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Tent Reviews: Vango Tamor 500

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11.25 KG
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20 Reviews of the Tamor 500         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Cryan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

After a few years of camping with my growing boys I decided I needed a bigger but long lasting tent as an investment, having always inherited friends' cast offs! We regularly camped in the purbeck hills in Dorset and frequently jinxed the weather into gales, so we knew we needed a heavy duty tent- having seen MANY others collapse, leak or blow down in exposed conditions.

I looked at many Vango tents and decided on this one as it is large enough but still small enough to put up by myself with help from my kids. It is extremely waterproof, with fantastic quality taped seams, as it is a dome it withstands high winds and rarely even changes shape in the wind. Good guy ropes and plenty of them, only slight downfall is in cold weather it is hard to heat up all the air space in the large bedroom compartment. Comfortably sleeps 4, but would do 5 at a push. Sewn in groundsheet is good quality, well fitted and easy to pitch

Tent takes about half an hour on my own to pitch completely with bedroom compartment too. Easily big eough for a family of 4 to holiday, have spent 2 weeks in ours with ease. In rainy weather we just curl up and play games in the large bedroom, taking the dividing curtain down.

Best tent I have ever used, and never need to worry that it will let us down despite our bad luck with torrential rain and wind
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By: Sisterwend  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We bought the vango Tamor 500 as we have never camped before on our first camp trip to Scarborough in 2008 we had thunder storms and flooding and it coped very well we bought the large canopy that fits on the front and this is very handy for cooking in and with having 2 small children it gives extra room. I have read mix reviews about the canopy but it stood our 2009 camping to robin hoods bay where we had gales and heavy rain I think itís a case of getting it put up right onto the tent. The tent it so easy to put up even in the wind and rain. We are looking for a bigger tent for longer hols but we are still going to keep the Tamor as a weekend tent all in all this is a fab tent just 1 downside to the canopy it has no hook in the middle for hanging a light.
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By: Peggybabcot  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We chose this tent from reviews on this website for our weekend/just me and the kids tent. It was chosen primarily to allow us to go away when OH is working so needed to be easy for just me to put up alone. Given I can make a pigs ear out of anything, even I managed to put this up alone and found it nice and lightweight with fibreglass poles. Even the ring and pin system didn't need a fight to get it to go in unlike our Outwell Montana 6's As has been mentioned though I was disappointed by the fact that it DOESN'T have a SIG but a bathtub groundsheet.

Even though we had purchased a footprint groundsheet it did mean water ran under the bedroom pods and if the door flaps weren't totally facing outwards the bathtub acted exactly like. Well, a bathtub, gathering rainwater. The size of the bedroom pod was excellent, holding a kingsize and a single very happily as well as the Kamping Khazi but with the benefit of hindsight a larger porch area may have been preferable.

The tent withstood a heavy downpour and seemed stable with what little wind we did have. The addition of the large canopy gave us much needed additional space to cook in and without, I think would have been too cramped for us three, let alone for five as it suggests. The quality of the tent was excellent and hopefully if I ever manage to dry it out from our latest adventure we'll be using it for many years to come. One other thing I did like about it was how generous a bag it came in so getting it back from whence it came shouldn't be an issue, unlike some other tent manufacturers bags.
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By: SusanHB  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We like Vango tents anyway, but this is just an excellent tent. Large/tall enough to be very comfortable for 2 adults + boy + dog but small enough to be very easy to put up. Extremely well designed and logical layout. We bought ours last summer (not sure if 2007 or 2008 model) from the Scouts website - amazing price
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By: Shaneandamanda  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

This is the first tent we have used, and we must say an absolute pleasure. Very easy to erect (when a three year old isn't helping!)and so simple to put away. Exchanged original metal pegs for some stronger plastic ones, and all in all a top tent. We haven't given it 10 because of the porch size - HOWEVER we have added a 2009 extension to the front and MY GOD it's amazing. I have uploaded some pics of the result. It doesn't fit perfectly, but it's close and gives you gallons of room. Great to cook on a windy night. With the extension we managed to put it up in 40 mins in windy conditions and away in about the same. Tent alone, we have been away for four days with three of us and really good. Added the porch for longer holidays.
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By: Sillylilly  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Disappointed that sig was in fact bathtub ground sheet. Tent was stable and stood up well to wind and rain over 3 nights. However lots of water did blow in under the bedroom pods leaving a huge puddle underneath. Side door drips into tent when open if you don't tuck it back behind the guy ropes too. Nice big bedroom , had a queen size double height airbed and a single double height airbed in there and there was still room to store things and walk between the beds.
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By: Enalla  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

I do love this tent! It's my 3rd but it was the one I should have had previously. It accommodates myself and my 3 kids more than adequately. We can fit 2 double and 1 single airbed(s) inside and still have room.

I have read the other reviews of how easy it is to put up and that is definitely true. Now! On my first attempt it took me an hour and a half and that was with help from all the kids. With hindsight it would have been easier with just 2 of us. Anyway, it took a bit of getting used to and discovering that getting the poles in and then raising it was a much easier way to get the keys into the poles. Erecting it in high wind can be a bit of a nightmare, but I expect that's the same for any tent?! Have camped in ALL weathers and in every part of the country and still love the thing.

I think that there are very few downsides to this tent. At times I wish there was more room in the porch, but we fill it up with chairs and a table so on rainy evenings it's sometimes just easier to go to bed. I have a broken pole from a very windy night in Edinburgh, but we just fixed it with some gaffer tape and it's been fine since - that was 2 years ago too. (gaffer tape is an essential).

One thing though, I have no idea how to use that canopy pole thing? It has always remained in the tent bag for the duration. We tend to use the side door anyway, and leave the front door shut.Unless it's particularly tropical outside!
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By: WILLIAMTHEBRAVE  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Great tent can put it up on my own in 25min first time,lots of room in it you can stand up in the bedrooms,kids have room to play in it.

We had a lot of good nights in this tent looking forward to this season in it.
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By: BP1234  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

First family tent, used twice this year (bought with a discount at the end of the season) for a family of 4. The youngest was one and a half and the sleeping area easily accommodated three airbeds and a travel cot. Have seen the other reviews and am very interested in the Large Canopy to provide some more space, our tent is Ensign Blue does anybody know if there is a matching coloured canopy if not I is there anyway of telling if Vango will be producing one in 2009. Great tent quick and easy to pitch.
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By: Hilda-hairnet  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We've just bought this tent as a weekend tent and was very impressed with it. I managed to put it up on my own with no trouble. It would probably be too cosy if you tried to sleep 5, but there was plenty of room for 4 with bags at the ends of the beds - I especially liked the removable bedroom divider, and it was great to be able to stand up in the bedrooms.

Overall a fantastic tent for the money
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Manufacturer's Description

A stand-up height dome tent with extended porch offering very generous living space with a stable sleeping area. A great tent for family camping and perfect for a long weekend.


Flysheet: Protexģ 3000, hydrostatic head 3000mm, tape sealed seams
Groundsheet: PE groundsheet, hydrostatic head 5000mm
Poles: Powerflex fibreglass. Tough, sturdy and reliable
Weight: 11.25kg
Pack Size: 64 x 30 x 22cm
Colour: Laurel/Sage


Protex 3000 polyester waterproof durable & reliable
Taped seams for waterproof protection
Comfort colours darker over bedrooms for a more restful sleep
Heavy duty pole sleeves even distribution of tension
Colour coded poles match the poles to the sleeve for easier pitching
Guy tidy velcro holder allows guylines to be packed neatly
Powerflex fibreglass poles tough sturdy & reliable
Front and rear flysheet vents with covers continual airflow enhancing comfort
Rain gutter zip covers keeps zip dry
PE waterproof riser groundsheet 5000HH minimum ensures dry inner tents.
Breathable fabric inner creates a comfortable sleeping area
Mesh vents on inner allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
Full mesh on inner door reduces condensation and keeps bugs out
Storage inner pockets for storage
Crystal clear windows allow maximum light in to living areas
Lantern point loop or hook conveniently placed
Pelmet aesthetic addition to conceal inner attachment points, giving the interior a more finished look. VANGO REGISTERED DESIGN
Parallel zip door allows the use of accessory king poles to create a canopy
Repair kit included vital for those urgent repair

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