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Tent Reviews: Vango Venture 500

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7.88/10 from 68 reviews

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68 Reviews of the Venture 500         Showing 41 to 50          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7  

By: Yorkie123  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

Had this tent for 3 years now and it's been used 8 times, sleeping a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 kids under 8). It has been in some heavy rain and strong winds on occasions and has withstood it all. Not once have we got wet inside the tent in all the rain.

If your looking for a good family starter tent and your a small family like we were then you can't go wrong with this one. Now the kids are older and bigger they now want more space so now looking for a bigger tent, but the wife and I will still use this one for the two of us.

With 2 of us it normally takes 15-20mins to put up, and on your own about half hour.

The only problem we had was with the front porch pole wich shattered this year due to the front of the tent was facing into the wind(we had no wind when we arrived at the camp site) but it was soon repaired with electrical tape and is good as new.
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By: Mitchum44  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Brand new to camping and after a lot of research, we bought this tent and we are delighted with our choice,(there is only the two of us) cheap to buy 80.00 online, easy to pitch, good head height in the large bedroom area, decent living space (for 2), we bought the tent in August and have managed 5 weekends away in varying weather conditions including heavy rain, no problems so far, we have recently bought the large canopy for the additional room so that we can use it for longer breaks as well as weekends, I have knocked one star off due to the porch poles bending in the winds it has been exposed to, although it has stood up to some fairly strong gusts.
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By: Cardi  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Superb tent water proof, suits 2 adults for comfort camped for a week took heavy rain and strong wind in its stride as long as it is pegged using power pegs I find the yellow plastic pegs do the job. It is stable in all weather.
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By: Raf48  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I have just returned from my first trip using this tent.

The exact model is a Venture/Tamor 500, and must be the very latest version. In fact I can't find an image the same as my tent!

I am really responding to some previous comments, and assume that this is an up dated version, that addresses some of the old problems.(I hope)

Firstly mine has a finishing strip hiding where the inner tent fixings are. Secondly the poles only run through sleeves in the roof section, then there are three clips to each leg which are clipped on after the tent is errected. I actually chose my tent because of the pole thickness 13mm which appeared thicker than two other tents on show with the same type of design. Perhaps they have been up graded because of earlier wind problems.

I bought this tent as a smaller spare that we take on holiday in case the weather is forecast to rain on the last day or so. The idea being that we can use this smaller version and pack our big tent away dry, as there is no where to do this at home.

There was no wind, so don't yet know if this version will cope better than the older ones.

I have only given nine out of ten for the following two reasions.

There is an eyebrow pole over the front of the inner tent to hold a better curve. This is tensioned via a black webbing strap, which goes accross the inner tent doors bellow the door level. Only a couple of inches, but as the step into the inner is high, I found it to be a bit like hurdelling, (head down legs up)

This is easily remedied by a short length of cord with a hook each end. Once the tent is up, I just hooked it over the middle inner tent clip and lifted the strap about two inches and hooked it on. The strap is now just above door level.

The second thing, is lack of a forward facing window.

The are small windows either side of the front door, but I like to look forward, that's why I pitch the tent that way. (Always allowing for weather that is).

Instead of fitting two windows in the side panels, they could have fitted just one, and had a better out look.

All that said though I am very pleased with it and look forward to my next short camping trip when this will be my tent of choice to take.
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By: Drog  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

Second posting: Once again I have been let down by this tent. The wind this August, in the Forest of Dean, was fairly strong, but not gale force, and for the second time the pole in the front hoop has shredded, in spite of crossing guylines. With modification to the poles this would be a great tent.
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By: Bertie34  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Just got home from a 3 night break with my 3 kids(left hubby at home!). Its easy to pitch and has a large bedroom which was plenty big enough for 4 with space at the end for your bags and junk! I presume that space is for the 5th person and if you like it very cosy then you could squeeze in! The living area managed to accommodate 4 people but there isnt room for cooking etc.(we have a large vango sun canopy that fits to the front for extra space and adds ample space for sitting etc if needed (a real bargain from ebay at 27!)The dividing curtain can be easily taken out and the kids enjoyed us all piled in together.

We had lots of heavy rain and not a single drip so its waterproof. The bedroom was very warm despite its height and having an alternative door is a great idea if its getting muddy around your pitch. Not encountered strong winds but it was gusty and didnt move.

My only gripe is that the slope at the front makes getting in and out in the rain tricky if no canopy is in place.

I loved this tent and cant wait to use it again. It packs away into a holdall sized bag and leaves loads of space in the boot so is ideal for dashing off for a few days .But the family tent will still be used for longer stays!.
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By: Hairywol  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Borrowed this tent from friends for a weekend - didn't need the size of our own Vermont.

Biggest plus is that it's big enough to stand up in - great for getting dressed - for little more than a 3 or 4 man bivvy tent.

The tent pitches outer first (for which we were thankful), but then a really useful full-size inner hangs from toggles, including a bathtub groundsheet for the porch area. The outer is pitched very quickly using only three flexible poles, but pegging the guys needs to be done carefully if maximum rigidity is to be achieved. The poles in my view could be thicker and more robust.

The bedroom area divides into two using a detachable nylon partition, but the whole space is very useful. As with nearly all tents, it would be very tight for the advertised five inhabitants, but two or three is fine.

Thr porch area is a useful size with two entrances, the easiest to use of which is the side door, again comfortable for a couple.

We had wind, which the tent withstood adequately (poles did flex quite a lot) rather than splendidly, and hammering rain which it withstood splendidly (nary a drop penetrated any seam). The next morning we did have some sunshine and the Venture was first to dry out - handy for avoiding the tent-over-the-bannister scenario.

I liked the tent for its ease of use and space-for-money; the only reason it lost three stars were the too-bendy poles.
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By: CarerQuie  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

I have just returned from a 4 night break with 3 children in this tent.

It wasn't a brand new one; I bought it secondhand because I knew it was a good make.

It bowed alarmingly in Wednesday's storm but the only damage was two torn guy ropes.They were easily replaced.

I was very impressed that it withstood the prevailing conditions because my friend's (new) tent was utterly destroyed;poles snapping and splintering.

I am going to keep this tent as a back up because it would be useful if 3 of us were going camping.

I found the 5 person suggestion to be rather optimistic and the living area wouldn't have accommodated 5.

All in all a very good tent for a small group.
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By: Katelilyb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We used this tent for a family weekend away in the sun and it was perfect, but when we took it away during a very windy week it was a disaster. It stood up to the rain reasonably well with just a few leaks - but it is not sufficiently sturdy to cope with strong winds. The front kept collapsing in the wind, and then the pole shattered in three places. Ended up having to come home early.

Would not recommend for anything other than short stays in pleasant weather.
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By: Jules N Rob  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

This has been a great tent. Used for at least 6 camping trips including a two week holiday last year.

We only got a new tent as our Labrador needs more space then this tent can offer.

The only reason it didn't get a 10 was because of the problems we had when it was windy.

On one occasion, We had to swap bedrooms with our nephew who was 7 in the middle of the night as the wind was blowing the back right corner right into the tent. It wasn't blowing a gale, just a few gusts which woke him up every time.(as he was getting hit by the wall of the tent)

We have used it many times since then and it has never leaked or had any lasting damage. We have tried making the guy lines extra tight and changing there position in the ground but if its windy, this tent just does not react well.

We attached a vango large canopy to it this summer and it worked really well, but can't be used in even the slightest wind with this tent as it isn't strong enough to hold it so be became a bit of a nightmare having to collapse the canopy every time we wanted to go out!

We also took a point off as I fail to see how you would fit 5 people in it, though we never tried. A smaller than double ready bed and 2 small kids ready beds fit but all were touching. You could not of squeezed anyone else into it!

We don't plan to get rid of our venture 500, it will be kept on stand by 'just in case'!

I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has more than 1 child or anyone with a large dog, when the weather is bad, we had to lock our poor dog in the boot of the car as we simply couldn't fit him in the porch area with us and a child. He would of had far to much fun with the air beds if we had let him in the bedrooms. Labrador puppies like to chew :-)
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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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