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Tent Showcase: SunnCamp Family Vario 5

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Discontinued
5  (more 5 berth tents)
24.00 KG
229.99
2
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Average User Rating:
9.17/10 from 6 reviews

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6 Reviews of the Family Vario 5

By: Brainspiller83  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2013

I don't know what year my tent was made. But I'm assuming it was a later model than the one featured in the description.

Mine is approximately 33 kilos and has 2 bedrooms. A 2 berth and a 3 Berth. It also has a kitchen storage area. The dimensions are the same for the main part of the tent, however with the storage area it is an additional 70cm according to where I got it from. I bought mine from a2zcamping. I have not seen it anywhere else (apart from the 6 and 4 berth) so I am assuming it is discontinued also. It didn't come with the tent tidy between the 2 rooms as it were a factory second. The front of the tent is not like the older models where you can move it into the center.

It has a fully sewn in ground sheet. Four side windows, including the one on the kitchen, which the external curtains can be fully zipped up, half way or fully open. Half of each window is plastic and the other half is mesh. There are two smaller windows at the front with inner curtains which can be held into place with toggles. There is a vent/window at the back to allow circulation. There are two sun roof windows with curtains with their own storage pockets, one by the front door and one by the bedrooms. There is also a side door, an electric access point near to the storage area and two small tent tidies (as well as a tall tent tidy usually). The bedrooms are separate and can be put into place using colour coded toggles and clips. The tent also has two long metal attachable poles going either side of the tent for stability. Each room (bedrooms, living space and storage) have the ability to hang lanterns. There is also a very small canopy overhanging the front door, however it will not make a difference to preventing rain getting in.

I have not used it as of yet, only to check if all parts are there. It looks like a pretty good tent, very spacious and there are extensions out there that could fit this tent if needs be. I will be using this tent at a music festival this year. I will review the tent again after to see how I get on.
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By: Frankierae  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 01/10/2012

Bought one of these off facebook for 50, what a bargain. As one of the previous users has stated, not fab that the groundsheet is not sewn in however we will sort this for next season and do the same as they did with the velcro.

We did however have a lovely weekend, me, partner and a 5 year old and 14 month old. There was plenty of room and the 3 birth bedroom held a double bed and a travel cot for my little boy. There is plenty of head height so at least you don't have to stoop down which I didn't want to have to do, on this our first camping trip.

My partner absolutely loved it, which was my mission, because with two little kids and lack of funds I don't think you could have more fun. As long as the kids have waterproofs for the dewy grass in the morning you are sorted, they are free and love every minute.

There are a few more things we will be investing in though, a tent canopy, which I believe there are a few universal ones that will fit and I desperately want a Cadac for cooking. We have a standard cooker and a carry one however on recommendations the Cadac looks perfect.

All in all we had a fabulous weekend and can't wait to go again. Only thing is we have a long wait, our first trip was in September, therefore we will have to wait til at least April for some nicer weather ;0)
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By: Bridgeywidge  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2003   Rating:   Date: 30/10/2010

I bought ours from ebay in 2006 as I wanted a tent to stand up in. This certainly fits the bill: there's great head height throughout the tent including the bedrooms due to the tunnel design. The sides are reinforced with metal poles along the length to give more rigidity in windy conditions. Although it is quite a large tent, it is possible to pitch and strike single-handedly. I managed the latter in wind too but, it is better with two people. The moveable front panel is a good idea and for the two of us, leaves enough room to sit inside in inclement weather or when cooler whilst giving a bit of shade or protection under the porch area. There's no sig in this older version so you can get a draught through the flaps but there are ways to minimise this as the other reviewers have said. It makes a great garden tent for a party too!

Just about manageable as a weekend tent (2+ nights) and has two good-sized separately hung bedrooms: would suit 3 or 4 better than 5 though - there's bags of space for just two of us. You can put up just one bedroom inner if you want more internal space. I think this tent is a better shape than the newer ones with the side add-ons. You can now get the Omni canopy to fit over the front and make more of a shelter (and apparently the Vango Icarus 500 extension fits too). All in all, a useful, family-sized tent. If you can find one second-hand it would be a great starter tent as it ticks the boxes for relative ease of pitching, lots of space and headroom throughout. Marked down as would be good to have a bathtub/zig option to keep out the draughts.
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By: Victoriaa5320  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/08/2010

Don't know the year made, but I bought this tent second hand off ebay for a really good price this year.

Wanted a tent that offered plenty of room for myself and my 2 children to go camping for the first time.

The tent was easy to erect, but does need 2 people and wouldn't like to try pitching in windy conditions (think it would be more like a kite)

Plenty of room for the 3 of us,sleeping areas not big enough for 5 people

Living area spacious, had plenty of room to move around with all our belongings in there.If shelter required due to our unpredictable british weather the living area is perfect.

The separate groundsheets for the living area are a pain and I purchased a larger groundsheet which I folded up the sides to prevent any rain coming in.

Plenty of head height, but if you are short like me then a step is required to attach the sleeping areas to the roof. (I couldn't reach without 1).

The covers for the windows are not a good design being on the outside, but I didn't open them as the only view I had was the side of my neighbours tent.

Overall a good first time family tent.
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By: Georgeboxer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 20/08/2009

We purchased this tent after we had seen one at a previous camping weekend. We were impressed by the room and layout of the tent which offered us what we were looking for in a tent.

It is easy to erect (but this can be difficult in windy conditions). The tent material is a lightweight man made material with clear plastic windows and roof lights which allow plenty of light into the tent.

The downsides are(as some have already stated) the fact that the window covers are on the outside of the tent (which is a pain if it rains) and that there is no fitted groundsheet which again allows the weather to enter the tent especially if you have torrential rain and windy conditions.

This said we have not experienced any leaks through zips or seams though sometimes it can be difficult to zip the door close if you have the front face to tight and this cannot always be slackened off.

Overall I am pleased with the tent and it has provided good service but the next one will have that integral groundsheet and internal window flaps.
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By: Wilko31  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2009

Not sure of the exact year of manufacture but think that ours is about 3 or 4 years old. We bought it second-hand off ebay and paid the grand sum of 35 for it. It is in fabulous condition and is pretty much as new.

It is extremely easy to pitch. You just thread four flexible poles through the skin and stand them up and it is basically done! There are two more rigid poles that slot through inside to strengthen the structure but I've never known a family-sized tent that's so easy to erect!

I bought the tent for both mine and my husband's parents to use in the summer when they come away with us (yes together - all four of them!) and I have to say I'm rather impressed with it. It is of good quality fabric and doesn't look as though it will blow away like many tents do. The only downside with it was that it doesn't have a sewn-in groundsheet which was the cause of some alarm to my mum (after having seen our Outwell Idaho XL) so we rather ingeniously, fitted velcro tape all around the inside at the bottom of the fabric and cut a spare groundsheet that we had to size, fitted that with velcro too and stuck it together. The result is basically the same as a sewn-in sheet and is wind and water tight enough to put the smile back on mum's face!

The tent has a really clever design to the front panel. The whole thing zips on and off and can be moved inwards to the next set of poles to make a canopy under which you can cook or sit in the sun. This reduces the indoor living area a bit but still leaves enough room for your belongings but the front zips on and off so easily that it wouldn't be any real upheaval to keep moving it as and when required. There are plenty of storage pockets and lots of windows for letting in the daylight. My only criticism is that the blinds on the side windows can only be opened from the outside which is all well and good in the sunshine but not so great in the rain and it could mean that mischievous passers by could open your blinds on a night and catch you unawares (if they were that way inclined!).

All in all though, a great tent (and even better now the groundsheet has been modified) and would recommend.

I have added some pictures so please take a look.
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Manufacturer's Description

The manufacturer has advised that this model has been discontinued.

The Family Vario range have classic good looks and a superb specification which will make it on everyone's short list. This range of tents are packed with many features like, a good internal height and a moveable front panel. This panel can be positioned either at the front of the tent giving a larger living area or stepped back from the front creating a nice canopy effect. These tent use Sunncamp's X-Flex shatterproof poles which come with a 5 year warranty.

Weight: 24KG

Dimensions: 500 X 350CM

Height: 210CM

Colour: Green/Grey

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