6 Best Large Family Tents for Camping Reviews 2019 | Coleman vs Wenzel vs Core

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Outdoor gatherings are all the rage in the summertime whether it be a birthday beach bash or a bushy, backwoods, barbecue.  Whether we tote the kids along or get the girls together for a ladies’ weekend in the woods, a spacious and reliable party tent is always a good idea.  Nobody likes having to cram into thousand-dollar, shoe-sized tents late at night because we all brought dinky backpacking models that half of us don’t know how to set up.  Well, these tents are affordable, easy-pitching, and expansive, so let’s talk about the best large family tent options for any occasion!  

There’s no better way to totally unplug than to sit by a crackling fire on a warm, summer night, and gaze up at the stars with your family. Spend the following day doing whatever you want—hiking, fishing, swimming, taking in some sights, or just plain relaxing. Family Camping is one of the best ways to accomplish all of this.

Today’s camping products make the term “roughing it” a relative term. Family camping tents are designed with more interior room and have built-in storage for comfort when living in close quarters. Campers of today can enjoy the great outdoors while sleeping in relative restfulness and luxury.

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

  • Has a large mesh roof vent
  • Sets up quickly and easily
  • Spacious and very comfortable

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4.6/5

  • Tent sets up quickly
  • Keeps you dry from rain and snow
  • Adjustable air flow

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4.5/5

  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Features gear loft with lantern hook
  • Excellent cross-ventilation

It’s worthwhile to make an investment in camping equipment because you can get away for a fraction of the cost of cruises and packaged vacations.

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  • Sets up in one minute
  • Comes with the handy room divider
  • Has built-in storage pockets

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  • Has color-coded poles
  • Contains built-in closet
  • Patented hinged door offers easy in and out access

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  • With removable rainfly
  • Spacious interior
  • Accessory pockets

What to Consider When Buying a Large Family Camping Tent   

Making an investment in anything can be a bit sketchy, but when armed with the proper knowledge can end up being quite a long-lasting, rewarding experience.  There are key elements to consider when buying a new party or family tent, and if a person is in the dark about these little nuances, they may not even be sure which facets to acknowledge.

Well, hike up the swim trunks and dive on in, because here we will go over the basics, and some of the most important items to pay attention to when dropping some cash on a new find.

The Tent Poles  

Poles come in an array of different materials and styles to suit different purposes.  Anything from ultra-light aluminum or even carbon shock-corded poles, to heavier steel telescoping varieties are the norm, and some tents forego poles altogether, instead preferring to use trekking poles for support.

Party tent poles will primarily be of the heavier metal sort.  Party tents are large by nature which makes them inherently heavy, and a much better option for car camping rather than backpacking.

Due to this simple fact, weight is not an issue as much as structural integrity.  Whatever poles are chosen should provide excellent support, should those happy days turn to storm clouds.

Materials  

Many materials are used for tents these days, and each has different properties and benefits.  Nylon is lightweight and decently resists tearing, where heavy material like canvas is almost impossible to tear and may not shed water well if not specially prepared.  

There are various other materials to choose from such as plastic-coated cotton or treated polyester, so be sure to research the different types as well as their specifications to make sure any new tent is the correct type and style for its destiny.

Be sure to get a tent with a thick, bathtub style floor as these are much better at keeping water out than a standard flat floor.

Height & Shape  

The way the shape of a tent affects it depends on what it is being used for.  If it’s going to be used in more extreme conditions a low-slung tent is a better choice for aerodynamics.  This is great for wind but will not provide a whole lot of comfortable standing room.

Tents that are lower are usually more geared toward serious campers and hikers while bigger, more recreational style family or party tents are much roomier with high ceilings, many models allowing grown people to stand at full height.  

A flatter roof also provides more room for standing up across its full width rather than having to stoop or sit down in corners, which is more conducive to having people over to engage in festivities.

Doors & Ventilation  

Especially on cabin tents if the walls are too shallowly angled they can end up accepting rainwater, eventually leading to leaks.  This is clearly not a good scenario.

When considering a new tent it is important to get a good balance between doors, ventilation, and rain deterrence.  More doors make the main areas easier to access and provide less of a claustrophobic feeling, and large, fully-opening windows provide for awesome ventilation.

Just make sure all seams in both the tent and the fly are taped, fully sealed, or welded, and everything should work out fine.

Dome Tents vs. Cabin Tents

The whole point of camping is to be able to enjoy the outdoors. After a tiring day of camping or hiking, it feels great to plop down on some comfortable bedding and get some rest. Many of the tents maximize space by including storage pockets attached to walls or gear lofts for storing items high and dry. If the weather becomes threatening, you’ll want to know that you can rest in a space that keeps you warm and dry.

One of the best things about dome tents is that the sloping design makes them easy to set up quickly. That’s an important consideration that allows you to spend as much time as possible enjoying your camping retreat. The sloping walls resist wind and weather-related issues better than cabin tents, so they make a viable choice for camping in inclement or variable weather conditions.

Cabin tents offer more vertical room on the sides, which is better for tall campers and they offer more overall ground space. Larger tents will also have room dividers, which is great for storing camping supplies or separating sleeping and dressing spaces. They don’t hold up to wind and weather as well as dome tents, but using a good rain fly cover can help.

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Our Favorite Large Camping Tents of 2019


Editor's Rating:

4.6/5

The Red Canyon 8-person tent from Coleman is a great choice for family camping and a well-known name in the industry.  Coleman does it again with the Red Canyon providing excellent value in a very affordable package. 

This tent utilizes a shock-corded design with fiberglass flex poles which is raised first, then the inner tent is brought up to clip onto the poles making for a very easy and quick pitching experience.  This clip-on design allows for a gap between the main tent and the rain fly which greatly helps to provide wind and noise buffering, and better insulation due to the dead space created.

While some tent models have rain flies that fasten to their own poles, the fly on the Red Canyon guys all the way down to its tent stakes, which adds a well-noticed additional level of strength.  The fly also has hook & loop straps on the underside to wrap around the tent poles for a tight hold, and quiet nights.

The inner tent boasts leak-proof seams, waterproof bathtub floors, and water-resistant fabric that does a very fair job of keeping campers dry.  It also features vents low to the ground to allow cool air to circulate at the sleeping level rather than only higher up, just in case the fly has to stay on.  This is also a good idea to alleviate any carbon monoxide concerns, as CO builds up close to the ground.

Large awnings over all of the openings provide very good water diversion, while a d-shaped door helps to prevent zipper snags and sports a wide storm flap to further assist in keeping floodwaters at bay.

The Red Canyon is 6 feet tall at its apex with a 17-foot by 10-foot sprawl, making it nice and roomy, perfect for family camping.

Sleep up to 8 people in this large dome tent that sets up quickly. The canvas is made of an exclusive Weathertec System that is guaranteed to keep you dry from rain and snow.

It has a Cool-Air port and Vairflo venting system that lets you adjust air flow. Keep it open of install room dividers to separate the space into 3 rooms.

Things We Liked

  • Dual-wall design
  • Low-reaching rain fly directs water away nicely
  • Easy setup

Things We Didn't Like

  • Rain fly doesn’t reach to the ground

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

The Coleman Prairie Breeze Cabin is kind of a cool design.  It is a powered tent with some amenities and makes a great outdoor party platform.  This tent is 14-feet by 10-feet at the base and 7-feet tall in the center which is enough for almost anybody to stand up in.

The ceiling is supported at a very shallow angle, so the corners of the tent are still nice and high which is great for fitting a bunch of people inside without them having to duck their heads in the corners.

Powering the Prairie Breeze are 4 unincluded D batteries but it is also compatible with Coleman’s CPX 6 rechargeable battery system.  This model includes a power pack, 2-speed ceiling fan with cooling and exhaust mode, overhead LED light, and an illuminated light switch built into the wall.  

This is particularly handy as we’ve all been out on a hike when it’s turned dark and we get back to the tent and have to dig around for a flashlight.  All the Prairie Breeze needs is just a flip of the switch and it’s all lit up and welcoming.

Rain diversion is decent on this tent as the rain fly is a welded seam design and extends far enough beyond the eaves to push water away effectively.  It was noticed that in heavier downpours, the angle of the walls did seem to foster water in through the windows a bit, but the bathtub style floor kept moisture out well.

Upon first pitch, the hardware included with this model seemed a bit cheap, so we went ahead and replaced the factory plastic stakes with good quality aluminum ones which seemed to hold much better.  Stakes and ropes are important but often overlooked facets of a tent so to read up on different types of tent stakes and how to use them properly, cruise through this article and gain some valuable knowledge.

Things We Liked

  • Comes with pre-installed house electricity
  • Single-person setup
  • Very spacious

Things We Didn't Like

  • Even when laying on an elevated bed, still can’t see out the windows

Editor's Rating:

4.5/5

Window flaps that aren’t fully sealable are not always the best for colder days but do provide consistent cross-tent ventilation on those hot evenings. 

An adequate rain fly keeps out the rain yet leaves the windows clear for awesome 360-degree views, and the tubbed floor is more than sufficient at keeping out water even in heavy conditions.  It is definitely a good idea to scrap the included footprint or use it for something else however, because a solid footprint is important and we decided a standard tarp worked much better for the task.

The two doors are full height and though the top corners are rounded for less snagging, the floor is not anchored below the zippers which proved difficult for one-handed opening.  More than one door is always a good thing though because once the party dies down, there’s no having to tiptoe around others to get out for the bathroom.

The Copper Canyon features 7-foot high ceiling on the tested 12-person model which is plenty tall for changing out of wet clothes or moving about and the 14 by 12-foot floor is very generously sized.  A gear loft over and storage pockets up high prevent all that space from getting cluttered and a single power port lets in an extension cord for running electricity at those paid campsites.

There is no way to completely close the vent flaps in this tent, which is not the best for weather conditions below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is not a very good feature -though it seems very common these days- for what should be a 3-season tent but for those warm, balmy months the Copper Canyon will serve its purpose well.

 

Things We Liked

  • Comes in 4 sizes
  • Good water protection
  • Two door design
  • Huge windows

Things We Didn't Like

  • Included footprint is very thin and cheap

Editor's Rating:

4.5/5

The CORE 9-person Instant Cabin tent is a great option for those interested in fool-proof ease of use.  This super-easy design requires only pulling the center of the tent upwards and then sliding the locking legs into place, to have a fully assembled tent.  Not including any ground cloth or rain fly setup, or staking it all down, this cozy cabin can be erected or collapsed in just 60-seconds. 

The rain fly does a good job of keeping out the water and fits nice and low around the eaves.  The fly itself displays fully taped seams, and the main tent seams are sealed for added protection from the elements.  The polyester fabric is enhanced with water beading technology that hurries water egress ultimately providing a fairly dry and comfortable condition to those inside.

The 9-Person Cabin from Core does have its water-repelling features, yet it was noticed that some areas in the inner tent did leak with heavier rain.  With light precipitation, it tested well and did not show any signs of leakage.

This tent sports an extra-convenient double door as an entryway making easy access to this tent a given.  If any moving of larger equipment or luggage is necessary, this unique opening makes it a much lighter task.  The inner tent is constructed mainly of super-fine mesh and opens to the night sky for spectacular bedtime views.

The ventilation of this family camping tent is fantastic, but one thing we noticed seems like it should have been recognized as a design flaw from the beginning.  For whatever reason, there is no way to fully close the wall vents in this particular tent, which left us basically freezing in any weather colder than about 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Imagine a 9-person tent that sets up in one minute. This tent does the job. It fits two queen air mattresses and has a center height of 78”. Close off some of the space with the handy room divider.

Keep your gear high and dry with the built-in storage pockets. It even has a small access port for an electrical cord.

Things We Liked

  • Uses CORE H2O Block Technology to efficiently shed water
  • Very easy to set up, especially when bad weather is coming quickly
  • Large main door allows easy entry/exit
  • Comes with a 1-year warranty

Things We Didn't Like

  • Some of the seams did leak

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

The Coleman Tenaya 8-person tent sets up in less than 10 minutes, usually requiring two people.   There is a learning curve involved but once it gets ironed out, the tent can be set up solo if need be. 

Displaying a 13 by 9-foor floor plan, the Tenaya is plenty spacious for the whole family.  A 2x2 built-in closet is a unique addition on this model concealing a hanger rack and gear pouches for optimally organized storage.

A gear loft hangs from the ceiling, and a cool little accent is an included ceiling light with a dimmer switch.  This makes coming home much easier without having to root around for stuff in the dark.

The Tenaya from Coleman stands 6-feet, 8-inches high at dead center which is plenty of room for most and has gaping windows for fantastic breathability.

A framed door that stays rigid when in use, and hook & loop fasteners assists the auto-closing door in staying shut discouraging overuse of the zipper on those days when the bugs aren’t around.

Welded seams in the rain fly and of course a tubbed floor provide great water resistance and kept us dry throughout testing. The closet seems like a novel idea and in fact has was found to be useful, however, from an engineering standpoint may not be the best innovation.

The addition of the closet necessitates more walls, corners, and seams creating more areas to develop leaks, and also requires the use of more tent poles.   

Set up this large cabin tent in less than half the time of other cabin tents using the color-coded poles, hub, fast fit feet, and snag-free Insta-Clip suspension.

It even has a built-in closet with shelves and a hanger bar so you can keep a large family organized in a small space. The Weathertec System keeps you up to 75% dryer than other canvas coverings.

Things We Liked

  • Storage doesn’t take up floor space
  • Watertight
  • Great ventilation
  • Can separate into two rooms

Things We Didn't Like

  • Requires additional poles for closet

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

The Wenzel 8-person Klondike tent is a nicely affordable yet spacious 3-season tent.  The central part of its interior is tall enough to stand up while still able to hang a lantern from the center hook.  The floor plan is large enough to accommodate a double-thick, queen air mattress with any additional outdoor gear stashed around the inside walls.  

This tent features an ample screened-in porch vestibule that is perfectly sized for two people to relax in their camp chairs with a small table for games or snacks and could easily pack in two more people get away from the elements for a bit.  

Something we noticed about this model is that for activities like preparing food or anything similar, the vestibule makes an excellent, well-ventilated room that is great for keeping out bugs. 

The Wenzel Klondike is perfect for family tent camping trips to the lake, or up to the hills for some easy country living, anything that isn’t too deep in the bush.  The Klondike is not the best option when it comes to weather extremes so if it looks like it will be most commonly used in harsher conditions, check out some others on our list.  

This tent features a single-wall design, which is not the best option for shedding serious precipitation.  The factory guy lines leave something to be desired. The way they are attached to the tent does not do the greatest job of stretching the walls, letting them sag inward.  Luckily, the atrium is large enough that a person doesn’t have to touch the sides, but any essential gear may end up getting drenched if shoved up against a wall.

Installing additional guy lines will help to defend against wind tremendously, as the Klondike does not do well in any but the lightest of wind conditions.  The walls have flap around quite a bit in anything over about 10 miles per hour, but it still provides an effective, comfortable shelter and rain blocker for warmer, calmer seasons.  

This tent by Wenzel is made of weather-repellent polyester with a polyurethane coating and has power corners for strong stability. It sleeps 8 people comfortably.

Use the attached screen room for dining indoors or lounging in the open air without worrying about pesky insects, or close it off to use it as an extra sleeping space. Open up the roof for full-screen mesh ventilation.

Things We Liked

  • Huge screen-porch vestibule
  • Full-height atrium

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not meant to withstand high winds

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

The Ozark Trail Dark Rest Instant Cabin is an absolutely gigantic tent, capable of fitting 4 queen air beds inside with room to spare.  The huge 10-foot by 20-foot floor layout can accommodate up to 12 sleepers or one magnificent party. 

At just under 6-feet, 7-inches high at the center there is plenty of room for folks to have fun although the ends of the tent do slope downward, so these areas would be better suited to house tables and chairs.

Ozark Trail claims a 2-minute setup time which took two of us 5, but that is still considerably quick given the size of this monster.  For one person pitching this may be a pain and would take considerably more time than it would with assistance.

We noticed that the side windows could be bigger, but these are pretty much offset by the enormous skylight and door panels, and the Dark Rest Instant Cabin still provides excellent ventilation. There are two very large doors, one for each side and a partition can be configured to separate the tent into two rooms.

The factory sealed rain fly is large and more than sufficiently covers the top of the 190T polyester main tent, and the way it ‘stretches’ downward with the guy lines effectively helps the fly to shuttle heavy rains away.

A nicely shielded power port allows the access of an extension cord to bring in all the comforts of home and really makes this a comfortable little cabin.  There are a number of storage pouches strategically placed around the interior for a clean floor space, and ease of access.

Floor level venting at either end and a bathtub floor wrap it all up keeping the insides very dry, and durable steel and fiberglass construction will keep partiers protected from the elements.

Things We Liked

  • Huge screen-porch vestibule
  • Full-height atrium

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not meant to withstand high winds

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

The CORE 12-person Instant Cabin is perfect for campers wanting an extremely quick setup time.  This clever model features a pull-up center piece and telescoping locking legs which just snap into place for a completely assembled tent in 60-seconds.  Any additional setup such as the rain fly and ground cloth aren’t included, but those each only add a couple of minutes at best. 

The rain fly performs as it should keeping out water well and it lines up with all of its anchor points around the tent nicely.  The fly has fully taped seams from the factory, and the main tent seams are sealed for additional water-shedding effort.

The outer shell is constructed of enhanced, water-beading polyester fabric is that makes dissipation of precipitation much more efficient, keeping the inside dry and comfortable in many conditions.  The inner tent sports a ton of super-fine mesh and opens up for spectacular vistas of the night sky.

CORE’s 12-Person Cabin has enough engineering in place in an effort to keep monsoons away, but just like the 9-person model we tested it showed signs of leakage around a few of the windows and guy line anchors.  However, again like the last, with just a light rainfall, it tested well and did not reveal any weak areas or leaks.

The huge double door feature is great and makes for easy access in any condition. Bringing card tables and DJ tables inside should be no problem, but make sure the neighbors don’t mind.  


Things We Liked

  • Super easy setup
  • Large main door allows easy entry/exit
  • Comes with a 1-year warranty

Things We Didn't Like

  • Thin main tent fabric

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

The Coleman Weathermaster 10-person seems to be a bit heavier duty than some.  Still large enough for the family, the way this tent is set up is very low-slung and durable and has absolutely no trouble with heavy rains, high winds, or even storms rolling through.

The 17 by 9-foot floor can fit a single queen air bed with plenty of room to spare, and we probably could have fit another one in there if the occupants didn’t mind sleeping up against a slanted wall.  

This comes into play with sleeping bag guests, however, as to fit the rated number of 10 people in here, two of them have to sleep down by others’ feet and might end up getting wet. We would say it’s more suited for 8 sleepers than 10, but it is doable.

A -foot, 8-inch high atrium piece is perfect for hanging battery powered lanterns or gear a gear loft and leaves plenty of room to stand comfortably.  The tent can be separated into rooms for extra privacy and Coleman’s hinged, self-closing door remembers to keep the pests out when we forget. There is also a convenient full-height standard zipping door at the rear which is convenient for access from any angle.

Lots of guy lines are a great feature of the Weathermaster 10 and really display why this model was given its name.  Plenty of lines on both the main tent and the rain fly ground very securely making it extra tough against wind and storms.  The rope sliders hold well and never needed readjusting even after a good thrashing, and large awnings over each end allow the breeze in, but not the rain.

Things We Liked

  • Stands up against weather nicely
  • Features more of an extreme architecture
  • Stayed dry throughout testing
  • Subdued color, which many prefer

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not as much full-height standing room as some others

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

When it comes to throwing a real wilderness party, the Ozark Trail 20-Person Cabin is the boss.  This thing is immense, with windows and doors all over the place, and it still rocks a sturdy enough design that it could be used as a canopy at the garden party with great success or set up out in the wilderness for some serious weekend fun.

Flip-out welcome mats seemed like a neat thought and it seemed odd how comforting they actually seemed to make coming back to the tent.  

They are made of the same material as the tent itself so obviously, a traditional piled mat would have cleaned the shoes better, but it made sense in our minds.

The floor layout is essentially a 3-wing design with shock-cording around the main entrance wings and there are several bay-window type vestibules around the interior where couples could fit an air mattress without much trouble and cuddle up warmly.  A person could seriously offer a couple’s retreat in a tent this size and not have to bring any other accommodations.

The Ozark Trail 20-Person Cabin has an incredible domed, or vaulted skylight opening up the ceiling enormously for unmatched views of the stars, and massively adequate airflow.  Of course, plenty of storage pockets line the edges of this tent to keep needed items and gadgets close at hand.

Things We Liked

  • Very reasonable price
  • Vestibule-type windows are great for evening views
  • Might only need one tent for the whole party

Things We Didn't Like

  • Performance is balanced by large packed size and heavy weight

Editor's Rating:

4.7/5

The Ozark Trail 3-Room Split Cabin eats other tents for breakfast.  This palatial 10 by 25-foot abode features 3 separate rooms for when the kids are along and works great for other couples and group camping.  The partitions between rooms have d-shaped doorways for smoother zipping, and separate screen doors for better air circulation.

This model has 6 large windows, a skylight, and a massive main door on either side providing ultra-easy access with one main entryway having an awning for hanging out on the porch on those balmy evenings.  The flap-retaining toggles reside above the door on this tent which holds the door flaps up instead of down near the floor, so there’s nothing to step over or get muddy.

The Split Plan Cabin is a true cabin style tent and actually feels more permanent than it is.  The peaked ceiling really makes a difference, lending full standing height throughout its length.  The sealed rain fly reaches low for great water evacuation and guys to the stakes for extra support, and pre-attached poles make for very quick setup with a couple of pairs of hands.

Something that stood out was that this floor is not a tubbed design, which seemed odd to us as with many tents it is standard issue, however, with a tarp as a ground cloth it the floor did well.  Ground level vents were also a welcome perk, keeping us cool as we slept straight through the night.

Things We Liked

  • Awesome separation for kids or couples
  • Super affordable
  • Does well against elements

Things We Didn't Like

  • Does not have tubbed floors

Editor's Rating:

4.5/5

Field & Stream’s Highland Lodge 12-person actually looks like a cabin in the woods which is very welcoming when getting back to the pop-up home after a long day out.  Should it be dark upon arrival high-visibility guy lines for the main tent prevent any tripping in the night.

The rain fly has different, elastic guy lines which provide an excellent hold in heavier winds, and fantastic coverage letting the weather slide right off with nary a drop inside.  A peaked ceiling for standing up is key for comfort, and nearly-vertical walls throw water away with great efficiency.

The skylight in this tent shines and opens up tremendously without the fly on for one of the largest skylight displays we tested.  No-seeum mesh keeps all the bugs out, so go on and take that top off.

Larger than normal gear pockets are stitched about, and a single power port for accessories sits in the wall right above the tubbed floors, which didn’t allow even the slightest moisture under our bedrolls.  

Color-coded setup makes pitching this tent very easy, and finer detail work like silicone taped seams finish this tent up nicely for ease of use and reliability.

Things We Liked

  • Hi-viz guy lines for safety
  • Elastic guy lines for rain fly
  • Floor repels water superbly
  • Well built

Things We Didn't Like

  • No ability to partition rooms

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

The 3-Room Family Cabin is yet another option on our list from Ozark Trail.  This tent has very ample floor space and 3 rooms so the whole crew can sleep in their nooks.  

This model has smaller windows than some other models which we found to be suitable.  Larger windows may allow more air through, but smaller ones let the outer fabric retain more strength, and there’s less screen to tear.  

The d-shaped main door is great for one-handed operation and did not snag at all, and there are two more doors at the end of each wing allowing the rooms to be partitioned with their own entrances.  A skylight, and a huge rear window aid in air circulation even with the fly on providing all the fresh air we could need.   

The sealed rain fly dispatches downpours very well and the guy lines tie this tent out tightly which takes care of the rest.

Things We Liked

  • Can separate rooms
  • Wallet-friendly
  • Holds up well in all sorts of weather

Things We Didn't Like

  • Lower than other options

Editor's Rating:

4.3/5

The Ozark Trail Base Camp features an absolutely sprawling floor plan for a 4-wing design, creating an ‘x’ shape for a truly unique design.  Ozark Trail makes plenty of family size tent for bargain prices, and after trying a few of them we are confident they know their stuff.

This model allows for completely private sections for each family member to sleep in with their own doors to boot., so this is a fantastic piece for couples traveling or vacationing with the kiddos.

This tent boasts a setup time of around ten minutes with two people, and we had no trouble getting it together within the allotted time.  

For whatever reason, the giant models from Ozark Trail don’t seem to have tubbed floors while some of their smaller options do which we haven’t quite figured out, but the standard flooring seems to hold up well and wick water away.  The rain fly does a good job as far as testing shows. We presume that with excessive rain, the corners might catch water and pour it down to any ground cloth and under the tent, but we had no issues ourselves.

Gear and beverage pouches abound inside to make things nice and convenient, and tons of doors and windows keep this tent breathing well.

Things We Liked

  • Very large interior
  • Each wing has its own door
  • Superior ventilation
  • Unique design

Things We Didn't Like

  • No tubbed floors

Editor's Rating:

3.8/5

The Bighorn XL Teepee Tent from Tahoe Gear stands alone on our list as the only tent in the teepee style.  The Bighorn XL Sets up under 15 minutes with just a single person, and once the myriad guy lines are adjusted holds its ground well.  

This tent can withstand winds up to 35 miles per hour according to Tahoe Gear which we never experienced but believe it. The XL is good for moderate winds, but we wouldn’t recommend anything too extreme. The windows in this model are well designed and are set at ground level which in this tent works extremely well.  They have hook & loop closing flaps which have attached, zipping side baffles.

This allows the user to either leave the baffles intact for high wind and sideways rain, unzip the baffles and guy the flaps out completely or with the center tacked closed, or just roll up the flap all the way and toggle it out of the way. 

 The vents take in air from the bottom and push it out through the screened top cone for continuous ventilation, even while lying on the ground.  The only gripe we had -which makes absolute sense- is that with the teepee shape of this tent, if the door is opened in any sort of precipitation, a good portion of the floor will get soaked immediately design.  Teepees don’t have awnings generally, but it could have been worked in.

Things We Liked

  • Very affordable
  • Easily controllable venting system
  • 10-feet tall in the center
  • Stylish

Things We Didn't Like

  • High ceiling, but get lower rapidly toward the wall

4.3/5

This is a great tent for up to 5 campers. It has a large mesh roof vent and mesh windows for superior, adjustable ventilation. It has a large half-moon shaped door, so that you can get in and out easily.

It comes with a hooped, polyester fly frame to add protection from the rain. This large dome tent sets up quickly and easily.


4.5/5

This family-sized dome tent comfortably hosts a family of four. It’s lightweight to transport and sets up in a snap. The large, D-style doors and windows allow for about 50% air ventilation.

They are adjustable to easily let air in or keep the cold out. It comes with a hooped, rain fly that keeps you dry on rainy nights.

The tents for 2019 really maximize the potential for ventilation. They are big enough to house a family in style. Most of them can be set up in no time. There couldn’t be an easier way to enjoy a family vacation than to get back to nature at a family  campground.

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