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17 Reviews of the Kalahari Porch        Showing 11 to 17          Page:   1   2  
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By: H h h  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 25/03/2012

Thanks for the tip on the straps, it would make sense to have them longer,I am quite short and trying to reach them putting the porch up was a bit tricky, also we had a few puddles on the roof when it rained, when we reproof the tent we are making sure the roof is well covered.But there is so much more room with porch added on, plenty of space for the dog and the husband if he snores too much!
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By: Bread Boy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2011

The Kalahari porch is very handy, and arguably a must have if you have either the Kalahari 8 or 10. In our porch we had one of those 4 seater fold out tables on one side, and the cooker on the other up on a folding aluminium table. Then in between all that a double row of 50cm locking floor tiles. So it adds a lot of room to your tent.

There are two downsides to the porch though:

1). The windows don't open. It's just a plastic window with no zip. Even though you can have the front door open, or zip the entire front off, it still gets hot if the sun is beating in. It would be nice to have the option of unzipping the windows each side and having a mesh there to let a bit of air in.

2). The major flaw for me is the porch roof straps. Two straps that go over the roof of the tent to secure it - these straps pull the roof of the tent down by about a foot if you want it tight enough to hold it properly, which created small puddles of water on the tent roof when it rained. It didn't leak but it's still not good - if they made the straps longer (which I intend to do myself anyway) then it wouldn't need to pull the roof down so much as you could peg it further from the tent on the other side.

But overall it's a fantastic addition to the tent and helps keep the tent clear.
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By: Maribyrnong  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 28/07/2011

We've just brought a Kalahari 8 and a Porch. We had a test pitch this week in preparation for our trip next week. I would always recommend checking a new tent, because we found a couple of small tears in the Kalahari Porch.

So it was back to Go Outdoors for an exchange, and the staff member said that a few Porches had been returned with tears in the fabric.

Moral of the story: if you've just purchased a Kalahari Porch, check it before you use it!
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By: Dankalahari10  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 19/07/2011

Brilliant for extra space, we use ours for cooking in and as a bedroom for the dog at night. Its a pain to put up first time round (even harder if you spend 10 mins trying to do it inside out like me) but once you get the hang of it its quite straight forward. My only criticism is that it could do with an attachment to the tent, maybe some toggles/buttons or a zip etc, but it does what you need and it does it well. Keep you eye on go outdoors as they keep having this half price for 70, a bargain!
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By: Arnoldd  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 04/09/2010

I bought the Kalahari porch a little while after the tent so is a different colour blue but a small price to pay as the porch gives you so much more space I use it to do all the cooking in using the other door in the tent for going in and out which meant the children didn't have to walk past the cooker. A must for any camping family.
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By: VSnB  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 22/08/2010

We actually bought the Hi Gear Zenobia tent and the porch but found they had put this Kalahari porch in the Zenobia bag. Discovered this when trying to pitch our porch onto the Zenobia tent had a few probs at 1st but soon got it anchored. It covers the window up but not a prob overall as the roomy porch allowed us to dry clothes towels etc on the wet days. Better we think because of the extra space we were able to keep two children and a huge German shep dog under cover.A great success.
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By: Tinhead  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 30/06/2010

Just bought the Kalihari porch for my Kalihari 8. It actually came with instructions to assemble which were basic but were adequate, it took about 15 mins to erect first time but will be quicker with practice. The only thing it is a different colour blue to the tent which is a bit of a pain but nothing to cry over. On the plus side it does give you quite a large room for ie: kitchen area which gives you so much more space in the tent, all in all it's a great buy and won't add to much time to your tent setup.
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Manufacturer's Description

This handy Kalahari porch allows you to extend the space in your Kalahari tent to meet your needs.

Easy to set up, transport and carry, this simple design can be pitched up in minutes.

With a hydrostatic head of 2000mm as well as a weight of just over 10kg, this is the tent accessory you can't afford not to pack.

Spacious enough for nearly any family, the Kalahari porch gives you all room to breathe.

Pack Size (cm): 59 x 20 x 20
Pitching Order: Outer First

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