Even though there are only 3 of us in our family, we wanted to purchase a tent large enough for at least 2 queen air mattresses and enough room left over for our gear. After looking at several larger tents, we opted to purchase this one from our local Walmart because it was the largest one we could find for our under $200 budget. We didn't want to take any chances so we water-proofed it and seam-sealed it before our first use and will probably do so again each year before first use of the season, so I couldn't tell you how it holds up without the water-proofing. Likes:
1. Size...this tent is HUGE inside! We had a queen air mattress on one end, a single air mattress on the other end, and tons of gear in the middle and still had room to spare. If you had to jam 10 people in here you could, but if you want space to move around, 6 or 7 people might be your "comfortable" max.
2. E-port...came in handy for bringing in an extension cord which we used for the air-pump to blow up our mattresses and then for the electric heater we brought for cooler nights.
3. Open mesh top and air flow vents...allows more moisture to escape and prevented condensation on inside tent walls, though our sleeping bags did feel just slightly moist in the mornings.
4. Bathtub floor...kept the floor seams elevated off the ground and prevented leaks.
5. Attached lantern loop...in the middle of the tent to hang a light/lantern on.
6. Mesh pockets...in bottom corners of tent for storing things in to keep them handy. Dislikes:
1. Rain-fly...doesn't cover side windows where tent side rooms are slanted out and doesn't cover enough of the tent for my liking. We bought a blue tarp a little bigger than the tent and used that as an extra covering over the tent and it worked out very well, but then we could not take the fly off and look at the stars on rain free nights because of the extra tarp.
2. Door/Canopy...the tiny front canopy is the door cover! If you choose to keep the canopy up, you will have no privacy in your middle room nor protection from rain because there is no solid door without it being down, just mesh! When the canopy is down, it velcros in several spots along both sides of the doors, but not at the bottom, which leads to another small issue...if it rains and the wind blows against or up the tent door cover, rain could possibly splash up through the bottom of the cover because it cannot be secured there. The canopy can be rolled up and tied at the top with attached tie backs.
3. Windows...sealed at bottom, zipper shut along both sides, but top is completely unsecured, which could lead to rain getting in if the wind blew it against the windows hard enough.
4. Room dividers....nothing more than flimsy pieces of material that attach only by four loops and hooks, one on each corner of divider.
5. E-Port...doesn't zip shut when not in use, only lays flat against tent. We have used the tent twice so far since purchasing it and despite the things I don't like about it, the tent really is a great value for the price if you are on a budget. Both times we used it it rained a bit...the first time light rain, the second time a moderate storm with a bit of wind. The extra tarp over the top and down the sides a bit helped I am sure, but the areas even where the tarp did not reach didn't leak and we stayed bone dry. Not a tent for use in winter because of the vented ceilings and windows that don't close on all 4 sides, but we did get a few nights during our Kentucky trip in early April where it went down into the 40's and with a small space heater and sleeping bags we were fine. I would recommend buying heavier steel tent pegs (we bought Coleman ones) as the ones that come with the tent are thin and could possibly bend or break after repeated use or in hard soil.
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