What's the Best Tent For a Family of 3 Plus Our Dog?
I am looking to replace our old Eureka (3-person?) tent to fit our larger family. This one did leak from the bottom sometimes even with a tarp. We camp each year during the summer (we live in CA) and want a high quality tent that won't leak and won't need to be replaced in a few years.
We are a family of three (husband, wife, 2 year old girl). We also have a dog (25 lbs) that may need to be inside with us so I have been leaning towards a 6-person 2 room tent so the gear and dog can be separate from our sleeping area. There would need to be enough room on one side for a queen air mattress. I am open to 1 room tents.
I was considering the Eureka Tetragon 1210 and the REI Kingdom 6. There is a bit of a price difference but am willing to pay for it if the quality and functionality is better. I am open to other brands.
Most important: quality, no leaking, easy set up, good use of space (pockets, etc.)
Allyson here :)
Let me begin by saying I'm slightly biased with Eureka Tents. I absolutely love them and almost every tent I've personally owned has been a Eureka. They make high quality tents that will last a very long time.
Here are a few reviews to help get you started:
We think that your debate is solid. Both the REI Kingdom 6
and Eureka Tetragon 1210 tents will meet your needs. And I'm glad to see that you know what your needs are!In terms of space
, the Eureka Tetragon offers more. It has an additional 40 square feet (120 vs 80) and 3 inches of height (6 feet, 5 inches vs 6 feet, 3 inches).
However, the problem is durability. For some reason, even though it's a car camping tent, The Eureka Tetragon 1210 has fiberglass poles, which are lighter, less durable and usually used for backpacking tents
. The REI Kingdom 6 usues aluminum tent poles.
If you read one of our >visitor's reviews on the Tetragon 1210, you'll see that my point about aluminum vs fiberglass poles is very important. His/her poles broke in 3 trips. Imagine camping with your child and dog and having your tent break on a windy day? Not good!Our opinion
- Even though Eureka tents are generally high quality, the REI Kingdom 6 is a better option than the Tetragon 1210.
Here's a link to the REI Kingdom 6 on REI.com