The Jeep Family Cabin Dome Tent is large enough to sleep eight people. Eight! Although I may never have eight in my tent, at least I know that in a pinch I’d have room for more folks if I need it.
Most of my trips are 3 or 4 nights so the added space is nice for extra gear including my Jeep vehicle’s doors and all the other junk I seem to always have when I travel. This tent offers an extraordinary value at only $239.99, the same price I paid for a much smaller Jeep tent five years ago.
The two things I noticed about this tent were the ingenious design for the four-corner stress supports that are not permanently affixed, making the setup a breeze. Normally lager tents require 2 or 3 people but I was able to assemble this tent for the first time by myself in a 20 mph west Texas wind gusting to 35mph. There are all kinds of useful storage pockets inside the tent including a nifty mesh gear loft, a second room for privacy, plus two wall koozies to help prevent that spilled beverage.
My only criticism is the tent stakes are the light-duty aluminum style I have never been a fan of. So I picked up three packages of beefier tent stakes for $14.00 the day of the test and they worked perfectly.
If you are going to be in the market for a large dome tent for the 2009 Jeep season, I recommend this tent. At 39 lbs, it’s heavy but for a relatively inexpensive tent with the materials used, it is actually much lighter than most tents this size and packs in a storage bag about 2/3 the size of my older Jeep tent, a tent that served me well for the last five seasons.
I like this tent and for car-camping with large groups, it’s a good piece of gear and so well constructed, you might think it rolled off a Jeep assembly line in Toledo.
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