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Tent Showcase: Eurohike Buckingham 8

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17 Reviews of the Buckingham 8        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Jennamarzena  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 22/07/2011

Great value for money for such a big tent, especially we got it for 100 pounds. First time we pitched it, took us just over half an hour in limited space of our garden and limited light as it was after sundown. Pitches fly sheet first so it's up and giving you shelter from the weather and lets you get on with the rest of the gear. 5 colour coded fibreglass poles insert in no time, I'd agree the groundsheet is on a fiddly side, but against a sewn in one it gives you flexibility when you need a cable or anything running into the tent. Bags and bags of space even with the tent 8 people full. The door access is excellent, 2 doors either side of the large living space in the middle, or the big one if you skip hanging up the biggest bedroom, however I really wish the side doors had a fine mesh layer apart from the solid fabric (some fresh air without the bugs). When it comes to withstanding the weather it did a brilliant job in several heavy downpours only time we had some water in the tent was when my husband shoved his fishing rods under the fly, the seriously strong wind wobbled us about a bit, but we were pith on top of a cliff near Dover (no damage though it stood up to the wind).All in all great tent with few little niggles but all camping has it's niggles
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By: Jubr75  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2011

Having owned this tent for over a year now, we have been fortunate to utilise it many times.

Down points of the tent: the ground sheet does not cover the whole area, although each pod has its own sewn in groundsheet; there is no fly sheet in the doorways so if you want to air the tent or let some fresh air in, you will also share it with bugs; the end door is blocked by the main pod, why??; when pitching can be fiddly in the wind as you need to work your way down the 'tube' to pitch and not peg and pitch like most others.

However, saying that, plus side: Nice and roomy with all pods erected, had plenty of room to have tables, chairs and storage boxes in the centre with space to move around; colour coded poles for erection; lots of storage pockets for bits and bobs; withstands heavy rain and strong winds; folded packed size is reasonable and not too heavy. This weekend we read these reviews and tried it with the main pod in the position of the small pods as there was only two of us, which we would recommend. It made the tent feel huge and when the rain came, all our friends also piled in to take cover!

Have read a few reviews where there are manufacturing problems, but I think these guys have just been really unlucky, when we got the tent there was no problem. Only now have we bent a ring keep on a peg but that was due to us being lazy and trying to pull the peg out of the ground using the ring!

Was thinking of using velcro to stick the ground sheet more firmly to the sides once erected, unless anyone else has tried anything better?

So, all in all, we love this tent and look forward to using it for quite a while now.
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By: Charlieburford  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2011

This tent was a joint birthday gift last year for mine and my husbands birthday as they knew we liked camping and we wanted to take our two young children. We looked around and settled on this tent as we wanted one that would last as the boys got bigger.

This is a great tent and I can't really fault it. The first time we pitched it we put all the bedrooms up and still managed to move around and fit a camping table, plus our four camping chairs in the middle section with ease. However as the boys are only 4 and 6 we decided to just put the two double units up which leaves us able to open the big door at the end if want to with more space than we need inside.

We have now used this tent 3 times - twice at the local scout campsite (only 3 nights each time) as my husband is a leader and on one of those occasions the tent withstood some very heavy rain without any leakage at all.

Recently we went further afield and we had another very heavy downpour and the tent survived. The only downside we have found is that the pegs that come with are not very good. They are fine for soft ground and non windy conditions, but whilst away we had one very windy night and found ourselves at 7.30pm in the evening trying to track down a camping shop to get some heavy duty pegs, we found one with 10 mins to spare and once these pegs were in the tent did not move at all and withstood the windy conditions through the night.

All in all this is a great tent and we will be using it for lots more holidays over the next few years.
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By: MattL  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 08/07/2012

Have used this tent 3 summers now after buying it from Millets for 100 ( best money I spent ) and cannot praise this tent enough especially after this years downpour of rain early July.It didn't leak at all & we had plenty of space to sit around in the tent due to rain.The only quibble is with the groundsheet that when wind and rain combine the water gets in.I would recommend this tent
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By: MickTw  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 13/07/2011

Tested it in the garden to make sure all was there and fitted compartments ready for holiday.

On holiday besides moving it a round to confirm the way and were we wanted it with in the pitch we found it easy to put up with three of us. Fitted the middle ground sheet but had to make sure we unclipped it by the door way (day time) or we some times tripped over it.

In all a good tent, easy to put and take down. The tent was in a sale in Millets from 179.99 and with trading in my old tent (20% off the sale price) it cost me 95 money well spent.
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By: Nandk2001  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 10/08/2010

This tent is BIG! Despite its size it is really easy to put up, first time out and it took the wife and I only 30mins to erect and peg out! We paid 118 for it so a real bargain not sure I'd pay the RRP of 399 though. The couple of niggles we have with it is the groundsheet could do with being fully sown in and a porch for the door area. But you can buy the porches cheap enough on ebay and the groundsheet does lip up and connect to the tent so no real prob!
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By: Waterwomble  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2010

I ended up with this only because my Gelert 6, which I have never been happy with, let me down in a storm in Dorset and the Buckingham 8 was the only family tent I could find at 5.30pm at night. Like other reviewers, the 1500 HH was concerning, I never go below 3000, but this tent has stood up to 2 very heavy down pours without problems. Yes the groundsheet is fidley, but I have found no other faults as yet. The large living area is a blessing, it is fantastically easy to erect and dismantle. Because I bought this in a rush, I was convinced that at the end of the holiday it would be going on freecycle, a fellow camper said to give it a chance, which on returning from another trip with heavy rain at times, it has proved itself to me as a reliable tent - unlike the gelert that leaked at the slightest opportunity. Eurohike wasnt a brand I'm familiar with but I will certainly take more notice now. The main bedroom is spacious - good for us campers 6ft plus and the 2 double bedrooms are equally as spacious. There are plenty of pockets sewn in for storage and a handy washing line pre-sewn in. For a tent that I paid 118 for, I have no complaints.
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By: Ben39  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 11/05/2011

The pictures I have uploaded are of the first pitch at a campsite and the test pitch in the garden but the weather was warm and no wind whatsoever.

I have since used it a couple of times in bad weather and found it to be absolutely fine, no leaks and has stayed nice and sturdy.

When adding the bedroom pods it can be set up as a 4 man with double the space or an 8 man.

I agree that the ground sheet is a bit of a pain but its big, I have modified mine with some velcro strips just to hold it in place a bit better.

Easy to put up (I can do it solo within 25mins) loads of space, Storage pockets galore, Lamp hook points in each bedroom, and at the price I paid 95 I think I am going to use this tent for a good while, my only niggle is the lack of flyscreens but then we'll keep the bedroom doors closed'
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By: KAM81  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2011

We used this tent for the first time this weekend in Whitby, in very windy and then very rainy weather and it was able to withstand both with no loose pegs or leaks.

We paid 118 last summer in a sale at Millets and for that money it was a bargain.

We are a family of 5 including 3 young boys aged 5, 3, and 2 and there was loads of room for us all and our belongings.

The 4 person bedroom pod should only be positioned at the front door end of the tent but we managed to make it fit at the other end by leaving a few toggles loose when we attached it to the fly. All 5 of us slept in that pod on 3 single airbeds. You would not be able to fit 4 singles in for 4 people, I would think it would have to be 2 doubles at best.

The groundsheet is not sewn in and it was a bit of a pain for us as we were constantly having to reposition it as it moved about a bit. I think it will just be trial and error with that for a bit while we get used to it and use it more. I'm looking for a suitable carpet which might help the problem.

I would definitely recommend the Buckingham 8 for large families or those that just want a bit more room. The only problem I can see with having such a big tent is being able to make last minute bookings with a 7 metre tent!
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By: FordyX  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2010

Bought this last week on the basis that we needed a larger tent (well not NEEDED, just a would like to have), anyway, saw it at 118 and thought for that price we can't go wrong. Not really tested in anger as Shell Island this weekend was near perfect conditions, no wind, no rain so consider this as a test review.

For a tunnel tent of its huge size, it was very easy to put up once I realised there was actually some colour coding on two of the pole sets. Think it might be a little difficult in windier conditions though.

The ground sheet is fiddly as as already stated within a previous review, but for this price can't complain. It fits and it does it's job.

Only 1500 rating so am a bit concerned about staying dry in the future, but for the price, I'll buy an extra towel.

We used it with all inner tents erected choosing to use the large one as a master bedroom - maybe not the best option we've had as with the extra space comes extra air to warm, and it did seem to get colder with the huge amount of space we had, but at least we could stand up inside without bouncing off the airbed, which was a nice luxury especially for the price.

One issue we did have was one of the straps that join the poles to tension them had actually come unstitched, quick problem to solve, but was slightly frustrating trying to work out the problem at 9pm on a Friday night, hey ho, it was only 118.

Another issue being that the guys use eyelets within the pole sleeves. Slightly annoying when removing the poles as the metal pole joint sleeves catch, causing the pole to split. This will become very annoying when trying to pack up in the wet or wind, so a modification will be required before our next outing

I keep coming back to it, if you want a big tent that you can stuff everything in and are not sure about investing heavily into the whole camping thing then go and buy this, realistically we'll only use it for a few trips a year as we also have a four man with the ultimate aim of buying something more 'hardy' for the future. This tent is ideal for families on a long weekend or guaranteed fine weather conditions.

Will update the review at end of August after the 2nd outing.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Eurohike Buckingham 8 family tent is a popular choice for first time and experienced campers alike - durable, reliable and versatile it's a classic tunnel-style family tent.
The bedrooms have a removable divider curtain for extra privacy, and sewn-in bathtub groundsheets to keep out creepy crawlies. The living area can be extended by taking out one bedroom, which then gives access to the large end door.
With good height throughout, adjustable curtains, and doors that can be turned into awnings, the Buckingham 8 is a comfortable place to relax and enjoy your camping holiday.
8 man family tent with standing room and 2 sleeping compartments - Ideal for families or large groups of friends.
Pitches in 15 minutes
Waterproof flysheets with taped seams - 3000mm hydrostatic head.
Double skin FIBREseal 3000 groundsheet material with taped seams - tough and durable for years of use.
Clip in groundsheet - covers the living area to protect against wet ground. Easy to put in or remove.
Breathable bedrooms with mesh doors and 'bathtub' groundsheets - for a condensation and insect-free sleep.
Large windows with roll-away curtains - curtains can be toggled at different heights to adjust privacy and light.
High and low level ventilation - for an improved air flow.
Fire retardant - tested to the European EN 5912 safety standard.
Storage pockets in the bedrooms and living area - provide tidy space for your essentials.
1x large end door and 2x side doors
Large windows - for extra light, with attached curtains for privacy.
Colour coded poles - 11mm firbreglass poles on door canopy and 12.7mm fibreglass poles in main tent.
2 x steel king poles for porch included - can be used to convert a door into a canopy (16mm in diameter).
Lantern hanging point and Velcro cable ties
Size: 700 x 300 x 205cm
Pack size: 66 x 35 x 31cm
Weight: 20.03kg

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