The OLPRO Rambling Blog
Research find The Family That Festivals Together, Stays Together
Living with teenagers can be a nightmare and most parents tread on eggshells 24 hours a day in fear of setting off a hormonal mood swing.
Having interviewed 1000 UK families with children aged 13 – 18, British camping company www.olproshop.com has discovered that sharing an experience like a Festival can strengthen parents’ relationships with difficult teens. OLPRO found that the duration of a Festival is short enough to avoid irritations building up whilst also providing common ground for communication.
Dave Stewart, MD of the www.freshairlearning.com and outdoor development expert, commented on the reasons behind this:
“Our natural environment has long been held to offer a range of therapeutic effects – our body biochemistry changes, our blood pressure drops and our mood lightens. We become open to fresh ideas.
Many of the boundaries normally encountered in the home limit creativity and relationships. These are relaxed or do not exist in the outdoors. This can create a sense of freedom, trigger significant shifts in perspective and enrich our conversations with one another.”
What is different about your parents at a festival rather than at home?
Less strict 69%
We talk more 19%
There feels less of an age gap 9%
Work & solve problems as equals e.g. putting up tent 3%
How are you different with your children at a festival rather than at home?
Work & solve problems as equals e.g. putting up tent 49%
We talk more 32%
There feels less of an age gap 12%
Less strict 7%
In what circumstances do you find it easier to talk to your parents?
Whilst listening to music together 57%
Whilst travelling somewhere in the car to share an experience24%
When they are drunk 17%
When I am drunk 2%
In what circumstances do you find it easier to talk to your children?
Whilst listening to music together 59%
Whilst travelling somewhere in the car to share an experience 36%
When they are drunk 2%
When I am drunk 3%
What type of holiday do you prefer with your parents?
Short ones 65%
What type of holiday do you prefer with your children?
Short ones 11%
What is it about camping with your parents you enjoy?
Sharing chores equally 68%
Connecting with nature 23%
Being in close proximity 7%
Less reliance on technology 2%
What is it about camping with your children you enjoy?
Less reliance on technology 76%
Being in close proximity 18%
Sharing chores equally 4%
Connecting with nature 2%
What is it about a Festival that improves your relationship with your parents?
Allowed more freedom 42%
24-hour party atmosphere 30%
Enjoying new experiences together 17%
Encourages our family to plan more activities together 11%
in the future
What is it about a Festival that improves your relationship with your children?
Encourages our family to plan more activities together 66%
in the future
Enjoying new experiences together 25%
Allowed more freedom 6%
24-hour party atmosphere 3%
What did you discover about your parents that surprised you whilst at a Festival?
I like them and enjoy their company 46%
They drink more than I thought they did 28%
They have a sense of humour 19%
We share similar and unexpected tastes 7%
What did you discover about your children that surprised you whilst at a Festival?
They drink more than I thought they did 34%
They have a sense of humour 32%
I like them and enjoy their company 29%
We share similar and unexpected tastes 5%
Which of your parents did you feel closer to after the festival?
Both equally 30%
How long after returning from a festival does the feel-good factor last with your parents?
A week or more 67%
A day or two 27%
An hour or so 3%
It didn’t 3%
How long after returning from a festival does the feel-good factor last with your children?
A week or more 75%
A day or two 19%
An hour or so 4%
It didn’t 2%
OLPRO is an innovative family camping equipment manufacturer. Included within its range are three technically designed, different-sized tents that sleep 3, 6 or 8 people respectively. Easy-to-erect, the tents are so waterproof, you could put them up in 5 metres of water.
The company has also created mix-and-match melamine table wear, sleeping bags in two funky designs to co-ordinate with their tents and windbreaks.OLPRO also offers specialist camping and caravanning chemicals, tent pegs, ground carpets, camping accessories, caravan accessories & SMD lighting.
- Daniel Walton
The Witley Windbreak Family Camping Windbreak from OLPRO
This weekend we were away at the Shrewsbury motorhome show, which was fantastic. It also gave us another opportunity to use the Wichenford 8 berth family tent which is a fantastic tent for the five of us and, this weekend, an inlaw. The configuration of the tent means it’s easy to accommodate guests.
It also gave us a chance to put up the fantastic Witley windbreak which everyone on the site around us came across and commented on. Featuring the unique witley design, which you can see more of at www.olproshop.com the windbreak comes in either 7 pole or 5 pole variations.
The 5 pole is 12 feet long and the 7 pole is 18 feet long.
In our case we used the 7 foot one which gave us then plenty of space in front of the tent to put a table and chairs – perfect for breakfast in the morning given how hot this weekend was. It was fantastic to sit outside and eat alfresco.
Alot of people have put the OLPro tent range down as glamping and having had another weekend away in the Wichenford I’d definetly agree. Sewn in groundsheet, thick 5000 HH fabric, and matching windbreak, sleeping bags and melamine – plus the pop up OLPro WC (great for kids) it was a definate home from home.
With this fantastic weather set to last every weekend we’re now away and looking forwatd to them all. See more at www.olproshop.com .
- Daniel Walton
Bottom & Top and Inside & Out
The first two products created by OLPRO are our two essential chemicals that no caravan owner, camper or RV owner should be without.
Bottom & Top is a highly concentrated toilet fluid and rinse all in one.
You put in only 50ml to 10 litres of water so a two litre bottle, at only $10.14 RRP means 40 shots of Bottom and Top in a bottle at only 25p a shot. That is four times as much as other leading brands and at half the price.
You can see from our video how Bottom & Top is used.
When it comes to cleaning we wanted to create something completely new and so created Inside & Out, which can be used to clean every part of the caravan or motorhome. We also use it on cars and I’ve known people use it on horse boxes and boats.
Inside and Out Application Information:
Can be applied by spray, mop or cloth:
Caravan Cleaner: 100ml/ small cup to 5 litres of water.
Black Streak Remover: Use undiluted.
Glass Cleaner: 10ml/2 teaspoons to 1 litre of water.
Wheel Cleaner: Use undiluted.
Bathroom Cleaner: 100ml to 1 litre of water.
Hard Surface Cleaner: 100ml to 1 litre of water.
Fabric Cleaner: 100ml to 1 litre of water.
If you haven’t yet tried then Inside & Out then I would definitely recommend it. It is a fantastic product.
Since those early days we’ve also launched Winter Long and Fresh & Clear but more on those later.
- Daniel Walton
Unique Designs & Quality
Unique Designs and Quality
May 26, 2013
We started OLPRO in 2011. We all come from the camping and caravanning industry but wanted to create a different type of company to bring in different types of products.
If you’re on a campsite – in a tent or in a caravan – options before OLPRO meant it was difficult to not to look the same as every other person on that site.
We have designed and manufactured a range of tents, melamine, sleeping bags, and windbreaks which are very different to anything already out there.
You can see from our website www.olpro.co.uk.
Our three tents, the Wichenford , the Martley and the Knightwick are all red, black and grey so will instantly stand out on any camping site in these fantastic colours. The technical aspect of these as recently won The Martley a place in the Top Ten Tents of the Year from The Independent newspaper.
Our cool windbreaks are also going to be appearing on a famous television soap too soon, and our melamine was listed in the essential products for 2013 by Practical Caravan – along with our chemical range.
OLPRO products are chosen because they are unique.
OLPRO isn’t the cheapest range of camping or caravanning products but our designs are unique so you stand out from the crowd – The Witley and Berrow Hill family of products are unique to us – and the quality of everything is also important to us.
We use 100% melamine in all of our melamine sets and rot proof fabric in our windbreaks. Our chemicals have a high concentration of the things that work and our SMD lighting is guaranteed for five years.
In everything that we do we think about the quality because we want everything that we do to last. That, we believe, is real value for money. Buying something that’s uniquely designed and built to last.
You can always talk to us too! Tweet us, Email us, Call us or even Write to us. We love hearing from you.
You can visit us more about OLPRO at www.olpro.co.uk.
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Call us on 01299896959
- Daniel Walton