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Tent Showcase: Vango Appleby 500

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Bedroom inners:
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5  (more 5 berth tents)
18.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.5/10 from 2 reviews

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2 Reviews of the Appleby 500

By: Reikipagan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 26/06/2014

Love this tent picked it up as a bargain on ebay to become our festival tent as I wasnt going to be taking my Bell Tent and this has the same size but with the advantage of no pole and a little lighter.

Great space cool in the heat and the attached awning all helped make this the belle of the Isle of Wight festival. Had many admiring looks and a few 'tours' of the inside too lol

My only issue is that at 5ft2 Im glad I have a tall hubby otherwise there would have been a couple of tip toe moments when putting the tent up but apart from that its great.
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By: Mussels  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 19/05/2013

I listed this as having one inner as the computer wouldn't let me enter none, it has no inner tent but instead it has a divider screen that can cordon off half or a quarter of the tent as a bedroom.

I was looking for something with good head room and a versatile floor space as we needed to fit a double folding camp bed into it. This fits the bill very well as it's like a Bell tent without a central pole and with much more headroom. I was in a large Bell tent today and the Appleby feels much more spacious.

The 2.8m high roof is great and gives a very airy and well ventilated feeling. This means it's nice and cool in the sun but might be a bit chilly on cold nights, not a great problem in the normal camping months.

It was slightly awkward to put up and one of the poles didn't go in very easily but so far I've only put it up once and I'm sure it will get easier.

The sewn in canopy is a nice touch and should help keep the tent dry when coming and going in the rain, if it's windy there are fixings to roll it back to prevent damage.

This makes a great versatile space but due to the SIG and lack of inners I wouldn't want to cook in there. We use it as a living/sleeping area and have a separate day tent to cook in.

In all this seems a great design for people who need a tent that's easy to move around in or to fit awkward size furniture.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Appleby is a tepee with a difference! New for 2013 it has no internal poles to restrict the living space and larger windows with a double front door make it feel light and airy and versatile. This is truly a unique design guaranteed to stand out on the campsite perfect for new camping families on a small budget.

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