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Tent Reviews: SunnCamp Manta 16

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2 Reviews of the Manta 16

By: Mattogier  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

This is, as been stated before, a HUGE tent . Great for a larger family or group with a massive central dome that you can indeed park a Zafira in (picture proof to follow).

There are issues with erecting it and keeping the groundsheet clean and clear but both of these can be overcome by inclusion of a soft broom to a) support the dome when pitching, and b) to sweep dirt and water off the groundsheet.

More suited to a single location holiday so it can be pitched and set rather than a daily pitch, strike & move holiday . It also makes a good base camp as there is plenty of room for many people to meet and eat in the central core or indeed pitch up to 4 lots of 2/3 man dome tents inside!

Our model has two pods with zip access to run electrics in, bypassing the need to run through the pod bay doors (Hal) and Velcro tabs to support a central light and cable.

A great tent but needs time and manpower to pitch and strike as well as sufficient drying space when you get it home.
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By: Tentadventurer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating: 

The size of this tent is NOT to be underestimated! It is colossal!

First the size: Well, as with most tents the bedroom areas are cozy. Although advertised that it sleeps 4 in each bedroom it only suits 3 comfortably. However with the 4 bedrooms that still means the bedrooms can easily accomodate 12 people. The living area is enormous. There is enough room for a table and chairs to seat 8 and still have space for the kids/dogs to run around in circles. As a test, we parked a Vauxhall Zafira inside ours and still had plenty of room around the outside. If you wanted people to sleep in the central area also, you could probably sleep a further 15 people in that area so perhaps they should bill this more of a 27 berth tent than a 16. So if it's space you're after then this is a great tent. Despite this size it comes in a comparatively small pack. Still larger than a standard tent of course but considering the size of the tent the pack size is manageable and will fit in a car boot.

The downside of this space is the difficulty in pitching it. The ceiling height is 245cm, and what Sunncamp don't advertise is that to pitch the tent you need somebody tall enough to reach the middle to hold it up. The tallest member of our party was over 6ft and was on tip-toes fully stretched struggling to support the tent. It took 3 adults about an hour to pitch which in relation to the size isn't bad but like I say, if you don't have anyone tall with you, chances are you won't be able to get the tent up at all.

The large doors mean that you can always get plenty of light and air flow which is great in the warm weather. It has a great feel to it and you can easily imagine several families camping together in it. You can also buy a sunncamp windbreak which matches the tent exactly which is nice and there is a dedicated electrical entry point for those that require it.

The biggest negative for this tent is by far the groundsheet. It is not fully sewn in but separate, it does have a riser to it but it doesn't attach to the tent in any way at all so the slightest breeze blows it down making it very damp/drafty in wet weather. We resorted to lining our shoes around the edge of all four doors to hold it up!

In general, sunncamp have done well in making such a large tent fit in such a comparatively small package, and provided you are a summer camper with someone tall and can afford the 3 pitches it covers (it measures 11m x 11m) this is a great party / several family tent where you won't get on top of each other. Just not great for the average family in british weather!
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Manufacturer's Description

•X-Flex shatterproof colour coded poles
•Four separate sleeping pods
•4 doorways
•Cable entry point
•Closeable windows and roof lights
•Extra large living area
•Secondary inner tent mesh doors
•Full valance draught excluder
•Side scoop ventilation
•Groundsheet for living area
•Compact pack size
•Compression storage bag
•Colour coded inner tents
•Height: 245cm
•Weight 52kg approx

Sleeps up to 16
3000mm Hydrostatic head
X-Flex Poles
Breathable polyester
Weight: 52kg
Height: 245cm

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