Hi, my name is Phil Page
I'm the MD of Battletec International Ltd, we have been trading for over 15 years.
Here are some of the questions I have been asked about cot-tents recently. I'll keep this section updated over time so be sure to check back.
Outside of running my business, I'm passionate about off-roading. Both 4x4 overland travel and riding rally motorcycles. I've completed 5 trans-Sahara drives and 1 trans-desert ride. I've spent many a month travelling across Europe and the UK- in short, I'm always camping. Ive used roof tents and a live-in 6x6. Both are very good but have down falls, the cot-tent just fills a gap for vehicle borne actives at a price that's affordable.
Nothing per se, but they are expensive and heavy to have on top of your vehicle. Mine was a well known South African brand, very well made but why put 70kg plus on your roof when you might have to drive a snowy off road mountain pass? Also packing up, what a pain climbing all over the truck especially if you're staying in an area you have to break camp every day just to drive in to town. Don't get me started on climbing that ladder when the wine bottles are empty, just dangerous.
Its great, but it costs the earth, only to be used a month or two a year. In these time that's just not possible to justify. With cot-tents and quality camp gear, stove, sleeping bag etc. why not just use your 4x4, car or even works van? Just load up and go camping.
Yes, before we comitted to them we tested them on a cross Morocco dirt bike ride. We had support trucks to meet us at camp each night, expertly guided by Trailmasters. They where carrying our families, spares and camp kit. We used them in the Rif mountains (wind and rain), Atlas mountains (snow) and across the desert. We even put them up on the flat roof of a guest house one night and watched an amazing lightning storm over the desert.
My 15 year old daughter used an oversize single. She's not really the outdoor type but she was first to make and break camp, they are that easy to use.
If using in cold and windy conditions put up on the sheltered side of the vehicle, also in low temperatures a roll mat helps keeps the heat in.
It goes without saying that you should not pack the COT-TENT away when wet- that's the same for all outdoor kit. If you do just remember to pop it up in the garage when you get home to dry out.
If using on uneven ground its easy to scrape a groove for the legs to make level.
I last used mine when competing in the Hafren off-road bike rally in Wales and on the docks in Portsmouth when we had to change ferry- we actually slept on the docks!!!!
Next time? Not sure. I'm in six bike rallies next year and hopefully one in Spain /Morocco. I'll also be at the national war games and it'll be COT-TENT all the way.
Yeah, a great nights sleep, it's a COT-TENT… what else can I say?
Oh yes, one of our customers, a young lady called Jemma has just brought her first flat and is using her cot-tent as her bed till next month when she buys her real bed!
Another customer like's all night shore fishing and uses his as a shelter and to grab a quick kip thought the night.
Hopefully more customers will send pics of there COT-TENTs in use and stories of what they are up to.
If you have a question that wasn't answered above, give us a call and we will help you out.