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67 Reviews of the Venture 500        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7  
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By: Sakki66  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 14/07/2013

We have only used this tent 3 times. You may not believe this from my review but I really like the look of our tent. It is smart and neat. As for it being fit for purpose, now that is a different story. We didn't get this cheap, we paid full whack for this before they dropped in price. The first time we used this was for my wife and myself. We slept on the floor, on our friends large manicured lawn, to try it out. I can say it was spacious enough for two of us and not too much equipment. It is very easy to put up. Two main poles for the dome and one for the front. The bedroom compartment is domed, tall with a separate sleeping net. It was big enough for the big airbed that my wife wanted, with 3 foot either side to get in and out. The room can be divided in two by a purpose built sheet. All internal pegs/ties are colour co-ordinated. It has a small vent that is really fairly useless. The front area is Ok if the weather is good but not really big enough for two people if it rains (unless you both want to sit facing each other reading a book) and I would never want to spend any time in that area with our two children if it is a rainy day. The main problem is that the floor space is a lot more than the head space due to the angle of the front. That also means that rain or bright hot sun can get in if you want to leave the door open as you are open to the sky. Anyway, our first adventure was our first holiday and it was very wet and windy and I had to get out in the middle of the night as it was lifting upward. It blew around all over the place and as the dome is so tall and the wind can easily get under it then it would have made a great balloon if I hadn't tried to hammer all the pegs back in on sharp angles, as they lifted repeatedly. Not what you want to be doing in the early hours of a wet and windy night. The second holiday was yesterday. It was a very warm night. My wife, myself and two children slept in it and it really needs more ventilation for that dome as everything gets wet. My 3yr old little girl's beds were soaked as the sides became drenched as the heat built up over night with more than just a couple in it. The front gets wet too so leaving the bedroom door open (or just mesh) didn't help. Shame as we both like our tent and our little ones love it. But I think it will need to be replaced by something like a tunnel tent to give us more practical family space. I will be looking more at the ventilation in future as I don't plan holidaying in the wet that often :) I am not sure if I got more wet on the night it tried to become a balloon or the hot night when it became drenched inside.
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By: Burscobilly  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 23/03/2013

An excellent tent with space for two adults for any length of holiday, although now we have a little Billy it has sadly been demoted to a weekend tent.

The bag contains everything and the tent fits back into it with relative ease. The bag is strong and well made.

Pitching is a straightforward exercise and I note and agree with comments above about poles snagging when you remove them.

We chose this tent because you can stand up in it and the bedroom area takes a double bed with ease.

We bought poles to use the front door as a canopy and this was a worthwhile investment.

Sadly the Venture is no longer made, but we will continue to use ours for those shorter breaks. Although a smaller and more basic tent than our recently acquired Outwell Georgia 5P the advantage is weight and pack size.
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By: Cardi  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2012

Good tent just had to replace 2 of the poles,part my fault part design if tent erected with bedroom facing prevailing wind no probs side on to wind puts a lot of strain on the poles I should know better.Mind you it was force 7 gusting 9 overnight and torrential rain no problem for the tent cover so to sum up Vango tents in general are well made even they cant perform miracles.
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By: Rach21cat  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 25/08/2012

We have loved this tent - it is really easy to pitch & has a sensible layout. It was perfect for 2 adults when camping for several days, however we now have 2 children (aged 5 & 10 months) & it is definitely far too small now! The sleeping area can just about squash in 2 double airbeds but the living area is just too small now.
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By: Moi123  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 05/08/2012

We bought this tent second hand and have used it in various locations and weather, including heavy wind and rain. It is now showing signs of wear and have had to patch a tear in the fabric at the back of the tent. The elastic in one of the poles has broken and one pole is also broken. However we are thinking of patching it up and using it one more summer.
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By: Tentcamper2012  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 25/07/2012

I bought this tent for me and my hubby to go travelling south east coast in , it has been a fantastic tent for the money.

When we booked our first expedition we were surprise to see the price difference between 2man tent and 4 man tent and 6man tent , due to the fact there was only 2 of us in the tent we decided to gamble and select 2 man tent , WORTH TAKING! we have done this to all 5 of of little adventures and no site as had a problem with it , apart from one were we got told by the warden it looked too big to be a two man'er , we explained it was two single bedrooms and he didnt have an issue and returned to duties.

I would recommend this tent to any couples and definitely try the 2man tent option if available.
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By: Hairnaround  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 08/07/2011

Been using this tent for 4 years now . We love it, and now my son and daughter have got one each. Really easy to put up. Good headroom. We only sleep 2 people in it. So we have plenty of room. A good all round reliable cheap tent. We always use an additional groundsheet to protect the tents own groundsheet, and now we've included a couple of the cheap picnic blankets on the floor, for a plush feel to the feet. Easy to shake out the bits off the rugs.
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By: Delta240  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 04/10/2010

The best tent we've owned so far, even better with the porch attachment though it doesn't fit as nice as we'd like.

Recently camped in Northumberland (Beadnell Bay) and the tent was damaged (poles split) due to very strong winds. Would be nice to find somewhere we could buy spares easily.

Was impressed that tent took so much punishment, winds must have been 60mph+
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By: Julie Gelder  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 09/09/2010

This is our second tent and really like the way it is easy to put up. It has stood up to the strongest wind and rain and we love it. Plenty of room too with fridge, table chairs cooking stuff etc. The only problem is that the elastics that are on the bottom of the fly sheet you need keep coming undone.
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By: 2004mickd  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2010

I have owned this tent for 3 years and have used it about 12 times and as reported in other reviews it is very poor in the wind and have had 3 poles shatter in windy conditions which in my opinion were not that bad. The main problem is the front pole over the porch it is not as thick as the poles for the main body and when we purchased the sun canopy which has been great for giving extra space for sitting and cooking under, the poles were even thicker, if the poles over the porch were as thick as the canopy there possibly would not be this problem. This tent is good as you can stand up in it and was one of the main reasons for choosing this tent. It can be erected in about 30 mins but is more difficult to take down as the poles get snagged on the liner and the poles come apart. We only use this tent for two people and a dog and would not think it would be very comfortable for more than 3.All in all a good tent for 59.99
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Manufacturer's Description

This is a classic small family dome tent with and extended porch area that forms the main living space. The Vango Venture 500 also features excellent head height throughout, a large front panel door and a side 'J' door for in/out flexibility. The PE groundsheet (5000mm hydrostatic head) is completely detachable for ease of cleaning however, when in place inside the tents, the 'riser' trim of the groundsheet will ensure that it will exclude the worst of the elements.

The bedroom, although advertised as a 5-berth will more comfortably sleep four - and there is a divider curtain down the centre for of the bedrooms for privacy. Other features include, two 'Crystal Clear' windows with internal covers, multiple vents, a Protex 3000 durable polyester flysheet (3000mm hydrostatic head), taped seams, colour coded poles and continuous pole sleeves, flysheet first pitching, breathable polyester inner with mesh vents, Powerflex poles, storage pockets, lantern hanging point, carry bag, repair kit. Flame retardant throughout.


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