Ozark Trail 16' x 9' seven person dome
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Reviewers Paid: $50.00-$72.00
We bought this tent and it was huge...very nice since we have 2 small children. After only 2 yrs of use it has been thrown away. All the poles broke. They're made very cheap. The tent leaks very badly.
We had a bad storm once while camping in the middle of nowhere with no car and the entire tent colapsed on us and leaks all over. It was terrible. As the tent blew down on us some of the poles were cracking from the wind and rain. Our other guests had a small Coleman that withstood the rain with minor leaks while ours was flat.
Long story short we slept with a tent flat down on our heads the whole night. I would not recommend it to anyone. I will never buy an Ozark Trail again. (also had problems with small one)
Design: 7 person
Ease of Setup: Not too bad.... easy for a large tent
Weight: ? Not too heavy... not a backpacking tent
Price Paid: $50 on sale
Normally $80 I got it on sale at walmart.com a few weeks ago and couldn't pass up price for size. I had bought two ozark trails before and was disappointed.
I finally did research and found Atsco water sealer at walmart for $5 a can. I bought three cans. So know I have a perfectly water tight huge tent for $73! You find me a waterproof tent that is 16x9 for anywhere near that price. I have had it set up out back for 2 weeks straight. 2 heavy rains and 1 day steady rain, and I got 1 quarter sized bit of rain due to user error during waterproofing.
As the other person said, pay attention to waterproofing the seams and mesh over windows well. The tent is set up nice. Be sure to stake tight before pole set up. If not its very loose walled. I run a $15 heater with a 14gauge/1875 watt chord and keeps the tent 65 degrees in 30 degree weather! Has awesome open top for summer camping.
I gave it 4.5 stars out of 5 because of its lack of factory waterproofing. Spend the extra $15 and waterproof it and you have a $350 tent.
Design: Family Dome Tent Ozark Trail
Ease of Setup: I do it by myself in 15 minutes
Weight: 20 lbs
Price Paid: $58
This tent, like ALL tents, leak! Therefore you MUST spray all the seams with a spray on waterproofer called Camp Dry. Use two to three cans of it spraying the rain cover on the inside and outside. Pay particular attention to the side windows at the bottom where water usually collects and leaks.
If you're going to be out in a lot of rain, put two 6'x8' cheap poly tarps over the side windows as this is where it will maybe leak. Use a poly tarp ground cloth to protect the floor from water leaks, keep it from wearing out, and makes it easy to take the tent down without dirt or water on the underside.
This is a real good tent, but you can't expect to buy a tent without waterproofing it, and expect it to work for you! For your ground cloth buy two 9'x12' tarps and join them together with a spray on adhesive. And buy extra poly tarps as they are very useful to not only protect the tent, but provide shade and cover for cooking.
I've had my tent for 5 years and it works great. Waterproofing is the key as well as side tarps over the side windows. Or you can use clear painters plastic. Very cheap but works well. And, take it easy on the zippers.
If you do all the things I outlined above with any tent, you'll have an enjoyable time.
Ease of Setup: fairly easy with one man
Weight: 50 pounds
Price Paid: $72