Thank you all, We have had a great time this weekend, so much so that we have booked to go back next weekend.
And we're even going to brave taking the dogs with us (as crackers as they are.lol)
We all love the dandy, It is so cosy and way more comfortable that we had expected. I took a memory foam topper for mine and hubbys bed as I noticed a few people mention its something they cant camp without. And OMG how comfortable!! I'm going to get another one for our daughters bed. Also we did notice it got a little nippy at night (not bad for us adults but dont like the thought of my 3 year old getting cold) so we are now looking into insulation for when the cooler weather comes. Any advice on how to do that is very welcome.
I wasn't in the North west this weekend I was down near Chichester so temperatures might not have been similar (It was sweltering I would have melted but for the window being fully open) but if they were and you got a little nippy I'm lost for how to help you unless your speaking of the evening chill you can feel after a warm day. Though I feel sure that you would have recognised that sensation.
Because Dandys are of curtainside material that unlike canvas the wind can't blow through even "uninsulated" ones are so much warmer than other folding canvas. Insulation tends to be for specific reasons: Used underbed to combat damp mattresses caused through condensation. Batwing insulation on older or much loved or modded Dandys that are used at colder times of year.
Winterised Dandys were made with floor heaters and with the "Batwings" insulated with a double layer roof like sandwich of PVC and insulation. I'm a bit dubious of this as the original roofs had insulation to within 18" of the ends at the same time (or just before) winterised insulated sides were offered this was removed and single thickness "wall colour" sides were introduced. I think that the main purpose of the insulated "winterised" sides was to remove visible condensation from inside the Dandy. Look between the wooden wall and the single thickness roof ends for the level of condensation.
The easiest way round a short term cold spell is a quick application of heat. If you use a EHU pitch then a convector heater is ideal or if not on an EHU the underfloor heater is fantastic. Do you have one of these?
Without wanting to be beaten to death by you for interfering in your parenting you daughter might just be far more robust than you think. This isn't exactly comparable as it's babys and during the day but: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
I'd give things a few goes and see how you get on. If you have specific requirements then silvered foil bubbles or Kingspan can be used uner the bed and behind the side walls. As for insulating the batwings the easiest method is to upgrade. Let's see what you really need first though.