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    Car camping tent suggestions

    Have a 1 person backpacking tent. Looking for a 2-3 person car camping setup. Spring summer and fall.

    Have proform on Big Agnes...Any good?

    What does the collective maggotry like?
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    something that's cheap.

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    Buy something at least 1 person "size" bigger than however many people you expect to actually sleep in the tent. i.e. for 2 people, buy a 3-person tent.

    REI Outlet generally has good buys on tents.
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    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    Get something you can stand up in or at least nearly stand up in. Also, something large enough to fit a couple cots or a queen size air mattress. It's car camping, might as well be as comfortable as you want.

    Big Agnes are great tents. Cheap tents are the worst thing ever as they almost always have fiberglass poles and will blow away if you fart in it's general direction. If you have a decent budget get a nice tent.

    I picked up an REI Base Camp 4 at the garage sale for like $60 as it had a bent pole from the idiot probably setting it up wrong. Ordered a new pole for $15 and have had a bomber car camping tent for the past 10 years.

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    Kelty used to make nice inexpensive tents- I still have a couple that are 10+ years old. Backcountry.com etc. always have nice deals on discontinued models of various manufacturerereres.
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    Full Disclosure: I work for Big Agnes's sister company...

    I have the Big House 4 with the Vestibule and LOVE it. My sister in law just got the Tensleep 6 and after looking at it, I may have gone with the Tensleep 4 over the Big House. But BA didn't make it yet. These tents may look like they are just another dome, but when you set them up, the care put into the design really shines.

    The Wyoming Trail 4 looks awesome but has a HUGE footprint.

    I really don't think you can go wrong, especially if you have a hookup...

    I get to see a LOT of tents and these are the best car camping tents I have seen.

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    I have the 2-person version of this and love it.
    http://www.backcountry.com/stoic-arx-sl3-tent-3-season

    Quick to set up for late-night arrivals, and takes up little space in the car. If I were getting a tent specific for car camping, I might go bigger like soups818 said, because why not if you don't have to carry it on your back?

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    Thanks for the replies guys. Looking like something from BA is going to be my new Moab home.
    Quote Originally Posted by timnormandin View Post
    I never wear a helmet 'cause I'm core. I do, however, Crazy Glue my cock to my leg so I won't ski over it. My cock that is, not my leg. not that you could ski over your leg...what was that about the Minnow being lost?

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    We have some long discontinued TNF tent that's enormous - it has 3 "rooms" plus a vestibule. Thing is awesome... but packs into a bag that's basically a medium duffle. Large and heavy, but who cares. It fits fine in the Thule box.

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    3rd on the Big Agnes recommendation. We have a 3 or 4 person, and I am a yeti and it fits me, wife, daughter and 2 dogs no problem. Their stuff is bomber and they have a great warranty too.
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    4th on Big Agnes. Their stuff is great for car camping.

    I have an REI Halfdome 4 that I'm happy with too.
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    The rei half dome is a pretty great tent for the money. We had big agnes for our rental tents of all sizes and they were pretty bomber. I'd get whichever was cheaper of whatever size you feel like. Don't over think it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippster View Post
    We have some long discontinued TNF tent that's enormous - it has 3 "rooms" plus a vestibule. Thing is awesome... but packs into a bag that's basically a medium duffle. Large and heavy, but who cares. It fits fine in the Thule box.
    We have a coleman (costco special) that is the same thing. Sleeps 5 people and two dogs w/ no problem and packs into a duffle bag.

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    Since weight is not an issue, I'd look for a 3 person tent with 2 side access (or 4 if 3 are needed to be in it) plus a nice vestibule in the storm covering. You can still store some stuff in the car, but it is nice to have room to have some gear inside the tent as well as the vestibule to hold things like boots or anything wet that you do not want in the tent.

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    Get at least a 4 person for car camping...something you can stand up in to change clothes in and not be uncomfortably close to a male friend in. I've got a sierra designs 4 person that is nice - fits me, the woman and 2 50lbs dogs and has enough space to store stuff for a week inside it. Vestibules are nice for keeping daypacks/storage bags etc in. ONLY downside compared to a smaller tent is setup time, which is 5-10 min compared to 3-5 for my backpacking tent.
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    Another vote for BA Big House 4. Solid construction, plenty of room, can stand up to change clothes, easy to set up, good fly coverage. That last one is a big difference over cheap tents where the fly doesn't extend all the way to the bathtub floor so when it rains you get wet no matter what. Big Agnes yes. What more could you want?

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    We use an REI tent for car camping. Nice but it takes way too long to set up.

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    If you are just looking for a 2 or 3 person tent, the old Marmot Swallow tent came in both 2 and 3 person. It's convertible between 3 and 4 season due to having zippered windows that can shut out the wind or you can leave them open and have just the screen. I almost bought another one last year. They seem to come up a lot on Ebay and for some reason lots seem to come up new as if some shop just never sold them. Compared to Mountain Hardware and other brands I looked at, this particular Marmot tent is bigger than most for what it is rated. Really nice and reliable tent.

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    Haven't owned a big Agnes tent, but have accumulated a few of the usual major brand 3 and 4 season backpacking etc tents.

    None of them work as well for car camping as my large Coleman I bought new for $90. Main advantages are super heavy duty tarp floor, and room to stand in.

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    The Marmot Swallow is a fantastic product but personally for car camping I think the Marmot Limestone is a better bet. It is bigger and more importantly higher, so standing albeit slightly stooped is a possibiity.

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    Tents are great, I use a GoLite ShangiLa-5, it is floorless but I picked up the optional floor and fold it in half. A fold-up Ti-Goat wood stove will go in soon and is light enough to pack in when combined with the pyramid tent.

    But a gazebo with walls has truly changed camping for us. The option to truly walk around, dry off, enjoy a seat and a table has extended many camping trips for us as weather is often an issue. Breakfast can now take up to 4 hours! I will be putting a boot for the stove into it as well, but for now I run a miniHeater Buddy, which works great.


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    Along with my 3 person el cheapo dome tent(stand up in the center) I have an EZ up with the three sided addon. Getting a flue free LP water heater soon and with a folding table for the kitchen it all works together nicely.

    Also carry a "Big Blue" 30'x30' tarp with extra long para cord ties for that extra coverage when needed.

    DV; I like that foldy chair, however we need to upgrade yo beer selection. Invite me and I can provide sum home brews.
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    I bought a coleman 8 person tent for car camping and OMG its amazing. I parked my car in the tent, slept in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asspen View Post

    Have proform on Big Agnes...Any good?
    I'm a fan of BA. Although not a car camping model, I have a Seedhouse SL1 that I have been using for years, in some shitty conditions and it's holding up great.

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    BUMP!

    I am thinking about upgrading from the two person backpacking tent the girlfriend and I have been using. I want something to stand up in, leave gear in....

    Anyone have a canvas outfitter style tent for car camping?

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    Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow 6-Person Canvas Tent

    This thing looks baller, gets great reviews, and is just a little more expensive than a massive REI/BA tent. Do you have to re-treat the canvas with some sort of waterproofing every few years?
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