The Walkthrough Tour: Design and Features
The Wenzel Klondike Tent is a large cabin-dome tent with an attached combo screen room with sewn-in floor.
The floor plan is 11' wide by 16' deep by 6'6" tall at the peak of the bedroom.
The Wenzel Klondike Tent offers a good amount of sleeping and living space without being so large that it is difficult site.
An inverted 'T' door leads to the front screen room of the tent. Flaps over the zipper tracks seal them against the rain.
The wall and door screen panels of the screen room have storm flaps. The square flaps can be rolled down and tucked into pockets for a panoramic view and to allow a breeze into the tent. The flaps zip along the sides and fasten at the top to keep out wind and rain, allowing the screen room to become a sleeping room at night.
The Klondike screenroom is 8' wide at the front and 9' wide at the door to the main tent and 7' deep, creating 60 square feet of floorspace. There is enough space for 4 camping chairs out of wind or rain. This combo room should also comfortably sleep 2 campers, 1 along each side wall and a space down the middle for people to pass through the doors.
The door leading from the screen room back to the main bedroom is shaped in a large circle, which is hinged at one side. The door tucks in a pocket on the side of the wall.
The back bedroom is 11' wide by 9' deep. 2 windows, 1 on each side wall, zip completely closed. Roll down storm flaps on the windows tuck into pockets at the bottom to allow a breeze into the chamber.
A fabric grill in the bedroom windows stabilizes the screens from the wind.
On the center lower back wall of the bedroom is a hooded, screened vent, which allows cool air into the tent, even in the rain. A zippered flap seals the vent against a strong wind.
The back wall of the Klondike bedroom is solid fabric without a window or door.
2 hanging pockets in the bedroom, one at each side of the door keep small items from getting lost in sleeping gear.
The back bedroom will hold a king air mattress or 2 large cots along the side walls with good space in the center.
The screen room a good sized bedroom suit this tent to campers with young children. Campers can either let young children play in the screen room while they sit outside the tent, or let children sleep in the back bedroom while adults sit in the screen room.
The 98 square feet of floor space should comfortably sleep 3 to 4 adult campers.
The 158 square feet of floorspace is rated to sleep up to 8, 5 in the bedroom and 3 in the screenroom.
The Wenzel Klondike Tent should comfortably sleep 4 to 6 people.
In Wind And Rain
With a windowless back bedroom wall, the Klondike can be pitched backside into the wind and rain to help prevent water from getting into the tent. The 16' side walls of the tent also argue for pitching the tent backside into the wind.
The Klondike has beveled corners, which give the tent a bit of an octagonal shape. The beveled corners help the Klondike perform in wind by slightly reducing the wind profile and offering an extra stake down point at the corners.
The 5'1" outer wall height also reduces the wind profile.
With a large cabin-dome design and guyout points only at the corners, Campetent suspects the manufacturer is not encouraging Klondike owners to camp in more than moderate sustained winds. Campers desiring to camp through stronger winds may need to find or create a few more guyout points.
Campetent rates the Wenzel Klondike Tent for moderate wind.
The long sidewalls may also flap in strong wind, which is okay for a passing storm, but disconcerting for long periods of time. This should not be an issue for most family campers, who camp in sheltered sites.
The attached, tarp floor is welded polyethylene. This floor is fused, instead of sewn, at the seams. This helps prevent water from seeping through the floor.
The Klondike appears to have a flat floor instead of a bathtub floor. Campers should take care to carefully test and seal, if necessary, the perimeter seam between the floor and the tent body. Pitch the tent carefully so that water will not pool around it in the rain.
The tent-canopy fabric panels are sewn together with lap-felled seams to provide a shingle effect for water to run down the tent without seeping through the seam.
A half rainfly covers the ceiling netting and a few inches over the top of the tent wall to shed rain and allow the tent to ventilate well. The rainfly overhang should keep light wind-driven rain out of the tent. If in strong wind-driven rain, consider tarping the tent.
Even though the rainfly and tent wall fabric does not have a heavy waterproof coating, reviewers said that the tent resists rain surprisingly well.
Campetent rates the Wenzel Klondike Tent for moderate rain.
In Warm And Cool Weather
The entire ceiling of the bedroom and screen room is non-closable, no-see-um mesh netting.
The low vent in the bedroom allows cool air into the tent to exhaust through the ceiling on warm nights.
The ceiling mesh will not retain heat on cool evenings. The storm flaps in the screen room fasten instead of zip at the top, allowing some air to pass through. Campers will need to take extra measures to stay warm in cool temperatures.
Campetent rates the Wenzel Klondike Tent for warm and hot temperatures.
Wenzel Klondike Tent Specs
The pole framework consists of 6 steel upright poles and 5 fiberglass ceiling poles, each in 2 shock-corded sections with a ferrule connector between. Plastic elbow connectors join the ceiling and upright poles.
The main cabin-dome bedroom is supported by 4 steel, upright poles at the corners and 2 crossing fiberglass ceiling poles, which are slid through sleeves and flexed to support the top.
The screen room is supported by an angled, u-shaped, truss pole with steel uprights and a fiberglass ceiling rod. The truss pole is angled from the top of the entryway to the ground at the back of the screen room. This pole design works with the tent fabric to create a taut pitch and support the screen room in the wind.
The screen room has about 5'6" center ceiling height. The back bedroom peak is 6'6". Tall people will be able to stand upright around the center of the back bedroom. The lower profile helps the tent perform better in the wind, but means that tall people will need to sometimes duck to get around the tent.
The eave height, which is the height of the outer walls, is about 5', so most campers will want to stand towards the center of the bedroom in order not to have to stoop.
The tent bag is about a foot square by 28" long and should fit in any trunk.
The Wenzel Klondike Tent weighs 28 lb.
Wenzel Klondike Tent Tips
At 16' deep, the Klondike may be too large for many 15'x15' tentpads and is therefore an oversized tent. With a bit of ingenuity, campers may be able to pitch it on some of these tentpads. Campers will most likely be looking for a large level spot of ground to pitch it.
The Klondike shows 4 guylines, one at each corner. Campers should double guy these points in moderate to strong winds, with the guylines at a 90 degree angle from each other. Campers should also look for other guyout loops on the outside of the tent fabric and secure these with guylines as well.
Since the screen room has a sewn-in floor, be sure to close off the screen room wall panels in rainy weather. Otherwise rainwater can pass through any open mesh and pool on the screen room floor.
The Klondike does not have a port for an electrical cord. Once the tent is outside the return period, campers desiring an electrical cord in the bedroom can consider carefully making a small hole in the low vent netting, perhaps at a low corner. To support the netting around the hole, the corner hole could be covered with a small piece of fabric in the shape of a right triangle. The triangular fabric patch would fit in the corner over the netting and over the edge of the tent fabric and form a flap, which would open and close. The fabric patch could be bonded to the netting with seam sealer. The back corners of the fabric could be hand sewn to the tent fabric to secure the patch and netting. A velcro closure would seal the flap shut.
The Klondike has beveled corners. This gives the bedroom a slightly octagonal floorplan and reduces space inside of the tent, but as long as you are not filling the tent to capacity with adults, there is enough space to sleep comfortably and have room for belongings.
Since the Klondike is a large tent with 16' side walls, try to pitch it tautly enough that rain sheds well down the walls and runs onto the ground.
The door from the screen room to the sleeping chamber is large and circular. A single zipper on the door zips from the side, up, over and down and back to about 6" from the start. When open, the doorway offers a large opening for a lot of access for traffic and a breeze. Due to the size and shape of the door, it creates a large opening, but takes more effort to open and close. This door will probably function best if it is left open during non-sleeping hours.
The circular door is on a wall, not a divider, so there is 4-5" of fabric to step over to pass through. If a camper forgets to seal the screen room against the rain, this lip should help keep pooled water from entering the bedroom.
Since the door only has a single-pull zipper, the entire door will have to be zipped open to pass through. People who know their way around sewing may be able to replace the single-pull zipper with a double-pull that is compatible with the zipper track. This might allow the door to open enough for quick access with less zipper travel.
Extra fabric around the center circular door and the angled screen room storm flaps support this tent in the wind.
Assemble the 3 fiberglass, ceiling-pole segments and slide them through the sleeves in the ceiling of the tent. Attach the corner "elbow" joint connectors to the ends of the fiberglass ceiling poles. Tension the dome ceiling by flexing the ceiling poles and attaching the 's' hooks on the elbow connectors to loops at the edge of the ceiling fabric. Secure the ties at the peak of the ceiling fabric around the intersecting flexed poles. Position the tent and stake the floor loops. Place the rainfly over the ceiling structure. Stand the tent by raising the ceiling structure and inserting the upright poles into the elbow connectors. Attach any sidewall and tent floor clips to the upright poles to secure the tent walls. Attach the velcro strips at the corners of the rainfly around the upright poles. Attach guylines and guy out the tent.
Conclusion: The Wenzel Klondike is well designed for its purpose, which is to provide good floorspace, head room, a screen room and protection against moderate weather. Klondike owners are well satisfied with their tent.
Disclaimer: Please note that Campetent does not own this product. Campetent has striven to provide accurate information for readers, but cannot guarantee that every detail is accurate. Tent campers should double check the info above against product literature.
This tent is not rated for wind. It has a limited warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship. As with all tents, campers should carefully examine the features, materials and workmanship and make sure they are satisfied before purchasing or using the tent.