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By: Elty001 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 08/02/2013
Down sized to this tent from a 12 birth dome tent as the older children don't come camping with us anymore.
Being seasoned campers we had no problem putting up the tent in quite windy conditions.
Very sturdy and well made.Very spacious with lots of storage pockets.
We bought the foot print ground sheet and fitted carpet and what a difference it makes to how warm and cosy the tent is.
Got put through its paces in august of 2012 when we went camping in a wet and windy north Wales.No leaks or draughts.
All in all a good sturdy well made tent which is surprisingly simple to erect.We also bought the side canopy which adds another living area in which we did all our cooking and eating in.
Very pleased with our tent so far and looking forward to using it again come the spring.
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By: Kaizersoza Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating: Date: 01/12/2011
I own a Royal Hampton 7, last summer we took it camping in the lake district and then up to Loch Lomond in Scotland. Now the tent is massive and has plenty of pockets to store bits and pieces, initially my partner and I were daunted when it came to erect the tent, but I must say once you have put it up a couple of times it was a doddle taking less than 45 mins. The tent is well constructed with metal main poles and when erect is very sturdy. One slight hiccup occurred when taking the poles apart, they tend to stick together making it hard to take them apart so the spring attachment in one pole failed due to my hamfisted attempt to take it apart.
When we got to Scotland we had an idyllic pitch right on the bank of Loch Lomond it was beautiful and the weather for 8 days was fantastic, however on the 9th day it hammered down all day, this wasn't a problem we sat in our humungous tent and noticed some small leaks. Being a new tent we thought that the seams needed weathering and hopefully this is the case. Later we went out for a meal and when we came back later in the evening we noticed a puddle under the sleeping area, when I lifted the sleeping area there was a massive puddle under it. The seam where the sleeping area pegs onto the main tent was leaking like a sieve water was literally running into the tent. The next day I bought some seam sealer and tried to repair the leak, it did to a degree but was still leaking profusely. This year I am planning to take the tent away for a weekend and to seal all the seams properly.
On a good note the weather really took a turn for the worse and we were literally waterlogged and fairplay to the sewn in ground sheet and the footprint, there was an lake under our tent's groundsheet but there was very little ingress. The carpet I bought with this tent served its purpose well but I found it quite thin and flimsy, there was even a tear in it when we took it up and believe me we treated the tent and the carpet with kid gloves.
When it came to putting the tent away it was easy the bag it came with is big enough for 2 people to spend a weekend in easily. The tent even though not rolled up properly fitted in with room to spare.
On the whole I am relatively happy with the tent, I am disappointed with the build quality but that can be sorted with a bit of DIY on the seams. When this is done we should have a decent tent that will last us for a good few years
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By: Martin1412 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating: Date: 07/09/2010
We bought our Royal Hampton in August and we are basically very pleased indeed. It seems to be very well put together and gives us plenty of room, both horizontally and vertically. We got it to replace a 10 year-old dome tent that was starting to show its age and the biggest improvement we have found is that standing room is good throughout, not just in the middle.
There are a number of excellent features that we have never had on a tent before - velcro straps to tie up your guy lines to stop them getting tangled together, lots of storage pouches in the inners, and great flexibility when it comes to sleeping arrangements and choosing which doors to use, and the canopy will fit either side. Also the external zips all have plastic covers for extra waterproofing.
We also bought the footprint, which is a very good idea if you are pitching on wet ground, since cleaning up the fitted groundsheet of a tent this size when you get home will be a real bind. We had seen the tent pitched in a showroom but bought on the internet (well below RRP). What we didn't see was the canopy, but took the chance on it and it hasn't disappointed, giving us a massive covered outdoor area.
My only complaint is that the instructions are little better than useless. They are patently wrong in places (telling you to insert 4 steel poles when there are only 3 supplied and only 3 sleeves in the tent -still worrying when putting up for the first time!) and if we had not been experienced campers it could have been a nightmare. Still, we got the tent up thanks to the design being pretty easy but then moved on to the canopy. The instructions for this made the ones for the tent seem comprehensive! The picture didn't show the canopy and tent together, which made it even more difficult and even after 2 pitchings we are still not convinced we have got it right. Our second pitching took 2 adults about an hour including the canopy and I suspect we can do it in 45 minutes once we are more used to it.
The thing that took us by surprise was the size of the tent in its bag. There are no compression straps with it and the bag is larger than it needs to be (which makes it much easier to bag up) but we are in danger of having to leave a child behind when we put it in the car!
If you are looking for a spacious tent with flexible accommodation this would be a very good choice to make provided you have put up a big tent before and have enough room in the boot.
We are already looking forward to giving it a proper holiday next summer!
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3000HH 185T polyester Flysheet with taped seams
Inner tent 180T Polyester
13.5mm Fibre-flex poles & 22mm ultra-plus poles
Sewn in groundsheet
Steel poles with fibre-flex extensions o give a large living area and bedrooms
Removeable 3 berth inner tent makes this tent extremely flexible and can create a vast living area when not in use
Covered side doors for easy access
2 Side doors for easy access
Large panaromic windows for enhanced visability
Mesh door for enhanced ventilation
Pack size: 95cm x 20cm x 20xm
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