Cabin Tents: Advantages of a Family Cabin Tent
Specs, top brands and pros
Family Cabin Tents are a great option if you enjoy camping and the outdoors but don’t want to miss out on a few home comforts. A cabin tent does take more time and effort to set up than a dome style tent, but once assembled it can be like a home away from home.
These types of tents are usually quite large and spacious so they’re ideal for families or larger groups. Some of the models can be more than 20 feet (6 meters) in length. The square design features high ceilings which makes it possible to stand up inside, instead of having to stoop.
What are the Advantages of a Family Cabin Tent?
The straight walls also makes the rooms a lot more spacious compared to those of a dome tent. They can also offer more privacy with built in dividers or doors allowing separate rooms for sleeping and living quarters etc. The extra space can also allow room for creature comforts such as chairs, tables, fridges, and cots.
The materials used to make family sized cabin tents are generally a lot heavier and stronger than those used in backpacking and hiking tents. The poles are generally made from heavy steel and the fabric is usually a durable canvas, making them ideal for three-season and long stays. Because of their size, cabin tents are best suited for established camping grounds or base camps, where they can stay set up for several days.
However, one of the downsides of the cabin style is it does take up a lot of storage space when not in use and its weight does make it quite difficult to transport or assemble on your own.
Cabin tents are usually at the more expensive end of the price range, so it pays to shop around before you purchase. You should get ten or more years of camping pleasure from your purchase so sometimes it can be a good idea to go for a quality brand instead of one from the bargain basement. Another good tip is to visit a store where it is already set up on display, so you know what you are buying.
Some of the popular family brands include: Coleman, Eureka, Ozark and Wenzel.