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Review Of The Vango Maritsa 500 For 365 Camping Caravanning

 

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Vango Maritsa 500

(Sleeping Capacity 5 persons)

 

 

Front View Of The Vango Maritsa 500 Large Windows In The Vango Maritsa 500

 

The Tent
As the camping new season gets under way then so do the Camping retailers tent displays to showcase their new models for the current season. Kool Kamping kindly allowed 365 Camping Caravanning to pitch and review one of their many new tent models they have in stock this year, the Vango Maritsa 500. A luxurious family sized tent with sturdy steel poles and what now seems to be a Vango trademark, a non-standard tunnel design providing a larger living area whilst still retaining height and structural integrity. The Vango Maritsa 500 has a host of features to ensure your camping holiday is not only relaxed but will also be in style. Well this is the 2nd 2010 model Vango tent we’ve reviewed this year and we at 365 Camping Caravanning are not disappointed. Vango have proven themselves in the field, so to speak, time and time again with their innovative designs and quality. I particularly like the large integral front porch which allows you to take off your wet gear whilst sheltered from the elements before entering the living area or just sit inside the porch and watch the world go whatever the weather.

With the porch entrance door having a choice of half or full opening and with 3 clear windows (with internal privacy covers) and removable bathtub groundsheet the porch area feels like a totally separate living area from the main tent. The main living area has a ‘D’ shaped door entrance (accessed from the integral porch), as do the 2 side doors, and each has internal meshing to stop the bugs flying in but at the same time allowing the required cooling ventilation on a warm summers day. The large living area has 2 clear windows (with internal privacy covers), 2 side doors, EHU cable entries (with centre hanging point) and lots of storage pockets on pelmets at the front of the bedrooms. The bedrooms consist of 2 double bedrooms and 1 centre walk-in closet/wardrobe with hanging rail (as part of a larger bedroom) or the rail can be removed and the divider unzipped to open up this bedroom into a 3 berth or luxurious 2 berth bedroom.

Features
Fire Retardant fabrics
Protex® 3000 polyester flysheet
Taped seams
Storm skirt system
Flysheet first pitching
Colour coded poles
Powerplus steel poles
Sewn-in polyethylene 10,000HH groundsheet
2 cable entry points and tidy
Vango Maritsa 500 Review
Mesh doors x 3
Multiple mesh vents
Integral front porch with Riser


Groundsheet
Walk in wardrobe / 1 person inner tent
Hanging organisers and inner pockets
Large Crystal Clear windows with internal covers
Pelmet with storage pockets
Breathable fabric inner tents with part mesh doors
Zippered divider in 3 person inner
Polyester inner groundsheets
Drop down groundsheet in front porch
Fully sealed side doors & porch door
Rain gutter zip cover
Easy find inner clips
Roller bag


Pitch Footprint, Size And Weight
Pack size - tent 75 x 30 x 30cm / Poles 80 x 18 x 18cm
Length 680cm
Width 385 (260cm at front porch)
Height 200cm
Total Weight - tent 16.80kg / Poles 18.85kg
 

Pros and Cons

 

Pros

Cons: 

Good quality - although I wouldn’t expect anything else from Vango
Quick pitch – for a family sized tent
Spacious
Sturdy
Excellent integral front porch design
Adjustable pegging straps
Walk in wardrobe – handy for those longer stays

Not standing height throughout the bedrooms for a tall person


A couple of extra pegging point at the base of the rear of the tent would be nice but this can be overcome by utilising a couple of ‘Clingons’ (tm)

Erection / Pitching
The tent can be pitched ‘as one’ or the bedrooms removed.
Pitching is simple enough with colour coded poles and the usual ring and pin system. Expected pitching time of 30 minutes (after a bit of practice with 2 people) is a credit to Vango’s designers for such a spacious family tent.

The Cost
MRRP £400 but Kool Kamping of Blackpool have them on offer for £349.99 a bargain

The Verdict
Vango have put a lot of thought into family camping and for me this tent ticks a lot of the boxes, the Vango Maritsa will be a strikingly imposing tent on any campsite and you’ll definitely find other campers asking you more about your new tent. Spend a weekend in this you can but I’d bet you’d want to stay in it longer. Available in two colours (smoke/ocean and laurel /meadow ).

Information and Links
For further information on Vango Tents check out our
Vango Pages
Or visit Vango at their website
Vango

Reviewed by Camper Pete 2010
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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