We camped in the garden over the weekend in our cheap Vango Juno 500 and I left it up for a few days so the kids could play in it. Someone left the zip open and The Lurcher grabbed one of the SIM and ate a hole in it. It has a rip the size of a paperback in it. There is no way to mend this is there? Also I took the tent down last night before it rained but couldn't fit it back in its bag!!! It's a pentagon shape and I can't work out the best way to roll it up. Can anyone help?
Slarty SIM = self inflating mattress, not a part of the tent. I can't imagine it would be repairable.
Pentagon tent - I would lay it out, and standing at one straight base of the pentagon, fold the sides in until I had an oblong shape (with one little pointy bit at the 'top'. Then I'd fold again, into halves or thirds as required to fit it into the bag. I'd then roll from the pointy end, as I think that would be bulkier and need firmer rolling ... and hope for the best!
Hurray! No chance it'd be the same shape - I don't know how they do it, maybe form the bags around the folded tent in the factory? That's the only possible explanation for how my tent fitted in its bag (we got it back in, but have had to put the pegs in the pole bag, and the doormat would only go back in the main bag once the tent had had a chance to subside a bit).
You can buy repair kits for thermarests - saw them today in Graham Tiso. It included a largish fabric 'patch'.
As for folding tents, we tried out the awning for our camper, and can't get anywhere close to fitting in ANY bag. It is currently stuffed in a large cardboard box, and I've put my head in the sand about tackling it.
Can I hijack slightly? mymumdom I am thinking of buying a Vango Juno for the garden. Is it ok? I don't want to wake up in a wet - full of condensation - tent as it is only single skin isn't it? We have a huge luxurious tent, but don't want to put that up as it takes a while (and takes up most of the grass!)
It was a bit wet on the sides, yes, but only when you touched them, it wasn't dripping or anything. I would keep a towel in the tent and give it a quick wipe down before all the kids got out of bed. It's a great garden tent, so easy to put up and down!