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Tent Reviews: SunnCamp Shadow 800 PC

Tent and Awning Reviews Index  >  SunnCamp  >  Shadow 800 PC Reviews

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Pitching Style:
Discontinued
8  (more 8 berth tents)
39.00 KG
500.00
3
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Shadow 800 PC

By: Cazzapayney  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We have the Sunncamp Haven 800, which is the same design as this one. I agree with Worrywort, when it rains there is no small canopy to stop rain getting in, which is the downside to this tent. We ended up buying a side extension which makes an excellent kitchen area too. It does take up huge amount of space in boot, but if you want a tent this size it something you will have to put up with. Would recommend this tent to everyone if they bought a side extension to go with it, or if they started putting a canopy over the entrance would be better.
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By: Worrywort  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Bought this tent last year - it's our first tent, so I can't offer comparisons. We chose polycotton as my husband didn't want to get too hot. We put the tent up first in the garden and hosed it down to proof it. Struggled to get it back in the bag the first time, but then tried leaving the windows unzipped and that made the difference, though we tend to leave the pods outside the bag. Takes us about 40 mins to put the tent up, I don't think you could do it with one person as some of the poles are quite tough to get into the rings.

Tent seems fairly sturdy; our first trip we had strong winds and torrential rain and we were okay (though I didn't sleep much!). Noticed some water underneath the pods when we packed away - I think this was where the pod touches the outer liner, so now I try to adjust the pod so that it doesn't touch the outer.

One downside to the tent is the amount of space it takes up - half our boot. We are 2 adults and 2 kids, but wanted plenty of space; the kids get a pod each to play in. My other gripe with this design of tent is that when it is raining, you have to keep the doors zipped - there is no eyebrow, so nothing to stop the rain getting in (one downside of a tunnel tent). I find I envy those tents which have some kind of porch to cook in, or sit in when it is raining; we may try to get some kind of canopy to use with it. Also, it would be good if the bottom of the doors had more velcro or zips as they can let draughts in.
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By: Bhwh  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

An affordable polycotton 8 berth tent.

This is the first tent that I have owned, so it's a bit difficult to compare but I have used other tents in the past of a smaller size.

The tent comes with a well written instruction manual. Following the steps as described meant the tent was fairly straightforward to erect. All poles are colour coded making it very easy to know what goes where. Due to substantial weight of the polycotton fabric and overall size of the tent, I would definitely say it requires two people to do the job easily, although I could probably get it up on my own with some effort.

Once up, the bedrooms are also easy to install. The tent is supplied with 3 interior compartments: one double (intended for 4) and 2 single berths (each intended for 2). The double berth can also be divided into 2 with a curtain provided, so that you could have 4 separate berths. We have bought the tent for just 2 people (greedy!) so used the 4 berth as our main double compartment. The two smaller berths we erected, using one as a 'dressing room'/clothes storage area and the other as a general store.

When we purchased the tent, the sales person 'encouraged' (!) us to buy an additional porch (can't remember the manufacturer.?!) as the supplied porch is quite basic and small. We didn't buy this, as we are going to the Vendee in France and expect to be outside most of the time. However, having just stayed for a weekend in the UK, it would have been far more convenient to have this extra space as a more substantial covered area for cooking/utility space. As it happened it rained very heavily for this short stay and the built in porch (which is actually one of the two doors - see pic above in manufacturer images) was not enough of a covering. We also found that water pooled on top of this canopy which needed emptying every so often.

The material: we knew very little about different tent fabrics before we bought this tent. However, I grew up using a Force Ten canvas tent with the cadets and spent many holidays in Eurocamp classic tents. So I basically knew what a tent should feel like. This felt right as soon as I walked into it. Good quality and plenty of air.

I fully expected the tent to be leaky on its first trip as we experienced very heavy rain, as there were some small pools of water inside in the morning. Luckily, on our final morning the sun broke through and we had a good couple of hours of warm sunshine on the fabric. This is apparently exactly what it needs to finalise the material structure, acting as a 'weathering' process and allowing the soaked threads to expand and fill any gaps. It would be well advisable to do this process yourself with a hozepipe and sun before using on a substantial trip.

The tent has plenty of storage pockets and ventilation panels on each end of the tunnel (bedroom areas).

I'm certainly very pleased with the purchase and look forward to taking the tent around France this summer to really test it out.

We paid 399 (including separate footprint made for this tent).
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Manufacturer's Description

NEW BREATHABLE POLYCOTTON VERSION OF THE POPULAR SHADOW 800 WITH ALL THE SAME FEATURES, IN A CLASSIC COLOURWAY

Sleeps: 8
Pitching: Flysheet first
Poles: Fibreglass
Inner Tent: Polycotton
Groundsheet: Sewn Into flysheet
Weight: 39kg
Height: 215cm


EXTRA FEATURES:

Breathable Polycotton flysheet
Front Canopy Door with picture window and internal curtain
Rear D door
Three separate bedrooms 4+2+2
Removable divider Curtain to four berth inner
Two side zipped vents to living area
Cable entry point
Cable tidy
O ring hanging point to living area and all bedrooms
Two position removable organiser in living area
Double seamed zips on doors
Ventilation panels to bedroom doors
Zipped rear vents to bedroom areas
Storage pockets to all bedrooms
Canopy poles included
Additional valance/mudwall for extra protection


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