Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent
Source: bought it new
We brought a Olympic cottage tent 16x12 from KMART a couple a years ago and we have always had a difficult time putting it together; but once up we love the room for 10 people. We have lost our instructions to assemble it now and if anyone can help us find some please reply to email@example.com
- Assembly complicated
This cottage tent is not easy to set up; it takes forever; but once we get it setup it is great for camping for a week or two. It is stable and doesn't leak. We were in a terrible storm last year and it didn't leak at all. With the screens it is very cool. The extra room was great for our family.
Price Paid: around $230
Again I am another camper who loved the tent and the space it had to offer only to have it get blown down and break 6 or 7 of the plastic ends on the first night. It poked holes through the mesh ceiling which, as others have stated, without the rain fly you have no roof.
My biggest problem is finding WHO built this tent for K-mart to see about getting it replaced. There is no Northwest tent factory and no one, even K-mart, can point you in the right direction.
Just take it back and get your money back if you can or put it up in your garage if you have the room. But don't try this alone, it's not possible -- you need someone there to help you keep your sanity.
Long story short, to overcome the water pooling problems with this tent I bought eight 1/2-inch pvc ts and two 10-inch lengths of pvc pipe. I made four more roof supports, two for the front and two for the back spaced evenly between the original roof supports.
I then put dollar store bungee cords from peak to eve on each side of the pvc pipe. Total cost 13 dollars. Now there are supports every 2 feet instead of two 7-foot spaces. Water runs right off.another thing you can do is to buy some extra guyline 5/32 from Lowes, 2.89 for 50 ft. and 4 stakes $1 a piece.
The four grommet holes in the roof that they don't mention anything about are for extra guy lines. Run the line through the grommet from the top down and tie off couple of knots so they don't pull through. Pull slightly tight and stake them down. That should keep your fly nice and tight.
Hope this helps. Stay dry.
Price Paid: $200
We do a lot of camping. Absolutely love this tent. We call it Taj-Matent as do others passing by.
As for the comments about rain pooling. We camp in south Florida so I think it's safe to say we see fairly heavy rain. The trick with this tent is to crank the rainfly down super tight and make sure it lays around the outside of the support poles.
We had pooling the first time we saw rain with it but taking some extra time on the rainfly made all the difference. And the thing has CLOSETS, with dowel rods.. TAJ-MA-TENT.
Love it so much I went out and bought another one for when we beat this first one to death. I did have to order a replacement rear roof pole (horizontal), the plastic joints don't take the torque well when you're setting it up by yourself.
Price Paid: $200
Rain killed my large Northwest Cottage as well. I loved everything about the tent minus the obvious design flaw. I didn't mind too much, realizing it was basically a good weather only tent and I will just get some replacement parts online...yeah right.
Been searching and searching and not only can I not find the actual manufacturer, but nobody seems to want to even claim the darn thing, basically making replacement parts impossible. Has anybody been able to find parts?
Design: three season cabin
Ease of Setup: Very easy, one person could do it in less than an hour
Weight: 40 pounds or so
Price Paid: $170
My husband and I are the parents of 2 scouts (7 y.o. and 11 y.o.). He has been camping with the pack for several years, and I just got more involved last summer (2007). We've used a 7 X 12 Ozark Trail tent for years. This summer, we decided to shop for a cabin tent that would fit us, the boys and our Doberman comfortably. My husband is 6'4" and a "big guy", so size was important to us. We fell in love with this tent immediately because of the floor space and the interior height.
I brought it home and put it up all by myself. It took me the better part of an hour, but it wasn't so much difficult as involved. We rainproofed (using Thompson's deck seal, as we had read this worked well) and sealed the seams that first weekend. Then packed it away in preparation for the upcoming weekend camping trip we had planned. He went on ahead of us with friends that were camping with us, and the men had the campsite set up when we got there.
Unfortunately, we had chosen to camp during Tropical Storm Fay, and the winds made hanging our tarp over the tent like we usually do impossible. The first night, we had no problems and perhaps 1/2 - 1 inch of rain, with some wind gusts to 5-10 mph. The interior of the tent stayed dry, and the fly and roof were good.
Saturday morning, it was still raining, and during a calm wind period, we tied off the tarp as well as possible, with plenty of overhang around the tent (16 X 32 tarp). We left the campground and came back to pools of rain caught in the roof of the tent. Unfortunately, in order to make the tent as stable as possible, there are not only three poles/systems running from the front of the tent to the back, but also poles running along the roofline from one pole to the next, and therein seems to lie the design problem. The steady rain (6 inches in all) eventually pooled on the tent side and the fly sagged behind these poles. We emptied the water, and watched it for more issues.
Round about midnight, though, I woke up with my husband calling my name. He's on the floor (on all fours), while the tent roof is on his back, literally 2 feet from the floor. The center roof bracket has broken, the pole has pierced the fabric of the tent, and were it not for the tarp over the whole thing, we would have been very, very wet. We got the water off, and propped up the center roof support with an extra pole on the inside and made it through the rest of the night dry, but sadly, we'll be returning the tent and not buying another like this.
If you plan to tent only in dry conditions, or could possible rig the fly so the water wouldn't have a chance to puddle behind the horizontal poles, you may very well love this tent. We've racked our brains and not been able to think of a way. I really, really wanted to LOVE this tent, but it's just not going to happen.
Ease of Setup: Somewhat difficult at first
Weight: Heavy (not sure)
Price Paid: $189
Our family does A LOT of camping. We've tried and used LOTS of tents. Overall, this tent is a great one. It is spacious, the 2'x3' closets offer a place for posh campers to put a portapotty, a child of short person 5' or less could change comfortably in a closet and have a little privacy. The room divider is also awesome!
We did an initial home set-up of the tent, sprayed with about 6 cans of waterproofing silicone stuff and let it dry thoroughly (good to do for all tents, BTW) and bought a ground cover tarp to go under the tent to protect the floor. I also used 7 old washcloths (on each short end where the roof peaks) to put between the frame and the rain fly to protect the rain fly and one where the peak is in the front of the tent.
First time out, we got A LOT of rain. You will have issues in heavy rain of pooling on the roof, you need to be available to dump the water off from the inside of the tent and keep that free, or I've heard it will bend up the poles. I only had one spot (that I need to spray again with some more silicone) that leaked. Even places where objects inside the tent came into contact with the walls, no leakage.
I would NOT leave this tent set up during heavy storms, not sure how it does in wind. You need to buy an extreme weather tent (the kind you'll pay $500 or more for a comparable size for) to handle rough weather.
Setup of the tent is somewhat difficult, I'd take it easy the first time, get to know the setup, and it's not too bad. I think this is overall better than a dome tent, it has plenty of ventilation and more headroom than a dome tent, also the walls are straight instead of slanted in so there is more floor space that is usable. It is also better ventilated than any tent I've ever owned.
We really like this tent, we plan on using a canopy slightly larger than the tent size to keep rain off to prevent the roof pooling problems. Another tip is to ALWAYS set up the tent every time with all of the stakes tied down and guy lines/stakes installed properly or else even mild weather can cause broken tent poles, ripped tent, leakage, etc.
Another neat feature of the tent was not only a power port to run an extension cord through but a small battery-powered light that can velcro to the inside roof to give you a little light at night. The carrying case is very sturdy with wheels and hefty handles to be able to lug it around easily. It also has an expandable zipper in case you are not the type who rolls up the tent into a perfect roll.
I'd plan on putting something - indoor/outdoor carpet or a falsa blanket maybe, over the mud flap on the tent as it might easily become a tripping hazard. We have contemplated adding grommets to stake it down.
We enjoy this tent so much that we plan on buying a second one as a backup, in case anything happens to this one.
Also, in reality, I'd say this tent sleeps 4-6, you could put 2 queen air mattresses AND gear in it and be okay.
Design: Olympic Cottage
Ease of Setup: Slightly Difficult
Price Paid: 229.00
My boyfriend and I like to go camping with his family in the summer and so we've been in the market for a tent lately. My boyfriend is 6'2" so we've always hated having so little room: when he lays down he's too long, when he stands up, he's too tall. So when we walked in to the local KMart and saw this, we got it. We had some extra money, plus his birthday was this weekend. It took us about an hour to put it up because, as previous reviews noted, the instructions were not that helpful. But that was okay, but while we were setting up, there were no stakes. The manufacturer only provided the structure poles. So this morning (6/15/10) we were sleeping and a windstorm kicked up. It lifted the right side up and moved it, and when we were getting out to take it down, I walked away to use the restroom and when I came back, my boyfriend said that there was a snapping sound, and the front left side was not being supported. When we got the rain-fly off, I noticed that one of the corner plastic pieces had completely snapped, leaving no room for it to be repaired manually.
This tent was great for our friends that we had over, and it was great to stay in, but they didn't consider that the tent would need to support it's own weight. It makes me sad that we have to take it back, and also, that I may just get a smaller one. This tent is beautiful, and it's gigantic. I don't want to get another one, but I don't want to have to keep taking it back.
Ease of Setup: difficult
Price Paid: $199
I purchased this tent at k-mart this summer. We just went on a family camping trip last month and were able to use this tent for the first time. WOW it is the condo of tents - my whole family loved our House.
Erecting the tent was fairly difficult because the instructions were of no help. However, if you are familiar with tents you can put it up in about 30 min with 2 people. I am sure next time will be easier, we did label the poles.
I have read some of the reviews and I went through similar problems with the Northwest vacation cottage . We had a storm and 2 poles broke and we had a collapse with the roof. I realized that we did not have it staked down properly. I say this because my sisters both owned the same tent and during the same storm their tents were fine. Upon careful inspection of ours, the general belief of everyone was that our rainfly was not properly installed. We did have some rain on this trip and this tent did fine.
I love having the 2 closets, it is great for keeping your tent tidy. It is huge, we like having space. It is just my husband and I and my 7 year old son. I can say that it would sleep 6 easily and again I like space.
The windows are great, 2 in the front, 2 on the sides and 1 in the back. When you open all of them you have great air flow. It has a couple of nice hanging compartments that are a nice touch and very handy. I think that the tent looks great too - much like a house.
The only thing that I would change is that it would have 2 doors instead of one. If you love space, this is the tent for you.
Design: 3 Season Cabin Tent
Ease of Setup: Poles are color coded. All stakes and poles fit easily back into bag. Will take two people. Fits easily bag in to wheeled carrying case.
Weight: 32 lbs
Price Paid: $179.99
The tent received many ohs and ahs. We had a thunderstorm the first day we put the tent up. We stayed dry as did all of our gear. We utilized the two closets that are part of the tent. We used the room divider and it leaves one larger size room than the other.
We had two sleeping bags and a twin size air bed on one side of the tent with plenty of room to walk around each one of them. On the slightly smaller side of the divider we had a king size air bed. We even had room to move around either side of the bed. It has two large mesh windows on the front, with a nice window pane design. Each side has a window, and a window on the back of the tent between the two closets.
The roof is mesh and you can see the stars. The tent is easy to set up for two people and once you put it up once or twice one person could probably do it alone. The rain fly is snug.
The height of this tent is great. My husband is 6' 3" and he didn't have to bend or stoop at all in this tent. The poles are colored coded and easy to assemble, they are chain corded steel poles. The tent hangs from the steel from by use of clamps and s hooks.
We gave many tours. The owners of the campground said it was the nicest tent they had ever had at the grounds. Most people thought it was a house, as that is what is looks like. We are so happy with our tent we will be doing alot more camping.
Ease of Setup: simple
Weight: 32 pounds
Price Paid: $179.99
We just used our tent for the first time this past weekend. We camped three nights and it rained for the better part of 2 days. It was great!
We had a queen size airbed, a full size airbed and a twin side air bed in there...also put 4 chairs in there and sat inside during the rain and still had PLENTY of room. (didn't get wet either) I would highly recommend this tent to anyone.
Design: cottage non dome
Ease of Setup: okay
I wish tents came with zippers on the inside ceiling. The mesh brings in cold air a night. We sewed a layer of material from an old tent into it. This made a big difference. A porch would be good also.
Ease of Setup: somewhat easy
Price Paid: $203
We put up our tent. It was great at first, love the size, and then we had a rainstorm. The structure gathered water and then broke the structure, sending the pole at our head with a ton of water. It wasn't even raining hard.
Ease of Setup: difficult directions were very little help
Price Paid: $159.99
We used this tent 2 times in the past 2 summers. It rained both times, both times water pooled on the roof and caused the poles to collapse and plastic ends to break.
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