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Ok guys I really need help trying to find the right tent for my family of 5 (2 adults, kids 8,5, and 2). I going camping every year in southern Utah near Navajo lake and I bought a 13x12 tent which sucked! Why you ask cause it took for ever to setup the instructions were horrible. I wish I had a travel trailer but in time if I save it will come :lmao: I have been looking at these models http://www.kodiakcanvas.com/6014/ http://www.springbar.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=41010075 BUt I dont know they are expensive should I spring for the better model or go with the basic which is cheaper. Any thoughts and guidance much appreciated :thumbup2:

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Wow... Those are nice tents but nothing much said about how hard to set up... The canvas tent might be a good challenge to setup. I've been use to the smaller nylon tents with 2 poles where you can stand it up in a matter of minutes by yourself. But as for your large family I don't know what to say but since they are there you should have the man/woman power to get it put up.Might have to consider the travel trailer again and see what you can find used / fixer up condition...

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Wow... Those are nice tents but nothing much said about how hard to set up... The canvas tent might be a good challenge to setup. I've been use to the smaller nylon tents with 2 poles where you can stand it up in a matter of minutes by yourself. But as for your large family I don't know what to say but since they are there you should have the man/woman power to get it put up. Might have to consider the travel trailer again and see what you can find used / fixer up condition...

Thanks for the advice. The setup looks real easy they actually have a youtube video on it

http-~~-//www.youtube.com/watch?v=gprMzIoG4bU

I really want a travel trailer :pray: but I have to wait so I can save some cash. Also I need to determine how big of a trailer to get.

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I have an awesome Coleman 9 person tent. It was ~ $100 or so, and takes my wife (not mechanically inclined) and I (mechanically inclined) about 20 minutes to set up and move in..

It will fit (2) Queen-sized air mattresses, with plenty of room to spare, for even the 100lb dog's bed, and a place to stand/change, including luggage bags. And it's about 6.5' high, so no need for average height people to bend over..

Let me see if I can find it real quick...

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Found it. Coleman Hampton.

These pics aren't mine, but give you a great idea of how big it is..

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Ok, so it's went up in price.. $295, but shop around.

It literally has

6 vertical poles that slip into hooks

2 "X" poles that slip through sewn channels in the roof

1 flex pole that goes front to back (again, slips into hooks

4 flexible poles for the hinged doors (about 30 secs per door assembly)

and a rain fly..

I've been known to have it up by myself in under 10minutes, for fear of impending rain storm.. :whistle:

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I have an awesome Coleman 9 person tent. It was ~ $100 or so, and takes my wife (not mechanically inclined) and I (mechanically inclined) about 20 minutes to set up and move in..

It will fit (2) Queen-sized air mattresses, with plenty of room to spare, for even the 100lb dog's bed, and a place to stand/change, including luggage bags. And it's about 6.5' high, so no need for average height people to bend over..

Let me see if I can find it real quick...

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Found it. Coleman Hampton.

These pics aren't mine, but give you a great idea of how big it is..

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Ok, so it's went up in price.. $295, but shop around.

It literally has

6 vertical poles that slip into hooks

2 "X" poles that slip through sewn channels in the roof

1 flex pole that goes front to back (again, slips into hooks

4 flexible poles for the hinged doors (about 30 secs per door assembly)

and a rain fly..

I've been known to have it up by myself in under 10minutes, for fear of impending rain storm.. :whistle:

Man that is AWESOME :thumbup2: My wife will really like that. She does not like tents with walls that are angled :cookoo:

Hey thanks alot and the price is way better than close to 700. Have you had any problems with it leaking or anything?

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no problem.

Nope, no leaks. And we've been in some downpours with it. Matter of fact, last weekend. If you look at the outside picture, you'll see that the floor comes up the walls about 4 inches or so.. It's like that all the way around, and thank goodness. We were sorta down this draw (only place we could really set it up), and it come a turd-floater of a rain.. water rushed down the hill, and hit the tent, I'd say at about 1" deep.. It just rolled around and under the tent. There's a roof rainfly, as well as a door fly. We didn't have the door-fly on, but the "windows" were closed. And the doors are constructed in such a fashion, that when closed, there's a flap that covers the edges so no water runs down the front and into the door-jambs.

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Here's mine, in the back of the picture, just right of the smoke plume... this is from the left side, facing.. the closest person in a chair is about 5' away from it, just to give some perspective.

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My tent with all the comforts of home...

One thing I have learned... your tent is hopefully 'just' your bed room. You really need adequate covered space outside, protected with a 'fly'. My fly is wider than the tent, has drip edges and side curtains/sun shades which attach inside the drip edge flaps. Nothing worse that being trapped in a single tent.

Back when I was modern camping... I had a number of flies. Current crop of pop-up gazibos are not wind / water rated. The wind / rain destroyed ours last trip.

I gave my original "modern type" tent to a friend... I had all the long pole sections taped together for fast set up. Her kid used the tent & took all the tape off... 3 hours & she still didn't have it up!

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