Tent Reviews: Marechal Tunnel Vario
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3 Reviews of the Tunnel Vario
By: Alakaz Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2007 Rating:
We have owned this tent for 2 years and have found it to be an excellent investment. (the fact that I bought it from a guy who was getting rid of the last few he had and only payed £50, brand new, still boxed, adds to the pleasure).
My wife and I have had short weekend breaks and 2 week holidays with the family in it. There is plenty of room in the tent and the bedrooms are fine. We have an inflatable double bed in the lager of the 2 bedrooms which fits on bother.
The tent goes up in half an hour without any problems, the adjustable tensioners for the pole locations make it so easy. Once up standing room is very good and the living area is huge. The front zips into either of 2 positions so we can have one huge living area or a porch area and a big living area. The ground sheet is in 2 parts to cope with the different layouts and isn't sown in. This is fine as it means we can use sites that require breathable ground sheets.
We have had no problems with rain getting in, even in a thunderstorm that had owners of other, more 'hi tech', tents running for the club house. I have water proofed it with Fenwicks a couple of times which must help.
My eldest daughter was so impressed by the tent that she went and got one for her family and believe me, if it can stand up to the five of them it will stand almost anything. So I would recommend this tent to anyone.
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By: DFL CAMPERS Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2006 Rating:
We had one of these tent very spacious, easy to erect, loads of headroom even in the bedrooms. Very light and airy with all the windows. Has three doors for easy access, one each side and one at the front. No problems with leaks or any thing, only down side was not a SIG.
We was so impressed with the Marechal Tent and the customer service from Outdoor2go - o2g, we upgraded to a Prestige Vario 5, again an absolutely fantastic with a SIG.
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By: Ratty Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2005 Rating:
My first impression when I received the tent was that it was quite heavy, but this was simply resolved by carrying the poles in their separate bag out of the main tent carry bag, which resulted in taking up no more space when stored or when traveling but made for easier handling. I decided to put this up on my own, despite having hands available to help, which at first looked daunting due to the sheer size of the tent when laid on the ground, but after a few moments to work out what went where, I had threaded the poles through the sleeves and inserted them into the guide rings and the tent had formed its shape within half an hour from starting. I then needed to peg out which did not take long at all, therefore making this a suitable tent to be put up quickly and easily by just one person.
One fabulous design on the tent is the adjustable sockets that the tent poles fit into along the edge of the tent, you simply loosen them slightly to insert the end of the pole and once in you pull the strap tight and the tent takes shape, this is a super idea as I have spent many an hour trying to force poles into sockets on other dome tents that seem like they will simply not go in.
The two bedroom compartments are separate, one being 2 berth and the other 3 berth and these are fitted inside the tent once the outer is up, this is a great feature as it helps to keep the sleeping compartments dry whilst putting up the tent. They also have colour-coded the bedroom compartments so you can easily identify which compartment goes where (see picture to left). Each bedroom compartment has pockets inside them to put your loose change, car keys, mobile etc adding extra security for those valuables during the night. I did notice though the larger bedroom compartment could have done with a slightly longer zip as when you tried to tie back the door it pulled the groundsheet up, but once the airbeds and luggage were in there it seemed to stretch. As the tent is quick to get up, within half an hour you can have the tent up and be inside out of the rain.
There are strengthening poles that run the length of the tent above the windows and are adjustable so you can make them as rigid as possible, this is handy to help keep the shape of the tent because at 6.2 mtrs long it can catch the wind and sway.
The main living area has six windows and air vents allowing maximum light to be shed into the tent and giving great ventilation too. The front section removed completely and can be situated in one of two places, firstly (as per picture on the right) it can go on the end creating a massive living space inside, secondly it can be located at the first section, 1.2mtrs in, creating a porch area (as per picture top left).
The versatility of this tent is great and is a good size 5 berth tent with plenty of living space should the weather not treat you kindly, I would recommend ensuring that all pegging points and guy ropes are secure into the ground, as due to the sheer size of the unit it does catch the wind and will blow a bit. The removable, separate ground sheets are a great idea allowing you to camp at places that only allow breathable ground sheets, just don't put them down.
Overall I think this tent is a real family winner, it will accommodate a family of 5 no problem and give a family of 4 plenty of living space to enjoy a long holiday together. This is a very easy to put up tent and taking it down took no more than 20 minutes.
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The Vario 5 Tunnel Tent has two independent sleeping compartments, (one for three and one for two people) which have double mosquito net doors, that allow ventilation without letting in the insects.
Exterior is polyester with sealed seams, the inner tents are polycotton, the groundsheets are made from polyethylene. The tent has an overall weight of 29kg's and is 6.2 mtrs long with a maximum headroom of 2.1mtrs.
At the back of the living area there are two extra entrances, that provide extra ventilation too. Two loose groundsheets are provided, one for the front part of the living area (patio) and one for the main part of the living area.
The structure is reinforced inside by two horizontal poles, that go from back to front, just above the windows. There are plenty of guying points. And the poles are of a diameter of 12.7mm, which should be more than enough.
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