Tahoe Gear Ozark 16 Person 3-Season Large Family Cabin Tent
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Explore the great outdoors and setup camp with ease in the new Tahoe Gear Ozark Tent. Great for comfortably sleeping from 12 or even up to 16, the Ozark is ideal for a night with the family or a longer excursion. Enjoy day time in the airy, open screen room or a few restful hours in the separate master suite area. Equipped with easy setup poles, stakes, guy ropes, and rain fly for unexpected weather, this tent is ready to help you take on your next vacation or outdoor adventure.
Meet the Tahoe Gear Ozark tent. It was our first purchase, and arrived only after long, drawn-out research, plus some serious thinking about where exactly we would be able to pitch a tent this size – it is 16′ round and they say it sleeps 16, but we have slept eight still with room to move, and I think 12 would reasonably be the maximum I would try. Turns out, we have rarely had a problem finding space – though we have on occasion had to pitch right up between trees, or have a slight slope under part of the tent. I love, love this tent, and so does absolutely everyone that stops to ask to see it.
This tent takes me 20 minutes to set up alone. It consists of 5 long fiberglass poles that span the roof, and 10 metal poles that run from the ends of the roof poles to the ground. I build it before I get the floor finally situated, because you don’t want some of the tent walls too loose or too tight. I lay a heavy-duty 20×20 tarp underneath because it really resists some of the chill underground, and being mountain campers it is not always possible to find an accommodating area of smooth ground. We begin camping in May and sometimes go into October, and temperatures can become extreme especially in high elevations (we often camp at 12,000 feet). I layer for cold and heat as soon as we begin building camp.
Then begins all the staking and tethering. Even on a calm day, in the mountains there are often windy afternoons, and some areas gusts can be 40-60 mph. I have learned my lesson, I am a faithful tetherer. Inside, the tent is halved by a wall down the center that can zip shut. There are huge windows everywhere, the front of the tent becoming an airy screen room if you desire, the back half making huge sleeping quarters where we put 2 queen size airbeds, quite a bit of gear, and still have room to move around. That large back half has a nylon wall that can be tied to make 2 smaller rooms rather than the large one. Before bringing any gear in, we lay outdoor carpeting which we bought off a huge roll at the hardware store then cut to each half of the tent. The carpeting is incredibly lightweight, folds down pretty small, and packs as padding among our gear.
Above, the entire ceiling is net, with a rainfly roof that can easily be put on or off. The huge open ceiling looking out to trees and mountains and sky is spectacular! At each side of the tent is a zippered door which has a zippered screen, and next to one of the doors is a port to run electric cords. We have had a dorm refrigerator in there, flat screen tv, electric heater. This tent does pretty well in the rain – of course you cannot have anything touching the outer tent walls, but also you must be sure you stake the tent poles especially so that there is no sag in the wall portions containing the doors, or rain will be able to get in at the bottom of the door where the zippers meet.
For us, this tent is pretty darn close to perfect. I read the specs, considered the practicality, read every review I could find, searched for sales … and here we are.