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Subject Topic: Royal Bordeaux 6XL ZG Post Reply Post New Topic
02/5/2016 at 8:34am
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Hello all, we have just purchased the above tent and put it up for the first time yesterday to work out how best to tackle it. First time we have put up a tunnel tent so downloaded the instructions from the net. It took us two hours with some questioning as to whether we were doing it best way? If anyone owns this tent or has had one in the past can anyone advise on any tips or best practice to get the tent up any quicker. I see on here someone managed it in 40 mins so perhaps there is an easier way? Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!


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04/5/2016 at 12:46pm
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Hello Ian,
We have had ours for approx 5 years. Initially it took us over an hour to pitch as the instructions were confusing. After some practice and patience we have now got this down to 45 minutes. It needs two relatively tall persons to erect. My wife is just over 5 foot and struggles but fortunately my son is nearing six foot same as myself and we have got this to a fine art. I am not syre if there are any tricks of the trade to help, but practice and experience pays off. I am considering filming a video. It is emntertaining.
Steve.


04/5/2016 at 1:15pm
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Different tent, but far too similar to ignore...

Follow this Video to the letter, and you won't go far wrong.

I managed (on my own) to erect the polycotton version of the tent in the vid (so same design but much heavier) by following that video. Obviously easier and quicker with two, but it can be done solo!


Gary Cross (it's his video) is our very own Forum Guru, and as he pitches tent's for a living (as well as sitting behind his counter counting his money), I'm sure you can appreciate he needs to pitch them fast, fast, fast... so he can sell them faster, faster, faster!
He does not mess about!



As a bonus, I'll also link you to this Video as it may well come in handy for some.


... Don't forget to bow when the video finishes, Gary's like royalty around these parts!



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04/5/2016 at 1:35pm
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... For the record, following that pitching video (and bearing in mind ours was the heavier polycotton) my first practice pitch, alone, took a good 2.5 hours, fully pitched, fully guyed, and bedrooms + roof liner installed.

After 2 or 3 pitches, between me and my missus, including a footprint sheet, I reckon we had it stood up, with bedrooms and roof liner, in a good 20/25 mins. Muckerette would then make a start with carpets and beds etc while I spent another 20-30 mins ambling around pegging and guying properly.
So realistically, with both concentrating on fully pitching and guying the tent, maybe 40 mins?

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05/5/2016 at 5:47am
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Thanks very much for your help, this looks to be a much easier way to pitch up so we are going to try a practice run using this method before we head off at the end of the month. The video was very helpful so thanks again.


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05/5/2016 at 11:49am
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The trick is to get those 4 corner pegs right. Too tight (Too far apart) and you may struggle to stand the pole up. Too loose (too close together) and the pole will stand up but may fall over again!

Personally, until you get the knack, I would say set the base nice and tight (ish), and if there seems to be any straining (fly sheet/pole sleeves) when you put the first pole in, stop there, and just release the (2No) rearmost pegs, bring them in a bit, and re-peg, then go back to standing that first pole up, and getting the ring & pins in.

Either way, once all poles are in and upright, you can adjust the pegs accordingly to get that nice tight rectangular base.

It really is simpler to do it, than it is to explain it in writing!

Best o' luck!


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From July 2012: 23 nights


14/5/2016 at 5:41pm
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Hi, having watched the video we went for another test run and this new way works a treat. What took us well over an hour last time was achieved in 30 mins! Very pleased and so much easier than the instructions. Thanks all for your help, we are now ready to pitch up in a couple of weeks so hope we get some sunshine.


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15/5/2016 at 7:56pm
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2024: Late start... bear with us!
2023: 47 nights
2022: 40 nights
2021: 30 nights
2020: Just 24 nights
2019: A personal best 50 nights
2018: Just the 30 nights
2017: 34 nights
2016: 32 nights
2015: 38 nights
2014: 34 nights
2013: 36 nights
From July 2012: 23 nights


15/5/2016 at 8:11pm
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