My daughter just got it today for her birthday and we set it up and the poles do not really click into place and you bump the tent the slightest and it collapses. Even the top pieces do not connect to the poles very well.
Anyone have this problem? I had bought it at the chicago store, but I called the catalog and they are sending a replacement as the lady in customer service said she had never heard this problem and the one she saw you could push and would not fall down. I wonder if it is just this one I got or what...Thanks
Post by gwensuebrown on Apr 2, 2007 21:43:26 GMT -5
We don't have this tent yet but we do have the cabana beach tent and have the same problems. YOu have to really snap the poles in toght but even then it is not super stable. I think I will have to hot glue the poles in place to end the frustration with it falling down. Hope it is as cute as it looks!
I guess I'm the exception here because my Molly's tent is fine. I did have some problems initially but they got worked out. Here's how: After putting the base together, raise the roof of the tent, then gently lock each pole all the way in its corner of the roof (it will snap softly). Line up the tent so that the roll-up windows go with the "grain" of the wood. Gently ease each pole into its hole. Again, it will snap softly. I've disassembled and reassembled mine, and carried it assembled up and down steps without any problem. But I do think AG needs to give much better instructions with this.
I received the replacement of my Mollys tent...WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE.....This Tent was so much better. It was sturdy and you could shake it and it did not collaplse. My first tent you walked by it and it fell over....A huge difference.. Not sure what is going on with them though.....Guess some are just not lined up correctly or the poles and holes might be off......I have the cabana too and have not set it up. I sure hope I don't have problems with that......
I don't have this item but I saw it at AGP. It looks well made and sturdy. It's made from real canvas and has plastic steps with three buttons: Camp sounds (nature), Camp Gowonagain song and repeat. The sounds lasted a BIT too long for my nerves but the camp song was really cute and it was fun to hear them sing. Grade: A
When my daughter saw this in NYC for her birthday, she REALLY wanted it- but funds were tight.
I've been socking away for it and it came very recently. I am not taking it out for her until school ends and her girls (Molly & Em; Kaya- plus two non AG friends) can start summer camp. Divajayne went to overnight church camp for a week last year and LOVES it- so I think it will be a good fit for her.
In the meantime, I am making 5 Camp Gowonagin uniforms (red shorts from an easy McCall pattern, short sleeve blouses from a modified Morrissey pattern, and bandanas- well, just making them) and pulling together inexpensive shoes for her gang. I am infamous for setting up tableaus in her room of the gang in newly sewn outfits for holidays, birthdays, whatever. (I think the best was when I put them all in "work clothes" and gave them small brooms- with a note that said- help us clean the room!)
I have roughtly two months to get things ready to have it set up for her when she comes home on the last day of school.
I got this from a board member who was frustrated with it and now I feel the same way. It collapses too easily and is frustrating to children. It's very cute, but I think it's better for an adult collector with loads of display room.
According to measurements in the catalogue, it is about 17-17.5 inches tall.
Does that mean that dolls are not fully able to stand up in the tent?
Nope, the tent is too small for them to stand up in. They have to lie in it, or "crawl" into it. It's really out of scale and tiny. I mean, just look at how wide the steps are - not nearly big enough for a doll to sit on, like is described in Molly's book.
DD (age 7) loves this set. I bought it for her for her kindergarten graduation since she is a Girl Scout. It is small, and the poles don't always stay in well, but she hasn't had any problems with usability. It can be disassembled, and DD stores it under her dresser. I'd give it a B+ only because the poles don't always stay in, and that may frustrate some people.
I think they have improved on the tent since the posts from 2007 and 2008. I just purchased this last week with the free shipping code (YEH!) and I love it and find it to be very sturdy. I tried doing things to see if the tent would collapse and it didn't. If you snap the poles into the holes securely, you should not have any problems.
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Post by American Girl Rescue on Jan 26, 2010 15:16:34 GMT -5
Molly’s Camp Tent Item# F5816 $72
This canvas-walled tent helps girls imagine what it was like to spend two weeks with Molly at Camp Gowonagin.
The tent features printed floor planks and a frame that provide a sturdy base for the canvas that is screen-printed with the Camp Gowonagin logo on the sides and “Tent No. 6” on the front. The window flaps roll up and can be secured with ties to let in fresh air, plus the sides open for camp cleaning day. Buttons on the stairs play camp sounds and the Camp Gowonogin song. The tent fits two dolls in sleeping bags. Some assembly required.
Wow, we have had the tent since July 2010. It falls apart constantly. The canvas is nice and thick and the floor and steps are great, but the frame the tent is on does not stay together. Not only do the poles come out from the floor, but where the top of the frame connects to the tops of the poles also comes unconnected constantly. Very frustrating for me and the kids. I would put this in the same class as Kaya's teepee, cool to look at but don't try to actually use it.