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Subject Topic: Ex display, outdoors since March, yes/no? Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by Queegle on 01/10/2017 at 9:30pm
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Helloo folks, I've long used this site as a resource for info and finally we're looking to get a tent! (inflatable, 4 person)

Popped into a camping shop today and they happened to have a polycotton (ooOOooh) 4 berth inflatable tent, half price. Downside is that it's been pitched since March. To be honest it looks fine, there's a little green on the skirts and of course it's faded but that's it. (At least it's already been weathered!)

Would it be a viable buy? Or should I run a mile? My main concern is the groundsheet, it's on gravel, with no footprint. Can't see any damage and I'd be putting it on a footprint/tarp.

Thanks in advance for your learned opinions!

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Check the base of the beams where they will rub ever so slightly but all summer long. Other than that you have to go with your gut feeling re price

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I think I would be a little cautious myself. Would you have the right to return the tent if issues arise or have these been given over in return for half price?

Also depends on the manufacturer and their quality of materials.

I guess if you do go for it I would most certainly do a test run with it and give it a good hosing. As Gary has stated check those air beam bases as this will be where most of the pressure will be particularly on gravel.

If it has been there since march it will have seen a lot of foot fall on a groundsheet on gravel.

If it's at a price you are happy to say "ah well" should something occur and no return then you have nothing but a deflated tent to lose.

If funds allow and you are looking at doing a lot more camping I would say the right idea is at least polycotton as you have already seen the difference but I think new will serve well and with peace of mind should the used tent come with no returns.

Good luck.

PS Might be worth hanging on for end of year sales?

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Message posted by SGThomas on 02/10/2017 at 5:32pm
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It has been standing in the elements for at least 26 weeks.
The average camper uses the tent for 5(?) weeks a year.
So you are looking at a 5 year old tent.
Look on the web for the prices of 5 year old tents of that make.

This will indicate if 50% is a bargain or not

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Thank you all, and SGThomas that's a very good way to think about it regarding timescales! Sleeper17 I checked online and I'd still have basic consumer protection as it was being sold from a store rather than private sale. I asked about chucking a load of water over it and they were more than happy for me to do so, but did mention they checked them all after any heavy rain. Cross Camping - the feet of the beams were on extra protective squares so no grating on the gravel.

It's a Vango Solace TC 400 2017 and it was 400, and after reading your help and looking and reviews, I've gone and bought it!

I was concerned about footfall, I tried to have a good look (including under the bed chamber) and couldn't see any visible damage, I mentioned that I'd need to get a footprint because of all the footfall, and they said they'd throw in a tarp which would fit well (but obviously not exactly), they're also adding in a new set of guy ropes as since I saw it yesterday and got a bit excited (not a cool player me), they'd looked it over and noticed the current guys were getting a bit weathered.

It will be our main source of holidays for a good few years, and I figure 400 is the same as 4 weekend aways in a B&B, so even if it only lasts 2 years, we haven't lost any money.

Thank you all again, very much :)

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Have to say I like that particular tent a lot. I also think the colour is classy.

Enjoy and let us know how you get on.

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