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Tent Reviews: Khyam Cleveland 6

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
41.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.43/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Cleveland 6

By: Traceyalice  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We bought this after wandering around at a tent specialist place where loads are pitched. At the last minute we spotted this one which was pretty much exactly how I'd designed the tent that I wanted in my head!

It is a large living area with three bedrooms all lined up at the back side by side. We wanted a tent with a large enough living area to 'live in' when the weather is poor, and this is great. You can stand up throughout the tent.

It has a larder tent protrusion at the side that initially we used to store things, but now we use for our camping toilet.

We have not found it terribly easy to put up, and in fact one of our poles broke, but we gather that the latest version of this tent has thicker poles. You definitely need two people, and quite a bit of strength to get the first poles upright and secured. But once that is done it gets easier. Probably about 45 minutes from start to finish, with two people, including putting up the inner layers.

We are pleased with this tent, and it has had no leaks or anything like that, even in stormy weather. We think it will last us for some years.
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By: Leeandkasia  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

This is our second year with the Khyam Cleveland 6. (Not sure if year of manufacture is right though). It was a bit tricky to put up at first because of the size and I had never been camping before. But now it is a lot easier. It is possible to put this tent up with 2 adults but we have kids to help with holding poles while we put pegs in. The review by Mrneillees was very useful for our first attempt. It can take us up to an hour to put the tent up and all guy ropes, depending on the weather. It goes up a lot quicker in the rain!

We have used the tent in thunderstorms and rain and has held up well to the both. No broken ropes or leaks. Also lots of doors to vent air in when it is warm and sunny. Very sturdy tent.

The room inside is split into living and sleeping. Our bedroom pod is split into 3 rooms with dividing sheets. The rooms are not separate but the sheets do provide a bit of privacy. All bedroom sections have their own doors with flyscreen. The living area is ample for 2 adults and 2 kids (9 and 10). We have 2 low cupboards underneath the front windows and still have room in the tent for 4 chairs and a table with room to spare. The separate porch we use to store the cooker and kitchen equipment. My only issue with the tent is that there are no storage pockets. We will look into adding our own this year.

We have bought an extra ground sheet for the porch and underneath the canpoy to keep the tent a little cleaner on wet days.

The tent comes down really easy. We keep the bedroom pod attached to the tent to pack away. It is possible to get the tent and bedroom pod into the same bag if you fold small sections about a foot wide and then lay flat on each section to get all the air out. It does look a bit funny but it works.

I love this tent. It took us weeks to choose but I think we have chose right for us.
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By: Ed the duck  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Bought this tent last summer and used on 3 camping trips now. Tent has withstood wind and rain well and has not leaked. However we have never managed to get the tent to site properly on the ground at the front and I have ended up digging small holes for the front poles.

The pole for the porch also snapped on second use and needs to be replaced.
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By: Itsrainagain  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We have owned this tent for one complete year now and found it fairly easy to erect for such a large tent I purchased this tent because the moment I saw it it reminded me of a smaller version of a 8 man continental we used to go camping in as kids.

The tent is very well made and has with stood gale force winds , heavy rain and occasional sunshine. We've never encountered any leaks or poor condensation issues.

The room inside the tent is fantastic almost evenly split between living area and sleeping however I think 6 man is a tad optimistic, there is just the two of us and one dog so second bedroom used as wardrobe and larder and the side porch as a wetroom / loo.

I would have quite happily given the tent 10/10 if it had more storage pockets, such a small but annoying thing this was easily rectified by Mr Niellies with a blue shower organiser from the pound ish shop.

O if you want a dam good strong family tent with lots if windows and plenty of room I would strongly recommend one of these.
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By: Mrneillees  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Weather update to review (as promised)

Just back from 8-day trip to coastal site in NW. Last 24 hours were hell! Non-stop rain and winds gusting up to 30 mph. Very few drips, couple in porch but not in main tent. And even though the tent flapped like crazy in the wind (which was scarily strong at times), it didn't budge and only suffered two snapped guys (were using Deltas which don't move either). Now feel very safe in this tent as our neighbours' metal-poled tent collapsed before our eyes! (Won't name brand but was very shocked!)
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By: Frisbeepaul  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We bought this tent, as we felt our Gelert Tunnel tent took too long to put up. The Khyam website states a pitching time of 25 mins. Now, I am not saying that 25minutes isn't achievable, but I do think they are only taking into consideration how long it takes to get the tent 'up' and not the time taken to peg out all the guy lines.

Because the cleveland doesn't have any side support poles, you do have to make sure all of the lines are pegged down on the front and back (soemthing we never had to worry about with the Gelert)

We found it very easy to erect with its fibre glass/steel pole combination, and pegging the poles into the retaining pins was very easy. You might need the help of others if it is windy when you pitch - as the tent is very tall, and catches the wind very easily.

It has a 5000mm hydro head - and the quality of the fabric shows. It has really chunky zips - with the fabric 'sealing' them in, to stop any weather getting in. The sewn in groundsheet drops down on the front, so you do not to have to 'step' over the sheet to get into the tent.

The bedroom pods will take either a double airbed, or 2 sleeping mats, but they are not wide enough to accomodate 2 single airbeds. This was not a problem for us, and you can unzip a divider in the middle bedroom - converting it into a large bedroom, with space for all your clothes etc.

The living space is large enough for 8 people to sit inside on a rainy day, with lots of windows, so you can see when the rain clears up. With 3 doorways, there is no problem with the tent becoming stuffy.

Just a couple of points to consider - other tents now seem to come with storage pockets as standard, and this has none - with none available as an optional extra. And the sun porch could do with having detachable sides.

These are just 2 very minor niggles - but for this amount of money, you can buy cheaper tents with these as standard.

Overall we are very pleased with this tent, and I am sure it will last for many years worth of camping trips!
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By: Mrneillees  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Bought this for it's metal poles as I wanted to replace a fibreglass tunnel which hadn't stood up well in high winds.

Initially I was disappointed that the living area wasn't a little larger, 2.4 x 4m, but the huge head height and steep-sided walls with plenty of windows soon made me change my mind and I ended up feeling it was quite spacious.

The bedrooms are made of a darker material which helps you to stay asleep when morning light hits the tent.

It took us about 50 mins to get up first time, but the front-door wall didn't sit flush with the ground, nor did the bedroom pod, so we may need more practice, it definitely needs two adults to erect.

I don't like the front door as it doesn't seal completely and we added Clingons and pegs but would have preferred it to zip shut.

The new 2009 version has separate bedroom pods which means you can make a bit more floor space, ours isn't so we used it for the toilet and bags.

Hasn't been tested by the elements yet, but it did feel very safe and sturdy. Will update this review if that changes.

UPDATE: Pitching instructions:

1. If using footprint, peg out remembering 'bum to the wind'.

2. Lay out fly sheet, loosely peg back 2 corners.

3. Insert 5 fibre-glass roof poles.

4. Starting from back, insert metal leg poles, loosening straps on ring/pin connections as you go.

5. Gather up poles (1 person on each side of tent).

6. Walk forward pulling tent up.(leave front door open to allow tent to fill with air).

7. With 1 person holding front canopy, the other pegs central guy lines at front and then back.

8. With one person on each front canopy pole, pull tent to ensure it is aligned correctly.

9. Peg out skirt and guys.

10. Insert side entrance poles and peg out.

We now leave the bedroom pod permanently attached to save time and to ensure it fits. We bought a larger cargo back (140L) to accommodate extra size of rolled tent with pod.

All this now takes us 30 mins. Hope it helps!
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Manufacturer's Description

The Khyam Cleveland is a generous 6 berth tent with spacious living area and fully sewn in groundsheet. The full width integral framed sun canopy offers a pleasant outside seating area, but it can also be rolled and stowed away if not required.


Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6 - 1x 2 berth, 1x 4 berth with dividing wall
Windows: 8
Doors: 3
Poles: Steel/Fibreglass 12.7mm
Flysheet: Polyester 185T, 5000mm Hydrostatic Head, Flame Retardant
Inner Tent: Breathable, Flame Retardant
Groundsheet: 10 x 10 PE, Flame Retardant
Height: 235cm
Weight: 41kg
Pack Size: 77 x 41 x 32cm and 52 x 25 x 21cm

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