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mamaloya
07-30-2008, 05:05 PM
OK everyone, there have been so many threads about tent types, etc. Lets start a thread to end all threads about buying a tent. Feel free to cut and paste replies from other posts.

Now, what I would like from you guys to all who view this thread in the future.

1) What brand/model tent do you have?
2) What size?
3) Cabin or dome and why you prefer one or the other.
4) How many in your family?
5) Do you use cots, air mattreses, sleeping pads, bags, etc and how many can you fit in your tent and would there be room to spare?
6) Did you seam seal or dry coat it and did it keep you dry?
7) Do you use a fan, a/c or heater and how is it set up?
8) Do you use a screen room and what brand and size?

I think that about covers it. We have had threads on what rigs people have and why they like them, etc. Now it is the tenters turn.

BTW, I am going to buy a tent because of the cost of gas and lugging my trailer long distancI am going to buy a tent because of the cost of gas and lugging my trailer long distances. We used to tent but now have more kids and the kids are bigger, 4 kids no longer fit on one queen mattress. DH has given me the go ahead to find a tent.

There will be 6 of us, sometimes 7. I have a small 7x7 tent that could be used by ds17 when he tags along or even for dd12 sometimes, or just for storage if need be. I want a cabin tent. I may look into buying the bunk bed cots from cabelas to save on floor space.es. We used to tent but now have more kids and the kids are bigger, 4 kids no longer fit on one queen mattress. DH has given me the go ahead to find a tent.

Rhonda
07-30-2008, 05:19 PM
Me first, me first!!

It's just DH and myself (and Barclay, if we're not at FW)

We have a 15x20 dome tent - Coleman.
It has a little "Doggie room" attached to the side of it, but we use it for a closet. Barclay would laugh at us if we told him to get in there.

We use a Swiss brand queen-size air mattress. It's really tall, so easier to get in and out of. We have A LOT of room left over, so we have plastic "dressers" that we use for clothes, instead of suitcases. Plenty of room.

We use sheets & blankets instead of sleeping bags. Less bulky, and more comfortable.

We have a small fan, and a small electric heater. We just run an extension cord from the outlet through the "front door", and zipper it up around it. Make sure it's a thick cord, with a ground prong.

We never use a seam sealer/waterproof spray and we've never had a problem. When it rains at night, just stay away from the sides, and it won't leak.

We have a 10x10 screen tent (cheapy from Walmart) that we set up over the picnic table. We put our Coleman Kitchen in there too, with our refrigerator, coffee maker, crockpot, 2-burner stove, and other junk in there.

I hope this helps! :)

westjones
07-30-2008, 06:30 PM
We use a Swiss brand queen-size air mattress. It's really tall, so easier to get in and out of. We have A LOT of room left over, so we have plastic "dressers" that we use for clothes, instead of suitcases. Plenty of room.


Just curious, do you have any pictures of the air mattress and you plastic dressers?

We had to get rid of our pop up camper (long story), but we still have our tent.....BUT we are almost 50 now, and I need a more comfortable 'bed' to sleep in when I camp than I did when we camped in our 30s.

DJ

djblu883
07-30-2008, 07:01 PM
well I have tents in all sizes depending on my needs as I camp in all kinds of situations. I have a 2-3 man tent for single motorcycle trips...sold the bike so its just sitting there...never sealed it...stayed dry...Coleman Brand ...fit a single sized air mattress fine with a small bit of room to spare for clothes/gear, next a Wal Mart Special for 6...yet to be used ...bought for this fall for an upcoming series of camping trips where I don't want to haul the camper for short weekends...will spray and seam seal it...will easily fit my high profile mattress and gear for 2 easily(49 bucks), tent 3 is a Swiss Brand Cabin Tent...We put it up right before a storm on the coast....seams leaked....dried it out and sprayed/seam seald it...another storm...we stayed high and dry...big enough for 2 high profile queen size air mattresses but little else....would fit 4 singles and have room for little else...or 2 doubles and some gear(was 299.00 then got reduced to 65 bucksas a Sam's Club closeout) ..Screen Tent...another Wally world special...goes over the picnic table...be sure it's tied down well...keeps the bugs out and has lasted several seasons....I've had many tents over the years and have been most happy with dome tents for easy/quick assembly as well as quick-n-easy to take down...good 3 season tents...the one I loved most (also coleman)had a moon roof...friends loved it so much they borrowed it and kept it when I went on the road lol

Pinkee77
07-30-2008, 08:00 PM
Jumping on the wagon.....

Ok, as some of you know, I'm new at the camping thing. :rolleyes1

I bought an Ozark Trail 3-in-1 dome tent from Walmart. It's lightweight and easy for one person to set up. However, I think next time I'd get a cabin tent so it's easier to get in and out.

So far, it's just been myself with a 7 and 5 year old. In the main tent, I used a queen size air mattress and there was still room for backpacks, etc.

I had tested it in the backyard, it leaked, I dried it out, sealed it, it rained again, and it was fine. When we got to The Fort, there was a downpour and it leaked. However, this was most likely because the kids had shoved some stuff in the corner and was touching the sides of the tent.

I used two Coleman ceiling fans (the ones that run on D batteries). That worked well enough to keep the air circulating (at The Fort in July) and kept the tent comfortable. Although, next time, I'm thinking I'll bring a portable AC.

I have a First Up 10x10 canopy with screen walls (which needs to be water-proofed).

BigDaddyRog
07-30-2008, 08:01 PM
I definately prefer the cabin tents vs dome. I like to get dressed in a standing position.
I have a 19x10 Magellan tent. I love its size when I have the family in there. It DOES NOT have a tub floor...which Im not crazy about. But it did just fine at the FT even during a couple of rainy days.
I do have a portable A/C because Im to fat to sleep and sweat at the same time(that translates to "My wife would never have camped without A/C).
We use blow up matresses. My Coleman matress doesnt lose a lick of air, the other is Targets brand...its raised and nice, but does require a middle of the night refill...not a big deal for me...when its low on air, I feel like Im in a hammock!!
NOTE: Air matresses will sweat pretty badly if youre using an A/C. You'll never know its sweating till you put your feet on the floor!
We use cheap screen houses that are on sale...I rarely spend more than $35-$40 for one...and dont expect a whole lot of life out of them. The bigger the better, and I usually use a tarp as flooring. I use a fan in the screen house, as well as a 2 burner stove and all the coolers,camp chairs,etc.
I never use a tent for anything except sleep and changing clothes. If I wanna stay inside, I rent a hotel!
I also use painter's plastic to cover ALL THE FREAKIN SAND at the Fort...I HATE THAT SAND!!!!
The metal "nail like" spikes will usually penetrate even the hardest of ground, and I highly sugest purchasing these from walmart or someplace. Thei very inexpensive and worth every dime in the aggravation they can save you.
I also bring a 13" television with dvd player to keep my kids company at night or during a rainyday. My laptop gets a healthy use if the TV doesnt make the trip.

Rhonda
07-30-2008, 08:09 PM
Just curious, do you have any pictures of the air mattress and you plastic dressers?DJ

Here is a dresser:
http://akimages.crossmediaservices.com/dyn_li/80.80.75.0/a1061_g_akamai_net/7/1061/5412/home/www.walgreens.com/dbimagecache/129555.gif

Here is the mattress:
http://s7.sears.com/is/image/Sears/00677933000?hei=150&wid=150&op_sharpen=1

(I can't figure out why the mattress won't show up. But if you click on it, you'll see it)

djblu883
07-30-2008, 08:25 PM
Rhonda>>> I use those in my camper for my canned goods and spices in different sizes...good things to have to keep things organized!!!

OK GRUMPY
07-30-2008, 08:30 PM
I have a Great Lakes dome tent with screen room attached. I sealed the seam and sprayed the tent and went down to FW in April it leaked! I was pretty disappointed in the tent but not ready to give up on it. So I called the manufacture and the were kind anough to sent me some patches. I set the tent up in my back yard so when it rained I could repair the leaks. Well it never rained and last week I went and took it tent camping and it didn't leak. I think what might have happend at FW was the tent was not pullled out far enough.
I perfer the dome tentfor me they are easier and I like having a front & back door with windows on both sides and a rain fly that comes down & around the window at an angle. I had a Gander Mountain tent that lasted 15 years! Great Tent.

clkelley
07-30-2008, 08:41 PM
I've got several tents.

My big tent is a 13x13 L-Shaped Coleman Dome. I use it for me, myself, and I. I only set it up for extended trips at the Fort.

I used a double high air mattress, and had a set of plastic drawers, a hang bar, a collapsible laundry basket, a small chair, a couple of bins for nightstands, and a portapotty inside.

The other thing I like about the big Coleman is it has these small zippered air vents at the bottom in the inside corners (like mini doors). They are great for running electrical cords in and running the locking cable out to lock my footlocker to a tree.

My smaller tents are the Wal-Mart 9x8 domes. I had three of them, one each for me and my boys during our Scout camping days. They also slept 1 person only, with a single height air mattress, and just a weekend's worth of clothes.

I seam sealed each one thoroughly when they were new and spray the orange-lid stuff from Wal-Mart on all of them about every 6 months. (The big one only got it once a year, since I only used it once - twice a year).

I use the EZ-Up type shelters, whoever had them the cheapest, at the entrance of the tent and only put chairs underneath. I didn't cook while tent camping at Disney, and when with Scouts, the troop has full camp kitchens and the SMs did all the cooking for the adult patrol.

I chose the dome style cause even with the great big one, I can set it up by myself.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/clkelley564/100_3823.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/clkelley564/100_3677.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/clkelley564/100_3826.jpg

VACAMPER
07-30-2008, 09:29 PM
You guys make these tents into little homes. If we tent camp its just a bunch of sleeping bags thrown around everywhere.

GOBA Mom Lynn
07-30-2008, 10:42 PM
Well, we have been using a Northwest Territory Simpson Bay tent from KMart the last 2 years. It is 12x17 and includes a screened in porch area that does not have a floor. It is a low (+/-5'5" at peak) dome style. It has worked well for us on our bike trips with 5 people. It is advertised as sleeping 6-7, but they would have to be stacked like sardines! We could comfortably fit 2 queen sized air mattresses, then there was just enough room for DS to sleep on a backpacking pad in between. The footprint of the tent is not rectangular, which makes it harder to fit, but having the screened area was just right for us to put all our luggage in. If it was going to rain, we just covered the bags with a tarp. For our trip to FW it will just be the 2 of us, so it will be plenty big enough. We will use a 10'x10' "easy up" canopy as well.

TheGreatGonzo
07-31-2008, 07:00 AM
Remember this rule of thumb: Take the number of people the tent says it will sleep and divide by 2. I think they only allow about 20 to 24 inches per person when they calculate this.
I have a Eureka Sunrise 11 which you can see here: http://www.eurekatent.com/filterTool.aspx?cID=6
It's about half way down the page. I've had it for about 10 years and have never had any problems with it. I use it about 5 or 6 times a year on Scout trips. I water proof it at the start of every season. The rain fly is large and covers the windows so I can keep them open unless the rain is blowing hard. I use a Slumberjack XL military style cot in it with an inflatable sleeping pad for a matress. I put the little coasters made to protect wood floors from being scratched under the legs to protect the floor. I usually use the tent alone so I have plenty of room for a chair, small table and other amenities in the tent too.
I always pull the PUP to the Fort though. I'm on Vacation and want a little more comfort.

Tent Camping Mom
07-31-2008, 10:56 AM
1) What brand/model tent do you have?
Several but our largest Family Tent is the Eureka Copper Canyon 1512.
(I'll base the rest of my answers on this tent)

2) What size?
15 x 12

3) Cabin or dome and why you prefer one or the other.
Cabin because we have more room for standing up and getting dressed.

4) How many in your family?
3

5) Do you use cots, air mattreses, sleeping pads, bags, etc and
how many can you fit in your tent and would there be room to spare?
Air mattresses fitted with sheets and sleeping bags as our blankets (since
these stay with all our camping gear anyway). We have 3 Twin XL that fits
with walking space around every bed and probably enough room to fit 2 more
with walking space around top and bottom. We originally had a Queen for DH
and I, and a Twin for DS. But after the first night, every time DH would
rollover, I would flop out! Next day, I went and bought us separate Twins.
They are great! We purchased the Ozark Trails cheapos from Walmart last
year. DS uses them for sleepovers too and not a one has sprung a leak.
Here it is:
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5079291

6) Did you seam seal or dry coat it and did it keep you dry?
Yes, always! We seam seal about once a year and always use a dry coat
for every trip. Haven't been through a major storm with this
particular tent but did stay dry last Memorial Day when we had a constant
sprinkling all day long.

7) Do you use a fan, a/c or heater and how is it set up?
Fan and heater. I have a small oscillating fan with auto-off on tip-over
and also the heater has an auto-off on tip-over with a thermostat. The fan
stays at DS's corner the heater stays at my corner. (We have been known to
use them simultaneously) :laughing: .
NOTE: Definitely get an auto-off on-tip over and a thermostat with your
heater for safety purposes.

8) Do you use a screen room and what brand and size?
Yes, Eagle's Peak 15 x 15. I like it because it has two "closets." We
purchased it at Sam's on sale a few years ago.

mamaloya
07-31-2008, 10:30 PM
Exactly what I was looking for. Let's keep this up and hopefully new tenters coming here can find this topic and get some info. If you have any other tips for newbies to camping, go ahead and add them as well.

bumbershoot
08-02-2008, 01:44 AM
I haven't yet been to FW, or even WDW, but we like camping. After a bad, hunched over experience with a 2 person tent and 2 people in it, we decided that we would always get much bigger than the camping industry thinks we need. :)

So with me and DH and our 4 year old, we have a Coleman Montana 7 person tent. :goodvibes We have not sealed it, and it has done fine in the Pac NW summer rains. We make sure nothing touches the sides, and we're sure to use tarps underneath that don't stick out from under the tent, b/c that can pull the water underneath the tent to soak up.

We used ThermaRest-style sleeping pads before, rented from REI, but when it came time to buy them, it was just too expensive. I found a King sized Coleman brand "quickbed" with airpump combo for under $50 including shipping, so we bought that. At the same time we had the bad tent experience, we had a bad Aerobed experience where we froze all night long. Finally realized (from reading here) that it was b/c we didn't have any sort of insulation under the bed or between us and the bed. So when the air inside got cold, so did we. It was possibly worse than waking at 3am on a waterbed when the power has been out for hours. BRR.

So last weekend we put fleece sleeping bag liners on the mattress, and put the sleeping bags (zipped open and together) on top of us while sleeping, and we were fine. :goodvibes

westjones
08-02-2008, 07:47 AM
Here is a dresser:
http://akimages.crossmediaservices.com/dyn_li/80.80.75.0/a1061_g_akamai_net/7/1061/5412/home/www.walgreens.com/dbimagecache/129555.gif

Here is the mattress:
http://s7.sears.com/is/image/Sears/00677933000?hei=150&wid=150&op_sharpen=1

(I can't figure out why the mattress won't show up. But if you click on it, you'll see it)

Thanks! We need to look into those doubled up type air mattresses. We always had the regular ones (that was 7 years ago when we last tent camped). This looks much more comfortable.

DJ

Murrlene
08-05-2008, 04:32 PM
Thank You, Thank you, Thank You for this thread.

We have come in a pop up and in tents, and it looks like next year will be a tent and we are shopping now for one. We have had Dome tents and we are big people and need that extra room to stand up and such so we have been looking at Cabin Tents.

The last time we came down to the Fort we left our tent there in the garbage. It was horible. Of course the door we wanted to use kept getting stuck in the zipper, But, My hubby hooked up a small air conditioner in the other door and then taped around it. Let me tell you we kept cool, good to sleep with.

We use 2 queen mattresses (Walmart) we each sleep with a kid. So we are pretty comfortable. We usually each have a laundry basket to keep organized but I love the idea of the dresser.

We also use a first up screen tent. I place the picnic table and a extra folding table in there so I can use the crock pot, toaster, and Microwave. We slide the big cooler under neath it. This time we have decided since we are not gonna do the dinning plan we are gonna bring down the smoker. I have been looking at grabbing a little frig. since they should be on sale now for dorms, does anyone use one while tent camping???

I love all the info, I am such a big lurker because these people with all these beautiful campers. One day, we will go back to a camper. But tenting is sometimes just more convient for us. My hubby races at our local raceway and then this way we can haul the car and bring the camping gear all together.

Thanks again.:cool1: :cool1: :cool1:

mamaloya
08-05-2008, 05:45 PM
I have decided on which tent to get. I am going with the Coleman Tucana 16x10. It is as Target. http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colemancom/detail.asp?product_id=9277-161&categoryid=11020
http://www.coleman.com/coleman/images/products/9277-161_200.jpg
It is not a full cabin, but taller and roomier than a real dome. We alrady have a Coleman Mountaineer Dome 8x8. We love that it has the tub floor. I like the Copper Canyon 1512, but want a tub floor.

I just bought an Ozark Trail 15x13 screen room from walmart for $40. We already have air mattresses and will pull the plastic drawers from my camper. Most of the stuff in the camper can be used tenting as well.

mamaloya
08-05-2008, 06:14 PM
Hey, I posted a pic. I have never done that before. I didn't know that I could. Yay me!!!

mamaloya
08-05-2008, 06:22 PM
Now that I know I can post pics, here is a pic of our small dome

http://www.coleman.com/coleman/images/products/9160-808_200.jpg

And here is our screen room

http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/72/70/01/32/0072700132025_215X215.jpg

This is so cool. Hey, now I maybe can post some pics of our site from Feb on the pic thread.

juligrl
08-05-2008, 11:25 PM
1) What brand/model tent do you have?
I have a Greatland 2 room dome tent with a screen porch.http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41LgKsKVPfL._SS500_.jpg
I don't use the divider so I use it as a large one room tent.

2) What size?
I believe it's 16'W x 15'D, but that includes the porch area.

3) Cabin or dome and why you prefer one or the other.
I have the dome version, but I actually prefer cabin style since they generally have more headroom. For being a "dome" it's pretty generously sized. I'm 5'8" and I can stand up in the center of my tent which works for me! Also since it's usually just me setting it up, I find it easier to set up a dome style solo than a cabin style.

4) How many in your family?
4 + a small dog but my husband doesn't camp (okay he's giving it a try this weekend).:rotfl: Usually it's just me and the kids and the dog and we have tons of room!

5) Do you use cots, air mattreses, sleeping pads, bags, etc and how many can you fit in your tent and would there be room to spare?
Air mattresses and sleeping bags. I have two air mattresses that were handed down from my parents - about 25" wide and 72" long. My youngest daughter sleeps in her pack 'n' play crib. I'd like to purchase two Big Agnes air mattresses eventually.
I have 108" that I consider sleepable area side to side (if an adult sits up quickly they won't bump their head on the tent). The air mattresses I have and like work well with my tent. I can fit four and have room for a bag for each person and there's still room for the dog. I wouldn't want to sleep the 7-8 the box says it can - 4 is quite comfortable.;)

6) Did you seam seal or dry coat it and did it keep you dry?
I seam sealed because I thought I should.:lmao: I toss tarps over the doors/windows at the ends of my tent in threatening weather anyhow so I couldn't tell you if it would leak or not.

7) Do you use a fan, a/c or heater and how is it set up?
I have not used any of those but I've never needed to either. If I were to be camping with electric and wanted to use my fan I would just leave an area in the center and toss my oscillating fan on a crate and let it cool the place down.

8) Do you use a screen room and what brand and size?
My attached porch is my screen room. I can fit 4 folding camp chairs in there snugly.

I got my tent at Target last year right after Thanksgiving. It was originally $129 marked all the way down to $27. Yeah, I snatched that puppy up despite it's terrible reviews. No complaints - yet. They now carry a slightly different version http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41M-wOLgUYL._SS260_.jpg a cabin tent I believe. If that one goes that low too I may be starting a tent collection.:rolleyes1

My whole family is going camping soon and I will definately post some pictures! The non-camping husband is camping so I will be documenting the moment!

nuke
08-07-2008, 11:11 AM
We have two tents. An old Greatland cabin tent that we love for the room but is so hard to put up. It's also got some twisting going on that we can't figure out. So we bought a Coleman dome tent. It's super easy to set up but I'm not liking the mesh roof with the fly. It gets really cold in there (we only spring and Fall camp) and there is no way to close the windows since the entire roof is a window.

I'm trying to talk DH into buying another tent with a solid roof and windows we can zip up closed however we have been having trouble finding one to even consider it.
Does anyone have a recommendation for tent with a solid roof?

mamaloya
08-08-2008, 09:22 PM
How much harder is it to set up a cabin than a dome?

I know with a dome it is usually just 2 poles X'd on the top and one person can usually manage to get it up, 2 for the larger ones. Just slide the poles through the sleeve, push the clip in the end and then push and the put the clip in the other end of the pole. Then attach the rain fly.

It has been so long since we owned a cabin. How easy is it to get the poles in and push the tent up? What do the poles attach to? Is it a definite 2 person job?

Also, most domes tents can be moved after setup if need be w/o taking them down. Then, stake it down when you find your spot. I assume with a cabin that you cannot do this. If I remember correctly, you must stake it down first and then put the poles in and up. Is this correct?

OK GRUMPY
08-08-2008, 10:17 PM
Juligrl you have my tent. Mine is just like yours!

juligrl
08-10-2008, 10:51 PM
Juligrl you have my tent. Mine is just like yours!

:banana: :thumbsup2
We just got back from a great family camping trip this weekend! I'm still loving my tent!:goodvibes

romarbeardies
08-11-2008, 12:20 PM
My husband and I are going to be camping for the first time in years at FW the last week in Oct.
What I really need is advise on a bed for him. The double inflatable doesn't let him get up easily and with his health problems , he is up at least 3-4 times a night. A cot tends to flip over when he tries to push himself up and he really doesn't like them. The twin portable bed with legs that I set up this week will let him get up but will not hold the air for more than a couple of hours. My husband isn't that large, but is 6'1 and 235lbs We replaced it this weekend and will set it up and see if it was maybe just a leak. I can't remember the manufacture but has anyone any other ideas. Should I get a double size just for him? What are those in a bad like other than expensive, big and heavy

Thanks

2goofycampers
08-11-2008, 12:34 PM
My husband and I are going to be camping for the first time in years at FW the last week in Oct.
What I really need is advise on a bed for him. The double inflatable doesn't let him get up easily and with his health problems , he is up at least 3-4 times a night. A cot tends to flip over when he tries to push himself up and he really doesn't like them. The twin portable bed with legs that I set up this week will let him get up but will not hold the air for more than a couple of hours. My husband isn't that large, but is 6'1 and 235lbs We replaced it this weekend and will set it up and see if it was maybe just a leak. I can't remember the manufacture but has anyone any other ideas. Should I get a double size just for him? What are those in a bad like other than expensive, big and heavy

Thanks

You might want to start a new thread, you might get missed in this one.

romarbeardies
08-11-2008, 01:00 PM
Thanks for your advise. I have started a new thread

juligrl
08-13-2008, 10:19 PM
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1852624&page=5
In case any tenters are interested, I posted my latest tent camping adventure pictures on the other thread.

Pinkee77
08-14-2008, 10:06 AM
How much harder is it to set up a cabin than a dome?

I know with a dome it is usually just 2 poles X'd on the top and one person can usually manage to get it up, 2 for the larger ones. Just slide the poles through the sleeve, push the clip in the end and then push and the put the clip in the other end of the pole. Then attach the rain fly.

It has been so long since we owned a cabin. How easy is it to get the poles in and push the tent up? What do the poles attach to? Is it a definite 2 person job?

Also, most domes tents can be moved after setup if need be w/o taking them down. Then, stake it down when you find your spot. I assume with a cabin that you cannot do this. If I remember correctly, you must stake it down first and then put the poles in and up. Is this correct?


Did this get answered? Because I was wondering the same thing. I'd like to have a tent I can stand up in. But since it's just me and the kids, I need one that only takes one person to put up. (I typed that sentence 3 times and it still doesn't sound right.)

juligrl
08-14-2008, 05:07 PM
Did this get answered? Because I was wondering the same thing. I'd like to have a tent I can stand up in. But since it's just me and the kids, I need one that only takes one person to put up. (I typed that sentence 3 times and it still doesn't sound right.)

I can only answer from my experience so for what it's worth...
I've never tried to set up a cabin tent by myself. My parents have an older cabin tent, but we have always set it up as a family - I don't think I could get it up without becoming a comedy show, by myself. Again though, I've never tried.
I do set up my Greatland by myself without too much struggle. I can definately stand up in there as the center height is at least 6'. Hope that helps.

mamaloya
08-14-2008, 05:12 PM
There are many dome tents, the larger ones, that you can stand up in the middle in. I am planning on putting our air mattresses on the ends and leaving room in the middle for standing up in.

bamanukes
08-22-2008, 09:04 AM
Juligirl, My wife just bought the greatland 7-8 person tent you have, the poles are supposed to be color coded and they are not, and no instructions with it. Do you happen to have the instructions that you could email me or post them here so that we can use the tent? Thanks

momoffive
08-23-2008, 12:33 AM
Juligirl, My wife just bought the greatland 7-8 person tent you have, the poles are supposed to be color coded and they are not, and no instructions with it. Do you happen to have the instructions that you could email me or post them here so that we can use the tent? Thanks

We have the same tent and we love it. I have extra copies of the instructions, I will try to scan them in tomorrow and post it here. I think I am the only one that got the instructions with their tent. It is easy to set up. DH and I can have it set up in less than 15 mins. We just have a hard time finding the right placement for the rain flap. We keep it on all the time. Never sealed it either. We will be setting it up next weekend to do this though. And it is too tight for the 7 of us. Made an emergency run to Wal-Mart last December and got another dome tent same size no screen room.

I saw at K-Mart though a huge Family Cabin tent that was 14 x 20. Does anybody have that? It was on sale at one point for $ 150. I was thinking if it was more squared off we might have an easier time with all of us in the same tent.
Loretta

juligrl
08-23-2008, 07:45 AM
Juligirl, My wife just bought the greatland 7-8 person tent you have, the poles are supposed to be color coded and they are not, and no instructions with it. Do you happen to have the instructions that you could email me or post them here so that we can use the tent? Thanks

Did you get the instructions? PM me with your email address and I can send them to you in pdf form. I actually had to have them sent to me too as mine were missing as well.

juligrl
08-23-2008, 07:54 AM
We have the same tent and we love it. I have extra copies of the instructions, I will try to scan them in tomorrow and post it here. I think I am the only one that got the instructions with their tent. It is easy to set up. DH and I can have it set up in less than 15 mins. We just have a hard time finding the right placement for the rain flap. We keep it on all the time. Never sealed it either. We will be setting it up next weekend to do this though. And it is too tight for the 7 of us. Made an emergency run to Wal-Mart last December and got another dome tent same size no screen room.

My tent has been set up in the backyard for the past couple of days and I did at one point have eight people in there very comfortably - me, a 7 year old, a 6 year old, DD5, two 4 year olds and two 2 year olds.:rotfl: It can be done!
Once I had my "duh!" moment with the fly I've never struggled with it since. There is a Greatland logo that gets centered above the porch door. Find that, fasten it down and the rest is easy.:thumbsup2

BRDof3
08-23-2008, 12:54 PM
Just noticed this thread after the update this AM. The previous posts predated my joining the DIS, so I never saw this thread in bold.

1) What brand/model tent do you have?
We have a 10x20' cabin tent from Cabellas. Cost a lot, but we couldn't get the Sears/Wal-Mart types to last very long. I love the all-enclosing rain fly. If you have it spaced good at ground level, we get a better cooling breeze all closed down than with the fly up and the windows open, depending on the wind.

3) Cabin or dome and why you prefer one or the other.
The cabin style is better for us, though some of the domes look like they'd have more walking room when all the air mattresses are out.

4) How many in your family?
5, plus the dog and any friends.

5) Do you use cots, air mattreses, sleeping pads, bags, etc and how many can you fit in your tent and would there be room to spare?
6 is the most we have tried at one go, and it worked out fine, even with the dog.

6) Did you seam seal or dry coat it and did it keep you dry?
We never have done either one (bad Daddy, I know), but this tent has a rain fly that cocoons the whole tent. So far it's never leaked. Of course, we don't normally go out if the weather looks too iffy. We have made it through rain dry, though.

7) Do you use a fan, a/c or heater and how is it set up?
Fan, but I should have rigged up AC a long time ago.

8) Do you use a screen room and what brand and size?
It's a 10x10, I think. We've had it so long that I forget the brand. I like using it, though I don't always take it. It usually has the table in it, and the coolers and kitchen tub. I try to set it up just off the front door/canopy of the tent to make a better shading on the front door.


After several years in a tent, DW and I have set next Spring to have a TT or hybrid. We both just want to have AC, better storage, and a fridge/freezer. Until then I'll enjoy lying in the tent listening to the crickets at night, and the birds in the morning.

momoffive
08-23-2008, 09:16 PM
Once I had my "duh!" moment with the fly I've never struggled with it since. There is a Greatland logo that gets centered above the porch door. Find that, fasten it down and the rest is easy.:thumbsup2

Yeh, We have that "Duh" moment every time we set it up. I can never find it, and I know what I am looking for it. Blame my blondness.
Loretta