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Tent Reviews: Vango Venture 500

Tent and Awning Reviews Index  >  Vango  >  Venture 500 Reviews

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Discontinued
5  (more 5 berth tents)
11.25 KG
£125.00
2
Bathtub
Fly first
Average User Rating:
7.88/10 from 68 reviews

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68 Reviews of the Venture 500        Showing 31 to 40          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7  
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By: Jimbob868  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2003   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2009

My wife and I bought our venture 500 back in 2003 to go to the V festival, we have had a great time using it all the time it was just us two, easy to pitch, easy to pack up, not big enough now as we have two small children, but brilliant value for 2 adults. Id recommend one.
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By: Nicky Hatherell  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2009

We bought this second-hand - good old EBay, so not sure exact year of manufacture.

We love this tent!

As some reviews have already mentioned it's not quite perfect for windy places; we've found that out for ourselves, but for normal weather conditions (although, what is normal in this country?) it's great. My husband is 6' tall and it's ideal for him - he can stand up easily. A good size for the 2 of us and our kit.
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By: Squipper99  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2009

Bought this tent in a sale for £75 from GoOutdoors in Sheffield, and what an investment. Had a vis-vis tent before and had limited space available in bad weather. With the vango we can sit inside when its raining or at night.

We love this tent its not too big and is so easy to put up( took us 12 minutes last time). The bath floor area means very little water gets in even in torrential downpours. With the 2 entries if the wind changes you don't need to move the tent just use the other entrance. We did buy some washing line poles to make a canopy at front , it was ok but collected too much water. We now have a small sun canopy extension and what a difference that makes. Ideal for a sheltered cooking area.

Overall this tent is waterproof , wind proof, easy to put up , tons of bedroom space for three of us and now with the canopy we have good cooking space as well.

As far as I am concerned this was the bargain of the century for us.
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By: MoanyMoany  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 06/06/2009

Not quite sure when our tent was made, picked it up in a Millets sale for £60 a few weeks ago. We have a trailer tent so this was our first time in a normal tent.

Just the two of us, there was plenty of room, we used a low double airbed but could get away with one of the higher ones. Both doors proved useful and the riser groundsheet kept the wet and wind out at the front. The mesh on the bedroom compartment was useful to get the warmth or breeze in but keep any bugs out.

Overall for our first tent we were very pleased with performance, one warm night, one cool night and one rainy night all passed with relative calm and comfort wrapped up inside the bedroom.
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By: Thellanwnog4  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating:   Date: 13/05/2009

Got the tent from freecycle, I believe it is a 2003/2004 model. Went off for a week recently first camping trip, 2 adults and 2 children. Wouldn't call it a 5 berth as just about managed to squeeze 1 double and 2 single airbeds into the bedroom area. Also have the large canopy which wouldn't be without as the tent just not big enough to store everything in.

Held up well to hail storm and rain. We had some rain coming in but that was only where the side door is, the canopy had raised the zip flap so the water got through. As soon as flap pushed back down again, no more drips.

Did take spare poles for tent and canopy but not needed as poles held up well.

Good family tent, well made. Recommend it but only with canopy if you are a family.
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By: Scotditch  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2009

Have used this tent for weekends as well as for family holidays of up to a fortnight.

Good for up to a family of four, though if seriously windy it's full height will cause it to blow about a bit.

Now four years old, it's still going strong, though starting to lose a bit of it waterproofing and in windy conditions, pitch with extra guys to help stability.
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By: Darthtrainer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 17/04/2009

We bought this tent late last Spring and have so far done a couple of long weekends in it. As camping novices we were impressed with how easy and quick it is to pitch this tent, it took two of us about 30 minutes. It stands up very well to wet weather but ice and snow are a little more challenging for it as the build of condensation gets a bit ‘drippy’ in the tent however the benefit of the bathtub groundsheet in the porch area was plain to see.

I agree with other comments that it doesn't stand up to strong winds well. We have had to replace two sections of two different poles. Malhams wind flattened the tent completely. However if you pitch in sheltered areas you should never have a problem.

In terms of space it is perfect for 2 adults, especially as you can stand up in the bedroom. I could see being able to squeeze 4 adults into the bedroom but not in the living/porch area, I would say 3 adults maximum.

Overall we love this tent and won't be replacing it until this one either gives up in a few years time, or we need more space.
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By: Two_in_a_tent  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 13/04/2009

We have owned 2 of this model of tent. The first one, which we had pitched perhaps 6 times previously, suffered during extremely high winds at a coastal site in 2006 - We had to pitch windbreaks either side of the pitch in order to provide shelter whilst pitching the tent or we literally couldn't get it to stay upright. We think the fact that we had so much difficulty pitching might have resulted in a slightly contorted structure which may have contributed to the shattered porch pole - the porch end of the tent was being repeatedly flattened by the wind during the night. The strain put on the tent also tore a couple of rivets out of the porch groundsheet. It's worth mentioning that the winds also snapped 2 of the metal windbreak poles, so it really was quite violent!

I sent the tent off to the Vango repair centre, and 4 weeks later we received a brand new tent as a replacement. Can't ask fairer than that I suppose. And the newer version seems to have better reinforced rivets which we have had no problems with.

We usually use this tent for short breaks in good weather, as it is easy to pitch (usually!) and has ample space for 2 and a dog to sleep in the inner tent, with plenty of room in the porch for a couple of chairs and a few boxes of kit. It stands up well to rain, we have never had a leak, although condensation does cause a problem in warm weather, producing wet patches and drips.
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By: Loopyli  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 14/02/2009

This is a fantastic tent for the money - see pics I have posted. We were new to camping when we got it in 2007 and it's great. We are a family of 4, now 5 with young kids and I loved that fact that we could all sleep together, 2 double airbeds fit in the space perfectly. It takes about 15 mins to put up and we have never had any probs with it. Bit small now as they grow older but great for weekends.
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By: WitchEcho  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 19/01/2009

We bought this tent late last summer and have so far done a couple of long weekends in it. As camping novices we were impressed with how easy and quick it is to pitch this tent, it took two of us about 30 minutes (though we had received over the phone pointers from our experienced brother-in-law!). It stands up very well to wet weather, we had two very wet spells over the two weekends, no leaks at all, the benefit of the bathtub groundsheet in the porch area was plain to see.

I agree with other comments that it doesn't stand up to strong winds well. We will have to replace two sections of two different poles before we go camping again in April. Anglesey's wind flattened the front of the tent completely on our last trip. However if you pitch in sheltered areas you should never have a problem.

In terms of space it is perfect for 2 adults, especially as you can stand up in the bedroom. I could see being able to squeeze 4 adults into the bedroom but not in the living/porch area, I would say 3 adults maximum.

Overall we love this tent and won't be replacing it until this one either gives up in a few years time, or we need more space.
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Manufacturer's Description

This is a classic small family dome tent with and extended porch area that forms the main living space. The Vango Venture 500 also features excellent head height throughout, a large front panel door and a side 'J' door for in/out flexibility. The PE groundsheet (5000mm hydrostatic head) is completely detachable for ease of cleaning however, when in place inside the tents, the 'riser' trim of the groundsheet will ensure that it will exclude the worst of the elements.

The bedroom, although advertised as a 5-berth will more comfortably sleep four - and there is a divider curtain down the centre for of the bedrooms for privacy. Other features include, two 'Crystal Clear' windows with internal covers, multiple vents, a Protex 3000 durable polyester flysheet (3000mm hydrostatic head), taped seams, colour coded poles and continuous pole sleeves, flysheet first pitching, breathable polyester inner with mesh vents, Powerflex poles, storage pockets, lantern hanging point, carry bag, repair kit. Flame retardant throughout.


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