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Tent Reviews: Outwell Monterey 5

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
31.40 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
9.42/10 from 12 reviews

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12 Reviews of the Monterey 5        Showing 11 to 12          Page:   1   2  
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By: Zyggi10  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2011

Had to 'borrow' a friend's garden to erect my Monterey 5 for the first time, due to the size of the beast. My partner and I followed the Outwell instructions and found it very difficult. I am over 60, my partner not much younger and only 5ft 3 inches tall, so this probably added to our problems! As mentioned elsewhere it is almost impossible to gather up all 3 steel sections, hold them upright, and at the same time ring-and-pin them in sequence. Also, and again following Outwell instructions the fibreglass poles were at this time inserted into the sleeves, and we found ourselves constantly moving them out of the way. We feel it may be better to put these poles in at a later stage. I therefore strongly recommend finding an alternative method of erecting this tent. That said, it still took us less than an hour, and this included reading the instructions as we went, and a 5 minute 'breather' in the middle! However, once it was up we were very impressed. Even though we had not attached the clips, nor fully pegged it out it was as tight as a drum, and very spacious. We cannot wait to go on our holiday next month, such was our delight. It took us 30 minutes to take down, leaving the porch guys in place as we went. This worked a treat. The tent, though bulky, went into the bag easily. We have binned the provided plastic pegs as they were useless. Finally, but for the poor method of erection as provided by Outwell this tent merits, at least at first look, a 10 out of 10.
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By: MazLu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 08/07/2011

We purchased an Outwell Monterey 5 in June 2011 and used it in July. Our last tent was a 3 man tent and although ok for festivals was too small for serious camping and not much room to stand up in so we thought this time round we would go for a larger tent. The Monterey 5 is a fabulous size, I’m 5ft 7, my husband is 5ft 11 and there is plenty of head room, even in the bedrooms. The only downside to the tent is because of its’ size it has steel poles that can be heavy to carry and not as easy to put in place as the fibreglass poles.

I would strongly recommend you have a couple of goes at putting the tent up and taking it down before you set off camping, as the first time we put it up we watched the setting up video on the Outwell website and read and followed the instructions to the letter. If anyone had filmed us attempting to put the tent up we would have ended up on ‘You’ve been framed’ or even worse on YouTube. The video shows two strapping lads putting up the tent and after fitting the poles lifting up the poles and tent and bringing them together in concertina fashion, then while one holds the poles up the other pegs them in, then they pull the tent forward and repeat until reaching the front. All I can say is they must have been very strong, we found it impossible for two of us to put the Monterey 5 up in this fashion as it kept falling over, after 45 minutes we gave up and took it down. Two sets of the steel poles had managed to get twisted and we couldn’t separate them. We took the poles back to the supplier who showed us how to separate them by tapping them with another steel pole; he informed us that this often happens with the Outwell steel poles (indeed this did happen to us again on two more occasions and by tapping them together they easily separated). He then showed us an easier way to put the tent up on his own for displays. Following his instructions I thought I would have a go at putting the tent up on my own and was pleased that I could do it. Granted, it took me two hours to put the tent up and another hour to take it down but it is possible, by our 3rd attempt the two of us had the tent up in 40 minutes and down in 15.

To put the tent up as the supplier advised I pegged down all four corners, then fed through the red fibreglass pole (for the canopy) then the first set of steel poles, slotted the fibreglass pole into the attachment on the steel poles and slid the pins into the bottom of the poles. I then unravelled the three guylines from the front canopy and using the guylines pulled and lifted the canopy and the front poles up and into place. Then I pegged down the guylines and adjusted them until the steel poles were upright and in the correct position and attached the clips to the poles. Then fed through the next set of steel poles for the roof section, once in place I attached the side poles to the roof poles and put in place attaching to the pins and the clips, and repeated the process for the third set of poles. Then fed through the blue fibreglass poles at the back and put in place. It’s a bit fiddly because of the sheer size of the tent but if I can do it on my own (I am a 60 year old woman and although fit & healthy, not very strong) someone a lot younger and stronger can easily put this tent up; although I think one person would struggle to put it up in the wind and rain.

To take the tent down, do the above in reverse. Before folding it up, unzip the front door along the bottom to let the air out, fold and roll from the back pushing the air out as you go along.

We bought the side extension which gave added protection from the rain; however the part that goes over the roof of the tent was flapping in the wind, not sure if this is normal or perhaps we hadn’t secured it properly. It took the two of us another 30 minutes to put the side extension up.

Fastening all the Velcro wind stabilizers was a bit fiddly and even trickier taking them down in the rain, but they did ‘what it says on the tin’ and kept us nice and dry. We felt secure inside in the wind, but as I said earlier, the extension did flap about a bit on the roof.

This is a good sized family tent; the bedroom will easily take four single airbeds, two doubles or one double and three child size airbeds. However we liked the extra space we had with just the two of us. Plenty of room for your furniture and bits & pieces; we loved the extra storage pockets on the inner tent. The windows make it nice and bright, and with the side extension attached, we were able to keep the side door open as well as the front which kept the tent well ventilated and the rain out.

This is a fabulous tent, up to now we are pleased with it, but we have only used it the once – so watch this space. The only downside is that because of its sheer size it is difficult drying it out unless you have a large enough garden to put it up in. The tent was wet inside, due to being taken down during a heavy downpour, but soon dried out in about an hour after putting it up in the garden. We had made the mistake of leaving the inner tent inside with the result that it was wet when we got it home; however the inner tent was easy to dry out when placed strategically over the washing line with two clothes driers on either side.

The tent easily fits back into its bag, even when very wet, the poles are in their own separate bag. We just managed to pack the tent, poles, extension, footprint and carpet, along with all our camping equipment into our Corsa with the back seats down.
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Manufacturer's Description

An all-new three room tunnel tent capable of sleeping up to five people. There is a look of genuine innovation here thanks to the distinctive Monterey front canopy and its rain-safe qualities that give plenty of protection when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Pitching is flysheet first or as one, with a flysheet of Outtex 4000 with taped seams, inner in a breathable polyester and a double-coated polyethylne sealed-in groundsheet for the living area. Large windows with the latest toggle-up curtains add to the feel of spaciousness, while the Outwell wind stabilizer system ensures stability no matter what the weathers doing outside.

Technical Specifications:
- Sleeps: 5
- Rooms: 2 bedrooms, 1 living room
- Pitching way: flysheet first or as one
- Flysheet: Outtex 4000 (75D 100% polyester taffeta) with taped seams
- Floor: Double coated 100% polyethylene
- Inner tent: breathable 100% polyester
- Pack size: Tent: 34x70cm/ poles: 15 x 62cm
- Weight: Canvass: 17.5kg/ Poles: 13.9kg
- Poles: Steel poles 19.22mm, Duratec fibreglass 12.7mm

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