Hi there. I am a 4'10" single mum of a 9 year old. Last year I bought a Vango Artemis 500 - it was an impulse buy!! There are loads of features I love about the tent HOWEVER it isn't that easy for me to pitch alone (or with assistance from the boy) AND we have just returned our 2nd Artemis due to leaking and faults.
If I can get my money back I will probably look at getting something else. So I am looking for recommendations. I like the layout and features of the Artemis and had the canopy as well. We could live with something a bit smaller though. I need something easy to pitch. I am wary of the Vango now given the issues we've had.
Thanks in advance :)
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If you can cope with something a bit smaller I would highly recommend the Gelert Atlantis 3 which I've recently bought.
I got mine on special offer with free footprint from Outdoor World Direct for about £90.
Easy to put up on my own and totally waterproof, inners are permanently attached. Plenty of room for me and the dog (large collie size).
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The Vango icarus 300 (not standing height though) or Icarus 400 (standing height) are both great tents and very easy to erect alone or with company. I'd would go for the 400 though to give you that bit more room.
Thanks folks. I will try and get a proper look at them all once the boy is in bed. We actually have a cheap 4 man dome style but I like the SIG and layout of the artemis. £90 sounds a proper bargain...
Going to chip in my tuppence here, Outwell Virginia 5, 3 pole tunnel tent and I can pitch it on my own in 20-30 mins (but I am getting quicker) one big living area and a big sleeping pod which can be seperated with a drop down sheet. You can pick them up for about £160 at the moment.
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Funnily enough the outwell is in my bookmarks as I liked the look of it too. I paid about £240 for tent and canopy plus 25 for footprint for Artemis. If I can spend less I'd be pleased tbh as we are skint :)
That Gelert Atlantis 3 also looks good and probably more suitable size for me and a 9 yr old. Sadly OWD are out of stock.
I need to see what vango are saying about the artemis before I buy anything anyway. They might just replace it rather than refund - and I doubt I'll get them to take back the canopy and footprint as well.
Hi halfpint, maybe look at a 4 metre bell tent also, or a pyrimid - perhaps a Hypercamp Escala - (it might suit you better because it will have one straight wall). I pitch both styles single-handedly very easily (approx 15 mins), while also keeping an eye on my 6 yr old boy, although he's now of an age where he's quite a help to me when pitching. Obelink do great pyrimids at very reasonable prices and are excellent quality. Good luck in your search.
The hypercamp one looks interesting. Like the wee porch bit. Still liking the gelert atlantis. I am still waiting to hear back from Vango and can't do anything until I know if I'm getting my money back. Sigh!
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Hey there. Just wanted to say thanks for all the suggestions. Craigdon finally got back to me and said they would refund the tent and canopy which were bought as a package. I've immediately gone on and ordered the Gelert Atlantis. It's a lot smaller than the vango we had but the vango was an impulse buy and really far too big for us. I can't wait for the Gelert to arrive so we can do a trial weekend in it (before the winter sets in here in Scotland). I think I will get the canopy for the extra space. Tent and canopy together are still £110 cheaper than the vango package. Result!