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Tent Reviews: Leben Bonn 6

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
21.00 KG
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3.44/10 from 9 reviews

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9 Reviews of the Bonn 6

By: Elliott1892  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I used this tent for 2 trips in Midlands Scotland last year. It stood up well although that wasn't difficult in the best Scottish weather for ages! The 2 berth pods are tiny and cave in just enough for 1 person in each.

The non-sewn in fly sheet let multiple bugs and cold into the tent. There Is little space to move about and when putting back a pole broke. It is aesthetically pleasing although it doesn't compensate for the numerous faults. Would not recommend at all.
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By: Crowdance  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought one of these because I wanted a larger family tent. When I first put it up in the garden, I was very disappointed about the size: if this is designed for 6 men, they'd have to be very small, or else VERY friendly! The bedrooms are not only very small, but they are only supported from the roof at the front, so are subsequently quite saggy at the back, so there is a tendency to roll against the side in the night. As you know, condensation forms on the inside of tents and so you can wake up feeling rather damp.

The living area is adequate for me and 2 kids, but you wouldn't be able to get 6 chairs into it. Yes, it has a 'porch', but they don't supply the necessary guy lines to keep it up.

First time out 'in the field', the zip of one of the bedrooms and one of the door zips fell apart. The bedroom wasn't a problem because we use the third bedroom area for our pet bird and we managed to get the door zip working - although it still regularly pulls apart, even though we are very careful about tension when we set up.

We have used this tent a dozen times over 3 years and this year, the poles have totally given up! We had one split last year, which we fixed with duct tape. However, on this last trip, one snapped completely as we were putting it up and, when we took it down after 3 nights, I noticed that 2 of the remaining poles were also splitting.

On the plus side, the design with 3 separate bedrooms is ideal for our situation and it certainly does keep out heavy rainfall. But I won't be buying another one!
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By: Rudds+Rabes  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Bought this tent online at Tentastic as we needed a 3 room tent in a hurry. Seemed ok at first sight but.

The poles have to be really bent to fit on the metal pins at each end. We now have at least one split pole.

The bedrooms are very small and the sides droop in making whoever sleeps on the outside very claustrophobic.

Make sure you measure the size of double airbeds before you buy; we had to go and buy new ones after we found ours wouldn't fit.

Even with smaller airbeds the zippers would not fasten at all well, one is now beyond repair and the other two are dodgy to say the least.

I also found on greater inspection several small holes in various places in the flysheet; it didn't leak but is annoying nonetheless.

The door can be turned in to a canopy by using 2 spare poles,a good idea in theory, but managing to peg them out without them falling down was very difficult. Any sort of breeze would blow them down. It also gathers rain like a small lake on the top which if you are lucky will cascade down the outside of the tent. Needless to say we will be looking to buy another tent very soon.
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By: Clair.keddy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We bought this tent for 81 from ebay. Great value! We didn't want to spend too much as we didn't know if we would like it.

We used the tent twice last year,august 4 nights, October 7 nights. It done it's job. Kept us dry and didn't blow away in 60 mph winds

Easy to put up. When we knew how!

The first time we used it we slept in sleeping bags on foam camping mats, wasn't comfortable at all but we bought a double readybed, which fitted in the bedroom pod but the pod would not zip up but we could cope with that.

We would recommend this tent to first timers.

We are now looking for a tunnel tent with a annex cause we
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By: Davesarah71  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

It's marketed as a 6 b3rth tent, I think it's more like a 3 b3rth tent!

The bedroom pods cannot hold a standard 'camping gaz' double mattress and be able to zip them up.

We used the tent twice and two poles snapped in half.

Possibly only good as a 3 man tent for weekends but not for a prolonged family holiday, which is exactly what it markets itself as - family / large group tent. It is not. For a few more quid buy something likely to last.
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By: Ann P  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I purchased this tent for around 55 in sale from Tentastic then read the rather alarming reviews on this site.

After a telephone conversation with the very helpful young lady at Tentastic my mind was put at rest that the previous problems had been rectified.

The tent itself was simple to erect it took two of us aprox an hour for first attempt (will be much quicker next time).

It coped with everything the weather could throw at it.

Value for money excellent

Downside, although the living area was roomy enough for the 4 people using it the sleeping pods will only fit one camp bed so we had to purchase sleeping mats and quilt for the one pod that 2 people where sharing.

Take a pup tent for extra storage

As a 3 birth fantastic, and that is what we will use for in future.

One sleeping pods mesh frayed at top

But for what I paid , more than happy
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By: Viandsandy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I recently purchased this tent on Ebay, at first time of use I found it a major task to unpeel the tent from itself and in so doing it was apparent that the waterproofing was the problem. Obviously the tent was packed too soon, I had to go to Halfords and purchase reproofing just to make sure all was well. Yes the colour coding was also wrong, and the tent bag split its seams at the first use.C ontacted Tentastic and after a lot of hassle was told we will send a replacement, after waiting 1 week I phoned them again to be told ,we have a note here which says you must send photos, I subsequently left them the feedback they deserved
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By: Beagle1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I also bought one of these tents and had exactly the same issues as Bunyip5. My wife and I unpacked the tent and as complete novices to tents assumed that the reason the tent was stuck to itself was some sort of vacuum packing, yes I realise in hindsight that this is silly but there you go. We put the tent up finding that the colour coding was reversed. The groundsheet for the living area was a bit smaller than I would have expected but all in all it was not to bad. The bedrooms are on the small side. It rained that night and in the morning went to check on the tent, should have said we put it up in the garden to check it out, only to discover that our new tent made an excellent water filter.

It was sold as a 2000mm head! Hmmmmm. After much e-mailing and phone calls the tent was replaced. We have been out and about and bought the Sunncamp shadow 800, which we are looking forward to using very soon. My advice would be 'buyer beware'
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By: Bunyip5  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Please bear with me, this is my first review of any sort.

Okay the Leben Bonn 6.

A camping company called Tentastic have these for sale in the UK and I purchased mine thru E bay for 51.50.

First impressions when getting it out of the bag for the first time I am afraid were not good. I had to unpeel the whole outer fly sheet from itself, sort of like trying to undo a very large section of clingfilm. I tried to follow the simple instructions, but found that the easily identifiable color coded poles and sleeves did not in fact match up. The red poles do not go into the red sleeves but in fact should go into the blue sleeves. Common sense should have prevailed, three red poles do not fit into two blue sleeves and vice versa. This tent uses a system of engaging the ends of the flexible poles into a metal pin on a metal ring sewn into the tent floor section to give it the domed shape(under tension). As a result of this I found that I barely had the required strength to engage the poles on to the metal pins. A lot of fiddling about and stretching of the fly sheet, excluding the very real danger of catching ones fingers in the process I was able to fix all five poles into the metal pins. However the physical strength required was quite considerable and I am a rather thick set chap to boot. Be careful.

Terrific, tent is now up and looking quite smart I must say. After securing the guy ropes and pegging down the tent I found that I was one guy rope short, and one of the sleeping compartments fly sheet section pegging down loop to be poorly stitched as it broke about one hour after I pegged it down. The floor section was next, and this is just a large ground sheet secured at four corners with pegs for the center section of the tent only(the bed room pods have their own sewn in floor sections). Very straight forward no problems at all. The tent also came with three two man sleeping compartments/pods. These are attached by little plastic hooks on elasticated lengths of material to small eyelets sewn into the fly sheet and pegged to the ground. Again fairly straight forward, however how two men could comfortably fit in them with out touching the sides is beyond me. These sleeping compartments utilize a zippered system of opening and insect protection. I found the zippers to be hard to operate and prone to coming apart. On more than several occasions I had to free up the zippers and try to re zipper the section in question to achieve a closed condition. I am not impressed with the zippers employed on the sleeping pods/ compartments. The main entrance is a zippered flap configuration located in the center section which can be porched up with the used of two sectioned poles and guy ropes. I found the poles to be good if not a little flimsy as they had a means of staying together as opposed to falling apart when lifted of the ground.

Unfortunately upon closer inspection I found two small holes in the flysheet domed section. Whether these are a result of me having to peel the tent apart or a problem with the material I cannot tell you. We endured a wet and windy night and I can say that the tent held up well against the wind. However at around 0230 in the morning I awoke and saw what could only be described as a very poor shower inside the tent. There was water every where. The main culprit seemed to be the domed section followed closely buy the pools forming in the sleeping pods. It got so wet we retreated to the car and spent a warm and dry rest of night.

Overall I found the quality to be an issue but for the price I paid for it. Am I being to harsh? Well I don't know about you but if something says it offers excellent functionality then it should do so, and in my opinion this tent does not.
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Manufacturer's Description

* Sleeps : 6
* Bedrooms : 3
* Length : 475cm
* Width : 245cm
* Height : 200cm
* Weight : 8.3kg
* Packed Size : 66x26x24cm
* Doors : 1
* Windows : 0
* H-Head : 1500mm
* Pole Size : 8.5mm / 7.9mm

* Groundsheet : Polyethylene - Sewn In Bedrooms, Removable in Central Area
* FREE Central AREA Groundsheet..WORTH 29-99!!
* Flysheet Erected First
* Flame Retardent
* 3 x 2 Person Sleeping Areas
* Centre Front opening porch
* Front Zipped Opening Door.
* Room Vents
* Inner Compartment Pockets
* All Sleeping compartments have double zipped Inner mesh doors - For Insect Protection
* Fully LEBEN branded
* Ropes and pegs included
* Full, Comprehensive instructions
* FREE Tent Repair Kit..In case of accidents!

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