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Tent Showcase: Royal Athens 6

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
54.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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9.5/10 from 10 reviews

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10 Reviews of the Athens 6

By: Ayjaykay70  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2015

Hi All. I've mislaid the pitching instructions for the tent. Would it be possible for one of you fellow Athens 6 owners out there to scan the instructions and upload the image? I've unsuccessfully trawled the internet to find a pdf of this. Just to add to the many positive reviews, I really can't fault the quality of the tent and its many features. It's a versatile, comfortable tent that keeps out the rain and when the weather turns warmer, the great ventilation is a godsend. For me, the only downside is the overall weight, but that's the trade-off for a robust tent that will undoubtedly give many years of service. Many thanks.
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By: Dave bunker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 02/06/2014

Love the Athens 6 only down side is, after having the royal passara 8 we miss the front porch/ canopy. After camping for the first time in the Athens last weekend in the pouring rain we found the rain coming in the front door, as the front section doesn't have a built in ground sheet. I think Royal need to provide a extension porch/canopy for the front as they do for the side door
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By: Bodflo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2013

Have owned the Royal Athens 6 for 2 seasons & have been away in it 4 or 5 times. The tent is very spacious & is perfect for our family of 2 adults, 2 children who refuse to share a sleeping area & a dog. The fabric is very light & airy & there are plenty of windows & lots of ventilation. The eyebrow over the entrance is very useful, offering protection & or shade from the elements. We chose this tent as it always seems to rain when we camp, the living area can be doubled in size when you unzip the dividing wall between the living area/porch, we have comfortably seated 8 adults, 7 children & 4 dogs on a wet evening in May. However, several of the springs in the frame have broken when we have decamped, they seem to unattach themselves if constantly take them down the same way, we have managed to repair these with a spring replacement kit, we have had problems shutting or opening the main entrance zip. The Athens is easy to erect with a little practice, although when packed away it is quite large & heavy.
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By: Gordonsjo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 23/10/2012

We are a family of 4, 2 adults, 8 year old and 4 year old girls. We have been camping as a family for 6 years and needed to replace our well used Coleman Mackenzie XL, as numerous trips in high winds and torrential rain had taken its toll. We researched the market and found that the Athens 6 gave us (we thought) all the room we would ever need. We purchased it at the end of July this year and immediately set off for our annual 2 week holiday in Devon. It went up fairly easily, although we did struggle a little as my husband and I are on the short side and the tent when erect it well over 6 foot high. It was great to have the separate porch area which we filled with our kitchen unit, larder unit, camping fridge and table and chairs. We are glampers :) We had upgraded our kids to folding beds and so duly erected these and placed them in a bedroom each. However the remaining room barely had room for our double blow up bed. We then found that we could unzip one interior room and make a bigger bedroom. However the two single fold ups would not both fit into the remaining room. So this meant that we had to have 1 child sleep in the main room of the tent and then fold away their bed every morning. If we made the girls sleep on mats then they could probably squeeze into one room. The tent is incredibly light and airy and definitely gave us loads of living space when the weather was rotten. We didn't suffer from any leaks and it stood up to wind well. We used the side porch as an ensuite and this worked well. Packed away during a break in the weather - got it back into the bag ok. Overall pleased with our new tent - we just need to pack a small stool to stand on to attach pendant lantern in the main room and for hanging the bedroom interiors.
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By: Adrianchurch2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 16/09/2012

Excellent tent, bought from SK camping, Godstone (with a price match) as we needed a bit more 'inside space' for when weather is bad. Our Darwin 5 while good was not big enough for a family of 4 with too much stuff.

First outing with it was to the Isle of Wight this August where the tent stood up to some seriously strong winds. The carpet makes it more homely and the separate section at the front is the 'wet' area where we store everything. The multiple windows with openings and ventilation options make it easy to control the temperature and the view out. The material is darker than our Darwin which helped stop the little ones waking with the sunrise ! and the storage pockets were soon filled up. Other nice touches were the electric cable entry points into the bedrooms.Not immediately obvious why (to me), but good for hair dryer. The only real downside we found was the 2nd window in had a mesh top panel and to have it open to see out (cover zips downwards) meant you got a draught in . Other than that its perfect and we look forward to many more trips in it next year.
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By: Marklynock  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 22/08/2012

We are a family of 2 adults, 1 child and 2 dogs, after doing several weekends in a quechua 4.2xl we decided to go for a larger tent to accommodate us for longer holidays. We have used the royal Athens 6 four times so far this year, (one weekend taking our friends and their two children as well in it) enduring the very worst the English weather has to throw at us and it has done us proud. We've had continuous torrential rain, gale force winds and even a bit of brilliant sunshine and it has stood up well. It is a very large tent and does take us about 50 minutes to put it up but getting it down we find a lot easier. It has a very homely feel, plenty of vents, windows and door options. We use the side annexe for the porta potty, and put our kitchen where the third bedroom should be. The main bedroom is big enough for our extremely large aero bed (one of the earlier ones that is actually double bed height and width) and for my sons single air bed, so don't need the third bedroom. The front annexe is used for storing our wardrobe, bikes and all of our sons toys with plenty of space still to fit 3 camping chairs in. All in all a great tent.
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By: Wunny  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 25/06/2012

First outing, 5 days, of which it rained for 4 of them, all day, all night!

Not a leak, so that's a good thing.

As we still own a Royal Bordeaux 6 XL ZG,(RB6) we knew what to expect from this tent size wise, as the footprint is very similar.

The only real negative comment is that as the tent has a more rounded and tapered profile, the bedroom height at the back is lower, and we used to use the smallest bedroom for our wardrobe and also used it as a dressing room, but in order to utilise that space the wardrobe now has to be in the centre of the bedroom, leaving no space to use as a dressing room. I know that's a bit posh for camping, but as we could, we did, and now we can't we won't. Still that gives loads of space for storing all the bags that equipment is carried in.

The almost double size kitchen area, took all our equipment with ease and gave a large entrance area, with plenty of space to take off muddy walking boots and store them along with other footwear.

The sheltered mesh window and blind in the side door works well, although an additional clear window, which we had on the RB6, would have been even better.

The centre section doorway, when unzipped 1/4 to 1/2 way across, between the front and living areas, presents a trip hazard, but no more so than any of the other doorways, but at least this can be covered with a mat to lessen the risk of falling over, which we all do now and then, and can be painful, especially with a hot drink.

All in all though, we are well pleased with this tent, and doubly pleased that the sun was shining when we had to pack it away.
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By: Wunny  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 11/06/2012

Bought this on Saturday 9th June, to replace the Royal Bordeaux 6 XL ZG, (RB6) that we have used to death.

It worked out at 25 / camping trip, so not overly expensive in the long run.

The Royal Athens 6 cost 74 more @ 499, but is much improved, with larger diameter poles, and a different fabric for the flysheet.

Having looked at virtually all other large tents, none came up to having what the RB6 had. So, seeing this one, with all the familiar and improved features, we were sold on purchasing it withing a couple of minutes.

A try out in the garden, when we got home, was the next thing to do.

The method of erection was totally different to the RB6, as each side pole & roof section assembled into one piece, but inserting them into the roof sleeves presented no problems at all, working from the back and inserting & erecting each section one at a time, the whole tent was up in 20 minutes, much the same as the RB6, but as the ground sheet is sewn in, it made things so much easier and saved all that scuttling around zipping it together.

It has windows that can be partially or fully open. Ventilation doesn't come better than that, and the living area divider can be fully un-zipped and tied back, making the living space enormous.

The footprint ground sheet makes siting it easy, as you can see where the poles will go to keep them in a straight line. The living area carpet, finishes it off just nicely.

A large family tent, usually means a large family (not in our case though, just 2 pensioners! lol) But that means a lot of accessories, and all that takes up lots of room. So unless you have a large van, a large trailer is a must. And if you don't have lots of accessories at the moment - you will, because you will have the space to accommodate them in this tent.
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By: Mojoflo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 06/06/2012

Well here goes.

This tent is huge,it comfortably could accommodate 2 adults,2 children and a dog,and all our gear.It took about an hour to pitch(which I was rather chuffed at,because I thought it would take longer due to its size,the instructions were rather vague,but on inspection it appeared quite straight forward.

The colour was great,and offered plenty of light.There are plenty of ventilation points,which can be opened or closed,as you please.The side porch was ideal as a en-suite(ok it housed our porta -loo and washing).The head height was good,hubby being 6'4 it posed no problems.The front porch was ideal as a kitchen and eating area(yes it rained,so no option to eat outside).As mentioned it rained heavily one night,and we suffered no leaks,it also was very windy,but the tent did not budge(unlike a few windbreaks around the site).

Be aware though,it is a very heavy tent when packed,also the pole bag is too.

Taking it down and repacking was easy,plus I don't know how,but it seemed to pack back in the bag smaller(bonus).

We are very happy with this tent,footprint and carpet.

NB:Sorry but you can't borrow it,it's my baby!
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By: MadMum1972  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 20/05/2012

Hi all. I believe I am the first person to review this model tent? A bit of background - we are a family of four, our children are six and four. We have never camped before, well, my husband and I did once or twice as children. We started lookng for a tent and reviewed so many of them. We knew we were after a tunnel tent which was six berth and preferably had an enclosed porch. After many a late night researching the best tent for our needs, we finally decided upon the Royal Athens 6. We purchased it at a good price from a fantastic camping shop near Canterbury, Kent and also bought the footprint and carpet. Yesterday was the first time we put it up, in our garden. Well, it took rather a long time, about one and a half hours, but I still didn't think this was too bad as we are complete novices! The idea was that we pitch it and take it down again but the children were so excited that we agreed to sleep in there last night! I cannot tell you how impressed we are with this tent! It ticks all the right boxes, the colour is good, the bedroom sizes are excellent, the living area is massive and the enclosed porch is great too. There is mesh all around the place, the windows are vast, the annexe is a great storage area etc etc. We have no other tents to compare it with, but for us, we are so glad we made the decision to spend somewhat more than we initially planned! The husband also likes the fact that the window blinds go up rather than down and they have zips so can be at any height rather than down, halfway or up. Last night it got rather windy but the guy lines worked a treat and there was very little flapping! I am so happy with our purchase.

Today we took the tent down and was amazed to see it fit back in the bag! We were then amazed to see that we hadn't put the bedrooms in the bag, or the groundsheet for the porch! It's strange how things suddenly increase to about three times their original size! Anyway, it took us about an hour to take it down, but I am hoping this improves with time!

We have two camping trips booked, one for the Jubilee week and the other at the end of July. It didn't rain last night so I can't comment on that area but the shop we bought from has had all his tents pitched outside over the past five weeks when we have experienced torrential wind and rain and none of them leaked at all! He said if they did, they'd be sent straight back to the manufacturer.

I hope this helps anyone who is thinking about an Athens. I couldn't find an reviews on this tent when I was looking around which is one of the things that put me off! We went with the tent that ticked the requirements and do not regret it at all! Happy camping here we come!
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Manufacturer's Description

The Athens 6 tent is another new addition to the 2012 Royal range. It is a fabulous size tent for families. It has 3 double bedrooms at the rear with a lovely living area, perfect for tables and chairs etc. The front lip canopy is great to protect the door area from the elements while the large side and front windows enhance the visability. The side entrance area can be used as a door but can also double up as a storage area or even to house a toilet.The mesh doors and ventilation points help to increase the airflow in the tent while the storage pockets add valuable organisation while away on holiday

Material:3000mm HH Waterproof Standard
Poles: 22mm Steel poles and 11mm Fibre - flex poles
Height: 225cm
Weight: 54.2kg total
Pitch Size: 805cm x 450cm
Pack Size: 31 x 31 x 95cm

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