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Impossible to pack away
on 23 November 2012
The tent explodes out of the wheel-shaped bag; keep it away from small children when you put it up or you'll have an injury. It looks fantastic up. It's lower and longer than I expected but is a nice length, and enough for a average-height adult to lie down (yes, I have), so plenty of room for a couple of children's sleeping bags to play camping with, and should last a while. It also has windows at the front and back with roll-up sections like a real tent. Personally, though, I'd be very dubious about its claims to be waterproof (showerproof, yes) and as it only has 4 pegs and nowhere to place guy ropes, I certainly wouldn't use it as a real camping tent for children, if that's what your intention may be. It is a playtent, which is exactly what I bought it for.
I'm glad I tested putting it up and down before giving it to my daughter however, because both my partner and I found it impossible to pack away, and I'm usually quite good at this sort of thing. After several frustrated attempts to follow the (not very clear) included instructions, I went on Youtube and found the Monster Factory videos showing how to fold it up. Apparently there is a 'knack' which involves twisting your wrists inwards whilst pulling upwards. An hour later with both of us 'knacking', sweating, heaving & swearing whilst watching the video a frame at a time to work out WHAT the damn thing was supposed to be doing and how exactly it 'popped' back into a circle, and still no joy - ours just doesn't want to fold up like it does on the video. What it did do was bend the internal steel poles (the bits that make it pop up) out of shape, so now my daughter has a wonky campervan that we won't be able to take anywhere because it's too big to go in the car out of its bag. And as it's a birthday present for 3 weeks' time, she hasn't even received it yet. :(