Ok, need a camping tent or trailer? Here’s what I think everyone needs to have. Something you can sleep in while camping out. Its waterproof. And floats. And has wheels. .
All kidding aside, wouldn’t it be nice though to be camping out in something much larger? Or if you are on a hike, how would setting up a backpacking tent in seconds sound to you? Or how about this…. Its cold outside, and you have a heater to heat the inside of your tent.
Most people don’t think a whole lot about their tent before they go camping out. Its when the problems come in the middle of the trip, that the questions start coming out.
Once you read this article, you’ll know more about different options that exist with camping tents. You’ll know about how to heat the inside, instant setup tents and larger tents.
TENTS NEED THE “RIGHT” KIND OF TENT HEATER
From 1978 to 1998, 1800 to 1500 people died each year from CO poisoning. Many of these deaths were from camping related from using stoves to heat the interior of their tents.
One type of tent heater that’s very cool is the flameless propane powered type. With these, there are no sparks and no flames to catch fire with. The one to check out is the Coleman BlackCat catalytic heater. It puts out a nice and toasty 3,000 BTUs. Only downside is that it doesn’t have an electric ignition. The 1500 BTU model on the other hand …does… have one. Go figure.
Why would the lower model have it and the higher model not have it? As with all other heaters, a good suggestion is to run it before you go to bed at night. Turn it off. And then fire it back up in the morning when you wake up.
Another interesting alternative is the StanSport Tabletop 36″ propane heater. This beast pushes 11,000 BTUs, and has matchless ignition. If your camping tent has a screened porch, it might be interesting to try this out there. But with 11,000 BTUs, you’ll want to be …very…careful.
What StanSport recommends is that you put this hot piece of camping gear on a picnic table or a table top. Sounds good to me!
INSTANT TENTS, TURBO TENTS
Many family tents take 10-20 minutes to setup. Backpacking tents are alot faster. But what if you could pull a tent out, throw it ten feet in front of you and … poof! Its up!…what if you could pull a tent out, throw it ten feet in front of you and … poof! Its up! How would that sound to you? In bad weather, this would be especially nice!
Imagine throwing your tent to the wind and the next thing you know.. Its fully setup. That’s what these things do.
LARGE TENTS AND FAMILY TENTS
When family camping, the last thing you want is to have to crawl all over each other in a crowded tent. And when the weather goes south, then you don’t have any privacy or place to sit. That’s why large tents are a nice thing to have.
The first type of large tent is the dome style. And the one I think takes the cake is the Swiss Gear Elite Series 12 person tent. It’s a dome style that’s 15′x19′ with 2 large rooms and a center interior height of 6′-10″. With color coded poles, its easy to setup.
By far .. The largest of the large has to be a tunnel tent. The winner is the Outwell Wolf 7. This tent has 3 rooms and a living room. In the end, a tent is more than just some stakes and some fabric. Its your home away from home.
Everyone has different needs when it comes to camping and there’s no reason why you cant find what you need. So maybe you can use this guide to help you be more prepared for your next campout.
This week, why don’t you start out by looking into the instant tents that I’ve shared. Get one and go on a short weekend trip and see how it performs. Once you get that under your belt, take on increasingly more adventurous trips with a stronger tent. After a few trips, you’ll be an expert at the outdoors!