Since getting a car and not having to backpack every time I go camping, I’ve decided to invest in a bigger tent for a bit of extra luxury. I went for an entry-level tunnel tent by Vango, the Drummond 400.
“The four-person Drummond is a fantastic entry-level tunnel tent that is packed full of features, including a spacious living area, full stand-up height, linked-in groundsheet, and large windows. Other features include an adjustable ventilation system and our patented TBS II® for extra stability.”
The tent looks absolutely fabulous. It is big, functional and very spacious. The sleeping area fits two airbeds, which can be separated by a divider. I’ve used the tent as a base for an active holiday as a couple, so the bedroom provided lots of storage space for our climbing and hiking gear.
The Drummond 400 features a linked-in groundsheet, which you can roll back if you don’t need it and is very easy to clean. With a big diamond clear window at the front of the porch, two smaller ones on its sides, and a mesh flysheet door to keep the midges away, there is plenty of light coming in during the day and those long summer evenings.
If you like, you can open up both side doors and just enjoy being outdoors in the shade or the roof, with plenty of fresh air.
I’ve used the Drummond 400 on bank holiday weekends and longer camping holidays. It is quick to pitch for its size, especially once you get used to its pitching style.
The Vango AirZone provides plenty of ventilation at the front and back of the tent. There are multiple hooks for your lantern, so you can position it where you prefer. I only wish there was an extra one right in the middle of the porch. You can also comfortably cook inside the tent if it’s rainy outside, which is lovely in the evenings.
The darker fabric in the bedroom reduces the amount of light coming in in the early morning, which prevents me from waking up at silly a.m., as I usually do when camping.
This tent will withstand heavy rain. However, I don’t recommend you pitch it when high winds are forecasted. While on holiday in Skye, I got caught by surprise by strong wind gusts (50-70 miles per hour), so one of the poles snapped. I didn’t expect the other two poles to stay put and was surprised the Drummond 400 resisted a long time in those winds before the pole broke. It was also cheap to replace (£12), which is excellent.
The Drummond 400 by Vango is by far my favourite tent for long camping holidays and weekends. It is easy to pitch and offers a lot of room both in the sleeping area and the front porch.
The tent is ideal for offering repair on a rainy day, as you can read or play board games sitting in your camping chair on the front porch in absolute comfort. It is such a luxury for me, as I’m used to crawling in a tiny two men tent and feel a bit miserable about the weather.