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NorthPole 17' x 16' 6-Person Cabin Dome w/Screenhouse

rated 1.5 of 5 stars

I bought this tent to introduce my wife to camping. I usually camp with very minimal gear, but for her I bought this huge tent, an air bed and frame, and nearly every comfort of home you could think of. We still haven't gone.

Let me explain. I set the tent up before a thunderstorm to test it worst case before going. The tent sagged badly and leaked like a sieve. I found out why. One of the tent poles bent nearly in two. I called NorthPole to order a new pole on May 25th. No problem, $12 and change for two poles.

Then I got a card, the poles are not in stock, they have been backordered. It could be 6 to 8 weeks. Well, I called at 7 weeks. "We just got a shipment of poles in, and yours are with them, you will have them within the week". Still no poles. Nearly $200 for a tent I can't use.

I should have read the reviews of the product BEFORE I shelled out the money. Live and learn. I will NEVER buy ANYTHING from NorthPole products again, and neither should you.

Design: Freestanding dome with porch
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: Fairly easy for 2 people
Weight: 48 lbs
Price Paid: $178.50

Actually, the tent I purchased is called a "VACATION HOME 10", model number D200327N, 14 ft. x 12 ft. I bought it from Dick's sporting goods in Mayfield, Ohio.

I erected the tent in my yard to test its performance. After a thirty minute thunderstorm, nothing spectacular, the damn thing was full of water. The spacing of the roof crossbars allowed the rain fly to sag and collect several gallons of water which, of course found its way into the tent. Good news, though. My oversized cot is more waterproof then my tent! This is a badly designed, poorly made piece of junk. I'll see what happens when I try to get my money back.

Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: Easy enough for two adults
Price Paid: $200

Small drops of leakage, but very very easy to setup and very roomy. The roof did however collect water and I had to make a makeshift tie to keep it taut so the water would run off.

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