While I have done a great deal of backpacking and have my favorites among 1 - 2 person size tents (Clip Flashlight, Arch Rival), I am currently in the market for a larger 3 season tent for our family of five. We also take out terrier with us along with a small portable cage for him to sleep in. He feels very secure in this and keeps quieter at night. The cage just fits in the vestibule of our Eureka Timberline 4 person tent.
We have been using a four person Timberline tent for the past five years, but we really need something larger. I have been looking at two Eureka models: the Equinox 6 (with vestibule) and the Lodge. Both can accomodate the dog cage; in the vestibule of the Equinox or the screen room of the Lodge. While my wife likes the screen room of the Lodge, I am worried that the relatively shorter rain fly will not give enough protection in inclement weather while still allowing the windows to be open for ventilation. The Equinox, with it's brimmed fly over the windows, looks to be more storm proof.
Any suggestions or opinions/experiences on these models or others is greatly sppreciated.