On Sun, 11 Sep 2005 16:20:17 +0100, "Julian Pollard"
>Are they as easy to put up (and stay up!) as they claim
>Do they have a built in groundsheet (one seems to be offered as an extra)
>Are you pleased with yours
Yes! I've not actually timed it, but it is just so easy, even single
If a strong wind is blowing, it's best to pitch it with the rear
sloping edge into the wind and peg the rear corners, or get someone to
hold the windward side guy BEFORE the whole tent is pulled up and the
I got the RV4 and reflective fly sheet a couple of years back. I have
since added the high side panels and the front panel. With all the
panels in, it's effectively a small frame tent - without the hassle!
The fly sheet also provides three useful external shaded areas around
the tent. Adjustable telescopic poles are a nice touch too - means
you can lower a corner for wind shedding or rain run-off. With huge
areas of insect mesh and massive ventilation availability,
condensation has never been a problem.
The weight and packed size might put off some, but the convenience and
speed with which it is deployed are, for me at least, worth that
The fabric is very substantial. The thick pvc built-in ground sheet
probably contributes significantly to the overall weight, but is easy
to clean, and also dead easy to repair with McNetts Seamgrip.
Yes! It was my own fault for not inspecting the ground thoroughly
enough, and I missed a very sharp flint and by purely bad luck, placed
the camp bed leg right over it :o( I doubt if anything could have
resisted puncturing with my weight pushing a wooden bed leg onto a
flint. It only made a very small cut which was quickly and
permanently repaired with Seamgrip.
I think the optional extra ground sheet you mention is to cover the
area outside the main tent, under the canopy/awning area. I
usually(although not always) use a piece of ground sheet big enough to
cover the area underneath the main tent, and the outside area as well.
Am I pleased with it? Yes, very much so!
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