User Review: Peaktop 8 Man Big Tunnel Spider Family Group Camping Tent
This tent is huge and offers privacy and water resistance, great for family trips- kids on one side, mom and dad on the other, gear in the middle.
- It's BIG!
- Its dry!
- Easy setup
- No real ventalation! tiny windows!
- its cold at night time!
This, my friends, is the Peaktop 8 Man Big Tunnel Spider Family Group Camping Tent. It is a tent made for large family camping trips and offers privacy with its 5-room dividers that really work as "tents within a tent". Purchased on Ebay for $189 USD, free shipping. Used once this year on the last week of September, in Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
This is the layout. We are family of 5, so my husband and I had the right side to ourselves and I rolled up the middle divider to make it in to one room. On the left side we had our 3- and 5-year-olds on one side, and their 14-year-old sibling on the other, this gave her some privacy, but the divider is not zipped to the floor or anything, so she did have little heads poking under the wall to bother her, so we just lined up the bags on the edge to discourage that annoyance. Over all the privacy is the biggest pro next to the size.
We kept the rest of our gear in the center and I was able to walk around in there very easily to keep things in order without having to bend over. My husband is 6.2 and he did not hit his head on the ceiling at all.
See how it is a tent inside a tent? There are some nice little side pockets on the walls there for holding glasses at bed time, but if you look to the top edge there, see that long strip on the left? That is how big the windows on the long side of the tent are. So it gets hot in there in the middle of the day, and that is my biggest con of this tent, I hate hot and stuffy tents. If you look at the back of the middle divider there is the other window, and they don't even open up all the way, check out the next pic to see what I mean.
Yes, this window is about as big as a magazine and the little Velcro opener really does not let the air in at all. The long side windows mentioned above have the same openers, and just do not let any air in!
My solution at the time was to take my clothespins and roll back the windows as much as I could without tearing them and clip them back, but this still did not help much with circulation, however I do believe this is also the reason we remained dry when it rained.
There to the right of this picture you can see the "windows" and although Peaktop could have placed a window on the back wall of the middle room there, providing some air flow, they did not.
On a positive note we did get hit during our trip with a massive thunderstorm in the middle of the night and we stayed nice and dry, and it remained stable and was not blown over.
The other campers at our gathering did not fair as well at all, many were wet and blown over, so in that sense I am very grateful for this.
It's an OK tent but for what we need, I think I would prefer the Browning Black Canyon 8-Person Tent. They both cost about $189 USD and I hear the manufacture is better at replacement parts than Peaktop, who I think mainly sells their gear on Ebay... Oh well, live and learn.