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Tent Reviews: Sprayway Valley 8 Polycotton

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6.67/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Valley 8 Polycotton

By: Gerrym2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

3rd time of using our Sprayway Valley 8 polycotton tent this year. Have managed to get our pitching time down to 1 hr (2 adults pitching whilst 2 kids playing) Hard work but worth it in the end. Plenty of space inside, double bedrooms all fit standard double air beds. We bought carpet to make it cosier inside and extension porch to provide extra space out front for cooking area. Agree with previous comments that due to non sewn in ground sheet you do get gaps at base of tent so need to be careful when pitching tent to avoid run offs when it rains. So far we have managed not to flood inside. We have bent 2 poles though and found replacements difficult to get hold off. And the curtain rail although looks good doesn't hold much weight so have had to use fold down boxes in this wardrobe area instead. Lots of internal space for bits and bobs.

On the plus side the polycotton stays lovely and cool on a hot summer day compared with the nylon tents so overall we are very pleased with this tent
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By: Northwind  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I certainly agree with the review by San321. We camped using our Sprayway Valley 8 for the first time this year, and during an exceedingly wet and windy few days, did find that water came into the annexe area which does not have an inner tent lining, and which is several inches off the ground. I was surprised that apart from some water in the annexe the rest of the tent did stay pretty dry, with only minimal seepage into the front porch area and the rear storage area.

My friend also has one of these tents, and in using it for only the second time, was horrified to find that the guy ropes attached to the canopy porch were ripped away by the wind. It was windy, but there were other tents on site which did not seem to suffer. When we came back to the site that afternoon, her tent was partially collapsed. Neighbouring campers had tried to fix it for her, but without much success. Fortunately I had spare guy ropes so we managed to bodge it enough to hold it up for the remainder of our stay!

To be fair to Sprayway, they have offered her a replacement, but the one she has now is already a replacement for a previously faulty Valley 8 so one does wonder if there are some manufacturing flaws which need to be addressed.
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By: San321  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

It has a lovely big canopy at the front to shelter you coming in and out of the tent, also great for sunny days-a bit of shade. It has a very small in depth porch which runs the full length of the front of the tent. This I felt was a little disappointing! Although ideal for taking shoes off it isn't really big enough to store anything. If bigger it would have been ideal for kitchen equipment. It does have a small side extension but again you would be limited as to what you could put in it. (Great for the loo). Inside it feels very much like the Vango Amazon, with a lovely big living area. (loads of space to have your cupboards, table and chairs-Great to live in on those rainy days!).

The best thing about this tent compared to other large tunnel tents is the double skin which is within the whole of the main tent. This makes it really cosy and warm. There are loads of pockets for extra storage. The inside is very well thought out with lots of nice finishes. The polycotton material feels lovely.

There are three great sized, full height double bedrooms which should fit a standard airbed well. Between two of the bedrooms is a hanging wardrobe. Another great feature, although I'm not sure what weight the rail could hold without ripping the inner tent fabric. At the back of the bedrooms is another super storage area, again a really good feature which I've not seen else where. It also comes with a free footprint at the moment.

So now for the negative and it's a pretty major one! Although the main part of the tent has a fully sealed in groundsheet, the rest of the tent hasn't got a skirt. Therefore any rain falling onto the tent may pour straight in to all the storage areas. This means that you will be limited on wet days as to what you can keep in the front and side porches and the rear storage area. In some places the fabric was several cm's off the ground, leaving a nice gap for those dreaded floods. In my experience, once water has got in, it can find itself getting between the footprint and sip. The water can then seep into the inner tent through seams in the sip. These seams can't be heat sealed, so can let water in through the stitching holes. Before you know it you have a paddling pool in your bedroom or lounge. Obviously this is the worst situation but could happen.

It certainly defeats the point of having storage areas if you then have to move all your gear the minute it starts raining. Anyway there are alot of positives to this tent. It's weighing up the negative against all the positives. If they put a skirt on it next year and extend the front porch a little, it would be the perfect tent. If you have purchased it and tested it in the rain let me know how you have got on.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Valley 8, with its spacious fully sewn in groundsheet design, integral wardrobe compartment, built in canopy, side annex, removable bedroom and dedicated storage area is one of the largest and most practical family tents available. This is the ultimate premium tent, ideal for families and couples with exacting standards who require the very best. The benefit of polycotton is that it is far more breathable than polyester, therefore the tent remains cooler and more comfortable in warm conditions. The polycotton fabric additionally disperses UV rays more efficiently, therefore flysheet degradation is reduced meaning the life-span of the tent is greater.

Pitching method: outer first
Flysheet material: durable polycotton
Ring and pin tensioners: yes
Flysheet tensioners/d rings: yes
Inner tent material: breathable polyester
Inner tent fire retardant: yes
Inner tent groundsheet material: polyethylene
Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head: 3000
Poles: steel
Continuous pole sleeves: yes
Colour coded pole sleeves: yes
Pegs: steel
Electrical hook up access: yes
Total weight: tbc
PackSize: 55 x 57 x 87cm (Canvas), 23 x 24 x 93cm (Poles)


Front fully integrated sun canopy
Rear storage area
Side annex
Low level vents
Sewn In Groundsheet (SIG) in main living area
Mesh pockets in the inner tent
Integrated wardrobe
Large opening tuck away door
Groundsheet for entrance included
Front storage area
Internal organiser pockets
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guy ropes
Electrical hook up access point
Repair kit included
Sturdy and durable wheeled trolley bag supplied as standard

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