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Tent Reviews: Outwell Hartford XXL

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Bedroom inners:
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Pitching Style:
12 plus  (more 12 berth tents)
39.10 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
8.87/10 from 30 reviews

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30 Reviews of the Hartford XXL         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  

By: Mammalman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We are actually just about to put ours XXL into retirement after around 6 years of happy camping.

The pods really only sleep two people, even children, but the hug size of the tent is great. Not being able to stand at all in the bedroom pods is a bit of a pain but there is lots of room in the central area.

The porch we bought proved invaluable as it gave us space to put all our wet boots and cooking equipment.

The main downside is the time and number of people to put up the tent. It too two of us around and hour to get it erected and a similar time to take it down and try and cram it in the bag!

Pitching the inner tent first (on our older model) is poor design as we have now ended up with mould after a very wet camping weekend and no opportunity to dry out the tent at home for several weeks afterwards.

The living area is very large, although we found we did not use it that much as it is almost too big and cavernous, but great for storage.

As the family is getting older I am looking for a tent which I can pitch on my own so this tent will soon be up on ebay!
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By: Gavzinho  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Bought the XXL a few years ago. Although only a family with 1 child at the time, we wanted space and room to grow.

The Good:

Lots of space and height (I'm 6ft 1) and length in sleep pods. Can sleep two in Pods comfortably, agree that three might be a bit friendly! Use one pod for storage, which we wouldn't want to do without. Porch is a godsend as it keeps the wet clothes and wellies out of living area. Goes up easy, so long as there are two people and one tall enough to lift centre.

The Bad:

Too big to dry in garden at home if brought home damp. Need to go to local park and pitch on a windy day - not ideal. Back door not really usable as becomes cooking area. For first time this year have been told too-big for a single pitch.

The Ugly:

Nothing really - gorgeous tent when pitched, love the luminous green guys and always have a gathering of children as spectators when pitching due to size (or maybe they are waiting to see if we struggle to pitch it!). One leak on first pitch, along seam between porch and main tent - but may have been our fault as first time pitching.
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By: Swanssteve  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We use our tent several times every year and love it.

The sleeping pods are cosy (a double airbed fills it) whilst the main living area is spacious enough for a table and chairs on rainy days.

The footprint groundsheet keeps the tent bottom clean and makes it easy to get the tent erected well in around 45 mins.

We have only had one broken pole in 5 years of use and it has never torn or leaked even in the worst British weather!

We recommend this tent to anyone with a large family with the only downside being that our garden is too small to dry it in if it comes home soggy and that we have to leave the back door zipped up so that we can store stuff there.
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By: Sara Hack  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We are a large family of six who have camped for several years and knew we wanted a tent that gave us plenty of room, a built in ground sheet, a porch and was sturdy - this tent ticked all those boxes except the bedroom pods were small (living area huge)and because of its shape it takes up lots of space on the pitch - it appeared that we had a lot of unusable space due to the way the pods came out from the main frame making it a huge circle. After one use we sold this tent on really because of the space it took up on the pitch and the fact that we wanted more room in the sleeping areas - however it was a sturdy tent that stood up to adverse weather conditions.
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By: Micki  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I have camped 3 times in our Outwell Hartford XXL 2008. I bought the tent for the option of having 4 bedrooms & bags of space for 3 kids to run around. It withstood some shocking wet rain & wind first use & stood firm with no leaks.2nd time we found a few leaks but third time we used it the leaks were really bad from the top skylight windows. I also found a hole in one of the seams in the floor of the tent. We haven't camped in UK yet only Europe. People like to come & look at the size of the tent & I offer tours LOL! should charge!, but the tent does cause a stir when we pitch up! I also found that storage cupboards were hard to place around the tent keeping them free from door ways as there is no flat wall space to rest them against. Everything seems to gravitate to the middle of the tent. I have downsized this year to a Vango tigris 800 & am looking forward to going to south of France in the summer!

I am keeping hold of the tent in case the downsize doesn't work out! The tent is easy to put up (open doors before you put poles in)!
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By: Janet95  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We had our first camping trip in August My husband myself and our 6 children (11-2) we took quite a while choosing a tent and are glad we settled on the Hartford XXL. Very easy to put up and very easy to take down. The space is excellent and with 6 very active children we never found that we were cramped. We had some very heavy rain whilst we were away but glad to say no leaks in fact we had no problems at all with our tent, looking forward to next summer! think we will add the optional porch next year as I had quite a few pairs of shoes and wellies around my feet when I was cooking!
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By: Sixinacar  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Echoing all the positives about size and space, adding that as the Mum, of a family of 6 and I am the shortest, there is plenty of room for all the kids 10-18 and their 'stuff'. I also have claustrophobia but there is plenty of room for me to sleep in the main area and not feel 'hemmed in'. We camp only once a year and we have a friendly car bodyshop dry our tent out over night in one of the ovens. A real home from home, just wished home was in a warmer climate for camping.
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By: Mysticmonk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We chose the Hartford xxl to a replace a caravan that our family had outgrown, with 4 children replacing with another caravan was too expensive for us, so we decided to look at what tents were available. The last time we had been camping a few years previously I vowed never to go again as I hated having to crawl around on my hands and knees. As soon as we saw the the Hartford we knew it was the tent for us, no need to crawl at all and even my husband who is 6'3' only has to duck to enter the porch!

As I mentioned we have 4 children ranging from 15yrs to 5yrs so space was a must. The Hartford has plenty of space with the 4 bedrooms and huge living area and the porch that we store our bbq etc in. We have slept 8 people in it and if I'm honest you'd have to be very friendly to want to fit any more in.

The tent takes us about an hour to erect with 2 people and about the same to take it down, the only slight downside I would say is if its wet when you have to take it down then drying it at home can be difficult.

We've had a couple of issues with campsites not accepting it or wanting to charge us for 2 pitches but we can normally find somewhere in the areas we are looking to camp.

I would recommend the Hartford xxl to anyone as I feel it is very good value for money.
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By: Cheskat  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We bought the Hartford XXL in 2008 mainly for the living area size - great for kids if weather wet. We love it. Takes about 45 minutes to erect and fully pegged out. We work together to get the poles in then I peg while my partner sets up inside with beds, bedding, table and chairs. Bought the carpet this year which makes it more like home and warmer on the feet. Can stand upright in the porch area and in the pods - great for getting dressed in the morning. We use three pods as bedrooms and the fourth as a storage area for clothes, food etc. Tent is light and airy. No problem with pitches as we advise the site[s] of size when booking. Like the entry point for electic hook-up. Packing up is a lot easier than some other tents we have had as it packs with the pod inners in place which saves time. Can be fun getting it into its stuff sack however. Camp 4 times a year at least.
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By: Merlin1973  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

All the comments about the tent size and ease of erection and quality of construction, mentioned in other posts is fair comment.

We seem to have a pole problem. We have broken 4 pole sections so far in four outings twice ripping the tent and it was not even in adverse weather conditions.
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Manufacturer's Description

The standing-height bedrooms in all side cabins – made possible by the Outwell Extended Frame System (OEF System) – are one of the major features in the Hartford XXL. Another popular feature is the outside pole construction which enables easy one-procedure pitching – flysheet first, or all as one. This roomy and refined tent sleeps up to 12 persons, and offers amenities such as pre-attached inner tents with O-shaped stow-away doors, as well as handy mesh organiser pockets. Protected by a sewn-in groundsheet, the spacious living area is well-lit by large windows and two skylights, and complemented by the extended porch with a detachable groundsheet.

Flysheet: Outtexฎ 3000 with taped seams
Hydrostatic Head: 3000 mm
Floor: Double-coated polyethylene
Inner tent: Breathable polyester
Pack size: Tent: 43 x 75 cm / Poles: 25 x 63 cm
Weight: Tent: 25.0 kg / Poles: 14.5 kg
Poles: Duratec fibreglass 9.5/11.0/12.7 mm

• Detachable groundsheet for porch area
• Pre-attached inner tents
• Stow-away O-shaped inner tent doors
• Organiser pockets
• Mesh pockets in the inner tents
• Rear door
• Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection
• Reinforcement patch on all stress points
• Lamp holder and light cable tidies
• Adjustable pegging points
• Pre-attached guy ropes
• Luminous guy ropes
• Heavy duty Outwell zips
• Outwell doormat included

Optional Extras:
• Carpet
• Footprint

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