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    Default It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    We have an RTT for sleeping quarters

    The choice is now between also taking a 3x2.5m Gazebo with 2 sidewalls

    or our 2.4m tent for sitting in -- food preparation etc


    What would you chose in normal rainy conditions - not thunderstorms and floods.
    Wind is not a factor at this stage.

    I know someone will say take both!
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    Hi Paul

    Our gazebo with three side walls and groundsheet gave very good protection during a tropical downpour in Punda Maria and won't feel as claustrophobic as a tent. We even braai'd inside on gas as it was impossible outside, but got it done! A tent would be too low for all of this, especially for four people us.
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    I have a gazebo that has gauze sides. It always goes with. It keeps all the bugs at bay. Even put the Cobb inside.
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    I agree with Jens, moving around the tent can be difficult with the sloping sides, assuming it is some sort of dome tent.
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    Thanks all you make some moot points.

    I favour the Gazebo although the tent - a non-dome Turbo - is also tempting.
    We usually camp up north in winter where rain is virtually unknown.
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    I also have a RTT and use a gazebo if it rains. Much more room in a gazebo.

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    If you do decide to take the tent to cook in, make sure it is not made of a synthetic material. I dislike the idea of the tent because there is insufficient ventilation with the result that the condensation with whatever foodstuff and its odours that was taken up in it clings to the ceiling of the tent. Rather geive me a well ventilated gazebo with at least two sides so that an enclosed corner can be turned towards the weather.
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    Too true - I have seen enough tents catch fire!
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    Easy pitch Gazebo. Doubles as a shady spot when there aren't any trees. I store mine with the cover left on as it then takes under a minute to setup.
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    We have an awning mounted off the side of the vehicle. Three metres by two, with two extendable two metre long add on roofs, and drop sides, made by Christy Sports in Diep River. We've sat through mega storms, three day downpours in tropical East Africa, snow, etc and we always have a living room. Quick to erect and quick to pack away.
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    We have two gazebos, easy pop up for short stays
    And a Tentco canvas with 4 sides , ideal for bad weather,
    why 4 sides , well when you go to bed and it's still rainy it keeps everything dry inside, I modified the side walls myself with better windows and doorway.

    Last Easter we had rain and it was a life saver.

    Looking at making an awning to replace the 4th side, it's easier than a zipped door when weather is rainy.

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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    Just make sure your gazebo is waterproof. I've seen some that aren't.

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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    We shall soon see!

    Quote Originally Posted by willa View Post
    Just make sure your gazebo is waterproof. I've seen some that aren't.
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    We need some pics when you next go camping!


    Quote Originally Posted by DirtBasher View Post
    We have two gazebos, easy pop up for short stays
    And a Tentco canvas with 4 sides , ideal for bad weather,
    why 4 sides , well when you go to bed and it's still rainy it keeps everything dry inside, I modified the side walls myself with better windows and doorway.

    Last Easter we had rain and it was a life saver.

    Looking at making an awning to replace the 4th side, it's easier than a zipped door when weather is rainy.
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    @Paul
    We normally have photos of camping.....

    Here is the canvas Gazebo, I hadn't fitted the 4th side (front) we normally wait until it rains.
    The rear and left side I made myself , left side has a roll up zipped doorway.
    Rear has a much bigger window , and the Tentco side has no window (why I made up my own side)

    Gazebo is the smallest Tentco available , ideal for the two of us.
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    Is it difficult to set up the tentco gazebo?
    I am looking at the tentco dining shelter or the Instict gazebo with the sides. Tentco is R1000 more but canvas just afraid its n mission to set up where the instict is super easy
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    Thanks for the pic!
    Looks an excellent buy.
    What is the weight and rough size?


    Quote Originally Posted by DirtBasher View Post
    @Paul
    We normally have photos of camping.....

    Here is the canvas Gazebo, I hadn't fitted the 4th side (front) we normally wait until it rains.
    The rear and left side I made myself , left side has a roll up zipped doorway.
    Rear has a much bigger window , and the Tentco side has no window (why I made up my own side)

    Gazebo is the smallest Tentco available , ideal for the two of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greylpj View Post
    Is it difficult to set up the tentco gazebo?
    I am looking at the tentco dining shelter or the Instict gazebo with the sides. Tentco is R1000 more but canvas just afraid its n mission to set up where the instict is super easy
    We don't find the Tentco difficult to put up, our first Gazebo was the one from the 80's, lots of poles.

    Tentco has less poles, but any canvas Gazebo with sides will take some time, we normally use this on longer stays.
    Taking down is longer as you have to fold everything.
    The sides have plastic pole clips so it can go up quick if you are young and fast.

    Estimates
    Up-30 min all sides and guy ropes /pegs (1.5 people) Swambo helps but doesn't do much.

    Down-40 min due to folding (quicker if Swambo helps)

    We are in our late 50's so speed is relative.

    Dining shelter is great if you have packing space, more weather proof I think, it's totally enclosed.

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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    30 Minutes up is very good.

    Thanks for the info!
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    Default Re: It's raining -----Gazebo or Tent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Thanks for the pic!
    Looks an excellent buy.
    What is the weight and rough size?
    Weight is about 20kgs, size is 2.2x2.4

    Packing size of bag is 700x300x400 with 4 sides and top
    Tentco uses very light canvas for the gazebo, about 220G, very similar to the Oztent.

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