Our four-person "family camping"/"car camping" rental tents are well built to withstand bad weather - to keep the elements outside where they belong. You may think you can just buy a cheap tent somewhere for not much more than renting, and you can. Just hope it isn't windy or it doesn't rain, or that you ever have to use the zippers on those cheap tents more than once. If it wasn't for those little caveats, a big-box-store house brand tent is just fine. But we rent real tents designed for the wilderness.
This is a popular size tent to rent - big enough for a couple of campers to not feel cramped, but not so big to make it hard to find enough room to set it up or be too heavy to carry around. All of the tents we rent are easy to setup - one person can have any size tent up and in use in a matter of minutes. There are 2 crossbars that hold up the body of the tent, and another pole for the waterproof cover - the "fly" (no idea why it's called that). These tents we've been renting for nearly 2 decades to many thousands of customers are free-standing (no stakes required), and can be moved around even after setup. However, any tent can be staked with the provided pegs if needed to better resist wind. See this helpful instruction page for how to setup the tent if needed.
This is a double-wall tent: the tent body, which includes some mesh material on the walls and ceilings for maximum ventilation, plus a waterproof fly cover that goes over the body for protection against rain and provides more insulation. You can leave the fly off if assured of a dry evening. This tent has two doors which allows easier in/out access for campers - no more stepping on each other on the way out for a middle-of-the-night bathroom break! These tents are our recommended versions for large group outings such as retreats, family reunions, and parties. We have served up camping gear for as many as hundreds of people at one event with these tents. If you're not sure what specific items of gear will be best to take, check out our preset gear packages for easy one-selection shopping for different types of wilderness trips. We often have a good selection of used tents available.
The listed capacity will house that many adults sleeping on standard-size mattress pads, but we recommend for comfort and practicality to leave yourself some elbow room and camp with no more than 1 less the capacity - that is, no more than 4 adults in a 5-person tent for example. If you want to go all-out glamping and indulge your inner wilderness prince/princess, rent one of our spacious bell tents.
Manufacturer specs on this tents follows (note: weight may vary some as packaged for rental. L/W dimensions are maximums at either side and may not be that long or wide the entire side of the tent. The interior height listed is usually at just one peak point and will slope lower from there.
We also have 2-person, 3-person, 5-person, and 6-person capacity versions for car camping, mostly from Alps Mountaineering, a USA manufacturer that supplies a lot of Scout troops - we like them too, for durability and reliability in harsh weather. We also rent a canopy shade tent if you want some extra protection against the elements.
Weight: 12 lbs
Peak interior height: 60"
Floor area: 64 sq ft
Dimensions: 90" x 102"
These "car camping" tents are generally intended for uses where weight is a non issue - camping at some spot near your van or car for example as opposed to backpacking in somewhere. But you could split up the parts to these larger tents among a few hikers to backpack in to a remote camp site if you were willing to share a tent - it would save money over several backpacking tents. One could carry the poles, another the body, another the fly, for examples. But it can sometimes be hard to find a good camp site in the back country big enough for the larger capacity tents. The peak interior height in some of the larger ones is enough to stand up in, but don't walk inside the tents with your shoes on or you could poke a hole in the floor that will cost you to repair. Not every tent use is in the wilderness; this tent is a popular one rented by music-festival-goers as well.
We have lots of advice about the great outdoors including more information on tents and shelters for camping and backpacking such as how to choose the best tent and how to find and make a good camp site.
For some third-party user reviews of this and other gear we rent and sell, visit our backpacking and camping user gear review page.
|Tent Style||Car Camping (Larger/Roomier)|