I have had many different tents, used for different types of trips, with different number of occupants, depending on what I have done over the years. If I look back on all of those trips, there are a few things I know that are an absolute must for me to be comfortable. As my family has grown I have purchased the larger family tents to fit my growing family, and it has really spoiled me and opened my eyes up for true comfort. I now look back and wonder why I ever wasted my time and money in buying the smaller tents thinking that I just did not need all that space, and extra weight and bulkiness to pack with me in my truck. There are definitely good reasons to buy a good quality small tent, the main one being for backpacking, but I do not do any hike in camping, so for me, going forward, I will only buy the larger style tents. The main reason being space and comfort. I like to be able to fully stand up inside my tent, have open vents, be able to have cots and air beds for comfort when I want to, and I like to have my clothes and food that animals could get into that I don’t use hard to open tote’s or ice chest, and things. The food that goes in a bag or in an easy open lid, goes right there in the tent with me. I also like to have lighting and my propane heater to keep my family warm. These are all things that are just a personal choice for me, but it’s not like the small tents are quicker to setup, the bulkiness and weight is carried to and from the camp site by my truck, and the comfort of being able to stretch out and have the extra conveniences of the larger tents make it worth while. My top choices are shown below. My favorite tent brand is Coleman. I have owned about thirty tents over the years. Yes, that is a lot of tents, but I am super picky and when I do not like something I don’t hang onto it. I used to buy the cheap and smaller tents, and those just never worked for me as there was always a need for more room, and the height component that I could not stand up in the tent would drive me crazy. The cheaper brands in my personal experience don’t last but a few trips if you store it in a hot garage, or attic, or if you get rain or snow while you are camping. Some of them have terrible rain fly’s that did not protect me from the rain, and there is a silly design that many tent makers have that tend to have the rain fly suspended so it bounces up and down dropping moisture that forms on the fabric when it’s foggy or rainy that drips all throughout the interior. Coleman 8-Person Camping Tent with Built-in Closet •Coleman OneSource 6 Person Tent with Airflow System and LED Lighting•Coleman Dark Room Skydome 8 Person Camping Tent•Coleman Signature Instant Dome 7 Person Camping Tent•Coleman Dark Room Skydome 6 Person Camping TentColeman 8-Person Camping Tent with Built-in Closet Tenaya Lake Cabin Tent with Fast Pitch SetupProduct Description:The Coleman Signature 8-Person Instant Cabin with Rainfly makes camping easy so you can enjoy every moment of your outdoor adventure. In about a minute you can have the tent set up or taken down. The spacious interior fits two queen-sized airbeds. The exclusive WeatherTec system and an included rainfly help keep you dry and comfortable when it rains. Double-thick, rugged Polyguard 2X tent fabric helps prevent rips and tears, and a ground vent provides increased ventilation. You’ll love the Illumiline reflective guy lines, as well as the pre-attached poles of this instant cabin. When it’s time to go home, the whole thing fits in the included carry bag with rip strip.Product Details:Spacious interior has room for 2 queen airbedsRoom divider creates privacy without feeling crampedPre-assembled poles for fast and easy setup in about a minuteIllumiline reflective guy lines for greater visibility at nightIncluded rainfly for extra weather protectionWeatherTec system's patented welded floors and inverted seams help keep water outRugged, Polyguard 2X double-thick fabric stands up to the rigors of the outdoorsGround vent for increased ventilationCarry bag with rip strip makes packing up a cinch14 x 8 ft.6 ft. 4 in. center height1-year limited warrantyColeman WeatherMaster 10-Person Camping TentProduct Description:With its cabin-like design and plenty of room to stand and move, the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent feels more like a house than a tent. This ten-person, two-room tent offers ample space for sleeping or sheltered relaxation. Get in and out easier with two doors—a hinged front door and a zippered back door. Its Variflo adjustable ventilation system allows you to customize your cooling comfort. If it rains, reverse-angled windows let in the light and air, but not the water– even when they’re open. The built-in WeatherTec System’s patented welded floors and inverted protected seams help ensure you stay dry. Spend more time enjoying the scenery with color-coded poles and continuous pole sleeves that allow you to set the tent up easier. Inside, the 17 ft. x 9 ft. floor is large enough to fit ten people or three queen size air beds. When the fun is done, it folds up to fit inside a carry bag for convenient transport.Product Details:• Two doors for easy access: hinged front and zippered back • Variflo adjustable ventilation for customized cooling comfort • WeatherTec System – patented welded floors and inverted seams keep water out • Easy setup with color-coded poles and continuous pole sleeves • 17 ft. x 9 ft., fits ten people or three queen airbeds • 6 ft. 8 in. center height for room to stand and move • Included carry bag with separate stake and pole sacks • 1-year limited warrantyColeman Elite Montana Tent 8 PersonProduct Description:Add some outdoor technology to your next campout, and still have lots of room to spread out, in the Coleman Elite Montana 8-Person Tent with built-in lights, auto roll windows and a patented hinged door. At night, keep the party going by turning on 100 lumens of CPX 6 LED lights. CPX system compatibility lets you choose your power: four D cell batteries or the included CPX 6 rechargeable power cartridge. The system also includes a CPX 6-powered energy pack that charges virtually anything with a USB port. During the day, grab the sun's light with windows that neatly roll down when you unzip them. If it rains, it’s designed to hold up to the weather. Specially-angled windows let in the light, but not the water when it rains—even when they’re open. Insta-Clip attachments stand up to high wind and the WeatherTec system’s patented welded floors and inverted protected seams help ensure you stay dry. The snag-free, continuous pole sleeves mean you only have to feed the poles once—reducing setup time to just 15 minutes. Inside, the tent’s large, hinged door makes it easy to get in and out and more headroom gives most campers room to stand and move. The 16 ft. x 7 ft. floor is large enough to fit three queen size airbeds. Before you lie down, attach the fly for protection from the rain, or on dry nights, gaze at the stars through the mesh roof.Product Details:• Built-in LED lights, 100 lumens • On wall light switch with 4 settings: high, low, nightlight and off • Runtimes: 26 hours on high, 65 hours on low, 81 on nightlight • Lights powered by rechargeable CPX 6 cartridge or four D cell batteries, both sold separately • CPX 6-powered energy pack included, charges virtually any device with a USB port • Auto-roll windows neatly roll down when you unzip them • Patented hinged door for easy in and out • Cabin-like design with specially-angled windows that keep rain out even when they're open • Door awning, protection from rain and sun • WeatherTec System, patented welded floors and inverted seams keep water out • Rainfly for weather protection, mesh roof for more sunlight • Insta-Clip pole attachments stand up to winds • Snag-free, continuous pole sleeves for easy, 15-minute setup • 16 ft. x 7 ft., fits eight people or three queen airbeds • 6 ft. 2 in. height, room to stand and move • 1-year limited warrantyColeman Prairie Breeze Lighted Cabin Tent 9 PersonProduct Description:With its spacious design, LED lighting and reversible fan system, the Coleman Signature 9-Person Prairie Breeze Tent feels more like a house than a tent at the campsite. The snag-free, continuous pole sleeves mean you only have to feed the poles once—reducing setup time to just 15 minutes. It’s designed to hold up to the weather – the WeatherTec System’s patented welded floors and inverted protected seams help you stay dry. Six over sized windows enhance ventilation. The CPX 6 compatible, built-in, 2-speed fan and LED lighting system keep you comfortable and provide the perfect amount of illumination. Vertical walls create more living space inside that's large enough to fit 2 queen size air beds. Before you lie down, attach the fly for protection from the rain, or on dry nights, gaze at the stars through the mesh roof.Product Details:Cabin design with vertical walls for more living spaceGreat for family car campers, and extended camping tripsIntegrated CPX 6 compatible fan and LED lighting system operates on 4D batteries or one CPX 6 cartridgeLight alone: 75 lumens on high with 195-hour runtimeFan alone: 26-hour runtime on high; 34-hour runtime on lowLight and fan: 75 lumens and 20-hour runtime on high; 75 lumens and 27-hour runtime on lowWeatherTec System— patented welded floors and inverted seams keep water outDetachable rain fly for rain protection, mesh roof for sunlightSnag-free, continuous pole sleeves for easy setup6 over sized windows provide enhanced ventilationEasy, 15-minute setup with color-coded polesCarry bag with separate sacks for poles and stakes14 x 10 ft.7 ft. center heightLimited 1 year warrantyBest Family Camping TentsDisclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. 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