Message posted by RachlN76 on 24/6/2014 at 1:34pm
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Outfit: Vango Maritsa 700; Isis 600 + canopy
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I'm definitely no expert!
But basically yes. We do the following:
Peg out footprint with flat yellow pegs (so they don't dig in when you walk or kneel on them). In doing this, you can work out the best place for the tent because you can move the footprint around really easily until you're happy.
Lay out tent on top.
Peg out four corners in roughly the right place.
Make sure doors are open, and vents (helps air flow and stops getting a vacuum when you eventually lift the tent).
Loosen all the tensioning straps on the ring and pin bits.
Slide poles though channels.
Pick a pole (we do the middle one first, not sure it matters).
Stand it up, put in pin at bottom. If it's windy, I'll peg this down, if not, I wait. At the initial standing it up part, I choose a small child, and get it to stand in the doorway, holding that open, again to help with airflow.
Do the same with the back pole, then the front one.
I agree that the pins are really tight, I do my side first, then hubby does his side while I try to push the channel towards him.
Maybe have another practice in a field or garden first.
We also really like the canopy, gives you loads of extra room for cooking etc.