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Review Of The Outwell Sun Valley 8 For 365 Camping Caravanning

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Outwell Sun Valley 8
(Sleeping Capacity 8 persons)

Check Out The Sun Valley 8

The Tent
More generously proportioned than ever before, the Outwell Sun Valley 8 is in a tunnel tent class of its own. With sleeping space for up to 8 persons in the pre-attached inner tents. Carefully designed details such as light cable tidies and organiser pockets in the living area add to the ease of camping life in this amazing tent. A prominent feature, the panorama windows come complete with inside bottom-up curtains that ensure both privacy and eye-level view. Low light windows enable early morning weather checks or watching the sunrise from a comfy horizontal position. The zip-off front awning adds an attractive final touch and provides a roomy sitting area. 

Features  

Large panorama windows with curtains
Mud valance
Pre-attached inner tents
Organiser pockets
Fully seam sealed flysheet for maximum protection
Reinforcement patch on all stress points
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Cable entry point
Lamp holder and light cable tidies
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guy ropes
 

Luminous guy ropes
Heavy duty Outwell zips
Outwell doormat included
Repair kit included
Pitching Flysheet first or as one
Cabins: 3
Colour: Blue
Poles: Durawrap Fibreglass
Hydrostatic head: 5000 mm
Type: Tunnel

 

Size and Weight
Width 400cm
Length 780cm (inc 150cm deep porch area)
Height: 225cm
Pack size: Tent: 78 x 40 x 42 cm / Poles: 24 x 63 cm
Weight: Tent: 26.5 kg / Poles 11.3 kg

Erection / Pitching

Pitching for the first time took around an hour for but obviously this time will reduce with practice. The pitching instructions state to start pitching from the rear and peg out but personally we found  it a lot easier to start from the front and unzipping all the doors.

Pros and Cons  
Pros: Cons:

Spacious
Many features

Prefer larger porch area

The Cost
Around £380

Verdict
The first time we used this tent we had thunderstorms with very heavy rain and the Sun Valley 8 took all that was thrown at it with no problems at all.   It’s a very spacious tent with plenty of room in the living area for all the kitchen furniture and chairs etc and still have space to move around unobstructed.

The porch is an ideal place to cook or watch the world go by sheltered from the weather. We would definitely recommend the purchase of a ‘footprint groundsheet’ to protect the tent groundsheet (it also assists in insulation from the cold floor).

The tent has instilled us with confidence in it’s ability to cope with the British weather and we can’t wait to use it again.

We love this tent but would prefer the porch area to be a little bit larger.

Information and Links
For further information on Outwell and their products visit
Outwell

Reviewed by Smutty Nutty for 365 Camping Caravanning
Reviewed 2008
Note We recommend with all tents that you see them fully erected and satisfy yourself that the product is right for you prior to making a purchase.

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