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Tent Extension Reviews: Royal Atlanta 6, 8 & Hampton 4 Extension

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2 Reviews of the Atlanta 6, 8 & Hampton 4 Extension

By: Wendycb73  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We use the extension with our Atlanta 8 tent and it makes for a really handy cooking area so you can avoid cooking inside the tent itself. It also provides a handy place to dry off dogs and take off shoes before entering the tent. Easy to pitch (provided the wind isn't too high otherwise you do have to come up with strategies to avoid it becoming a bit of a parachute!)
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By: 22wigwam  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I've just tried this out at a wet and windy Culzean Castle campsite. I attached it to a blue (2008 model) Gelert Meridian and it's a pretty good match as you can see from the photos. I also have the Gelert porch and the Gelert canopy so I'll make a few comparisons. Here's my observations:

1: The fibre poles are far superior to the Gelert steel versions, which are too rigid and unforgiving in the wind. The Royal poles are not 12.7mm diameter all the way though, as advertised. Mine went down to 11mm for the centre sections via reducing joints. They must have done this to modify the cross-section shape by making it straighter at the sides without using angled joints. For some reason the very middle pole sections were orange. Maybe that's to help identify them as the poles for the extension.

2: I don't hink it's fully 3.7m wide, but I forgot to measure it. It was plenty wide enough for me though.

3: There are no privacy flaps on the side windows. They make it bright on the inside but if you want loo poo privacy you'll have to rig something up. I personally liked it and didn't miss the closure facility.

4: There are no hanging points for lights etc which would be useful.

5: It hugs the Meridian tent every bit as well as the Gelert products. If anything, better I would say. The poles on the Gelert sit too near the main tent. The Royal extension has a bit of free tunnel here which gives you more latitude at ground level to adjust the snugness of the fit, if you see what I mean.

6: The Royal extension has an extra pair of guylines at the over-tent flap which can be run length-wise over the centre line of the tent and pegged down at the ends. You might be able to make this out in the photos. This is done to help prevent puddling at the top. Use them! I didn't the first night and had a huge puddle which I mis-handled and managed to empty right into the tent!

(You need to extend one of the lines for a tent as long as a Meridian if you want it to reach the end.)

7: The Royal extension has a sloping front with two vertical zips for access. This is a little more troublesome to enter and exit than the j-door on the Gelert vertical front. However, on balance, I would go for the slopy front on the basis of its performance in windy conditions. The Gelert porch is scary in the wind.

In summary, I would recommend this over the Gelert/HiGear versions for a side extension on any standing-height tunnel tent. If you fit it right (unlike me) it will give you a buffer from the elements in bad weather, and a cooking area and an alfresco area in the good weather, if we ever have any.
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Manufacturer's Description

This easy to assemble universal extension is fitted to the side of a tent and can be used to create an area which can be used as a living space, additional storage space or a shelter from the elements. It features 185T Polyester, reflective guylines and 12.7mm fibre-flex poles and has a zip up door for protection against the elements. It is designed to complement our Atlanta 6, Atlanta 8 & Hampton 4 tents.
Size: 3.2m (L) x 3.7m (W)
Height 2.05m
Weight: 9.8
Pack size: 70cm x 15cm x 15cm

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