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Tent Reviews: Royal Montpellier 12

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Bedroom inners:
Living area groundsheet:
Pitching Style:
12 plus  (more 12 berth tents)
42.90 KG

Fully Sewn-in
Inner first
Average User Rating:
8.6/10 from 10 reviews

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10 Reviews of the Montpellier 12

By: Cakemunchers6  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

This is a fabulous tent and I am sad that they do not make this any more. It does state 12 man but to be honest 8 man is more realistic as two airbeds fit in each pod. 6 of us used this for a week and it was so spacious and fitted our needs perfectly. It has four pods to access doors one with a porch. Two skinned so great for windy & wet weather. Sewn in groundsheet so fab for keeping the bugs and muddy wet rain out. It does need two people to erect and one does need to be fairly tall but the tent is like a mini cathedral so I guess that comes with the territory. Buy one 2nd hand you;ll never look back.
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By: Chunk1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

This is a very spacious tent even for a family of 6. We get 3 boys in one bedroom easily leaving a pod spare for storage. We have camped in all weather conditions and found the large main area fantastic for those wet days, so that the kids are not 'on top of each other'. The porch is big enough for the cooker and our shoes/wellies.

Being able to open up both sides of the tent is great in warm weather.

The only downside is that it is hard to get the flysheet over the inner tent as it is so tall - that would be a problem in the wet.

Overall a good buy and we haven't seen anything we want to replace it with.
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By: Mowcopsam  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I absolutely love this tent. We wanted a large tent for 2 week holidays and we stumbled on this one.It is certainly large. There are only 4 of us, but we use 2 pods to sleep in, 1 for the clothes and the other for food, pots and pans. The central area is then free to 'live in'. Brilliant in bad weather - we certainly had that last year (much better this time around!). The only real issue we have is that it is so heavy to carry - it takes 2. Small price to pay for such a lovely tent.
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By: Darbyshp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

I purchased the Royal Montpellier 12 purely as it was on offer as I work for Unipart Automotive and so I can purchase equipment from our sister company Unipart Leisure, I think it cost me about 120. Anyway the tent has been like a 5 star luxury for me and my family, the pods can only sleep two in each, but the central living area is massive and we would actually sleep within this area as we have a double height air bed which will only half fit into one of the 4 pods anyway. The other pods are useful for storage, or you can put a double air bed in for two people to sleep on comfortably.

The tent is heavy but if you carry the poles separately then the weight is spread out. It does take two people to set up in about 1 hour but to be fair most of this time is taken up pegging out the extraordinary amount of guide ropes. We have been away in very windy and wet conditions and the tent held out really well. My wife was not keen to go camping but after our first trip she was hooked even though it rained on our first weekend camping. All in all a very good tent for a large or small family.
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By: Snifferg  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We camped with a Royal Montpellier 12 for 4 years and have nothing but good things to say about it. We have now bought a caravan which is fab but we do miss our 'Monty'.

Its huge size makes it practical if the weather forces you indoors and the SIG is brilliant. There were only 5 of us but it meant our daughter could have a pod of her own and we still had one spare to store all our kit in. Loads of pockets and convenient loops etc for lights.

It is rock solid in any kind of wind with very little movement (including one night when the wind carried d our friends gazebo 100 yards away into the next field in one hop), not surprising as it has about 200 guy lines!The only thing that went wrong with it was my own fault, I managed to rip one of the pole sleeves slightly on one of the bedroom pods because I tried to shove the front canopy poles into it by mistake (my excuse was they are both a kind of grey colour!)- however I will get this repaired and it did not affect the tent in the slightest.

Criticisms are slight and unavoidable - as per other reviews it needs at least 2 people to put up because of its size and if it's raining you have to be quick to avoid the inner getting swamped. It would be nice if the porch was a big longer too, a la Vango Diablo (we got ours before the canopies were supplied with them) but all in all a fantastic tent and at less than 300 (2005) was superb value too.
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By: Pagman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We love our tent so much, we have used it many times and as a mum of 3 found there is plenty of room inside for the rainy days, plenty of room for all of us. The porch is big enough to put the cooker on a table, sadly this year it has started to rip in the top between the zips.

We did find that one bedroom would never go up right and it was hard for me and my husband to put the flysheet over as I am only short but we have many had very happy holidays in it.
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By: Juliebod  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We bought this last year to replace our 4 berth now the kids are getting bigger we need more space and this certainly does that. The bedroom pods really only sleep 2 in each but the huge centre space allows for lots of room when the weather is bad. We camped last year in the Lake District at the end of August in torrential rain, It took 1 hour for me and my hubbie to put it up in the pouring rain, which was pretty good for us as we are used to a dead simple 4 berth. The SIG was brilliant for keeping tent dry and preventing draughts.The Porch allowed us to take off our wet/ muddy things before stepping into the main tent. Ours also came with an awning but due to winds we didnt use that last year.
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By: Dudleycouple  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

Brilliant tent - I agree its basically an 8 berth but a double airbed fits in each bedroom very nicely. Sewn in groundsheet is a godsend and yes it does take at least 2 people to put it up but being as it takes at least 2 people to carry the tent in the first place you've got enough to put it up. We bought it for us and the 3 children so we would have 1 bedroom for storage, which is always a problem when you're camping. To me the only real design problem is there is no where to put the cooker that is obviously designed for that purpose. However the extra space that this tent gave my family when it rained and they weren't able to go out was brilliant.
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By: Mike Carne  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

Good points:

Massive living area
Good internal headroom
Pretty straightforward to put up
4 bedrooms
Sewn in groundsheet
Front awning is really useful

Bad Points:

It's really an 8 berth - unless you are really friendly
Getting the flysheet over the inner tent (if you're short)
Inner tent goes up first and comes down last - not brilliant when it's raining
It needs 2 people to put up
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By: Denys1954  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

A very spacious tent but the sleeping area's would be cramped with 3 adults in them. The sewn in groundsheet was a God-send in the muddy summer of 2007. Maybe not as well made as some tents but well worth it's money.
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Manufacturer's Description

The manufacturer has advised that this model has been discontinued.

A 12 berth tent featuring 4 x 3 berth inner tents, and has two entrances one front and one rear.


Flysheet material: 190T PU coated Polyester
Poles: PE Coated fibreglass
Proofing: 3000 mm
Pitching style: Inner first
Length: 765cm.
Width: 620cm.
Height: 220cm.
Weight: 42.9kg.


Built in living area groundsheet.
Flame retardant material.
Short sleeves for easy assembly.
Skylight windows.
Storage pockets.
Hi-visibility guylines.
Supplied with carry bag

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