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Tent Reviews: Vango Drummond 500

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2 Reviews of the Drummond 500

By: Fizzme  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

Used it for the first time as a replacement for our 6 berth Argos own brand.

Took us a while to put the tent up, instructions included are poor. Why cant tent manufactures do a step by step pictorial guides. Eventually figured it out. This is a tunnel tent our previous tent was different so very different ways to put them up. Once figured we took it down second day and tried again, still took us a while but we are now confident we could do this tent in 30 minutes.

The tent is spacious, we put a double air-bed in each bedroom, using a thin dividing sheet that is supplied and hooks in. You can split 50/50 or 30/70. We also put a queen size air bed in the living area. There was still plenty of space. Bedrooms have few small pockets along the bottom. Living area doesn't have any. The bedrooms also have curtains that can be opened to let air/light through the mesh.

We had heavy rain and wind the first night and I stayed awake most of worried about the tent. It held up to all that was thrown at it and was dry inside. The tent has straps inside to tighten in strong wind to help the tent keep its shape. We didn't use them.

The tent is not fully sewn groundsheet but a you shape bathtub that hooks up to the tent. It only does the living area and not the bedrooms as I would have preferred. It kept the draught out and was a huge improvement from our non fitted groundsheet in the Argos one.

It has to entrances, one with a mesh and all the windows can be covered. The are couple of ventilation spaces to and kept the tent cool and fresh even when it was in the early 20 Celsius and sunny outside.

The bag is oversized to help you put the tent back. Again forget the instructions, took us a while to get it down to the size it would fit. The trick is use the folds and creases from the factory to help you. The tent when packed up doesn't take up that much space in the boot and isn't too heavy to lift. Wish the bag had 2 zips instead of one.

We used couple of tarpaulin groundsheets to keep the bottom of the tent clean but will buy a footprint to make it easier in the future.

Overall a very good tent. I got it for 50% off RRP from a Decathlon clearance.

My teenage daughter had a better experience in this tent and change her mind about camping :-)
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By: Danz2411  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

We have used this tent twice and both the tent was easy to erect and fitted our needs perfectly.

The tent went up in 15 mins with just me and my husband and a bit of 'help' from a 2 year old!

We had ample space inside the living area to cook and our son had plenty of space to play. We also have a carpet which makes for a more cosy experiance. The carpet is not the Vango one but is from my mums gelert Atlantis 5 tent but It fits very well.

Although we haven't camped in very bad weather (yet) the tent did stand up to the rain aNd wind we have experienced and there was no water inside the tent (always a bonus!)

Fits into a very reasonably sized bag, doesn't take up much room in the car we had a seat Ibiza fitted perfectly along with all terrain buggy and all our gear ( we have electric hook up).

I would defiantly buy again my only slight issue is that maybe the tent wouldn't be suitable when my sons gets older as the room is divided only by a thin fabric divider, and he and we may want our own space!

Happy Camping!
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Manufacturer's Description

This bright and stylish tent is packed full of features with a front porch with great head height TBS II panoramic windows full mesh side door and a linked in groundsheet. This tent is ideal for groups families and first-time campers alike. King Poles available as an Optional Addition.

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