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Tent Reviews: Outwell Nebraska XL

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56.50 KG

Fully Sewn-in
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31 Reviews of the Nebraska XL        Showing 21 to 30          Page:   1   2   3   4  

By: Haltedmass  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

Our family is 2 adults and three kids (7/4/4). We managed to buy our 2006 Nebraska for £150 from ebay in July so an absolute bargain and as I saw it only a 50% chance of it being a 'leaky', the seller assured me it didn't leak in the few times they used it (but for that price and the purchase of a bottle of fabsil and some seam sealer we took the risk).

PITCHING:Calm days- Good, Windy days- Bad

Holiday in North Devon August, the trial pitches on lovely sunny days at home didn't prepare us for the Devon weather of heavy rain and very strong winds. This tent is simple to erect with two people on a calm day (45-50 minutes fully pegged) I would however say virtually impossible for one person alone because of the living section pole setup (one person in the tent to hold up the roof supports, one outside to slot in the side poles).

In the heavy winds and rain of Devon(25-30 mph) with two fully able adults it took us over 2 1/4 hours to get the tent pitched. Because of the 'T' shape of the tent there is no 'best way into the wind', (further restricted by its 7.5 metre length versus pitch shape). Poles are very heavy but this is expected, it is a car-to-pitch tent, not a light tourer.

ONCE PITCHED:Space matters, Nebraska has space

Fantastic once pitched, the 3.10 x 2.45 metre porch makes a great kitchen in foul weather and leaves the huge living space for exactly that, at one stage we had 4 adults and 5 kids with no trouble, being able to zip down one of the bedroom pods or take out two if we wanted would have made more than enough space if needed (above the 3.10 x 2.80 m space provided). It is the diversity of the space arrangements that impresses.

We will use one of the zippable pods as a camping loo for the kids next time. Claustrophobia in this tent is virtually impossible although it lacks the all round windows of other models, open the porch curtains and leave the main door open.

Bedroom space was brilliant with the wife and three kids at one end, baggage and me at the other. With the right combination of beds you could easily get 5 at each end if necessary.

Space is that good in this tent that I would happily have the In-laws with us when we go away next.


4.5 out of 6 days it rained - 40-45mph winds at halfway point, times of clenched knuckles and buttocks, our 2006 Nebraska stood up to the elements, a little condensation, even a couple of minor leaks (seam sealer solved that)water still pooled on the groundsheet to the depth of 1 cm in a couple of spots. I figured out that the 2006 model has quite a porous breathable groundsheet, the water isn't coming from above, it's coming from underneath because the separate groundsheet I used to keep my SIG clean pooled water as it stood proud of the flysheet-my fault, not the tent.

So for all you happy campers looking to buy a second hand Nebraska, there may be a couple of tiny leaks here and there - it IS 2 years old it's well worth a couple of hundred quids investment.

OH, and it folded back into the bag first go every time, the way the video shows.
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By: Stephenx  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Great tent. 8 man - but is just right for a family of 4.

Stories about leaking must be a bad batch because I bought mine in 2007 and it is ok.

Very sturdy, good headroom. Front door does let in water in the wet due to its sloping nature - canopy would make it much more convenient. Also it is v heavy and a bit tricky to pitch.

Would recommend it.
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By: Danfish  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

First tent we've had. It's a gem. The living space is more than ample for 2 adults and 2 toddlers (on a couple of wet nights we had 6 adults, a table and 6 chairs accommodated very comfortably). We had a couple of minor leaks, but a quick squirt of seem sealant solved that on the next dry day.

Just stayed in it for 2 weeks, and it was very comfortable. All the kitchen gear and a 4 seater table & benches in the porch area, which left the main living space uncluttered, and usable as a proper living room when it really rained.

The bed pods are comfortable, and at 6ft 3' I can stand up without my head touching the top, which is a bonus. We only used 3 pods for sleeping, and the 4th was a big wardrobe.

Plenty of storage pockets dotted about the main living space and in the pods, so most of the smaller clutter can be contained.

A solid tent when erect. Strong winds had fellow campers looking worried, yet we hardly had any movement when others took damage. The weight of the poles and tent does have its advantages.

All this space means that you do need a decent sized pitch to erect on, but a bit of shuffling around means you can get onto most pitches.

Am considering the extra awning for next year to allow a bit more comfort in the wet - but other than that, look no further for a tent. This one will suit most people's needs.
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By: Ness66  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I bought this tent after doing lots of research and watching several different makes and styles being erected whilst on previous camping outings. I chose it as it pitches all in one go and you can stand up in all areas of the tent.

I am a single mum with 3 children (13, 12 and 9) and find it suits our needs perfectly! Its really quick and simple to erect (normally about 45 mins)and has tons of space. Like the other reviewers, we keep all our kitchen equipment and shoes etc in the porch which leaves a huge area for 'living in'.

We camped over May bank holiday this year and had nonstop heavy rain for two days but had no problems whatsoever with leaks.

Yes, the poles are very heavy (no problems with rusting or distorting) and the first time we went to put the tent away caused much hilarity but watch the video on the outwell website which shows you how to erect and take down/pack away the tent; we have no problems now.

I intend buying the canopy this year as the porch area does get very wet if you are constantly opening the front door when camping in the rain.

Overall, if you are looking for a spacious tent that is versatile and easy to erect, you really couldn't go wrong buying this.
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By: Sandy Wilson  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

In a word, great. Agree with most of the comments previously, except the one by janners hat. Perhaps. As per Sullivan 2007 it was condensation and not leaks (use the vents) that's what they are there for.

There is only myself and my wife and The space is incredible we to use a bedroom as a wardrobe and one for the things you would normally have lying about. That leaves another 2 bedrooms - so now have on suite facilities.

We did do away with the bathtub groundsheet and got an off cut breathable groundsheet from local caravan shop.

We use the porch for cooking and have a picnic table in there as well (there is just so much room).

We went a stage further and also bought a canopy this year, so if the weather is not brilliant you can still have your BBQ without getting wet.

Getting the tent to fit into the bag did present a problem at first but it became easier each time and now it goes away first time.

This is a tent that I would recommend (and we have had a few over the years).
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By: Chutnomangy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I have used my Nebraska xl many time since buying it in 2007 including using it down in Cornwall in may 07. We had the worst weather I've ever camped in and many lesser tents were destroyed but ours withstood the gales. Very spacious, easy to put up and down but takes 2 people and a lot of shoving to get it back in the bag.
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By: Doe42  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

We bought our Nebraska XL following the Aug 96 Bank Hol torrential rains, used it in Oct 06 and 8 times since. Very spacious inside, able to stand upright in bedrooms & living area and its very sturdy. We find it easy to put up, normally takes around 45mins - 1hour. Getting it back in the bag is the tricky part - you have to keep rolling and unrolling to get all the air out and we find it easier to pack in bag when we are home. We have bought the carpet (comfy and keeps the rustling noise down), canopy (Outwell Montana 6 - this is brilliant for stopping rain coming in kitchen area when door opened up). The kitchen area is wide enough to have all your kitchen equipment one side and picnic table on the other. The only downside is there are a few campsites that arent able to accomodate such a large tent on their pitches with EHU - we just go on holiday to the ones that do and there are plenty of them.
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By: Melandrew  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We bought this tent last year. We used it in Brean Sands May Bank Holiday (the worst camping weather ever!) and it withstood all of the gales. We had a few very minor leaks. The layout of this tent is great. Lots of room.
The only downside we can see of this tent is the weight of the tent and the poles. The poles are very heavy and altogether the tent and the poles weight about 65 kg. We had to buy a trailer !
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By: Janners Hat  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

We bought this tent in 2006 as we loved the style and design. The vis a vis layout with the large internal living space plus large porch were the perfect layout for our needs. The tent is light and airy with numerous interesting features such as the skylights, storage pockets and cable access points.

Unfortunately, our 2006 model leaked after only 2 outings. The replacement 2007 model leaked in the same places on the first trip and our confidence in the tent evaporated. I found the tent cumbersome and difficult to erect plus packing the tent in the wheelie bag became a joke. The metal poles were prone to distort and rust very easily. I would also check on the weight of the tent before you purchase - the poles are incredibly heavy and the flysheet bag is quite large.

Overall - a good design with some great features let down by poor quality, price and weight.
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By: Kraigy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

The Outwell Nebraska XL tent for me is everything that I imagine in a tent with plenty of space in the porch to put all the cooking things without loosing space in the main living part. We ave 2 large folding chairs and a table and there is still more than enough space to get round. The bedrooms are so versatile that you can change them to whatever your camping needs are at the time. We use one of the bedrooms as a wardrobe and one of the others as a place to put all the thing that you don't want on show. The tent is very simple to put up and folds away easily. The best thing we did was to buy this tent
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Manufacturer's Description

The manufacturer has advised that this model has been discontinued.

The Nebraska XL has 31 m2 of internal space and comfortably sleeps up to 8 people. This fantastic family tent has 4 versatile 2-berth bedrooms, a fully enclosed living area and a large porch area that is big enough to sit, eat and relax in if needed. Featuring organiser pockets, cable entry point, fully opening rear door with Vent-View window, black “no-see-um-mesh” throughout, “bathtub” porch groundsheet, half-way opening inner door with zip opening ventilation panels and breathable inner tents. The large windows with curtains allow plenty of light into the tent through the side and the roof, which with the internal living space available makes a truly luxurious tent that feels like home.

Detachable “bathtub” groundsheet for entrance
Mud valance on porch area
Pre-attached inner tents
Adjustable inner tents
Organiser pockets
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Rear door
Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection
Reinforcement patch on all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guy ropes
Luminous guy ropes
Heavy duty Outwell zips
Outwell doormat included
Repair kit included

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