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Tent Reviews: Royal Phoenix 3

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
4.20 KG
Inner first
Average User Rating:
7/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Phoenix 3

By: Marie-Helene  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We bought this tent to begin our camping adventure 2 yrs ago. We are 2 adults and an 8yr old. I have enjoyed this tent, its cosy and compact and very warm. Our first trip was a baptism by fire as we couldn't test pitch (garden not big enough)and we arrived at the campsite in York in TORRENTIAL rain. We couldn't pitch til the rain stopped as it is inner first (not good in bad weather)but once the rain abated it was a simple enough put up. It does take a little jiggling to marry up the inner and outer but nothing major. It rained heavily that night and the tent leaked over the side entrance. The rain pooled over the door upper seam and started dripping in. This seemed to be the only seam not taped, so we have taped it and retaped most others for good measure.(no problem since)

It is getting a little cramped now as our son and the amount of stuff he wants to bring grows and I have a bad back and can't crouch so crawling in and around a tent is getting difficult. Also it would seem that we only have to look at a tent for it to start raining so we want something we can put our table up in instead of having to erect our own 'refugee style' shelter next to the tent in bad weather.

This tent has been through ferocious winds wherby it was flattened as I tried to sleep and I felt like a shrink wrapped chicken. No damage was done however and it bounced back as soon as the wind shifted. It really did earn its crown that night. On our last trip (last week) it rained heavily and continuously and rain did finally start to drip in thru' the front at the very top, but it didn't come into the sleeping area, just ran down the shell of it. (but only drips and splashes) we plan to rewaterproof it.

I would recommend as a starter tent, good enough for 3 if you only plan to really sleep in it. The living area is where we kept our clothes bag, shoes, crate of cooking stuff and packed stoves. The floor stayed mostly dry except when you need to open the side door after rain, without a 'porch' the water runs straight in as it does pool over the doorway a little.
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By: Simon+Connie  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We bought this tent a year ago, with the intention of going on a camping holiday, and then didn't use it until this year. While easy enough to pitch, we found it tricky to get everything lined up correctly.

But the real problem we had as two middle-aged adults was the size. For youngsters I am sure this tent would be more than adequate but for us, it involved too much crawling around on the floor. Also the 'porch' area was inadequate for all the equipment we had.

In summary, probably ideal as a 'pup tent', or for a night or two, but not for two adults for a week.
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By: Hairywol  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2002   Rating: 

Bought this as a pup tent to give our young teenage girls a bit of independence (although only ever 6 feet away).

Very good value, plenty of room for two people or three kids for short ventures.

Easy to erect, though inner first. Only problem I had was never getting the flysheet to match the poles properly, and the fly needed tying to poles using tags that you actually have to tie in a knot.

Good little tent.
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By: Stumpjumper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating: 

I bought this tent when it first came out about 8 years ago and it has only just been retired due to the waterproofing starting to come off. It's an ideal starter tent, very easy to erect and an attractive price for a brand name tent. The quality is good, the only downside for me is that it pitches inner first (not sure if the newer ones still do).
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By: Corporate Camper2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

The most attractive feature of this tent is the price; RRP is 40 but with almost no effort you'll find one for around 25.

This tent is hard to define; it's too small to be a family tent (unless you are a small and intimate family), but it's a little too large to be a backpacking type tent.

I've used it for 1-2 night breaks with one occupant, and it's suited that role perfectly.

The tent arrives in a single bag containing the inner, flysheet, poles and pegs. The bag is somewhere around 1m long and has carry handles. I was pleased to find that on my first outing I could easily get the thing back in the packet!

Pitching the tent is quite quick and simple, the inner goes up first which can be a pain in inclement weather but the pitching time is short enough that you'll not get much water ingress. This tent has the 'ring and pin' system which makes getting the (3) poles in place quick and simple. 6 guy lines keep the tent lashed to the floor and you'll have a choice of a front or side door!

The porch area is big enough to sit in, it's got two windows in the front and one on the 'roof'. Both doors can be rolled up when it's fine and the zips are covered by storm flaps for when it's not.

In the sleeping area there is enough room for a double airbed and probably just enough room for a single alongside it (although I've not tried). There is a handy pocket for keys etc and a loop at the top for hanging a light. The door of the sleeping area can be closed, open, or mesh to keep the bugs out.

What more can I say? I've used it in all conditions from 35C to a pretty severe storm and it's been fine, it's never leaked and and nothing has broken.

I don't normally give things top marks, but I don't think this tent could do anything better. 30 provides a season full of adequate accommodation for 1-2 people, it's a proper tent from a proper manufacturer and it should last for years.
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Manufacturer's Description

Dimensions: Overall - 370cm (l) x 210cm (w) x 130cm(h). Sleeping area - 210cm(w) x 130cm(h). Weight 5.6kg. Polester flysheet and 1500mm Water column. Special features: Taped seams, Flame retardant and porch groundsheet.

The Phoenix 3 Plus is another great value tent with a high spec. Like the 3 Deluxe it is ideal for spring, summer use and also comes complete with the groundsheet for the porch area. In addition to this the porch area has been extended by 50cm which has allowed for a side door to be put in the tent which has proved a very useful addition.

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