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Tent Reviews: Royal Avignon 5

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24.75 KG
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8.25/10 from 4 reviews

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4 Reviews of the Avignon 5

By: Stevejoh  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2003   Rating: 

My family has been using this tent annually since 2004 foir long weekends and week holidays in the UK. Back in 2004, it was one of the bigger tents, which is why we bought it for my wife and I to use. Space is fantastic- and it fits into all standard pitches, shich some of today's bigger tents don't.

The tent has seen some atrocious weather and never leaked - we were in Dvon at the time of the Boscastle floods and all around us campers were packing up in the middle of the night, whilst the Avignon just swayed a little in the wind!

It is clearly a quality and durable product.

That said, newer tents are better - this takes a good 45mins to erect (often longer) and I've put it up many, many times - and can't see how it could be done alone. In the wind it is a nightmare to get straight, but maybe I'm too fussy!

It also VERY heavy - and a strain to move when it's packed, and is a pain to pack away - so really not a weekend tent to my mind.

Now I'm looking for a new tent and will be going for one with a sewn in groundsheet with an additional canopy that I can use for longer stays - probably a Vango Icarus 500. Just hope its as waterproof and tough!
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By: Sue Welford  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

This is a great tent - like a Nissan hut! The 3 plus 2 is definitely more like 2 + 1. Our plus 1 is a 6ft 6ins teenager who is still able to stand up in the middle of the tent. A great tent for tall people. There is space within the tent to sit when it is raining without brushing the outside walls.

We have found it straight forward to put up but if it is windy it is worth considering the wind direction.
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By: Nikki_johnson  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

We have owned many tents over many years. This tent is extremely good, it can withstand very severe weather (we had to hold it down during a storm but only because we had the front panel one hoop back which acted like a parachute - we ALWAYS pitch it without a porch now!)

Once you get used to putting it up it is very easy. I have pitched it alone - v.Hard work but possible.

We view it as our home-from-home, great for weekends but also very good for longer. It is very well made and is still going strong - a good investment.
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By: SpampMan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

The Royal Avignon 5 (without the plus) is a 4 hoop tunnel tent without the porch extension.

This was our first family tent - bought it new from an eBay seller for 150 (rrp 299 though I have never seen it for sale at that). I chose this for the space and the stand up headroom throughout.

Pitching is a challenge in any sort of breeze as it wants desperately to be a kite. Definitely a two man operation. The ring and pin system is not very intuitive but once the outer is up, the tent is cavernous. Two horizontal bars help it to keep it's shape and spread any lateral wind-load evenly across the fibre glass hoops.

The two inners are supposed to be 3 + 2. As with most tents I have seen, this seems to be somewhat optimistic but they are a good size 2 + 1.

The zip off front panel can be put right at the front for maximum internal space, or zipped in 1 hoop back to create a porch area. The conventional groundsheet simply folds in half in this case.

There are plenty of windows - in the tunnel wall they are half and half with no-see-um mesh - and a couple of skylights. There is also a side 'door.' Finally it comes with a handy storage panel for books and things.

This tent is very robust. It has withstood a Lake District storm where others failed. The way the hoops bent in gusts was very worrying but it was still standing in the morning. It was completely waterproof, too, except for a couple of points in the seams of the the sky lights.

I have now moved on to a tent with a SIG, but if you want a good value tent you could do worse than this.
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Manufacturer's Description

The manufacturer has advised that this model has been discontinued.

This is the Avignon 5 ( note without the Plus )

Versatile 5 berth tent offering flexible front end door that can be unzipped to offer either a larger living area or porch. A side roll up door creates the entry points but also has a full mesh so that it can be opened for ventilation, but create protection against insects. 2 inner cabins (3 and 2 man) at rear of tent. 4 large ventilating windows add to a feeling of light and spaciousness in the living area. Features frame tent style main door and 2 side stability poles that stop bellowing of the tunnel in strong wind.

Flame retardant material
Polyester flysheet
Water column 3000mm
Polyester P/E / inner tent
Groundsheet supplied
PE coated poles
Short sleeves for easy assembly
Pole tension adjustment
Skylight windows
Storage pockets
Hi-visibility guylines
Supplied with holdal

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