Interesting info Andy, I have a Caravan New Odin synthetic bag, no longer used but it was a warm bag. The hood was good compared to a lot of bags back then.
I'm surprised to hear that they closed as early as 1989, I would have guessed 91-92. I have a Caravan brochure from back then and they sold other stuff as well as sleeping bags, there was one tent at least, the Kaipak, a transverse 2 man ridge tent IIRC.
I still got my old hilleberg keb from about 82 - sold under the caravan brand. I think all the caravan tents were hilleberg, there were about 7 or 8 in the range back then. I've still got some brochures at home.
I thought their down bags were great - not quite so convinced about the rucsacs though.
I still have a Caravan Kaipak and it's still in fair order. You can erect the tent without the inner, or with the inner connected. I find it easy to put up either way.If you put inner and outer together then
1 Peg out 4 corners of the inner and slot 1 pole into base pole holder and through hole in fly sheet. I find it easier to slip a guyline over the pole and run it out at 90 degrees to tent and peg out.
2 Do the same with the other pole.
3 Peg out the inner and outer by first pegging out the corners of the outer, then the rest and adjust.
If you're erecting outer first, then peg corners out loosely. put pole into flysheet socket and guy out. Do the same on t'other side then attach inner and peg out.
I wonder if it's a Kaipak? They made a Kaipak 2 and a Kaipak 3. The 2 is a really well made tent and I took it out last autumn and it stood up really well to a windy/wet weekend at the campsite on the shore of Derwentwater. I still can't find the heart to get rid of it, as it is still totally weatherproof and I like the 4 separate doorways that you can get in or out of; and no matter which way the wind blows from, you can have a sheltered porch for cooking. The only downside that I find with it, is that its on the heavy side, well it also takes a lot of pegs which contributes to the weight. I guess though, that for a 2 man tent, 2.25kg aint that bad.
Think I'm talking myself into using it more regularly!!
I have some caravan down sleeping bags for sale .they come in new and old condition+bivvi bag. I have them liste on ebay as swedish cold weather sleeping bag.
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