda

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  • Pandabloke
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    As I have mentioned in another thread, I am away in Sunny this weekend. I've got her pitched rather nicely so I've taken a few more photos of her.

    I continue to be amazed by the condition of a 20 year old tent that I paid £45 for!

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    Panda

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  • Pandabloke
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    Like buses, anotherone has turned up!

    This guy wants twice what I paid for mine.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_f...ranch&_sacat=0

    Panda

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  • Pandabloke
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    Well, I have booked in to the Canterbury C+CC site for Saturday and Sunday nights to shake down the Sunncamp. Very excited! It's only half an hour from me and I'll have the camper with me anyway, so if it all goes wrong, it doesn't matter......

    I have also ordered a cheap tarp with a pole to see if I can form a sun canopy on the front, as well. 😁 I can also do some measurements then, to see how it matches the camper.

    I couldn't get in on the Friday, so I've booked a couple of lieu hours off work Monday morning and I'll come straight from the site in to work. It was a little over £15 for a basic grass pitch for 2 nights with their 30% grass pitch discount. Can't complain at that!

    Panda

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  • Pandabloke
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    The more I look at this and compare the measurements, It seems that the front height of the Sunncamp and the rear of the C15 Hylo with the roof up, are within 4 inches of each other. Maybe not insurmountable?

    The front of the Ranch is 205cm peak height and the raised Hylo roof is 215cm. Damn close. 4 inches in old money. A finger length, if you like. If I pull the Ranch legs in a bit to make them upright, will I gain 4 inches and still be able to peg the front of the Ranch down? Or do I remove the little extension poles on the Ranch and squeeze the remaining short extended canvas over the top of the rear of the Hylo? I've 'encouraged' the canvas extension up a bit and it seemed to be loose enough to squeeze upwards. Food for thought......

    The next objective then wuld be to insert 2 zips either side of the kitchen extension, on the existing seams, to create another entrance, which would then either roll up or form a canopy with 2 poles. It's only 5ft high, but that doesn't really matter for what I would gain. TVS in Bolton could do this work, I'm sure.

    Then I would have a bespoke drive away awning for Hettie and a stand alone frame tent.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    I'll have a play after me holiday.

    Panda

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  • Pandabloke
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    Originally posted by Pandabloke View Post

    ........Also I'm wondering whether my tie-on Conway sun canopy might work.......

    Panda
    Nope, too wide by a country mile.

    However, my Easy Camp Canopy, recently purchased for Hettie, is mush closer in width. Once I'm back from Winchcombe, I'll have a play and see.

    https://www.purelyoutdoors.co.uk/pro...mp-canopy.html

    Panda

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  • Pandabloke
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    And discovered some very useful Sunncamp Frame Tent general instructions here: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/s...ctions_(1).pdf

    Panda

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  • Pandabloke
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    Found some useful dimensions on the Sunncamp here http://pjcamping.tripod.com/ranch.htm

    Panda

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  • Rob B
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    Originally posted by Pandabloke View Post
    My boss has just pointed out that the front of the tent and the entrance are about the same height as Hettie's rear door. Hmmmm, now there's an idea.....

    Panda
    Room for a socially distanced party with the Sunncamp as an awning!

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  • Pandabloke
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    My boss has just pointed out that the front of the tent and the entrance are about the same height as Hettie's rear door. Hmmmm, now there's an idea.....

    Panda

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  • Pandabloke
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    Originally posted by Rob B View Post
    Pandabloke judging purely by eye, I reckon an Obelink kitchen tent would be just the right size to make a canopy and if memory serves they have a door on both sides.
    I'll have a look Rob, thanks. I like Obelink stuff, just discovered them.

    Also I'm wondering whether my tie-on Conway sun canopy might work.......

    Panda

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  • Rob B
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    Pandabloke judging purely by eye, I reckon an Obelink kitchen tent would be just the right size to make a canopy and if memory serves they have a door on both sides.

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