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Message posted by dean1050 via mobile 16/6/2020 at 8:21pm
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hi , I have a new outwell cruiser 6ac. I've not used it yet but have purchased the footprint and carpet as I feel that's essential. I've noticed that outwell also sell a tent protector.

Has anyone ever used a protector?

My last tent was an Oakland XL we have had it for about 8 years, its still in OK condition and we never used a tent protector.

Any thoughts appreciated.
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protect it from what? rain? its already waterproof! - camp fires? a bucket of water will soon sort that out as they shouldn't be lighting them within 5 fields of any tents! I think they are just yet another thing to extract money from you and take up the decreasing available space you may have in your car - short answer is, don't bother

Message posted by Mitchamitri17/6/2020 at 2:19pm
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I'd think of it if I were travelling to Europe as it can be used to reflect heat. If not, I honestly wouldn't bother. Just look what else you could buy with that money:

Cider
More cider.
Even more cider.

Message posted by Caligula17/6/2020 at 8:11pm
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Quote: Originally posted by marg6 on 17/6/2020
protect it from what? rain? its already waterproof! - camp fires? a bucket of water will soon sort that out as they shouldn't be lighting them within 5 fields of any tents! I think they are just yet another thing to extract money from you and take up the decreasing available space you may have in your car - short answer is, don't bother



Plus 1...........except I'll always have a fire if poss


Message posted by Bob6117/6/2020 at 10:41pm
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I once received a nice hole in the roof of my tent (ironically an Outwell) because somebody lit a wood fire in their BBQ several yards away but the sparks were flying in my direction. Fortunately the campsite owner made them put it out and fortunately for the owners of the fire, I didn't notice the damage until the next time I erected the tent.

A tent protector cover might have helped in that situation but I would then have a hole in the tent protector cover.

Added shade from the heat of the sun might be a good reason to buy one if you are anticipating camping in really hot weather and intending to spend time inside the tent during the heat of the day.

As Marg said, protection from what? Branches dropping off trees? But then if you are so green you camp under a tree you deserve to get damage to your tent - lol.

No...another money making gimmick I feel.

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Message posted by Caligula17/6/2020 at 10:54pm
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......but then again, I don't often use campsites.....and certainly not with others proximal. Nor would I have a fire in such a situation; common sense really?

Message posted by Mucker188418/6/2020 at 6:23pm
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From memory, when they first came out 5 years or so ago, all the talk was of protection against harmful uv rays (and bird poo!), and effectively (or not, as the case may be!) prolonging the life of the tent.


Might be some useful comments amongst this lot?...

https://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/chatter/search.asp?search=roof+protector&searchMode=p........



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Message posted by het and ben via mobile 20/6/2020 at 9:00am
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We have one, it came in the package when we bought the tent. I love it! The best thing is the lack of condensation, all condensation collects on the back of the shield and runs off on the outside of the tent. I have no idea whether it is true, but i think the tent feels warmer in the evening.....maybe because of the lack of damp???

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It protects the fabric of the tent from the sun's UV rays prolonging the life of the tent as its the roof that falls to bits first.
It also acts as insulation which helps to keep the tent cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold weather.
It will also help reduce condensation for the same reason as above.
Always take it off if the wind gets above 20mph, ive found they can really catch the wind.

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Message posted by Caligula20/6/2020 at 4:21pm
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What used to be known as a fly sheet?

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Message posted by darlog1 via mobile 20/6/2020 at 5:03pm
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Hi
We have one for our Outwell Drummond
Couple of things we noticed, helps make it cooler in the sun, darker on inside of tent (great bonus in the morning) clean roof of tent

I'd get one if you can

Message posted by dean1050 via mobile 08/7/2020 at 8:05pm
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thanks all. Yeah I know what you mean. Probably just another thing to set up for minimal benefits. To be honest I'm getting a bit fed up of the campsites now, especially the ones that allow fires with no rules to protect other campers

Message posted by DeborahTurner via mobile 08/7/2020 at 11:10pm
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I think a roof protector has practical benefits.

People pay a lot of money for inflatable tents that are made of polyester, which deteriorated in UV light. If I was camping in a poly tent in S Europe I would consider one.

I always have a fire, but go to sites where tents are miles apart, my fire is miles from my tent, and I keep it at a sensible size and donít poke around at it. Also not in wind blowing towards tents.

I donít think sites with the usual 6m distance should allow fires. It is the advent of portable fire pits that has encouraged this.

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We have an Outwell tent and bought the protector. Ours is reversible, blackside absorbs the sun and warms the tent up and the silver side reflects and keeps it cool. Plus protects the roof from any bird droppings and prolongs the waterproofing of the top of tent.


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