Best tent under $500 for 4 peoples

#1
Any suggestions on the best tent for 4 peoples? I just sold my oz tent RV2 because it was really only for 2 people. I'd like similar durability don't necessarily need that ease of setup. Camping will change with the whole fam going for a while so it will be the same spot for 3-4 nights at a time.
I don't have to spend the whole $500 either. If there is a $300 tent that is great I am good with that.
 

BlkWgn

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#2
First, welcome to American Adventurist, I see this is your first post. I have a blog post I did a while back with some good tent options, but I would suggest you take a look at the canvas tents from Kodiak Canvas, specifically the 6 person Flex-bow Deluxe. It is pushing your budget a bit, it is currently about $550 on Amazon, but it is a tent that we used for years with literally a couple hundred nights of camping. They are solid tents, the canvas breathes well and they will stand through some horrible weather.

If the $500 is a hard limit on the budget, They also have the 6 person Flex-bow (non-deluxe) that is about $450 but the extra $100 for the deluxe is worth it as these are quality tents that you can get a generation of use out of. The Deluxe model adds a window to each of the doors as well as adding vents at the peak on both sides. This adds a lot more ventilation for hot days. The vents at the peak also give enough air flow that in cold weather you can use a tent heater with out any condensation issues.

Here is a link for the Deluxe version https://amzn.to/2Dquu8t
and for the standard version https://amzn.to/37KYbiD
 

bob91yj

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#3
I bought the 4-man version of this tent, wish I had bought the 6-man just so I could stand up in it. Set up is relatively easy, tent is rock solid in wind, haven't really had it out in the rain yet.

https://www.cabelas.com/product/Cab...-Fiberglass-Poles-Person/1546762.uts?slotId=4

One of the things I like about it, and was in the "want" column when looking for a new tent is the walls are solid, there are screen panels in the roof sections for ventilation, when not using the rain fly. I'm not a fan of the tents that have the better part of one or more walls being screen rather than solid and the whole world being able to see into the tent.
 

bob91yj

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#5
Another thing worth bonus points for me, the tent, inner floor liner, rain fly, poles, stakes/extra stakes and a hammer all fit in the storage bag without really trying, no special folding procedure to squeeze it in, etc.

Kind of an odd thing in my experience, rather than a "footprint" that goes under the tent, the Cabela's uses (extra cost) an inner floor liner, I think I like a footprint better.
 

bob91yj

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#9
I'll take your word for it...Shiftpod doesn't have the big overhanging wind catcher that I see on top of the Gazelle tents.
 
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