Rated 5 out of 5 by drg2112 Good Tent
Have not camped in it yet, but have set it up in the back yard. Soon after setting it up we had an inch and a half of rain. 2 minor leaks 1 around a window and the other around the pouch by the screen porch that holds the light switch. After it dried we seam sealed and sprayed the tent with permethrin.
1. set up instructions are not great, but we got it together.
2. there are power ports below each door.
3. clips to hold light on ceiling broke immediately.
4. if you think you could sleep 10 people in this tent you are nuts.
5. probably would not be useful in the winter time would not hold any heat.
Will update after camping trip in 2 weeks.
October 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
by tunder great summer tent it you take care of it
Starting with the bad:
- If you're the type to abuse your tents, this tent might not be for you. The fabric is really thin, and seems if you pull hard it will rip easily.
- broke the light mount the first time I set it up, replaced it with a paper clip.
- the light switch is located in an awful spot
- expect to seam seal every joint, or it will leak
- cord port is not marked, found it by accident (there is one underneath both doors, see pics)
Now the good:
-lots of room, can easily fit two queen sided beds (one in each room)
-the screened in porch is great for rainy or buggy days
-love the doors
- light works well, and batteries last a long time (used the 4D's to fill up my air bed first and still didn't have to replace them after a week of camping)
September 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Toddlercampers101 Perfect for toddlers
We bought this tent because of the separate rooms that were actually separated unlike most two room tents that just have dividers. The second reason was that one room was a screen room that we were able to let our 1yr old play in with her toys & other children & not get completely covered in dirt.
We sealed the seams prior to our trip & did have a light rain & no leaks.
The setup was fairly easy after you set it up once & figure out what goes where.
A couple more storage pockets could be helpful but not a deal breaker.
Overall a great tent for our family & friends
August 14, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by PickyChicky NOT FOR COLD WEATHER AT ALL
I strongly suggest you try setting this tent up at home with another person and checking the weather forecast before relying on it for your next camping trip. Don't make the mistake of thinking this tent will keep you warm or that you know all the little tricks to keeping warm in a tent. Short of putting up another tent or large tarp over this tent, your keep warm methods will fail. Every small breeze blows through this tent. In warm, dry weather, this tent is great.
I bought this tent last summer and camped in it twice. The first time we set it up, the wall separated from the floor near the door over a length of about two inches. The second time we used it, we didn't check the weather forecast and we didn't stake down the rain fly properly. We woke up in the middle of a night of heavy rain with water dripping on our heads. I share this because many complaints I see about tents are due to people not setting them up properly and then not recognizing or admitting it was their mistake. Don't be foolish enough to think leaving your windows open will keep rain out. Try to avoid stuff touching the walls of your tent when it's raining. Always set up the rain fly properly even if you aren't expecting rain. Camping 101: Set up a tent, expect rain.
We did exchange the tent due to the tear, no hassles from BPS. We used the new tent for the first time this year during Memorial Day weekend in unexpected cold (30F at night), windy, rainy weather, which we are no stranger to. We did stay dry BUT we were freezing because the entire ceiling of the tent is screen with no flaps to close it off, the rain fly only comes down a few inches around the perimeter of the tent, and none of the windows zip closed across the top. So, every time the wind blew, any amount of heat we were able to generate quickly escaped. We had an electric blanket cranked to the max and sandwiched between our cold weather sleeping bags which we zipped together to keep warm and we also had an electric space heater, all of which had kept us toasty in even colder, windier weather in other tents. But, with cold, damp wind continuously blowing through this tent, we barely survived the long weekend and ended up leaving a day early because there was no hope of getting comfortable. We love to tent camp and have no problem with a little weather inconvenience but this was ridiculous.
We love the tent for the extra features: hinged door, screen porch, ceiling light, windows that roll up as you unzip them, spacious sleeping area fits king sized air mattress PLUS two end tables! We hate the tent for the loss of a primary function: keeping us warm. We're going to set it up again this weekend and see if we can sew some tarp panels around the perimeter of the rain fly that can be raised or lowered and staked depending on the weather. I'll probably invest a chunk of change in tarp, velcro, grommets, additional rope and stakes to tie them down, not to mention a bunch of time I'd rather spend camping. But it may actually become my dream tent. If not, I will probably swear off Coleman for life.
Set up is very easy with two people. Here are a few tips, not complete instructions.
1. NEVER stake your tent before setting it up. I don't care what the instructions or your camping mate says. Leaving it unstaked allows it to flex while you install poles, preventing tears (both the ripping and crying kind) and allows you to relocate/reposition, square your walls and flatten out your floors.
2. Once you have cleared a large area on the ground of rocks and stick and have the tent floor laid out in the general location/position you want it, slip the ceiling poles through the sleeves and plug them into their retainers. There are only 3 poles and they are color coded to the tent.
3. Install all 4 corner poles and 2 side/center poles to their retainers at the ceiling only, letting them lie flat on the ground. The 2 side/center poles have little wire loops in them that go near the top and are longer than the corner poles. You haven't raised the tent yet. It will look like a giant bug with legs spread out everywhere. It doesn't matter which direction the legs are splayed out. Make sure all 6 poles are securely attached at the ceiling...especially if you are a short person.
4. One person on each side of the tent raises the side/center poles and plugs them into the pin retainers at the floor. This is made easier if you step on the little canvas strap while you stretch the tent and bend over and use your free hand to guide the pin into the bottom of the pole. From there, each person can raise and secure the corners to the floor in the same manner. Finally, attach all the C clips to the poles.
5. NOW you can reposition the tent, spread out the floor, make sure any slope in the ground puts your head higher than your feet, check for any sticks, roots, rocks under the floor, get it perfect and stake it down.
6. The rain fly is a little more intuitive but also more tricky for shorties like me. Insert the 2 poles into the front and rear sleeves. The sleeves/poles will be on the underside of the rain fly. Each person holds each end of the rear pole and the two of you slide it over the top of the front of the tent walk from front to rear of the tent. As with any rain fly, hopefully it's not a really windy day :) Plug the pole ends into the retainers at the corners of the tent. Perform your final straightening at the sides and corners and attach all the velcro straps and stake down the guylines (don't skip this step or it will leak through the ceiling if it rains. Your rain fly should be pulled tight and not contact the ceiling).
7. Inside, slip metal strips into the sleeves in the bedroom windows so they will roll up as you unzip them. (Another reviewer either didn't get these strips or didn't know what to do with them and then complained about the screens just hanging loose).
8. Good luck and happy camping!
If we successfully modify the tent, we will add pictures for all to enjoy.
May 28, 2013