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Old 05-02-2019   #11
Los Anchorage, Alaska
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We - 2 adults, 1 kid, 1 dog (who sleeps in the vestibule) went with the REI half dome 4 ( because it was on sale super cheap. It’s a nice tent if you can find it on sale, otherwise the Limelight is probably better made and worth the extra $30.

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Old 05-02-2019   #12
Hillsboro, Oregon
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The wife picked up a Mt Hardware Pathfinder 3 a couple of weeks ago. She knows absolutely nothing about tents, but I'm a gear whore and love it. Goes up in minutes. My 11 year old can set it up. Stupid, stupid simple to set up.

Not a huge vestibule. The price was right, as she got it from the employee store.
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Old 05-02-2019   #13
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Originally Posted by MT4Runner View Post
Seems like a floorless tent (megamid/tipi/pyramid) would be the way to go.
That doesn't work for us as we prefer to keep the dogs contained at night, so they are inside the tent.
Living in Montana, boating in Idaho
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Old 05-02-2019   #14
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I just got a new tent from roll a cot.

Priced right. Bulky to pack so for me it is probably a truck camp tent. have not had a chance to actually sleep in it yet.

But it does have a double floor and made for two roll a cots and a roll a table inside with a decent vestibule.

You might check it out on the roll a cot web page
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Old 05-03-2019   #15
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Good luck...we still haven't found the happy medium. Family of 4 and two dogs.

My wife spent 10+ years as an Outward Bound instructor and still leads trips for other org's. I lived in a tent for a loooong time. We have a mega mid, a TNF 4 person backpacking tent, an MSR fly, an Snowpeak fly, a modified Big Agnes 3 forks, a Marmot 6 person, and just retired an older 4 season 3 person. No tent is right for all situations and I actually prefer to not have one at all. I leave the fam in the tent and sleep on my cot under the stars unless it is raining, which is where the fly comes in. Mosquitoes are a whole other wrinkle.
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Old 05-06-2019   #16
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An interesting recent comprehensive comparison of tents in this category can be found here:

Looks like there are quite a few that meet your criteria. We've had the Tensleep Station 4 for a couple of years now and really like its design and functionality, especially the versatile vestibule.
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Old 05-11-2019   #17
Redmond, Oregon
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Front area for Dogs.

Go right now to REI Outlet.

Their anniversary sale starts on the 17th and runs through the 27th.

20% off on one Outlet item and also 20% off on a regular item for members.

A Grand Hut 4 used tent looks like you should consider it for just over $200

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Old 05-11-2019   #18
Bellingham, Washington
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Check out the MSR Hubba Tour tent. Wife and I used the older version when it was a tent and then you purchased the Gear Shed vestibule separate. Now it is all in one designed for the bike packing crowd.
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