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01/9/2008 at 9:37pm
 Location: Cheshire
 Outfit: Outwell Bear Lake 6
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About 4 years ago my wife and I bought a Vango Stealth 300 in blue, it was only used on a couple of occasions and then stored dry in my garage.  I have come to use it again due to friends wanting to come camping with us and i have found thousands of tiny blue flakes inside the tent that seem to be from the groundsheet, does this mean the tent is degrading in some way? The flakes get everywhere and would worry that breathing this in is dangerous, should I dispose of this tent or write to Vango? Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks.


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01/9/2008 at 9:51pm
 Location: Scotland.
 Outfit: Conway Camargue Lots of Vangos. .
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I would write to Vango. It does sound as if something has degraded but I wouldn't expect this to have happened after only two uses then stored dry. I've owned several Vangos over the years and not one has degraded in storage.  Are you sure it's the groundsheet? Blue flakes sound as if they come from the flysheet. Flysheets do delaminate after prolonged use because of exposure to UV, but unless your two trips added up to six months or so, I wouldn't expect it to happen. Is the flysheet dry and crunchy, rather than supple?

I certainly wouldn't use it again until Vango have had a chance to comment on it. Breathing in small particles of anything is not wise, and certainly not unknown synthetics.



01/9/2008 at 10:03pm
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Thank you for your advice Val, the flysheet is fine its like brand new, the groundsheet,  feels dry and crunchy as you describe but it was only used for a week or so at most in dry conditions, very strange, i will write to Vango for their opinion.



01/9/2008 at 10:17pm
 Location: Canol Cymru
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have a look at this thread it is about the same problem that another member had with their vango tent

previous thread

lets hope you get the same outcome



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01/9/2008 at 10:28pm
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Interesting that all the tents referred to were around the same vintage. I wonder if they had a bad batch at one point?


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Quote: Originally posted by zero9877 on 01/9/2008
i have found thousands of tiny blue flakes inside the tent that seem to be from the groundsheet, does this mean the tent is degrading in some way?

This is a known fault with some Vango groundsheets, contact Vango about it.



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01/9/2008 at 10:28pm
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Thanks again this thread decribes the exact same problem, i have emailed Vango and will let you know the outcome.


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01/9/2008 at 11:22pm
 Location: Cleethorpes
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I had a pole snap on my Aurora, it caused a stress on the fly sheet.  I contacted Vango, who asked me to return the whole tent to them for assessment.  2 weeks later a cheque in the post that also covered my return postage.

Smashing service.



01/9/2008 at 11:24pm
 Location: Hull East Yorkshire
 Outfit: VANGO TAMOR 500 (yet to be tested)
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This is an interesting one I have had a similar problem with mine, however mine had been packed away for 2 years.  Mine is a Vango ventura 500 from 2004.  I just put it down to the fact it hadn't seen the light of day for so long,  but we did keep coming out of the tent funny shades of blue.  My mum thought it was the fly but that seemed to weather the rain ok and fortunately we had no leaks .  Please keep us updated on this one.  Thankyou



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06/9/2008 at 3:57pm
 Location: lancashire
 Outfit: vango gamma 350 Wynster phoenix4
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I had a Gamma 350 the ground sheet had done exactly what you say, little blue flecks coming off all over and letting water in I emailed Vango, they told me to write a letter and send them the affected part so they could examine it. a week ago a recieved an email saying that they are going to replace the tent. all in all vey good customer service, although haven't recieved the tent yet!!!

I suggest that you do the same.




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