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Tent Reviews: Royal Bordeaux 6 XL ZG

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14 Reviews of the Bordeaux 6 XL ZG         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Adethetrade  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

This has been a brilliant tent we have used it for 6yrs and it has stood up to gale force winds/rain also 40degrees heat in west coast France, only takes 40mins to put up (practiced a lot) People stare at the size and cannot believe it. This year(6th) first time we have had any water in but it was due to windspushing side of tent onto poles inside. Adrian
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By: Boothers64  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

This is a brilliant tent. It is big and very spacious. A camp site owner once said 'It is not a tent. It is a castle.' You need to ensure that camp sites are aware of the size as not all have pitches big enough. We needed a large tent for a family of four with two tall persons and this fits the bill. It takes time to erect and is probably best suited for long stays rather than weekends. Initially it was a struggle for us to erect but once we got used to it we can pitch within one hour. It is a two person job. We have no complaints regarding the quality as we have not experienced any problems in the six years of owning it. I find the footprint groundsheet and carpet beneficial as mentioned in other review and would recommend them. If you need a large tent with good height this is a good one to select.
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By: Ras76  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Love this tent, 3 double bedroom, living area, kitchen area ,side room which we use to have a toilet in but now kids are older its used for a wardrobe, also has a lovely big canopy to sit under, side door which can be closed with a net to let air flow through. Takes about 2hrs to get up with 3 people. My only negative is when its packed its big and the tent poles are very heavy, but it does me my other half 2 teenagers and 2 dogs a treat. We will only get rid of this tent when its time to retire from camping!
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By: Wunny  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Oops, left previous reviews in the Bordeaux 6 Select ZG section, so go read them first This review is the right section.

OK, further to the bent poles, when we next went out with the tent, there were a few tears in the flysheet, but nothing some Duck Tape (brand name) and some strong thread didn't rectify. NOTE : You cannot stitch the fabric by hand, without strengthening the tear edges with Duck Tape or similar, as the fabric has no strength and the stitches just rip out. Stitch through the tape and the repair is good. Small holes can be repaired with just a patch of Duck Tape in the inside & out, but the fabric needs to be dry when you do this.

Anyway, three more outings and the fabric developed more tears in the roof, in fact all the tears were in the light grey fabric. I think that this may be significant, as the inner surface coating of the window eyebrows is peeling off, so I think the fabric may be suffering from Ultra Violet light degradation.

The guy ropes are secured to the flysheet by double thickness of the grey fabric, which on our last holiday May 2012, saw 3 of these fabric attachment points rip off during erection of the tent, although it was in strong wind conditions.

The tent was packed away and the spare, an Outwell Nevada M, was erected with no problems at all. Tip : Always have a spare!

Is this the end of the Bordeaux 6 XL ZG?

It looks like it's a fair weather tent now, to be erected only in well sheilded positions.

Shame, we have not found another tent that we like as much as this one, despite all its failings
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By: Tiger-Lily  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought this tent 2nd hand on ebay for 250. I had my eye on the Royal Bordeaux XL and the Outwell Vermont XL. The Outwells were still quite expensive but I was lucky to have got the Royal at such good price. It has not disappointed, we are a family of 4 campers with an additional teenager when she feels like it, the Royal has enough room for all of us and more. There are 2 sleeping pods with the larger one divided by a curtain to create some privacy. The living area is huge and can easily hold our folding table & chairs, 4 relax chairs, washing basket and our clothes chest not to mention toys etc. The outside of the sleeping pods has 2 lines of pockets to put small easy to lose stuff like keys, torches etc.

We use the small annex as a toilet room to save night time trips to the bathrooms, our folding toilet fits well with plenty of space. The 'kitchen' area zips away from the main living area and the outside so if the predictable downpour takes place you can be sure to be kept dry. The porch is great for the evening and we often eat and cook under it. Ventilation is good throughout and you have the option of a side entrance for additional access and ventilation. The inside is very light due to the large windows and the 2 sky light type ones which can be covered. The tent has a sewn in ground sheet which can be unzipped for cleaning, I also bought the footprint to save wear and tear to the ground sheet. The tent and poles are heavy there's no doubt but if you want a tent with lots of space and features then you can overcome that. It takes me and my hubby around 1:15 to 1:30 to pitch with all guide ropes secured etc. We have a Zafira with a roof box and we are able to take all our stuff. The Royal has now been away with us 5 times and to France twice and has withstood several French storms and I mean heavy storms of high wind and lashing rain, only once we had a tiny, tiny amount of water in a corner, I really cannot ask for more. If Royal brings out another Bordeaux with lighter poles I will be first in the queue to buy one.
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By: Kennedys  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We really like this tent it provides the headroom and accommodation that we require. We are a family of 5 and have plenty of room for sleeping and living in this tent - including using the side annexe for the toilet. Having a separate area that can be zipped off for the kitchen is very useful with a young one. The canopy makes a lovely area to sit in when it is a bit windy or wet as you are protected from the elements. Even if you have to sit inside the tent due to adverse weather you can still feel a part of the outside world as there are so many windows. My husband and I can put tent up without too much difficulty, it is a heavy tent but the bag for the canvas does have wheels on it, the poles are the more awkward bag to manoeuvre.
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By: Nikkitm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Once this tent is up it is an absolute dream and we love camping in it. It is comfy, snug and so far has stood up to wind and rain but has not yet been tested in extreme conditions. It always gets admiring glances and often a request to look around. We have not yet had a problem pitching anywhere. It is an ideal tent for the British summer as there is plenty of space in the tent to eat, cook and socialise. We have not noticed cold in the bedrooms as others have stated.

However setting it up is hard work and could not be done alone. The poles are very heavy, it takes between an hour and an hour and a half to set up. Its height makes it difficult to erect in wind. Some of the poles have bent because we once tried to build the tent in wind.Also some of the poles on the spring have come apart, it can still be used but it is annoying. I do not think this is as well built as an Outwell, however it is still a great tent.

Being able to stand up in all areas of the tent is a huge bonus and adds to the comfort factor. The tent is well set out and the huge windows and sky light gives it an even more spacious feel. A great tent for families and longer holidays
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By: Rachel Evans  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We bought our Bordeaux tent, due to its size and separate kitchen area, and it has not disappointed us as a family.

It is a big tent and a heavy one to carry, but worth its weight in gold. We have been on several camping trips, some Rainy, some windy and some in blazing sunshine, it has done the job perfectly, (its all in the putting up of the tent and daily checks lol). It took my husband and I about 1 hour 15 mins to put it up, all pegged out, the ropes done correctly, and the ground sheet of the kitchen in place and of course the usual arguments lol. We have had No problems with any leaks, what so ever.

We would highly recommend getting the footprint for the tent - the bottom of the tent is perfectly clean when you put it away, also this year we invested in the tent carpet (much nicer on bare feet).

We love this tent and glad this was the one we bought, it suits us perfectly all I can say is go for it and enjoy!
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By: Thunderbird_2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I am pleased that there are some good reviews for this tent. However, our experience was not so good. We purchased this tent in Summer 2008 for a weekend away at August bank holiday with the Wessex region of NewFrontiers. It took 2 of use around 180 mins to put up and the lightest breeze almost launched us into orbit. When it was up, it looked fab and was the envy of many. We had the carpet which was lush and the kids just rolled on for ages and also the footprint which was great for preserving the cleanliness of the groundsheet. We loved the entrance with the bucket ground sheet and used that as the dirty room . . . NO WELLIES BEYOND THIS POINT!

The problems came on the first night. It was unusually cold for an August Bank Holiday and the first thing that was a problem was the vents in the flysheet by the bedrooms went directly into the vents on the bedrooms and there was no way to prevent the awful breeze. The kids were freezing as their bags did not have hoods.

The next day it started to rain and it was horrendous. Rain penetrated on lots of seams and we were thankful for the carpet as most ran under the waterproof back. The two outer bedrooms got soaked and we had to unhook them to prevent more rain getting in.

I spoke to Homestead Caravans from whom I had purchased it and they told me that they would change it, but it needed weathering and next time it would be OK. That was a mistake on their part which they later acknowledged as Poly-flys don't need weathering. As I had no plans to use it before 2009, they sent me a letter to say that if it still leaked they would exchange it.

So, August 2009 we decided to book the wettest two weeks in Cornwall (St Just/Botallack)you could wish for (Last week July/First week Aug . . If you were there you know what I am talking about!) The thing just flooded. I had to go around twice with seam sealer and still it leaked. Wet Bedrooms again and altogether unpleasant for a two week hol.

The third problem is ballooning of the groundsheet in moderate+ wind. Even with the carpet down a table & chairs and every peg hammered in so far they were about 6 inches from Australia, it still ballooned up.

The final problem is just the sheer weight and size. The canvas bag was too wide for the loft entrance and the poles too heavy to manhandle up.

I do want to give a 'Big Up' to Homestead. Their customer service was excellent. They sent a new flysheet for last August Bank Holiday, but unfortunately that had groundsheet zips in the wrong way and was missing a key anchor guy from the front.

They took back the whole lot (tent carpet and footprint which they price-matched to start with) and gave me a full refund without a single quibble or moan and I am only sorry they are not doing more tents as I would definitely buy from them again.
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By: Twistytaz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We bought one in February to use this year had a bargain I think 374. ITS HUGH. Went out for the first time this weekend with friends. We went local to use as it was the first time. We put it up with a little difficulty but nothing major. The instructions are not very good at all in fact we didn't use them at all. We put the footprint down and found the front of the tent. Put the poles together and went from there. It is quite straight forward really. It took us 90 mins Not bad for the first time.

The only thing I would say is that if you are short bring a stool to hang bedrooms etc. We had a fab weekend and took the tent down systematically and had no problems OK there was a couple of mistakes but nothing major It is a fabulous tent and there were 10 people and three dogs in it quite comfortably on Saturday night as it was very cold and we all had a fab time GREAT TENT can't wait for to have a week in it
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Manufacturer's Description

This tent features dedicated sleeping areas to accomodate up to 6 people, a zip on/off groundsheet, zip on/off canopy, storm poles for added strength and a ripstop fabric.

Flysheet: 185T Ripstop Polyester, 3000mm Hydrostatic Head, Taped Seams
Inner tent: Breathable fabric
Poles: 16mm steel frame poles, steel side storm poles
Groundsheet: Full zip in/out groundsheet
Weight: 39kg
Supplied in a wheeled storage bag

Extra utility/conservatory room for enhanced comfort
Removable canopy with roll back window
Zip on canopy included
Reinforced pegging points
Fully removable zip in/out groundsheet - easier cleaning
Large clear panoramic windows with curtains
Double entrance for living area for easy access

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