After having 2 Outwell Nebraska XL tents and unfortunately having bad luck
with both of them, I decided it was time to look for a different tent that
suited our family needs. The problem was that I liked the design of the
Outwell Nebraska XL and it was almost perfect in itís layout for our purposes.
Along came the Royal Pescara 8, an 8 berth tunnel tent of which I could find
very little information out about it. It was not even listed in the current
Royal brochure. After thinking and looking at pictures for a while I decided
to take the plunge and buy it. I had never purchased a tent completely blind
before but after using it for a few months now I am really glad I took the
risk. Since it is so much like the Outwell Nebraska XL I have decided to base
this review not only on the Royal Pescara 8 itself, but also compare it to the
Outwell Nebraska XL where possible.
The tent proved remarkably easy to pitch. In-fact, I managed the complete
process on my own with no help from the rest of the family. Once the centre
poles were up, the rest was extremely easy. It was easier to pitch than the
Nebraska and this was due to the fact that all the pegging points are
adjustable making the ring and pin system really easy to use. On the Nebraska,
they are only adjustable on one side and each end. The adjustable points also
make it easier to get the fabric evenly across the poles if you have to pitch
on ground that is not completely flat.
I started by laying the tent out and pushing the red poles through their
sleeves. These are the centre poles that cross over the main living area part
of the tent. I then clipped the upright poles onto the ends of these. These
are again colour coded red. I then went inside the tent and lifted up the
structure from the centre where the poles crossed.
Remarkably, upon doing this the tent stood up on itís own, even before the
pins were put into the poles. I then inserted the pins into the end of each
pole and pulled the poles out so they were even and square.
I then proceeded to put the blue poles in their sleeves and clipped on the
upright poles to them building up the sides of the tent. This was also
extremely easy and I did not require any help. I then went onto the green
colour coded poles doing the same thing ( also building up the side of the
Even with no Guy ropes pegged out the tent was completely free standing and
it was easy just to go round the side and back and straighten it all up. I then
put the 2 blue poles into the porch. This was a little bit harder and the porch
would not stay forward without holding it so I had to peg down one Guy rope just
to hold it out. This would certainly have been easier if there were 2 people
doing it. The tent now looked like the first picture in this review from the
front. So far this is identical to the Nebraska XL in number of poles and the
method used to do it, but life was made a lot easier by the fact that the tent
stood up on its own when I lifted the centre of the structure above my head and
the use of all the adjustable pegging points.
The next task was to put up the annexe at the back. This is where it differs
from the Nebraska because the Nebraska does not have a back annexe. I got a
little confused here trying to work out where the poles go of which I had 1
small arched pole and 2 straight poles that had discs on the end. These actually
go inside the annexe and clip into some Velcro clips ( see picture ). All that
remains now is to peg out the tent. This is where some time is taken. The whole
process took me about 40 minutes from getting it out the bag to completely
pegging out the Guy ropes. I could probably have shaved 5 or 10 minutes off that
time if a second person helped.
Living In The Tent
The tent was a pleasure to use. Having just returned from a 2 week break
where the weather went from both extremes, it got a good test. The first week
rained constantly with strong winds. It was so bad that the campsite was closed
during the week due to flooding. Luckily we were pitched just outside of the
waterlogged area. The winds were extremely strong and the tent stood firm and
didnít leak. The 2nd week we were basking in nearly 80 degrees of heat. Although
the inside of the tent was hot, it was still bareable (just!). In dull weather,
the tent was still very bright inside even though there are no windows in the
main living area. This is where the Nebraska wins, as it has 2 skylights that
can be opened up to let some light in. But having said that, even with the lack
of windows, it was still extremely bright. The living area is of identical size
to that of the Nebraska and even the carpet for the Nebraska fits with no
modifications. The tent was pitched on a Nebraska XL footprint groundsheet as
well which did not need any modifications to be used.
The tent has a very large porch at the front and a fair sized annexe at the
back which has proper standing height when a portable toilet is put in
there. The huge front porch has plenty of windows and a flat groundsheet (
the Nebraska has a bathtub groundsheet for the porch and no back annexe ).
The flat groundsheet I found ideal as there were mud flaps to tuck
underneath and there was nothing to trip over. It was also a perfect fit.
The back annexe does, however, have a bathtub groundsheet. The main living
area has a full zipped in groundsheet which you could leave off if you
wanted to, but this would leave a 2 inch gap at the bottom of the tent if it
was left off. The Nebraska has a fully sewn in groundsheet that cannot be
removed. Although the front porch on both the tents are supposed to be of
identical size, I found that all our cooking equipment and fridge fitted
perfectly in the Pescara whereas in the Nebraska it was a tight squeeze and
touched the sides of the tent. The reason for this seems to be that the
Pescara front is not as sloped as the Nebraska so creates more useable
space. This was also an advantage for my wife as she could zip up the front
flap without standing on tip-toes like she had to in the Nebraska. There
were also plenty of Windows in the Pescara porch, more than I can remember
in the Nebraska.
Ventilation is also very good. There are vents in the same place as the
Nebraska on each corner but the Pescara has a massive mesh vent on the roof
of the tent that is protected by the porch. There is also ventilation by way
of guyed flaps in the bedrooms, front porch and rear annexe.
This has an
advantage over the Nebraska and it can effectively be turned on and off by
opening or closing the porch. The corner vents are exactly the same as the
Nebraska and can be propped open by a Velcro bar. The doors on the Pescara
are completely sealed with no need for a Velcro fastener on the bottom, but
can still be opened up completely or left with just a mesh door.
The bedroom pods are identical both sides. They can either be left as
4 individual pods or open up to make a 4 berth pod. When opened up,
there is no lip on the floor like 1 side of the Nebraska, so you can
make full use of the space. There are also hanging organizers on the
outside of the pods. I didnít see anything in the advertising saying
that one side of the pod can be folded down like the Nebraska universal
inners, but I see no reason why this cannot be done although I have
never had a reason to try it.
Finally, the Pescara has a multitude of cable entry points. There are
2 in the floor ( one each end outside the bedroom pods ) and one by the
porch entry. The ones on the floor can be closed via a pull-string and
the porch entry point is zipped. There are also cable entry points into
each bedroom pod that are zipped. The pods can also be removed on each
side if you wanted extra living space and less sleeping space. The
separation between the pods is via a roll-up partition that is also
zipped when closed.
The tent arrived in 2 boxes, one which contained
the fabric with the tent pegs wrapped up in the middle, and the other
containing the steel poles. Both packages were fairly heavy. I couldnít
find an exact weight specified anywhere but it was at least as heavy as
the Outwell Nebraska XL ( so around 50kg combined ). The fabric bag was
slightly bigger than the Nebraska bag but was a wheeled trolley bag
type. The extra size of the bag proved extremely useful when putting the
tent away. The tent was very well packed and upon examination was of
excellent quality. The first time it is used each piece is individually
wrapped so be prepared for the first time to take a little longer than
normal when erecting the tent. The zipped-in groundsheet and the bedroom
pods have to be put in. You can leave all these in if you want to when
you pack away. Surprisingly, I could find no instructions anywhere on
how to erect the tent.
I did have one little problem when I first used the tent. One of the
pole ends was slightly dented and would not fit together. This could
have been done either during transportation or during the delivery
process. It took me 1 minute with some pliers to fix it and I have had
no other problems since. The only other comment I have is that the
colour coding on the poles is done via a coloured tape around the pole.
After the third time of using it, this did start to come off. I remedied
this by buying some coloured electrical tape and putting that round the
Putting It Away Again
This was fairly easy to pack up and put away. The fact that the bag
was just a little bit bigger than the Nebraska bag left room for error.
After un-pegging everything and removing the poles we straightened out
the tent on the floor. We then folded the front porch and the back
annexe into the tent so it made a rectangular shape. Using the bag width
as a guide we then folded the tent in at each end and kept folding until
it was about the same width as the bag. It was just a matter then of
squeezing all the air out ( which we did by rolling on the tent ), and
then rolling it up. This was packed away complete with the groundsheet
and pods left in. The poles pulled apart very easily by hand and did not
require the use of any tools as we nearly always had to use with the
Nebraska poles. The poles did not twist or bend and just gently pulled
apart to be put back into the pole bag.
All the Outwell accessories that fit the Nebraska XL
can be used on the Pescara. The Outwell carpet and footprint groundsheet
fit without modification. Even the Outwell Montana 4 front canopy fits
the front porch is you want to extend it.
We have been extremely happy with the tent and after using it for a
few months have not had any problems other than the dented pole when we
first erected the tent and the colour coding tape peeling off after some
use. I have not noticed any brown oxide appearing on the poles as I used
to with the Nebraska poles, and the poles certainly didnít lock or twist
like the poles on my Nebraska. The tent is extremely easy to put up and
can be done with relative ease by one person ( far easier with 2 though
). It is extremely spacious and at no time have we had any condensation
problems in both hot and cold weather. Although a good change for a
future version of the tent would be to add some windows in the main
living area ( in the way of skylights maybe ), this is not strictly
necessary as it is still extremely bright inside the tent even in dull
weather. It is certainly brighter than a lot of tents I have been in, it
just looks nicer to have proper sunlight. I never remembered the
Nebraska being much brighter ( if at all ) even with the skylights open.
The tent stood up to all the elements extremely well and there seems to
be ample ventilation in just about every part of the tent, all of which
can be opened or closed in one way or another. I would certainly add
that this has probably been the best tent we have had yet in all the
years we have been camping and would certainly buy another one if I was
choosing a new tent. I am sure we will hear a lot more about the Pescara
in future seasons given the popularity of the Nebraska and when the
Royal Pescara becomes more well known.
Where Can I get them From?
Outdoor Megastore are a major stockist of the Royal range of tents and are currently offering
the Royal Pescara 8 Tunnel Tent for just £359.99 r.r.p £499.00
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