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Tent Reviews: Vango Colorado 500

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
12.00 KG
Fly first
Average User Rating:
7.5/10 from 8 reviews

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8 Reviews of the Colorado 500

By: Foxinfrance  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2003   Rating: 

Love this tent, never lets us down. We have camped in England and in France with it. 2 adults loads of space. Easy to erect and get down and packs well into a small hatchback. Even took down and packed up alone when husband was taken ill. Colour coded poles, good bed space and headroom. Added sturdier guys and pegs. Would not hesitate to recommend as a second hand buy as tent now discontinued.
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By: Heritage  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

2 adults and 2 small kids and there's loads of room for us. Its easy to put up and has been through rainy days and nights with no leaks. Porch/living area is spacious and can take my 6'4' height. As mentioned there is no divide in the sleeping compartment so I made my own in less than an hour with materials costing under a tenner. Highly recommended.
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By: Daniellem  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Really love the tent. Went away in really wet weather and it held up great. It was really easy to put up. I can say this a I basically left the other half to put it up by himself lol. The tent is very spacious inside bearing in mind there is only the two of us. Don't think that it would be comfy with five men as the tent is advertised. Only trouble is I would quite like a canopy for it but can not find one to fit it.
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By: AMG Group  Reason: Other  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

This is a message from Vango

Firstly apologies to Christine S who sadly found our staff unhelpful when it came to fixing the poles of the Colorado 500.

I am pleased to say that if you email the following address they will be able to help with making new poles for your tent: services@amg-group.Co.Uk

This company: AMG Services, is part of the overall group which owns Vango. Click on this link to find out more about AMG Services and how they can help you, even if you do not own a Vango tent http://www.Amg-group.Co.Uk/aftersales.Aspx

Hope this helps you.
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By: Sauzie123  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We love our tent! We've had it for over two years and even in very wet weather everything has stayed dry. Loads of space too - although we do use it only between two. One caveat - not good in high winds. One pole broke in two places on a cliff top storm in Yorks - but the shop where we got it replaced the broken sections within 24 hours. Agreed it could open up a bit more in hot weather. We're probably going to invest in a more wind proof one, but for a couple this is a perfect tent as long as it's not too windy!
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By: Christine S  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We bought our tent on impulse in 2007 and at first we were delighted with it. We used it for 2 of us; the lack of dividing curtains in the sleeping compartment meant that we could not easily accommodate our teenage son. The very roomy living area was a plus, as was the groundsheet. In rainy weather it was very difficult to stop water from coming in under the doors, although I think we may have been exceptionally unfortunate with the weather. The late spring bank holiday of 2008 saw the demise of the tent when the gale force wind snapped several sections of pole, although the fabric remained intact. Replacement poles have been impossible to obtain. Vango have not been helpful in this regard, their suggestion being that we posted all the broken poles to them so that they could 'see if they had any in stock.'
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By: Tci872  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

We have owned our Colorado for several years and never thought to review it and I guess this would be for more second hand potential purchases.But not mine as I am not selling. Although 5 berth, we only use it as a 2 and therefore massive. The 2 of us put it up effortlessly and use it for more summer longer breaks. Having said that, its first trip was to Scotland in September and it blew a gale, but the tent stood up well and that gave us confidence to stay with it until last year when we invested in a smaller unit (Sigma 300+) for quick weekends away. The bedroom is massive as is the living area with the tall dome shape and big enough for all those gadgets. We rarely use the side sun canopy opening and this is probably the only criticism as I think it could be designed better however a minor point overall. We thinks it is a great size, 15kg is easy to carry in the boot with everything else, the bag works, easy to put up and strong. We have found no alternative that would make us want to change and to be honest with what we have seen on the market, we would consider anything else a downgrade. A great all rounder.
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By: Leannebevan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

This tent was bought to be a middle tent between out Diablo 900 (we are a family of 7) and our Delta 400 (when we get away on our own). The tent has a great spacious bedroom and a living area large enough to stand up in and for a table and chairs for four comfortably, whilst still having room for cooker/storage etc.

Reasons only 7 out of 10, no curtain to split the sleeping compartment and it would be great if you could open the front of the tent on hot days instead of having two side doors.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Colorado tent is ideal for family camping, groups or those who require lots of space. A enormous 5 person tent combining a tunnel sleeping part with a enormous dome living part.

* External continuous pole sleeves forease of pitching
* Skylight panels in roof facilitate biggest light into the living part
* enormous, extended anteroom part gives additional space and provides sheltered entry in all conditions
* Seam taped flysheet gives long lasting protection from the elements
* Colour coded poles assure the correct poles go into the correct pole sleeves
* Protex 3000 polyester flysheet is long lasting, totally water proof and reliable
* Twin breeze on anteroom helps reduce the build-up of condensation
* Bathtub inner groundsheets for total climate protection
* 3-pocket, valise style carry bag is easy to pack and go
* Mesh breeze on inner tent helps reduce the build-up of condensation and also keeps bugs out
* 'Crystal Clear' windows with internal covers facilitate biggest light into the tent as well as outside viewing
* Riser Groundsheet in anteroom part provides additional snugness and adaptability
* Fire Retardant flysheet, inner tent, mesh and groundsheet. These have been treated with a Fire-Retardant treatment in order to reduce the possibility of ignition from naked flames
* ”Flysheet first” for quick and dry pitching
* Vango Lifetime Guarantee

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