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    Hi everyone
    We are a family of 5, myself, the better half and three young bouys (6yr, 4yr and 18mths).

    I want to start looking at tent options for us to start camping.

    Any recommendations? What should I consider when looking at tents?

    Any other advice to convince the wife that camping is great, also welcome :-)

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    Default Re: Tent recommendations for family of 5

    First consider yiur packing space in yourvehicle. I see you have Fortuner.
    Roofrack and/ or a venter.
    Recommend you first rent equipment for the maiden run. The rental place will kit you and make recommendations.
    Dont rush the buying of kit and equipment.
    You will end up eventually with a Bushlapa and surplus equipment.
    Have a looksee here

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...-Camping-Setup

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    Default Re: Tent recommendations for family of 5

    Big enough for two good quality stretchers, 3 blowup mattresses, food boxes and clothing. Perhaps a 2 room. Awning over door and a gazebo for eating under.
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    Look on the tenco web site. 3x3 dome with extension. You and SWAMBO sleep en extension and kids in 3x3. Add a gazebo and you have a good set up. Get the 3x3 seperate from the extension then you get the little afdak with the 3x3. Better when you only use the 3x3 without extension.

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    And there I go mis-read the name of the thread - I got Ten Commandments for family of 5. So I thought - mmmm cool - each member only needs 2
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    I see. No comments on the wife (SWAMBO) issue. Those who have small children should give some comments to OP. Without some help there is a good change that they go once only.

    I never camped with kids. But remember seeing a note "Get a good chair for her". I would say let her make a lot of the decisions. If she wants to take a trailer full of toys take them. Need to take them only one time. Saying no you will never hear the end of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparnar View Post
    Hi everyone
    We are a family of 5, myself, the better half and three young bouys (6yr, 4yr and 18mths).

    I want to start looking at tent options for us to start camping.

    Any recommendations? What should I consider when looking at tents?

    Any other advice to convince the wife that camping is great, also welcome :-)
    How much space do you have for packing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    How much space do you have for packing?
    We drive a Fortuner.

    I am blessed with a wife that packs less than I do on weekends away :-) We usually take one large tog bag for mom & dad’s clothes, and one large tog bag for all three boys.

    Bicycles go on a rack.

    We do Dec holidays in a self-service in Hartenbos, and we fit two week’s worth of stuff in the Fortuner. Which used to include a camping cot and stroller (we have nearly outgrown those two items).

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    Here you go

    Big enough for every one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GawwZCLe0lM

    A little smaller but still 2 room https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwG8T9gbFNA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparnar View Post
    We drive a Fortuner.

    I am blessed with a wife that packs less than I do on weekends away :-) We usually take one large tog bag for mom & dad’s clothes, and one large tog bag for all three boys.

    Bicycles go on a rack.

    We do Dec holidays in a self-service in Hartenbos, and we fit two week’s worth of stuff in the Fortuner. Which used to include a camping cot and stroller (we have nearly outgrown those two items).
    Have no idea how big the Fortuner is for packing, it will be a challenge though as you need to now consider things like chairs/ cooler boxes/ food/ clothes AND tent. The canvas jobs are very bulky when packed if space is limited and you are not using a trailer.
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    I think you are going to struggle really hard to pack into a Fortuner for a family of 5. We have 2 kids and we need a trailer (when they were smaller we got away with a loaded roof rack)

    I would consider packing space first, then work around what you can fit into a smallish luggage trailer. Then you can start tuning according to requirements. But the missus MUST help make many of the decisions (within reason) otherwise whining mozzies are going to be the least of your problems.
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    The Tentco Senior Deluxe Combo will give you a 3x3 for you and the wife, a 2.8x3 for the children/daytime kitchen and a 1.8x3 veranda.

    http://www.tentco.co.za/products/extensions.html

    Get a semi offroad trailer (Less than R10 000-00 used)

    This setup is heavy thus the trailer suggestion but it will last.

    Now since you've got the trailer you can pack:
    Mattresses
    Stretchers
    Sleeping bags
    Folding table
    Camping chairs
    Cooler box/fridge
    Ammo boxes with food
    and the list goes on ..
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    We had two tents and connected them with a flysheet or gazebo as per Erwin Schimper's suggestion.

    If you use nylon tents and not bulky ripstop canvas, you could manage in a Fortuner, we used to have a Sani Mk3 and we could fit everything in with 2 boys and a girl. A roofrack would help for soft items and luggage.
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    Saw this at Ourdoor warehouse. They had a one on display. Problem is if you like the camping you now only have a nylon tent for half the price of a canvas tent set up

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    We have the Oztrail Fastframe Cruiser 420 from Takealot.

    Briliant tent. 5 minutes setup if you are in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    We had two tents and connected them with a flysheet or gazebo as per Erwin Schimper's suggestion.

    If you use nylon tents and not bulky ripstop canvas, you could manage in a Fortuner, we used to have a Sani Mk3 and we could fit everything in with 2 boys and a girl. A roofrack would help for soft items and luggage.
    +1 on the roof rack, but

    Not sure about the fuel economy of trailer vs roof rack, which will have a greater influence.

    What about the resale value of roof rack vs a trailer, if you sell the car you get to keep the trailer.

    The trailer will take a lot more stuff and make for easy storage/organizing at your campsite, safer to lock stuff away at the campsite and at home.

    But we are going OT

    a Ripstop canvas is heavy and expensive but will last a very long time, especially with three boys playing/climbing/running around it.

    But the smart thing would be to first test the waters with two nylon tents and a gazebo as already mentioned.

    Go for something that pitches quickly/easily without sacrificing stability.

    PS. Your decision is going to be based on how and where and how long you will be camping and how much you can/are willing to spend on camping gear. Beware, its a bottomless money pit! Think it through and be realistic. Look and learn and ask for advice on forums not from sales people. Start small/basic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post

    a Ripstop canvas is heavy and expensive but will last a very long time, especially with three boys playing/climbing/running around it.
    Pitching a large ripstop canvas is a sod, especially if SWAMBO is short and the kids too small to help: you end up wrestling that baby on your own. Nylon takes a third of the time in all aspects: pitching and packing and weight. A comparable canvas tent is EXTREMELY large and heavy.
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    Get two Tentco Junior Wanderer dome tents 2.5 x 2.5 m. Relatively light and compact and very easy to set up and costs around R3200 a pop. Ours has never let us down and even spent a night with two adults and a teenage child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikepike View Post
    Get two Tentco Junior Wanderer dome tents 2.5 x 2.5 m. Relatively light and compact and very easy to set up and costs around R3200 a pop. Ours has never let us down and even spent a night with two adults and a teenage child.
    Good idea!
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