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If you’re in the market for a new tent and you’re looking for a tent with a porch that can be used as an extra sleeping area or just for a seating area then check out this Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent. It is relatively easy to set up, it can be done by one person but is easier with two. It has a large floor space for sleeping and it has a second room/porch area which is screened and has window covers so can be closed off in the rain or left open for a cool bug free seating area. We’ll be checking out what buyers have found using this tent so you can decide if it is the one for you.
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Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent Review
- Great for camping with family or friends the klondike tent features room for 8 and a screen room
- Large front awning provides you a “camping porch” with sun Protection and weather Protection to make your camp feel like home
- Features: front awning for dry tent entry & weather Protection, rain fly, zippered windows, mesh roof vents, gear loft, carry bag included
- Seasons: 3, capacity: 8 person, number of doors:1, number of windows: 2, floor area: 90 sq.Ft. + screen porch
This Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent is made from weather armor polyester fabric with a polyurethane water resistant coating to give you as much protection from the elements as possible. The floorspace is 16-feet by 11-feet and is meant to hold 5 people in the main sleeping area with the possibility or another 3 in the porch room. It does have plenty of headroom in the main part of the tent of 6.5 feet. It comes in 2 colors blue and grey/taupe although the grey is a bit more money.
It can take 20-30 minutes to assemble this tent depending if it’s your first time. Once you know how it’s done it’s usually quicker. This Wenzel tent has 2 different types of tent poles, fibreglass for the domed part and steel upright posts for strength and durability. You need to spread out your tent and stake it out. If you need a hammer and spare pegs you can get the Coleman Tent Kit as a useful addition to your camping kit.
Assemble the fibreglass posts which go into the red sleeves diagonally across the dome and the front of the porch, attach the elbow connectors. The larger poles fit into the other side of the joint and into the pins on the base of the tent. It’s useful to have a helper holding up the dome roof while the large poles are fitted. There is a rainfly for the roof of the tent which is attached to the rings on the large poles and held with guy ropes. There is a full step by step guide in with the tent.
The Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent has a full mesh roof which is protected by the rainfly if required. The sleeping area also has 2 windows with zip up covers for privacy and a floor air vent that can be kept open with it’s own guide ropes or zipped closed if it’s too cold. There is a circular door between the bedroom and the porch room which can be left open and stored in a bag on the wall. There are also 2 storage pockets for holding small items. In the porch area there are zippered doors which can be opened and tied back. All the sides and doors are mesh with zippered covers so it is waterproof when it rains and you can have it fully open in the warm weather. So very good ventilation throughout the tent. The base of the tent is made of a tarp like material but to get the most out of your tent it’s worth protecting it by using a separate tarp underneath the tent.
When people buy a large family tent they do get a little worried about how they are going to get it back into the bag. It’s always worth having a large plastic rubbish bag in your kit so that if your tent is wet you can bundle it into there to take home where you can set it up to dry properly then put it away dry. If you don’t have that problem most 8 person tents seem to require that you fold it in half, then in thirds, then you are ready to roll up. Don’t zip up doors so that you can get all of the air out easily. Most people are finding it easy enough to re-pack.
There are so many buyers that love this tent, they have found the structure good, the zippers good quality and they have found it rainproof in bad weather. They like the size of the screened room at the front, it can fit a card table and chairs and it makes a great storage room because it can be made waterproof in bad weather.
The downsides on this tent are that it isn’t great in the wind, if it picks up it can push down the side of the tent. Some people don’t feel the quality isn’t great and they have had tears to the floor or connectors tearing off the tent.
This Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent is a great family sized tent. The fact that it offers a screened porch area is a great selling point but what is even better is that all the screened windows have covers so if it rains you can protect that area from the weather and even use it for an extra bedroom. Although it’s not a 5 minute set up it’s not excessive either and you won’t be disappointed if you buy this tent.