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Tent Reviews: Quechua Seconds Family 4.2 XL

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24 Reviews of the Seconds Family 4.2 XL         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  

By: Mattyhelifish  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

We bought the Quecha Seconds 3 man pop up for Glasto and after 2 years of use the wife wanted something she could stand up in (she's 6' 1')! Tall order (forgive the pun), so I went on a hunt initially to Decathlon, home of the pop up tent, after seeing the XL on a Google search but found they no longer made this beautiful creation any more! (normal story, if somethng works change it or stop making it).

Hoorah for e-bay! found a second hand one in excellent condition for 65.00 + p&p! Best tent I have purchased! We have used it successfully for the 3 of us at Glasto. And on a couple of weekend trips away, including during teeming downfalls of rain and it has been awesome! Putting up is a cinch, just remember to lay the ground sheet in the correct orientation for which side you want the door to be (done it!), line up the end tags with the corresponding colour and walk it open! This is possible with one but slightly easier with two! I would suggest a couple of practice runs pulling it down before going and making a fool of yourself with the usual marital tiff ensuing at the campground!

My only fault with it is one of it's plusses, it's size! you need to be sure you have enough area for not only the footprint but for the guys to be out enough to be of use! It's not called an XL for nothing!

Brilliant tent and if I could influence Decathlon/Quecha in any way I would get them to make it again but it seems they're going for the 'Air' tents instead now!
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By: Martiwood  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

This is a great family tent.

Simple to put up, simple to put down and pack away.

Five minutes to set up with ground sheet down first then position the tent from one end then literally walk along and unfurl the tent attaching the tent to the pegs already in holding the groundsheet in place.

With just three small poles to install, one to create a bowed roof space which helps the tent to disperse any rain from the roof and one which create an arch over the entrance and one the other side for ventilation and symmetry.

Two spacious bedrooms either end of an expansive living area(big enough for 6 adults and five small children to sit out a rain storm comfortably)

Can't believe they are not making this tent anymore as the ease of pitching and striking coupled with the space and nifty storage makes this a real winner.

I will be holding onto mine for as long as possible.
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By: Tonjul  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I brought the family 4.2 XL as I liked the idea of a quick popup tent for when I went camping in May this year. As it rained all weekend it was difficult keeping the living area mud and water free. Also found the bedroom claustrophobic.

I was thinking of putting another tent/porch on to the front door to make another area for wet boots etc but the extension offered is expensive has anyone else found a solution to this problem
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By: Tinabean136  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

After many years of camping with various tents we bought a pop up! Best thing we ever did.

This tent takes no time at all to get up and no time at all to pack away.

We have an Outwell double blow up mattress and it fits perfectly. The living space is huge and we can fit so much in there and have cooked in there in bad weather.

We have camped on a cliff in really bad weather and it survived very well.

All in all an excellent tent for 2 with lots of room or 4 with lots of room.
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By: MattSW  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Well first trip away with the Tent after using an Outwell Montana 6, the Monty is a great tent but to big and took to long to pitch with the front and side awnings.

The Quechua family 4.2 illumin was amazing 30 mins from arriving on site to leaving for a afternoon on the beach and all done by one person. Big storm last night heavy rain and strong winds and it stood just as firm and water tight as the Monty.

Taking it down is just as easy as pitching it with a couple of practice goes in the garden.

As far as space there is plenty of room for 4, and yes all 5'10' of me can lay down and stand up with touching the skin. The LED lights are amazing, no need for any extra lighting.

All in all a great tent just wish it had a fully sewn in ground sheet. If you want a family tent for 4 then buy one and if you need more space ( you won't, but if you do) look at the add on base.
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By: PetRig08  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

We needed a large pop up tent for our family holidays - me, hubby, 3 kids (13, 10 & 9 yrs old) and dog (Jack Russell) and this is the biggest one I could find on the market. Reasonably priced and what a brilliant buy! We have now had 3 family holidays in this tent and we are always so pleased with how quickly we get it up and down without having to take ages to erect poles and consult instructions. The fact that we always get it to fit back in the bag gets a cheer from everyone and it's light enough for me to carry quite easily with its rucksack style straps on the bag! The roof and awning poles go in really easily (but sometimes have to ask hubby to help with the roof one). My only issue (same as other reviewers)is with how the ground sheet/living space attaches to the main tent - would be better with full length velcro strip, as it can let water in here (if torrential rain and very windy) and dog has discovered this is a good escape route! However, overall we love this tent - lot of pockets and vents and very useful interior washing line. The bedrooms are cosy - our 3 kids fit in one with me, hubby and dog in the other. The living space is fine when we're all zipped up in the evening with 5 of us in our full size folding chairs round a table playing cards, with all our luggage at back of tent and food bags/freezer box under table and Tobe the dog is safely tucked up in his dog bed! I put a windbreak at side of tent and set up Mum's Camping Kitchen and have some large brollies if it rains, but thinking of taking our gazebo next time!
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By: Salome  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

We purchased this tent as a 'weekender',something quick to set up for those precious short breaks when the weather's right.And it does go up quick.

Using the instructions inside the tent bag me and my wife had the tent standing in minutes, taking it down and packing away was a little struggle ,but not too bad.

The luxury of this easy up system does come with a price though.The base of the tent is separate to the main frame and is laid down first and then the tent is attached to one end of the floor sheet,stood up and walked across and to the other end where it is fixed down with the pegs.There are lots of velcro tabs to fix the two together and we found some of these,particularly the bathtub living area ones would/did not marry up correctly with their opposites,we eventually gave up re-fixing them every time they came undone and just accepted it.

There are plenty of vents and Windows to let in a lot of light.Yet the small side vents had no protection from the elements and we did notice some rain got through the tight mesh, this did not collect in the tent and if it did run,it would find the grass rather than the bathtub living area due to its design.

This tent,for us is a good weekend set up for a family of four,with two sleeping pods with plenty of room and a decent sized living area it fits the bill. For a couple it would serve well as a holiday tent as long as you are militant about how much you take.

The one main niggle for me is the lack of a door that could double as a shelter to cook under in adverse conditions, we are currently seeking out a tarp to watch the tent and to accompany it for our weekends away.
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By: Twowok  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

We have used this tent on 4 holidays now and apart from this year each time we have been packing it away it has rained which added to the struggle we had packing it up. We followed the instruction pictures which was showing a yellow strap on the first section to be folded over, and we could not do it. Eventually each time we did manage it but by luck not skill. On the last occasion we realised after struggling for some time, what we were doing wrong, we needed to ignore the yellow strap and concentrate on the shape of the tent, and we got it right 'Hurrah'. We have just come home from a camping holiday and remembering what we had done wrong before we were very pleased with ourselves for getting it right first time 'Three cheers' . The tent is very easy to put up and easy to pack away now! There's plenty of room, we have it just for two of us and use the spare bedroom to put clothes etc. In. We have used it when it has been very windy, during extremely heavy rain and have had no problems at all. So happy now we have mastered putting it away. ;-)
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By: Got the tshirt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I bought one of these in the sale so paid a very reasonable price for it. I was planning to use it more than once this summer but actually only used it for a long weekend. Having said that I was very impressed, it was very easy to put up I only struggled with the porch pole which I found very tight.

We had heavy rain one night but we stayed dry and cosy.

We linked our base seconds porch to the seconds family without any difficulty which I was pleased about as it keeps dirty wet shoes outside and gives me somewhere dry to cook.

The tent went up and down very easily I did it with the help of a 10 year old and it will be used many times in the future as my 4.1 has been.

I love popups even though this is not quite as much a pop up as the others I own!
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By: Superdy09  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I'm back (firs review completed March 2011)- After testing this tent out in loads of trips in both cold Summers and this years current heatwave I have to confirm this tent has lasted. No leaks, tears and I've rot re-proofed once. Must have done at least 5 trips a year, one lasting 3 weeks! Got it down to an art in that I can set up and get it all back in by myself (although it is easier with two). I thought the bathtub design might let in loads of bugs, but in reality it hasn't happened. Great tent, fits a double airbed in the sleeping area. If there was a gripe it's that when packed away its round, so isn't the most conducive shape to squeeze into a car, but I've learned to pack around it. No regrets on buying this and ditching the Montana 6 which used to take me an hour (at least) to put up. A perfect weekend tent that, if your happy at the site, can be used for weeks on end.
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Manufacturer's Description

WAS 249.99 NOW 159.99

# Dimensions and weight - Spacious living area (5.9m2) with max height of 1.80m. 14.5kg.
# Bedroom - 2 spacious bedrooms for 2 people, comfortable dimensions: 2.10m x 1.60m.

# Living area/storage - With its 5.9m, you can easily seat 4 or even 6 people around the table. Large storage pocket included. The entrance door is protected by a large overhang. The large back window, protected by an overhang, can be left open even in rainy weather. The basin-shaped groundsheet in the living area prevents rainwater runoff into the tent. Large storage pocket in the living area.

# Access - A large door, which can be easily stored in an adjacent pocket for more ease of use, and the advantage of a living area that opens up to the outside in fine weather. The edge of the groundsheet can be flattened at entrance for easier access.

# Pitching/Folding - Innovation: the groundsheet can be positioned and secured before the tent is unfolded. This facilitates the right positioning of the tent, and its accurate set up. Then, you can unfold and set it up in under 2 minutes!

# Waterproofing - Like all Quechua tents, the waterproofing has been particularly well-developed, approved in lab tests (WHOLE TENT in a shower of 200 litres/hr/m2!) and in field tests. (PU coated polyester flysheet, polyethylene groundsheet, thermobonded sealed seams.) A breathable polyester bedroom under the flysheet means you aren''''t in contact with the condensation that forms naturally on the inside of the flysheet.

# Ventilation - 1 large central upper vent in the living area. 1 upper vent in each bedroom. 1 large insect-net window that can be closed. Top of the front door can be opened even when it rains. Everything is designed to maximise ventilation, and reduce natural condensation.

# Poles - Solid fibreglass; highly break resistant.

# Pegs - 5mm galvanised steel for excellent twist-resistance.

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