Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 03:51 PM - TentsPurchasing a family camping tent can be a very frustrating experience if you don't know which style meets your needs. I have previously written an article with steps to take in selecting family camping tents, but I would like to expand upon my advice and explain the different styles. There are many styles of tents to choose from, but for the purpose of selecting a family camping tent I will cover the most popular and the easiest to find. Three of the most common styles of tents I will discuss are, dome tents, cabin tents, and A-frame tents.
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Dome tents are by far the most common tent you will find when shopping for your camping tent. Dome tents are typically held up by two poles crossed in the form of an X bent to reach and attach to all four corners on the ground. These have more head room than most styles, but do have an inward slope on the sides making the center the tallest point. Dome tents are great for windy conditions because of their frame strength and are also great for shedding snow. A great example of a dome tent is the Coleman Sundome. The Coleman Sundome tent is an affordable way to go for your weekend camper on a budget.
Cabin tents are typically much larger tents, have a more complex frame, and have vertical walls for more space. Cabin tents are intended for car camping or large family camping when weight is not a concern. They are great for larger families or extended camping trips where more space would be nice. They are heavier because of the extra fabric and more difficult to assemble, but are great when space is needed. An example of a popular cabin tent is the Eureka Copper Canyon.
A-frame tents are a simple design commonly used by Boy Scouts. A-frame tents use two poles on each end in an A shape held together by a ridge pole. These tents don't have as much space because of the aggressive slope of the walls, but they do save a lot of weight and space when in the bag. These are typically used for backpacking tents where space and weight is important. These tents are not as wind resistant, but are great for mild weather camping. A great example of a popular A-frame tent is the Eureka Timberline.
I personally recommend Coleman Tents and Eureka Tents if you are on a budget and looking for discount camping tents. Both Coleman tents and Eureka tents offer all the styles I mentioned for a family camping tent. They offer large family camping tents such as the Eureka Pine Lodge , Eureka Copper Canyon, and the Coleman Sundome. If you are looking for a little lighter weight, and more flexible family camping tent you might consider the Eureka Timberline.
By: Chris Graham
Chris Graham is an editor for CGCamping.com, a website that offers family camping tents, and other discounted camping tents.