If you are doing research before joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's the page to learn a bit more about the setup and operation of a specific camping or travel gear item before you head out on your big adventure.
The information below provides more details on how to set up the car camping tent, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent Tent - 3-Person Family Tent for Car Camping. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page . All of the family-camping tents we offer to rent are easy to setup. Along with the mesh main body and the waterproof protective fly, this 3-man tent incorporates and 3 sets of poles - 2 longs ones as shown for the body, and a third pole for the fly cover. It isn't too much trouble for one person to set up the tent, but it is quicker with 2 people to help hold it steady at the beginning. The majority of our car-camping rental tents, from 2-person to 6-person, are from Alps Mountaineering and will setup similarly to the steps we show below with the photos.
A good step one is to unfold the tent body on the ground and make an "X" with the 2 long poles. They are the same length, so it doesn't matter which position or corner they are connected.
Attach the rented tent body to the 2 tent poles one at a time. The tent body is attached to the poles in 2 ways - first, insert the pin at the corner into the bottom of the pole, and then connect the plastic snaps on the length of the pole, spreading out evenly.
The tent body when setup should look something like this. The color of your tent might be different, but the structure is the same.
If needed for wind and rain protection, add the fly cover. First cover the tent body with the fly. To position it correctly before attaching on the corners, drape it so the logos on the fly are on the window sides, not the door sides. Attach the corners of the fly to the body by using the buckle (some models may snap on with a bungee rather than buckle).
Finally, insert the remaining pole under the fly between the doors. Above each door on the body you will see a sewn-in pocket to hold each end of the pole. The second pole end may be harder to fit into its pouch; there is quite a bit of intended tension. This fly pole extends the fly over the door to crate a bit of a porch for better rain protection when getting in and out of the tent.
The finished setup looks like this - to finish, spread out the poles to eliminate slack in the body and use the stakes on each corner to keep it taut. Store the rest of your rented camping gear and close the tent doors to keep the critters out. And we hope your camp site is better than our parking lot!
This setup video for our rental car-camping tents shows most of the above steps, but in even more detail.