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Tent Showcase: Outwell Carolina M

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
19.90 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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9.38/10 from 24 reviews

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24 Reviews of the Carolina M        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  
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By: Mazzer1962  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/06/2010

Bought this tent this year to upgrade from previous tent that served its purpose for us to try camping see how we liked it, as you can gather we loved it .

Just been away for 4 days in the new Carolina WOW the space was great we had a double airbed and sleeping mat in bedroom for 2 adults and 1 child with still enough room for clothes storage, the room in the living area and head height is amazing compared to our last tent .

We have now booked 2 weeks away and cant wait to go just to use the tent to its maximum.

We had some very hot weather in the 4 days and having 2 doors was able to keep the tent cool the advantage of the inner net doors meant you didn't walk into lots of bugs at night.
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By: Florence  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 19/07/2010

Brilliant tent, loads of space to sit and watch world go by through windows if rainy! Just myself and hubby but room for double airbed in living area for few nights if needed. Easily spend a week or more in it, ours just broke, 2 of the steel poles and 1 fibreglass but in 84mph gales on exposed Shell Island after rolling 3 times. It has never leaked once even in severe downpours and we have been able to order new poles. Easy to erect
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By: Angelsis68  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2010

I currently own Carolina M and absolutely love it. I have downsized (previously had Montana 6) am still am astounded by the living space in the Carolina m. So far, have only used it for short stays (2 nights) but have booked 7 nights in August and am confident that there will be plenty of space for everything. I especially love the panoramic windows ! I am also slightly (only slightly mind) hoping for rain as I love the thought of sitting inside, all cosy, carpet down, windows open.Just looking out with a glass of wine :-) absolute bliss ! A wonderful tent !
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By: Chis5  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2010

The outwell Carolina m is the new tent we bought down sizing as the 2 children don't want to come camping any more. It took me and my hubby about 20mins without reading instructions to put it up, it's so easy. This tent is so spacious in the living area, their are so many windows it's like sitting out side!

We bought this tent not only for it's size but it is also chihuahua proof as it's mesh doors zip totally closed. It is a different colour from the last tent which was green and this is mocha which is easy to find when your on site. The bedroom just fits our queen size air bed in but nothing else, it does have storage pockets around the bottom, but the living area is so big all the bags fit in and you don't notice them.

This tent stood up to wind and really bad rain and rain and rain! and was bone dry, we put a tarpaulin underneath but left a bit wider than the tent which caught all the water and there was big pools underneath so bad idea but the tent was dry! all round great tent, would recommend. Have bought the extension and carpet can't wait to try them out!
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By: Knightman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 19/03/2010

Brilliant tent - first time out was easily erected by us two camping virgins in the New Forest last 'summer'. Loved the space and especially the living area with proper headroom and plenty of space for table and chairs when it rained. Well finished seams with no leaks whatsoever during the torrential rain that we experienced for our first week camping.
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By: Fostermum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 03/10/2010

What a fantastic tent - I absolutely love it! Bought it as a special end of season offer with carpet and footprint and have just spent 3 nights camping in torrential rain and strong, gusty winds. Tent stood firm and was solid as a rock - the steel poles make it very rigid. I can pitch it solo although it is quicker and easier with 2. There are panoramic windows all around the living area - giving a fantastic amount of light, feeling of space and ideal when the weather is bad - you certainly do not feel shut in at all. Amazing amount of living space for a 3 berth tent and the large sloping door is wonderful when poled and guyed out as a sun canopy (canopy poles not provided). There is an additional side door which is useful in wet weather. The bedroom will take 3 sleeping mats or a double airbed with small amount of space. I used it with a single camp bed which gave me plenty of room for a storage unit, bags etc.

I am very impressed with this tent, especially the amount of living area and standing heigh right through.
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By: Safeway56  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 10/10/2010

Delighted with this tent. Out of our main tents which include a Cabanon Pacific and Sunncamp Sprint we now think the Carolina is now our favourite. It ticks all of our boxes. It has a tardis like quality to it in the way it has more room than the footprint says it should really. The ventilation is first rate due to two largish vents on the opening side of the tent and on the non-opening side it has vents which run around half the length of the tent plus a large vent at the sleeping pod end. It has windows aplenty with roll up curtains. The doors seal with velcro which some posters are disappointed with. The gaps at the bottom of the doors are sealed adequately though and caused us no problems even though it was quite windy last night. This is the first time we have bought a tent from new which is supplied with better quality pegs rather than the straight wire type which are useless so that's saved us a few quid. I had my doubts about the eyebrow poles but I needn't have worried for the tent remained very solid in the wind. It's a doddle to pitch and although I could easily pitch it solo, the she-devil and myself had it pitched in around 15 minutes. It hasn't seen rain yet but being Outwell I'm not expecting it to leak. If it does leak I'll be back on here and blackguarding Outwell to the heavens.
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By: Campingrocks  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/01/2011

I brought this tent for the intention of using it when I went to fort William to climb Ben Nevis and also the fact it was on sale at gooutdoors with carpet and footprint. Was totally amazed at how easy it was to erect I even had two other campers come over to see it and ask questions. It is a spacious tent, very light with lots of windows etc. The only down side I could find is the door, when opening if it had rained let water in but once you know this you can work around it. But that is it, this tent is a very easy pitch, semi lightweight, very well made tent that I'm sure anyone would be happy with, I know I am with mine
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By: JimCall  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 21/02/2011

Having read some of the reviews about the Carolina M (mostly on here), I decided that it was about time to add one to my ever increasing lineup of tents! My requirements and justification for buying it are as follows:- It must be gale force wind and heavy rain proof. Easy to pitch solo. Have standing room. Room to cook in and have space for a cooking table, kitchen table, 2 chairs & a couple of boxes with various bits and bobs. I am pleased to say that after a few days of heavy rain and strong gusting winds in Glencoe this tent meets my requirements and more!

It has to be noted that on the first morning there were 3 or 4 tiny puddles near the main door. The reason for this, I believe, is because I didn't use the mozzie net (it has a rain valance at the bottom and the gusting wind blew some rain up through the door). Some folks have commented on the fact that the doors do not zip down at the bottom, using 3 velcro patches instead. My thoughts are that this is deliberate in order to facilitate a through flow of air, allowing the top vents to function properly. It certainly isn't a problem when the netting is zipped in.

I initially struggled to find an easy way to erect it solo. My method was to peg the 4 corners first(loosely) then insert the top steel poles and hoist up one side at a time. I had difficulty inserting the bottom pins into the upright poles and my solution was to crack open one of the pole joints, insert the pin then carefully replace the pole(taking care to keep my fingers out the way!) I think this will get easier with use as the tent still felt 'tight'. I didn't have any problem getting the pins out when striking camp. It was then a simple case of inserting the fibreglass poles, clipping everything in and pegging out.

The wind was quite strong with severe gusting which actually kept me awake during the night wondering whether I would be left with a tent or a crumpled heap of material and steel in the morning! I needn't have worried as the tent barely moved. I had all the guys pegged, I wasn't too keen on the guying system for the large rear vent - I may change that to separate guys. I used my own steel rock pegs, not the plastic ones that came with the tent(not too keen on plastic pegs) and I even pegged the main poles to the ground via the tabs at the pins. The fibreglass poles allow for a little bit of flexing in the wind and my only concern would be the lack of support around the main door. As it happened, I need not have worried as the wind changed direction during the night and the full force of the wind was on the front quarter. I could see the door flexing but nothing too drastic!

The sleeping pod would be better with a square floor design. My fishermans bed only just fits widthwise. It is too short lenghtwise. It just means my options are restricted for picking the sleeping direction. Its a palace for 1, comfy for 2 but I think 3 adults would struggle.

All in all a fantastic piece of kit and I would have no hesitation in recommending this tent. Buy the footprint though as it helps keep the sig clean and dry for packing away. It also allows you to pick your pitch using the footprint to work out how much space you need!
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By: Cllr_gyppo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 30/03/2011

We were planning a trip through France and Spain, and whilst we had an Outwell Maryland, we wanted a Smaller tent for 1 night stops. We felt that the Small Tesco (Poland) 2 man dome tent we bought for about £15, would not handle the weather in March, which to be honest the amount of rain we had in the Cantabrian Mountains, we were probably right.

We then Decided to look for a more appropriate tent for the conditions we were expecting, and a Go Outdoors Flyer caught my eye, with the Outwell Caroline M on offer for about £149. Which I thought was a reasonable price, and we purchased one.

Whilst it is advertised as a 3 Man tent, I do not think the Sleeping compartment would really accommodate 3 Adults, or at best it would be very cramped, however it is a very generous sleeping compartment for 2. I must add that I am probably larger the most.

The Living Space is good, light and Airy, Ventilation is good and we did not suffer from condensation. We only used the side entrance and not the alternative at the end, but I feel it would be more useful in the summer months when you would naturally be spending more time in the tent.

I was very Impressed with the waterproofing of the tent, we had persistent heavy rain for 3 days, with 3 inches falling in about 12 hours. It appears to be a very stable tent, and for the majority of time we did not bother with the Guy Ropes, however when it did get blustery we used them as a precaution and held the tent firm. There was very little wind noise either.

As far as assembly goes, Whilst it is recommended that you put your tent up before you go so you are familiar with how it all goes together, we didn't :-) In addition, the first time we pitched the tent was at 10pm at night in the dark with limited illumination from car Headlights.

This in my opinion would give a good indication on how easy or not a tent is to assemble, and in this case, I would say that this is very easy, we managed to get the tent up and secure within about 20 - 30 mins on the first attempt. But subsequent erections takes about 10 - 15 mins. Decamping takes about the same sort of time. This is based on 2 people working together. However it probably would not take much longer erecting on your own.

Overall a Fantastic tent, and would highly recommend it.

Incidentally, we did not take our Maryland with us, and relied solely on this tent, which was more than suffice.
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Manufacturer's Description

Carolina sleeps up to 3 persons in the security and comfort provided by a sealed-in groundsheet. Carolina comes with large panorama windows, excellent ventilation, and exceptional amount of standing height made possible by the Outwell Extended Frame system on both the front and rear of the tent. Moderate in size, but big on features customers value, the Carolina M has both a front and side door, and comes with bottom-up curtains that give occupants both the view and the privacy they want, a pre-attached and adjustable inner tent, and convenient organiser pockets. The Carolina M is sure to find favour with campers who are looking for outstanding comfort and quality.

Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtex 4000 with taped seams
Hydrostatic head: 4.000 mm
Inner tent: Breathable polyester
Groundsheet: Sealed Ground System
Pack size: 27 x 77 cm

•Large panorama windows
•Pre-attached inner tent
•Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection
•Lamp holder and light cable tidies
•Reinforcement patch on all stress points
•Adjustable pegging points
•Pre-attached guy ropes
•Luminous guy ropes
•Mesh pockets in the inner tents
•Heavy duty Outwell zips

Optional Extras:
Side Extension

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