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This will be most likely be used very seldomly, and only in warmer months.

I see the labels of 2 or 3 person, but those are pretty tiny and don't give much space at all.

Would prefer waterproof, and easy to set up.

Maybe something that could sleep 2 or 3 COMFORTABLY, not packed in like sardine.

Obviously, price IS a huge concern.

What say you?





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Posts: 31854 | Location: St. Louis MO | Registered: February 15, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Is this for backpacking where weight is an issue, or will it be carried by car?



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Posts: 2577 | Location: California | Registered: May 31, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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My wife and I used a 6x6 4 man tent simple Coleman some tent for dozens of warm weather camping nights. Before kids. The 4 men are a joke as 3 are shoulder to shoulder and the 4th is along the feet and all your gear is outside. Perfect for 2 people. After kids came along we went to a 10x10 6 man tent, we sleep on the edge and kids in the middle, with duffle bags on the furthest edge against the tent wall. Again Coleman 3 season, mesh walls, plastic tarp material bottom. Weve been using that a few nights per summer since my son was born he's 9 now. I don't think I paid more than $50 for either one on sale at the local sports big box store. Coleman makes them from 4x4 to 6x6 to 7x7 to 8x8. Up to 12x12 I think. I'm not a fan of tents with internal rooms. Way too many poles and crap to assemble.

I prefer a simple 2 pole dome tent, can be put up easily by one person in the dark if necessary. And a rain fly over the top to cover the mesh walls for privacy

Growing up my dad had a lot of vacation time so we did a lot of car camping. I distinctly remember one night we got a late start from home and got to the mountains after dark. They had this ancient Coleman canvas tent that weighed about 60 pounds and required about 15 aluminum poles of varying lengths to be properly inserted here and there. And 2 preferably 3 or 4 adults to assemble. So it's now like 10-11 pm and my dad and mom are trying to assemble this POS by the headlights of the car and I think it was the first time I heard my mom curse. I was about 6. Anyway. Get a Coleman 3 season tent, will last plenty of nights.

Basically this with a square footprint. Size to your needs. Shops near me sale them for less Than this often
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004...gid=pla-362828128447

4 season tent with no mesh is another story
 
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Eureka Copper Canyon. 10x10 with a 7 foot ceiling. I just replaced one I got from my parents that they used for 32 years. I think it was about $275 on amazon.
 
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Carried by car. Float trips or weekend camping. If an real lightweight one is reasonable I am interested... but I think the price will go up significantly.





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Also, his would be used mostly in public camp grounds... so needs room for gear inside.





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When you see 2 or 3 person, they mean stacked head to toe. We have a nemo 2 person for backpacking and while it packs small, it's very small inside (especially if I plan to kiss my SO goodnight). If I were to buy a tent that I'd be taking on "car camping trips" (meaning I park at or near my campsite) I would get a 4-5 person tent for 3 people. That way you can keep some gear in it.. boots, etc.


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I have a Kelty Salida 2 that I used for backpacking prior to going with lighter weight one man tents. It performed well and was the easiest tent ever to set up. They make a 4 man version as well that may interest you.

https://kelty.com/salida-4/



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I guess ideally it would be able to fit a queen size air mattress and gear. By gear two small bags and a cooler.





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Not sure how tall you are but i have one I can stand up in (I'm 6'01"). Makes it way more comfortable. I'll take it out tomorrow and get the brand/model because I'm drawing a blank now.
 
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Queen size inflatable mattress, I'd reccomend at least a 6 person, probably larger. What's your budget? That'll help a lot. Car camping makes it a lot easier. We just got my brother in law a tent setup for him, his wife and their two small kids and it was inexpensive (I questioned if they'd use it.. they haven't yet)


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Posts: 3786 | Location: SE PA | Registered: November 13, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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As small of a budget as possible. This would be used 1 or 2 times a year, some years not at all.

The 300 tops I hope, but would prefer way less.

I am 5 10





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No suggestions on which tent, here are a couple online places to look though.

Sierra Trading Post

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Get one with a rain fly.

Check Campmor's markdown section for good deals.

https://www.campmor.com/




 
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My Quest Sundance is *about* 20 years old and cost $200+ when new. I bet it has been used 40-50 nights or so. Zippers, seams, fabric, fiberglass poles with elastic cord cores, everything works as new. Quest is out of business but when manufactured, it was supposedly made by one of the Big Two tent makers, in China. The tent went back to California once under warranty for an inspection of a zipper and came back expertly folded with the report the zipper was fine; not sure what the issue was.

From what I learned recently at the Army Navy Store, most 3-season tents will have a screened top with a fly over it. Without that it becomes a terrarium. Memorial Day weekend in Yellowstone it dropped to 33˚, and I had a lightweight poly/nylon wrap tied over the screen roof vent; the tent stayed cozy.

A 2.5 man tent is fairly livable for one person and their gear.

Glancing at the specs, the Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Tent - "6 Person" looks comfortable. This is the one referred by 4ftty4. Eureka also makes a "4" and an "8". "Full mesh roof allows circulation of air and reduces condensation" is a standard feature, according to amazon.









 
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Check local for sale ads. People spend small fortunes on camping equipment, use it once and decide to sell.
 
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I have a 4 person Eureka Timberline, modified A frame. Good solid tent that I consider a 1 person tent. I've used it hunting in temps down to about 15f with a buddy heater. I also have one of these, https://www.walmart.com/ip/Col...nt-Sleeps-6/15840118
I consider this a 2 person tent. If you are only going to use it a couple of times a year I think it would work for you. Shipped free to hour local store at about $120.



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Hi Kevin, I used to motorcycle on BMW and there were numerous rallies in your area where we tent camped. I particularly remember Rolla and Marble Hill. Canoeing is very similar regarding packing other than the cooler. The BMW rallies invariably sprouted a large field of Eureka Timberline 4 for two person accommodations because they worked well for the purpose. Many folks started out with other brands but most ended up with a Eureka. They aren't the lightest but far from the heaviest and hold up to the duty. Enough room for 2 and gear without being too crowded and packs down to a doable size. The quality and price are good. I would seriously check that model out. A vestibule will give you an attached, out of eyesight gear storage area but doesn't have a floor.


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I have had good experiences with tents from academy sports if they have a store in your area.


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Yard sales. Often good as new!
 
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