Kingcamp superior party event shelter – Product review

Please note that this product was purchased following my own research into event shelters, I paid for the product for my own use and have not been provided with this product for the purposes of leaving a review.

Our reasons to purchase the party shelter was for using with or instead of an awning, for shorter trips away when the awning might not be needed.
By way of a practice run, my husband attempted to erect this alone on our garden for a birthday party. This resulted in the first tear in the sleeve, and a note to self that this was a two person job.
On a recent trip away to Mablethorpe we decided that we would put up the shelter as well as the porch awning as we had a lot of space at the THS. The weather was a bit blustery, and getting the thing up was difficult – there were no instructions and the material is not soft (like tent or awning material) but rather almost crisp and papery. The poles have a tendency to come apart part way through the (very long) sleeve, which resulted in another tear.
Getting the three poles across the sleeves was the hardest job – the poles have corners and need to be pushed through straight sleeves, all the while the poles are coming apart in several places – it took three of us to finally get the shelter into shape.

Party shelter
Party shelter

Once the poles are in, it was quite an easy job to position the shelter using the straps to ensure the shape is square, and it is anchored in all 4 corners. Once we had secured the corners and guy ropes, the shelter withstood winds of around 15mph easily.
We then managed to repair one of the rips while it was up, the other was right on the top and so couldn’t be reached.

Once the shelter was up, we had windbreaks around it and it made a nice sitting out area, which protected us from the sun and from prying eyes. We also felt that we were sheltered from the wind a little too. We used the area to cook in, and we also felt that we had a little more privacy when using the toilet tent – it never felt like we were “outside” and in full view of everyone (so to speak).
However, getting the party shelter up is not a one man job, nor a job for breezy weather. I am not sure that I would recommend this for camping, it would be better for use at home in the garden.

Popaloo Toilet Tent product review

Most of the larger modern folding campers do now usually come with a toilet included inside the camper – but what to do when you have an older model?

We have a 1992 Conway Cardinal Clubman, with a lovely big wardrobe and wonderful roomy corner sofa – but no toilet cubicle. (More recent  folding campers shrunk the sofa and moved the wardrobe to allow for a toilet cubicle, I believe). We do like to visit rallies so sometimes there aren’t facilities available all day every day.

A few years ago, when we started out with our folding camper, we were given a hideous large toilet tent. It was like a big black beacon, obvious and also not very sturdy. Nothing beats trying to use the loo, whilst the tent is being blown flat over you !!!!

Anyway, I think it had ripped and was a  bit past it’s best. So, on a trip to the Motorhome and Caravan Show at Birmingham NEC 3 years ago, we were intrigued by the Popaloo stand. We didn’t need the actual toilet (we already have a decent porta loo), but  we did need a new tent to put it in.

folding camper
Camping in Darley Dale

We purchased a medium tent – there is a large available. At 5’4” I am OK to get in and “sit” , my husband is a similar height but he can’t stand up, he also has to sit down to use the loo. So anyone any taller than us, will definitely need the larger version. Saying that, once it is positioned next to the bedroom of our folding camper, it is hardly noticeable, especially as it is so low and green.

The tent comes with four guy ropes and fixings, a removable groundsheet, support hooks and straps and a rear vent window.

Popaloo
Popaloo

The great thing about the Popaloo is that it is so easy to erect – it literally pops up. Getting it folded up is sometimes a bit of a job, it’s one of those that you have to bend and fold up just right – I think there is just a knack to it.

For us, the Popaloo tent has meant quicker pitching and a more aesthetically pleasing and less obvious toilet tent.

 

Winter storage and plans

Now the weather has turned colder, many of us are returning from trips away in our folding campers and are thinking of packing them away for winter storage.

While it is common practice to take soft furnishings out over the winter period, we have stripped the insides out ready for a major makeover over the winter period.

Bed end without curtain, pelmet or pod
Bed end

Gone are the light grey  bed pods – now dyed pewter, a dark grey to keep out the light – and are in storage inside the house until spring. The curtains and pelmet from in front of the pods have also been removed and will be replaced.

 

Removing the pelmets
Removing the pelmets

The pelmets are gone – never to be replaced, sorry but they  seem dated and fussy, so they have gone.

The curtains have been removed, and will eventually be replaced.

 

Renovations
Renovations

The cupboard door handles have been removed and will be replaced with something a little more up-to-date.

Blank canvas
Blank canvas

The carpet (and lino that we found underneath) have been taken out and will be replaced by something a lot easier to take care of.

Make sure you are signed up for my blog post updates as the makeover continues over the winter and early spring to see the changes we have made.

I am also always keen to see any renovations, alterations and makeovers made to other folding campers, so please feel free to get in touch via my feedback page.