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1 Reviews of the Vergrote Zilvermeeuw
By: Norfolkinway Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2002 Rating:
We picked up one of these second hand from a Dutch website last Easter. More details about this later in the review.
After camping in windy Norfolk with 3 small children and getting fed up of worrying about our dome tent and whether it would stand up to the vagaries of typical British summer, I started to notice a few of these tents dotted around various campsites and saw that when virtually all other tents were being battered and smashed up and many families were being forced to leave, the De Waard tents seemed entirely unaffected.
I got talking to a couple of owners and had a chance to look around inside a couple of them. I was a convert almost immediately. The sturdiness of the tent comes from its aerodynamic design and its top quality cotton flysheets made from the same material that boat sails are made from. This combined with its strong internal steel frame make it totally solid in anything up to a force 10 gale.
The Zilvermeeuw that I bought in Holland has three bedrooms, all capable of sleeping two people, a completely sown in ground sheet making it completely waterproof and a living area big enough to sit a family of 5 around a table. The front of the tent is covered by quality heavy cotton door area with two separate windowed and meshed entrances that can be closed of to stop light or for privacy. We also have the additional awning that connects to the 'varioluffel' side panels that act as windbreaks. In very poor weather the awning and panels can be zipped together to make a completely securer wind barrier that will withstand the heaviest of rainstorms and allow you to enjoy stillness and calm inside the living area of the tent.
This tent screams quality everywhere. Internal design is top notch - from its clever drop down bedroom walls with a choice of colour schemes, to its fantastic adjustable ventilation system that makes it pleasant to rest in on hot days.
The tent is secured by a reassuringly large number of heavy steel tent pegs that help pull the tent out into its attractive aerodynamic shape.
This is a heavy tent and large too, and it takes a fair amount of care to look after it and pack it away effectively. It is not hard to put up and after a couple of attempts you should be able to get it up with another person in about 45 minutes. You will need a large car or a trailer to cart it with all the other paraphernalia typical for a 2 week plus family holiday but it is well worth it.
We spent 4 weeks in Norfolk in this tent this summer and were very happy – the poor summer weather was no longer a worry and the children loved the fact that all the other children wanted to come and hangout in our distinctive and comfortable tent.
Be prepared for lots of admiring glances and enquiries about the tent if you chose to buy one. A small cross to bear considering you will be the owner of one of the largest, most stylish and most secure tents on any campsite in the UK.
We bought this tent from a family in Holland who had kept it in immaculate condition. We found it on a website called www.Marktplaats.Nl There are lots of De Waard tents listed there – it’s a bit like eBay, but instead of bidding up from a low price you make offers close to the price the seller wants. We fired off a few emails to a few sellers (75% of Dutch people speak English) and had a favourable reply within 24 hours. A few emails later and I was off to Hook Of Holland on the overnight ferry and back home in London the next evening.
Full price for a new tent of this model with the accessories would be close to £2500 at today’s exchange rates. We got it for £900 plus 250 quid ferry/ diesel.
If you can see yourself spending a lot of time camping in the UK over the next few years and want a tent that will stay the course and never let you down, then a De Waard tent would be a very good choice.
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This tent sleeps as many as 6 persons. The width of the tent is four and half meters with big rooms for habitation. It offers a lot of headroom because of its two main masts.
The VERGROTE ZILVERMEEUW is really one of the most extensive of its kind.
With your family, this tent can grow by adding canopy, windbreaks or awning.
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