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Good Price Argos Gazebo
Argos Polyester Gazebo
Member Name: 24princess
Argos Polyester Gazebo
Advantages: Cheap, dismantles into small pieces, waterproof
Disadvantages: Thin material may tear
We bought this cheap argo gazebo for our family camping holiday to Europe. We wanted a slightly sheltered area in which to cook/ barbeque as we did not want to be doing this in the tent itself. I purchased the gazebo for £14.99 and we travelled to Spain with it remaining in it's box in the car. We travelled in a very overloaded car- so I can say that this does pack down conveniently small.
Initially this did take about 20 minutes to put together- but did get slightly quicker as we became more familiar with it. Due to the way you have to fit the gazebo top over the poles and then secure the poles I would caution that this is a two person job. To make future use easier we did put marks of nail varnish on the poles to remind ourselves what went where. The gazebo did come with some tent pegs to fasten the poles of the feet into the ground- works fine on sandy or muddy surfaces.
The gazebo material is similar to a thin tarpaulin and did seem to be well waterproofed during the few storms we had while we were away. Obviously, it has no sides though, so if any amount of wind is blowing then the rain will be able to come through the sides so you cannot guarantee that anything under it will stay dry.
When we returned from our camping trip, we reassembled the gazebo in the back garden. At this point we noticed a small tear in the material at one of the corners. We hadn't been rough with this, so do bear in mind that repeated dismantling and reassembling will probably tear the material as it is thin. Luckily this tear seems to have stayed the same size and hasn't affected the use of the product.
As we have decking running from our back door, my partner has put a couple of screws through the feet of the gazebo (in the holes meant for the poles) and into the decking boards so that the gazebo is more permanently erected and we use it as a smoking shelter in the bad weather. It is still showing itself to be waterproof (other than rain coming through the sides) and now seems able to endure a certain amount of wind too.
Although this does look a little cheap and flimsy, it's a pretty good buy for the money.
Summary: Good value for camping or light garden use
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