NorthPole Vacation Cottage 2
Design: hard to put up, concept good, sealing sucks....
Ease of Setup: No dirrections worth a darn...
Weight: unsure, heavy though
Price Paid: $150
I was never so disappointed in my life! I traveled two hours to Big South Fork State Park, finally got the tent up with no help from the "directions". It took four of us to figure it out. That wouldn't have been too bad except when the storm came. WET WET WET. Everything was wet or damp. Dripped on at night and the misting caused me to get an earache, which I never have any problems with.
Then the next day the really embarrassing icing on the cake. We had to put a large black plastic over the whole unit to stay dry. We were the talk of the camping area. I could not believe I bought a new tent and had to put up with this. My old tent lasted longer and never leaked until it got so old, which was explainable. I am going to send pictures to everyone I know. No one should have to seal a tent when they have to pay so much money for one. The concept was good, workman ship terrible.
I went to take it back and they only wanted to give me $99 for it, that is how much it dropped in 5 days. I will never buy another Northpole tent again, Coleman here I come. The public is going to love the great pictures when I get them online, proof is in the pudding!!!!!!!!!!
DON'T buy this TENT!!!!!!!!!
Design: Summer Tent with attached canopy
Ease of Setup: medium
Weight: 52 pound
Price Paid: $75
This is a great SUMMER tent. It was designed to keep you cool as possible in the summer and works very well. In fact, there are many great design improvements over other tent makers.
Indeed, the instructions were less than optimal, but I found it easy to figure out. It is always best to have a trial run in setting a "new" tent up in the back yard. That way, you can spend your time enjoying the camping and not having to be under the gun trying to figure out a new puzzle in a new environment.
Staking the four corners before erecting the tent is an excellent tip.
The framing seems a bit flimsy at first, but when erected, it work very well and does not catch rain on the roof.
Sealing the seams is a good practice on any tent, new or used. The process seems intimidating, but is really simple once you actually do it.
Ease of Setup: difficult
Price Paid: $150
I agree with some of the other reviews that the instructions are difficult, but if you review all the parts and read over and over, you can get through it. I haven't used the tent yet except in the backyard to become familiar with it. With just a small wind and rain storm the tent blew over bending the awning poles. I will certainly purchase stronger tent stakes and after reading other reviews, waterproof the seams. I am replacing the awning poles.
Design: cabin style
Ease of Setup: my 12 year old figured it out
Weight: don't know
Price Paid: $139.99
The tent is tremendous. Easy to erect, roomy, with a baseboard style tent floor. All tents should have this. Very straight walls so rain can't build up at the bottom when it rains heavy.
I did forget to seal the seams on the roof and got some dripping in a heavy downpour (my own fault). I read another review and it was mentioned that the inside walls were wet. They must not tent camp nuch because all tent walls do this. DON'T TOUCH THE WALLS WHEN IT RAINS! Everyone knows this.
Design: Vacation Cottage
Ease of Setup: VERY EASY
Weight: around 80 lbs or so (had roller bag)
Price Paid: $149.99
This tent is GREAT! we've tried several tents and this tent, by far, was the easiest and fastest to erect, with loads of space and an appealing design/colors. Simple but effective.
The only thing we were not so impressed with, but can understand their lightweight design, was the center pole attachments that are plastic... seems to me, for a tent that size, you would use a stronger type of material?
Overall... we LOVE IT!
Design: 14x14 screenhouse tent
Ease of Setup: Fairly simple.
Price Paid: $179.95
It leaks on the side and the top of it is wet on the inside. Why should I have to waterproof it with the money I paid for it? I don't even know how to waterproof a tent. We were really looking forward to using it this summer.
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