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Tent Reviews: Vango Carerra 400

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
27.60 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.67/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Carerra 400

By: D8ncer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Have just purchased this tent new off the Fleabay.

Although new it was an old stock model around 4-5 years old and got it for a great price. Sure when it was first released it wasn't cheap and around £550-£600 smackers.

High spec with polycotton and heavy alloy poles. This I hope will give us a sturdy base to live from whilst away this summer as it looks like the weather is to be on the wet and wild side.

Stayed for one night at Duloch campsite in Fife during some heavy rain which gave us the chance to test it out before taking it for a fortnight later in the month. Did have a couple of small leaks initially near the bottom of the front door stitching that eventually sealed up by itself.

It does come in a large suitcase type bag with wheels as it is a heavy tent. It has the thickest groundsheet I have seen on a tent and the poles are about 22mm diameter. We went for this tent to see what all the fuss is about polycotton before investing in a more expensive Coleman model.

Will see how it copes on our time away in the next few weeks round the west cost of Scotland. But so far impressed with the quality of it.

Only concern I have is that in the morning there was a lot of condensation above the sleeping pods. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing with polycotton. As such will amend review and star rating once we have given it a few weeks more.
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By: Bassett man  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Just returned from Brean using my van go carrera 400,impressed with it apart from the poles,the way they fix together to form the arch is very poor indeed they just don't keep in shape ,I had to tape together,when watching the DVD that came with the tent the tent shown does not have the alloy poles but black fibre glass,I've other tents and the poles are so much better,apart from that tho I like the tent a lot,
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By: Stash29  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

The only difference between the Vango Carerra 400 and the Vango Tigris 400 is that the Carerra is in polycotton and comes with alloy poles instead of fibreglass so much of what has been said about that tent also applies to this one. The polycotton does give is a very nice feel and it also feels a really solid structure when it's up but it does means it's heavier, about 50% heavier.

We haven't yet slept in this tent overnight, or seen how it performs in adverse weather but we have pitched it to see what it was like and I will add to this review as and when I have more to say on it.

What it came with:

- Roller bag with two sections (one for the fly and one for inner & poles/pegs etc)

- Fly section with SIG

- Bedroom inner section

- 3 x alloy poles

- 2 x king poles for the front door

- 1 x brow pole for the front door

- Guys for the king poles

- Large pegs for the two front D rings and the four back D rings

- Smaller pegs for the guys and other pegging points

- Repair kit

- Pitching DVD


- As with the Vango Tigris, this is a great sized weekender tent. Would be a squeeze for four people but for my partner and I and our two dogs it will be perfect

- The polycotton feels and looks great and the colour looks brilliant but that's just in my opinion

- The alloy poles mean that it should be a lot sturdier when the wind gets a bit hairy and coupled with the tension band system should mean it's rock solid (but we'll see I guess)

- The pelmet around the bedroom means that the elastic ties are hidden and should help prevent bugs from hiding behind the bedroom pod. Also just makes it look a bit neater

- The EHU entry point is hidden behind the pelmet making it look a bit tidier too


- The alloy poles are bent and, at least on our first attempt, it was difficult to keep them curving the way they should to get it up. Seemed more difficult than fibreglass poles but I'm sure we'll get used to it

- The tent is really heavy and although the bag does have wheels I wouldn't like to be taking it too far from the car

- You seem to need to go outside in order to have the mesh only on the side door

- I'd personally prefer if the doors zipped in completely

- The smaller of the tent pegs looked quite thin. We didn't use them though as we'd already bought sturdier ones

- The curved ends of the larger pegs bent over very easily when hammering them in. We will basically be using all new pegs anyway (going to get deltas for the guys)

All in all I think this is a brilliant weekender tent for us and I can't wait to use it in various types of weather to test it out. Will definitely report back when I do. From what I've seen so far thouh, I'd definitely recommend it.
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Manufacturer's Description

A little bit of luxury across a lot of versatile usable space. The Carrera is an easy to pitch, tunnel structure in polycotton fabric. You will be delighted with the flexible sleeping compartment options, the array of storage pockets and the sheer amount of headroom available in the living area. The light and airy feel from the tent design is further enhanced by the choice of luxury fabric.

* Protex® CM 1500 Polycotton fabric with all the benefits of cotton but lighter weight and is PU coated. Taped seams for waterproof protection
* Storm skirt system waterproof, exterior skirt system. Flysheet first pitching simple and quick to pitch, keeps inner dry. Colour coded poles match the pole to the sleeve tab for easy pitching
* Powerlite Alloy poles 22mm light, flexible and durable. TBS®–Tension Band System unique internal bracing system ensures tent performs in adverse
* Sewn-in PVC Groundsheet fully enclosed to protect against unwanted draughts and bugs. Mesh doors allows door to be left open for insect free ventilation
* Mesh vents allow continual airflow to enhance comfort. Air Flow Vent system system of small vents below skirt level. Pelmet pockets and inner pockets keeps those essentials close at hand
* Crystal Clear windows allows maximum light into living area. Double zip windows flexible internal cover allowing choice between light and vent, light only or vent
* Pelmet aesthetic addition to conceal interior attachment points. Cable entry points and tidies zipped entry point pocket. Flexible inners allows divider to be removed when not in use
* Polycotton inners the ultimate in comfort. Parallel zip doors create a canopy for sheltered entry or shaded seating/dining
* Rain gutter zip cover covers and diverts rain flow away from the zip. Roller bag for easy pack-and-go. Repair Kit for that unforeseen emergency
* Capacity: 4 person. Total weight: 27.60kg
* Pack size: 78 x 46 x 31cm. Pitching time: 20 min. Pitching area: 695 x 500

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