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Subject Topic: Outwell Colorado 5 - few queries Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by jehpesto19/4/2009 at 10:55pm
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We've just had the first night in our new Colorado 5 (brilliant weather and lovely site in the Duddon valley) and overall quite happy. Big enough for all our stuff and us but not huge. Obviously only really bad weather will really tell of course .....however
Couple of queries - the rear of the tent has a lot less guying than the front - is this correct? There is one upper guy, and 2 low down guys but they tended to hoik (lift) up the bottom of the tent, and as there is no valence here we didn;t want that. Also they are not symetrically placed and so VERY difficult to get the tension evenly space at the lower back of the tent. Is this the same on other peoples and if so, do you know why they are like that?
And also, re the doors, fly screens and valences. Am I missing something or is it really the case that the fly screen does not zip to the door (so you can open the door with one zip) but is a separate zip and so if you have it done up you have to undo 2 zips to get out? (And you probably would have it done up cos the valence is on the bottom of the fly screen and not the door!)
I can see I might have to do some adaptations here!

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Message posted by splendidisolation20/4/2009 at 12:27am
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Hi jehpesto,

I have one of the older models (2004/5 I think) and on mine the flyscreen is definately zipped to the door so you can open with one zip.....but I can't off hand remember if mine has a mudflap on this section ( a while since I've used it) but I don't think it does, it must be on the newer models.

With regard to the rear guys I think mine has the same as yours and I think they are fine as the back slopes so maybe does not need the support the 'flat' front does.

When you say the rear guys are not symetrical do you just mean an odd number? From memory there are 3 at the top and then 2? lower down so yes you cannot line up the top guys with the lower but just need to make sure they are evenly spaced. I do recall that when pitching it was always the rear guys that I pegged, and repegged to get it right....have you tried shortening the guys that you say 'lift' the back of the tent...I think I always needed to have them as short as possible to get it to sit right.

Just had a thought, if the flyscreen is as you say then I presume the only option if you intend to use that as an in/out door is to roll up the flyscreen out of the way during the day. In fact I never used that as a door as such...it was either shut or guyed open with poles with the flyscreen up or down if the weather was warm.

Sorry I'm not much help but if I find out anymore I'll let you know.


Message posted by sunvalleysue20/4/2009 at 8:32am
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Hi Jehpesto,

We use to have a 2005 Colorado 5.Ours had 3 upper guys and 2 midway down.The front door had no mesh,but the side door had no see-um mesh which did zip to the door or you could use it seperate from the door.
I think the reason the guying points are not symetrical is because the line up with the sleeping pods.I think those 2 lower down guying points do is keep the canvas away from the inner tent.
As the rear sleeping area has no mud/draught valance round we fitted one ourselves.It cut the draught out brilliantly.If you look at the top photo you can see the 3 top guys.And the bottom photo shows the extra mud valance we added to the tent.




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Message posted by jehpesto20/4/2009 at 10:09am
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Thanks - useful. The thing is that our tent (I just bought it but it is 2007/08 model) does not have 3 upper guys at the back in the way that yours does. It has one central one and then the 2 rear side upper ones but the 2 back corner ones are simply not there! There are the 2 lower ones as described - and yes I do think that they will have to be very short, and maybe the "off set ness" of them is to do with the sleeping pods....
re fly screen there is a screen on both doors in our tent and neither seem to be attached to the door...
I may have to contact Outwell to check re the rear guys...just want to be sure that we have not got a "runt"!
Ta

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