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Tent Reviews: Royal Bordeaux 6 Select ZG

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
47.30 KG

Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
7.95/10 from 19 reviews

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19 Reviews of the Bordeaux 6 Select ZG         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Tents faulty not me  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We have put this tent up and lived in it in both the UK on several occasions and the Vandee (twice) in France. It's excellent. But you need to do the basics - You need to thread the roof poles through the roof sleeves, then attach the legs and then feed the tent pins into the bottoms of the legs. The crucial part (this is where people get it wrong and it's very very simple) is to collect the legs together on the ground so that you have two adults either side of the tent who can raise the legs clumped together until they are vertical at the same time. You then need to ask your kids (they need to be at least 10 years old for this) to hold the polls on one side while your wife (partner) holds the other side, you then hook the rear top guide rope onto the peg that you have hammered into the ground at the rear of the tent. Then ask your kids to hold the rear two corner polls each while you and your wife (partner) 'walk' out the other polls to form the tent (one section at a time). Then grab the front top guide rope and attach to the peg you hammered into the ground in front of the tent. You then have a tent. Insert the two support beams inside the tent and tension using the screw tensioners. Then peg out corners first and then then all the guide ropes. Make sure your pitch is big enough to take one of these tents, a lot of UK pitches are like a lot of UK house plots (hankerchiefs). IMPORTANT - The guide ropes will need to be tensioned at the right angle to the tent (if they look to shallow then they are!, 4 or 5 feet for the tent pegs away from the tent should be fine). If you get this wrong, the tent guide ropes will look like a numpty positioned them and as soon as you get some wind the tent will simply blow in, resulting in bent steel poles! We have had this tent up in some serious coastal winds and have seen badly pitched tents literally blown away. So remember, make sure you have pitched correctly using the right tent pegs (forget any that bend, use only the ones that can go into a hard standing surface)

This is a great tent, it has twin large roof lights (with roof curtains) making it unusually light and airey, large windows (+curtains), 3 large (separate) bedrooms, a large separate side pod area you can use as a night time porta loo, and it looks great. I have looked at so many tents that simply fail to do the 2 week camping accommodation job as well as this one!
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By: Wunny  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

My saga continues in the Royal Bordeaux 6 XL ZG section, because that's where my previous comments in here should have gone. Not that they are not relevant to this tent, as the only difference is an extra section at the front end for a kitchen area.

Pole strengthening for the angled section of the legs can be achieved by firstly inserting, in the bent end of the pole, a wad of kitchen roll, such that it fills about an inch of the pole tube by the spring. Then push strips of polythene bag into the same end,ramming them down until they touch the wad of kitchen roll.

When the tube is filled with the polythene, holding the pole in a vice / workmate, with the end of the tube vertical,gently heat the bend of the tube with a a heat gun, or hairdryer on maximum heat until the polythene melts (approx 130 degrees Celcius). Some further ramming with a piece of rod or a thick screwdriver will help compact the polythene.

Let the tube cool down, this will take a while, so don't touch it! The polythene will be solidly moulded in the tube bend. Repeat for each pole.

NOTE: The wad of kitchen roll is there to prevent molten polythene running out of the spring end of the pole section

Although now discontinued, these tents can still be found on line, and I saw a Royal Bordeaux 6 XL on display at a dealers showground near Norwich, just three weeks ago.
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By: MickR23  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

The pole springs are reasonably easy to replace. I had a few broken and stretched springs on some of the poles when I purchased our tent. Any good camping accessory shop should sell the replacement springs.They just push in,using a special tool (looks like a fishing disgorger) that comes with the spring kit. You just pull out the old springs using pliers,and push a new spring into the end of the pole with the purpose tool,until the spring locks in place.Hope this helps?
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By: Stevesue  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I had 1 fantastic holiday in this tent, 2nd holiday wasn't so good. We had high winds for a short period of time during this the rear of the tent started to twist and with no warning the rear arch gave way and snapped in two then very quickly all the other poles bent or twisted. Don't get me wrong this is a great tent apart from the weak frame design. I have emailed Royal for advise but if anyone has any ideas how to strengthen the structure please let me know.

(I bought new poles on ebay for 50)
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By: Wunny  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I now have replacement poles, which after some negotiation, I got for a good price. They will need to be strengthened though, as they are the same as those that failed.

I will also be adding 4 extra pouches to the centre of the roof, to take 2 extra poles, front to centre & centre to back. This should stop the roof bars rotating as they did previously.

Hopefully, trouble free camping will resume.
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By: Sar02  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We love this tent, great head room for other half as he is 6ft. Great when weather is not good as lounge are very spacious. We can get 9 people in sitting comfortably. Sleeping good to we are family of 4 we have two double beds and one single all fit nicely.

It is a very big tent and the poles are heavy, you need two people to put it up.

We have the footprint groundsheet, keeps tent clean.

Would love the carpet but will get at a later time.

The side panels are a godsend as we did all our cooking here out of the wind and rain.

I have uploaded our tent pics, Would recommend this tent.
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By: Wunny  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Brilliant tent, just love it. Us two OAP's can erect it in 20 minutes from unloading from the car. It takes another couple of hours to sort out the ground sheets and bedrooms etc. And assemble all our kit though.

The only down side is that the poles are not substantial enough and are badly designed. I raised this with Unipart Leisure soon after we bought it, as one of the upright poles bent. I can't say that they were overly helpful.

But, I'll be contacting them again tomorrow, as the rear roof support pole rotated under constant wind pressure last week, and then folded in two. Once this happened, it was a progression of failure of each section, until every pole was bent. The tent collapsed, whilst we were removing our accessories, prior to dismantling the tent.

All the poles will need to be replaced, but I think I've worked out how to strengthen them, and prevent a re-occurrence of this catastrophic failure.

I'll report back, as to my progress.
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By: Twistytaz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought this tent to take 3 grandchildren camping and to ave plenty of room we took it out for a week this June and there was only 2 of us erecting the tent. A daunting task but we did it within an hour. A system we devised after looking at the instructions which may I add not very good.

Its a fab tent, yes it is heavy to deal with, but with a system you can do it. We had oodles of room and with the canopy to cook and eat it gives you even more room. I am a bit mifed about the poles, they are difficult to un hook from one another and we have broken one of the springs. But they still go together and haven't presented a problem. Although we did have problems with the ground sheet and centralising the tent so that it was even all round.

Never the less we had a fab time and more room than a lot of caravans have. There was a heavy wind one day, the tent creaked and fluttered in the high wind but was as safe as houses nothing damaged. Great tent for families or two people and a dog. Recommend this to anyone who wants to buy a tent. We had a great deal as it 2009 model everything for 399. Fantastic
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By: Chili Pepper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We have had 2 good runs with our tent last summer and found the living and sleeping with 2 adults 2 westies and a teenage son more than adequate. Love the tent and yes you are right that having 3 to pitch is far easier but if you are new to it all a lot of your neighbours on site will be only too happy to help. The camping culture is very friendly.

The downsides are that the instructions are a little backward and yes we have 2 upright poles that have bent in the very windy conditions and this was only when putting up. Once the tent was up and the cross members were in and tightened the tent was very rigid and secure with enough guide ropes. We do use the 9' nail type pegs as these as strong and suit any ground. My only fault with the tent is trying to get replacement poles and the manufacturer is no help at all. So if anyone can help with this task please do.

But all round fantastic home whilst on holiday.
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By: MickR23  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I agree the tent poles are quite heavy.In fact, what I did was to separate mine to make life easier. I put the main roof structure poles in 1 bag, and made up another bag from an old piece of rag with string ties at each end, which takes the canopy poles,window poles etc,etc.This not only lightens their weight, but in the event of pitching in bad weather, allows you to go to the main poles first without having to tip the lot out and search for what you want.Hence, makes for quicker pitching to.
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Manufacturer's Description

Royal ZG tents with zipped on groundsheets offer the same features as our stitched in tents, but with a groundsheet that can be removed to help preserve your grass pitch

The Bordeaux tent is very spacious and comes with a 1.5m canopy and a side porch giving it that little extra versatilty and space. Also the Bordeaux 6 has steel poles giving it that bit extra stability in windy conditions, that we are so used to here in England!

Flysheet material: Ripstop polyester.
Proofing: 3000 mm
Pole sleeves: 250 D Polyester to give extra strength.


Pole tension adjustment system
Zipped in groundsheet
Side annexe for extra storage/ added access
Wheeled tent storage bag.


Ripstop polyester flysheet
Zipped on living area groundsheet
Side Annexe for additional storage
Zip on canopy
Reflective guylines
Steel poles
Wheeled storage bag
Water Column 3000mm
Packed weight 47.3kg

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