Hi. We have done lots of hiking camping before but now my husband and I are thinking of going camping with my nearly 3 year old son. I have been teasing for years about buying a Taj Mahal tent but now that we have come to it, they seem so big!
We need two pieces of advice:
- What tent to buy.
We are looking at the Coleman Chalet 9 XL ($499). It has 3 rooms and a vestibule but no awning and looks great - but big. I'm okay with the tent, the thing that I have an issue with is the vestibule. It can be bought without the vestibule as the 9 CV. I would like an large awning that we can put the chairs and stove under rather than a vestibule - but my husband (and the camping store lady) likes the thought of an encloseable vestibule. It can zip open on the sides. I think that perhaps we should get the cheaper version (Coleman Chalet CV - $349) and buy a separate gazebo. Sure, it can't zip up but I am afraid that the vestibule will feel too enclosed and not like a good inside outside area. What does everyone else think. Do you have a tarp - why use a tarp or gazebo over a vestibule. What about if it rains - a likely event this summer.
- Camping site
We would like to try it out by going camping this weekend (13-16th Dec). We have the following requirements of a site:
- amenities like hot showers and clean toilets
- by a river or bay or some other water
- quiet (we are used to hiking/bush camping)
- less than 4 hours from Sydney
- unpowered tent camping (ie we prefer not to be between caravans on slabs).
I know, I know, everyone else wants the same thing - but I thought that you might have some advice.