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Vango Illusion 500xl Tent (2018)

Special Price £899.00 Regular Price £1,380.00
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The Vango Illusion 500xl is a top end, quick pitching, inflatable family tent, with a rich 420 denier polyester flysheet, which is waterproof to 6000mm. Perfect for those requiring a large family tent, with three zones, a porch, a sewn-in living space and a sleeping section.Bundle Deals Available

Updated for 2018, the Vango Illusion 500xl is the little brother of the larger Illusion tent, and offers an Elite five berth tent, with a brilliant 420 Denier fabric for enhanced lifetime, allowing you many family holidays over the years. The Illusion 500xl tent has three zones, an enclosed porch for dining, storage space or cooking. Secondly, there is a sewn-in groundsheet in the large living space, and the third area is the sleeping area "king-size, lights out" inner tents. The tent is feature-rich with some excellent new features being added to the Illusion collection for 2018:

  • NEW Bedroom Design, with zipped inners
  • NEW Larger roller bag
  • Double Action pump with Gauge
  • 50% larger ventilation points for reduced condensation
  • Superzips on flysheet doors - stronger and more durable
  • Cable entry points - 3 zipped entry points for cables
  • Bedroom low level vents
  • NEW Skytrack II system on Airbeams for attaching lighting and cables.
  • Mesh on side door only

More Information
ManufacturerVango Airbeam
Tent CollectionVango Airbeam Collection
Year of Manufacture2018
Berth5 Man

Berth – This shows the number of people that the tent can sleep within the inner tents of a model of tent, in line with the industry standard. Normal procedure is to look for a slightly larger tent, for example, a family of four usually purchase a five or six berth tent, to give added room and comfort.

Hydrostatic Head (mm)6000

Hydrostatic Head (Tents) – a waterproof rating for technical fabrics measured in mm. The higher the rating the more waterproof the fabric is. A rating of 1500mm is deemed waterproof, but on a tent, look for a rating of 3000 or higher. Measured by the height of water column a fabric weave can take before it begins to “sweat”. “Polycotton” tents will not have a Hydrostatic Head level, as they are not treated for waterproofing.

Doors1 Front Door / 2 Side Entrances
Flysheet Fabric420 Denier Double-Ripstop Polyester Fabric (6000mm)

Polyester – a synthetic fibre, made from polymer units to create a textile fabric. Polyester is the most popular fabric for tent manufacturing, as it is durable, reliable and lighter in weight. Polyester does not breathe though, which creates more condensation.

Polycotton - a blend of polyester and cotton, primarily cotton (usually around 65% cotton / 35% polyester split). Polycotton is a more natural fabric for camping, as it is breathable, far more durable material, reducing the effects of condensation. Offers greater versatility in hot and cold climates.

Ripstop Nylon – a durable material used in tents which is strong and repairable due to its Ripstop properties.

Groundsheet FabricLightweight polyester, sewn-in groundsheet
Inner FabricBreathable polyester inner tents
Window FabricDiamond-clear PVC windows, with zipped curtains
Fire RetardantYes

Fire Retardant – all modern tent fabrics are fire-retardant under EN5912 European Safety Laws. Caution with fire must always be used, as flame retardant fabrics, will still catch fire given the right circumstances.

Height (cm)215
Length (cm)720
Width (cm)380
Pack Size (cm)78 * 50 * 50
Weight (kg)43.70

Double Skin Tent – A tent with an inner bedroom and a flysheet, most family tents are designed as a “Double Skin tent”, as it makes the tent more comfortable, and lessens the effects of condensation.

No. Bedrooms2 Bedrooms
Bedroom Dimensions (cm)210 * 210
Bedroom 2 Dimensions (cm)210 * 140
Floor Dimensions720 * 380
Pitching OrderFlysheet inflates, then inners are already installed
Poles or AirVango AirBeam™

Most tent structure are either Airbeam or Poled in design, both have advantages and disadvantages. Air tents are quicker to pitch, but more expensive when compared to traditional pole style tents. Some tents are hybrids, and combine poles and air technologies.

Number of Poles / Beams5 AirBeam columns, pre-angled for added stability
Pitching Time12 minutes
Pitching Area (cm)820 * 480
Recommended UsePerfect or family campers, wanting a more durable, quick-pitching tent, which offers plenty of living space.
  • Pre-angled beams offer greater support and structure throughout the tent
  • Superbeams for added strength
  • All flysheets and groundsheets are seam sealed for added protection from the elements,
  • Sewn-in groundsheet in living space (purchase the footprint to get the porch groundsheet)
  • Protex 6000mm flysheet, tried and tested throughout the Vango collections
  • Oxford polyester groundsheet, provides great reliability, whilst being lightweight.
  • Full Awning Zip - for awning or sun canopy capability. The full zips eliminates any gaps in the tent design, making the structure of the tent stronger.
  • NEW Skyzip for adding lighting and cables to the interior of the tent, can hold up to 15kg of weight.
  • Bedroom pockets
  • Low and high ventilation points
  • Zipped inner divider for greater privacy in the inner tent.
  • Fire retardant fabrics in accordance with EU5912 regulations
  • Patented TBS II (Tension Band System) for added stability in the event of poor weather conditions.
  • Easypack roller bag, for easier portability and a durable bag.
  • Line-lok adjustment on the guylines - simple and quick to adjust guylines for added stability.
  • 360 night-time reflection points for added ease of seeing the tent in the dark!
  • Over-door canopy - gives a side, sheltered entrance for getting into the tent easier when it is raining.
  • Webbing storm straps - provide added stability in the events of windier conditions
  • Full mesh Side door  - gives plenty of ventilation into the tent.
  • Internal wall can be rolled away between front porch and living space, to create a larger living space.
  • Diamond-clear PVC windows with zipped privacy curtains - ideal for maximising light and privacy.
  • Twin zips of the flysheet doors for easier opening and closing
  • Airzone high and low levels ventilation - reduces the condensation within the tent
  • Fully sewn-in groundsheet in the living area for added comfort and homeliness.
  • Living area pockets for stowing personal items
  • Generous king sized inner tent with zipped dividers for added space in the sleeping areas, for raised airbeds or camp beds.
  • Light-out inner tents, for easier sleeping when dawn breaks
  • Roller-bag - allows an easier method of transporting the tent

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  • Tent + Carpet + Footprint

    Vango Illusion 500xl Tent (2018)
    Vango Rivendale 500xl Carpet
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    Vango Rivendale 500xl Carpet
    Vango Rivendale 500xl Footprint & Awning Groundsheet
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