Thanks so much to all the campers who entered our competition to win an amazing sheltaPod. An especially big thanks for all the kind words and the heartwarming stories of how our articles have helped you enjoy your adventures!
And the prize goes to…Joanne McGee from St Ives in Cornwall.
Meet our winner
Six years ago, Jo bought a campervan. With her 19-year marriage ended, it was a new start for her, so she called her van Phoenix.
“She was just a VW T5 panel van, and I had her converted for me and the kids, Sophie and Daniel,” says Jo. “I knew I needed something that would benefit us all, and get us out and about. We’ve had some wonderful adventures in her, but space became limited when they grew too big for the pop-top roof bed.
“In May, this year, I took them both to Scotland for their first time. It also happened to be my 50th birthday whilst we were up there. Unfortunately, there was no room for their partners to come with us, as we were doing a mixture of wild camping and campsites during our tour, and funds were limited due to my now being disabled.”
Because of her disability, Jo couldn’t get up into the pop-top, so the sleeping arrangements were a little uncomfortable. Jo slept across the front seats, whilst the kids had the bed with the dogs.
“We managed, just about,” she says. “If we’d had the sheltaPod, it would have made it so much easier. Now, I can’t wait to get out on the road again, and have more travels. Their partners will be able to join us too!”
sheltaPod is unique because it works like a pram hood to become a simple sunshade to a full half-dome tent. The outer flysheet provides a sheltered area for cooking and eating, then a separate inner tent can clip in for extra sleeping space. If you just want storage without using the inner tent, there’s a separate front panel with zip for easy access and a separate groundsheet. Included in the bag is the inner tent with integrated ground sheet, front door panel, side ‘privacy’ panels, separate groundsheet for the rainfly and two window shades. And all of that comes in a bag just 88x24x22 with a weight of 11.2kg.
And maybe Jo will be doing some adventurous cooking in her prize awning.
“I have a Cobb stove, and have always wanted to have a go at baking, rather than just roasting,” she says. “Did you know that bread dough can be kept in the fridge for up to a week? When I’m making bread at home, I generally make up more than I need, and store the rest in a ziplock bag, in the fridge. Then, when I want some fresh baked rolls, I just get out what I need. When bread dough rests, it actually gets better. I use the same dough for pizzas too. Who doesn’t love the taste of freshly baked bread.
“Your article on camping and baking has definitely given me the courage to give it a go outdoors. So I’m going to make up some dough to put in the camper on our next day out!”