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Royal Pescara 8

After having 2 Outwell Nebraska XL tents and unfortunately having bad luck with both of them, I decided it was time to look for a different tent that suited our family needs. The problem was that I liked the design of the Outwell Nebraska XL and it was almost perfect in itís layout for our purposes.

Along came the Royal Pescara 8, an 8 berth tunnel tent of which I could find very little information out about it. It was not even listed in the current Royal brochure. After thinking and looking at pictures for a while I decided to take the plunge and buy it. I had never purchased a tent completely blind before but after using it for a few months now I am really glad I took the risk. Since it is so much like the Outwell Nebraska XL I have decided to base this review not only on the Royal Pescara 8 itself, but also compare it to the Outwell Nebraska XL where possible.


The tent proved remarkably easy to pitch. In-fact, I managed the complete process on my own with no help from the rest of the family. Once the centre poles were up, the rest was extremely easy. It was easier to pitch than the Nebraska and this was due to the fact that all the pegging points are adjustable making the ring and pin system really easy to use. On the Nebraska, they are only adjustable on one side and each end. The adjustable points also make it easier to get the fabric evenly across the poles if you have to pitch on ground that is not completely flat.

I started by laying the tent out and pushing the red poles through their sleeves. These are the centre poles that cross over the main living area part of the tent. I then clipped the upright poles onto the ends of these. These are again colour coded red. I then went inside the tent and lifted up the structure from the centre where the poles crossed.

Remarkably, upon doing this the tent stood up on itís own, even before the pins were put into the poles. I then inserted the pins into the end of each pole and pulled the poles out so they were even and square.

I then proceeded to put the blue poles in their sleeves and clipped on the upright poles to them building up the sides of the tent. This was also extremely easy and I did not require any help. I then went onto the green colour coded poles doing the same thing ( also building up the side of the tent ).



Even with no Guy ropes pegged out the tent was completely free standing and it was easy just to go round the side and back and straighten it all up. I then put the 2 blue poles into the porch. This was a little bit harder and the porch would not stay forward without holding it so I had to peg down one Guy rope just to hold it out. This would certainly have been easier if there were 2 people doing it. The tent now looked like the first picture in this review from the front. So far this is identical to the Nebraska XL in number of poles and the method used to do it, but life was made a lot easier by the fact that the tent stood up on its own when I lifted the centre of the structure above my head and the use of all the adjustable pegging points.

The next task was to put up the annexe at the back. This is where it differs from the Nebraska because the Nebraska does not have a back annexe. I got a little confused here trying to work out where the poles go of which I had 1 small arched pole and 2 straight poles that had discs on the end. These actually go inside the annexe and clip into some Velcro clips ( see picture ). All that remains now is to peg out the tent. This is where some time is taken. The whole process took me about 40 minutes from getting it out the bag to completely pegging out the Guy ropes. I could probably have shaved 5 or 10 minutes off that time if a second person helped.

Living In The Tent

The tent was a pleasure to use. Having just returned from a 2 week break where the weather went from both extremes, it got a good test. The first week rained constantly with strong winds. It was so bad that the campsite was closed during the week due to flooding. Luckily we were pitched just outside of the waterlogged area. The winds were extremely strong and the tent stood firm and didnít leak. The 2nd week we were basking in nearly 80 degrees of heat. Although the inside of the tent was hot, it was still bareable (just!). In dull weather, the tent was still very bright inside even though there are no windows in the main living area. This is where the Nebraska wins, as it has 2 skylights that can be opened up to let some light in. But having said that, even with the lack of windows, it was still extremely bright. The living area is of identical size to that of the Nebraska and even the carpet for the Nebraska fits with no modifications. The tent was pitched on a Nebraska XL footprint groundsheet as well which did not need any modifications to be used.

The tent has a very large porch at the front and a fair sized annexe at the back which has proper standing height when a portable toilet is put in there. The huge front porch has plenty of windows and a flat groundsheet ( the Nebraska has a bathtub groundsheet for the porch and no back annexe ). The flat groundsheet I found ideal as there were mud flaps to tuck underneath and there was nothing to trip over. It was also a perfect fit. The back annexe does, however, have a bathtub groundsheet. The main living area has a full zipped in groundsheet which you could leave off if you wanted to, but this would leave a 2 inch gap at the bottom of the tent if it was left off. The Nebraska has a fully sewn in groundsheet that cannot be removed. Although the front porch on both the tents are supposed to be of identical size, I found that all our cooking equipment and fridge fitted perfectly in the Pescara whereas in the Nebraska it was a tight squeeze and touched the sides of the tent. The reason for this seems to be that the Pescara front is not as sloped as the Nebraska so creates more useable space. This was also an advantage for my wife as she could zip up the front flap without standing on tip-toes like she had to in the Nebraska. There were also plenty of Windows in the Pescara porch, more than I can remember in the Nebraska.

Ventilation is also very good. There are vents in the same place as the Nebraska on each corner but the Pescara has a massive mesh vent on the roof of the tent that is protected by the porch. There is also ventilation by way of guyed flaps in the bedrooms, front porch and rear annexe.

This has an advantage over the Nebraska and it can effectively be turned on and off by opening or closing the porch. The corner vents are exactly the same as the Nebraska and can be propped open by a Velcro bar. The doors on the Pescara are completely sealed with no need for a Velcro fastener on the bottom, but can still be opened up completely or left with just a mesh door.

The bedroom pods are identical both sides. They can either be left as 4 individual pods or open up to make a 4 berth pod. When opened up, there is no lip on the floor like 1 side of the Nebraska, so you can make full use of the space. There are also hanging organizers on the outside of the pods. I didnít see anything in the advertising saying that one side of the pod can be folded down like the Nebraska universal inners, but I see no reason why this cannot be done although I have never had a reason to try it.

Finally, the Pescara has a multitude of cable entry points. There are 2 in the floor ( one each end outside the bedroom pods ) and one by the porch entry. The ones on the floor can be closed via a pull-string and the porch entry point is zipped. There are also cable entry points into each bedroom pod that are zipped. The pods can also be removed on each side if you wanted extra living space and less sleeping space. The separation between the pods is via a roll-up partition that is also zipped when closed.

Build Quality

The tent arrived in 2 boxes, one which contained the fabric with the tent pegs wrapped up in the middle, and the other containing the steel poles. Both packages were fairly heavy. I couldnít find an exact weight specified anywhere but it was at least as heavy as the Outwell Nebraska XL ( so around 50kg combined ). The fabric bag was slightly bigger than the Nebraska bag but was a wheeled trolley bag type. The extra size of the bag proved extremely useful when putting the tent away. The tent was very well packed and upon examination was of excellent quality. The first time it is used each piece is individually wrapped so be prepared for the first time to take a little longer than normal when erecting the tent. The zipped-in groundsheet and the bedroom pods have to be put in. You can leave all these in if you want to when you pack away. Surprisingly, I could find no instructions anywhere on how to erect the tent.

I did have one little problem when I first used the tent. One of the pole ends was slightly dented and would not fit together. This could have been done either during transportation or during the delivery process. It took me 1 minute with some pliers to fix it and I have had no other problems since. The only other comment I have is that the colour coding on the poles is done via a coloured tape around the pole. After the third time of using it, this did start to come off. I remedied this by buying some coloured electrical tape and putting that round the poles.

Putting It Away Again

This was fairly easy to pack up and put away. The fact that the bag was just a little bit bigger than the Nebraska bag left room for error. After un-pegging everything and removing the poles we straightened out the tent on the floor. We then folded the front porch and the back annexe into the tent so it made a rectangular shape. Using the bag width as a guide we then folded the tent in at each end and kept folding until it was about the same width as the bag. It was just a matter then of squeezing all the air out ( which we did by rolling on the tent ), and then rolling it up. This was packed away complete with the groundsheet and pods left in. The poles pulled apart very easily by hand and did not require the use of any tools as we nearly always had to use with the Nebraska poles. The poles did not twist or bend and just gently pulled apart to be put back into the pole bag.


All the Outwell accessories that fit the Nebraska XL can be used on the Pescara. The Outwell carpet and footprint groundsheet fit without modification. Even the Outwell Montana 4 front canopy fits the front porch is you want to extend it.


We have been extremely happy with the tent and after using it for a few months have not had any problems other than the dented pole when we first erected the tent and the colour coding tape peeling off after some use. I have not noticed any brown oxide appearing on the poles as I used to with the Nebraska poles, and the poles certainly didnít lock or twist like the poles on my Nebraska. The tent is extremely easy to put up and can be done with relative ease by one person ( far easier with 2 though ). It is extremely spacious and at no time have we had any condensation problems in both hot and cold weather. Although a good change for a future version of the tent would be to add some windows in the main living area ( in the way of skylights maybe ), this is not strictly necessary as it is still extremely bright inside the tent even in dull weather. It is certainly brighter than a lot of tents I have been in, it just looks nicer to have proper sunlight. I never remembered the Nebraska being much brighter ( if at all ) even with the skylights open. The tent stood up to all the elements extremely well and there seems to be ample ventilation in just about every part of the tent, all of which can be opened or closed in one way or another. I would certainly add that this has probably been the best tent we have had yet in all the years we have been camping and would certainly buy another one if I was choosing a new tent. I am sure we will hear a lot more about the Pescara in future seasons given the popularity of the Nebraska and when the Royal Pescara becomes more well known.

Where Can I get them From?

Outdoor Megastore are a major stockist of the Royal range of tents and are currently offering the Royal Pescara 8 Tunnel Tent for just £359.99 r.r.p £499.00

To order yours and to see their full range of products online visit their website for further details.

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