Today is the day! What day? Our Vango Farnham 600 will be here by 5pm CST! This tent is roughly 12′ x 20′ not including the awning! We chose it because it’s the perfect size when it rains for a couple of days and we’re stuck indoors. Ideally we would just find a museum, but some times there isn’t one or our budget doesn’t allow it. The large living quarters allows us to bring our camping table inside to eat and play games. Someone will have to cook under the awning, but we bought an extra tarp to increase the size so he won’t get wet.
We are going to set it up tonight as long as the weather permits. If it doesn’t then we will set it up tomorrow and get you some pictures. Of course we will be sleeping in it the first night it’s up to check it out and try out some of our new gear. I am really excited to show you everything!
It has two bedrooms that sleep three people each. They are like a tent within a tent and stay dark in the morning so you can sleep in if you want. The UK markets it as a weekend tent, but it’s so much bigger than a weekend tent in the USA. It’s called a tunnel tent because of it’s design, but it acts like our cabin tents here as far as space. It is an all weather tent that doesn’t require a rainfly because it has vents that open on the sides and a large vent at the back. These vents have mesh to keep out bugs! We are going to put a reflective tarp over it to keep it cooler and add extra protection, but it isn’t necessary. It also has the Vango TBS-II system which is a tension band system inside that helps stabilize the tent in high winds. It has diamond clear windows with toggled curtains that offer three positions, so you can put them all the way up, half way up, or all the way down.
It has 4,000 hydrostatic head (hh), verses 1,500 in the cheaper tents here in the US. The bathtub floor is 10,000 hh, so you and your gear will stay dry. It has pre-angled poles for greater internal space and provides effective bracing against side winds. It offers two entry points, which is great! The front extension is pre-attached, which is nice, since it will keep rain from leaking through when you’re going in the front door. The side door rainfly has grommets to attach poles to create an additional awning. They use #10 self-repairing zippers and heavy fabric to create a really great tent. They are made in Scotland so they will withstand most any kind of weather the lower 48 states can throw at it. If you don’t believe me, look at some of their testing videos on YouTube.
If you want the extra options (carpet, groundsheet, etc) it is essentially the same as the Vango Avington 600. They changed the name and made it an Amazon Exclusive. You can also find universal accessories, just make sure you order the right size.
If you are looking for a high quality tent in the USA that will protect you from the elements, check out the Big Agnes Big House 6 Deluxe Tent. It is a three season tent (four season if you’re camping in the deep South! lol) with a full rainfly to protect you from the elements. It has lots of gear storage, glow in the dark guylines to prevent tripping (yeah! Cause who hasn’t done that, right?), and the storage bag is compartmentalized to keep everything organized. I saw it in a video, everything will actually go back in the storage bag!
It’s available at Moosejaw.com for $399.95 with free 2-day shipping until October 30th. If you have Ebates you will get cash back and there may be a coupon. Please click the link below. If you press Ctrl on your keyboard and click it at the same time it will open in a new window.
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