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minidaz

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Join date : 2013-04-16

Hello from a new member.

Post by minidaz on Tue 16 Apr 2013, 4:49 pm

Hello Very Happy
My names Darren. We've never had a trailer tent before, or towed but recently our Camper, a Mazda Bongo, decided to die on us. We've always liked typical camping, but got used to the Bongo and being able to sleep inside, and in a bit more comfort, which got us thinking about trailer tents.

It then didn't help that while looking at a camping / caravan shop for tents, as we're going away later in the year, that we were drawn to the smaller trailer tents.

A bit more researching online bought up the Dandys, which we quite like the sound of.

We're not looking for something huge - a 4 berth would be fine ( me, the wife and 2 boys who wouldn't mind sharing ) and something that packs down in to a fairly small space, making it easy to store. Don't mind it being an older model, aslong as it's in good condition, and dry Very Happy And if we can spend less than a £1000 that would be even better.

We're between Peterborough and Huntingdon, so if there happens to be anyone in the local area that wouldn't mind showing some newbies the ins and outs of a Dandy Camper, that would be very helpful, and help us know what to look out for if we do decide to go down this route.

Thanks
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Helen
Dandy Owner

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Join date : 2011-06-12

Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by Helen on Tue 16 Apr 2013, 5:10 pm

Hi and welcome to the Dandy Campers,

You do realise we are a bit biased about trailer tents/folding campers here and will do everything we can to encourage you into a Dandy lol!

Only because we know you won't regret it when you find the right one for you, age doesn't matter much when it comes to Dandy's as long as they've been looked after they last and repairs are fairly easy to do.


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mike
Dandy Owner

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Join date : 2011-06-12
Age : 69
Location : north east lincs

Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by mike on Tue 16 Apr 2013, 5:30 pm

to the forum you have made a good decision as far as a dandy is concerned,camping without the worry of the weather.
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Phoenix
Dandy Expert

Posts : 1435
Join date : 2011-09-07
Location : South Norfolk.

Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by Phoenix on Tue 16 Apr 2013, 5:53 pm

Hello and minidaz

You won't regret going down the Dandy route. Smile Just be aware they can be addictive. lol!
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Tow Itch
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Posts : 3183
Join date : 2011-06-20
Location : Leigh Gtr Manchester

Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by Tow Itch on Tue 16 Apr 2013, 9:04 pm

Very wise idea about asking for local members who will show you round alas you're nowhere near to me.
Have a look at the various types of Dandy [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Have a think about what features you want.
If any are for sale near you go and look especially if you don't want to buy as looking at as many as possible will get you to see what you want.
I'd say a 4 could be a little too intimate unless the kids are consigned to the awning. A 5 is only 1'10" wider but it makes all the difference or a Lowside Destiny or 6 better still (Lowside Destiny may be pushing the budget)
Older 6's can often be picked up for sub £500.00.
Unlike other trailer tents or caravans 20 year old or even 30 year old Dandys can have another 20+ plus years left in them.
Buy on condition not age though anything is repairable.
New tyres are to be expected but replacement suspension and damper could see you £300.00 worse off.
Once you see what you might want it will be between trying the cheaper end and possibly trading up or buying with all the bells and whistles first off.
Read as many Dandy related pieces on here as you can.

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minidaz

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Join date : 2013-04-16

Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by minidaz on Tue 16 Apr 2013, 10:59 pm

Thanks for the welcome, and the hints and tips Very Happy

Definetly going to do lots of reading, and if it means having a year or so with a slightly lower spec but a comfortable size, then that might be an option. It'll still beat sleeping on the ground Laughing


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Helen
Dandy Owner

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Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by Helen on Wed 17 Apr 2013, 8:13 am

Your budget should find you something nice, if you see anything and want advice feel free to ask as we could have seen the Dandy for sale before or might know something of it's history, you never know one of the members may have previously owned it Very Happy
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Pollyanna

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Join date : 2013-03-08

Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by Pollyanna on Wed 17 Apr 2013, 4:33 pm

Hello and minidaz

Hopefully your Dandy will find You soon Smile
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Tow Itch
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Location : Leigh Gtr Manchester

Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by Tow Itch on Wed 17 Apr 2013, 5:09 pm

Not wanting to rush you but if this is still for sale [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] team it with [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] you could have quite a unit.
I'd have a good chat with the eBay seller. Then a viewing. Or take a risk on a last minute snipe? It could be a pile of poo, he could have killed himself trying to put it up without understanding how, it could be genuine. As it wasn't on eBay before he is more honest than most saying he has just bought it.

A lowside destiny would give you room for all the family without the awning for quick camps, with the space of the awningf for longer camps. This is insulated and has the underfloor heater as well which equals the ability to camp 365 days of the year.
A little larger to tow (though easier to reverse) but still only 750Kg fully laden.
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Caz1960

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Age : 58
Location : Cardigan west wales

Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by Caz1960 on Thu 18 Apr 2013, 1:27 am

Crying or Very sad sorry late again but better late than never

minidaz

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Join date : 2013-04-16

Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by minidaz on Sat 20 Apr 2013, 8:05 pm

We've currently got our eye on a couple on ebay. Been asking question after question ( bet the sellers love us Laughing ) and so far getting good answers back.

If all goes well, then shortly we might get our first Dandy. If not, then we'll just wait a while as we've not got anything planned till July Very Happy




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Tow Itch
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Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by Tow Itch on Sat 20 Apr 2013, 9:18 pm

minidaz wrote:We've currently got our eye on a couple on ebay. Been asking question after question ( bet the sellers love us Laughing ) and so far getting good answers back.

If all goes well, then shortly we might get our first Dandy. If not, then we'll just wait a while as we've not got anything planned till July Very Happy


If they are selling and can't be bothered to answer or the answer is curt they have told you all you need to know.
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Helen
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Re: Hello from a new member.

Post by Helen on Sun 21 Apr 2013, 9:10 am

It's a great time to buy prices are low because there's lots about for sale at the moment

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