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Tent Showcase: SunnCamp Family Vario 600

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
33.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.38/10 from 13 reviews

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13 Reviews of the Family Vario 600        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Sam+sue  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/07/2009

Just bought are new vario 600 after looking at several tent and I am very pleased with it, loads of room and very light due to the roof lights. We have just got back from are first trip in it which we sore rain! wind and sun, The tent did not leak after the big down poor we had, handled the wind easy and we had no condensation what ever. It took us about 45 mins to put up, and 20 mins to take down. The only negative thing I could say is the main door could do with a flyscreen, apart from that I would recommend this tent to anyone.
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By: Ron PHILPOTT  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 12/06/2010

We purchased this tent as an upgrade to our 4 berth sunncamp tent. The overall design and appearance is great. After a few goes its easy to erect with two people but in strong winds as with all tunnel tents its very difficult but we have always managed it.

The main points for us is that you can open both the doors in the rain and no water comes in, so the inside keeps dry. The space in the bedroom pods is more that enough for 4 people, not sure about sleeping 6. We find the living space is more than enough, although we do tend to cook outside. It would have been better if the windows were opened/closed from the inside rather that outside,but this is only a minor issue. All in all we are very happy with this tents and we always get a few admirers on sites wherever we go.
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By: Prilly  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 08/05/2011

We brought this tent as we had a four man older style. The windows all around the tent are fantastic and the the roof ones make it so bright. There are lots of storage pockets. We went camping in a group and at one time there were 9 people sitting in our tent enough room. Like someone else said the floor in the side extension does not sit properly but we had our camp kitchen in there so didn't really matter but next time we are thinking of digging a small hole in the ground for the poles to go down and see how it fits. Overall we were very pleased with this tent have only used it twice.
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By: Susanatwill  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 28/09/2011

We love this tent, its spacious and light and we have had many enjoyable holidays and weekends in it. We used to cook inside when we first got it, in the side extension, but it was cold outside then. I tend to cook outside most of the time. We also purchased the sun canopy which is great for more outside cover but be careful to check the size of pitches before you arrive as this is a whopper of a tent especially with the canopy. The only reason I didnt give 10/10 is the floor in extension area it doesn't sit right no matter what we do! But looking at other reviews I'm relieved its not just us and our pitching ability. Otherwise fantastic, its easy to pitch, 2 of us can do it no bother in 45 mins, all complete air beds etc with feet up and cuppa in hand
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By: Moonbracken  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 23/05/2014

We purchased the Vario 600 after realising the first tent we chose was rather inadequate in size. The Vario certainly makes up for this! The living area is very large, even includes a side store room making the main part feel really spacious. I can just reach the roof which furthers the airy feel. There is a lot of window coverage so lots of light too. Although on a bright 'white-cloud' day make sure you have your sunglasses as it gets super-bright in there.

The bedrooms are a good size, we are a family of three so it's perfect, I would not want to sleep six in the bedrooms, though there's plenty of space in the main room for sleeping, as the ground sheet is fully sewn in and all the windows close for privacy. The only down-point was that our camp beds do not fit so we have to turn sideways which means someone is 'trapped' at the back.

We have had one heavy rain filled night but it was the tents second outing so expected the seems to be a little damp as the tent wasn't yet weather-proofed in. Just a few drips though which was great considering to night of rain!

It is good to put up. The usual irritating snagging as you're trying to get the poles through the holes but quite minimal, lots of pegging but that makes for stability! It did shake a bit in the wind but never felt it would be a problem.

In all we love this tent, I'd be happy to stay for a couple of weeks in it.
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By: Aliceoliver  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 21/04/2011

Have used this tent a lot and are very,very happy with it. The quality is fantastic, it withstood a very bad thunderstorm really well-the floor lifted and the storm raged but the tent stood firm without any problems at all. The bedroom area is darker than the rest of the tent which helps with our young son wakening too early in the mornings,the zips are all good quality for getting out fast if you need to,there is plenty of room in the living area for four people to 'have a night in' if need be and the tent itself is very light inside all the time(includes skylight covers if you want extra light). The only thing I would change is the bedroom layout;for us as a family of two adults and two children,boy and girl,I would prefer equal sized bedrooms, but this is a personal preference and you can easily fit three single airbeds in the big bedroom and one in the smaller bedroom.
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By: Skid986  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 02/09/2008

I bought this tent as an upgrade from a 4-man dome tent, as I fancied a bit more space for living and cooking in bad weather on extended camping trips with the kids.

Generally, I'm happy with its first outing.

As it's a tunnel tent pitching is straightforward - no having to work out which poles go where. I pitched it ok solo in the garden as a practice before departing, but needed a bit of help in the slight breezes of an open field in Eskdale. But with 2 eager kids 'helping' it went up ok. The poles catch frustratingly on the sleeve inners when threading, but I think there's no avoiding this.

I noticed some flaws in the quality of the stitching and panelling during this outing. Nothing that's likely to cause a failure (famous last words), but it's annoying to see wonky seams and mis-shapen panels in a tent of this supposed quality. Maybe I'm being overly picky, but I know it's going to bug me every time I notice it. The triangular storage pockets in the corners of the bedrooms also seemed a poor design - nothing stays in them due to gravity's inexorable influence. A square pocket with a top opening would be far more practical. There are plenty of square storage pockets in the living area, but you know what it's like in bedrooms.

We used the side storage area as a camp kitchen. No real problem with this. The small window in this extension can be opened to provide ventilation.

However, general ventilation in wet weather proved to be a bit of a problem. The external window flaps do not have the ability to be guyed out as a mini-awning over the mesh at the top of the window. So when it rains and you lower the flaps to stop rain coming in throught the mesh you lose all your ventilation. So if it's warm and wet your only option is to leave the front door open for ventilation. (At least the small awning provides some protection from rain coming in through the front door - if there are favourable winds.) However, as there is no double zip there is no barn door effect and without a mozzie net on this door you run the flying insect gauntlet if you want wet-weather ventilation. I may make a bit of an aftermarket alteration and sew some guys onto the window flaps myself to sort this out.

All in all I like the tent and the extra space I have. My daughter thinks I've sold out though and it's no longer proper camping anymore. She claims I'll be getting an electric hook-up next. (Hmmm, now there's a thought.)
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By: Mervatbournemouth  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 14/04/2009

I spent a long time trying to work out what is going to be the best tent for my needs. I am a first time camper and spent hours at different camping specialists looking at tents. I finally settled on the SunnCamp Vario 600 as it seemed to tick all the right boxes. Our first time was this Easter and I am writing this the day after out return as it is still fresh in my mind. I had bought a purpose made footprint groundsheet which we laid out on wet grass. The tent was then rolled out over the footprint and we started to thread the five main poles. This was more tricky than first thought but it was the first time and raining so there may have been an air of panic. The ends of poles fitted in the ring and pin system which seemed straight forward. We then pulled the tent up and pegged out. Total tent erection was approx 2 hours, but we are new and that did include the sun canopy. Bedroom pods were easily fitted and have storage and hanging loops to lighting. We had ours configured in a 1 large and 1 small. In the large we had the double air mattress, a fold up wardrobe and still room to spare. In my daughters bedroom she had her single ready bed, a chair and numerous toys, so very pleased with bedroom space. Both pods have a large flyscreen at the back which is in line with the external flyscreen on the flysheet. The living space in great with plenty of room for 4 chairs and table to be left up with loads more room to spare. We had a mains hook up which is fed through the dedicated zip at the top of the grounsheet. There is various velcro loopds which allow you to hang a light and keep the cable out of the way. We used the storeroom as the toilet area and also for shoes and toiletries, again a good size. The sun canopy was used for the cooking area and allowed plenty of room for the outside furniture to be kept in overnight.

Due to cold nights, we had a fan heater on all night for 3 nights and backed that up with a gas fire in the mornings. Condensation was minimal and did not create a problem. Roof lights are great as you get the early morning sun to help warm up your tent. Stitching was of good quality and no flaws were found in the manufacture. Zips were of a good quality with no catching and would move freely.

I agree with previous review that the window system could have been better thought out due to having to go outside to open or close the windows and the main front door should have had a flyscreen.

As a summary, I am please with my choice and I know I would have picked fault in any tent that I had bought. Looking a the other tents in the campsite I stayed at, I would not have swapped mine for any of the others. It is roomy, light and airy, comfortable and practical. The downsides are that it is fiddly to errect and take down (for a novice) and the lack of door flyscreen. The only reason it is not 10 out of 10 is that it does not put itself up, buy lets see what 2010 brings!

Go and buy one, you will not be disappointed.
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By: Suz32  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 14/07/2009

This tent stood up to torrential rain and high winds without any problems. It is a little difficult to pitch when it is very windy, but we did it. Lots of living space and plenty of storage room, especially when it is only for two people. Too big to pitch just for a weekend but for a long break, it is ideal.
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By: HappyDaz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 21/05/2010

We bought our Family Vario 600 and took it out for a couple of weekends and the family holiday last year. Overall we are very happy with it. It stood up to some serious rain in the Dorset summer and overall the build quality was very good.

Pitching the tent is relatively easy, if time-consuming, and is definitely a two person job in my opinion. We have also bought the front canopy which is great for extending the tent BUT is a pain to attach correctly of you are shortish like me(5'7').

The space inside is excellent and the sleeping areas large enough for our family of three (at the time). Although I have noticed that Sunncamp seem think that us campers are beanpoles!

We didn't find the ventilation to be poor in the tent whether the windows were open or closed - although some guys on the windows would have shown a bit more thought from Sunncamp.

I do have a couple of niggles that stop this being a 10/10 tent though.

1) We have found that the side storage area floor does not sit quite right it is stretched and very tight. We went back to the store where we bought it from and had a look at their showroom one and the problem seemed to be there as well. Its as though the poles over that bit of the tent are a bit too long and I avoid standing there (although my cooking stand is fine there).

2) As another post has mentioned, there are other areas where the stitching seems wonky. Its not a deal breaker but is disappointing.

Overall the tent is very good just those couple of niggles stop a good tent being a great tent!
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Manufacturer's Description


Sleeps: 6
Pitching: Flysheet first
Hydrostatic Head: 3000mm
Poles: X-Flex (With five year guarantee)
Inner Tent: Breathable Polyester
Groundsheet: Sewn into flysheet
Weight: 33kg
Height: 220cm


Integral Sun Canopy
Front door and side door with covered porch
Enclosed Storeroom extension area with ventilation
Internal side support bars
Two separate inners 4+2
Removable divider curtain to 4 berth inner
Two front windows with curtains
Three half vent side windows
Two roof light windows
Cable entry point
Cable tidy
‘O’ ring hanging points in living area
and both bedrooms
Central organiser
Two wall organisers
Double seamed zips on doors
Secondary mesh to inner tent doors
Six triangular pockets to inner tents
Zipped rear vents to inner tents
Additional valance/mudwall for extra protection
Full sun canopy extension available

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