Monday, 6 July 2015
Since my stepson was around 7, we have done an annual camping trip. I have always felt strongly about kids having the opportunity to get away from it all, with a few simple toys like a balls, kites etc.

We have been to some great campsites over the years and have done many repeat visits to the good ones.  We had to take a break from the normal holiday in 2012 as I wanted J to be a bit older and stronger before we took him camping . We had always just got low end tents to go camping in, until the family grew.

In 2013 we purchased a Coleman Da Gamma 6, some camp beds, and a few new accessories, with the aim the tent would do us a good few years as it was a decent make and quality.

That was the aim until last year..........

We ended up camping when the tail end of Hurricane Bertha hit the UK, and the tent did us our holiday but the winds took its toll.  Over the past years we had never experienced weather like this, and our camping trips generally went without a hiccup. The tent did keep us sheltered and it was standing at the end but very crippled. When we pulled it down we seen the full damage of the tent.

With splits in the steel poles, the guy rope tags being ripped from the main tent fabric, poles bent in weird shapes, I was glad we spent the money on a decent tent but also resolved in the fact we would have to buy a new tent for next years trip.

When looking at the options this year, and my not so young body, I decided I would like to look into the options of a trailer tent. I knew that I wouldn't have the money for a new one so decided to look at the prices of the tents we would look at getting for the family, then look at the cost of second hand trailer tents. I found one that would be cheaper than the tents we were looking at, and went to look at it. The previous owner had a obvious and genuine reason for selling and was happy to show us it in great detail. I was sold ....

We brought this in Feb, which gave us a chance to get the things needed for it, having our first trip out in it in May for a long weekend over the bank holiday. J being older now, he had so much fun just running around, playing outside, taking small walks and just generally camping. He was so sad when we packed up and told me he wanted to go camping 6 times this year.

This started me thinking, why couldn't we make this a more often trip?  I think it will do him a lot of good just spending time outdoors away from the gadgets, tv and the mountain of toys he has accumulated.

Our normally annual camping trip has now turned into a more frequent trips, with the ease, comfort and space with the trailer tent

So far we have done 2 long weekend camping trips, with 3 more trips to come ....

A new direction to help my boy grow and learn as much as he can, have some family bonding time on a single income budget


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