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Subject Topic: the new tent sunncamp constellation 800
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01/8/2010 at 11:42pm
 Location: Hounslow Middx
 Outfit: Sunncamp Constellation 800
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sorry minibus man,only just seen your question

we've not actually camped in this yet , its brand new , will be going in 3 weeks and 2 days so will be able to tell you after that

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02/8/2010 at 12:08am
 Location: swansea
 Outfit: Avondale corfu sunvalley 8
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Lovely loking tent, I have a sunncamp eden 800, similar type to the constellation , but with a front porch as well. I love mine , its excellent quality too.
I presume you are joking when you say its 4 person job though.
Its much easier to put the poles in before pegging the corners down .
put the pins in poles with poles lying flat on the ground , rather than up in the air.

Easier this way as you are not lifting the weight of the flysheet, and not as much tension as when the corners are peged down.

Lay all the poles on top of each other once the pins are in place. then peg out back corners, lift all poles up together and walk it forward.door should be open to let air in to help raise the tent .

peg the front guylines out to hold it up,close the doors then peg everything else .
its a 2 man job , but I have managed it on my own on a calm day.

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03/8/2010 at 12:26am
 Location: Hounslow Middx
 Outfit: Sunncamp Constellation 800
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yea that was the first attempt at putting a tunnel tent of this size up , but after reading suggestions on here , we're going to try that one beefysmum thanks xx

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28/8/2010 at 12:15pm
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I have a Constellation and it performs really well.

It has a secret weapon which is the two straight aluminium poles that run lengthways down the tent at head height. They hook into pockets at each end of the tent and tie onto each hooped pole. Get these in asap when pitching (before pegging out if conditions allow) and you instantly get shape and stability.

Regarding wind, it depends on the direction. If the wind comes from the back it swoops over the sleeping end nicely. From the sides, the tunnel flexes a little but doesn't flap like a straight edged frame tent. The lateral poles also really help the tent to keep a good shape.

Only problem is if the wind hits from the front, this can flap the front canopy (if you have it) and rattles the front face - better to use the side doors in these conditions!

I've just posted a full review for this wonderful tent, but forgot one thing - the bag is absolute genius. It goes away so easily as the tentbag has adjustable webbing straps that clip round the canvas first, pull these tight to squash down the canvas and then the zip is not strained at all. Packing up the sleeping bags is harder work!


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02/10/2010 at 8:39pm
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I've put this up today and it was very easy like others have said. BUT I have a problem with the front canopy. It comes over the top tight and seem's short at the bottom to peg down which leaves a big gap near the tent unless im doing something wrong!!!! Any advice appreciated


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04/10/2010 at 10:41am
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I have the same problem with the front canopy. It seems like the webbing is too short to reach over the front pole which is a bit of a design flaw.

The only way it makes sense to me is if the hooks from the front canopy can reach down to the bottom of the poles - that way it is pulling against the pole, not canvas or a tent peg. To do this, I put a strong plastic cable tie through the metal O ring (of the main tent) which is attached to the pin that goes in the bottom of the pole.

The cable ties give about 3 inches extra length on each side. Then the hooks from the front canopy reach down and clip into the cable tie. The result is about right - the blue band on the canopy even matches the rest of the tent, although there is a gap at the bottom corner that lets the wind in :(

The other trick I found with the front canopy was to use the king poles that were supplied for use with the side door. If you insert these in the guyrope holes (the ones at about eye level) and push them in the ground so they are at an angle - pointing towards the entrance, parallel to the canvas wall - then they provide good bracing to stop the wall flapping and reduce the strain on the front guy ropes.



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