Ozark Trail 16 x 9.5 Family Dome Tent

rated 1.5 of 5 stars

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Price Reviewers Paid: $69.00-$199.00


14 reviews
5-star:   0
4-star:   2
3-star:   2
2-star:   1
1-star:   9

Eight kids slept in it. Easy to set up by myself.


  • Overall easy and durable

I used it a few times and loved it. Still looks like new. If you follow the instructions it is very easy. It keeps the rain and the bugs out.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $76

First time I used it the closet pole broke, and the two main poles broke also. Love the design but should have better poles. I know it was cheap but it should have not broke the first time I used.

Design: 16ft x 9.5ft Family Dome Tent
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: you need at least 2 people to set up
Price Paid: gift for Christmas

I'm not sure what tent the people in the reviews have purchased but the tent that I bought is perfect, I have used it 4 times so far and it has never caused a problem.

One experience was when a Michigan thunderstorm hit with wind like you would not believe, rain pouring down like no other and the ten held extremely firm but flexible with the wind, absolutely no rain entered all night. I checked every inch of the tent for water. NONE.

The tent poles have worked fine every time with no snaps or other problems, then again I AM very gentle when i set it up (trying to keep it beautiful for as long as I can) and don't yank around the fabric and am not forceful with the poles. *Try that next time guys.* The tent poles are strong yet very flexible to fit the tent frame. The material is strong yet breathable.

I'm not sure if these people were sold a knockoff of this tent or they just don't know how to set up a tent, will be using it tomorrow night for Relay For Life and will love every second of being in this tent.

Design: 16x9 Family Dome
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: I set it up by myself in under 5 min.
Weight: N/A
Price Paid: $78

Used 5 times and both poles that held center up broke. Basically the tent is useless.

Design: 16 x 9.5 family dome
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 5 pounds
Price Paid: gift

I was given this tent from a friend and plan to use it the beginning of August. The only problem is that it didn't come with instructions of how to set it up ... any help would be great~ THANKS

Sleeps: 6+

Have tent camped for years and needed a bigger tent. This tent is not good for wind or rain.

First trip the closet pole broke and the tent poles were bent and frayed on the ends. The windows are at a slant and rain comes in. The zipper to the door gets stuck and is difficult to fix. Would not recommend this tent for camping.

Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: Would not want to set this tent up without help
Price Paid: $78

every time it rains i get a river of water in the inside of the tent. it says waterproof but it is far from it our family spends a lot time in it and can't enjoy it cause were busy trying to keep everything dry i would appreciate a new tent or my money to buy a new one.

Design: familydome
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 17 lbs
Price Paid: $199

I have been hiking and camping for 66 years and am somewhat dismayed at the reviews for this tent! It is not a Eureka tent but is not a bad tent except for the zippers which is typical of a cheap tent.

As far as leaking, the first thing that ones does when he buys a tent is to seal the seams, whether the tent is sold as weatherproof or not. Actually the entire tent should be sprayed with waterproofing and once it is done the seams and sides should be handled as little as possible, because your hands removes the waterproofing.

If a tent has a fly, it is the fly that adds the weatherproofing and if water gets under the fly, you get wet unless you have waterproofed it!

Design: freestanding dome
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: fair
Weight: 14
Price Paid: $69

First trip out closet pole broke, second night it rained, leaked from window seams and window zippers, door zippers snagged and tore. Can't find anywhere online to get replacement poles.

Design: Family Dome Tent
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: took two to three people to set-up
Weight: unknown

This would be a nice "play" tent, but as for camping it is useless. We bought this tent and set it up the very next day, we have three small children so we did a back yard camp out to practice.

Day two we had some rain clouds over head and with the first couple of minutes of rain we could see a problem both side windows leaked. Not just little leaks but big leaks. Long story short all our stuff soaked.

Even before that though we were not very impressed by any of the zippers. They all seem to get easily snagged on the adjacent material. Also the over top canopy with awning didn't cover the front door.

We also bought a outdoor enclosure for picnicing hopefully it is better quality.

Design: Dome tent
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: easy with one except for the cover
Price Paid: $78

tent leaked first rain, 2nd use. Closet pole broke 2nd use.

Complete junk

Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: easy
Price Paid: $70

I like the designed of this tent but - when it rains the corner and seams leaked. I was not impressed with the quality.

I really want to contact with the company and let them know what poor quality the material is and how much it leaks, but could not find anything online that would direct me to company itself.

I will be returning tent back to Wally world.

Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: yes
Price Paid: $80

I bought this tent at wally world (wal-mart) because I liked the layout. The FIRST time I put it up when my wife and I went camping, it leaked at all the corner seams when it rained. The rainfly offered minimal protection.

The second time I took it camping (one week later) I found all the seams on the corners were coming undone. the threads and stitching were coming apart making the tent worthless. on top of all that, the fabric tore, opening a hole low on the left side rear, thus allowing the small creatures to enter thus making for a bad night of biting bugs. at least it wasn't raining on that trip.

I was always happy with Ozark-Trail products before but, in the last couple of years the design, and quality of the products have just gone downhill at an extreme rate of speed.

It will be awhile (A LONG TIME) before I throw my money away on any more Ozark-Trail products.

Design: family dome tent
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: stake it down first!
Weight: couple of pounds
Price Paid: $80

I purchased this tent at Walmart after looking at several other models. I liked the layout of the tent, and it looked like it was going to fit my needs.

When I took it out for the first time, on a trip to Wyoming, it worked well for the first few days, then the wind kicked up one afternoon when we were out fishing. We returned to camp that evening to find the tent blown over. Upon examination, we found that the two main fiberglass poles had broken, and one of them poked a hole through the rainfly. Luckily, I have another tent that I took with me, and we used that for the remainder of the trip.

Overall, I really liked the design of this tent. Unlike my other tent, it has a center hook for a lantern, and also a "power port," a small opening through which to pass a power cord from a vehicle or generator to bring power into the tent. The size is shown as being 16 x 9.5 feet, though it's really more like 16 x 8, with the other 1.5 feet being only a small "closet" that extends out the back. Due to the slope of the sides, the area in which you can stand upright is only about 8 x 8, though this is sufficient for most in-tent activities.

I placed my queen sized air mattress to one side of the tent, which my kids and I slept on. On the other side of the tent, we placed all our gear. This tent was plenty large enough for three of us plus our gear.

One thing I didn't like about the design of the tent was the rainfly. It only covered the center portion of the tent, but not the sloped sides, which had windows in them. It didn't rain while we were in camp, so I can't comment about how dry it stays inside.

As stated above, the wind broke the two main fiberglass sectional poles, causing the tent to collapse. When the poles broke, they both poked through the sleeves that hold them, but this was only a minor issue. One of the poles also poked through the rainfly, causing an "L" shaped rip about 3 x 4 inches.

When I returned home, I purchased a set of repair poles at Walmart for about $7 and proceeded to repair the ones that broke. I also used duct tape to seal the rip in the rainfly. I later purchased a repair kit, but haven't yet used it. With the failure of the tent in the wind, I would not recommend this tent for all weather camping, but if you're camping somewhere that has milder weather, I would recommend it.

I have since used the tent again with no problems, but only in mild weather. I still have no idea how well it protects from the rain.

The tent is most easily set up with two or more people, but one skilled adult could probably do it with some practice. It is said to accommodate up to seven people, which is possible without putting very much gear inside. I would say four plus gear is easily done, too.

Design: Family Sized Dome Tent
Sleeps: 6+
Ease of Setup: Moderate
Weight: About 30 Lbs.
Price Paid: $80

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