Camping it up!

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

A 2-man tent is great for sleeping in, but not much else!  You need a Packa Shack to give you somewhere to sit, get changed, wash, cook and whatever else you want to get up to in the great outdoors!

But where does this great activity come from, in terms of recreational camping, well let me pass on some info from Wikipedia...

The history of recreational camping is often traced back to Thomas Hiram Holding, a British travelling tailor, but it was actually first popularised in the UK on the river Thames. By the 1880s large numbers of visitors took part in the pastime, which was connected to the late Victorian craze for pleasure boating. The early camping equipment was very heavy, so it was convenient to transport it by boat or to use craft that converted into tents.[1] Although Thomas Hiram Holding is often seen as the father of modern camping in the UK, he was responsible for popularising a different type of camping in the early twentieth century. He experienced the activity in the wild from his youth, when he had spent much time with his parents traveling across the American prairies. Later he embarked on a cycling and camping tour with some friends across Ireland.[2] His book on his Ireland experience, Cycle and Camp in Connemara led to the formation of the first camping group in 1901, the Association of Cycle Campers, later to become the Camping and Caravanning Club.[3] He wrote The Campers Handbook in 1908, so that he could share his enthusiasm for the great outdoors with the world.[4]

Possibly the first commercial camping ground in the world was Cunningham’s camp, near Douglas, Isle of Man, which opened in 1894. In 1906 the Association of Cycle Campers opened its first own camping site, in Weybridge.[5] By that time the organization had several hundred members. In 1910 the Association was merged into the National Camping Club. Although WW1 was responsible for a certain hiatus in camping activity, the association received a new lease of life after the war when Sir Robert Baden-Powell (founder of the Boy Scouts movement) became its president.


Get 'em while we've got 'em folks

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

New stock of Camper and Originals Shacks just in, offering freedom, shelter & privacy wherever you and your vehicle can get to.

The Camper Shack is designed around the VW Transporter with tailgates, and will work on all standard height work vans, at 210cm high and 175cm deep, £199.99 inc standard delivery.

The Original Shack is designed around the Fiat Multipla, and work on small work vans and people carriers with tailgates, at 200cm and 150cm deep, £199.99 inc standard delivery.

A beginner's guide to Canicross

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. Originating in Europe as off-season training for the mushing (sledding) community, it has become popular as a stand-alone sport all over Europe. especially in the UK. Canicross is closely related to Bikejoring, where participants cycle with their dog and skijoring, where participants ski rather than run.

Canicross can be run with one or two dogs, always attached to the runner. The runner typically wears a waist belt, the dog a harness, and the two are joined by a bungee cord or elastic line that reduces shock to both human and dog when the dog pulls.

Originally canicross dogs were of sledding or spitz types such as the husky or malamute but now all breeds have begun taking part including cross breeds, small terrier breeds to large breeds such as rottweilers and standard poodles. Not only can all breeds run but people of all ages and abilities can take part. Including children and the disabled such as the visually impaired. Some breeds are very well suited to not only running and pulling but running at steady pace over a long distance. It encourages people and their dogs to take part in outdoor activity and meet other like-minded individuals.


FIVE stars on the Barndoor Shack from Ed

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018
Well what a surprise another five star review of the Barndoor Shack, I hear you say. We all know nothing ever seems to be perfect, but life isn't always meant to fit ever occasion we throw at it. 

This is my story. 

I have a partner van, new in design with the off set doors. This in its self causes a major problem for designers such as Allie due to its  difference in length on each door. Never the less I needed a tent to fit my van. The Shack arrived in good time and fitted the van perfectly, even thou Allie and I had discussed the difference in door size. My solution was to place a canopy pole either side of the shack to bring both side up into an even stance. This worked perfectly, I even incorporated a cross bar between each door to prevent them from closing to on there own, great cloths hanger as well. 


Weather wise, I will say that I have put my shack through more than I reckon it was made to with stand. I have camped in gales, rain storms and recently floods in Gisburn forest competing in the PMBA competition (Mountain Biking) and yes I've had problems, just like you would with a tent or any other pop up unit. Recently I spent the night in the lakes on a quick flyby visit to get away and have some piece and quite. The Shack was up in minuites with the wine and BBQ quickly in tow.

Last year I spent a week living on the side of Arran on the beach in the Shack, it was an amazing adventure. So go and create your own adventure, and yes its going to have its ups and downs, but turn them into ups and start living life. Email me for pictures or just Packa Shack questions and I'll give you an honest answer. 

Edward Dalton 

Camper Shack review, read all about it!

Post by Allie Cherry
February 04, 2018

Want to extend the space your van offers?  You need a Camper Shack!

Thanks for a great review Richard.

"Awesome bit of kit! I bought the packashack for my LWB VW T5 with a tailgate so that I could take the children camping as I have a bed platform in the back and wanted an affordable way of extending the space in the van.

The Camper Shack worked perfectly and was a breeze to put up.

Extra standing and changing space at the back of the van made the space inside even more useable. I also intend to use it for my MTB trips as a space to get changed in after a wet or muddy ride.

Top product at a great price!!"

    Richard's Camper Shack

The nights are fair drawing in!

Post by Allie Cherry
October 28, 2017
The nights are fair drawing in, and Packa Shacks offer you shelter, comfort and privacy to make sure that the the Great British weather becomes doesn't put a dampener on the adventures of those of us who are out in the great outdoors through the winter.
All model's of Shack go up fast, in 1-2 mins, and pack down small, the size of a small sleeping bag, so don't take up much room in your vehicle.
This film features the Original Shack retailing at £199.99, we also have the Original Shack with a lovely big window in the front panel to let you enjoy a cuppa in the warm & dry shelter of a Packa Shack.