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Tent Extension Reviews: Hi Gear Zenobia Porch

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14 Reviews of the Zenobia Porch         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: EnidandSteve  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

We finally managed to secure a Zenobia porch earlier this year after buying a Gobi 4 at the end of last summer. We've now used the 2 together 4 times this year and its been an absolute boon to our camping using it as a kitchen. We've managed to work out how to fix it. Put up the poles nearest to your tent first, throw the ties over the tent and secure them loosely to the guy ropes, don't fix them down. Add the front pole and fix side guys, the front guys putting these on the same peg. Go back and adjust the back guys. I manage to get them over tent by moving front to back with them. Ensure pole nearest tent is just over the Gobi front pole and the side flaps cover the small Gobi side windows. No rain or wind comes in the side this way. The higher sides of the porch allow ventilation for cooking. We bought a small groundsheet and it works very well. We are thrilled with it and theres a photo of the 2 together on here too.
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By: Itfc  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Had this porch for a couple of years, does what it say on the can, its a porch not a bedroom, living room or kitchen. Can be put up with 1 person, put up properly and with a bit of forethought will keep things dry. Plenty big enough for the tent designed for. Has over the years stood up well to some pretty bad British summer time weather
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By: Harding1000  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I have owned the tent for 4 years but only purchased the porch recently as I found it very expensive in comparison.

I found it very difficult to assemble on my first attempt. It took me 1.5 hrs. As a female single parent I am able to assemble the tent very quickly however the porch was very difficult with no restrictions. The weight of the poles are very heavy and moving it into position is hard if doing this alone. I am not tall enough to put the flap over the top on the tent into position correctly. On the first night the porch flapped around. Day 2 a very kind tall camper pulled the flap over the tent correctly and adjusted the lines tighter.

The porch is not waterproof and there are not enough securing points on the porch to hold it in place firmly.

The sides of the porch blow in and the wind blows under the porch. I returned my porch as it had a small hole in. Getting the pole into the key was too tight and I think the tent would break.

I now have a replacement and I hope that assembly will be quicker and easier the next time.
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By: BCML  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Bought as an addition to our Zenobia tent for all the usual reasons: more space, shelter to sit, cook, etc.

The good points:

- Adds a fair amount of extra room & can comfortably hold our kitchen unit and the table & chairs and leave room between to get in / out the main tent easily

- Easy to put up

- Full size front door / removable front

- Bright inside with good sized windows (or nice & shady with the windows closed)

Bad points:

- Snug fit is hard to achieve although we've found positioning the elasticated sides alongside the main tent poles as the best fit (so that the porch is aligned over the main tent door and side window)

- Large gap around the bottom is nice on a hot day, not so when raining (will likely saw off a few inches from the poles to lower the porch to the ground)

- If it's sunny the porch heats up pretty quickly if the door is closed. One of the windows would have been better if partially meshed for ventilation when leaving the tent closed up for extended periods

Some negatives but overall we're pleased we bought this.
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By: Miss baritone  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Not impressed with this. We bought it to cook in and give us some extra room. It was great in that respect but I found the instructions difficult to follow. When up it didn't fit snuggly around the tent, there was a large gap on one side and the gap round the bottom was very large. We had to stretch the rubbers at the front to fasten the pegs down. On our 2nd night we had strong wind. Because the poles aren't flexible (like the tent)and the breezes were catching the tent, it was just too much and the front pole bent and snapped, making the porch useless for the rest of the holiday.
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By: Artinoil  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

This porch does not fit the tent as stated and shown in promotional videos. Rain running off the tent splashed inside the porch reducing the usable area. There was a gap all around the bottom of about 6 inches which again meant it was too cold for sitting in when the weather was bad and the tension straps between the support poles weren't adjustable and were a constant trip hazard especially for a small child. This was a good idea in theory but a poor product in reality. It actually took us longer to erect the porch than the tent because everything was too tight and it took 2 of us 15 minutes to stretch the doorway to fix the poles.
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By: Mckenzm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Just bought this zenobia extension for our Hi Gear Gobi 4 tent and it fits it a treat. A spacious extension to our tent and very pleased with the way it fits, as it was not made for the Gobi 4.You will need at least two people to put it up though.Great for extra space and storage and to stop the rain from coming into the tent its self as the door of the Gobi 4 slopes inwards when open,so if its been raining and the door is wet it all comes inside.The Zenobia extension will stop this from happening.A great idea and I'm pleased I bought it.
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By: Joandpaul111  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Bought this porch on deal with the tent to increase the living space. It certainly does that and provides extra room to keep cooking gear in and to bring the table and chairs in overnight!

However we are struggling to get a snug fit as many other reviewers have commented! One side lines up and fits quite snugly whilst leaving a gap on the other side. There is also a large gap at the bottom of the tent between the tent and the ground which makes it quite exposed! we also purchased an extra ground sheet to put down which stops the inside going muddy!

However despite the negatives we are pleased we bought it as it is a good addition to the tent and creates lots of space. We are hoping with a few more trys we can get it fitting better - will keep you posted!
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By: Dawnella  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Bought the porch to go on our Zenobia tent, had the tent a few years but with 5 of us the space inside was small, so got the porch to make more seating area and to have more space inside if it rained. We had a nightmare putting it up, had to adjust it many times as it just never looked like it fitted right,it never fitted snugly against the tent so rain came in the sides and it was windy when we fitted it and it nearly flew off, it took 3 adults to hold it down, its like a kite.

The space inside is good though, it did the job we wanted, we easily fitted our kitchen unit and table/chairs in too with space between. The windows are really good, large with covers for night times which we liked, and a large door.

Ive only given it 6/10 because of the poor fitting over the tent and on the floor, because when its over the tent it leaves a large gap under it for the wind to blow through, which rattles the top of the tent really badly in the wind, we actually thought the tent was going to fly away it was so bad and the howling noise it made kept us awake all night, it also broke a tent pole in the wind. We don't like the big gap around the bottom of the porch, wasps kept coming in and so did rain, I don't know why they didnt put a skirt around the bottom as the tent has got as this would have solved this problem, we pushed the poles into the ground but it was still a few inches off the floor, im going to velcro on a ground sheet next time so theres no gap around the bottom to hopefully solve this problem. If we ever camp in the wind again I wont be putting the porch on, its just a poor design and not worth the money we paid for it.
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By: Shallwe  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I bought one of these recently to fit a Gelert Horizon 6 as I couldn't get a Horizon model in a blue colour to match the tent.

It basically does everything it says on the tin. It isn't the easiest contraption to pitch but made a good fit to my Horizon 6. When it was up it was perfect on one side but out of skew on the other side. I had a few attempts to correct it without a result so gave up.

Overall it did the job and gave us a lot more room for storage and dare I say, cooking.
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Manufacturer's Description

Simple to set up in seconds, this Zenobia Tent Porch is the ideal addition to your camping kit.

Designed to attach just the right amount of living space to your Zenobia Tent, this porch provides room for games, storage, or relaxation.
Double guylines allow the porch to really stand firm, whilst the bright and visible design makes pitching even in dull and dark conditions quick and easy.

With an included flysheet as well as an impressive hydrostatic head of 2000, this Zenobia porch has everything you need to ensure your time away is as comfortable as possible.

Flysheet Hydrostatic Head (mm): 2000
Weight (kg): 10.25
Pack Size (cm): 59 x 20 x 20
Pitching Order: Outer First

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