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Tent Reviews: Vango Rhapsody 800 XL Airbeam

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8  (more 8 berth tents)
46.80 KG
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9/10 from 4 reviews

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4 Reviews of the Rhapsody 800 XL Airbeam

By: Noodles1301  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

I bought this tent last year as an upgrade from a Hi Gear nylon tent. I go away with another family so wanted a big tent. TBH as a female I can't lift this tent up on my own but thankfully my 15 yr old son can! I agree with all other comments regarding carpet slipping and cheap feel to it. Also D rings. Easy to put up if you follow instructions. Have yet to use Guy ropes as not needed. Have survived very bad storm!
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By: P1egan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

Bought this as really wanted to upgrade to Polycotton after suffering both extremes of weather in polyester.

It's amazing. The feel inside the tent on warm days is nice. When you wake up to a pleasant feel in the morning and no dampness it really is a game changer.

I didn't want an 8 man so the pod was was taken out straight away. I love the layout as its similar to my other tent. We kept the windows shut a lot as was a hot weekend and provided a lot of shade for the kids. It really is cosy inside and just as nice with them open. Don't be put off with the lack-of lay flat SIG. The Vango 's are built to prevent bugs and they are good at it. The porch area is a great size to fit a kitchen and table and chairs.

I bought the sun canopy and was impressed with this too. Very easy to put up compared to past experiences with canopies. It really adds to the layout of the tent. Not tested it in wind and heavy rain but looks and feels like it will stand-up.

Packing and unpacking is easy enough. It is heavy to lug about and the bag design is a bit poor. It could do with a case type or better handles. I managed it all on my own but am a big lad.

Now for the reason this tent isn't a very achievable 10/10. The carpet and pegs are gash. The carpet has a horrible cheap fleece feel and slips on the groundsheet. It wasn't square for 2 seconds after the kids have been on it and looked a mess all holiday. I will consider getting a custom carpet or putting Velcro pads on it. The pegs are horrendous. They can't be pulled out properly and they don't fit the rings properly. Very poor choice on both of these from Vango.

Besides the negatives I'm over the moon with the tent. An extra door would of been good but doesn't really bother me as the front is so accessible.
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By: Chrisheathcote  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

We recently purchased this tent as an upgrade from our Icarus 600. Having just got back from our first weekend I have to say that I love this tent.

This tent is a dream to pitch and can easily be pitched by one person (I did in about 15 minutes). Even without the guy ropes and TBS set out this tent feels solid. There is plenty of room to have a dining cooking area and a lunge too, especially if you attach the front canopy and open the front up.

As far as comfort goes, the quality of the fabric adds to the cosy (warm not small) feel the middle section has. There are plenty of points to hang lights with rings on every beam and also one in each bedroom compartment. We ran a string of lights around the main compartment and hung the ufo lights in the bedrooms.

As Reb3 mentioned the hooks to remove the base of the pod are a little awkward, but I'll see if they free up over time. Part of me wants to mark it down to a 9, due to small niggles (clips, covered window, pegs) although tbh I can't. This tent is amazing
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By: Reb3  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

Really like this tent. We have said for years we would like a tent which has a built in enclosed awning with 4 separate bedrooms, so when this one came on the market we decided to go for it.

Each pole takes about 20 pumps to inflate and it goes up really quickly. Due to the extra thickness of the poles, the tent feels very sturdy once inflated.

There is plenty of space inside even with the extra pod. The awning is huge, there is room for us to sit in comfy chairs and leave our table & benches set up. With the door fully open, the canopy provides shelter from the elements but you still feel sat outside.

Things I would improve, I would have preferred a window opposite the door, because when the extra pod is up it covers the only window on that side, and the inside is slightly dark. I also dislike the zips on the bedroom pods. They are one way and the door tucks into a corner near the floor, because we have campbeds in the middle of two pods, the zip is awkward to find and the curved shape is quite high to step out of. The plastic clips to remove the extra pod are impossible to open and detach from the D ring.

The tent is also supplied with plastic pegs. At the end of the webbing strap is a plastic D loop. The peg does not fit through the loop without stressing and snapping the hook. When I contacted our tent supplier they advised just to peg through the webbing strap, however, on a top of the range tent, you'd think Vango would supply pegs which fit, or provide bigger D rings.

These are minor annoyances though. We have had 3 weekend camps so far and are very impressed with how easy it is to pitch.

This tent is an upgrade from an Outwell Concorde XL which we have used for many holidays over the last 3 years. We really liked the tent except the awning was quite difficult to pitch and more than doubled the pitching time.
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Manufacturer's Description

An impressive size, emphatic shape and a breathable polycotton fabric, the new Rhapsody is the epitome of luxury glamping. The newly developed polycotton TC fabric is lightweight with intricately designed weaves for superior strength and quality. It uses an Oxford polyester ripstop groundsheet to provide a robust and hardwearing base which is balanced with a lighter weight polyester groundsheet in the bedroom for sleeping comfortably. The new SuperBeams maximise headroom and useable space throughout. Panoramic viewing is vital and is enhanced significantly by the Vango vista windows. Alternatively, if you need some privacy or down time then simply zip-up the curtains as far as you need. A compact carry bag makes the Rhapsody significantly lighter and creates a pack size that makes fitting into your car, more achievable!

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