Written on: 31/07/2010
I purchased the Vango Colorado 800 DLX (2010 model) after a lot of internet research and reading reviews online. My partner and I put it up in the garden to practise before potentially making fools of ourselves on a campsite. After reading reviews that said it was difficult to put up and erquired 4 people, I was keen to give it a go. The result - it was an absolute breeze! Dead easy to put up by 2 adults. The instructions were easy to follow and the tent and poles are colour coded so that the correct poles go in the right place. It took us about 40 mins to have it up, pegged and the inner sleeping "pods" attached.
Compared to other similar size tents, this is great value for money. I got it online from J&R Leisure through their Ebay shop for £275 + £5 postage - £20 cheaper than anywhere else and it arrived the next day.
The 2010 model has a built in ground sheet so no problems with draughts, etc. The 2 smaller (2 person)sleeping pods are ok for 2 kids but would be very cosy for 2 adults! The larger (4 person pod) is a good size and has a divider to split it into 2 rooms for privacy if needed. We have 3 kids and have camp beds for them. The best use of space is for our 2 girls to use the larger pod and our boy to use one of the smaller pods. There's plenty of room for the camp beds. We use the other small pod which just fits our double airbed and no more - which is fine.
The central dome is huge - I'm 6 ft tall and can comfortably walk around without bending down in the living space. We bought a folding picnic table which sits in the living area and there's still loads of space, especially with the porch area. I highly recommend this tent for family camping!